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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - May 2, 1959, Long Beach, California                             STOCKS EARNED Butler Pays Huge Tax Debt 41 BOATS ADRIFT ON OCEAN IN BIG WIND; 10 MEN SAVED GEORGE ALFRED SMITH, thrifty butler wno amassed fortune in stocks, adjusts hand- kerchief as he leaves Federal Court in Detroit Fri- day. He settled income tax evasion Mother Kills 2 Tots, Self; 3rd May Die CONCORD, Calif. (Jft A mother killed herself and two of her three children after a Friday night quarrel with her husband, police reported. The third child may die. AH four persons were shot in the fore- head. Mrs. Barbara G. Snowden, 27, and her son, Robert, 4, died Friday night. Suzanne, 7, died today. Nancy Ann, 2, was in critical condition in a hospital. Police Chief Ronald W. Orin said the tragedy was dis- covered by the husband and father, Ray, 33, when he re- turned home after "a quick trip to the liquor stoic." t "I DONT KNOW why she did Snowden sobbed al police headquarters. "If I hac known if only I hac known Orin quoted Snowden as saying he left the house "be cause we were having z fight." The chief said the couple had been fighting off and on for years. The police investigation in- dicated Mrs. Snowden went inlo her children's' bedrooms and shot each of them in the forehead with a .38-caliber revolver. Then she returnee to her bedroom and shot her self. The gun was lying be side her on the bed. DETROIT (ff) George Alfred Smith, a thrifty gentleman's gentleman, set- tled his case with the U.S. government Friday and a lot of folks who heard his testimony wished they had bought American Telephone Telegraph Co. stock in 1924 when salesmen ped- dled it from door to door. "Nobody ever gave me a said Smith, whose em- ployers included the finan- cier J. Pierpont Morgan. "They'd say, 'though, George, do you have any shares 'of such and such a "I would say no and then they'd say, that's too it's, a very well-managed company." t t SMITH, 71, entered a plea of no contest before Federal Judge Clifford O'Sullivan and was fined for not paying enough income tax for 1952. Four other income tax charges against him were dismissed after he 'lane Falls n Torrance Yard; 2 Hurt Hits Roof, Barely Misses Woman. Sitting Under.Tree A Hawthorne pilot's light ilane power-dived into a Tor- ance neighborhood Friday, ;eriously injuring a woman >ystander and crashing in a back yard only 150 feet from he home of his estranged vife. The pilot, Aubrey L. Deve- nish, 41, of Hawthorne, was pulled from the wreck with serious head and back in- uries. POLICE SAID the plane swooped down at full throttle, glanced off the roof of the home of J. W. Crew at 2036 Kathy Way, clipped a patio roof and fence, chewed through a 12-foot acacia tree under which the woman vic- tim sat, and plowed through a greenhouse and another Fence before smashing to earth in the back yard of Timothy W. Williamson at 2071 Middlebrook Rd.' Devenish's estranged wife, Josephine, lives at 2098 Mid- The Southland's Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., SATURDAY, MAY 2, 1959 Vol. 77 PRICE 10 CENTS CLASSIFIED HE 2-5959 20 PAGES TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 HOME EDITION (Six Editions Daily) dlebrook. Slashed by splinters from the tree was Mrs. Pearl Higgles, 53, of 2042 Kathy Way. She was taken to Tor- rance Memorial Hospital, where 53 stitches, were re- Page A-3, ;Col. 4) FBI Probes Kidnaping of Contractor BURLINGAME W) The baffling abduction sof a ce- ment contractor dragged, screaming, from his car to a stolen one Friday while on his way to FBI agents into the case today. No trace has been found Herter Back, Tells Ike of Paris Accord Western Ministers' German Talks Held 'Very Successful' GETTYSBURG, Pa. Secretary of State Christian A. Herter told President Eisenhower today the West- ern foreign ministers meeting was "very successful" in lay- ing groundwork for negoti- ation with Russia on German problems. Herter reported personally to Eisenhower at a 75-minute conference at the President's farm home a couple of hours after returning from the. Paris conference. The secretary flew here by helicopter from Washington and left the same way imme- diately after the session on the porch of the President's farm. AFTER THE m e e t i n-g White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty told news- men that Herter reported to Eisenhower on his conference with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and West Ger- many. However, Hagerty did not sit in at the Eisenhower- Herter meeting and said he could provide no details. He noted that the words very successful" were the same Herter used in a state ment on his arrival in Wash ington. HERTER ARRIVES IN CAPITAL Secretary of State Christian Herter (left) walks from his plane at Washington National Airport today after his arrival from Western strategy talks at Paris. With him.are Harry F. Stimpson special assistant to Herter, and Undersecretary of State Douglas Wirephoto) Plan Rescue of Sfricken Man on Liner NORFOLK, Va. The Coast Guard today mapped out an emergency rescue ef- fort to bring a stricken crew member .to shore from the Grace Lines cruise ship SS Santa Paula, steaming 170 miles off the Virginia Capes. Capt. C. R. Thompson of the Santa Paula told the As- sociated Press by ship-to- shore telephone that a ship's doctor had made no definite diagnosis of she 48-year-old crew member's illness. Thompson said his vessel would resume its voyage to the Netherlands West Indies after the Coast Guard com- pletes its rescue mission. Boy, 14, Hangs Self in Manhattan Beach MANHATTAN BEACH five other members of his house were nearby, 14- year-old hanged today. himself, police said jjaiu ill uctirt iciAca-and Michael Long, 37, and police said they do not know Smith, a butler for he was beaten and kid- son Seyburn, a financier, makes Harrold, an 18-year- a year in high school student, told When a bystander she heard Long mated he must have realized in the past 10 years on the stock market, Smith replied: "It would for help, saw the kidnaping and got-the license of the kidnapers' car. more like e 6 SAID she ran out on BORN IN BRITAIN, Smith came to the United States in 1920. From his modest savings he began to the screams, saw Long dragged from his new convertible, beaten until he was limp, then shoved into another car. "The depression never bothered me he said. "1 paid cash for had just left the apartment he shares witfi his business partner, Gordon Martinelli, when he was in- (Continued Page A-3, Col. by the assailants. 2 Gamblers Stuffed in Car ROCKFORD, 111. bodies were discovered Two men believed to be sheriff's deputies Robert fessional gamblers who dealt with phony dice and marked cards were found slain and Lester Krug when they stopped to make a rou- gangland fashion today, check of a car spotted on bodies stuffed into the shoulder of the road about of an miles southwest of Here. Sheriff Iver Johnson discovered the murders fied the victims as he opened the trunk Patrick Greco, of keys found in the igni- ford, and Donald L. The car, the deputies 21, whose pocket was owned by Greco. showed he had lived in said hundreds of pairs variety of places dice were found in a Detroit and Grand case in the back Mich., Springfield, III., and of the car, and the glove Louis. Johnson said was packed with had an arrest record of cards. The dice had back to 1954 .in fixed for cheating. Some Both bodies had only twos, fours and bruises on the throat, making it impossible to cating they were a seven or eleven. Others with rope or wire. They been shaved to make had cuts and bruises and uneven. clothes of both men were said the men obvi- heveled. Authorities said had been killed some- appeared to have been else and the car con- struggle before the men their bodies driven to killed. lonely side road, Herter also said there that the ministers had reached (Continued Page A-3, Col. 2) Red Tope Snarled Invaders Go fo Jail in Panama PANAMA Cuban in- vaders of Panama who sur- rendered without firing a shot arrived in the capital as cap- tives during the night in eight heavily guarded .buses. Informed sources said Fidel Castro's Cuban embassy may seek leniency for the small band who threw themselves on the mercy of the Panama- nian courts in laying down their arms. Hundreds of curious Pana- manians silently watched the 87 a marched into jail. They will be questioned be- fore the government decides what to do with them. A SOURCE with official connections reported a n t i government forces operating near the Caribbean coastal town of Nombre de Dios, where the main group of the Cuban invaders gave up Friday. National guardsmen re (Continued Page A-3, Col. 1) WHERE TO FIND IT A-4, 5. Classified--Pages B-4 to 11. 8-2. B-12. Death B-4. A-8. Shipping B-4. A-6, 7. A-2, Tides, TV, B-12. Rescue, Skipper Says Condition Excellent WEST VANCOUVER, B. C. Norwegian sea captain today blasted Vancouver authorities for letting red.tape snarl rescue operations when his ship was swept by an explosion and fire within sight of land. But Capt. William Alcher, 52, showered praise and grati- tude on Canadian and U. S. Navy volunteers and local fishermen whose quick ac- tion may have saved his freighter Ferngulf from sinking near here Friday night. Five crewmen were in- jured, tsvo critically, when the lumber-laden Ferngulf drifted near the mouth of Burrard Inlet off West Van- couver, 700 tons of fuel oil ablaze in its main tanks. "I SENT AN SOS for a fireboat and doctors as soon as the explosion Alcher told a reporter. "We were told by the City of Van- couver that we were outside their limits." He said that more than an hour later he received a mes- sage that a fireboat and doc- tor were coming. t THE FERNGULF burned for nearly four hours before the fire was brought under control mainly by volunteers from the Canadian destroyer be adding that 1 escorts Saguenay and Assini- boine and the U. S. submarine Capitane. Capt. Alcher said its "entire midships" was de- stroyed. Ten Canadian and 10 U. S Navy men were credited by the skipper with most of the work that led to the fire be- ing quelled and the ship finally being :towed- into the Burrard -TJrydock in Van.- couver, where it arrived at about midnight. Godfrey's NEW YOKK Wt Arthu Godfrey was reported in e> cellent condition this morn ing at the Columbia Presby terian Medical Center, wher he is recovering from an o eration for lung cancer. A bulletin issued by th hospital at 7 a.m. said Goi frey's condition "continues had spent "a comfortab night." Godfrey was out of be twice Friday afternoon. GODFREY few visitors, RECEIVED including his :isherman )rowns Off 'alos Verdes Eight Craft Blpwn Out to Sea From Avalon Moorings Eleven boats were left help- ssly adrift in the Pacific to- ay as 30-knot winds buffeted he sea off the Southland. On Catalina Island, eight oats at anchor were blown o sea and are missing. Other mall craft ran into trouble ff the breakwater. A fisherman was presumed rowned near Palos Verdes nd 10 persons were rescued in distress. Storm warnings were posted all long the Southern California oast. In the mountains of the outhlarid, the forecast calls or snow showers tonight bove feet. JOHN T. MUIRPHY, 25, of Yestchester, a sports fisher- man tumbled into the sea arly today one mile west of 'oint Vicente Lighthouse. A lelicopter crew saw him dis- appear in the water. Murphy was carried out to sea by a luge swell, witnesses said. The cabin cruiser Diosa ran on some rocks today, and radioed it was sinking a mile off. Cataliha's Isthmus Cove. A second private craft, the Trujak, removed five passeri- ;ers. safely, the Coast Guard said! The 26-foot cabin cruiser Barbara Candi was towed to Avalon by the Coast Guard its engine conked out in the choppy waters of Catalina Channel. Eight-foot swells were reported. THE 'EIGHT craft were jlown to sea Friday night and early today from anchor- ages at Santa Catalina Island. 'I don't know whether any capsized or where they, said Chick Upton, Avalon Harbormaster. Coast Guard auxiliary craft plan to begin a hunt for the missing boats when the wind relents. Planes searched the Catalina Channel today, "I am quite- sure no one was aboard the eight (possi- bly 10) craft which were blown to sea as the boat parties were ashore for Ava- Ion's Buccaneer Upton said. FOUR HUNDRED BOATS jammed Avalon Harbor, using all available mooring facili- ties and forcing some of the craft to depend on anchors for securing them in the har- bor. Upton said he can not give a list of the missing craft. "At least 8 and possibly 10 were blown he added. Three men were rescued from the ocean 10 miles off the Long Beach Breakwater about p.m. Friday. They wife, Mary, his secretary, his lawyer and family physician. In the five-hour operation Thirrsday, surgeons removed part'of Godfrey's left lung. FIGURES KEPT SECRET FOR 9 YEARS Doctor Got in 2{ Mos. for Army X Rays, Senator Says WASHINGTON A Milwaukee doctor got 887 from the Army for 2V2 months' working taking X rays of Army draftees in 1950, says Sen. William Proxmire Proxmire said Friday he asked the House Govern- ment Information Commit- tee to pry out this figure after "an official nine-year silence." Proxmire said the, physi- cian was Dr. Irving Cowan. He said he was not passing any judgment on the pro- priety of the amount paid to Dr. Cowan, but felt the figures should be made public. In Milwaukee, Cowan said, "I have no comment to make." He is an asso- ciate professor in his spe- cialty of roentgenology at Marquette University. Proxmire said "This is a splendid example of the wonderful work being done by Rep. John Moss in com- batting secrecy in govern- ment." Moss (D-Calif) is chairman of the House Govern ment Information Committee. Proxmire said a constitu- ent of his, Sylvester Krolin- kowski of Milwaukee, had been trying in vain for nine years to get the facts of the payments to Dr. Cowan. The senator said Krolin- kowski became interested when he read that Cowan was "earning an average of a day, minus ex- penses, for taking the X rays. He was charging a picture and acknowl- edged that the X rays cost him only apiece." The Army had no com- ment on the figures. are Leonard Sanders, 28, of Burbank, Allen L. Thompson, 26, of Altadena, and Ross D, Shurtleff, 27, of Los Argeles. THE THREE were in the water two hours after their 16-foot outboard boat cap- sized. Louis Hamlin, water taxi operator, spotted Sand- ers' flashlight beam. Hamlin's H-Ten Water Taxi took the three men to Catalina where they were treated for exposure arid cramps. Bill Rogers of Santa Mon- ica and Steve Erb of Malibu Beach, both 17, were picked out. of the water soon after their 17-foot sailboat capsized Friday night off the Long Beach Breakwater. Harry Wills, operator of the cabin cruiser Carib of San- Pedro, rescued the youths. Weather- Occasional cloudiness and windy today. Slight- ly wanner and sunny Sunday. Low tonight 59.   

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