Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - June 2, 1959, Long Beach, California L B. FACES 3-CT. PROPERTY TAX MIDDIE'S REWARD Susan Graham of Bloomington, 111., a Perm State coed and the Naval Acad- emy's 1959 Color Girl, kisses Midshipman Doug Volgenau.of Clarence, N. Y., the boy who chose her for the honor of presiding over today's tradition- al "Presentation of the Colors" ceremony at Annapolis. Volgenau commands the 8th Company, judged best of 24 in the brigade. On today's program with a color parade were a band concert, boat demonstrations and farewell ball for all classes, The graduation ceremony takes place Wednesday. (AP photo.) Gromyko Hits West Bid for Berlin Unity GENEVA For- eign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko today blasted the Western proposal for a unit- ed Berlin as a plan that would endanger peace in Europe. In a speech to the Big Four foreign ministers conference Gromyko denounced as use- less the seven-point program spelled out by Secretary of State Christian A. Herter last week for merging East and West Berlin. He said Herter's speech was a disappoint- ment. t t THE DEBATE over Berlin in the meeting at the Palace of Nations became unusually bitter on the Communist side, The sharp tone of exchanges coincided with the move- ment of the conference into its most crucial phase. In secret talks Russia and the Western powers are arguing over the possibility of work- ing out a stopgap arrange- ment to end the Berlin crisis. East German Foreign Min- ister I.othar Bolz made a slashing attack on alleged Western subversion and es- pionage operations in West Berlin and argued that the city is East German terri; lory. He said West Berlin is "a powderkeg which can ignite a world conflagration. .Herter, rejecting the argu- ment that West Berlin is East 'German territory, told Gro- myko at one point: "You could assist Dr. Bolz to familiarize himself with the basic documents concern- ing ihe unconditional sur- render of Germany." i 0 3 p THE MEETING lasted a bit more than three hours and when it ended diplomats reported the ministers had canceled a scheduled night meeting at which they were to continue their secret talks. The next secret meeting was set for Wednesday night at Herter's villa. Ambassador Wilhelm Grewe of West Germany, also addressing the confer- ence at the Palace of Na- tions, accused the Commun- ists of carrying on "mud- slinging, slanderous agitation and propaganda" since the beginning of the Geneva talks three weeks ago. Gov. Long Wife Commits Mote to Texas Clinic GALVESTON, Tex. wife of Louisiana Gov. Earl K. Long today signed papers restraining her ill husband from leaving a psychiatric clinic here, Probate Judge Hugh Gibson announced. Man Dies in Plunge Onto Freeway Car LOS ANGELES la- borer jumped or fell from a freeway overpass, landed on the hood of a passing car and was carried a quarter mile be- fore he tumbled off onto the pavement. Arthur Brady Casas, 31, was dead on arrival Monday night at a hospital. Witnesses said they saw Casas climb over the railing on a Santa Ana Freeway over- pass. Ah Rebels Routed by Nicaragua MANAGUA, Nicaragua Luis Somoza said today government troops were pushing back two small groups of airborne invaders who landed in Nicaragua in an attempt to overthrow his egime. Fifty to sixty rebels were reported killed when their in- vading plane was shot down by Nicaraguan fighters. Few details of the fighting are available. But Somoza said the rebels were falling back under loyalist attacks. He said the invaders were fleeing into the hills of cen- tral Nicaragua, closely pur- sued by government forces. v "THE SITUATION is under Somoza said in an nterview with a newspaper in San Jose, Costa Rica. (In Washington, informed ;ources said Nicaraguan Am- wssador Guillermo Sevilla Sacasa will complain formal- ly to the Organization of American States about the 'foreign-based" invasion later this week. (They said Sevilla will de- nounce the invaders' foreign friends as "disturbers of the peace in the Caribbean but will not ask the OAS to intervene directly as it did re- cently in Panama.) The judge did not immedi ately sign the papers. The document calls for hi; retention in the clinic and affiliated John Sealy Hospital "for his protection and that of others." Judge Gibson said the ac- tual filing of the papers would take place shortly. A hearing to determine whether the governor should be committed to an institution must be held within 14 days Clinic and John Sealy Hos- pital authorities point oul that commitment cannot be made to their institutions. ONE OF THE signers of the petition was Dr. Arthur Long Jr., a cousin of the gov- ernor and a physician from Baton Rouge, the Louisiana capital. An actual date for a hearing will be set as soon as medi cal documents are filed. 'Long, after the documents are signed by the judge, would remain in protective custody until the hearing. The papers were drawn up by Theo D. Stubbs, prominent Galveston attorney. If the governor is commit- ted, he is permitted to ask for (Continued Page A-5, Col. 3) Steel Negotiations to Resume Today NEW YORK negotiations in the basic steel industry resume here today with the deadline for reaching agreement four weeks ago. Talks between four-man teams representing the 12 largest steel companies anc the United Steelworkers of America have been in recess for a week. Vickers Asks Top Budget in City History Million Sought, Requiring Raise of Revenue Sources By GEORGE WEEKS A budget of for operations of the general city government the highest to- tal ever was proposed to City Council today by City Manager Sam E. Vickers. The recommended appro- priations for the 1959-60 fis- cal are great- er than the previous high budget, for the current year. They will require a prop erty tax rate increase of slightly more than 3 cents at he lowest and possibly more than 4.6 cents per 5100 as- sessed valuation. Probable range uf the total new city tax rate, to be ap- ilied in bills collected next November, is from to 1.37037. The current rate is The difference depends on whether the Council grants a ;eneral one-range pay in- crease approximating 5.5 per cent, plus special adjustments or a few positions, as recom- mended by Vickers in a sepa rate letter. t INCLUDED IN the General Purpose budget is a contingency item to cover such salary raises. Similar provision for em- Jloyes paid from special levies Band and Recrea- add some to the budget and call for the higher total city rate. Pay raises for the Gas, Water and Harbor Depart ments, all of which are self- sustaining without tax rev; enues, grand would increase the tola! over current salary scales to Vickers recommended that increases as well as specia adjustments be made effec- tive Aug. 1, 1959, and the cost calculations ore based on that assumption. BESIDES THE one-range boost for all employes, sev- eral hundred whose salary scales are now abnormally low compared with those in neighboring cities would re ceive an additional range o; about 5.5 per cent or an in- crease in special allowances. Most numerous job classi- fications in this category are (Continued Page A-5, Col. I) WHERE TO FIND IT Gov. Brown's proposal to increase beer taxes is i pected to receive stiff opposi- tion in the Assembly. See Page A-3. Beach B-l Hal B-7 B-7 D-2 to 7 C-4, 5 B-8 B-6 B-3 Shipping D-2 C-l to 4 D-I Tides, TV, D-8 B-7 B-4, 5 Your A-2. The Southland's Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., TUESDAY, JUNE Vol. 103 CLASSIFIED HE 2-5859 PKICE 10 CENTS 30 PAGES HOME EDITION (Six Editions TELEPHONE HE5-11G1 Gas Tanker Blows Up, 11 Killed in Wave of Fire i MANGLED BODIES of a number of the victims killed in a gas-truck blast in Pennsylvania today are cov- ered in foreground as spectators mill about the scene. A ball of fire swept up highway after a propane truck, rammed by tractor truck, exploded. Persons 100 to 300 feet away were Wirephoto.) 3 Killed, 1 Survives Jet Crash HEMET six-jet B-47 bomber, coasting in for a landing, smacked the ground far short of the runway today and skidded half a mile scat- tering wreckage and flaming fuel. Three crewmen were a fourth was thrown to safety. The plane was headed for home, March Air Force Base after a navigational training flight when it smashed into a field in rolling ranchlands. Capt. Thomas Carney, 36, was thrown through a hole ripped in the side of the B-47. i t t HE WALKED, dazed and burned, into the arms of a motorist and was taken to a hospital. Attendants said he will survive. "I don't know what hap- he said. "We were on our landing approach and everything seemed all right." Killed were Lt. Col. Donald D. Wynn, 38, the aircraft commander; Maj. John W. Thomas, 41, and 1st Lt. James M. Browning, 25, cq-pilot. Weather- Low clouds late to- night and early Wednes- day, otherwise mostly sunny. Little change in temperature. SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. propane gas truck ex- ploded on a heavily traveled eastern Pennsylvania highway today, killing at least 11 per- sons. Some of the victims were as far as 100 yards from the blast. "The tanker let loose and flames swept along the roac like a ball of fire, killing peo- ple milling about a trooper di- recting State Police Sgt. Melvin Clouser reported Police said a tractor trailer rammed the rear of the gas truck, setting it afire. It was half an hour after the crash while firemen fought the flames, that the truck ex- ploded. MOTORISTS WHO climbed out of their cars to see whal was holding up the early morning traffic, an-I just the idle curious, were wa-Lciung at distances of from 100 to 300 feet up the highway. Some ol them and a number of the firefighters were killed. At least 15 others were injured, 5 seriously. Frank Toohey, Pottsvilte Republican reporter, said parts of bodies were strewn over the highway. His part- ner, photographer Vince Ney, said the sight was as sicken- ng as anything he had seen n military service. State Trooper Earl Klinger, an eyewitness, said "the tank of the truck funneled the laming gas out the front of the tank. The flames shot along the highway with the speed of a jet, carrying debris and parts of the truck, strik (Continued Page A-5, Col. 6) SUCCUMBS IN REMOVAL OF RECORDING DEVICE Space Monkey Able Dies Undergoing Syrgery WASHINGTON one of the two monkeys which rode a missile 300 miles into space, died Monday night while undergoing an operation for removal of a recording instrument. The Army said death did not re- sult from any effects of the flight itself. The seven-pound Rhesus monkey, a passenger in the nose cone of a Jupiter rocket on a space run Thursday, died at the Army Medical Research Laboratory, Ft. Knox, Ky. The Army said an electrode used in recording the monkey's physical condition during the flight had been implanted just under the skin. It was decided that the electrode should be removed. The Army said, "There was no indication that the animal would not be able to withstand such a minor operation." During administration of an anesthetic, it was noticed that the monkey suddenly developed a rapid and convul- sive heart action. Attempts wore made at artificial respiration, but the monkey died at p. m. MONKEY ABLE Operation Fatal "The cause of death was rapid and convulsive move- ment of the heart, following the administration of the light surgical anesthesia, and was unrelated to its recent the Army said. Abie's body is being sent to the Armed Forces Insti- tute of Pathology here for study. The other monkey passenger on the historic flight was Baker, a one-pound squirrel monkey. An Army spokesman said the anesthetic employed was trichloro ethylene. He described it as a very mild anesthetic which per- mits the patient to awake quickly with little hangover effect, often used on children and in childbirth. It is the drug most used.in monkey experiments in- volving surgery. The Army said that Able, upon arriving at the Ft. Knox laboratory, was found to be in good physical con- dition although a minor local infection had developed where the electrode had been implauled just under the skin surface. Therefore, it was decided to administer the anesthetic and remove the electrode. Pickets Halt Major Service to Catalina Passenger service to Catalina Island was cut dras- tically today when three unions involved in operation of the 250-passenger Magic Isle picketed the vessel here following a dispute over new contract provisions. The steamer Catalina, for many years the main passen- ger and freight carrier to the island, has been tied up for several months in a disagree- ment between the Catalina Is- land Sightseeing Lines and the ship's eight operating unions. Passenger traffic to Avalon now is confined to air serv- ice and several smaller motor cruisers operated by the Is- land Boat Service from Wilm- ington. UNIONS INVOLVED in the Migic Isle dispute are the Inland Boatmen's Union, the Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn. and the Masters, Mates and Pilots Union. The union's contracts ex- pired two months ago. The strike came after a 60-day grace period during which no agreement was reached. Union demands were a 29- cent-an-hour, across-the- board wage increase, doub- ling the health and welfare benefits, a 20 per cent raise in pensions, a change in the methods of employment and an increase in the manning scale. THE MAGIC ISLE'S own- ers, the Avalon Navigation :o., offered a 10-cent across- Ihe-board increase and agreed to the pension, health and welfare demands. However, the company ob- jected to the manning scale change which would have necessitated employment of another IBU deckhand. The Magic Isle, a converted Army vessel, has been in daily service to Catalina since May 15, operating from Pier- point Landing. Fire Hits Gay 90s Showplace in L. A. LOS ANGELES W) The Westminster Hotel, a show- place during the Gay 90s, was hit by fire today. Tenants fled into the street in their nighclothes. Flames broke out in a room of the hotel, at 316 S. Main St., and spread to roof and attic. No one was hurt and the fire was quickly con- trolled. U. S. Raps Olympics China Ban WASHINGTON Tha U.S. government .today de- nounced as "a clear act of political discrimination" the decision of the International Olympic Committee to expel Nationalist China. The action by the Olympic committee May 28 paved the way for admission of athletes from the Communist main- land to represent China in future Olympic games. A State Department state- ment declared: "It is evident that commu- nist pressure have been direc- ted to obtaining the expulsion of the Chinese Nationalists This is a political and discri- minatory attitude which has no place in the world of sports. THE STATEMENT ex- pressed hope that public and iports organizations both at Kome and abroad, will insist on restoring Nationalist Chi- nese athletes to the Olympic games. It called also for res- toration of the Olympic move- ment to what it portrayed as its formerly non political character. The Olympic tourney, held every four years, is scheduled to go on in Rome in 1960. The winter Olympics are slated to beheld in Squaw Valley, Calif. Fire Kills Woman in L. A. Apartment LOS ANGELF.S 59 year old woman was burned to death in an apart- ment house early today and another resident was pulled from the flames by a neigh- bor. Mrs. Callie Cowger was pronounced dead on the scene. Howard K. Terry was slightly burned and overcome by smoke before he was res- cued by Wendell D. Allen.