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Joplin News Herald (Newspaper) - July 14, 1966, Joplin, Missouri The Joplin News Herald �VOL. 94-NO. 91 JOPLIN, MISSOURI, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1966 FOURTEEN PAGES-10 CENTS BLASTS RIP HERCULES Billowing smoke Smoke billows high in the air over the Hercules powder plant southwest of Carthage where a series of explosions ripped through the plant storage area early Thursday afternoon. This aerial photograph was taken by Jim Koonce of the Mizzou Aviation Company of Joplin moments after the first blast occured. More talks slated . RFK gave bugging authority WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department says FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, acting on general authority from the attorney general in 1963, directed agents to "bug" a hotel suite at Las Vega3, Nev. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., was attorney general at the time the agents eavesdropped on the room of Fred B. Black Jr., a former associate of Bobby Baker. The department declined to make clear whether Kennedy personally was involved. Asked for clarification, a Department spokesman indicated tbrt the FBI had acted under r.'f!iority delegated by one of 1'. 'in?dy's predecessors. "The practice in question which existad for a period of j:-:rs preceded 1961," the �, 'rsrran said. nnedy,. who served as at-to.r'jy general from Jan. 21, lift I- .to Sept. 3, 1964, was not available for .comment. An aide said the Senator "has nothing to say beyond what Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall said in his original memorandum filed in the Black Case, which was that Atty. Gen. Kennedy had not been aware of the existence or use of these devices." PREDECESSOR ROGERS Kennedy's predecessor was William P. Rogers, who served in twice has asked the Supreme Court to review his conviction. The court denied his first re-request May 2. �-------- In the memo, Marshall said at the time of the "bugging"- Slash time and monev February through April in 1963 �"u^,, ,,mc ana money Union and airline negotiators talk By VERN HAUGLAND WASHINGTON (AP) - Union and airline negotiators met briefly together, today then recessed until afternoon their efforts to reach an agreement to settle a seven-day strike against five major airlines. They will return to joint session this afternoon after the union representatives have had a chance to consider new airline positions. No details of the new positions were disclosed. Asst. Secretary of Labor James J. Rynolds, directing the negotiations, said, "There has been a very useful exchange of views at this time." Earlier, Reynolds had met with representatives of the AFL-CIO International Association of Machinists for about half an hour, presumably filling the union men in on the airline position as presented to him at a two-hour conference last night with representatives of the five limes-Northwest, Trans World, Eastern. National and United. Reynolds Wednesday likened the union-management impasse to a log jam which might be eliminated quickly merely by moving one or two key logs. He cautioned against hopes for any quick settlement, pointing out that there had been no change in the union's position since its statement of minimum demands one week ago. STILL FAR APART Reynolds said the parties still are very far apart but he said Salesman's creed: No customer can be worse than no customer. "I don't think there is anything in the situation that cannot be resolved by the parties within hours if there is a real will to do it." Reynolds said both sides are aware of their responsibility to the nation to settle the disagreements and restore air service. The strike, estimated to be costing the airlines and labor some $8 million daily, is taking a heavy toll in the nation's great summer industry - the family vacation. Resort spas across the nation reported many empty rooms and canceled reservations. Some hotels laid off workers. The struck airlines began laying off workers in an attempt to hold down costs. Eastern Airlines furloughed 180 of its workers in New Orleans Wednesday and National Airlines laid off 194 workers. More than 35,000 machinists walked off their jobs Friday after nearly year-long negotiations failed to produce an agreement. The strike has halted about 60 per cent of the nation's air travel. The struck airlines agreed to bargain jointly with the union last August. Braniff, Continental and Northeast Airlines, with employes represented by the machinists, did not enter into the agreement and have not been struck. The chief dispute is over a union demand for wage increases of about 53 cents hourly over 36 months. The company has indicated it is willing to offer slightly more than the 44-to-48 cents recommended by a presidential panel over the same period. Robert H. Brugere, ex-newsman, dies MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Robert H. Brugere, 68, a newsman for The Associated Press for 47 years before his retirement in 1959, died Tuesday. Brugere had worked for The AP in several bureaus, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Chicago. He was born in St. Louis. Inquiry in suit expected WASHINGTON (AP) - Re-pulbican leaders are expected to call today for a congressional inquiry into the government's dismissal of an antitrust suit against the Anheuser-Busch Co. after officials of the brewing firm contributed $10,000 to a Democratic fund-raising organization. A spokesman for the company said "the whole thing is preposterous." It was understood that Rep. Charles E. Goodell, R-N.Y., would call for the inquiry in a House speech today. The issue was first raised Wednesday by House GOP Leader Gerald R. Ford. He told a news conference "disturbing rumors" were circulating that the Johnson administration may have dropped antitrust suits against companies whose executives contributed to the Democrats. Ford gave no names. A check of government records showed that on May 24 the August A. Busch family and two company executives made contributions totaling $10,000 to the President's Club, composed of persons who contribute at least $1,000 to the Democrats. On June 17, records showed, the Justice Department dropped a civil antitrust suit seeking to force the company to divest itself of a malting plant in Wisconsin it had acquired from the Rahr Malting Co. The suit was dismissed without prejudice - meaning it could be refiled later, officials said. Atty. Gen. Nicholas Katzen-bach said the Justice Department had voluntarily consented to dismissal of two antitrust cases this year, including the one against Anheuser-Busch. SUIT DISMISSED The second case, dismissed Wednesday, was a civil suit charging several paper producers with conspiring to hold down prices thsy paid for pulp wood, Katzenbach said. He added he authorized dismissal of the cases upon recommendation of Asst. Atty. Gen. Donald F. Turner, head of the antitrust divi- (See INQUIRY, Page 2A) By HARRY HOFFMAN CARTHAGE, Mo. - Scores of persons were injured in a series of explosions which threatened to engulf the entire Hercules Powder Company plant, three miles south of Carthage, about 12:45 o'clock this afternoon. A company spokesman said about 2:30 o'clock this afternoon that he does not think there were any fatalities in the original explosion, since there was a 30-minute warning provided by an automatic flasher which indicates that the explosives had caught fire. When the warning occurred, all personnel in the area evacuated the area. Scores of persons were injured and a spokesman for the Jasper county sheriff's department said a number of men were trapped in a magazine area at the plant. The exact number of trapped persons was not known early this afternoon. As of about 2 o'clock this afternoon, McCune-Brooks hospital at Carthage reported that there were 15 persons admitted to the hospital as a result of the blast. No serious injuries were reported among that group of persons. Many women, apparently wives of plant workers, were in cars gathered around the plant area, waiting for information about their husbands or other relatives. Sheriff George Hickam said after 2 o'clock this afternoon that the main TNT-nitro storage area was on fire and a major explosion appeared to be immient. All firefighters, sheriff's officers and ambulances have been removed from the area and homes within a three mile radius around the plant are being evacuated. The state patrol declared a major emergency and called in troopers from all over the district. At the request of Presiding Judge Byron Fly of the Jasper county court, Governor Warren Hearnes was reported to have alerted the National Guard unit in Carthage to move into the disaster area-Officers were barring the way from all sides to the plant site, in fear that the fire would trigger additional blasts, causing more injuries. Officials feared that if the plant did explode further, it would be completely demolished. The sheriff's department said a possible additional major explosion could occur if the wind direction changes to the south, which would cause spreading of grass fires in the storage area to the magazine where large quantities of explosives are stored. More than 200 persons were in the plant area, including the offices, when the first explosion occurred, according to a company spokesman. The spokesman said many lives may have been saved by virtue of the fact that the explosion occurred before 1 o'clock and many of the people who would have ordinarily been in the plant were having lunch in another building or outside. A company spokesman said there were three major explosions which blew out windows, damaged houses in the area and knocked out plate glass windows in stores in Webb City and Carthage and as far south as Fidelity corner. Sheriff George Hickam, who was directing activities of his deputies from his office at the courthouse in Carthage, said all the windows in the courthouse had been blown out by the force of the blast. The three major explosions sent debris from the building as far away as one mile, setting dozens of fires in the timber areas that surround the plant, mostly on the south, east and west. A motorist traveling on highway HH at the south entrance to the plant was apparently injured when his car was blown completely off the highway and down an embankment. More than a dozen fire trucks from several surrounding towns were battling the main blaze and the fires adjacent to the plant, near-ing homes in the area. The explosion apparently occured, according to the sheriff's department, in a storage building on the northeast side of the plant area. The plant extends on both sides of a country road lead- ing into highway 166. Black smoke was billowing high into the air more than an hour after the series of explosions. Some of the residents in the area said that a blinding flash occurred following the second explosion, at which time the electrical power and telephone service into the area was knocked out. An emergency supply of blood and serum albumin was being brought to the area by Mrs. Mae Talbott, American Red Cross executive secretary of the Joplin chapter from Springfield regional blood center. Mrs. Talbott was in Springfield attending a meeting when she heard of the explosion. She got a supply of blood and the (See BLAST, Page 2A) Explosion damages widespread Methodical slayer . . . 8 student nurses slain EDITOR'S NOTE: The following descriptive story of effects of the blasts was written by Ron Hutchison, Joplin News Herald sports editor, who got within a half mile of the plant at one point. By RON HUTCHISON Half a dozen bloody workers from the devastated Hercules Powder plant passed by this small farm house located about a mile to the north of the scene of a series of explosions that started about 12:30 p. m. Families in this vicinity have been evacuated by volunteer rescue workers from Carthage. I was allowed to within half a mile of the Hercules plant. Located in a wooded area, it was impossible to see the plant proper, but a home I investigated had all the windows blown out. The east wall of the home was partially blown out. The family had been evacuated. One interior door was blown off its hinges, indicating the tremendous force of the blast. The area has been all but abandoned. Plant workers informed me that the plant itself has been cleared, and that the policy is to allow (See EXPLOSION, Page 2A) CHICAGO (AP) - Eight student nurses were strangled and knifed to death in their dormitory early today in what one official called "the crime of the century." One girl escaped to tell the horror. A man wearing a bloodstained white shirt was seized in mid-morning in downtown Chicago after lie had attempted to purchase an air line ticket to New Orleans. Police said later he did not match the description, however. In what FBI officials termed the worst crime in their recollection, the victims, aged 21 to 23, were killed one at a time during a 2V2-hour slaughter binge. One young woman was strangled in a downstairs living room of the two-story brick town house at 2319 E. 100th St., used by South Chicago Hospital as a dormitory. The scene is a middle class neighborhood in the city's far Southeast Side. The survivor, Miss Carazo Amurao, 23, an exchange student from the Philippines, said she escaped death by hiding under a bed. Her story to police was semi-hysterical, but she described a lone killer with blond hair, 6 feet 1, and weighing about 17o pounds. PENNED IN ROOM Miss Amurao said she was one of several girls penned in an upstairs bedroom - one of three bedrooms on the second floor. She said she was upstairs in the house when Miss Gloria Davy, 23, of Dyer, Itvd., first encountered the killer. It was first believed that she opened the door to him, but Edward Sheehy, South Chicago police commander, said that it appeared he had entered through a rear kitchen window of the first floor. Miss Amurao was quoted as saying she overheard him say that "he only wanted money to go to New Orleans and that he would not hurt us." As far as police could reconstruct the crime immediately, the intruder strangled Miss Davy and then went upstairs where five of the girls were in bed or ready to retire. This was at about 12:30 a.m. The killer bound the wrists of the five with stockings and locked them in the bedroom. Within an hour, three other student nurses returned to the dormitory after having finished their night shift duties at the hospital a few blocks away. The next killing possibly came during a struggle by one of the girls and the marauder. Besides Miss Davy, those killed were Miss Merlita Gar-gullo, 21, an exchange nurse from the Philippines; Miss Va-lentina Pasion, 23, of the Philippines; Miss Pamela Wilken-ing, 22, of Lansing, 111.; Miss Susan Farris, 22, Chicago; Miss Patricia Matusek, 21, Rose-land, 111.; Marianne Jordan, 22, Chicago; and Miss Nina Schmale, 21, Wheaton, 111. Scattered storms give some relief BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Storms hit scattered sections of the nation's heat belt during the night but brought only temporary relief from the hot and humid weather across the eastern two-thirds of the country. The death toll from the heat wave - now three weeks old in some areas - was at least 106. Scores of persons have been treated in hospitals for heat exhaustion and the continued hot and muggy weather has made millions of persons miserable. Heat-related deaths in St. Louis and in two Illinois counties across the Mississippi River from the city totaled 87, including 54 in St. Louis. New York City's Health Department reported 17 deaths last week directly attributed to heat stroke. Deaths for the week totaled 2,250, which was 650 above normal for the period. Helen L. Taylor, St. Louis coroner, said most of the dead were elderly persons who died of heat and exhaustion, or a combination of heat exhaustion and such ailments as heart disease and diabetes. The mercury soared to 106 degrees in St. Louis Wednesday, marking the fifth straight day of temperatures above 100. Readings also reached 100 degrees or higher in parts of 21 states. The 101 at New York City was a record for July 13, eight degrees higher than the mark set in 1954. Philadelphia's 97 also was a high for the date. There appeared little indication of any general cooling, with sunny weather forecast again for most of the nation. However, afternoon showers were expected in the Gulf and Southeast states, from the Rockies to the high Plains, and in the Upper Mississippi Valley. Scorching heat blistered areas in the South, including 108 at Batesville, Ark., about 75 miles north of Little Rock. The high in Little Rock was 103, the same mark as reported at Fort Smith, Pine Bluff and Blytheville. It was 104 at Walnut Ridge. Missouri crops hit by heat By G. C. THELEN JR. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Agricultural areas in a belt running from New Jersey truck farms to Kansas pasture lands are being dealt a hammer blow by the searing weather gripping much of the country. All of Missouri and portions of Kansas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee have been declared drought disaster areas. The next 10 days are considered critical for the corn crop in the central Midwest, and New Jersey farmers face the possibility of losing much needed irrigation water. Housewives throughout the Midwest face higher prices for homegrown produce, ripening too quickly under an unrelenting sun. "Tomatoes are burning up, green beans are burning up, cucumbers are wilting," said John DeFeo, a Kansas City produce wholesaler who ships through the area. "Another week like this and the truck farmers will be out of business." DeFeo and other dealers said the only alternative was to ship vegetables in from California and other growing areas unaffected by the hot weather. "Prices are going to go up," DeFeo said. "We've got to ship this stuff in, and it's going to cost almost twice as much.' Another Kansas City wholesaler, who handles produce from a wide Midwestern area, John Miller, said "It's going to show its effect. Tomatoes are softer, the corn is curling, radishes are dying. The farmer's going to be hurt bad, and fast. Prices are bound to go up." i.. InsideTodays News Herald Weather: Hot - no Justice Department attorneys were involved in the case and none apparently knew of the listening device. Asked by the Supreme Court for more information, Marshall gave the court another special memorandum Wednesday, saying that under Justice Department practice "for a period of years prior to 1963, and continuing into 1965, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was given authority to approve the installation of devices such as that J\n question," New attack on aid bill planned The By WILBUR iVxARTIN WASHINGTON (AP) administrations $3.3 -billion multiyear foreign aid authorization bill has sailed through its first House test but opponents vowed to try again today to slash both time and money from the measure. Know Ur Ins. Asent, C ^jrges.- Adv. The House voted down 122 to 86 Wednesday night an amendment to cut the two-year authorization to a single year. Rep, William S. Mailliard, R-Calif., author of the rejected amendment, later declared: "I'm sure somebody else will try again today. If they don't," he added, "I just might." i A final vote is expected late today. Voting on amendments started Wednesday after two days of debate. Opponents of the two-year measure argued that a constant review is needed of the aid program in light of changing, critical world times. Supporters backed the admin- istration's conteniion that the longer period is needed for planning and to give confidence to underdeveloped nations. The nine-section measure would authorize funds for development loans, technical assistance, housing, international organizations, supporting assist-;ance and other economic and military projects. The Alliance for Progress program and the Development Loan Fund carry five-year authorizations, as in the past. This is the first time, however, approval has been sought for other programs for more than a tjingle year. Continued hot and humid is the forecast for the Joplin area tonight through Friday with little or no chance of precipitation. The low tonight 3s expected to be near 80 with a high Friday near 100. Complete weather. Page 2A. Motorcycle controls With the younger set especially, there seems to be some sort of lure provided by the idea of vaulting around the community on a motorcycle, often as not with a pretty girl hanging on for dear life on the back. See 'CYCLE CONTROLS, Page 4A. Inside features Goren Editorials Dear Abby Page 5A Page 4A Page 4A TV, Radio Hospital Notes Page 6A Page IB
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