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   Kingsport News (Newspaper) - December 16, 1963, Kingsport, Tennessee                                Deathlegs Days IN TRAFFIC City County 16 39 It's better to a PASSED motorist than a Past motorist. KINGSPORT NEWS VOL. 139 PkMt Ztt-8121 KINGSPORT, TENN., MONDAY, DEC. 16, 1963 8 PAGES, 5 CENTS SAMEASVUTtRDAV CoU today, fair awl warmer Iteiday, Cambodia: Aid Stopped Too Quick PNOM PENH, Cambodi (UPI) Chief of state Princ Norodom Sihanouk accused th United State Sunday of tryin to "asphyxiate" Cambodia i cancelling vital aid shipments to this country without warn ing. Sihanouk, in a speech Takeo, Said the shipments in volved were gasoline and juU sacks necessary for the expor of Cambodia's surplus crop rice. The chief of state chargec that the halt of the shipment, was "an abusive and erroneou interpretation" of the meanin of his announcement caneeliin the U.S. aid program to Cam bodia and ordering 'U.S. ai officials out of the country. Sihanouk charged at the Urn that the United States was sup porting Cambodian rebel exil groups in Thailand and Sout Viet Nam. U.S. authorities hav denied the charges. Sihanouk announced Saturda; he was ordering withdrawal o the Cambodian ambassador anc all personnel from London a well as Washington. He said the British ambassa dor here had associated him self with U.S. Ambassador Phi: ip D. Sprouse's protest agains an alleged radio Pnom Pen! broadcast making a derogatory reference to the late Presiden Kennedy. Cambodia has deniec making any such broadcast. The United States had an nounced earlier it was orderin; Ambassador Sprouse home fo "consultations" in a move con sidered just short of a forma rupture in relations. Sihanouk has requested th United States and Britain to re move all their embassy person nel as well. The prince said the Britisl ambassador here had said tha "Great Britain is sick at heart' to learn that Cambodia sup posedly had rejoiced at Ken nedy's death. Officer Dead, Three Missing In S. Viet Nam SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) Communist guerrillas killed a U.S. officer in a jungle bailie Sunday and three other Americans were missing after Iheir helicopter crashed into the sea Saturday night while on a rescue mission in a Red-infestet area. The helicopter's copilot swam ashore and was rescued by gov- ernment troops Sunday morning after spending the night hiding in bushes. He said he saw the other three Americans scrambling out o! the craft and swimming towart shore. Troops scoured beaches in Quang Ngai Province in cen- tral Viet Nam after villagers re- ported seeing several Europeans in the area. None of the Americans was identified immediately. The two incidents capped one of the bloodiest weeks for Amer- ican forces since they came to South Viet Nam two years ago to help the South Vietnamese government fight the Commu- nist Viet Cong guerrillas. A U.S. helicopter and a small plane crashed Thursday, killing eighl Americans. The latest fatality brought to 85 the number of Americans killed in action against the Viet Cong. Sixty other Americans have died of war-related causes. The copilot said the helicopter was one of three crafts sent to evacuate 10 wounded Viet- namese soldiers 35 miles south of Quang Ngai City. The other two helicopters landed safely. The copilot said his craft was coming in for a landing in dark- ness "when suddenly I found water around my knees." The American officer was killed when Red guerrillas open- ed up with gunfire at a battal- ion of Vietnamese infantrymen operating in the jungles of north- ern Quang Tin Province. Cold Today There will not be a let-up in the cold spell until Tuesday, the local meteorologist reported. Monday will be partly cloudy, but mostly fair and the freezing temperatures will continue, with the high temperature expected (o be about 28 degrees. However, he promises that Tuesday will not be quite so cold and that fair skies will pre- vail. The high Sunday was 23 degrees, the low, 10 degrees, with "just a trace of precipi- tation." Flood Kills Three; 259 Homes Lost LOS ANGELES (AP) Disaster officials counted 259 homes and apartment buildings de- stroyed or damaged Saturday by the bursting Of a mid-city dam and said it was miracle no more than three lives were lost. Cause of the break which sprewed mud and water over a four-mile square area of homes with residents remained a mystery but early investigation pointed to two likely causes. FLOOD DAMAGE Floodwaters sweeping down this row of canyon homes when the Baldwin Hills (AP Photofax) Reservoir broke in Los Angeles Saturday left an automobile on the front porch of a home. Red Jobs Prompt Soldier To Defect TOKYO (UPI) An Americ- an soldier defected to North  arently is confident that the Kennedy policy of easing inter- national tensions will be contin- ued by the Johnson adminislra- ibn, and the danger of war will subside. They said Khrush- chev has ventured unilaterally o reduce the country's armed orces and achieve other mili- ary economies. duty. "i now feel real happines un- der the warm care of the gov- ernment and people the radio quoted Parrish as saying. "They are the kindest people I have ever met, and I am now promised a bright future." (In Smith Mills, Ky., Par rish's mother, Mrs. Virginia Craddock, said she does not be- lieve he has defected. "Nothini that anybody can tell me wil make me believe that he's gone over to the she The radio broadcast said Par- rish told North Korean author ities he was born the son of a farm hand in Morganfield. ''From his childhood he hac to work with his the Droadcast said. "However, he was dismissed by the farm own- er, for he was too young to work to the boss' satisfaction. Jobless, he enlisted in the U.S. Army to earn his bread. He nad four months of armor train- ing at Ft. Knox, Ky., before he was sent to South Korea in February of 1963. "From the first day of his ar- rival in South Korea, he was jressed by the most miserable ife of the South Korean peo- )le. The farmers he met in South Korea, were dressed in rags and had little to eat. "Many jobless people were around. Children of school age were selling news- japers and shining shoes to earn their livings. Hunger corn- jelled a large number of Kor- ean women to be prostitutes to 1's." The radio said Parrish houglit about leaving the Ar- iiy, but was afraid he could not ind a job. It quoted him as aying that he had heard that everybody in North Korea was employed. The U.S. Army Sunday listed 'arrish's home address as 1009 Madison Street, Henderson, Ky. A recent series of minor earthquakes and the possible collapse of subterranean oil pools pumped dry by wells near the scene. Throughout the day Sunday thousands of evacuees queued up in block-long lines at police control points to return to a scene of almost in- credible devastation: A terraced hillside below a reservoir high in the Baldwin Hills was swept clean of some costing up to if by a giant A wall of water 30 feef Foreign Aid Bill Poses Major Test WASHINGTON (UPD-Pres dent Johnson undergoes h first major test of strengt Monday when the House take, action on a severely prune foreign aid money bill. Battle lines were set durin the weekend when the House Appro priations Committe slashed the program to bi iion and the President immed ately issued a statement charg the reduction would "pi our foreign policy in a strai jacket." The late President John F Kennedy asked Congress las January to approve a bi Son program. He later volun iarily whittled it down to million. However, the House anc Senate subjected the aid pro to the severest attack ir its history, and in a separat authorization bill allowed jillion. This in turn was slashec 3y the House Appropriations Committee by another mil lion. In demanding that thi amount be boosted, Johnson said he could not believe tha Congress "intends to requin the United States of America tc follow policies of weakness anc retreat." Four Sought In Slaying Of Salesman CUBA, Ala. (AP) Polio sought four carnival workers Sunday in the slaying of a man whose body was found in a well The victim's wife, hands )ound behind her back, was :hrown into the well and spen Friday night atop her hus )and's body. She was in critical condition Sunday. Leonard Culpepper, 55, a soft- drink salesman, was shot to death, Sheriff W. A. Bratton said, and robbed of before ris body was tossed into a 12- oot-deep well Friday. Bratton paid high tribute to a Vegro, Spencer Brooks, who ivent into the well and rescued tlrs. Culpepper. She was dis- about 12 hours after our men robbed and killed her lusband. Culpepper was shot hree times, twice in the head md once in the spine. Solicitor (Prosecutor) Tom ioggs issued warrants charging nurder, armed robbery, bur- ilary and attempted murder igainst Don Lucas, 18; Clar- nce (Butch) Coon, 20; Dennis Vood, 17, and Gerald Eaton, 27. Eaton was identified as from luckhold, Tex., but home towns I the others were not avail- ble. 1 On the other hand, foreign aid critics such as Rep. Otto L. Passman, D-La., and Sen. Wayne Morse, D-Ore., implied that the President was fortu- nate the program wasn't cut more. Passman, whose subcommitr tee wielded its axe on the pro- gram, told newsmen "it would have been a much better bill i the appropriation had been cu to billion. Morse, who led the opposition forces when the Senate the authorization bill, expressec belief that foreign aid "shoulc be eliminated entirely and start ed all over again." More On Page 3 Area Man Found Dead By JEWELLE KEARNEY T-N Staff Writer A 58-year-old Long Island mar was found dead in a vacant !o shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday. Claude Smith, 409 Maso Drive, apparently froze to deal during the night in a field ac jacent to Circle Drive. Witnesses said he was see approaching a path whic crosses the field about 6 p.m Saturday. Mack Powell, 1773 Circl Drive, said he was present whe the body was found Sunda morning. "He was lying on his stom ach and face with his leg crossed when he was found, Dowell said. I felt him and found him I >e frozen stiff. I started bac o the house, which is a shor iistance away, to call an ambi ance. A neighbor Roy Bernard came out on the porch and asked him to call. "I have seen the old man g along the path across the fieli many times. He always stoppec at the spot where he was found Europeans Reassured PARIS (UPI) Secretary of itate Dean Rusk assured U. S llies Sunday that there is no hange in American determina ion to defend Europe under the ew administration of Presidenl ohnson. American sources said he did o in a series of curtain-raising alks with allied leaders in prep- ration for Monday's opening of three-day session of the North tlantic Treaty Organization NATO) Council of Ministers. Rusk will reiterate Johnson's ledge in a personal message to ie council's initial session. He was expected to repeat it French President Charles de aulle during a noon courtesy all on him Monday. "I don't have any idea why he always stopped. I know on one occasion my little brother found him on the ground at the spot. My brother helped him get up and assisted him Powell said. Smith and his son Paul were together late Saturday after- noon when Paul was arrested for public drunkenness, the Sheriff's office said. "Mr. Smith came over to my place and was talking aboul renting a building from me to give additional room for his family to live Ernest Mendenhall, Long Island, said. "Smith lived next door to the house Lynn Collier lived in. Collier was killed December 6. They both rented from me. "About 6 p.m. my wife saw Mm leave our place and start toward home. He was only a :hort distance from where he was found when she saw him last. I am sure he must have 'alien just after he left our louse. If he fell right after we ast saw him he laid there over- night. Powell said Smith was wear- ing a light weight dress coat and a thin part of pants when ie found the body Sunday morn- ng. 'There was no sign of struggle and no marks tha were visible except a small re( pot on his forehead. The spo ooked as if he might have iruised himself when he "owell said. Holston Valley Community Hospital records indicate Smith was dead on arrival at the hbs- ital. Smith was the son of the late Jr. and Mrs. Elcanner Smith. high and 100 feet across roared down the canyon, tumbling houses and cars like toys caught up in a child's tantrum. Only the fact that police had more than a hour to try to evac- uate the area below the reser- voir kept the death toll from ris- ing much higher. Even so, IS persons who did not get out in time were injured. Those who came back grim- faced to poke in the debris de- scribed the long night hours of waiting for rescue as a scene out of hell, made more hellis the red glow of emergency lighls and the criss crossing beams of helicopters looking for victims. Dozens spent hours in the dark perched on rooftops, too weary to descend after the flood waters receded. An official count showed: Dead-3. Homes Homes with major 3. Homes with minor 35. Apartment buildings with ma- jor Apartment buildings with mi- nor Total damage estimate million. Police identified the dead as lli-s. Hattie Schwarz, 73, Mau- Clifton Carroll, 60, and Arch Young, 58. All were resi- dents of a 650-unit apartment levelopment on low ground be- ow the ruptured reservoir. Young's wife was one of the njured. She was washed out of a second story window at the height of the flood. Young, downstairs at the time ivas swept three quarters of a mile away. His body was found n a pile of mud and debris at Jefferson Blvd. and Higuera Rd. More On Page 3 Survivors include his wife Tilda M. Rutherford Smith; hree daughters, Mrs. William lark, Mrs. R. J. Laney, and Jessee Clark; four sons. .obert Lewis, Roy Lee, Paul ay, and Billy; three sisters, nd four brothers. Funeral arrangements are in- omplete and will be announced ater. CALLED MINOR LEAGUERS IN CRIME Accused Kidnapers Are Strange Trio By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (AP) Who re the three men accused of idnaping Frank Sinatra Jr.? A house painter, an abalone Sherman and a stockbroker's on: hardly the sort of people ou'd enlist as confederates if ou were going to pull the most elebrated abduction in a gene- ation. Yet authorities say these iree, all minor leaguers in rime until now, are the ones ho spirited the 19-year-old ngcr from a mountain lake rc- irt, released him for ansom and landed in jail, all the space of 126 hours, 45 minutes. The house painter is 42-year- old John William Irwin, a tight lipped man with an unspectacu- lar record of arrests dating back 16 years. The fisherman is Joseph Clyde Amsler, 23, a former Navy en- listed man and professional boxer arrested several limes for petty offenses and married only a month ago. The broker's son is Barry Worthington Keenan, also 23, and unemployed appliance salesman described by his form- er wife as a man who lived be- yond his means and had "an obsession for money." Friends were astonished, re- latives shocked when the FBI dramatically broke its long si- lence on the case Saturday, an- nouncing that the three men had been arrested, and that nearly all the ransom money had been recovered and that no other suspects were being sought. Keenan and Amsler were classmates at university high school in West Los Angeles. Curiously, Nancy Sinatra, sister of the kidnaped boy and now wife of tommy Sands, was in the same class. She and Kec- nan were graduated in 1958 but Amsler left school to join the Navy. Others who were in the same class say Keenan and Amsler were good friends. Eugene Gier- son, now a medical student, says Keenan knew Nancy "bet- ter than most people in the sciiool." Sinatra Sr. said Saturday that his daughter viewed photos of Keenan but didn't recognize him. Kecnan's ex-wife, Donna, ob- tained an interlocutory divorce decree Nov. 12. "His way of living was so mtich.different from she said. "We just c o u 1 d n t get along. He always wanted to live above his means and I couldn't see it." Mrs. Keenan, like others ques- tioned about her husband and Amsler, said she doesn't know Irwin. "I think this Irwin is the brains behind the whole she said. "He got two boys who were down and out and took ad- vantage of them." Kecnan's father, John J. Kee- nan, said: 'He's a fine kid. He was like most boys, interested in cars, and he never got into any other trouble (after being arrested for theft of a case of beer in He was a fair student. "He always seemed able to support himself fairly well. He didn't have any money prob- lems that I knew of. He wasn't afraid of working." Of his son's arrest, Keenan said: "I just can't believe It. I thought he'd have more sense than to try something like that." Keenan's mother, Mrs. Arth- ur Schaeffer, was divorced from the father 20 years ago. She would not answer questions. Amsler's father, electronics engineer Clyde R. Amsler, told newsmen that he was "too up- set, too disturbed to make a statement at this time." More On Page 3 Release Set For Bolivian Hostages By THOMAS J. STONE LA PAZ, Bolivia dent Victor Paz Estenssoro or- dered his military chief Sunday to fly to the tin mining center of Oruro to pick up 4 Ameri- cans and 15 other hostages held by anti government miners since Dec. 6. A presidential statement said Gen. Alfrelo Ovando also is under orders to withdraw gov- ernment troops which had tak- en up positions around the mines at Catavi and Siglo Ve- inte, about 30 miles south of Oruro. The hostages had been held at a miners' union center in Catavi in retaliation for the government's arrest of two left- ist union leaders. President Paz said the miners were to hand the hostages over to Gen. Ovando after he arrives on his 150-mile flight. There was a possibility of a irilch, however. A dispatch from Catavi said the miners were awaiting arrival in Catavi of :heir union leader, leftist Vice Juan Lechin, before turning over the hostages. This dispatch said the agreement reached Saturday night between 'az and Lechin had not been well received in some sectors n the Catavi-Siglo Veinte min- ng area. The dispatch did not elaborate. SHOPPING DAYD TO CHRISTMAS SHOP FOR GIFTS IN OUR AD PAGES   

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