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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - December 21, 1970, Florence, South CarolinaOur 47th year no. 355 the Only daily paper published in Eastern South Carolina Florence s. C., monday morning december 21, 1970 daily Loc sunday 15c father and child make it to safety Down firemen s ladder hotel fire in Tucson Ariz., hotel gutted upper half of building killed 28 crowded Arizona hotel Burns 28 persons die Tuscon Ariz. A fire swept through the upper eight floors of a hotel crowded with hundreds Holiday celebrants Early sunday killing 28 persons who a fire official said might have been saved by adequate sprinkler and alarm systems. Asst. Fire chief r. B. Slagel led newsmen on a tour of the 12-Story hotel then said the Pioneer International hotel met the minimum fire safety requirements. In my opinion no one would have died had the building had an adequate sprinkler and alarm Detec Tion flames raced through Hall ways and stairways so quickly Slagel said that Many hotel occupants became virtual prison ers in their rooms with no Means to escape. Richard Darling president of the Pioneer hotel co., declined to comment on Slagel s re Marks. Firemen said the Blaze cause of which h was not immediately part of the fourth through 12th floors catching Many of the hotel s 112 residents asleep. Rescue efforts were hampered by the fact that fire truck ladders reached no further than the eighth floor and firemen said safely Nels arc us Hess for Heights Over three stories. Firemen said two persons leaped from upper floors of the hotel in attempts to escape the primarily flames. One a Mithie aged woman was killed when she leaped from the seventh floor shortly after screaming to firemen be Low i m still Here. I m still the other person a Small child jumped from a fifth Story window and was injured critically. Most of the victims were found in their rooms or in Hall ways of the 41-year-old hotel. Firemen said death was caused by smoke inhalation and Burns. Among the dead were or. And mrs. Harold Steinfeld who lived in a 12th floor Penthouse. Stein Feld 73, owned the hotel for 30 years before Selling it in 1963. He also owned one of Tuscon s largest department stores. More than 30 persons including 12 firemen were injured officials said. About 750 persons including 650 attending banquets at the hotel were evacuated after the Blaze broke out. Mrs. Lee Atkinson a hotel resident said she heard persons on the upper floors screaming for help. I wanted to go Back in and help she said. It was awful. I la never forget it As Long As i live. People were hanging on the ledges Slagel said the Blaze had a tremendous Start when Wear Rived at . We had to fight our Way up stairways one at a i polish party officials resign economist is tapped for Post Warsaw a communist party Boss Wladyslaw Gomulka president Marian Spychalski and three top government officials resigned sunday following bloody riots against govern ment imposed Price increases. Gomulka was described As gravely radio Warsaw said Edward Gierek cons tired to be the party s top economist was named to replace Gomulka. The broadcast said Gomulka who will be 66 on feb 6, quit because of illness. A communique issued later said he was gravely prof. Jan Kostrzewski polish health minister said Gomulka had been ill a few weeks. Circulatory troubles also have caused temporary sight Imper he said the illness struck forcibly saturday and a doctors panel ordered the patient s Kostrzewski said Gomulka was expected to be hospitalized for a lengthy period of Gierek told the nation in a television broadcast that Poland would maintain its close Alli Ance with Moscow. We Are going together with the whole great Community and chiefly with our tested Friend and ally the soviet he said. He added that the parly must always keep a close link with the working class and with the whole Gierek said the nation s new five year economic to have started in january will have to be reconsidered. He added we will consult the working the radio also announced the resignations of Jaszek the eco nomic Czar. Liszko considered the communist party s Idolo Gist. Strzelecki regarded As a close associate of go Mulka. Around the time of the announcements of the resignations a broadcast from Szczecin said workers in the shipyards of that riot torn City agreed to end their occupation of two main shipyards. Earlier broadcasts reported a return to Normal in the Baltic Tri City area where the riots started almost a week ago. Reports outside Poland said soviet troops and heavy Artil Lery were moving toward the polish Borders. Gomulka had been the first Secretary of the communist party since 1956, after a come Back from a Stalin Era purge. He was thrown out of the party in 1949, arrested in 1951 and re leased at the end of 1954. The communist party news paper Tribuna Ludu indicated earlier that a party struggle would result from rioting. It said the outbursts must be come a serious lesson for the whole nil division titles decided playoffs set final division titles were decided in Index the National football league sunday As pro football faces championship classified 11b showdowns. Page 11-a. Comics Isa widespread damage is reported As a wave of riots swept the Island of Okinawa. Page 11-b. Farm 5a servicemen 3a snorts 11a women 6a Cost of family living in the United states has increased by six per cent since last year a report says. Page 3-a. Weather mostly Cloudy and Little change in temperatures through monday night with Chance of tuesday partly Cloudy and warmer with Chance of showers. High 60. Low 50. Details Page 2-a. Fri joins Hunt for Sumter girl attempted hijacking thwarted Tulsa okla. A Bond was set at sunday for a Man who although apparently unarmed handed a stewardess a note threatening to Hijack a plane to Cuba. The Man was arrested when he agreed to let everyone off the plane Taring a Stop in Tulsa. . Commissioner Jack Sil ver set the Bond and ordered a preliminary hearing dec. 30 for Charles Denis an unemployed contracting student at Okmulgee okla., state tech. Denis was charged with attempted air piracy. Airline officials said Denis boarded a Continental airlines dc-9 at Albuquerque n.m., sat urday night. Sumter a the Fri was called in sunday to investigate what police now assume de to be the kidnapping of a 13 year old daughter of a South Carolina state legislator Tor. Police chief Leslie w. Griffin said authorities completed an intensive search of the sum Ter area sunday afternoon for Margaret Cuttino 13, who has been missing since Friday afternoon. She is the daughter o f state rep. James Cuttino of Sumter. We re operating now on the Assumption that Margaret has been the Fri is directing the investigation As of chief Griffin said. Griffin said that no communication has been received by the girl s parents from anyone who might have taken Marga Garet. Police said they completed their search of the wooded areas around Sumter sunday afternoon and even covered another four mile Square area on horseback before they Cal left off the Effort. Griffin said there had been no new developments in the girl s disappearance since saturday when a nationwide All Points Kidnap bulletin was issued. Margaret s father is chair Man of the South Carolina House military municipal and Pablo affairs committee. Griffin said a classmate of Margaret s told authorities he saw her in the Back seat of an old car about a mile from her Home. The boy is sure i t was Margaret. He says a couple was in the front seat and he saw them about 15 minutes after she left her grif Fin said. We be questioned h i m twice and there is no doubt ing his the police chief reported. The Junior High school girl whose classes had ended for the Day left her House about . Friday to walk five blocks to another school to have lunch with a younger Sis Ter. She never arrived police and family said. Timmonsville policeman shot hospitalized Timmonsville a Timmonsville policeman was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head Here sunday night. Florence county sheriff k. A. Mcleod the police Man As Ernest Benjamin. He said Benjamin was shot in the head at his Home at route 3, Sardis about 8 . Sunday. According to sheriff Mcleod Benjamin was off duty at his Home at the time of the shoot ing. One Man has been arrested in connection with the shooting. Benjamin who has been on the police Force for about two years was taken to Mcleod in i Mary in Florence where hos vital officials described his con lotion As an investigation into the shooting is continuing Accord ing to sheriff Mcleod. 762 enemy killed mortars rockets Mark pc group s anniversary Saigon a the Viet Cong marked the 10th anniversary of the National liberation front its political by launching 20 mortar and rocket attacks Over the weekend. South vietnamese forces and . Combat planes reported killing 162 North vietnamese and Viet Cong in a dozen scattered encounters. The . Command said the Viet Cong sent four shells into the Danang air base Early monday and fired two rockets nto the Headquarters of the 1st Marine division s 5th regiment 20 Miles to the South. No casual ties or damage were reported in either incident. It was the first shelling attack on the Danang base since oct. 21. In a flurry of activity Over the National liberation front s anniversary weekend communist command troops shot Down four american aircraft and am bushed a . Convoy in Addi Tion to the shellings. The weekend actions took the egyptian delegation seeking Aid from soviets Moscow a vice presi Dent Ali Sabry of Egypt led a High level delegation to Moscow sunday to request increased military and economic Aid from the soviet Union. The announcement of his arrival by Tass coincided with a fresh soviet pledge to give All round support to the . In its struggle against israeli imperialist aggression almost simultaneously with inc news of Sabry s arrival at Moscow s Vnuk ovo Airport Tass said a senior communist party emissary in Cairo had reaffirmed the soviet Union s steady resolve to Back the egyptians. This seemed to confirm what diplomatic sources have been forecasting in recent that Sabry and his delegation get pretty much what they want during their eight Day vis it. Accompanying the vice presi Dent were foreign minister Mahmoud Riad minister of War Muhammad Fawzi and Aziz Sid i minister of egyptian Oil and Mineral resources. The egyptian visit look on special importance in View of two approaching deadlines. First . Mediator or. Gun Nar v. Jarring due to report to the Security Council Jan. 5 on his Mission to negotiate a mid he East settlement. Exactly one month later the current cease fire expires. Arab diplomats in Moscow say they expect. Israel to rejoin the Jar Rizik talks in now York before the end of the month to avoid being condemned in the report for breaking off the negotiations. Israelis began boycotting the talks last september charging that Egypt with Soviel Aid had violated the standstill agreement by installing new anti aircraft missile Sites along the Suez canal. Sources Here said Sabry Riad and the other delegation Mem Bers would decide Wilh the fians on a diplomatic course of action to counteract the effect Israel s resuming its scat Al the . Negotiations. But More important for the egyptians the informants said was the impending end of the ceasefire which Cairo says it will not extend unless Israel consents to a timetable for evacuating occupied Arab Terri tories. Failing this the egyptians feel they need still More Arma ment prepare for a possible resumption of hostilities the informants add. Lives of five americans while 23 others were 19 in the crash of a c1i46 troop carrying helicopter. The cause of the helicopter crash was not known. Additional americans were killed or wounded in a 40-Rounj mortar barrage on a night bivouac of a unit of the . 101st airborne division 19 Miles Northwest of Danang. The . Command would not disclose precise casualty figures on the grounds the information could be helpful to the enemy. It ate oried the casualties As Light. South vietnamese Headquarters reported one of its soldiers killed and eight wounded in ground fighting while other troops sustained Light casual ties in a shelling attack. One of the downed . Air Craft was an air Force f4 that crashed on the Plain of jars in Laos saturday afternoon. Us two crewmen were rescued unharmed. Four americans died and two were wounded in three of observation helicopters shot Down in South Vietnam. The other . Casualties re ported one dead and i Nur wounded were in a Convoy am bushed 56 Miles Northwest of Saigon

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