Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - February 11, 1959, Long Beach, California
ICE-JAMMED RIVER MENACES CITY Floods Force Hundreds to Flee Homes Norlhern Indiana Waters at Highest Level in 46 The Southland't Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 1959 Vol. 10 PRICE 10 CENTS CLASSIFIED HE 72 PAGES TELEPHONE HE s-mi HOME EDITION; (Six Editions THE ICE-JAMMED WABASH RIVER would be hard to find if it were not for the trees on each bank marking its winding course; Photo was taken today wrgak hayoc m between Logansport and Lafayette flooded over banks into lowlands. busjness district nhin Na BY Assoclaltd Prw Floodwaters choked with tons of ice cities in northern Indiana and north- ern Ohio today. Winter's violent ended or diminished in most sections of the nation. This left the rising floodwaters in Indiana and Ohio the major problems at hand. Fremont, Its business, dis- trict under two feet of water in the second flood in less than a month, was the hard- est hit of Ohio's cities. The bloated Sandusky Rivor was choked with ice jams to the north and south. AN ESTIMATED Fre- mont residents were foced to leave their homes. Another 200 to 500 evacuees still are homeless from the January flood. Ice upstream, south of Fre- mont, was being held back by Ballville Dam. Should it cut loose suddenly, it .would wreak havoc on the flooded Mafia-Linked Trio Quiet in WASHINGTON Three reputed members of the Mafia international crime syndicate took refuge in the Fifth Amendment today to avoid discussing juke-box racketeering. Ae Vitale of St Louis; Frank Zito of Spring and Michael Geno vese of Gibsonia, Pa. ap pe'ared before the Sen at Rackets Committee. Each was described as "delegate" at the 1957 "un- derworld convention" at Apa- lachin, and as a pro- prietor in the coin-operated machine business. Zito was questioned about the grisly 1957 murder of James Deros, an Illinois pin- ball operator whose headless body was found in a cornfield after a dog found the head. Committee Counsel Robert F. Kennedy asked if it were not true that Derosa formerly worked for Anthony Zito, Frank's brother, and had set up a rival company. THE SICILIAN-BORN Zito, who apparently could -barely speak English although he has be'en in this country since 1910, had trouble making hi Fifth Amendment pleas under- stood, mumbling that he "may ihcrimina myself." -.-Chairman John L. McClel lah (D-Ark.) instructed the witness to say he "declined1 father than "refused" to an swer out of respect to the committee. Zito then began to" say "I decline to an swer. "You haffa excusa hi told the committee. "1 don' mean 1 don't wanna said it I can't said it right." The committee asked Vital about testimony Tuesday tha he tried to get control of th tavern business in St. Loui County through his juk box business. He wouldn1 talk about that. HE DECINED to sa whether he was a leadin Mafia figure in that area an whether, along with Buste Wbrtman, he controlled mos of the vices. Genovese balked w h e asked if his room at th Apalachin meeting wa charged to the Canada Drj Bottling Co. He also refusf to say if he was a prima: figure in the numbers rack in the Pittsburgh area. It was disclosed that tl committee. has informatii that racketeers have us their power in the juke-lx business to'plug sales of ret ords of some singers. Almost Half Inch of Rain Falls and More Due Today V A storm' front liioVed' through: tong Beach early today, dumping almost a half inch of rain on the city. After a pre-dawn downpour, the weather settled ICE IN THE WABASH RIVER jams and spills over banks at Georgetown, Ind.; Tuesday The jam-up '.caused water to run six feet deep in the town's main street. Buildings were damaged by the down to a mixture of bright sunshine and scattered showers at midday.-Meanwhile, the weatherman predicted a dry weekend, marred only by partly cloudy skies. Coupled with Tuesdays showers, the early-morning storm raised the season's rainfall total to 2.14 inches-only about a fourth of total recorded on the same date in 1958. The storm provided the first severe test for the new t w o-million-dollar Cerritos-Maplewood Storm Drain, which was designed to prevent water runoff from the southern Downey area from pouring onto Bellflower city An Ohio National Guard team made an unsuccessful effort to crack the ice north of Fremont Tuesday night. They tried 'to cut a path to release the pent-up waters that normally flow through marshy areas into. Sandusky Bay on Lake Erie. THE NEW FLOOD was a foot higher than fhe January flood. in Fremont. .The city still is in a state of Disaster from the first flood. Bjjsi1 nesses still were advertising flood sales from the January destruction. The Sandusky crested Tues- day night at. Tiff upstream more than 20 miles and rose again this morning. A crest was reached Tuesday night at Findlay, on the Blanchard liver, and prospects were brighter today. 'Alp Village Doomed by Avalanche HERBRIGGEN, Switzerland ;'weather today OF WORLD WAR I Fears Flu ]in Europe o Hit U. S. WASHINGTON (UPI) S.. Surgeon General Leroy Burney today warned the ation's health officers that it "probable" that outbreaks___ influenza sweeping Europe .43 jn ay hit the United States. east. Burney pointed to reports om the World Health Or- anization of outbreaks of arious types of influenza in everal European countries. "Although no outbreaks of nfluenza in the United States o far have been urney said, "further inlro- uction of the disease is prob- ble." streets. This area has been hard hit by floods in past years. The drain passed its test with flying colors. SCORES OF STREET in tersections were reported flooded in the Long Beach- South Bay area. However most intersections were time rush convei'g Statewide, the situation in Ohio appeared less critical than during the earlier flood. IN INDIANA, the worst loods in 46 years drove hun- (Continued on Pg. A-4, Col. 4) passable by the hour traffic ing on them. halted for the time being the movement of a massive moun tain slide poised like a sword of Damocles over this pic turesque Swiss Alpine village Pilot Hermann Geiger, aft- er' a flight over Nadelhorh Mountain, reported no further movement during the night o the million tons of rocks earth and ice which had been creeping toward the edge o a cliff overlooking Herbrig Jordan Family Led to U.S.by Sweater By JOHN WALLACE NEW .YORK Badra, lately of Amman in .troubled Jordan, strode' confidently down plank of.the liner Giulio Cesare Tuesday night with hi wife and their three young children. gen. Centering over Long Beach at 6 a.m., the storm dumped .43 inch of rain before moving ast. The Weather Bureau's five- day forecast calls for near- normal temperatures over the weekend, with no new rain in sight. Snow was reported above the' level, and driv- ing on some jnountain roads hazardous. However, most roads were reported open. WHERE TO FIND'IT Sen. Richard Richards (D- Los Angeles) Tuesday spelled out to Gov. Brown his bill of particulars as a suggested ad- dition to the governor's state water program. See Page A-3. "As long -as it stays cold the slide will remain solidi- he said. "Trouble will come as soon as its warms up a little." GEOLOGISTS have writ- ten off the village of 250 peo- ple. They are convinced that They brought with them bright hopes for a future of happiness in America and they also brought a strange but heart-warming tale of an old, tattered sweater that made their dreams come true. The sweater, knit 41 years ago by a 16-year-old Ameri- can girl, was intended for an American doughboy in the World War 1 trenches of "ranee. It may have kept a dough ioy warm. No one knows be .ause there are missing chap- Ike Slaps at Rumors on Dulles sometime between now HE RENEWED a recom- lendation that private physi- ans give special considera- on to the desirability of vac- inating the aged, the chron- cally ill, pregnant women, ospital staffs and industrial nd service groups where ab- enteeism would create seri- us disruption. Burney's statement was de- cribed as "advance warning o health officers." He asked hat they be on the look-out md to report promptly any aboratory confirmations of he virus. The only confirmed U. S. cases involved two American itudents who developed Asian flu on the way home rom Europe, Burney said. IN ENGLAND, he said, Asian flu is reported to have caused one death and the other cases due to this flu strain have The surgeon general noted that the British press on Feb. 6 stated that a wave of influ- ence is swamping hospitals in England. Bumey said an Asian flu epidemic also is reported to be affecting large numbers of persons in the Soviet Union. Storm E iS HI .a J.JS LKt Beach B-l. Hal A-25. A-25. C-7 to 13. C-4, 5. A-12. Death B-2. A-24. B-3. Shipping C-7. C-l, 2, 3, 4. A-26, 27. Tides, TV, C-14. Vital C-7. A-25; B-S, 7. Your A-2. and will the next spring the slide jlunge over and bury hamlet. All but a dozen of the in- habitants evacuated the vil- lage Tuesday night. Today many came back to rescue sledloads of household goods Residents said they were reconciled to the loss of their homes but hated the suspense of waiting for the avalanche BUT IT IS known that the sweater was responsible for bringing Ibrahim Badra and lis family to America. Weather- Showers today and early tonight Partly cloudy Thursday. Windy and continued cool. Max- imum temperature by noon today: 63. ers in the iweater. history of the And, said Mrs. Rose Badra, speaking in her native tongue: "It is known all over the world that America is best for people and children." The Badra family sponsors are Mrs. Marguerite Todd Beveridge, and her husband, Ihe Rev. James Beveridge, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Belmont, Mass. It was Mrs. Beveridge, then a schoolgirl, who knitted the sweater in 1918. Before giving it to the Red Cross for shipment overseas, Mrs. Beveridge had sewn a tag to the sweater with her (Continued on Pg. A-4, Col. 1) WASHINGTON W> The White House denied with double-barreled emphasis to- day all speculation that Presi- dent Eisenhower might be concerned over a possibility that ailing Secretary of State Dulles may retire. Press Secretary James C Hagerty said Eisenhower had instructed him to "say dou bly" what Hagerty had reporters Tuesday night- rumors of Dulles' retirement are "completely cockeyed." Hagerty told a news con- Mystery Tremor in Arizona FLAGSTAFF, Ariz, mysterious jolt- shook the Flagstaff area this morning, about 15 hours after a similar tremor rocked the Texas Panhandle and southeastern New Mexico. Homes in all 'sections of (he northern Arizona com- munity bucked and swayed. Dishes rattled in the cup- joards. Drivers on the way to work said immediately after the remor their windshields were ced over, both inside and jutside. The Associated Press' eletype machine at the Ari- ference that his designation of such reports as "cockeyed" can now be considered to be "doubled in spades." He added emi-humorously that it is st too bad if that bridge- aying expression is hard to anslate into other languages. DULLES ENTERED eed Army Hospital Tuesday or a hernia operation and eatment of a recurring in- zona Daily Sun of Flagstaff suddenly went on the blink about 7 .m., then returned to normal service a few minutes ater. BILL HOYT, managing ed- itor of the Daily Sun, said he was having his morning cof- fee when the jolt shook his Flagstaff home. "It was like being in a or in the center of a [concussion he said. "A rather strange sensation that lasted about five seconds. There seemed to be the noise of an explosion but it was something you felt rather than heard." "I ran outside, expecting to IP. that a gas explosion had up a neighbor's home DOG MOURNS HIS PLAYMATE A small black dog, who often played with 9-year-old Alex Mayhue Jr. in Kansas City, Mo., cuddles beside the boy's blanket-covered body Tuesday. Alex died when his sled skidded under truck. (AP) mn two weeks before his 1st birthday. There have been published ports that Eisenhower has alked Republican leaders bout Dulles' possible resigna- on, on physical grounds, and ven about men who might be onsidbred as his successor. Hagerty said the President lands firm on his news con- erence statements Tuesday hat Dulles is an invaluable ecretary of state and de erves the prayers of al Americans in his curren medical situation. or something of that nature." Flagstaff is about 750 miles west of the Texas Panhandle. The seismograph at Cali- fornia Tech registered no mo- tion and the Weather Bureau in Flagstaff said it knew of no atmospheric disturbance that could have triggered the tremor. Cranston Won't Act on BoneNi Fund SACRAMENTO W) trailer Alan Cranston says hi sn't going to act on fugitiv William G. Bonelli's pension S. F. Broker Shoots Wife, Kills Himself OAKLAND UP) Harold Jtribling, San Francisco in- urance broker, fatally shot himself and wounded his wife Tuesday, police said. Lee Lamp, police inspector at nearby Piedmont, said Stribling apparently shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself in the belief that she was either dead or mor- tally wounded. She was taken to Peralta Hospital in serious condition. Scientists Send Up Unmanned Balloon BROWNWOOD, Tex. (AP) __A group of scientists sent :laim on Legislative Counsel Ralph Kleps' say-so. Kleps expressed up another giant unmanned balloon here today in Bonelli, now in Mexico, is en- titled to his state pension. Cranston said, however, he'll wait until Atty. Gen. Stanley Mosk rules on the question. I study of opinion iphere. the upper atmos- The scientists hope the huge plastic bag and an at- tached parachute with instru- ments will rise to about 000 feet and record cosmic ray intensity.