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Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - February 25, 1959, Long Beach, California KILL HER 3 Relate Threat, Murder Offers by Mrs. Duncan IKE SAYS KHRUSHCHE ILLOGICAL PERILS PEACE The Southland's Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 1959 Vol. LXXll-No. 21 PRICE 10 CENTS CLASSIFIED HE 48 PAGES TELEPHONE HE 5-11S1 HOME EDITION {Six Editions Daily) WORSE BOTTOMS Wife Hits at :uss Over Son HIMSELF Judge OKs Paddling in High School BARBARA JEAN REED, a carhop, appears in court in Ventura to testify as prosecution witness against Mrs. Elizabeth Wirephoto) Jukebox Quiz Ends, Solon Sees Threat VENTURA not going to have my son. I'll kill WASHINGTON Says Burglary Case Blown Out of Proportion NEW YORK WPI Roy Campanella's wife protested today that delinquency charges against their 15-year- old son have "been blown out of proportion because of his name." She said that the former major-league baseball star "is sick over these incidents." Mrs. Ruthe Campanella made the comments to a re- Senate rackets committee to day wound up an investiga- tion of gangster infiltration ol the Chicago coin machine in- dustry with an assertion the mobster activities are a threat to the nation. "Unless this is successfully Chairman John L. McClellen (D-Ark) said, "there is great danger to this coun- try. "We are threatened from within." His remarks came after two weeks of hearings on gang- ster operations to exact trib- ute from operators of coin machines including jukeboxes and amusement devices in the New York and Chicago areas. her if it's the last thing J ever Mrs. Dorothea Barnett told a' jury Tuesday thatv Mrs. Elizabeth Duncan gaves that exclamation last year when the accused murderess visited an apartment house Mrs. Bar- nett manages, i The The state alleges Mrs. Dun- can, 54, hired two Moya and Augustine Baldon- slay pretty Olga Dun- can, 30, last Nov. 18. porter -as she Queens County FOR THE FIRST TIME since her arrest last year, Mrs. Duncan sobbed as she heard this prosecution testi- HE AIMED his comments principally at the Chicago area after a parade of wit- nesses had refused to tell whether they were underlings of big-shot gangsters in a massive extortion operation against coin machine oper- ators. McClellan denounced two kingpins of the alleged extor tion racket as cheap thugs. He named them as coin machine baron Eddie Vogel and Chi- cago unionist Fred Tom Smith, known in Chicago as Jukebox Smith and called by McClellan "Jukeboxy." S 9 BOTH VOGEL and Smith had refused to answer any committee .questions about what the committee says was their scheme to bring the en tire jukebox and coin machine business under their control. Smith heads the coin machine division of Local 134 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Earlier witnesses had testi fied that Smith worked with the Chicago Independent Amusement Assn., to force coin machine operators to sign up with the association and pay a protection fee of a dollar a month for each machine. The committee also was told by one witness that the electrical workers union did not know of a contract with the association signed by Smith! Barbara Jean Reed, 26, a carhop, said the defendent begged her to help kill Olga with acid and chloroform; Diane Romero, 19, said vlrs. Duncan offered her 500 to knock her daughter-in aw on the head and put her n a bathtub filled with lye. FROM TIME TO TIME the accused woman turned to ;aze imploringly at her son, Jrank, and to shake her head n denial. arrived at Children's Court with the boy, David, for a hearing on a charge that he and another youth broke into a drug store. The case was adjourned to March 11 and the boy was ordered to cash bail or in security bonds. AT A HEARING Tuesday David was found guilty of participating in a street fight, arid' released in custody of his mother. Police said that the boy later admitted taking and some cigarettes 11 days ago from the drug store, in the company of a friend, George Delmos, 16. The sop proprie- MRS. TRAVIS COGBURN and her son, Travis Jr., 16, face high school principal John Barnes who paddled 14 discipline. They met in Memphis, Tenn., courtroom: (AP) Mrs. Reed said she told Frank Duncan part of the plan and advised him to get Olga ut of town. Mrs. Barnett said Mrs. Dun can visited an apartment in Santa Barbara in August 195S shortly after Olga and Frank had moved in. tor, Daniel Statesman said was taken. Campanella is Negro. Del- mos, who is still being sought, s white. Asked by a reporter about lis alleged admission of theft, David said: 'They say a lot of things that aren't so. Why should I Dreak into a store when I had a hundred dollars." At this point his mother, in- terrupted his further com- ment. THE LAD was dressed nat- tily in a tan topcoat with vel- vet collar. Mrs. Campanella, in gray skirt, black sweater and tweed coat, ap- peared to have been weeping. She said she and her bus- "SHE WENT STRAIGHT back to the Mrs. Barnett testified. "She was very distraught. Her voice (Continued on Pg. A-6, Col. might "send him away to a parochial school but plans aren't final." David has been attending lOth-grade (Continued on Pg. A-6, Col. 1) ACCUSED OF FIGHTING American Singer Dies Daring Opera ANTWERP, Belgium American tenor Frank Eck- hart died Tuesday night dur- ing performance of "La Antwerp Royal Opera. City Board Sets Quh on Fired Police Officer The City Civil Service Board today ordered an inquiry into the dismissal of a young police officer accused of fighting, drag-race speeding and cursing a fellow officer. Patrolman Jimmie D. Harmon, 25, filed an appeal from the dismissal order and also an answer asserting in effect that the charges were not sufficient. Board members referred the answer to City Atty. Walhfred Jacobson for an opinion on the question of suf- ficiency, then continued the case one week. General charges in the dismissal order signed by City Manager Sam E, Vickers and effective Feb. 15, alleged conduct unbecoming an officer, violation of regulations, incompetency and failure to pay debts, ON THE SPECIFIC ALLEGATIONS, Harmon denied that he became embroiled in a fight in a bar on Oct. 31, 1956, as charged, and declared that any action taken on the incident is how untimely. He admitted he was stopped for speeding on July 8, 1958, but said his language toward his fellow officer "was provoked by his language toward me." He served a 10-day suspension and argued any further penalty would consti- tute double punishment. Civil Service officials said that if the charges are ruled technically sufficient, a hearing will be called on the of- ficer's appeal. Harmon, of 2191 Cedar Ave., joined the force Dec. i2, 1955. Discoverer Space Shot Due Today WASHINGTON tion Daily says launching of a Discoverer satellite from Vandenberg Air' Force Base Calif., is planned for today. The trade publication re- ported also that the first cap live flight of the X15 rocket research ship is scheduled for Thursday, and an Army lunar probe from Cape' Canaveral Fla., Saturday. Another trade paper, Space Business Daily, says the Army has set the launching of Pioineer IV "on or abou March 1, give or take a day." It added this will no be the last Army attempt t place an instrument packag near the moon. BOTH THE PENTAGON and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration de clined comment on the pub lished reports. "Additional Juno II launch ing vehicles (for the Pioneer are being readied for furthe attemp'.s, to be fired on NASA schedule, "Space Bus ness Daily said. 'If all goes as plannei Pioneer IV will pass withi miles of either side o he moon and continue on 1 jecome the second man-mad asteroid in an orbit about th The Russians claim to hav fired a satellite into such a orbit. 7 Die as Packed Grandstand Falls SAN LUIS, Mexico W) Seven children died an scores of adults and childre were injured when a packi grandstand collapsed Tuesda night-during a festival eel bration at a school. Twenty-three of the injure including some teachers, we in serious condition. All the casualties were Mexican j San Luis is 25 miles sout west of Yuma, Ariz. MEMPHIS, Tenn. ortive teenage rebellion at rtlett High will soon be story, put down by a pol- hed maple paddle swung by incipal John Barnes. Three more young pupils e on the waiting list for ven whacks. Fourteen have It the sting thus far. And ssions Judge Willard Dixon eartily approves. The judge, at a conference ith seven angry parents ii office Tuesday, rejected emands for assault warrants ;ainst Barnes. Two of the mothers came rmed with photographs o sons' smarting bottoms he judge, after expert ap raisal, said 'he had acquire orse bottoms himself fo ess. THE BOYS needed th 'hacking, he ruled. He als ited a State Supreme Cour uling that teachers have, t reasonable degree, the dis iplinary rights of parent vhile the child is in the! are. In all, it was a sharp con rast to a recent case 'lattsburg. Mo., where th chool board fired a principa .nd.a teacher for paddlin our students. To a mother who said th Bartlett High paddling wa oo severe, even if warrantei Dixon said he figured he wa better man because of th paddlings he received durin lis school days. "ALL STUDENTS wou ove to take over the school said Dixon, who has thre youngsters of school age. Without such punishmei pupils will not have respe 'or their teachers. Boys wh think thsy can get away wii anything often wind up prison." Weoiher- Clear tonight and clear and sunny Thursday Little change In tempera ture. Maximum tempera tare by noon today: 72, RES3 CONFERENCE ROUNDUP Ike Says He's Top Expert on Defense WASHINGTON Eisenhower said oday he knows more about defense needs than the idividual military service' leaders. The President, at a ews struck back at what he called emagogic critics of his defense program, referred Asserts U.S. Won't Give 1 Inch on Berlin President Calls "Russ Boss1 Attitude Palpably Unyielding WASHINGTON dent Eisenhower said today the Soviet Union's attitude regarding Berlin is so illogi- cal it offers little promise for establishment of a just peace. With much emphasis, Eisen- hower told a news conference the United States will not give one single inch in its deter- mination to preserve the rights and responsibilities of the Western Allies with're- spect to Berlin. The President expressed hjs views in commenting on Sov- iet Premier Nikita Khrush- chev's cold attitude toward the proposal by the. Western powers for a foreign minis- ters conference on Germany. A REPORTER asked Eisen- lower for his views on what he newsman termed the Sov- et premier's informal rejec- tion of the Western proposal. The reporter noted came without prior notice to British Prime Minister Macmillah at the very time Macmillan-was in Moscow for discussion of such matters. Eisenhower called Khrushch- ev's attitude obviously-'.and palpably intransigent, or un- yielding. The President went on to say the Kremlin leader's posi- tion has been well known all along, but that he now seems to be emphasizing it. As for Khrushchev's blast at the West's proposal for a conference on the Berlin problem, Eisenhower' de- scribed it as a development which certainly cannot be called a hopeful one. THE PRESIDENTS state- ment came amid these other developments in the fast- growing Berlin crisis: At Geneva, the United (Continued on Pg. A-7, Coli 1) Eisenhower referred in arcastic voice to talk about ome missiles, submarines nd'radar. He did not name specific- lly these critics of his de- ense program. But it was lear he was aiming this shaft Sen. Stuart Symington D-Mo) and others who have ontended the adminstration's efense program will permit he United States to fall be lind Russia in the production if intercontinental missiles. 3 A REPORTER touched off a vigorous response from Eis- enhower when she noted that ome of the service chiefs have indicated views differ ng from the President's in heir testimony before con ;ressionat committees. The reporter asked if some way could be found to elimi nate these differences o WHERE TO FIND IT Forces opposed to repeal ng California's cross-filini system turned their hopes ti the Senate today after As sembly approval of the meas ure. See Page A-24. Beach C-I. Hal A-23. A-23. D-2 to 7. B-6, 7. Death C-2. A-22. C-3. Shipping D-l. B-I, 2, 3, 4. B-5. Tides, TV, D-8. Vital D-l. A-23. C-4, 7. pinion. Eisenhower replied that he as astounded at the ques- on. He said he has spent all is life on this military prob- :m and for six years has had ic final responsibility for efense decisions. It is very natural, the Pres- dent said, that there should a conflict of views on any roposals that humans make. e said he doubted any three eporters in the conference oom would agree on how to un a newspaper. EISENHOWER SAID the Continued on Pg. A-7, Col. 1) Mexico Rail Workers Strike MEXICO CITY way workers struck at noon today, paralyzing the govern- ment-owned railroads for' the second time in eight months and presenting the govern- ment with a major crisis. Red and black-striped ban- ners were draped at railroad stations and yards promptly at 12 o'clock. Train whistles and bells let the public know the strike had started. A heavy cordon, of armed police surrounded the stations but no soldiers were visible. ABREAST FOR 45 MINUTES Airliner Pilot Sights '3 Shining Saucers' DETROIT pilot of an American Airlines DCS passenger plane said today three mysterious objects that looked like shining saucers appeared to accompany the plane for 45 minutes Tuesday night on its nonstop flight from Newark, N. J., to Detroit. Capt. Peter Killian of Syosset, N. Y., who has flown passenger planes 15 years, said, "I have never seen any-- thing like it before." Killian said other members of the crew and the io passengers also saw the flying objects. "THE OBJECTS were by no means close to the Killian said, "but one would move in at intervals, fall- back again and change its place in the formation while keeping abreast of the ship, which was traveling at 350 m.p.h. N. D. Puscas, 41, of Garden City. Mich., a passenger, said the strange objects appeared to dance in the sky. Killian said he radioed two other American Airlines- planes flying in the vicinity of.his ship to make sure'11 wasn't seeing lightning bugs in the cockpit." He said both; other captains radioed back they saw the flying too. ;