Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - June 1, 1959, Long Beach, California
MINE BLAST-FIRE HURTS 27 RUGS, MATTRESSES and other househ old effects lie strewn outside duplex (left) at 3534 Orange Ave. early today after an explosion and fire. The larger items were carried outside by firemen. Smaller ones were blown out by the force of the blast. Every window in the duplex was Photos.) Apartment Gas Blast Burns Two An explosion turned a du- plex apartment into a sham- bles here today, seriously burritnjritwb persons. Seaside Hospital physicians reported .Mrs. Alicia Pearl Wright, 62, of 3534 Orange Ave., Apt. B, suffered second- of her face, hands, arms, back and feet. Her husband, Joy Charles, 59, was burned on the head and hands. THE FORCE of the explo- sion raised the roof two inches, Fire Battalion Chief Glenn Jefferson reported. A hole was blown in the ceiling. A pair of curtains, still on the rod was blown 25 feet up and wound around an electric pole. Another pair of curtains was blasted through a mail slot. Every window was broken. Practically all the furniture, tossed around like pins in a bowling alley, caught fire. Chief Jefferson said the fire, which was extensive, was unusual. In most explosions, there is a brief flash fire. In this one, the concentration of apparently was so heavy, it had penetrated all cloth fibers, which easily ignited. V PRELIMINARY investiga- tion indicated that a gas line, leading to the kitchen stove, had broken. About a.m. Mrs. Wright attempted lo light the oven. The subsequent explo sion was described by neigh- bors as sounding "like a kin size sonic boom." How the Wrights got out ol the flaming home is not yet known. Firemen say the husband who had been shaving, may have carried his wife from the duplex. He was in such a state of shock that he could not re- member. Most of the windows were broken in the adjoining duplex unit, occupied by Mrs. Anna Tschudy, 3530 Orange Ave. MRS. ALICIA WRIGHT, who with husband was in- jured in duplex blast early today, is attended at Seaside Hospital by nurse Mrs. Lulu Adams. BRUIN ROAMS PARKS Capital Bear FrisRy, Bring on flic Whisky! WASHINGTON (AP) may be the last hope for Washington police as they seek ways to cap- ture a mysterious black bear. The 35, Including Dead, Carried Out of Trap Walled-off Room Explodes in Roar as Fumes Ignite IRON RIVER, Mich. A "belching hell" of fire swept the underground works of the Sherwood iron ore mine today, killing four min- ers and injuring 27 others. Several of, the injured were reported suffering from burns and sulphur poisoning caused when a slope, a large ;under- ;round room which had been mined out and walled off several years ago, collapsed with a roar. Crumbing sulphurous slate spewed poisonous, highly in- lammable fumes which caught fire and seared 'the ower works of the mine. Thirty-five miners were trapped at the evel by fiery gases. All were jrought to the surface, in- cluding the dead, by 'gas- mask-wearing rescue work- DEAD were all from this Michigan Upper Penin- sula mining area. The mine, owned by the nland Steel Co., is at near- jy Mineral Hills. One of the rescued men, Keith Sleeman, brought to the surface with his face blackened by dust and gas, said he had stepped into a cutoff and "belching hell" went past him. Another, Joe Mascotti, 45. said lie started running when he heard the cave-in. He tolc of the fiery gas catching up to him. Mascotti said he pulled his coat over his head "and this probably saved rny life." a 9 ANOTHER MINER told of walking a mile undergroun seeking a way out, only to find his way blocked. He was forced to return where he groped his way to the main shaft and was raised in the elevator cage. The company rescue team pulled several of Ihe injurec up an incline at the level where they were brought to the surface by ele valor. One of the rescuers salt powerful vapors came up the elevator shaft. He said he thought he would suffocate from the noxious lumes be fore reaching the top. The witness said the slope apparently acted like a gian piston when it collapsed shooting fiery, suffocatinj vapors through the mine anc upward through the shaft. The rescue efforts were lampered by temporary pow- er failures when flames Durned through the cables The inferno also knocked out pumps and lights. DROWNED OUT 'All Kail' Breaks Our During Rites PUEBLO, Colo. stones rattling on the roof of the First Methodist Church Sunday night made such a racket the congrega- tion couldn't hear Bishop Glen R. Phillips speak. So the bishop from Den- ver sat down and the con- gregation joined in singing the hymn, "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name." Weather- Low clouds late to- night and early Tuesday through the mid morn- ing hours. Mostly sunny through the late morn- ing hours and afternoon Tuesday. Little change in temperature. Maxi- mum temperature fay noon today: 70. Subway Strike Jams Paris Traffic PARIS citywide sub- way strike caused a massive traffic jam in Paris today. Only about a fifth of the subway trains were running. Passengers on those paid no conductors were on strike. Workers pouring into the center of the city in cars jammed the narrow streets and it took up to an hour to navigate through the tangled center of Paris. bear has popped up several times in the past week in thick parkland within city limits. Whenever police, cur- iosity seekers or even bear lovers come too close, il scoots away. Theodore Reed, direclor of the Washington National Zoo has been on hand continually to offer advice to police. "Put a bucket of honey homewhere near where was seen and lace it with quart of says Reec in his latest counsel. "That would attract the bear and put him to sleep for a while." REED ALSO suggested a hear (rap with bait or a pack of hunting dogs to chase the hear up a tree. In addition, the zoo di rector has carried a dart gun that could paralyze the ani mal temporarily. Police and Reed want the bear alive, so it can be taken to Ihe zoo. So far police have usec only one method: The chase They chased Ihe bear for aboul five hours Saturday while about other peo pie chased Ihem lo see wha was going on. The elusive fel low was spotted eight times that day. Report 'Violent Spells by Louisiana Governor Frantic Dash Fails, Train Kills Girl, 2 WRENSHALL, Minn. A mother racing to save her 2- year-old daughter from a train got within 15 feet of the child Sunday night before the en- gine hit the little girl and Radio_page c.10 Vital C-4. A-ll. B-4, 3. next May, perhaps in October Lloyd, busy with a round of conferences in Geneva, was not available for com- ment. achieve his cooperation with Four Hurt in Aval on Boaf Blast Four pleasure seek "Gov. Long spent a some- after Long's health under the strain o urday broke office. He was flown here after tantrum-like outbursts before his home state legislature. DR. TRUSLOW, in a mcdi cal bullelin, said, "Until his status is determined he wil continue on supportive Ireal ment." The "supportive doctor defined treatment" as keeping a patient quiet ant comfortable no treatmen for a specific ailmenl. The Galveston Daily News quoted an unnamed "reliable source" as saying Long hac "a couple of violent spells' Sunday and is under the care of two male nurses in a pri- vate room. Members of Longs family and his physician visited him Sunday. Dr. Truslow said "the bron- chial condition is clearing up." He had been suffering (Continued Page A-5, Col. 4) WHERE TO FIND IT Gov. Brown's water pro- gram and budget were on the r'erge of final action.in the State Legislature this week. See Page A-2. Beach B-l. Hal A-ll. A-ll. C-5 to 9. B-6, 7. A-8. Death B-2. A-10. B-3. Shipping CM, 2, 3, 4. Your A-24 their 28-foot craft exploded in the -crowded Santa Catalin Island anchorage and threat ened for a time to engul some 400 boats which jamme the island over the weekenc Flown to Santa Monic Hospital after emergenc treatment in Avalon Clini were Miss Joanne Rome, 21 of 4302 Mildred Ave., Ciilve City; Ruth Louise Gallardo 37, and her husband, Jesse 39, both of Lennie Cana Venice. All were sufferin from severe burns. Boat owner Albert E. Whd sor, 33, of 1109 Victoria St Venice, who witnesses sai was blown more than 30 fee into the air, escaped wit minor scalp burns. f 4 HUNDREDS OF VISITOR on nearby boats witnesse the spectacular explosio which ripped off the deck (Continued Page A-5, Col. I Krushchev n Threat to >mash West Attack on Soviet 'Would Be Suicide' Russ Boss Boasts LONDON Pre- Khrushchev has again coupled a threat of total de- itruction for the West in the ivent of war with a predic- lion of capitalism's inevitable defeat. In a speech in the Albanian town of Vlore, Khrushchev warned Sunday night that any attack on the Soviet bloc would be "tantamount to sui- and he said that the West's "reckless" policies were hastening "the time when mankind will be able to bury capitalism deeply." "No matter how much ag- ng capitalism is trying to pro- ong its existence, it is doomed because it will be re- placed by the new victorious system commun i s Khrushchev declared. He also promised again :hat Russian industrial might would eventually outstrip America's industry. Earlier announcement was made of a joint Soviet-Alban- an communique on world pol- cy, signed in Tirana by Khrushchev and Albania's red boss Enver a TFIE COMUNIQUE failed stale the reason for the pre- mier's visit to the tiny Adri- atic country, but repeated standard Communist calls for an end to colonialism, Red China's seating in the United Nations, reduction of foreign troops in Germany, and sign- (Continued Page A-5, Col. 6) Southland's Plasterers Walk Out LOS ANGELES (CNS) About plasterers went on strike against the South- land's construction industry today. The walkout officially began at 8 a.m. Eugene D. Ferguson, of Santa Ana, chairman of the negotiating committee for the seven plasterers union locals in Los Angeles and Orangs counties, said no negolialions are scheduled at the present time with management. He said the major issues are the union recognition clause, the demand for a hourly wage boost and a request for a hourly contribulion by em- ployers lo a vacation fund. Holiday Traffic Toll Reaches Record 309 At least By the Associated Press persons lost :heir lives in traffic accidents throughout the nation during :he two-day Memorial Day weekend. The tragic loll of dead was a record for the loliday and far exceeded the preholiday estimate of 260. The National Safety Council attributed the record number of traffic deaths largely to ex- remely heavy travel and to a rash of multiple accidents hat" swelled the toll rapidly. "It offers a grim challenge o everyone concerned with highway safety to step up the unending efforts to hold down accidents despite mounting a NSC spokesman said. "We can only hope the shock of this awful death toll 1 be. reflected in fewer accidents during the rest of the year." CALIFORNIA reported at last 30 traffic est in the nation. Other accidents also took a heavy toll. There were !00 drownings and 49 deaths in miscellaneous types of acci- dents. The over-all accident death total for the 54-hour period from 6 p. rh. Friday to mid- night Sunday topped the toll of 335 for a two-day Memo- rial Day holiday. That record was set in 1953, when the traffic death toll was 241. Belated reports were ex- pected to boost the totals.