Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - March 26, 1959, Long Beach, California
LUXURY LINER AND TANKER COLLIDE 1 Dead, 3 Losf, 76 Hurt in Cruise Ship Accident The Southland's Finest Evening Netvtpaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., THURSDAY, MARCH 26, Vol. 45 PRICE 10 CENTS CLASSIFIED HE 2-5951 PAGES TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 HOME EDITION (Six Editions Daily) JOB CHANGE PORT SIDE of the oil tanker Valchem (above) is stove in and nearly sliced off today after collision with the'Grace cruise liner Santa Rosa At- lantic City. A stack from the Valchem is perched on the damaged bow of the Santa Rosa as result of the early-inorning Wirephotos.) Storms Lash Texas, Colo, and Midwest Twisters, Snow, Rain, Hail Hit in Violent Outbreak By prtsi A lashing storm bulled into the midwest today from wide plains areas paralyzed by snow and benumbed by wind wreckage. Behind the churning cold front, there were heaped snowdrifts which sealed off 20 counties of western Ne- braska. Tornadoes left damaged mildings in communities and rural countryside, with most concentrated mischief during the night at Alva, in northern Oklahoma, and D e n i s o n, north central Texas. Photos Nab Ex-Janitor as Burglar ST. LOUIS R. Bradley was working in the city workhouse today and not as a janitor at St. Louis University because of a series of pictures taken by a hidden camera. The automatic camera was installed in a canteen at the university after a series of break-ins in which a total of was taken from vending machine coin boxes. The series of 25 photos taken the night of March 16 clearly showed a burglar entering the canteen through a window. Police said the former janitor at the university admitted the burglaries upon being con- fronted with the pictures. He was sentenced to three concurrent six-month terms in the workhouse. Water Tank Falls 3 Floors; Seven Injured NEW YORK huge water tank atop a Manhattan loft building crashed through the roof today. At least seven persons were seriously in- jured as it smashed down through three floors. Police and firemen searched the wreckage for other possible victims. jhe tank, with a gallon capacity, collapsed with a thunderous roar short' ly before p.m. 'Moments later water spurted in cascades from the fourth, fifth and sixth floors, and poured into the lower floors, POLICE, fire department and hospital disaster units raced to the scene, but some emergency vehicles had dif- ficulty getting there immedi- ately street con- gestion in the area. The building is in the mil linery and garment manufac turing section of Manhattan. Such structures sometimes are used for storage and in other instances for manufac- turing concerns. The location also is on the southern edge of the whole- sale fresh flower market, jammed today with florists arriving to'get Easter plants and blossoms. Their trucks and cars helped make arrival difficult for emergency vehicles. Traf- fic subsequently was thrown into a jam on the avenues nearby. fire Breaks Out on Board Santa Rosa NEW YORK ward bound after a pleasure cruise in the Caribbean, the luxury rammed liner Santa Rosa a tanker at 5 a. m. CAPT. FRANK SIWIK Skipper of Liner today some 22 miles east of Atlantic City, .N. J. One tanker crewman was killed, three were missing and 16 were injured. Nobody was hurt on the Santa Rosa, which had been due to dock in New York this morning with its 247 pas sengers. A fire broke out in a for- ward paint room of the 25- million-dollar Santa Rosa and could not be put out for sev- eral hours. HEAVY DRIFTING snow continued to build up on the northern sector of the storm front in.Kansas and Nebraska, with thunderstorms and rag- ing winds, laced with rain or hail to the south. Snowbound western Ne braska, with a fall of up to 18 inches flung into man ligh drifts, had highways jlocked and communications lines severed. Twenty-one communities in southwest Ne- braska were reported isolated From outside communication. The early spring storni, abating in the Rockies, didn't lose much of its fury u it swept eastward, powered by strong northerly winds. f f 1 TEXAS STAGGERED from an outbreak of mild weather. Tornadoes, snow, hail, rain and strong winds lashed the Lone Star State Wednesday. Ask Probe of Union Racial Plot WASHINGTON UP) Two senators demanded today that the Justice Department and Civil'Rights Commission in vestigate an alleged labor- union pTot to use racial ten- Big 3 Agree to Meet Russ at Summit Notes to Kremlin Differ on Conditions for Holding Parley WASHINGTON The Western Big Three agreed conditionally today to a sum- mit meeting with Russia on the Berlin issue and other great problems. But they dif- fered materially in the em- phasis they placed on the conditions. A U. S. note to Russia saici this country is prepared for a meeting of heads of state on the understanding" that a prior meeting of foreign ministers at least narrows dif ferences and prepares "con- structive proposals." The British note to the Kremlin took a considerably more positive approach. It said the British would be glad to go to the summit "as soon as developments in the for- eign ministers meeting war- rant" It spoke of a summit meeting this summer whereas the U. S. note only spoke of such a conference as soon as the foreign ministers' action might "justify" it. RECOVERED FROM OCEAN Space Capsules Drop Tests Told THE FRENCH language concerning conditions was still stiffer than that of the United States. President Charles de sions as a weapon in labor Gaulle, in his note to Mos HE LIVES Ike Asks Billion for Military Building WASHINGTON dent Eisenhower asked Con- gress today for for military construction dur- ing the 1959-60 fiscal year. The amount was included in the budget sent to Congress in January. The money would finance various construction projects aimed to strengthen and modernize the armed forces. Weather- Clearing and windy to- night ami Friday. Slight- ly warmer Friday. Man Dives Out Window Twice in LA. LOS ANGELES Mario Sanchez, 45-year-old meat packer, dived twice from his second-story apart- ment today to end the tor- ment of violent headaches, police reported. The first time, his fall was broken by a bush but the second time his head hit a sidewalk. He was in grave condition at White Memorial Hospital with a possible fractured skull. Sanchez' wife, Concha, 41, said her husband had been bedeviled with vio- lent headaches for the past several months. This before became too much for Sanchez and he dived out the window. Brought back into the apartment by his wife and son, Mario Jr., 21, Sanchez sent the son out of the room for a glass of water and dived out the window again. Hoik Selassie WiH Visit Russia MOSCOW (ff> Emperor Haile Selassie has accepted an invitation to visit the So- viet Union this summer. Ex- act dates of his visit were announced. THE THUNDERING crash brought a rude jolt for the sleeping vacationers aboard the cruise ship, and touched off a race of other vessels to the scene. The Santa Rosa's prow knifed half through the stern section of the tanker and dis- abled its engines. .For some hours, the ships were kept wedged together until their captains decided there would be no danger of sink- ing if they pulled apart. WHEN THE Santa Rosa backed away, its damaged bow carried the smokestack Freezing weather followed the snow in the panhandle re gion. The tornadoes caused some property damage and in- jured one person. One death was attributed to the storm in Colorado. Hun- dreds of autos were aban: doned as motorists found shelter in motels. At Ogallala, Neb., students from rural areas spent the night in the city's school wnen buses were halted by the huge drifts. Further west, in Kim- ball County, schools remained closed. THE TORNADIG winds which hit Texas also struck n nearby Oklahoma. One twister swept the area of Alva, in northern Oklahoma, disputes. The story of the scheme came out Wednesday in the Senate Rackets Committee's hearings on racketeering in the Miami area. The committee placed in evidence a letter from Mi am Teamster official David Fre- chette to international Team- ster president James R. Hoffa asking for to finance the plan. Committee investigator Walter Sheridan testified that the whole exchange of letters has disappeared from Hoffa's files. But he said the union's financial records show that was sent-by Hoffa to Frechette's Local No. 290 in Miami after Frechette's re- quest. .FRECHETTE h i m s e 1 f in- voked the Fifth amendment in refusing to answer virtually all questions. cow, made his attendance riirige on whether the foreign ministers meeting "permits the envisagement of genuine progress" at the top.. And the French spoke only of a sum- mit session "at an appropriate time" instead of mentioning this summer. All three of the Western notes reserved the right of all participants to bring up what- ever subjects they choose. That is in contrast to the Russian idea of confining1 the talks solely to Berlin and a ARTISTS CONCEPTION of tests being conducted on the escape system for the Project Mercury man- carrying space capsule was released today. In case of a mishap during launching, the rocket on top of the capsule will be fired, .taking the capsule and occupant to a safe altitude. There recovery para- chute would be Wirephoto.) By VERN HAUGLAND WASHINGTON Dummy space capsules the size of those that someday may carry American space- into orbit have been "This should engage immediate attention of the the damaging some homes. No in- juries were reported. Heaviesl damage from the violent winds in Texas was in Dehi- son, a community of about in the north central sec- tion. One woman was in- jured. Hail, rain and snow pelted Amarillo in north Texas. Two inches of snow covered the ground at Texline and snow Civil Rights Commission and the Justice Department, if they want to pursue the ex- ploitation of the minority the committee's chair- German peace treaty. In a dropped into the ocean from March 2 note the Kremlin high-flying planes and re- proposed that the foreign ministers meeting, at least, be held exclusively to those subjects. U. S. OFFICIALS said that n spite of the differences iri wording they considered the Western notes to say substan- (Continued Page A-5, Col. 1) AF Jet Trainer Crash Kills 2 Men MORRILTOWN, Ark. A T33 Air Force jet training man, John L. McClellan (D-Ark) told reporters, called it a conspiracy. covered intact, scientists re- ported today. The tapered, cone-like cap- sules weighed more than ton. After they dropped in free' fall for-set distances, para- chutes opened to slow the capsules' descent as they plummeted toward their ocean impact, i Such a resounding npact may be the final tip- f to future spacemen that .ey're back to earth again. a heavily about 20 miles south of here Wednes- day night, killing both occu- plane crashed in forested section He pants. The two men were identi- The committe has recessed its public hearings. It is (Continued Page A-4, Col. 1) continued at Dalhart. about April 8 its long-pending hearings on juke box racke- teering in Detroit, fied by the Vance Air Force Bast near Enid, Okla., as Capt. scheduled tentatively to start Walter B. Horn, 34, St. Paul, Minn., and 2nd Lt. Joseph S. Zucker, 29, South Euclid Ohio, both stationed at Vance CHILD UNHURT; QUIZ SUSPECT IK WASH. SLAYING Find Stolen Girl With Mental Patient SACRAMENTO A 12-year-old girl was found apparently unharmed early today with a former mental patient described as "very ending a widespread manhunt through most of Northern California. A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy said the man, identified as William E. Becliwith, 26, a transient, was being questioned about the rape-murder of Candice (Candy) Rogers of Spokane, Wash., March 6. Deputy Orlyn Knudson I said he was told by friends of Beckwith that he, Beck- with, was in Washington state at the time Candy dis- appeared. He came to the Sacramento area March 16, Knudson said. "Sometimes he says he was there and sometimes he denies Knudson said. Y u b a County sheriff's officers found Beckwith and Lois Marbut, 12, of Gardenland, near Sacra- mento, asleep in Beckwith's car at 2 a.m. today near Marysville. Officers said the girl and two playmates, Pat Keller, 11, and his sister, Pamela, 9, went with Beckwith in his car Wednesday on his promise to take them swim- ming. After driving the children to a swimming hole, Beckwith allegedly told them the water was too cold and offered to take them for a ride. Officers said he stopped the car near -Nicholas, Calif., and told the children he was out of gas. He then ordered Pat and Pamela to remain in the car while he and Lois went for gas, deputies said. The Keller youngsters told officers that after long wait they attempted to follow the pair. When they left the car, Beckwith and the girl emerged from the roadside and drove off without them, deputies said. Knudson described Beck- with as "very dangerous" and said during the search "We are very much con cerned about the safety of the girl." When found Beckwith told officers he and the girl had been driving around and that the car had broken down. Beckwith was a former patient at the Stockton and Napa State Mental Hospital Nab Teens in Chase at 105 M.PM. A Lynwbod teenage driver led Long Beach police on 105-mile-per-hour chase early txlay and evaded a roadblock set up by Signal Hill officers. But he wound up behind bars when the escape route led through the winding roads of Signal Hill. The chase climax came at an embankment on 23rd St. NEXT STEP in the space esearch program: develop- lent'of materials to absorb IB shock of landings on round. The National Aeronautics nd Space Administration to ay reported significant prog- ess in four general areas ir drops, escape techniques, mpact tests, and wind-tun- el and flight studies of model apsules. The early research is part (Continued Page A-5, Col. 5) near Cherry Ave. where the tenager "grounded" his car. HE STARTED to run but changed his mind when Sig- >ers in the car, one -ong Beach, another WHERE TO FIND IT State's tremendous trout ilanting program reviewed Also, where to fish. 'ages.C-1, 4 and 5. See Beach B-l. Hal A-19. to II B-S, 7, A-ll. A-I8. B-3. Shipping A-10. C-I, 2, 3. A-16. Tides, TV, C-12. Vital Page A-10. A-19. R-4, 5. Your World-Page A-2. ,al Hill Policeman William A. Newsom fired a warning hot. In addition to the 17-year- d Lynwood driver, there were three teenage passen- from from ,ynwood and the third from Compton. Police said they admitted stealing the car in Lynwood. THE CHASE be- .an in Long Beach about 2 at Nautilus Court, Pa- trolling Officers V. D. Bowler and V. R. Whitley became suspicious when they noted the car was traveling without its lights on. The fleeing car ran a string of red lights on Ocean Blvd., knocked down three blinker lights and a construction bar- rier and narrowly missed sev- eral pedestrians. At Temple Ave. and Pacific Coast Hwy., the teenage driv- er wheeled his auto over the curb and went around a road block. He'circled to the top of Signal Hill, but crashed into an embankment on wind- ;ng 23rd St. 200 feet east of herry Ave.