Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - November 25, 1959, Long Beach, California
BAJA CALIFORNIA-CRUSADE AGAINST CRISIS Sin City Is Shedding Its Ashes of Filth (EDITOR'S NOTE: This Is the flrjt of three articles by Press-Telegram reporter Bert Resrijk and photographer Sundqulst covering the Mexican border contro- versy and the Baja California governor's plans to clean up border cities. The information was obtained in an exclusive Interview with 51-year-old Eligio Esqulvel, new governor of Baja California.) By BERT RESNIK South of the border, a few hours drive from Long Beach, sprawls a city shaken by the-tentacles of lust. Infested with greed. Trembling like a drunk with DTs. Purveying the pornographic. Weaker than those whose satanic needs they serve. Weak and worried, for the piper must be-paid. And vice's piper has blown too many sour notes. This is Tijuana, Baja described at recent congressional hearings as "probably the most sin- ful city in the Western world." This is Tijuana, a city that Is the Devil's wages do not guarantee daily bread. For vice-ridden Tijuana, once arrogant, now knows it hasibeen'lts own worst enemy. "The .industry without been crumbling. The piddling profits of peddled .sin have proven a catastrophic loss. Tijuana's reputation has gone befo'rejt, bringing a. thunderbolt of renunciation and fewer and fewer tourists. For the average man, the average tourist, wants no part of filth. And Tijuana's.' reputation for filth has closed the mental borders to U. S. tourists than any legislation ever could. It is too bad. For Tijuana is not all evil. There are honest merchants. There Is honest enter- tainment. There are Old Mexico and Young Mexico hold- ing hands. Throughout Tijuana and all of Mexico there are re- sponsible 'Mexicans who deplore the sin city's reputation and the conditions that created it. One such responsible Mexican is Eligio Esquivel, 51, a man who is in a position to do more than iS'doing it. Esquivel is the new governor of Baja California, Mex- ico's 29th state. He was inaugurated 23 days ago as head of the six-year-old state in which Tijuana is one of the principal cities. In an exclusive two-hour interview with a Press-Tele- gram reporter and longest interview he has Esquivel outlined his plans for Tijuana's future. "We are going to clean up he said. "We are going to make it clean for families of sailors." Anybody, even governors, can bake pie In the sky. Anybody, especially governors, can make high-sound- ing promises. But Baja California's new governor hj-no sky-pie baker. If his promises sound high, they are made with words that are meaningful. For the words are backed with action. In the short time Gov. Esquivel has been In office, he has closed "40 of that kind of bars" in Tijuana. (Continued Page A-2, Col. 3) GOV. ELIGIO ESQUIVEL of Baja California is inter- viewed by Press-Telegram reporter Bert Resnik at governor's palace in Mexicali (Staff FINALLY SPRUNG Lion Goes to Jail as Cell-Mates Wail OKLAHOMA CITY George, a 70- pound African iion, was released from city jail today and led away to the relief of nearby cell block occu- pants. George, house-broken and friendly, gleefully trotted out of the building on a chain. The nine-month-old cat was booked on an open charge and bunked in a cell near the drunk tank at the jailhouse here Tuesday night. He got little rest. While fellow prisoners snored un- easily, George paced the floor and wolfed dog food shoved through the iron bars. Jailer Arch Downing said first thing he heard of the lion's incarceration was a growl. He said he looked up from his deck of Metro Goldwyn Mayer there stood George. His owner, Ted Moore, said Blind Boy's Dad Must PHILADELPHIA Seven-year-old Jackie Foster turned-toward his father to- day, hugged him and said: "Hurry back, Dad." Jackie couldn't see tears in the eyes of his father, 28-year- old Eugene Foster. Jackie is blind. His cancerous right eye was removed at Wills Eye Hospital Tuesday. He already was blind in the-left eye after cancer struck it at the age of 13 months. HIS FATHER WAS "going away" for at least six months to a year. Suffering from tuberculosis, he left di- rectly from the hospital for a sanatorium in Browns Mills, N. J. Thanksgiving Day at the Foster home? "It's going to be pretty explained Mrs. Foster "especially with Jackie here and his father going away too." The Fosters, penniless, wem on public assistance rolls Tuesday. Money, coming in from all parts of the country after people read about and saw pictures of little Jackie at a premature Christmas celebration last week, will "go into the bank for Mrs Foster said. The couple has four other children. ;he trouble with George, an otherwise docile lion, was his size. He asked police to hole George overnight until ac comodations could be ar ranged at the city zoo. "HE'S TOO said tfoore. "He has taken ove: my apartment and now he has jrown too fond of trying to drive my car." And George, explaine( VIoore, is no back seat driver "He keeps wanting to ge nto the front Moon said. "On the way down to the ail he kept getting in thi ront seat. He honked thi lorn for 15 minutes, thought we'd never get him down there." Moore said he got the anl mal from the city zoo abou a week ago in exchange for much younger lion. Afte George is safely inside th zoo, he plans to get anothe lion. "They're fun to Moore. commented. .iving Costs to New Record level Food Index Drops in October, Other Major Items Up WASHINGTON costs rose to a new peak in October. It was the sixth new ecord set in seven months. The Labor Department an- nounced today that its con- umer price 'index rose two- tenths of 1 per cent to 125.5 per cent of the 1947-49 base >eriod. This is per cent ligher than in October 1958. As a result of the rise, about workers will et pay increases under labor contracts which call for cost- of-living adjustments. THE RISE for most of them will be one cent an hour Those workers are principally n auto, farm equipment, elec- trical manufacturing and air- craft production industries. About workers in Lockheed Aircraft and the Allis-Chalmers farm equip- ment companies will get two- cent-hourly pay raises, A major factor in the cost- of-living increase was in dealer sales prices for new 1960 model automobiles, plus the effect of the new one-ccnt-a >allon federal gasc mposed in October. FOOt) COSTS declined three-tenths of 1 per cent, bui all other major groups of goods and services went up. One lower-priced food is the traditional Thanksgiving fare. Officials said that tur- keys are selling this year a1 nearly 5 per cent less than a year ago. Ewan Clague labor statis tics commissioner, said the recent living cost rise may level off next month. But he said he doesn't look for any decline. Smelter Aid Leaps Into Molten Copper GARFIELD, Utah UP) A smelter worker leaped into a furnace of molten coppei Tuesday night at the Kenne cott Copper Corp. plant here officials said. The body was consumed. Justice of the Peace D. S Walker said the death o Clarence Roberts, 61, Magna Utah, apparently was a sui cide. Other workers tok Walker that Roberts had been despondent. "I WANT MY George the lion seems to be saying after landing in Oklahoma City jail. The Southland's Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., WEDNESDAY, NOV. Vol. bail-No. 254 _____________________ TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 PRICE 10 CENTS HOME EDITION (Six Editions Daily) 30 PAGES CLASSIFIED HE 2-5959 D HUNTING KIDNAPER New Clash on Hunaary Seen in U. N. Russ Fight U. S. Attempt to Put Issue on Agenda By TOM HOGE UNITED NATIONS new clash between the United States and Russia is expected today when the General As sembly decides whether to take up the explosive Hun- ;arian question. The Soviet bloc, which has 'ought the proposal to debate Hungary every step of the way, was certain to make a final bid to keep the issue off :he Assembly's agenda. But they had little hope of suc- cess. The 21-nation Steering Committee voted 15-3 Mon- day to list the item for de- bate. The negative votes were cast by Russia, Romania and Czechoslovakia. Indo- nesia and Morocco abstained and the General Assembly president, who heads the com- mittee, did not vote. THE COMMITTEE vote came after one of the bitter- est U.-S.-Russian exchange since President Eisenhower and Premier Nikita Khrush chev met last September. U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge called on Com- munist leaders to "chain up the savage dogs which roam along the border (of Hungary) to catch the miserable human beings who are seeking freedom." The Russians accused -the United States of violating the "Spirit of Camp where the Eisenhower-Khrush- chev talks were held. The United States put in the request that the Assembly take up a report by Sir Leslie Munro of New Zealand, spe- cial U.N. representative on Hungary, who accused Soviet and Hungarian authorities of ignoring Assembly resolutions calling for independence and human rights in Hungary. Munro declared that per- sons who took part in the abortive 1956 uprising against Soviet control are still being executed in Budapest. Weather Patchy fog near the coast tonight and early Thursday. Mostly sunny Thursday and slightly cooler. Photo by Dava Emery FIVE-YEAR-OLD Vivian Hampton is reunited with her baby-sitter, Shirley Poynton, 32, after the child escaped unhurt in a wild chase and auto crash in Norwalk Thursday. A pursued shoplifter forced Miss Poynton and two.oth- er women from their car and sped away with Vivian still in the back seat. Billion Revenue Rise Seen WASHINGTON P r e s i d ent Eisenhower has been advised that federal revenues may jump by four billion dollars in fiscal 1961 to a record 83 billion dollars. If this forecast by govern- ment sources holds up in a final review next month, the President is expected to send Congress a budget calling for spending of about 81 billion dollars, and a surplus of two billion dollars. That would be the biggest black ink margin Eisenhower has posted in his two terms in the White House. So far, the President has posted four budget deficits and two surpluses. THE OUTCOME in the cur- rent fiscal year is still in doubt although a deficit of possibly 500 million dollars now appears likely. A surplus of 35 million dollars had been forecast last September. The President planned to meet today with the National Security Council to decide on defense spending in fiscal 1961, which begins next July 1. The administration is ex- pected to hold military out- lays to their present 41 bil lion dollars. Fired U. N. Official Disappears in N. Y. NEW YORK mysteriously missing Dane, former United Nations official Povl Bang-Jensen, was the object of a widespread police search today. Authorities said he left his suburban home Monday morn- ing on his way .to work with an international relief agency, and hasn't been seen since. Bang-Jensen, a fervent Dan- ish anti-Communist, was fired by U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold last year because he refused to sur- render a list of refugees from Hungary after the 1956 up- rising there. He had said he feared the list of refugees would fall into Communist hands. He had interrogated the refugees on behalf of the U.N. Hungary commission. BANG-JENSEN subsequent ly has been associated with CARE, an agency supplying food, machinery and other aid to needy areas of the world. Police said he left his home at Lake Success, N. Y., to go to his New York City office, but never arrived there. Lake Success is on Long Island, 15 miles from the city. When he failed to return home Mon- day night, his wife notifiec police. New York City and Nassau County police were cooperat ng in the intensive search Hospitals have been can vasscd, and unidentified deaefore she could grab the girl he station wagon sped mrling the woman to tha pavement, Miss Poynton, who takes (Continued Page A-2, Col. 5) WHERE TO FIND IT U. S. missile men have Atlas-Able rocket poised for a shot at the moon, possibly Thursday. See Page A-3. Beach B-l. Hal B-7. B-7. D-2 to 7. C-4, 5. A-8. B-6. B-3. Shipping C-4. 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