Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - November 28, 1959, Long Beach, California
CRASH ONTO HUB HOUSE KILLS FLIER HOME the Southland's Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., SATURDAY, NOVEMBER Vol. LXXII-No. 257 TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 PRICE 10 CENTS 20 PAGES CLASSIFIED HE 2-5959 EDITION [Six Editions Daily] U.S. Denounces Red Kidnap and Beating of L A. Marine 68 School Bands Vie for Honors See and Hear 19th Annual All-Western Review (Pictures on Page B-l) Long Beach today was the "International Capital for Marching Bands." Even the weather made music. The occasion was the 19th annual All-Western Band Re- view. It was welcomed weatherwise with a clear sky and sunshine. Seventy-one bands marched in the world's biggest band parade. Sixty-eight of them, high school bands, were com- peting in six classifications. Prizes will be awarded at 7 p. m. today in Municipal Auditorium. The day's activi- .ties will close with a dance at 9 p. m. for parade partici- pants. The "Mile of Music" pa- rade route, from Falcon Ave. to Cedar Ave. along Ocean Blvd., was lined early with spectators. THE REVIEW WAS led by a Marine Corps color guard and the Long Beach Motorcycle Drill Squad. The Porterville Explorer Post Bagpipe Band was next in the line of march. The bagpipers were serving as the review's honor band. Long Beach was repre- sented by Mayor Raymond C. Kealer; Karen Krancus, Miss Welcome to Long Beach, the Municipal Band and Poly High's Jackrabbit Band, host musical aggregation. Big competitive question of the event was: Could El Cajon Valley High make it three sweepstakes in a row? IF IT COULD, it could re- tire the Mayor's Trophy. Another school, Grossmont High, holds the all-time rec- (Continued Page A-2, Col. 5) MIGHTY FANCY PANTS Dianfm Wingler, queen of the Brandon. Fla., Rodeo, shows off jeans valued at they're made of mink. Merchants pooled their funds to buy the fancy pants. Said one: "Let's see Texas match Wirephoto) 12 Injured as Bus Hits Gas Station TRUCKEE MP> A Grey- hound bus crashed into a service station Friday night after a collision with a car. Twelve persons were hos- pitalized with minor injuries. The Highway Patrol said a bus driven by Oran Nick Miller, 35, Sacramento, struck a car driven by Franklin D. Cole, 25, Benecia, then went through the gas station about five miles west of here. A telephone booth and a gasoline pump were destroyed and a minor fire was touched off. THE PATROL said Miller thought Cole, driving east- bound on U.S. 40 in front of the bus, planned a right turn into Donner Lake Lodge. In- stead Cole turned left and Miller was unable to avoid a collision. Both drivers, seven bus passengers, and three car passengers were taken to the Tahoe Forest Hospitf.l at Truckee. Panamanians March Info U. S. Canal Zone PANAMA 150 Panamanians in a "march of sovereignty" the U. S.-leased Canal Zone peaceably today, easing fears of a new clash with American zone police and soldiers. Canal Zone police followed the caravan of 2 buses and 10 automobiles as it drove across the zone into this capi- tal. The demonstrators silent- ly waved Panamanian flags. The caravan had driven in from David in Western Pan- ama for this afternoon's big celebration of the 136th anni- 19-year-old youth, apparently versary of Panama's inde- I red Youth Seized in Gun Spree OELWEIN, Iowa angered when his father locked him out of his home, shot up the town today. Michael Skoworn Jr. pep- pered at least eight business buildings, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Oelvvein Senior High School and a highway patrol car with shot- gun blasts and beat up a man who tried to stop him. Police said he also broke into two filling stations and took a large quantity of shot- gun shells. arrested in a shed behind his home by two highway pa- after the who lived trolmen shortly shooting spree. Arnold Baker, next to one of the filling sta- lions, tried to stop Skoworn. He was beaten on the face and head and was taken to a hospital. Police said Skoworn was "very belligerent" even after his capture, but he admitted he "made a mistake" in going on the shooting spree. Skoworn's father said the boy came home early today but left again at a.m. The father locked the door and the boy got his shotgun and one belonging to his father and started shooting. pendence from Spain. Thirty cars began the drive Friday but many dropped out. U. S. and Panamanian offi- cials had feared the demon- strators might cause trouble in the zone at a time when re- sentment runs high in Pan- ama against U. S. policy in the Canal Zone. THE CARAVAN began honking horns and scattering leaflets as soon as it passed through the zone into the ital. Scores of Panamanians, YOUNG SKOWORN was out for the country's Inde- pendence Day holiday, ap lauded. The leaflets called for Panama to denounce the 1903 treaty which gave the United States a perpetual lease on the Canal Znoe. Four of Family Die in Car-Train Crash NORTH BAY, Ont. (UPI) members of one family were killed Friday when their car was hit by a Canadian national railways passenger train at crossing. The dead were: Arthur Con- rad, 56, his 19-year-old son, Clarence; his daughter, Mrs. Rudolphe Bessette, 26; and her five-week-old daughter, Jeannette. Protest Filed With Indian Government Note Describes Chinese Action as 'Illegal, Improper' NEW DELHI, India (UPi; U. S. Embassy charged tonight that Chinese Com munists dragged U. S. Marine Sgt. Robert Armstrong of Los Angeles from a taxicab on a public street in Bombay am Dound him by the neck am arms to a pillar in the garage of their consulate Friday. The embassy lodged a pro test with the Indian govern ment today charging it wa; "high-handed violation 01 the personal rights-of a Unit ed States citizen in a friendly country." Even as the embassy re .eased its report on Arm strong, reliable sources re- ported that two Chinese thugs attempted to seize coded American diplomatic telegrams in Bombay this morning. The messenger carrying them said he could identify his assailants. THE EMBASSY statemen on the Armstrong inciden said at least six Chinese sur rounded the Marine in hi; taxicab in front of the Chi n e s e Communist consulate and dragged him into thi compound. The embassy statemen said the Chinese pulled Arm strong, pushed him and "wen striking him in the ribs wit! their fists." It said Armstrong remainet bound to a pillar in the ga rage for some time while thi Chinese questioned him. ff ONE CHINESE stood b; holding a heavy club and wa_ quoted as telling Armstrong that if he yelled "you will ge this." 'The statement said Arm strong was searched twic and later moved to an open area where he was photo graphed. The U. S. embassy saic Armstrong was dragged intc the consulate about a.m and Indian police arrived on the scene within 25 minutes TWO HIGH-RANKING In dian police officers arrived a' (Continued Page A-2, Col. 1) tfc. SGT. ARMSTRONG Seized, Beaten Family of 6 Sleeping in Home Unhurt Flames Consume Torrance Aviator and Light Craft fiery plane crash onto the roof of a house here cost the life of a Tor- rance aviator Friday night. Six persons inside the house escaped miraculously. Dead is Norman W. Thomas, 29, of 5132 Zakon Rd., an aeronautical engineer- ing student. Police said Thomas evi- dently was attempting to land at Compton Airport shortly before 11 p.m. when the craft itruck a three-quarter-inch :able attached to a metal tower. The cable wrapped around :he plane and sent it crash- ing onto the roof of the home of Harry Gaffney, 519 W. reenleaf St. THE PLANE, an Aeronaca Tri-Champ, burst into flames, which consumed the trapped Mot. The airplane hit on the roof just over two bedrooms where Gaffney, 35, his wife, Altie, 28, and their four chil- dren, Matthew, 4, Nancy Lee 7, Glendora, 9, and Timothy, 4 months, were sleeping. The plane did not come :hrough the roof, however, and the Gaffneys escapee 'rom the house before the Eire spread. INVESTIGATORS are searching the neighborhood for a second body. They thought Thomas might have lad a passenger who jumped or fell out. A witness said he saw something fall from the jlane before it crashed. The plane stuck in the rool almost vertically but pene- trated only a few feet. The covering on the fuselage was burned away entirely, leaving a tower of metal framework visible above the roof. "1 thought the water heater had blown said Gaffney "The flames were right, in the middle of the house." Firemen extinguished the flames quickly but the home was heavily damaged. ff OFFICERS SAID Thomas evidently took off from Tor- rance Municipal Airport about an hour before the crash. Thomas is survived by his wife, Roberta. His body was taken to Neel's Mortuary Compton. Pace Rises in Highway Death Toll By Associated Prfss A quickened pace of high- way traffic deaths marked the halfway point of the four-day Thanksgiving holiday today. The toll of deaths which initially was about 4 deaths an hour fell off to less than 3 during the early hours Fri- day. Then late Friday and early Saturday the grim count regained the 4-an-hour mark. At 3 p.m. today the death toll was 256 in traffic, 33 in fires and 67 in other accidents for a total of 356. i HEAVIER ROAD traffic and iced highways in wide areas from the Appalachian Mountains to the Rockies were possible causes of the increased rate of highway slaughter. The holiday death count be- gan at 6 p.m. Wednesday anc ends at midnight Sunday. Last year's four-day Thanks- giving holiday produced 454 deaths involving road traffic, 54 in fires and 118 from miS' cellaneous factors. Weather Increasing fog tonight and Sunday morning; otherwise, mostly sunny. Little temperature change with maximum readings about 80 degrees. WRECKAGE ON ROOFTOP Fire feeds on roof of Compton home of Harry Gaffney and family Friday night after consuming all but framework of light plane in which pilot Nor- man W. Thomas of Torrance was Mr. and Mrs. Gaffney and four children, asleep in the house when the plane smashed it, were Kluxer Guilty of Blast in Little Rock LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UPI) all-white ury deliberat- ed an hour and 22 minutes early today before finding E. A. Lauderdale Sr., a segrega- tion leader, guilty of dyna miting the Little Rock School Board office Labor Day. The jury recommended pun- ishment at three years of im- prisonment and a fine. Lauderdale's attorneys said they would appeal the sen tence. The 48-year-old Ku Klux Klan member stared at Jury Foreman Herman Carty with- out emotion as Carty read the verdict of the nine men and three women. LATER, when Judge Wil- liam J. Kirby announced he would allow the wealthy lum- ber dealer to remain free on bond, Lauderdale em- (Continued on Pg. A-2, Col. 8) Chemical Explosion Blows Out Windows PHILADELPHIA (UPI) An explosion in a chemical plant early today blew out windows in nearby homes. Police ordered residents to leave about 50 nearby houses as a precautionary measure. No one was injured. WHY ALL THE NOISE? Check Should Cover Cost of a Beer, Easily CAMBRIDGE, Mass. you bar- tender Joseph Correia said as he looked at the check the customer gave him to pay for a beer. Ralph A. Dykens, 65, blotted his lips and took a closer look. The check, just handed him Friday in the Cambridge Cily Treasurer's office to cover a minor tax rebate, read million dollars too much. -k -k IT WAS THE SECOND TIME in a week a Massachu- setts check writing machine had indulged in its own play- ful brand of inflation. Last Friday a bank in Holyoke issued a check for by four million. The bank prompt- ly fired the girl teller responsible. In Cambridge, City Treasurer Frederick J. Reardon rectified the error and chuckled. "Why should anyone be he said. "Everybody makes mistakes." Find Ship Wreckage; Fear 11 Aboard Lost HOUSTON, Tex. Coast Guard today found the wreckage of the National Pride, an ammuni- tion ship with a crew of 10 men and an Army inspec- tor, 61 miles south-southeast from Galveston. Air and sea rescue workers found no indication of survivors. Quake Recorded by San Diego Man SAN DIEGO seismologist Fred Robinson reported an earthquake at a.m. today. He said the temblor was of low inten- sity but possibly was felt by some Southern Californians. Coffee With Arsenic 'Mass Murder Try' SEATTLE, Wash. Chief Detective Vic Kramer said today, that arsenic found mixed in coffee in an em- ployes' lunchroom at the county-city building here was "cold-blooded attempt at mass poisoning." The arsenic was found aft- er eight staff members of the City Planning Commission became ill last Monday. The results of police laboratory tests disclosed Friday re vealed they had drunk coffee laced with the poison. A search of the lunchroom on the eighth floor of the building disclosed arsenic in a two-pound tin of drip-grind coffee and more arsenic in a jar of instant coffee. This was no Kramer said. "It was deliber- ate." The room is used by em- ployes for coffee breaks and during the noon hour for those who, pack lunches Planning commission and en- gineering department stafl members are the chief users but other employes also have access to the room. John D. Spaeth, city plan ning director, said eight of his staff members became sick after the morning coffee break Monday, Officials of National Boat -orp. of Houston began noti- ying the crewmen's next of tin that an overturned ves- sel found in the Gulf of Mex- ico late Friday had been identified positively as the National Pride. THE OFFICIALS declined to release names of the crew- men but said about half re- sided in the Houston area. The 135-foot National Pride had left Port Houston Wednesday. The wreckage first was spotted Friday aft- plgne. A Coast Guard spokesman at Corpus Christi said the hull was intact but debris of lumber, hatch covers and mis- cellaneous obects covered a (Continued on Pg. A-2, Col. 6) WHERE TO FIND IT A-4, 5. B-3 to 9, B-2. B-IO. Death B-3. A-9. Shipping B-3. A-7, 8, 9. A-6. Tides, TV, B-IO.