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Saturday, January 28, 1967
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Weather Variable cloudiness, windy and turning colder with a 10-per-cent probability of precipitation; high, about 40; low, middle 20s. Details on Page 3 VOL. 171 NO. 24 Today Amusements 1 8-19 Classified 37-43 Comics 2S Daily Record 5 Editorials 20 Financial 28-31 Obituaries 21 Sports 33-36 Television and Radio 26 Today's Events Women's News 11-13 antttt 44 Pages WILMINGTON, DELAWARE, SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 1967 Horn Delivref Cents Per Week 10 Cents n fx n fi Twister levels School narrowly missed By LARRY K. MARTIN Dover Bureau FELTON A tornado slammed through this small rural town yesterday afternoon, demolishing four homes and a service station and narrowly missing 1.200 pupils in Felton High School. The storm, a product of yesterday's inclement peninsula weather, damaged an additional nine homes and two service Reactions varied as the twister ttruck Felton. Story on page 24. stations and left scores injured as it cut a swath 100 yards wide and a half-mile long through the eastern part of town. Stopped clocks showed the twister struck in this southwest Kent County town at 2:30 p.m. Seven persons were injured seriously enough to require treatment at Kent General Hospital in Dover, 8 miles to the north. They are: Jimmy Nevins, 44, lacerations and shock; Clark Brittingham, 49, lacerations and shock; Jay Biggs, 26, lacerations and shock; Miss Caroline Benson, 72, lacerations and shock and Mrs. Elva Schmick. 67, Mrs. Dorothy Dill, 45, and Mrs. Annabelle Morrow, 71. all treated for shock. All are of Felton and all were treated at Kent General and released. One building demolished by' III the storm was the Biggs service! 0nCj 060016 I PI station on the northeast corner! of U.S. 13 and Delaware 12.1 n t . i Jay Biggs, one of those sent to! RflKPr trifll V- 1 :. iu. I m-iii uciicicii, js we owner. HIS father, Franklin Biggs u . 4 Felton homes ji "''! ' ' ' ' H' 4 ' ' I : ' . ft n " , ' , .'" 'Sk : ' ' ? - A ..,41 - 1 ' I . ' Vj Li li . t lr. -'te-rrSfai - ---& ssniiiiriiii . . .-.. . Vneel -,(- . ',.- - - i nnniiin m ir r--n nif , Jh!5. ,vr , t & mi,ii ,i, unmiJ Trio trapped atop rocket Felton High School stands untou ched in the midst of tornado debris. Dover Bureau Pnoto by Chuck McGowen Lawyers WASHINGTON (AP) - The 7 army divisions called Mao foes was inside the concrete block defense said the charges station when it collapsed in the! against Robert G. (Bobby) Bak- TOKYO (.P) Peking wall pos-the province's military district.ito the Soviet revisionists must face of the twister. The station! er were built on quicksand, ters reported yesterday sevcnjMaoists have denounced him be paid." It called the Soviet roof was picked up by the fu I Th government said Baker of tne c'gnt army divisions in for having ties with "counter regime "the most barbaric, nei ana camca joo yards betrayea tne confidence and Sinkiang Province have turned revolutionaries." .lu1 ,d?rQUgin.rougn trust in him when he was a against Mao Tze-tung and more uu: juuuiu iu ufUTimne it anyone else had been trapped in- i'o other persons were side. found. Confusion reigned in the wake of the tornado which few persons saw coming. Tornado warnings had been issued on the peninsula, partic-;U.S. District ularly for Bridgeville and East-jGasch on, Md., but storms of this nature and of such violence are rare in this area. . 1 1 I Ml Senate aide itrian m Persons nave Deen kiu- With these dosing statements J" tld!11" the trial of Baker, 38, one THE Peking correspondent of fascist dictatorship." Kyodo News Service quoted time secretary to the Senate Democratic majority, moved serious blow to the 73-year-old toward a climax yesterday.jparty chairman's prestige. Sin-The jury will receive the caseikiang is Red China's nuclear today after being instructed by Judge Oliver DEFENSE attorney Edward Bennett Williams said "we've been fighting a phantom," re- "EVERYT1IING got dark, and ferring to the charges of in-See TWISTER Page 3, Col. 6 See BAKER Page 3, Col. 5 testing grounds, is rich in uranium and has many atomic plants. There was little reason to doubt the reports of serious disaffection. Sinkiang is ruled by Wang En-mao, first secretary of the party's provincial committee and commander of the Japanese newspaper Asahiiwall posters as saying the fight said only one division of 20,000 mg in binkiang centered in the new city ot sninnotze, wnicn previous dispatches had called If the northwest province lines: men remained loyal to Mao in up against Mao, it will be a sinkiang. Downstate School breakfast program to begin DOVER-Nearly 4,000 down-state children will start their school days beginning Wednesday with a good breakfast at school. Schools in Milford, Greenwood and Lincoln will offer the first full-breakfast program in the state, starting Feb. 1, under a pilot project directed by Miss Martha Bonar, supervisor of school lunches for the State Department of Public Instruction. The program is funded under the Federal Child Nutrition Act of 1966. A total of 3,922 children in the three districts will participate. The program for schoolchil dren is an outgrowth of the example set by federal Head Start programs, which offered a breakfast to children when they reached their classes for the day. Educators now consider good nutrition a vital factor in the child's ability to learn, Miss Bonar said. Other schools may apply for breakfast programs starting this coming fall, and selection will be made on criteria established under the federal act. The districts for the program were selected on the basis of the needs of the children in the area and the distance the children must travel on a school bus to attend classes. Once a district has been selected, any child in the schools can eat the breakfasts provided. The complete basic menu is the only one served, and no a la carte items are provided. Mrs. Constance Howell, district supervisor for the cafeterias, will supervise in Mil-ford, Mrs. Helen LeKates is in charge in Greenwood and Mrs. Anne Whitehurst at Lincoln. A typical basic breakfast will include fruit or fruit juice, milk, and bread, roll or cereal, Miss Bonar said. Schools will be encouraged to serve eggs, meat, fish or other protein supplements. With Sinkiang reported crumbling, Radio Peking indicated setbacks to Mao in Manchuria and Shanghai by broadcasting thousands of words from Maoists there calling for "an all-around struggle to seize powjer." People's Daily, the official news paper, said the appeal was "ap plicable China." Wall posters also indicated there was a long struggle ahead between Mao and the forces of President Liu Shao-chi. Japanese reports said the posters quoted Premier Chou En-lai as telling Mao "the recovery authority has only started." With the civil conflict spreading over China, Chinese in Peking let off steam by staging a demonstration outside the So viet embassy for the straight day. Shihotzu. It is in the desert northwest of Urumchi, the provincial capital. Anti-Maoists were said to have seized the center of the city after fighting in which more than 100 were killed and scores wounded. Whether the army took part in the fight was not indi- to all other parts of cated. but previous dispatches said iu,uuu ex-soioiers nad torm-ed a field army in Shihhotze and were armed with rifles, machine guns, grenades and artillery. Man's in right spof for twister FELTON-Mrs. Benjamin Rash called her husband's service station yesterday to let him know tornado warnings had been posted on the peninsula. As Rash hung up the phone, the tornado struck his service station, at the intersection known as Felton Crossroads. Three minutes later, Rash's phone rang again. Wilmington Civil Defense officials, trying to reach the fire company for which Rash answers calls, told Rash to rush aid to the Felton Crossroads. "I am right in the middle of it," Rash told the officials. "You'll have to get help someplace else." YOMIURI'S Peking correspondent estimated 100,000 Chinese jammed the streets outside the embassy. Kyodo News Service said demonstrators hurled insults at Soviet citizens entering the building while teen-age Red Guards painted anti-Russian slogans on automobiles outside. Chinese swarmed on cars try ing to enter the grounds, pound ing on them with lists and sticks. The demonstrations began Thursday as a protest against alleged manhandling of 69 Chi-j nese students Wednesday in Moscow's Red Square, a charge the Russians denied. In an editorial reminiscent of blasts against the United States, People's Daily said, "The blood debt ANOTHER poster quoted by Kyodo said "an armed clash oflbroke out" in Urumchi, where headquarters of Mao supporters was surrounded by opposing forces. Most factories in Urumchi were reported closed. A column of 12 tanks near second; Urumchi was reported ready to go into action to help the anti-Mao "antirevolutionary rebellion," as one poster phrased it. The poster said only one of the eight divisions in Sinkiang remained loyal to Mao. Tso Chi, deputy political chief in Sinkiang who is loyal to Mao, was said to have reported to Defense Minister Lin Piao that he was unable to handle the situation in Shihhotze and ask ed for instruction. Lin is Mao's heir apparent. More bail needed FAENZA, Italy W-Police said the first thing Tommaso Ballar-dini did when he got out of jail on bail was to make arrangements for paying his attorney: He held up a bar and fled with $57. Police caught him. By JIM STROTHMAN AP Writer CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. - The three Apollo 1 astronauts were killed last night by a flash fire that trapped them aboard the huge spacecraft designed to take man to the moon by 1970. Locked behind sealed hatches and killed instantly just 218 feet above the ground were: Air Force Lt. Col. Virgil I. (Gus) Grissom, a space pioneer and the first man to soar twice into space. Air Force Col. Edward H. White II, first Ameri can to walk in space, and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee, a rookie eagerly awaiting his first flight. THE three were hooked into a pure oxygen breathing system in their spacesuits and the oxygen fed the fire. Pad workers trying to rescue the trapped men fell back one by one, as they fought through dense, acrid smoke toward the capsule. Although the tragedy post poned indefinitely the Apollo's scheduled Feb. 21 blast-off, space officials and President Johnson vowed to press ahead with the moon program despite the deaths. "Three valiant young men have given their lives in the nation's service," Johnson said. "We mourn this great loss and our hearts go out to their families." James E. Webb, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, prom ised to pursue the program with renewed dedication. "WE in NASA know that their greatest desire was that this nation press forward with manned space flight exploration, despite the outcome of any one flight," Webb said. "With renewed dedication and purpose we intend to do just that." The astronauts were the first to be killed in space hardware. Ironically, they were killed while the spacecraft was still on the launch pad. Three other astronauts died in airplane crashes, in the line of duty, but yesterday's tragedy involved the first "on premises deaths in America's space pro gram. NASA official Gordon Harris said the fire broke out at 6:31 p.m. while the astronauts were involved in a full-scale simula tion of the launch that was to take them into space for 14 days of orbiting next month. THE astronauts' bodies were left in the tiny compartment for more than four hours while space agency and Air Force in vestigators probed the cockpit for clues as to what might have set off the fire. Harris said the astronauts 1 .4 Virgil I. Grissom ; , ' Edward H. White II f!pv fc - - ; f Roger B. Chaffee Only one home built in city in '66 Only one detached residential dwelling was constructed in Wilmington last year, according to the City Building Inspector's office. Apparently there's more demand in this area for building castles in the air . . . like apartment buildings and office buildings. A permit for that lone home at 210 9th Ave. was issued in May last year. Moreover, only three or four single-family house permits were issued in the period of a little more than two years between those issued in December 1964 for Compton Park Square and the permit for last year's single unit, according to John P. Primrose, chief clerk. Primrose attributed the absence of new homes to the lack of space for residential building in the city. There was a variety of other types of building within the city, however. Permits were issued during 1966 for four service stations, three office buildings, three warehouses, an apartment building, a truck terminal, a school, a nursery, a medical building, a service center, a garage, a church and an orphanage. The permit issued last year for the largest project was for American Life Insurance Co.'s multistory office building, now under construction at 1105 Market St. The permit for the Farmers Bank of the State of Delaware's new structure at 10th and Market Sts. was issued in 1965, Primrose said. were wearing their spacesuits at the time of the fire and were on a pure oxygen system. The bodies were taken to a dispen sary at the cape about Vz miles from the launch site. Eyewitnesses reported they could see fire around the space craft above the unfueled rocket. Harris said the witnesses reported there was "just a flash." Paul Haney, voice of the astro nauts, said monitors received no word from the astronauts during the fire. He said they could not have used an emergency escape system because a protective gantry was wrapped around the entire craft during the launch test. Twenty-seven launch pad crewmen tried to reach the astronauts but were overcome by smoke although they were wearing gas masks, Harris said. He said two were hospitalized in good condition and the others were released. THE fire was reported during a plugs out test of the huge booster rocket and spacecraft. Both were operating on their own power systems and not power from the ground. Each of the victims was married and each had two children. Grissom, 40, was selected in 1959 as one of the seven original Mercury astronauts. Known as the hard luck astronaut, he had to swim for his life when his craft, Liberty Bell 7, sank after its descent on the second U.S. manned space flight July 21, 1961. Grissom teamed with Navy Cmdr. John W. Young on March 23, 1965, to fly this country's first See ASTRONAUTS-P. 3, Col 1

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