Arizona Daily Star from Tucson, Arizona on August 28, 1964 · Page 1
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Tucson, Arizona
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Friday, August 28, 1964
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Tornado CCills 2 Amid Dmijoires 8 Near Scum Xavieir Missiini Storm Dips Into Indian Settlement Twister Hits Eleven Homes and Convent By KINGSLEY WOOD A violent tornado generated by winds exceeding 50 m.p.h. rut a 3'4-mile path of destruction near the San Xavier Mission yesterday morning, killing to persons and injuring eight in one family. Several other families miraculously escaped injury as the twister swooped down on an Indian settlement about 11:30 st ki: 1 yi rr kite i a, , aw See story on 3A, more pictures on IB. a.m., and destroyed or damaged eleven homes before rendering its final force on the convent and parish school just west of the mission. Mrs. Lucy Norris, 31, and her 9-month-old son, Marcian, were dead on arrival at San Xavier Indian Hospital after a futile at-; tempt by rescue workers to administer artificial respiration. They were pulled from beneath a pile of adobe bricks by several volunteers as others, armed with picks and shovels, removed the debris under which seven or eight members of the Norris family had been buried p live. I A nurse on the scene administered niouth-to-mouth breathing and helpers hustled the victims into ambulances which took them to San Xavier Indian Hospital and Tucson Medical Center. Maryanna Norris, 4, was in fair condition at TMC yesterday afternoon with a head injury. Admitted at the Indian Hospital were Virgil Norris, 5; Phil-bert, 7; Irma Linda, 3; Belina, 9: Drucilla, 6; their father, Manuel, 38, and grandfather, Cornelia, 77. Doctors said their condition and extent of injuries would not be known until further treatment was completed. Total damage was estimated n about $100,000 by Allen Clark, criminal investigator for the Bureau of Indian affairs. He said damage to the 11 adobe homes could come to about $20,000, damage to the levelled convent and parish school he estimated at around $70,000. The historic mission building Itself twin-towered "White Dove of the Desert," was not damaged. However, part of the convent was almost leveled to the ground and damage to water pipes and electrical lines was heavy, according to Richard Higginboth-am, building inspector for the city of Tucson. Damage to the school consisted mainly of bro- xen windows. It was a erim scene. The homes of James Lohenia, Eliza beth Pancho, Lefonsa Juan, Cornelia Norris and Juan Ma- maki were demolished, accord ing to Robert Kozuki of the Pap ago Indian Welfore Agency. Half a dozen othe rhomes lost part of their roofs and the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Encinas suffered serious damage. Some of the homes were caught in the center of the storm, which cut a northeaster ly path toward the adobe set tlement from Black Hill, about four miles south of the mission, tearing walls, ceilings and fix tures loose from their moorings and scattering debris over a wide area. But perhaps no one had a more meaningful encounter with the storm than Robert Merrick, a 44-year-old sales engineer for Gnnnell Fire Equipment Co. who participated in a dramatic attempt to save the lives of members of the Norris family. Merrick was carrying a fire extinguisher from the convent to his truck, which was parked on the northeast side of the school, when he saw the twister's funnel between the two buildings. The tornado was low and ter rifving, Merrick said. He heard the screams of Sister Martha principal superior of the school and saw her run out the north door of the convent and duck into a cellar. Merrick headed for his truck drove it several yards, parked it directly behind the north wall of the school, and waited for the tornado to subside. "I heard a roar as if a freight train were going by at 90 m.p.h.," he re called, "and I could feel the truck swaying to the side. "The circumference of the storm appeared to be about 50 yards, and when it seemed to dissipate in an area of trees 200 yards north of the school and convent, I shut off two bu tane tanks and heard Sister Martha say, 'I thought vou and the truck were going to topple over.' " Then, Merrick said, he and the nun ran to the Norris resi dence, the northernmost of those In the settlement. Thev found three children in a bed in th southwest corner of th (Continued on IB, Col. Jay Taylor, creative director of Harwood Advertising, took this picture from the sixth floor of the Phoenix Title Bldg. The Pima County Courtheuss dome is on the left, the storm in the far background, and the funnel dips out of the storm WEATHER Forecast for Tucson: Cloudy; rain in mountains. Temperatures Yesterday: HIGH 84 LOW 65 Year Ago: HIGH 91 LOW 69 U. S. Weather Bureau VOL. 123 NO. 241 Cleo Takes Aim On Cape After Bruising Miami BULLETIN CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. WB The nation's space center was spared the full fury of Hurricane Cleo Thursday night as it weakened after carving a destructive path along 200 miles of Florida's rich, populous east coast. There was a brief power failure at the space center, but no reports of damage. MIAMI, Fla. W) Hurricane Cleo's hammering winds laid a trail of wreckage across Miami and up Florida's populous "Gold Coast" Thursday, and spread hurricane warnings as far north as Brunswick, Ga. Winds of 100 miles an hour as the storm moved over Melbourne, 170 miles up the coast from Miami, and bore down on the missile pads of Cape Kennedy. Small craft up to Cape Hat-teras were warned to stick close to port. Despite the damage, Cleo took no lives at Miami. While smashed windows, ripped awnings, fallen trees and power lines left Miami's streets looking like a battle zone, a Tornado Is A Rarity In This Area Yesterday's tornado was a rarity for this hilly desert country. Robert King, chief meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau at Tucson International Airport, said Arizona's mountains and hills tend to break up the circulation of the air and make it difficult for precise tornado conditions to form. King said that atmospheric conditions necessary for thunderstorms and tornados include warm, moist air at the earth's surface and cool air aloft. " 'Bubbles' of warm air rise, and as they rise they expand and cool, causing some condensation. The condensing air releases heat which warms the 'bubble' even more," he said. When this happens, a thunderstorm is the normal product, but as the "bubble" rises, it leaves a void, into which cooler air rushes. If this air begins to revolve fast enough, it builds up energy and may leave the storm cloud as a tornado. King speculated that in the case of yesterday's tornado, a mass of cool air moved southwest at an altitude of more than 12.000 feet from the North Atlantic coast. A thick mass of warmer air lighter than the colder air moved upward, creating the maior temperature different that produced the tornado. Destruction Svirls 3fe Entered as second class matter. Post Oftiee, Tucson, Arizona still whipped around the center strong building code adopted years ago in Southeast Florida protected her citizens. Lulled into a careless sense of security by a 14-year period in which Miami felt the wrath of only a single hurricane, many shop owners did not heed the warnings to board up. , After the hurricane, manv of these found plate glass windows smashed and interiors wrecked. There was little, if any, struc tural damage to buildings. Not a single death had been reported in Florida after Cleo, which killed at least 70 persons in Guadeloupe and Haiti, had smashed across Miami and 100 miles northward up the coast through Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Stuart. While many confident Miami- ans enjoyed "hurricane parties" in strongly-built homes which easily took Cleo's most vicious punches, tourists on Miami Beach's famed "Hotel Row" suffered some uneasy moments. "We were told a hurricane was coming but, my God, not this!" A frightened woman visitor cried after the wind blew out a window at the Fontaine-bleau Hotel and her hand was cut by a piece of flying glass. When store windows began to explode by hundreds in Miami, some looting was reported. One man shot by police was i.i ciiti-cal condition in a hospital. News Index Tavern owner acquitted In manslaughter case, 5A. j t Hayden endorses Elson m Phoenix speech, 6C. ' j Poll shows youth not supporting Goldwater, 8A. Profiles in science, 5C. Candidates corner, 4B. Pima County gets 320-acre site for fairgrounds, SB. LA gets ready for invasion of 18.000 students,' 10A. Ask Andy ..51) Movies 7C Bridge .."..JOB Pub. Rec. ..SD Crossword ..7C Radio-TV ...SC Comics HC Snorts ...,1-lfi fditnrtal ..MD Weather ...WC Financial ..12B Women ...1-4C Out Of Clouds clouds bent on its path of death and destruction. In the foreground is W. Pennington St. The twister broke up and blew eastward after flattening four homes and killing a mother and her baby at San Xavier Mission, Ark TUCSON, Old Foes Riot, Fight In Saigon Shakeup Announced While Blood Flows SAIGON, Viet Nam If) Armed mobs battled each other and troops fired on demonstrators here Thursday in an ironic accompaniment to official promulgation of a new deal aimed at stemming national unrest. Eight persons were known dead and possibly 10 or more were killed in city-wide rioting that reflected old antagonisms, political and religious, between Vietnamese Buddhists and Roman Catholics. Scores were wounded. A joint communique from the Buddhist Assn. and the Saigon archbishopric of the Roman Catholic Church called for peace. Obviously referring to agents of the Communist Viet Cong, it urged the people to keep calm and be alert against "the schemes of bad elements who infiltrate the ranks of religious groups to incite dissension and violence, split national solidarity and sabotage public safety and order." Maj. Gen. Nguyen Khanh's ruling junta the 60-man military revolutionary council named him and two other generals to run the country for 60 days, that is until a provisionnl national congress is chosen to pick a new chief of state and cabinet. Elected to serve with Khunh were Maj. Gen. Duong Van (Big) Minn, the former chief of state whom Khanh displaced Aug. 16: and Lt. Gen. Tran Thien Khiem, former defense minister. The full council announced voiding of the controversial con-sitution adopted when Khanh was elected president 11 days ago and said the council itself is now dissolved. Aside from the big three, its generals and colonels were reported headed back to strictly military duties. LBJ Given Texas-Size Happy Birthday C lM Nr York T.mes Ni if ic I ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.-Pres-! ident Lyndon B. Johnson had a ball Thursday night on his fifty-sixth birthday. There have been other balls in other years for other presidential nominees of "the party with a heart," as the late Speaker i r . .u l i . it joaiii jdvuuui iuvcu 10 tan ine i Democratic party. But never a ball like this one. This was a ball on a Texas seal?. j ft burt the rofifinCS of th ( ballroom in i onvnt'nn Hll ' where thousand of delegates I ana An Independent NEWSpaper ARIZONA, FRIDAY MORNING, AUGUST 28, 1964 Acceptance Speeches End Convention Mhmon Asks Without A Word, Kennedy Brings Down The House CONVENTION HALL MV-The Democrats' tribute to former President John F. Kennedy Thursday night turned into a roaring, spontaneous ovation for his brother, Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy. It was Kennedy's role to introduce a film recalling highlights from his brother's years as President. But before he could open his mouth, the convention rocked to an emotional outburst seldom tendered a political figure. The delegates began by a steady clapping for the attorney general as lie stood before them. The noise rose to a crescendo of shouts, cheers and whittles each time he tried to begin. It was 13 minutes before the rousing tribute subsided and Kennedy was able to begin his remarks. Chairman John W. McCor-mack tried unsuccessfully to quiet the delegates. They wanted to let Kennedy know how they felt about the Kennedy family, and they did. There were tears in his eyes as he stood there, making none of the waving, smiling gestures so typical of political figures acknowledging such a welcome. His face was sad and poignant during most of the time he stood waiting to begin. Seven times he said, "Mr. Chairman," and could get no further as the delegates, joined by the spectators in the packed gallery, shouted even louder. There was no music during the dramatic interval, none of the and other party faithful of high and low degree shoved and shouted in honor of Johnson. It whirled and skirled down the Boardwalk where, at intervals, boys and girls of "ethnic groups," as campaign headquarters refer to the offspring of the foreign bom, danced the dances and sang the songs of homelands they never knew. It took the form of a procession of 200 boats just beyond the line of the breakers. tr even invaded the hrvrns whne boTib and rrx k?t totpl-hr.g three tors of gunpowder bt Deputy Sheriff Maceo Wells, arms raised, asks crowd to stand back as rescue workers attempt to revive tornado victims. The deputy stands in the rubble of an adobe home demolished by the twister. Historic San Xavier Mission is in the flat Printing The News Impartially ir Bub Id usual accompaniment that keeps demonstrations rolling. There was nothing but the heartfelt outburst of the crowd. Sen. Henry M. Jackson, who had introduced Kennedy, also was unable to still the rising tide of noise. Tears were seen in the eyes of delegates on the floor. Cries of "We want Bobby!" thundered through the hall. Finally Kennedy began speak ing over the applause, and as suddenly as it began, the noise subsided, and he was able to continue. Gracie Allen Dies Of Heart Attack HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 28 W -Actress Gracie Allen died Thursday night of an apparent heart attack at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital here. Miss Allen, the wife of comedian George Burns, was a famed comic in her own right. Her "dumb Dora" routines were show business classics. The death of Miss Allen was confirmed by Arthur Wildewn, public relations officer for the hospital. up the skies for hours, ending in a "grand finale" a 600-square-foot portrait of Lyndon Johnson hung in the firmament while thousands said "Ah!" There was a parade of 31 high school bands. Both bands and ethnic groups finally converged in front of Convention Hall, raising a mighty din. There for the President to cut was the cake a great red, white and blue-iced map of the United States on which Rhode Inland was lss than bite--ip aid Texas couid feed a regiment. Devastation In Shadow Of Church New Peril Is Raised On Cyprus NICOSIA, Cyprus W An official source said Thursday the Greek Cypriot government would use force if necessary to block the landing of Turkish replacement troops Monday. This raised new peril of an armed clash between Atlantic allies Greece and Turkey. A Turkish embassy spokesman warned that the rotation of troops, bused here by treaty, would go ahead as scheduled and the arrivals will reply with force if the landing is resisted. Under treaties of guarantees leading to independence for Cyprus, small contingents of Greek and Turkish regulars are based on Cyprus. Turkey rotates half of its 605-man contingent every six months. Greece has declared that it will come to the defense of Cyprus if Turkey again attacks Cyprus. This was afier Turkish planes attacked Greek ( yriois earlier this month to help Turkish Cypriot forces pinned against the sea on the northwest coast. The question Is whether the Greek government would regard the rotation of the Turkish contingent, by force if necessary, as a Turkish attack. In the present inflamed atmosphere in Cy prus it is difficult to envisage Greece standing by in the event of actual fighting. Diplomatic sources say U.N. officials and Washington and London are seeking to work out some solution. I The theme of this great dis-i play by land, sea and sky, reporters were told by its con- iceiver, Dannv Thomas, the co median, was that "fifty-six years ago a boy was bom to the soil of Texas." Thursday morning Convention Hall was turned over to the young Democrats now called I "Young Citizens for Johnson." ( The President had chosen I Birch F. Bayh, the handsome I young senator from Indiana, to I he the presiding gpnius of the Young Cttirnv i j Bayh had rounded up Peter, background. Manuel Norris, whose storm, said "it was over too quick (Sheaffer photo by Mark Godfrey) MA 2-5855 MmdB President Calls For Advance, Not Retreat' 1964 Ne YO'k timfs NfW1 Sfrvke ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Lyndon B. Johnson accepted the presidential nomination of the Democratic party Thursday night with a pledge to offer "advance, not retreat unity, not division-hope, not fear and smear." (See text, Page 6D.) Answering time and again the challenges laid down by the Republicans and their nominee, i Barry M. Goldwater, Johnson told a roaring and happy convention that "We do offer the people a choice a choice of continuing on the courageous and compassionate course that has made this nation the strongest, freest, most prosperous and most peaceful nation in the history of man." He and his party, he said, offered themselves "on our record and by our platform as a party for all Americans." He asked for a mandate to begin on the task of building "the great society a place where the meaning of man's life matches the marvels of man's labor." Johnson's acceptance speech brought to an end the :!4th Iem-ocratic National Convention, which nominated him to run with Hubert II. Humphrey of Minnesota this fall. Before their acceptance speeches, the convention also gave Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the brother of President Kennedy, a tremendous ovation. He appeared to introduce a memorial film to John F. Kennedy. The convention also conduct- Paul and Mary, the folk sing ers; Barbara Streisand, the Mar of "Funny Girl '; Vic Damone. and other figures from the entertainment world. Actor Paul Newman was master of ceremonies. Convention H.ill was bulging with 15,000 ooys and girls 5.-000 from New York and Pennsylvania, and the guitars il the pla'-e jumping. An add"d sta'ter was vice president!! itommw, Set. Hn-Sftt H. Humphrey, whn aj- pearrd U t and m-ed a i shout. wife and baby died in the to know what happened." EDITION TEN CENTS FORTY-EIGHT PAGES ed memorial services Thursday night for Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, both of whom died since the last Democratic National Convention. Johnson came last on lengthy program, after having sat in a special box with his wife and Kennedy to hear Hum phrey give a vigorous and enthusiastically received acceptance speech. When Johnson himself came to the rostrum, he asked Speaker John W. McCormack of Massachusetts, the convention chairman, to cut short a booming demonstration. This apparently was a move to keep his speech wiilim prime evening television time. Johnson emphasized two primary themes in his acceptance speech. One was the familiar Johnsonian call for national unity. As he expressed it, "This prosperous peoplp, this land of reasonable mfn, has no place for petty partisanship or peevish prejudice." lhre was no need to be servpd, he said, by a business party or ? labor party, a war party or a peace party, a Southern party or a Northern party. "Our deeds," Johnson said, "will meet our needs only if we are served by a party which serves all our people." Johnson's other main theme was a defense of the record of the Democratic party and the Kennedy and Johnson administrations against the charges of the Republicans and Goldwater. lo ms opponent s calls for "brinkmanship" abroad, Johnson replied: "The true courage of this nuclear age lies in th jOiest for pace." I 1 C.nldwater's charge that jn. i dividual freedom is being rur-'taiM. Johnson renlied: 'Am. i I (fnniinued on 2B, Col. 3)

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