The Montgomery Advertiser from Montgomery, Alabama on January 24, 1969 · 1
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Friday, January 24, 1969
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The Weather Montgomery : Cloudy and warmer with showers and thun. dershowers ending Friday, partial clearing Friday afternoon, partly cloudy and much eoMcr Friday night and Saturday, High 68, low 24. (See Map, Details, Page 2.) 142nd Year-No. 21 N2WS FLASH!! Dfrtct From Ntwireom Of AIvtr)lMrJournil By Tttphon DUI262tt mutt Monlgomery, Ala. Friday Morning, January 21, 1969 26 Pages -10c ie as Tornado 0 ills sis 290 Mis sippi -fer HAZLEHURST, Miss. (AP) -A devastating tornado sliced a path of death and destruction across Central Mississippi Thursday, claiming 29 lives as it moved across three counties. At first 31 were feared killed, but the State Highway Patrol A blanket of Arctic air .night and Friday. covered an area from the Subzero weather continued In Pacific iNorthwest and Rockies .Montana for the sixth to the western Valley. adjacent plains and Mississippi River Temperatures in some areas frtll Of! am vmawm Af. nvnr.r- f A Wm. .,lcoH (ho fin,, Hmvn.l c" " ul " iai,i ICimwi unrc wara to z. Uprooting trees and grinding buildings into rubble, the twister moved in from the west at 6:25 a.m. and knifed through a predominantly Negro area just south of Hazlehurst. A series of tornadoes then moved northeastward into Simpson and Smith counties, about a half hour later. Heralded by an overwhelming roar and ominous darkness, the tornadoes alternately wrecked and spared buildings in almost whimsical fashion. Some were smashed to rubble, others disappeared completely and still others appeared untouched. Search parties hunted heavily consecutive day. The temperature had failed to rise above zero for 145 hours at Great Falls. A January record low of 37 degrees below zero was logged there and at Frigid weather was expected midafternoon Thursday it was to dip into the South Thursday 33 degrees below. Zero cold, wind and blinding snow created blizzard conditions in the Dakotas and Minnesota. In southern Kansas, tem peratures Thursday were 50 degrees lower than Wednesday readings. In the Southeast, warm air brought moisture off the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico and heavy rains fell. Two-inch rains fell in Alabama. aire Bucher for Shot, Testifies CORONADO, Calif. (AP) -The skipper of' the Pueblo-tears streaming, his voice an ar.eiiishpd erv said Thursdav wooded areas along the tornado :North Koreans attempted to route and dug through the de-jforce a spying confession from briS. i him ihu nrpfonHincf tn chrwit him r Tornado Ripped Through Town of Hazelhurst, Miss., Thursday, Killing 10 -AP WlrephoU) fa 0 n Dtuaents Kampage At Sorbonne Ag am rector's office, the police clubs, and student marches these things on a hazy, warm winter1 day made the events almost a flashback to the student revolt PARIS (AP) - Behind the red and black flags of revolution and anarchy, students took over the office of the rector of the Sorbonne for two hours Thurs day and fought with riot policelof last spring, on the streets of the Latin Quar- Police reported 200 arrests, ter. After the Sorbonne had been The flags, the wrecking of the'cleared Thursday night, 500 un- Hickel, Packard Win Senate Confirmation WASHINGTON (AP) - Alas-, the . Senate Interior Committee and on the floor about his per sonal financial holdings and as sociations in areas that might Icome under his jurisdiction as secretary. conservationists' concern about; Hickel is unfounded, that he is divesting himself of all holdings that might suggest a conflict of; interest, and that he will serve with distinction as secretary, ka Gov. Walter J. Hickel won delayed confirmation from the Senate Thursday after extensive senatorial criticism of his appointment as secretary of the interior in the Nixon administration. And senators approved also the appointment of California industrialist DavW R. Packard as deputy secretary of defense, rejecting a protest about his fi nancial holdings, The two nominations are the only ones by President Nixonjdays on the floor litm Udve anucu any auuaiau- tial challenge. Hickel was confirmed by a vote of 73 to 16, with all opposition from Democrats. Several Democrats who voted for him said they did so with reservations but in support of the tradition a new president is entitled to have the Cabinet officers he wants. The White House announced dergraduates seized the administration building of the branch at Vincennes, outside Paris. Student trouble was also reported at Caen in Normandy, Besancon in southeastern France, and at the capital's Technical Institute. "I fear greatly that we're moving into a dangerous period," said the dean of the Paris Liberal Arts School, Raymond Las Vergnas. He met face to face with a group of rebels in the Sorbonne and warned them that the situation was fast becoming explosive. At the heart of the discontent, interwoven with "cop hatred" and notions of world revolution, was dissatisfaction with the educational reform program promised by Charles de Gaulle's gov ernment and a demand that Heavy Rains, Some Hail Strike State BIRMINGHAM (AP) - Thun derstorms blustered across north and central Alabama Thursday, dumping heavy rains and some hail, but causing no serious damage or injuries. The Weather Bureau 'gave the all clear for north and central Alabama at 10 p.m. The alert was posted early in the day. Marble-sized hailstones were reported at several spots in the Birmingham area, southeast of Tuscaloosa and at Moundville. When it lifted its tornado watch, the Birmingham weather bureau, said an area of thunderstorms . continued over southeastern Shelby and southern Talladega counties. The storms were predicted to produce heavy rains and possi- "It sounded like train engines, jet airplane motors and other big motors, roaring so loud you couldn't hear," said Clarence Buckley of Harrisville. "It stopped in about two minutes and all was quiet." A school bus parked nearby was blown a quarter-mile away with the body separated from the chassis and seats scattered through a field. The field was littered with dead chickens and ducks. The scene was repeated throughout the three-county area, where officials lost count of the injury list. Mayor Paul Kemp of Hazlehurst estimated that 150 persons were treated at the Hazlehurst hospital alone, and many others were sent to hospitals in Jack son and Brookhaven. Volunteers and organized! search parties combed the Ha-; zlehurst area for victims through the evening. At one point a bulldozer pushed out a dam to drain a farm pond where two children were feared as ne Knelt oetore mem, so shaken he could say only. "I love you, Rose, I love you Rose." Cmdr. Lloyd M. Bucher said he finally confessed later after! they threatened to shoot his crew one by one, starting with the youngest and that night he tried, vainly, to commit suicide by drowning himself in a water bucket. Bucher's blonde -wife, Rose, sobbed and dug her fists into her eyes as she heard her husband testify before a Navy board of inquiry. He finally broke down, so a recess had to be called. The board has warned him he may have violat ed regulations by surrendering his intelligence ship. Of the confession, he said "Some time during the night I attempted to commit suicide by drowning myself in a bucket of water in my room, but was un able to accomplish this. "Mentally I was quite dis turbed, partly because of the Bucher testified standing dur-; ing the morning session when he broke down, but was seated during the afternoon session. He was excused at the end of the day subject to later recall. The court then said it would hold closed sessions to discuss classified secret subjects start ing Friday and extending through Tuesday, with Sunday off. The 41-year-old officer, describing interrogation by his captors, said a North Korean shouted as Bucher knelt: "Kill the son of a bitch." Bucher added, referring to a guard with a gun pointed at his (See Bucher, Page 2) Youth Aims Shots IS ear Soviet Chiefs lost. The children were not embarrassment this confession found. Enoch Gilmore, father of the children, said 15 people lived in! the house atop a bluff overlooking the pond and the two children had not been located after the tornado hit. Gov. John Bell Williams flew into Hazlehurst shortly after noon and conferred with area leaders. He pledged state help i might have caused the United States. And I realized they needed me alive more than anyone else in the crew for public appearances that I was afraid of and knew were coming." He said he was unable to eat or sleep for several days be- His defenders argued thatjscnolars.hiPs be 'ncreased by 15,ble gusty winds for a whi!e) per cent, The immediate trigger was a banned film showing at the Saint Louis High School, next to the Sorbonne. Students who had been refused permission to show He underwent five days of j a film on last May's riots went committee scrutiny and the ahead anyway. nomination was debated for two They later found police wait- (See Students, Page 2) Begins Talks With Russia Britain Says Both Sides Must Back Mideast Pact LONDON (AP) Britain be-, in December. .. . in sprnntr un omercrpnpv tanili. on its tornado alert . . ;-o -r " ues io caie ior we numeiess. Later, he toured the other two areas. Kemp said officials were working to set up an emergency center at the National Guard Armory where up to 300 people could be housed overnight. Kemp also said he would ask a force of 100 National Guardsmen to stand duty in the Hazlehurst area as a precaution. The twister knocked out power and telephone lines in some areas, but utility crews worked overtime and by nightfall most of the power and telephone service had been restored. A storm system was moving up the Mississippi Valley, bring ing with it blustery winds and aj variety oi precipuauun. Elsewhere, much of the nation was experiencing or about to experience extreme cold. but were not expected to be severe. The collision of warm, moist air of the past few days and a cold front moving into Alabama brought the tornado threats and heavy rains into the state. cause he was haunted toy the thought that secret information in the Pubelo had been compromised. MOSCOW (AP)-A youth described by the Foreign Ministry as mentally deranged fired several pistol shots Wednesday at a motorcade honoring the four newest space heroes and carrying two Soviet leaders. A chauffeur and an escort riding a motorcycle were wounded. Cosmonaut Georgy Beregovoy, whose flight in Soyuz 3 last Oc tober blazed the way for the four's successful space linkup last week, was cut on the neck by flying glass as a bullet struck the driver of his limousine. There was speculation that! the youth was aiming at Communist party chief Leonid I. Brezhnev and President Nikolai V. Podgorny, riding in a closed car behind. But the Foreign Ministry Thursday in announcing the incident nearly 24 hours after it happened refused to confirm this. there was more to the incident than was immediately made public. Firearms are strictly controlled in the Soviet Union and assassination attempts on public figures here have not been heard of for years. The leaders were several cars behind Beregovoy's limousine. The youth was grabbed by spectators and immediately arrested by the police. The Foreign Ministry refused to identify him or give a possible motive. It seemed clear, however, that the youth was not aiming at the cosmonauts who rode Soyuz 4 and Snvuz 5 into orbit and ai.iu.tvu tut; nviiua nidi Advertiser Today Page Amusements 10 Classified 21-25 Comics 17 Crossword 3 Editorial 4 manned linkup and transfer of men from one spaceship to the other. The four, Vladimir Shatalov, Boris Volynov, Alexei Yeliseyev and Yevgeny Khrunov, were Legals 19 (Standing in the back of an open Markets 20, 21 car. The closed limousine car Obituaries 18, 21 Society 12-13 Sports 15-17 TV Logs 11 rvina Beresovov was the second car behind that of the four, who valid would have been easy targets. The reluctance of the Foreign Indictment Of Flowers Is Upheld BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)-A federal judge Thursday denied requests to dismiss indictments against former Alabama Atty. Gen. Richmond Flowers and three other men charged with extortion conspiracy. U.S. Dist. Judge Clarence Allgood, who will preside over the trial which begins Monday, denied motions charging unfairness in the method by which the indiciting grand jury had been selected. ' The four also charged that U.S. Atty. Macon Weaver was prejudiced against them in his actions before the grand jury. Flowers, former assistant Atty. Gen. Joe Breck Gantt of Birmingham, Miami businessman Oscar Hyde and Laurel, Miss., businessman James Kelley are accused of conspiring to extort money from loan companies doing business in Alabama. Judge Allgood's opinion on the dismissal motions said t h e indictment "is, in all respect, Weather Map 2 i Ministry and other official chan nels to elaborate on the easel gave rise to speculation that! that Hickel will be sworn in in the East Room of the executive mansion at 10 a.m. EST Friday. Chief Justice Earl Warren will administer the oath in President Nixon's presence as he did for the other 11 Cabinet members. Hickel -drew criticism for his statements on conservation. Questions were raised also in gan discussing with the Soviet Union possible terms of a Middle East peace Thursday but insisted any settlement must rest on Arab-Israeli agreement. A communication from Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart to the Kremlin thus aligned the British with the United States by accepting Russia's peace n an as one basis for discussion. In the aftermath of that Israe li attack which destroyed 13 Arab airliners, the Lebanese succeeded, after weeks of internal bickering, in forming a 16-man government. t- .1 a II ' But like the Americans the Brit- OlJtll KIllclll. iJicllish made clear alternative pro- posals also should be examined. fail to Agree On Nominee I he move appeared to sep arate the British and Americans somewhat from France, which 'has endorsed Moscow's pro-Igrcm for a phased Arab-Israeli WASHINGTON Alabama i settlement in virtually unquali- scnators split their vote on theified terms confirmation of Alaska Gov Walter J. Hickel as secretary of me interior. Christmas Seal Drive Falls Short of Goal "Christmas is over, b u t there's a bigger need than ever for Montgomery Countains to help push the 1968 Christmas Seal Campaign over the top," drive chairman Edgar Stuart The French, who have formal- said this week. !y urged early Big Four talks on "An extra push now can mean the Middle East, announced ia more effective TB control In the 73-16 roll-call vote bylthey may send defensive weap- program in 1969 and that which the Senate confirmed ons to Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi means much more safety for Kickel's nomination, John Spark-(Arab a and Kuwait. jevery home and every family," nan cast nis vote in lavor oil Last monm rrcsiaeni said. the confirmation. de Gaulle banned arms ship- Freshman Sen. James B.,men!s, including paid for Mi-Allen voted against Hickel's ap- rage jets, to Israel following the pointmcnt. 'reprisal raid on Beirut airport $26,900. Stuart said that the drive fell $1,500 short of the goal in 196. goai tor mc year was U- - J! .f !A f . , - .... 6 y t J- jrfH I Till . .V Men Sit Amid Wreckage of House where Four Occupants Escaped Injury- -AP Wlrtptwlo Kidnaped Boy Back Unharmed OPELIKA (AP) - A 5-year-old Salem, Ala., boy reportedly kidnaped from in front of a Lee County school, was returned unharmed to his mother Thurs day evening, state troopers reported. ' They said 50-year-old Allen Calvin Hugley of Opelika showed up at the Salem home with the child, George Walton Jr., shortly before 8 p.m. Hugley, who had been charged earlier with the kidnaping, was taken into custody, Capt. Claude Prior of the state trooper post In Opelika said his men had been joined in the search for the child, which began Tuewiay, evening, by officers Prom Lee and Russell counties. He said authorities in Georgia and Florida had been notified of the abd.iction, but that there was 'no evidence Hugley had left the state. A mussing persons report was Issued for the boy when he failed to return home from school Tuesday. Troopers said Hugley thad dropped the boy's two older sisiers on bl a reiauve s nomo after picking them up at school but continued on with the boy. Friends of the family said Hugley and the boy'a mother, Mrs. Emma Lee Gentry, were acquainted and it was not unusual for Hugley to pick up the children at ichool.

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