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Y4 NEWS-JOURNAL PHONES ALL DEPARTMENTS HE 3-0041 CLASSIFIED HOURS Daily a.m. to 1 p.m. filurday 1:30 a.m. to 11 noon Sunday 4:00 to 0:00 p.m. FORECAST Decreasing cloudiness, colder Saturday. Highest near 56. Partly cloudy, much colder Saturday night with freeze likely. Northerly winds 20-30 knots. Small craft warnings displayed. (More weather on Page 5A). we NO. 6 20 PAGES PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 61962 STREET SALE PRICE 5 CENTS Baby Least 65 Jnjured IirmA 1,500 Persons Are Homeless: SIXTY-SEVENTH YEAR ir r- T- '5 I 1 ww-1 Area Hit Big i lm L. til Nearly 300 Homes Damaged, Supermarket Is Buffeted News-Journal Bureau CRESTVIEW Tornadoes sneaked out of the Gulf of Mexico around 4:10 p.m. Friday and roared through Crestview, crushing one person to death and "perhaps a lot of others." Capt. J. W. Jourdan, in charge of a special Florida Highway Patrol unit, said: "There's a possibility a lot of dead people will show up tomorrow" in the smashed wreckage of their homes. An estimated 65 persons were injured. Dead is six-month-old Donna Joyce Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnson. Another person was believed electrocuted. More than 300 homes were damaged as actually two tornadoes met and formed a big twister that zig-zagged, in a crazy pattern from the southwest through a three-mile long area, 100 yards wide. An estimated 1,500 per Killed, At Pair Cleared In Holdup Case By Jury Here Two Illinois Men Defended Selves, Denied Charges Two Illinois men suspect ed of robbing an elderly Pensacola couple in December were found not guilty Friday by a Court of Record Jury, Judge M. C. Blanch-ard said. Judge Blanchard said the jury deliberated less than 30 minutes to return the verdict for Thomas Suddith and David Anderson. The pair had been charged with robbing D. B. Boatright, 80, and Mrs. Boatwright, 70, at gunpoint in their grocery store at Street and Pottery Road Dec. 16, 1960. The suspected pair, who were apprehended in Illinois nearly a year after the crime, defended themselves in the jury trial Friday without legal counsel and without taking the witness stand. A court reporter said the two men asked few questions and offered little argument at the end of the trial. Boatright said that two men, whom he identified as Anderson and Suddith, robbed him and his wife of $28 and cigarettes. He pointed out the two men in the courtroom as the pair that robbed him. He had earlier identified the pair at the county jail in a lineup. He identified Anderson as the man who held the gun during the robbery. Mrs. Anderson identified Anderson as one of the men, but could not identify Suddith. Deputy Jack Hargrove told the court that Suddith had stated during the return trip from Illinois that he had participated in the robbery. Journal Guide JFK Adding Congress Race Spice (See story on Page 10B) JOURNAL GUIDE Amusements 8A Markets 8A Comics 4B Obituaries 5A Crossword 4B Sports Editorials 4A State 9.10A Weather 5A Also Inside France seeks end to terror gangs 3B Draft quota cut as need subsides 10B Cyclical stocks seen as key to stock market Jack Lefler 8A Just Two Left Now 1 sons were Dunkea up witn The tornado slammed Crestview residential section Store Mace a Siambes Interior of Crestview Jitney Jungle grocery shows effects of tornado winds which caved in the store roof while approximately 50-75 persons were shopping. No shoppers or employes were reported seriously injured, although the inside of the store was said to be a shambles. Store employes said the tornado struck about 4:30 p.m. Friday after a dark cloud quickly formed over the city. (Journal Photo by Norton). Shortly after 8 p.m. (CST), the U.S. Weather Bureau radar station at Apalachicola, reported there was a squall line 350 miles wide extending from 150 miles southwest of there into southwest Georgia. The radar station said conditions were ripe for formation of waterspouts off the North Florida coast during the early morning hours in the approximately 150-mile area from Pensacola to Apalachicola. ica c-m East and West Fail to Budge In Berlin Row First Talks Show No Progress, Both Sides Stubborn LONDON (UPI) Neither Russia nor the West presented any new plans or offered any compromises in the first round of the Berlin peace probe in Moscow, it was authoritatively learned Friday. The "probe," agreed upon among the Western Big Four foreign ministers in Paris last month, was begun Tuesday when U.S. Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson called on Soviet For eign Minister Andrei Gromyko for a two and one-half hour confer ence. What took place at this confer ence has not been announced. But United Press International has learned its broad outlines. Russia stuck broadly by its free-city-of-Berlin conqept and re affirmed its willingness to underwrite freedom of access to the city, within a peace treaty with Communist East Germany. GROMYKO VAGUE But Gromyko did not spell out the nature of the "access" guarantee or its scope. The first round in the probe renewing East West contact on Berlin was mainly a "mutual feel ing out and a stocktaking of the respective East-West Berlin posi tions. The Soviet Berlin position is broadly the same as was set out by Gromyko in his talks late last year with President Kennedy and Secretary of State Dean Rusk in Washington, and subsequently with British Prime Minister Har old Macmillan in London. The Russians stand by their de- (CONTINUED ON PAGE IB) Journal Stall Covers Tornado 4 Regulars, Other Newsmen at Scene The Pensacola Journal and News sent four newsmen to help on the coverage of the tornado that struck Crestview. In addition, special photographers were sent. State Editor Percy Hamilton and News reporters Gayle Norton and Emory Lavender are on the scene, as is Jerry Armstrong, News-Journal correspondent and Playground News managing editor. On hand when the twister hit was Allen Robinson, News-Journal correspondent for Crestview. Robinson's house wasn't damages, nor was he hurt until after the tornado hit. He stepped in a hole outside his home. 9f 3f The Journal city desk coordinated the flow of news copy from reporters and furnished Associated Press with developments. Calls poured into the Journal city desk. Dozens of local persons called and one called from Houston, another from Delaware and another from Atlanta. Sheriff William E. Davis cooperated by rushing film from Crestview to Journal offices. Under Fire LONDON (AP)-Britain refused Friday to take sides in the feud between Rhodesian Prime Minister Sir Roy Welen-sky and Secretary-General Thant (above) over United Nations operations in Katanga. As a result, a new political storm began to gather over Britain, whose relations with the United Nations are strained. Near Blizzard Mauls Midwest, Blocks Traffic Scores of Schools Closed, Accidents Said Numerous By United Press International A near blizzard mauled the Plains and Middle West Friday with traffic-stalling, schools-closing snows and winds up to 73 miles an hour. The ballooning winter storm blocked highways and ripped down power lines in the Texas Panhandle, stalled more than 400 cars in Oklahoma and shut down scores of schools in Kansas and Northwest Missouri. The storm dumped a half foot of snow across sections of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and threatened to unload more than 10 inches in some areas as it powered on across Iowa and Missouri toward Illinois and the Ohio Valley. Winds gusted up to 73 miles an hour in the Texas Panhandle and the Oklahoma City Weather Bureau called the January blast a "near blizzard." The Kansas City Weather Bureau predicted "near blizzard conditions" late Friday over a four-state mid-western area. Another winter storm turned Michigan highways into a motorist's nightmare, piled a new 6- (CONTINUED ON PAGE 5A) district along west U.S. 90. trees, torn electrical wires smashed area. The Jitney Jungle molished, as were Hilton Motel, Martin Auto Parts, Reynolds Pontiac Baggett's Garage and Trail Restaurant. Spawned by a series skipped down on Destin, destroying a cottage and a fish house, and reportedly touched down at Paxton. No in juries were reported in either of these two places. Emergency units of medical workmen and others rushed here from Pensacola, Milton, Whiting Field, Eglin Air Force Base, Panama City, Fort Walton Beach and Andalusia, Ala. more than 200 volunteer workers had arrived. 'Mil T.i 1 1 111 "hrn -j. "nS 'I i -tin v'iv ty It if- The exact number of those injured wasn't known, but an inch-by-inch check in the path of the twister was being made. Okaloosa Memorial Hospital officials reported they had treated 25 persons, admitted five and sent one to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. In Baptist with chest injuries was Bill Jalbert, 15. His condition was reported as fair and not critical. Others reported injured by Okaloosa Memorial were: Admitted Mrs. Ruby Brown, 42, laceration of head; Mrs. Ruth Kee, 46, lacerations of ankle; Charles Kee, 55, head lacerations; Durelle Lee, 53, possible back injuries, facial abrasions; Mrs. Dutchie Elmore, 57, lacerations of chin and neck. neighbors for the night. through the heavy north and lashed the commercial Overturned cars, uprooted and debris littered the supermarket was almost de of line squalls, the tornadoes aid, nurses, doctors, policemen, Survive Treated and released Mrs. Boone Gordon, possible back injuries; Mrs. Betty Cureton, 27. foot injury; Murle Lawhon, 50, hand B. Lawhorn, 52, head lacerations. (CONTINUED ON PAGE SA 2 Los Angeles Papers, Mirror, Examiner Fold LOS ANGELES AP) Two of Los Angeles' four metropolitan daily newspapers, the morning Examiner and the evening Mirror, said Friday they are ceasing publication. The 13-year-old Mirror, youngest of the nation's major newspapers, published its last edition Friday afternoon. The 58-year-old Examiner, one-time headquarters paper of the late publisher William Randolph Hearst, publishes its last on Sunday. Thus this city of 24 million, with a metropolitan area population of more than 6'i million, becomes a two-newspaper town. The surviving papers are the morning Times and the evening Where Child Died Masses of debris are strewn outside the house where six-month- old Donna Joyce Johnson was killed by the whirling, twisting pieces as they were drawn from the house by a tornado in Crestview late Friday afternoon. The Kenneth Johnson house was one of approximately 300 damaged by the devastating winds. The tornado formed and struck within a few minutes at Destin and Crestview. (Journal Photo by Norton'. Pensacolians, Others Ducked Under Tables Howled Like a Dervish ii. i i fjr i fLrx Jul ma I -St i I I by Kt Wafer Spout or Twister Causes Damage in Destin Tornado "It came roaring through like a freight train and I was lucky to get out." That's how L. E. McCutchin of 1704 E. Jordan St. described the tornado that ripped through the restaurant-bar at Crestview late Friday where he and seven others were trapped under tables. None of the eight was hurt. "The tornado blew out the windows and slammed some things clean on out through the back into the yard," McCutchin said. "I had just stopped in for a cup of coffee and said hello to a friend. About that time one of the waitresses went to the front door and yelled: comes a "I went to the door and saw it coming. I didn't know whether Full Fury telephone lines hanging down on this side and power lines down across the street. A car had been blown across the street into the yard next door, turned over on its side. "My car had two windows blown out and a day bed was up against the side. Some roofing (splinters) from the building were shoved in between the windows and rim of the car. "A truck driver was outside. His windows had been blown out debris was blown through the windows but he didn't get a scratch. "A few minutes later a policeman came along and said I could leave. I left for Pensacola." McCutchin arrived home soaking wet but plenty grateful. "It came like a freight train and I'm very fortunate to be here." Roared in to get in my car parked just outside or stay inside. "I jumped under a table with the others and about that time it hit. It came from the south across from the Hilton Motel, but the wind sounded like it was blowing from all directions. "It blew out the windows and doors and blew some stuff on out through the back. It lasted two or three minutes. "When I looked out front I saw Today's Chuckle Legally, the husband is head of the household and the pedestrian has the right-of-way. Both are safe as long as they don't try to exercise their rights. (Copr. Geo. Fee. Corp.) Herald-Express. The Chandler family, owners of both the Times and Mirror, called the Mirror's demise a consolidation. The Times will continue to be called the Times and will con tinue daily and Sunday publication. The Hearst family, owners of both the Examiner and Herald- Express, said the Herald-Express starting next Monday will be known as the Herald-Examiner, and will add a Sunday edition. The death of two papers is the largest publishing cutback in a major city in modern times. There, has been a steady attrition of the nation's newspapers, but never have two major publications in the same city folded simultane ously. The announcements were made to employes at staff meetings, and to the public in Friday's edi- (CONTINUED ON PAGE SA) Ntws-Journal Bureau DESTIN Howling like a whirling dervish, a water spout or tornado lanced in from the Gulf late Friday afternoon and cut a 200-foot swath through Destin. But the damage was relatively light and there were no casualties. Destroyed was a summer house, unoccupied, owned by George A. Hattaway of Kins ton, and damaged was a fish house and dock owned by Jewel Melvin of Destin. In the harbor a cabin cruiser owned by Capt. Herbert Woodward capsized and sank. Two cottages on Woodward's property also were damaged. Mrs. Ann Woodward reported the spout struck quickly and carried a timber through a second floor window of her home. Destin was without electric power Friday night. Dishes Herman Gray, of 621 8th Crestview, shows reporters his china closet with dishes still in place and unhurt after his house was lifted from its foundation and moved 80 feet The house itself apparently was unharmed. (Journal photo by Norton).

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