75th Year fa dsi Phone 793-3221 REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA, MONDAY, MAY 17, 1965 $1.50 Per Month Sixteen Pages 10 Cents CHAIN - REACTION — An officer in combat gear moves through the smoking rubble of the B-57 flight line at Bien Hoa airbase in South Viet Nam after a chain-reaction ex plosion wrecked 22 of the big jet bombers late Saturday. (UP! Radiophoto) Time bombs hamper probe of air base explosion SAIGON (UPI) — Two iron- nerved U.S. Army officers risked tlieir lives today to destroy four deadly time bombs buried in the wreckage of Bien Hoa air base — scene of the worst .'American disaster of the Viet Nam war. A military spokesman said as many as 27 Americans may have died Sunday in a flight line explosion that destroyed 22 bomb-laden planes and other American property worth at least $20 million. Four Vietnamese were killed and more than 100 other U.S. personnel were injured. The official U.S. casualty toll was placed at 5 dead, 22 missing and 103 wounded. Of 21 bodies in military morgues in Saigon only five have been identified. A spokesman said it would be "many days" before all of the American victims could be identified, so powerful was the blast. Medical and dental records were being used to identify many of the dead. Several 500 - pound bombs equipped with time fuses were buried in the debris. Lt. Col. John P. O'Shaugh- nesy and Capt. Robert J. Earl found the four time bombs today and neutralized tJiem in a daring demolition missior:^ The hazards involved in the .iob were underscored when one bomb exploded by itself earlier today. All of the potentially dangerous bombs will have to be destroyed before an official investigation can be started. The inspector general of the Air Force, Lt. Gen. William K. Martin, headed a Defense Department team dispatched from Washington to make a thorough inquiry into the disaster. Unauthorized personnel wore prevented from going within 1,000 yards of the bomb area. Sabotage Ruled Out Air Force officials said Sunday's chain reaction blast was an accident and ruled out sabotage by Vict Cong guerrillas Weather Redlands Today '2 p.m. Reading) Highest 90, Lowest 54 Sunday ffighest 95, Lowest 51 Saturday Highest 88, Lowest 49 One Year Ago Highest 77, Lowest 46 Tomorrow's Sunrise and Sunset 5:45 a.m. — 7:47 p.m. Light smog, no burning. San Bernardino Valley: Mostly sunny Tuesday but some fog and low clouds early Tuesday morning. Lows tonight 50-55. U.S. Weather Bureau Noon Forecast Sunny weather will prevail in Southern California Tuesday and Wednesday except for considerable low cloudiness along the coast d u r i ng the night and morning hours, extending inland through the coastal valleys in the early mornings. Five Day Forecast No precipitation and temperatures near or slightly above normal. Temperatures and precipitation for the 24-hour period ending at 4 a.m. High Low Prccip. 70 52 .02 Boston Chicago Cincinnati Denver Des Mones Fairbanks Fort Worth Helena Ifonolulu Kansas City Las Vegas Los Angeles Minneapolis New York Oklahoma City Omaha Palm Springs Sacramento Salt Lake City San Francisco Seattle Washington 67 81 76 67 51 69 75 79 92 81 56 87 76 71 105 90 82 68 53 89 45 59 48 33 61 38 75 54 63 59 47 66 62 58 75 56 50 50' 44 65 T .13 .16 .06 .02 .27 Three killed in headon crash near Riverside RIVERSIDE (UPIl — Three members of an Anaheim family were killed Sunday night when a car crossed over the wrong way on U.S. 91 near an interchange and caused a four-vehicle crash. The victims were identified as Paul Johnson, 32. his wife Claudia. 27. and their 2-yeai- - old daughter, Heidi. Police booked Cicero Maxwell. 39, San Bernardino, on suspicion of drunken driving and manslaughter. Maxwell sustained major injurie.';. Gloria Brewster, 21, and Rozelle Heley, 28, both of San Bernardino, suffered major injuries and were treated at Riverside Community Hospital. They were passengers in Maxwell's car. Mrs. Gaynell Moretta. 65, Fullerton, who was riding in a third car with her husband sustained major injuries and was hospitalized. The husband, Nicholas, was treated for minor injuries. The driver of the fourth vehicle. David Lee, 32, Huntington Beach, was treated at the scene. I lurking in the Communist- I infested countryside around the big air base. Ten of the wrecked planes were B57 Canberra jet bombers, each worth $1.2 million, Maj. Gen. Joseph H. Moore, commander of the U.S. Air Force in South Viet Nam. said the losses represented 10 per cent of America's nuclear- capable B57 fleet. The trigger for tlie blast was apparently a 50-pound bomb which exploded aboard a B57 as it taxied along the flight line for a combat mission against Communist positions in South Viet Nam. Moore said it was possible the fuse on the bomb had been improperly set. Set Off Chain The explosion blew the supersonic jet apart, setting off the entire load of incendiary and general purpose bombs aboard and spewing flaming wreckage and searing white phosphorous over the area. It was like lighting a string 3f giant firecrackers. The other planes along the line caught fire and exploded one by one as flames reached Ihcir ammunition and bomb loads. In addition to the 10 B57s. 11 Vietnamese Skyraider fighter-bombers and a U. S. Navy F8 crusader were destroyed. The concussion knocked out the base control tower and collapsed the walls of nearby hangars. Johnson proposes ^4 billi slash in U.S. excise taxes First robot ticket taker begins work LONDON (UPI) — London's first robot ticket collector went to work today at a subway station. The robot "reads" magnetic ink markings on passenger's tickets and so long as they are valid it automatically opens two sets of doors to allow the travellers out. 25 known dead in German avalanche GARMISCH - PARTEN- KIRCHEN, Germany (UPI) — "It was a horror ... it liap- pened like a flash. Just boom, whoosh, white stuff splattering the window . . . then I grabbed the phone." Rick Baldwin, 22, of Dalton, Pa., a member of the U.S. Army alpine ski patrol, today described the terror of Saturday's avalanche which roared down the slopes of Mt. Zug- spitze, Germany's highest peak. At least 25 persons, all Germans or Bavarians, were known dead in the slide, worst ever to hit the German Alps. Others possibly were believed buried under tons of snow and ice which covered this ski resort at the base of the mountain. More than 500 rescue workers, including U. S. Army troops, today were probing through tons of snow and rock. Demolition experts were trying to blast away gigantic snow ridges threatening the area with new slides. Baldwin and another Pennsyl- jvanian. Tom Gannon, 23, of College Park, were tending the Army's Garmisch recreation area ski shop when the avalanche struck. Both are private first class. "It was like a slow - motion horror movie," Gannon related. "The snow shelf on top of the hotel crumbled and fell down. It looked like it was going to land smack on the roof . . . "I could hear people screaming from the hotel. The terrace railing was all twisted off and sun chairs were scattered all twisted on the slope. Down at the bottom I could see black dots in the snow. Some of them moved and I snapped off mv skis and ran down to help fuil them out." Gannon rescued the only .American known to have been trapped by the slide, Neil Canter, 27,. of Arlington, Va. Can- 'ter is an Air Force employe 'who was returning home from assignment in Saigon, South Viet Nam, and had stopped for a ski vacation. He was reported in satisfactory condition with head injuries. W.ASHINGTON '(UPI)—President Johnson today proposed a S4 billion slash in federal e.\- cise taxes on automobiles, television sets, air conditioners, admission tickets, telephone calls and a long Ust of other items affecting virtually every American family. He called on business to pass the tax cuts along to consumers in the form of lower retail prices. White House sources voiced confidence this will be done. The tax cuts, which the President recommended in a special message to Congress, would go into effect in stages. Some changes — including a reduction from 10 to 7 per cent in the manufacturers' excise tax on new cal-s — would be retroactive to last Saturday. Fear Sales Loss Government and business leaders feared that sales of autos and other items covered by Johnson's proposal would fall off drastically if consumers figured they could save money by waiting until Congress enacted the tax cuts. This way, officials said, there will be no incentive to put off such purchases. Administration officials said that if the tax cuts are approved, the federal budget for the coming 1966 fiscal year will shape up like this: Revenues S95.4 billion Spending S99.7 billion Deficit 4.3 billion .Along with lower excise taxes on consumer goods, thej President sought higher feder-j al levies on big trucks, and on] fuels used by aircraft andj boats plying the inland waterways. He said these increased "user charges" were needed to "assess the costs of special services and facilities against those who reap the benefits, instead of imposing unwarranted burdens on the general taxpayer." The proposed increases would bring in an additional 300 million a year. To Act Quickly Congress is expected to act quickly and favorably on the cuts in excise taxes. Administration officials are hopeful the bill can be enacted before July 1. Their only fear is that Congress may cut excises deeper and quicker than Johnson desires. ! They figure the proposed increases in user charges — which will be vigorously op posed by the affected industries — will take somewhat longer to go through the legislative mill. .Among the excises that would remain in effect after the multi-stage reduction recommended by Johnson are the tax on fishing equipment, which is spent on stocking rivers and streams with fish; the tax on firearms, shells and cartridges, which is used for wild life preservation; and the sugar tax which helps pay the government's subsidy to sugar producers. Under the President's proposal, S3.5 billion of the tax relief would become effective in two equal stages on July 1 and next Jan. 1. The remaining S464 million would take effect gradually on Jan. 1 of each year through 1969. The tax on new cars would drop to 7 per cent immediately and to 5 per cent next Jan. 1. The President recommended complete repeal of the tax on air conditioners and like the cut in the auto levy, to avoid a lag in the retail market, he asked that the cut on air conditioners be retroactive to purchases made after last Friday. In the cases of both car and air conditioner purchases, after enactment of the tax bill, the government would make refunds to the manufacturer when evidence is presented that the final customer had been reimbursed. In the July 1 schedule, the President asked full repeal of retail excise taxes on handbags and luggage, toilet articles, jewelry and furs. On the same date he would repeal the manufacturers' excise taxes on radios, television sets, record players, cameras, refrigerators and freezers, air conditioners and other appliances. Congress is expected to act quickly and favorably on the requests. There is strong sentiment among lawmakers for cutting excise taxes. The House Ways & Means Committee, which initiates tax legislation, plans to begin prompt consideration of the proposal. In his message, Johnson said: "The proposed program of excise taxes and revisions will spur growth and move us closer to full employment by removing an unnecessary drag on consumer and business purchasing power. "Removal of excise taxes will (Continued on page 2) Two arrested for Cajon Pass S.AN BERNARDINO (UPI) Two men were arrested today on charges of slaying a Michigan artist found beaten to death near the Cajon Pass summit north of here Wednesday. Ronald Wazur, 22, of Fort Clemens, Mich., was arrested near the Hawthorne apartment of his girl friend. Orrin Nichols, 23, was taken into custody in Paw Paw, Mich., after an all- points bulletin was issued by San Bernardino sheriff's deputies. The men were booked on suspicion of murder in the slaying of Kenneth Herbert AUbright, 22, East Detroit. Sheriff's homicide detectives said investigations indicated the three men had traveled to California together from Michigan on a cost - sharing basis. AUbright. believed to have been carrying a large amount of money when he left Michigan, was found w i t ho u t any identification or money in his pockets. He was finally identi- fled Friday when the Federal Bureau of Investigation matched fingerprints with prints in Allbright's military records. .A blood - stained hammer was found in the trunk of the car driven by tlie three men. Homicide detectives said Mazur, who was transferred to San Bernardino from Los Angeles early today, was interrogated by investigators. They said he made comments concerning the slaying, but they did not reveal whether he confessed. Nichols, f o r m er 1 y of Fort Clemens but recently a traveling salesman, was taken into custody by Michigan Highway Patrolmen. San Bernardino deputies said records showed he also was wanted under a Placerville, Calif., warrant for failing to support his wife and child. Fighting heavy between junta troops and rebels SANTO DOMINGO (UPI)—A U.S. military spokesman reported today that fighting between rival Dominican military forces was so close to the American- held international safety zone that spent bullets fell on the American Embassy grounds. Lt. Gen. Bruce Palmer Jr., U.S. ground forces chief, said if junta troops continue their advances against rebel forces "they will run into our troops." Palmer said junta troop have advanced 10 to 12 blocks against rebel forces in the old city since fighting started Saturday, j He said if junta fire againsti the rebels endangering the U.S.-; held zone becomes too heavy; he would have no alternative' but to ask them to "cease and desist" from further operations. Palmer estimated about 800 1 to 1,000 Dominican troops on both sides engaged in the fighting. He said both were armed ^ with mortars, tanks and machine guns. Casualties totaled about 100 dead and wounded on each side, he said. Palmer said the U.S. would not permit the combatant forces of cither side to go through the American-held zone of safety.' He said rebel troops were pinned between the U.S.-held armed corridor and the advancing junta forces. The junta I troops were advancing towards Ithe Ozama River. Palmer's statements contradicted rebel claims of new gains against junta troops in overnight fighting. The rebels previously said they drove junta troops back a mile during the night to recapture the 15 city blocks they lost Sunday. The rebels said up to 70 junta troops were killed in the fighting. U. S. commanders reported 40 more rebel violations of the formal cease-fire Sunday. They included a heavy weapons attack on an American food convoy. The incidents included sniper small arms fire and cannon and mortar fire, U. S. sources said. An American spokesman denied rebel allegations U.S. helicopters were flying "spotter missions" for junta forces who are trying to clear out the rebel-held northern sector of the city. A fact-finding team sent here by President Johnson over the week-end meanwhile was reported seeking to end the fighting through establishment of a coalition government embracing both rival Dominican governments. (Pope Paul VI in a message to the papal nuncio in Santo Domingo called on the combatants to "use every means to (Continued on Page 2) Many items now subject to federal tax per two per Officials puzzled by man-in-the-box LOS .ANGELES (UPI) — A husky young Welsh adventurer who made an 8,000 mile flight stowed away in a 3-foot-square box was shipped to London today in a more conventional manner, and by order of the U.S. government. Brian Robson, 19, originally intending to get a flight from Australia to Cardiff, Wales, was seated in the luxurious comfort of a regular airhner seat. His Pan American Airlines flight was due in London Tuesday morning. Authorities Sunday night booked Robson on charges of stowing away on a plane and illegally entering the United States . . . both federal offenses. Sheriff's deputies said Robson's condition was "very good" and that it probably would be a "day or two" before doctors release him from the hospital. Robson was treated at Central Receiving Hospital before he w-as transferred to County General Hospital. His trouble primarily appeared to be weakness and stiffness caused by his four days of tight confinement and fast-like diet. The youth had jammed himself inside a box measuring 35'.i; inches long, 30 inches wide and 38 inches high. Robson, ,5- feet - 8, shared his cramped quarters with a 37-by-18-by-ll- inch suitcase. In addition, Robson had a flashlight, hammer, two plastic pint - sized bottles of water, cookies, two magazines and a two-quart sealed plastic container for sanitary purposes. Pan .American Airways personnel estimated Robson was in the box 92 hours. "Another 12 hours and he'd have been a goner," airport policeman Sgt. Kenneth Larsen told newsmen. Robson's Odyssey began nearly a year a^o in his native Cardiff when he accepted an Australian offer to pay his pas sage as a settler. "I was working as an assistant station manager on a railroad job," Robson told newsmen. "It didn't live up to its expectations, and I was homesick, so I d e c i d ed to return home." Two friends nailed him in a box marked ".Ajax Junior Computer" and posted C.O.D. to "British Computer Controller Co. Ltd..."m Cardiff. The fateful journey began last Wednesday. "They shipped the box on a local airlme from Melbourne to Sydney," Robson said. "There it was to be put aboard a Quan- tas airliner for direct shipment to London by way of Singapore. "I don't know what happened, but somehow I was put aboard Pan American (jet) instead," Robson said. Unfortimately, Robson and his friends neglected to label the box "this side up" so the young stowaway suffered considerable jostling. Robson didn't know until last Saturday night that he and the box had been put on the wTong plane and he w^as headed in the wrong direction, destined to end his trip some 6,000 miles short of his goal. "I felt them carry my box off the airplane into a warehouse," Robson said. "I heard American accents. I thought I'd stay put to see what developed. "Finally this morning (Sunday) I knocked on the side of the box. Somebody came over. He wanted to know what was in the box. I said it was a man." The young stowaway, who said he got the idea last October reading about .Australian javelin thrower Reg Spiers, 22, who had himself mailed from London to Australia in a box slightly larger than Robson's wlien he failed to qualify for the Olympics. Ironically, Robson — a British subject—may end up being deported to—Great Britain. W.ASHINGTON (UPI) —Here are some of the items now subject to federal excise taxes: Air conditioners, 10 per cent. Automobiles. 10 per cent. Cameras, film, 10 per cent. Cosmetics, 10 per cent. Jewelry, 10 per cent. Household appliances, 5 cent. Luggage, 10 per cent Matches, per thousand, cents. Playing cards, 13 cents pack Telephone calls, 10 per cent. Theater and sports admission tickets, generally about 10 per cent, but with variations for a number of differing events. Club dues and membership fees, 20 per cent. Billiards, $20 per table annually. Sugar, a little over a half a penny a pound. Auto parts and accessories, 8 per cent. Phonographs, radios and TV sets, 10 per cent. Beer and ale. S9 a barrel. Distilled spirits, S10.50 per proof gallon. Travel tickets, 5 per cent on air travel. Sporting goods, 10 per cent. Slot machines, $250 a year each. Compromise decision reoched on oi7 lands WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Supreme Court today decided the complex federal - state dispute over California offshore oil lands on the basis of international law in which neither side gained a clear cut victory. An opinion by Justice John M. Harlan found that Monterey Bay is inland water as California claimed. But the decision ruled that none of the other coastal segments in dispute fulfill the test. Other disputed areas included I San Luis Obispo, San Pedro and Santa Monica Bays. The vote was 5 to 2. Chief Justice Earl Warren, a former 1 California governor and Justice JTom C. Clark, a former attorney general, did not participate. Justices Hugh L. Black and William 0. Douglas joined in the dissent. The decision stemmed from a Pancho Segura hurt in auto accident BEVERLY HILLS (UPI) — Tennis star Pancho Segura, 44, was "doing well" today at Beverly Hills Doctors Hospital undergoing treatment for injuries suffered in an auto accident. He was injured Saturday when his car went out of control in Hollywood and hit a power pole, then burst into flames. 1952 report on the controversy by the late William H. Davis. New York attorney who held lengthy hearings on the issue. Nothing resulted from the 1952 report because in 1953 Congress passed the Submerged Lands Act, giving California thi» oil-rich area within the three- mile marginal belt around ths coastline. This law set aside a 1947 Supreme Court decision that all the submerged lands belonged to the federal government. NAME INAPPROPRIATE OAKHAM, England (UPIl— Stud House, an old people's home here, is to have a change of name. It is to become part of a school for girls. "The present name is quite inappropriate for a g i r I's spokesman said. The new name has not been announced. Teenogers riof fo//owing Rolling Stones' concert LONG BE.ACH (UPD-Nearly 5,000 rioting teen-agers fought pushed, screamed and hollered for an hour Sunday night at the Long Beach Arena, as a car containing British rock 'n' roll singers, the Rolling Stones, tried to leave following a concert. Police Sgt. Barrel Roulsmith said 30 officers struggled with the frantic teen-agers for an hour in an effort to get the entertainers' car from the arena's parking area. Seven girls sustained minor injuries as the scrambling crowd pushed around the car, trying to get close to the longhaired British quintet. Two officers suffered bruises as they tried to keep the crowd away from the car, and another officer was knocked from his motorcycle. Sgt. Roulsmith said normally a rock 'n' roll concert continues with minor performers for about 10 minutes after the stars are through so they can leave before the crowd has a chance to get to them. "But the kids were wise and went outside early to see the entertainers," Sgt. Roulsmith said. "The kids massed around the car, completely surrounding it. "They threw bottles, ever- thing, even undergarments." A luggage rack on top of the car was pulled off and the car's headlights were Smashed. The crowd did not get to the Rolling Stones themselves. Sgt. Roulsmith said the teenagers calmed down after t h e entertainers' car left. No arrests were made.
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