The Napa Valley Register from Napa, California on March 4, 1965 · 1
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Thursday, March 4, 1965
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: I' WEATHER - Complete Details Page 2 ' 102ND YEAR No. 173 nd W NAPA JOURNAL Serving Napa County For More Than A Century NAPA, CALIFORNIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1965 If you have "not received your Register by 5 p.m. call 226-3711 (until 6 p.m.). From St. Helena and Calistoga exchanges call direct to Napa on Enterprise I - 3 9 4 8, toll free. PRICE Ten cents per copy 1.75 month moiisfrator mean Safety Rules Outlined For Clean-up Day 1 See Photos Page 9 Safety will be the keynote Of the massive county-wide Clean-up Week effort to be staged Saturday. . Some 800 volunteers will Canvass all vacant lots, streets and county roads throughout Napa County this weekend as part of the anti-litter drive. . Spokesmen for the Napa Optimist Club, the group which is assisting in the overall organization, reported each group of youths will have an adult supervisor to insure that safety rules are followed. No volunteers will be utilized along state highways because of high-speed traffic dangers. Division of Highways clean-up crews will handle those roads. ; Needed Equipment (All volunteers are asked to bring with them Saturday a bag lunch, to wear hard soled shoes and long trousers and gloves. Rural road pickup crews will be equipped with caution signs to warn motorists and no youngsters will be permitted to ride in the back of trucks gathering litter. Tomorrow The Napa Register will publish details of the organizational plan for the Napa area, listing all volunteers and the locations to which they are asked to report at 9 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers Needed There is still time for individuals and organizations to volunteer manpower and equipment for the anti-litter campaign. ; Local clean-up organizations can be contacted by calling one of these telephone numbers: Napa 226-4398 or 226-9092; St. Helena, WQ 3-4905; Calistoga, 942-4566; Napa Junction, 643-9781. Any volunteers who do not receive a specific assigned area, as listed tomorrow in The Register, can receive assignments by appearing at the Memorial Stadium parking area at 9 a.m. Saturday. 17 Persons Killed By Gas NATCHITOCHES, La. UP) A natural gas pipeline exploded in a residential area near here early today. Seventeen persons, including nine children, were killed. . Authorities said two or three other children were unaccounted for. At least nine persons were taken to a hospital, but their injuries! were not believed serious? The blast, occurring 150 yards behind a row of frame houses, created a crater 15 feet deep, 75 feet long and 30 feet wide. Among the killed were Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Rond and seven of their relatives; and the Rev. and Mrs. Jack Van Meter, his mother, and their three children. Flames from escaping gas soared upward 400 feet or more before Tennessee Gas Transmission Co. workmen managed to stop the flow. Charles Cunningham, publisher of the weekly Natchitoches Enterprise lives in the vicinity of the explosion. He said the blast looked like a bolt of lightning. Then there was a rumble like thunder, he said. I thought perhaps it was thunder or a sonic boom. Then I went to the window and saw the flames. Bomb Threat Empties HS A bomb threat for 1:30 p.m. today at Napa High School was a complete fizzle but the harassment disrupted classes and a big segment of the community. v It. was the second day this week a sick mind conceived a Fisherman Found Safe A San Francisco fisherman became stranded on an island in lower Napa River last night after the outboard motor on a small boat failed. Jack Basinger, 25, was located unhurt shortly after 11 p.m. on Coon Island. He said the motor failed at about 3 p.m. and the boat began drifting. Basinger spotted a cabin on Coon Island and rowed to it. Harold Cragie led a three-man search party, equipped with powerful searchlights, which located the missing man. Basinger left Normans Resort in the Cuttings Wharf area at about 8 a.m. and was due back at 3 p.m. When he had not returned by dark, a search party was organized. fiendish threat to school children. Tuesday a similar scare at St. Helena Foothills Union School proved to be a hoax. The time at which the threatened bomb would explode was the same. ' The switchboard operator at the high school received the call today at noon, apparently from the same quiet, mature male voice, which said a bomb had been set in the building and would go off at 1:30. She immediately alerted Principal Kenneth Casanega, who called police and evacuated the buildings with the fire alarm system. Approximately 2,000 students left the school in an orderly manner and were dismissed until 1:40 with instructions to remain a safe distance from the buildings. All available police officers converged on the area within minutes and started a methodical ' search of . all possible places where a bomb might be hidden. Off-duty officers were called in. Three fire trucks and nine firemen, Chief John Stone and Fire Marshal Osmer (Hap) Gourley raced to the . high (Continued on Page 4, Col. 3) Supervisor Jack Ferguson confers with Thomas Bartlett, whose painting of Soda Springs was chosen fts one of the purchase awards for Napa County from the annual juried art show, Preview 65. The exhibit opened with a reception last night and will be open through Sunday at 1035 Main SL Already shown in Benicia and Vallejo, the show moves next week to Vacaville. Sponsors are art groups of Napa and Solano counties, and included are top artists from the Bay Area and valley cities. (Register Photo by Robert E. McKenzie) The explosion occurred about 6 a.m. r State police estimated damage from the blast and accompanying fireball at over a million dollars. Five houses were leveled, with furnishing scattered over 15 to 20 acres. Six cars and three trucks were destroyed. A nearby sawmill was damaged. Rescue workers, moving into the area after the flow of gas was stopped, found the body of Mrs. William E. Ammons, about 25, in a ditch across the highway and about .60 feet from her house. Her baby daughters body was lying in the road about 50 feet from the house. Her husband and three other children escaped with minor bums. Nine persons were killed in another house. Six of these bodies were found in the wreckage and three others had been hurled outside by the force of the explosion. Police Chief Boyd Burr said he knew exactly what had happened when he saw the flames described as brighter than the sun by another resident. The same line blew up in the spring of 1954, with no casu-ties. Johnson, Rusk Ask Embassy Protection WASHINGTON OP) President Johnson conferred with Secretary of State Dean Rusk today on the latest mob attack on the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and reiterated the statement he made after an earlier assault on that diplomatic post. It amounted to a demand for protection. Press secretary George E Reedy, obviously acting on Johnsons authority, reminded reporters that a Feb. 10 White House statement had said the United States would insist that its embassy be given the protection which is required by international law and custom and which is necessary for the conduct of diplomatic relations between states. Reedy, still reading from the earlier statement, said "expressions of regret and compensation are no substitute for adequate protection. Asked whether the administration felt protection in the latest case was adequate, or at least more adequate than before, Reedy said. We are receiving full information from the embassy. He said the State Department might have something further to say after studying that information. Student Mob Turns On Russian Police MOSCOW CP) Anti-American demonstrators attacked the U. S. Embassy with rocks and ink bottles today and drove back police with sticks and slingshots before being dispersed by Soviet soldiers. More than 2,000 students from Moscow and Lumumba universities were allowed by police to smash windows and smear the embassy walls with red and blue ink for about 10 minutes. But when mounted police began to push the mob back it turned in fury. Protection Sought Extraordinary police security precautions, taken after U. S. Ambassador Foy D. Kohler demanded protection for the embassy on hearing a demonstration was brewing, failed to halt the shouting students. Several policemen were beaten by groups of demonstrators armed with sticks and other weapons. At least eight students, including two Russians, one African and some Red Chinese and Communist North Vietnamese, were taken into custody. Windows were smashed in the 10-stQQUKBb9ssy as high as the seventh floor by stones and slingshot missiles. Multicolored ink stains were spattered all over the facade. The damage appeared to newsmen to be more extensive than a similar attack Feb! 9, like this one a demonstration against U. S. air raids on North Viet Nam. About 300 unarmed soldiers from the Moscow garrison moved into the mob after the students had loosed a barrage of sticks, rocks, snowballs and slingshot missiles that left one policeman with a bloody nose. Mounted police had used billy clubs and whips to try to drive the crowd from the sidewalk in front of the embassy but were shoved back. Then the soldiers took over. Troops Appear The disorder was quelled shortly after the appearance of tough - looking infantrymen dressed in heavy overcoats, fur hats and simply formed solid ranks that slowly shoved the students back from the embassy. The determined show of force quickly dampened the spirits of the rioters, who had angrily fought the policemen and hurled epithets of Fascist at them. Most of the students quickly drew back and the bulk of the crowd began walking off about 10 minutes after the soldiers appeared. Most of the students were Red Chinese and Vietnamese. They marched to the embassy behind a student shouting slog-behind a student shouting slogans through a portable loud i 0! i i v vVIVt Mounted Moscow police come under attack as 2,000 students from - Moscow and Lumumba Universities hit U.S. embassy building with rocks and ink bottles today. Police were showered with snow as mob became infuriated by attempts to push rioters away from building. Demonstration was protest against U.S. air attacks in Viet Nam. (AP Wlrephoto by, cable from Moscow) Viet Nam Takes Heavy SAIGON, South Viet Nam OP) The Vienamese armed forces suffered their heaviest casualties yet against the Viet Cong during February, U.S. military officials reported today. , , The report said 870 men were killed, 1,820 wounded and 1,450 missing. Many of the missing .was presumed to have deserted. The total of 4,140 compared with the previous high of 4,050 in December 1964. The roll of American combat dead for February totaled 43, also above the monthly average. Most of these men were killed in the Viet Cong attacks on American installations at Plei-ku and Qui Nhon, which prompted retaliatory air strikes at North Viet Nam. Eight were killed at Pleiku Feb. 7 and 23 in the bombing of a U.S. enlisted mens billet to Qui Nhon Feb. 10. U.S. officials estimated the Viet Cong suffered 2,065 casualties, a figure equalled in official reports only twice before in March and December 1964. The American report also listed a new high in loss of government weapons 2,590 while the Viet Cong, lost 655 weapons in combat. The Communists lost more than 3,500 weapons - captured after the sinking of a munitions ship on the central Vietnamese coast. The ship is believed to have carried the weapons directly from North Viet Nam. This cache was not counted in the report because the weapons were never in combat. U. S. forces continued their search today for an American pilot missing since his jet fighter-bomber was shot down during the raid on Quang Khe. The pilot, 1st Lt. Hayden J. Lockhart, of Springfield, Ohio, PEOPLE MAKING NEWS How About Homework? Dr. Arthur C. Hollister, head of the state division of alcoholic rehabilitation, believes youngsters should be taught how to drink in school. Its the only realistic approach to living with alcohol, Hollister said in an interview in connection with an address to the annual meeting of the Pasadena Council on alcoholism. He said the scope and contents of such an educational program should be determined by the proper parties and declined to speculate on details. Even with the program, he said, much re search still would be needed on ways to change attitudes and behavior. He said the formal school system was the most practical place to learn to drink. Radomiro Tomic, Chiles new ambassador to the United States, arrived in Washington with his wife and six of their nine children. The ambassador laughed when someone in the welcoming crowd at he airport commented that the arrival looked somewhat like a Chilean invasion. It might have looked more so, he said with a smile, if all of us had come today, but some of the children remained in Chile. ' The Florida state insurance department notified Peggy Jo Bodway in Jacksonville yesterday. it was suspending her drivers license privileges because of her carelessness in driving her fathers car through through a garage door. What the department doesnt know is that Peggy Jo is three years i old was flying an F100 assigned Tuesday to knocking out Communist antiaircraft batteries prior to bomb runs by Vietnamese Skyraiders. Lockhart was seen, bailing out over a wooded area and was presumed to have reached the ground safely. He has not been heard from since and is the only American casualty that has been reported from the raid. American helicopters and amphibious planes rescued four other American pilots and one Vietnamese who were shot down during the raids Tuesday on the Quang Khe naval base and Xom Bang munitions depot. ; ' : ; Lockharts father, Hayden J. Lockhart Sr. of Springfield, said the Air Force had informed .him search -parties had found his sons parachute and helmet Lockharts wife is in Alexandria, La. . ; A terrorist bomb exploded in Saigon last night in front of an electrical shop and bar, killing three Vietnamese and injuring seven persons, including two Americans in the bar. .The Americans, cut by flying glass, were treated and released. It was the first such bombing in Saon in several months. COURTROOM TENSE NEW YORK OP) Detectives with their hands on concealed revolvers watched over a crowded courtroom today during arraignment of the third man charged with slaying Malcolm X. Thomas 15X Johnson, 30, described by police as a strong-arm man for the Black Muslims, Negro . supremacy sect, was arrested yesterday. ' Taking extra precautions during the minute or two of his appearance, four other detectives stood behind him, facing the mostly Negro crowd of spectators. Judge Reuben Levy ordered Johnson held without baiL The defendants police record listed seven previous arrests, mostly for grand larceny and narcot- Napan Found Innocent Of Sex Charges A Napa Superior Court jury deliberated for seven hours yesterday before returning an innocent verdict for Claude Ray Jr., who was charged with criminal sex offenses against a 13-year-old girl. , The two-day trial ended at about 11:30 p.m. yesterday with the reading of the verdict. Ray, 34, 1615 Lincoln Ave., was ordered released from custody by Judge William Blanc-kenburg.-The girl, who was the key witness for DisL Atty. James (Continued on Page 4, Col. 4) ics possession, but also including a rifle, assault on a Black Muslim defector-.: ' Johnson is the second Black Muslim to be1 accused in the assassination of Malcolm X, 39, the black nationalist leader who bolted from ' the . Black Muslims last year arid formed his own sect. t Johnson had been iridicted last month for first-degree assault in the wounding last Jan. 6 of Benjamin Brown, a Black Muslim defector. Also charged in that case was Norman 3X Butler, 26, described by police as a Black Muslim enforcer and the second man accused in the slaying of Malcolm X. Police believe five men in all took part in the attack on Malcolm X as he started to speak to 400 persons at a ballroom rally on Feb. 21. He was felled by 13 shots from a shotgun and two pistols. ' ' f The first man charged, Tal-madge Hayer, 22, of Paterson; N.J., was shot in the leg by a bodyguard of Malcolm X. He has refused to say whether he had any Black Muslim connections. V ' - ; 1 ' . m, ; , Today's Index Comics 18 ' Editorials 4 Features ...... ..... .....16 Landers column ....... .16 Markets : . 4 Obituaries 4 Pearson column 6 Radio-Television ...16 School news 17 Sports .14-15 ; ' Women 1 - 8 1 Movies .......16

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