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Ira tU 74th Year Phone 793-3221 REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1964 $1.50 Per Month Fourteen Pages 10 Cents NEW MISS REDLANDS — Red roses, a king-sized trophy and a sparkling crown are but a few of the gifts presented to 17-year-old Cynthia Sprague, the 1964 Miss Redlands, right, crowned Saturday night by Cathy Hales, left, the popular 1963 Miss Redlands. Story and additional photo on page five. (Photo by Jim Sloan) Ruby's lawyers begin by challenging Dallas climate DALLAS (UPIWack Ruby' lawyers, challenging "the cli mate of Dallas," demanded at the start of his murder trial today that jurors as well spectators be searched. Judge Joe B. Brown rejected the defense demand as well as defense requests for a directed Weather Redlands Weather Today Highest 69, Lowest 35 Sunday Highest 61, Lowest 41 Rainfall: 24 hrs. .03, Season 8.16 Last Year 3.19 Saturday Highest 61, Lowest 33 One Year Ago Highest 65, Lowest 45 Tomorrow's Sunrise and Sunset 6:31 a.m.— 5:35 p.m. No smog, allowable burning. San Bernardino Valley: Sunny Tuesday. Local gusty northeast winds below canyons. Slightly warmer afternoons but con tinued cold tonight. Lows tonight 28-36. U.S. Weather .Bureau Noon Forecast Sunny weather will continue in Southern California this afternoon Tuesday and Wednesday. The preliminary outlook issued by the bureau's fruit frost service in Pomona indicates that in Southern California agricultural districts tonight there will be clear skies with little wind. Lowest temperatures in coldest fruit frost key stations in Southern and Central California will be 29 degrees. Five Day Forecast No precipitation with warm ing trend both in coastal and mountain areas as well as interior sections. Temperatures and precipita tion for the 24-hour period ended at 4 a.m. High Low Precip 33 14 1.00 Boston Chicago Cincinnati Denver Fairbanks Fort Worth Helena Honolulu Kansas City Las Vegas Los Angeles Minneapolis New York Oklahoma City Palm Springs Phoenix Sacramento Salt Lake City SeatUe Washington 34 41 39 -16 55 37 83 35 52 64 40 35 51 59 58 58 32 45 45 26 19 17 -39 34 29 69 33 33 49 28 22 31 42 38 39 24 42 25 .02 T .19 verdict of acquittal on grounds of insanity and double jeopardy Ruby, smiling cheerfully entered the court through a little green door and took his seat His sister, Mrs. Eva L. Grant, and his brother Earl Ruby of Detroit, sat among the spec tators in the stuffy room. Argue Over Security The judge accepted the defense announcement that Tom Howard of Dallas, the first attorney to come to the aid of the slayer of accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, had withdrawn from the case. Chief defense attorney Melvin Belli and his assistant, J. H Tonahill, argued with the judge over security arrangements. "The records will show that everyone who enters the room has been searched except the jurors," Brown said. We want to know why," said Tonahill. Belli chimed in to argue the jurors must be searched so they know about what he has repeatedly referred to as "the climate of Dallas." The defense contends Ruby cannot get a fair trial in the city. "Mr. Belli, they (the jurors) won't know anything about it unless you tell them," Brown replied. A batch of 125 names was being taken by lot from a panel of 900 prospective jurors. Tonahill, seeking acquittal on grounds of insanity, said medical examinations show Ruby suffered organic brain damage and psychomotor epilepsy, which is characterized by forgetfulness and impulsive acts. Brown refused that and also turned down a request to have every policeman, Texas ranger and dpeuty in the courtroom identified. Howard said he pulled out af ter talking to Ruby and his fam- ly. The judge approved the withdrawal motion, a technicality. Chief defense attorney Melvin Belli and his staff present ed a motion asking the prosecution to provide photos and documents pertaining to the slaying of the accused assassin of President Kennedy. Brown sharply reminded the defense he had rejected that request during earlier hearings and he rejected it again. Ruby, neat in a dark suit, white shirt and gray tie, smiled and said "good morning" to his counsel as he entered the room. During his bail bond and change of venue hearings newsmen had been permitted to talk with him before court sessions. But not today. Belli, never a man to miss an opportunity, charged before the trial started that his hotel room and telephone have been "bugged" by somebody or other. "My phone has been bugged room has been bugged," he said. "That's the reason we've been working away from here.' The statement was made at the end of an interview in Belli's room at the Statler-Hilton Hotel. He and his assistants have been working elsewhere preparing for the questioning of prospective jurors in a town whose image—he says—"is that it has to vindicate itself." After his brief utterance about the "bugging"—a word that could denote wire taps on phone lines and microphones hidden in rooms—a reporter asked if he had positive proof. Asks Assistant Belli turned to his chief assistant, Joe H. Tonahill, a big, bluff, skilled courtroom attorney from Jasper, Tex., and said: "Joe?" Joe said that they had pretty good proof. "Who's doing it?" There was no reply from Belli, Tonahill, nor Philip Burleson, another associate defense attorney. That was the end of the discussion about bugging. Sinatra, Jr. under cross examination LOS ANGELES (UPI)—Frank Sinatra Jr. testified today that he picked the spot for his own release after he was kidnaped and that one of his abductors was "very kind" in seeing that he was comfortable. It was Sinatra's second day of cross - examination in the sixth day of the trial of three men accused of kidnaping him from a Lake Tahoe Hotel Dec. 8. A defense question on whether Sinatra ever had told anyone that a girl was going to name him in a paternity suit was ruled "improper" by the court and the singer was instructed he need not answer it. Regular cross - examination was expected to be completed today. Also to be determined was a defense motion to keep the young singer here "on call" as witness rather than permit him to resume a European tour with the Tommy Dorsey band. Sinatra, 20, admitted that John William Irwin, 42, designated as "No. 3 man" in the abduction, had befriended him and brought him eggnogs while he was held prisoner. Mrs. Gladys Towles Root, attorney for Irwin, hammered away at the young singer on his interests in his father's business and whether he was familiar with circulars advertising the elder Sinatra's current releases being tied in with the kidnaping. Sinatra denied knowledge of the circulars. Under questioning he said Ir win was unfamiliar with the area where he was to release Sinatra and asked for advice. "Go up there to Mulholland and the San Diego Freeway and make a turnoff—it's dark there and you can get away, and I won't be able to see your license plate," Sinatra said he told the suspect. Sinatra said the location where he was released was "close enough to my mother's house but still far enough away to let him (Irwin) escape." The singer also admitted he told Irwin, "it's just too bad we couldn't have met under different circumstances." The singer agreed that Irwin was kind to him and that he planned to visit his family when "this thing is over." Defense attorney Morris La vine took over the cross exami nation after the midmorning recess and presented exhibits of numerous magazines, both American and English. The magazines showed photographs of young Sinatra after he was released by the kidnapers and several pictures of his celebrated father. The young singer merely was asked to identify the photographs as "true depictions." At one point, testimony was interrupted by another defense attorney, Charles Crouch Jr., who advised the court persons in the audience were "signaling to the witness." Young Sinatra said, "In fact I've been signaling to my friends in the audience. I had not seen some of these publications before and I merely instructed my friends to go out and try to buy a couple of them." The court admonished Sinatra and told him to wait until he was off the witness stand. Mansfield takes control of civil rights bill in Senate By STEVEN GERSTEL United Press International WASHINGTON (UPD—Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield took firm control of the House-passed civil rights bill today and denounced as "poppycock" a GOP suggestion that a deal may water down the legis ation. Mansfield blocked second reading of the omnibus rights bill when it arrived from the House at noon today—a move which serves to keep it from go ing to committee where it might be pigeonholed. At the same time he announced appointment of a "quadrumvirate" of four Democratic senators to manage the controversial bill on the Senate floor. They are Senate Democratic Whip Hubert H. Humphrey, Minn., a long-time expert in the field. Sen. Warren G. Mag nuson, D-Wash., the commerce chairman who has reported a bill on public accommodations. Sen. Joseph S. Clark, Pa., a leader in the field of fair employment practices, and Sen. Philip A. Hart, Mich., to handle judicial questions. Humphrey, in an earlier statement, said there was "not a shred of truth" in the suggestion of two Republican senators to water down the rights bill. He called on them to lay aside politics and help carry out the Emancipation Proclamation. Mansfield, asked about the sane GOP charge, replied tersely: 'Poppycock. There's nothing to it. There is no deal of any- kind." Senate GOP Leader Everett return for the support they gave M. Dirksen, 111., just back from the administration on the Sena hospital treatment for a ate-passed tax cut bill, bleeding ulcer, also said he did But Humphrey retorted: not "believe" there was any "The only deal that is needed such deal, adding: "I don't in the Senate is a deal betweet know of any. The Minnesota Democrat said the suspicion voiced by Sens. Hugh Scott. R-Pa.. and Thurs ton B. Morton, R-Ky., "weak ens the cause of civil rights and spreads division and dissent at a time when we need maximum unity and cooperation." He urged Republicans to "set aside any partisan politics and to concentrate on the single objective of passing the bill sent to the Senate by the House. That is good morals, good national policy and good politics." Scott and Morton suggested that Southerners had a deal going to modify the rights bill in the Republicans and the Democrats to carry into action the provisions of the Emancipation Proclamation." Democratic leaders are expected to decide Tuesday at a White House legislative conference just what procedure will be followed in handling the House - passed rights bill when it reaches the Senate. Scott and Morton had suggested that while Southern Democrats held fast during Senate debate against repeal of taxes on items such as luggage and cosmetics, Southerners in the House put up little fight against the civil rights bill. Court rules on Georgia districting case WASHINGTON (UPI) — Tha Supreme Court ruled today in a precedent-setting Georgia case that the states must fix their congressional districts on an equal population basis to avoid unconstitutional voter discrimi nation. The decision overruled a find ing by a lower federal court which held that the issue was one for Congress to settle. Speaking for a six-member majority, Justice Hugo Black found that the Georgia apportionment of congressional dis tricts was unfair to city voters He said that the Constitution requires "equal representation for equal numbers of people as the "fundamental goal of the House of Representatives." The Georgia ruling was one of three actions taken on apportionment cases by the court to day. The high tribunal rejected a New York case which was based on the claim that the redistricting of Manhattan's 17th Congressional District discrimi nated against Negroes and Puerto Ricans. The court also stayed pending further action a lower court order which struck down the legislative redistricting laws in the state of Washington. In other actions, the court: —Ruled in favor of former underworld czar Frank Costello in his fight against deportation to Italy. The court held that the grounds being used by the Justice Department were invalid. —Rejected an appeal by Jackson, Miss., from a court decision desegregating all transportation in the city and state. —Turned down appeals from court orders desegregating public schools in Birmingham and Mobile, Ala., and Brunswick, Ga. -Left standing a court order j ending segregation in the public parks and playgrounds of New Orleans. U.S. steps up security in South Viet Nam Mickey Cohen sues U.S. for prison injuries ATLANTA (UPI)—A $10 mil lion damage suit against the federal government was filed today on behalf of former Cab' fornia racketeer Mickey Cohen The suit charged that officials of the U.S. penitentiary here were negligent in protecting Cohen from an attack by a fel low prisoner Aug. 14, 1963, and that Cohen was now paralyzed from the waist down. The case was filed in U. S. District Court by four attorneys, including Melvin Belli of San Francisco, who represents Jack Ruby, now on trial in Dallas for killing Lee Harvey Oswald, President Kennedy's accused assassin. Other lawyers in the case are Jack A. Dahlstrum of Los Angeles, J. Victory Barr Jr., of Nashville, Tenn., and William B. Paul of Atlanta. The suit alleged that Cohen suffered extensive brain injury as a result of an attack by another prisoner Berri Estes McDonald, in the prison radio shop where Cohen was at work. The suit said McDonald hit Cohen on the head with a piece of metal pipe two and one half feet long, knocking him unconscious. According to the action, Cohen underwent extensive brain surgery including the removal of some brain tissue. Cohen, who is now in the medical center for federal prisoners at Springfield, Mo. claims to be paralyzed. The suit alleged that prison authorities knew that McDonald had "violent and vicious pro pensities and to be a menace to the physical safety of others." The suit said the prison "owed a duty to the plaintiff to provide for his safekeeping, care and protection." The attorneys contended that the prison was "negligent and careless" in allowing McDonald to mingle with other prisoners and by not providing "adequate physical barriers." Cohen was serving a 15-year prison sentence on conviction of evading payment of $200,000 in income taxes. Roosevelt blasts away at Clair Engle SAN FRANCISCO (UPI)—Rep. James Roosevelt, D-Calif., said today that it appeared "obvious" that U.S. Sen. Clair Engle has not made a rapid enough recovery from his brain surgery to make a vigorous reelection campaign. Roosevelt has said that he would be a candidate for Eagle's seat, but his statements have left room for a change of mind. He told a news conference today that he would announce an 'irrevocable decision" Feb. 24 the day after the convention of the California Democratic Council in Long Beach. His decision, he said, would depend on "how well I do" at the CDC convention in the competition for council's endorsement However, he said that failure to obtain endorsement would not necessarily keep him from entering the June primary. SAIGON, South Viet Nam (UPI) — The United States stepped up security measures today and demanded "maximum protection" for Ameri cans in Saigon following the terrorist bombing of a U.S. armed forces movie theater in which three persons were killed. U.S. authorities placed heavily armed military policemen on school buses for American children, assigned extra guards at American installations and closed the United Service Organization (USO). The bomb that shattered the Capitol Kindo Theater Sunday night was the third attack in a week by Communist terrorist guerrillas on U.S. servicemen and their wives and children Forty-nine persons also were injured in the attack, and seven of them, including a woman government employe, required hospitalization. The heroism of a Marine captain, who rushed into the theater just before the bomb exploded to shout a warning, was credited with saving the lives of countless other Americans spending a Sunday evening at the movies. He was one of the three dead. There were reports that some American dependents had decided to pack up and go home in the face of the stepped-up terrorist violence. A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, however, said there was "no intention of j evacuating dependents." Policeman Shot Sunday night's bombing killed the Marine captain and another American soldier in the audience. A U.S. military! policeman was shot and killed by the terrorist and the Vietnamese who planted the bomb was killed by the M.P. Last Sunday, terrorists blew up a bleachers during a softball game, killing two Americans and injuring 23 others. At mid-week, a U.S. officer's] home was bombed without injury. Today, Charge D'affaires David Ness acting for vacationing Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, called on Premier Maj. Gen. Nguyen Khanh to express concern over the threat American lives here. The U.S. embassy said Ness demanded that Khanh's govern ment take stricter security measures to afford "maximum protection for the American community" in Saigon. There are about 15,000 U. troops serving as advisers Khanh's army in its war against the Communist guerrillas. Many are stationed in Saigon, and about 1,800 civilian Americans, most of them mili tary dependents, live in the capital. Proposes Joint Committee Khanh proposed establishment of a joint security com mittee to increase the protec tive measures, and Ness agreed to the plan. Informed sources said Ness told the Vietnamese leader that the United States believes the Communists are aiming direct Iy at the Americans with their terror campaigns in an effort to end the U.S. role in Viet Nam. The Communists are believed to reason that frequent attacks on Americans will force the withdrawal of dependents and hurt morale. Witnesses and U.S. military spokesmen said the toll would have been much higher if the Marine captain, who was not identified pending notification of relatives of his death, had not acted. Beatles to stay in sunshine few more days MIAMI BEACH (UPI)—The Beatles, shaggy-haired idols of the bobby sox set, decided to delay plans for returning to London and spend a few more days basking in the Florida sun and the squealing adoration of teen-aged legions. "I hope we'll be able to enjoy our extended stay without a crowd always following us," said Beatle press agent Brianti Summerville, his tongue stud firmly in cheek. Johnson to confer with president of Mexico WASHINGTON (UPI) — President Johnson's conference this week with President Adolfo Lopez Mateos of Mexico will include a meeting with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the White House announced today. The President and Lopez Mateos will meet in Los Angeles and Palm Springs Friday and Saturday. Their business talks will be held in the desert resort of Palm Springs with a joint communique scheduled for late Saturday morning. The two chief executives will meet Eisenhower Friday afternoon at the Eldorado Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif., about 18 miles from Palm Springs. Eisenhower is spending the winter at the club. Aside from saying that Johnson definitely would be back in Washington Monday, Feb. 24, White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger declined to give his destination out of Los Angeles until later this week. There has been some speculation Johnson might fly to Austin, Tex., to spend Saturday night and Sunday on his ranch at Johnson City. Thieves take Rubens canvas in Brussels MTA spokesman says new organzation costly Inventor dies MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI)—Dr. Charles Morgan Hammond, 85, inventor of the first iron lung almost 60 years ago, died here Sunday. LOS ANGELES (UPI) — The chairman of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority's (MTA) Legislative Committee said today that any program doing away with the MTA in favor for a new organization would endanger the orderly development of mass transportation in the Los Angeles area. In addition to the delay, Martin Pollard told the Assembly Interim Committee on Transportation and Commerce that such a changeover would cost the taxpayers millions of extra dollars. Pollard noted that any entirely new rapid transit legislation would place a property tax on the taxpayers without a vote. "We are strongly against the one-half of one per cent ad valorem tax on the taxpayers of this county which would be imposed by the Legislature to provide housekeeping expenses for any new transit board," Pollard said. "MTA is against any ad valo- reum tax without a vote of the people." He said these expenses now are paid for out of fareboxes "The proper way to accom plish further progress for mass transit is to amend the existing MTA Act rather than through an entirely new and separate bill," Pollard said. The MTA official said this ap proach would save the taxpayers a "great deal" of money. "When I say a great deal of money, I mean about two-and a-half-million dollars per month," he said. "A delay of two years, which would be a reasonable time for a new transit group to get started, would add $60 million to the rapid transit system over the starting date MTA could begin its pick and shovel work." Pollard said that with legislative help, the MTA is ready to move at an early date and construct a mass transit system 'second to none in the world." "All MTA needs is the tools to do the job," he said. "It is ready, it is willing and it is able to do the job for the peo BRUSSELS (UPI)—A Rubens painting valued at $1 million was stolen during the weekend from Brussels' Ancient Art Museum by thieves who broke in through a skylight, police said today. "Only a maniac could have stolen this painting," the museum's former director, Leo van Puyvelde, said. "It cannot be sold—or even shown—anywhere in the world." The police announcement set no price for the painting, but another art expert, Urbain van de Voorde, called it one of the 17th century Flemish master's greatest and said it was worth at least $1 million. The painting, one of the world's most valuable, is entitled "Negroes' Heads." The thieves broke into the museum through a skylight, removed the 18 by 26 inch painting from its frame, left the frame behind, and escaped with the canvas, police said. The painting is a national treasure, a Belgian government designation for especially valuable works of art in this art- rich nation. It depicts the heads of four Moors—Negroes from North Africa—and is a study for a later work considered the masterpiece of the painter. "The Adoration of the Magi." The painting is reproduced on Belgium's 500-franc notes. It is as familiar to Belgians as the portraits of American presidents on U.S. currency. Andrews dies SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (UPI) —Disc jockey David M. Andrews, 30, son of motion pictura actor Dana Andrews, died Saturday after a lengthy illness. Andrews, staff announcer at San Francisco radio station KFRC, had been a patient since Jan. 14 at Marin General Hospital, where he had undergone [brain surgery.

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