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ffa els 74th Year Phone 793-3221 REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1964 $1.50 Per Month Twenty Pages 10 Cents Sinatra fells of kidnap phone calls LOS ANGELES (UPI)-Frank .Sinatra testified today he negotiated with the kidnapers of his son on the telephone while some of the conversations regarding payment of the 5240,000 ransom were taped by the FBI. The balding crooner snapped a quick "no. sir," when asked on the stand II the kidnaping was a "hoax of any kind Sinatra also said that in one of the calls the voice apologized for the anguish he had caused the Sinatra family and said he "wished to hell he had never gotten into il (the kidnap)." Sinatra said the kidnapers had set up a code of identification whereby when a call was received the answering party said. "This is John Adams." The conversation began with the accused abductors replying, "Patrick Henry." Sinatra said he received the first call from an "unknown voice" shortly after flying to Reno, from his home in Palm Springs. Calif., after his son was kidnaped. Calls which he received at his Reno hotel and later in Los Angeles were recorded by the FBI, he said. The defense challenged the testimony regarding the use of "sound equipment" (tape-recording). Judge William East overruled the objection and said "the witness has considerable knowledge of sound equipment." which brought a laugh from the spectators. The second time the kidnapers called, Sinatra said, he spoke with Frank Sinatra Jr., 20. Sinatra look the stand on the eighth day of the federal trial of three men accused of the Dec. 8 abduction. One of the final calls he received was at the Bel Air home of his e.\-wifc, Nancy Sinatra. That call told Sinatra his son was being released. "I got into the car and went looking for my boy. I didn't find him. but he was returned home," Sinatra said. Johnson may call envoys for talks WASHINGTON (UPI)—Presi-:' dent Johnson is considering calling all United States ambassadors stationed in Latin America to Washington for conferences next month concerninglegy today against the House-)considered without first sending ™ .ThiSr the;passed civil rishts biU which ^ to thc judiciary committec - Southern senators plan to fight civil rights bill WASHINGTON* (UPI)—South-1will oppose thc Senate leader- off thc expected ern senators mapped their strat- 1 ship's effort to have the bill j buster. Other congressional news: A definite decision apparently has not been made but the purpose of thc diplomatic assembly here would be to dramatize the third anniversary of the alliance which was first announced March 13. 1961. by the late President John F. Kennedy. Thc Alliance was outlined by Kennedy in a message to Congress on March 14. 1061. White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger said if thc U.S. diplomats are called home they also would meet here with their opposite numbers, the Latin American ambassadors sta-' tioned in Washington, and off)-, cials of the Organization of! WASHINGTON (UPI)-House American States (OAS). !and Scnatc ne g oljalors today Southern fill-: is expected to reach the White I House next week, i Overtime: Representatives of • two business organizations apTaxes: House and Senate ne-: peared before tnc ^ | abor certain to run into a filibuster, j He said supporters of strong! gotiators agreed today on a fi-; subcommittee to oppose Presi- Wc'rc going to fight this bill!civil rights legislation have done!nal compromise bill for the big-!dent Johnson's plan to increase with all the vigor at our com-ja "snow job" on the nation andjgest tax cut in U.S. history. Thejjobs by raising the rate of over- mand." Sen. Richard B. Rus-j Congress should not be "stam- sell, D-Ga., said after thc 45-!peded" on any legislation, minute strategy session, "we Senate Democratic leaders, think we have got a case) meanwhile, indicated they were against this bill." (willing to give "full credit" to Russell said Southerners first;Republicans who will help cut 14-member conference commit- 1 time pay in some industries, tee, in four days of closed-door j Philip V. Carter of thc Illinois bargaining, reached a compro-'Chamber of Commerce said mise between the Senate's $11.8: creation of new jobs "requires billion bill and thc House's S11.2,incentives, not penalty legisla- billion version. The final draft!tion." Negotiators agreej J en Q f crew rescued from oncompromise i . , . . sinking snip, tear 14 lost tax cut bill NEW YORK (UPI)—Ten menbassador by Frucn (the Norwc-j An Italian luxury liner, were rescued today from thejgian ship) at 8:45 a.m." I Leonardo Da Vinci, and the the Name changed to just plain Bud NORMA. Okla. (UPI) Charles Burrnan Wilkinson had his name legally changed Tucs day to just plain Bud. Most folks already called him Bud Wilkinson, the name he used while becoming the na tion's most successful college football coach at thc University of Oklahoma. Bud's aim now is to get voters to mark an "X" behind his name. Wilkinson, who quit coaching and announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U. S. Senate, was ex pected to file formally next week. His tenure as Sooner athletic director ends Saturday. The coach also resigned from the position of special consul lant to President Johnson on the national physical fitness program. WITNESS — Some North American Aviation plants shifted to the vending machine concern in which Bobby Baker had an interest. President John L. Atwood of North American told Senate investigators in Washington. "I never asked Baker for anything," he said. (UPI Telephoto) Thc U. S. ambassadors in con-| rcacned final agreement on a| ms ab!ed British freighter Am-| some of thc stricken vessel's- Norwe £ ian S a ,i r ', hat sulfation with top State Depart- compromise $11 .5 billion tax cutjbassador. listing at 50 degrees,p^-man crew abandoned ship in st00 « D - v ln £ ; ° ^ ill Tuedav imcnt officials also would review, bi n an( j pointed it toward finally tnc storm-tossed atlantic. 1 35-foot waves and 50-knot winds,ana listing mm _ esa y 'the alliance program as it now con g rcss ional passage next; A reS cucd crewmembcr rc- Tuesdav when thc ship foun-! m Snt Dut were unaoie i a stands and discuss means of! wcc k. iported that 14 others were mis-jdered in the North Atlantic 600 ° n sunnors rjecausc oi taie- making it more effective. | xhc sweeping election-yearling and presumed drowned.!miles off Halifax. N.S. : for f e ""™s ana nia -. tax reduction mcasure-biggest| S cven other crewmen remained The Coast Guard said today : R *?t ^nother Halian pa^scn- tax cut in U.S. history- wasi aboard the Ambassador. !„..„ nhher Wc rafts witn Imr -**i *ff S voru-c-ian in ^ Z m * B A > the area at dawn today. The ..1 -— — ; ° fore sundown Tuesday night. A r .narrf skiDDer called im President Johnson almost all! frci g h , cr Fru en in 35-foot seas Canadian aircralt reported ^LPK fo r "Jr\,L ih->t i,» u^i<vi 1 meaiateiv tor a Bobby Baker told to come back Tuesday with books Weather Redlands Weather Today Highest 82, Lowest 43 One Year Ago Highest 74, Lowest 42 Tomorrow's Sunrise and Sunset 6:29 a.m. — 5:37 p.m. No smog, allowable burning. San Bernardino Valley: Most ly sunny Thursday. Localized gusty north or northeast winds below canyons through Thursday. Not much change in temperature. Lows tonight 33 to 40. U.S. Weather Bureau Noon Forecast There was some high cloudiness over Southern California but most areas were bright and sunny. There will be increasing north to northeast winds tonight and Thursday over the deserts and mountains and through exposed mountain canyons. Temperatures and precipitation for the 24-hour period ended at 4 a.m.: High Low Precip. Boston 33 30 .02 Chicago 38 35 T Cincinnati 37 30 .21 Denver 36 19 Fairbanks -12 -34 Fort Worth 60 37 Helena 42 30 .06 Honolulu 80 70 Kansas City 42 35 Las Vegas 64 36 Los Angeles 75 57 Minneapolis 39 23 New York 40 30 .12 Oklahoma City 52 31 Phoenix 70 35 Sacramento 66 ' 43 Salt Lake City 40 33 San Francisco 68 55 Seattle 50 38 Washington 38 33 .91 WASHINGTON (UPI)-Form er Senate aide Robert G. (Bobby) Baker refused to turn over his personal financial records to the Senate Rules Committee today, bringing on the possibility of a citation for contempt of Congress. In a dramatic, 90-minule showdown with the committee behind closed doors, Baker claimed constitutional protcc tion. He used the Fifth Amendment to support his refusal. Immediately after thc session with the star witness, thc com mittee voted unanimously to call Baker next Tuesday for a public hearing to make a new demand for the documents and to question him on other matters. A committee spokesman said any contempt action would await the outcome of the public hearing Tuesday. But Baker's attorney Edward Bcnnet Williams told newsmen he thought it "inconceivable" that Baker's position would change by then. According to the committee counsel's account of the closed session, Williams asked the committee not to call Baker for public hearing. The committee voted after Baker left the hearing room to call him for Tuesday. Baker refused to talk with newsmen either before or after his first confrontation with the committee investigating how he accumulated a fortune while serving as secretary to Senate Democrats. Williams, told newsmen he did not believe Baker need subject himself to a "legislative trial." Baker's stand was first out­ lined to thc Rules Committee in a letter Monday. The Rules Committee has been investigating the outside business activities of the former page boy who resigned his Senate Democratic secretary post under fire last fall. $19,612-a-year employe of the Senate arrived on the third floor of the old Senate Office Building shortly before the scheduled start of the closed] hearing at 10 a.m. EST. Baker walked down a long corridor through more than 50 newsmen, who flung a barrage of questions at him. But he re (Continued on Page 4) Earth tremors cause damage on Azores LAJES AFB, Azores (UPD- Strong earth tremors shook these mid-Atlantic island today, continuing a series of shocks that demolished nearly 2.000 houses and set off an international rescue operation for 15,000 islanders. The tremors were felt shortly after midnight at this huge U.S. Air Force Base, a refueling stop for transatlantic flights about 1,200 miles southeast of Newfoundland and 800 miles west of Portugal, which owns the Azores. No Americans were reported injured or made homeless by the quakes, which began four days ago and concentrated their force on neighboring Sao Jorge Island. Communications with thc pencil-shaped volcanic island were cut off, but officials in Lisbon said as many as 15,000 of its 20,000 inhabitants would have to be taken to safety. Although there were no immediate reports of casualties among the islanders nil but 3 of the 2,000 houses in the island's largest town, Vila das Velas. were demolished by the tremors. Cuban fishboat captains found guilty, fined KEY WEST, Fla. (UPI) — Criminal Court Judge Thomas Caro found four Cuban fishing captains guilty today of poaching in Florida waters and sentenced them to pay fines of $500 each. He also sentenced the captains to six-month jail terms but said these would be suspended upon payment of the fines. Charges were dismissed against 25 crewmen from the Cuban vessels. Passage of transit legislation seen by Carrell LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Passage next month of legislation aimed at remedying this area's mass transit problems has been predicted by the chairman of an Assembly interim committee. Assemblyman Thomas Carrell. D - San Fernando, chairman of thc Assembly Transportation and Commerce committee, made the statement Tuesday at the close of a two-day hearing concerning the administrative changes needed to solve Los Angeles' traffic problems. "The areas of conflicting opinion have been narrowed down to a few basic issues that can and will be resolved," Carrell said. He said the committee will meet in executive session to hammer out a bill that will provide a constructive approach to the problem." Soup thieves fined $500 LOS ANGELES (UPI) - Two soup company employes accused of selling 1,200 cases of soup intended as a Christmas gift for (he Salvation Army were fined $500 each Tuesday and placed on probation for three years in lieu of jail sentences. Ruby defense tosses out one prospective juror DALLAS (UPI) — Advancing the idea that Lee Harvey Oswald might have been killed by a Communist conspiracy to silence him, Jack Ruby's defense succeeded today in throwing out a prospective juror who said he believed Ruby might have been a Communist. However, the venireman also admitted, under intensive defense questioning, that he once had expressed an opinion that Ruby was guilty of killing Oswald and finally he said: "My opinion is still that Jack Ruby is guilty." The prosecution contended that thc man, Charles S. Toon, a suburban mail carrier, would be a valid juror because he said he could lay aside any such opinion. But Judge Joe B. Brown excused him "for cause." The questioning of Toon was marked by screaming and vitriolic exchanges between attorneys for both sides over Toon's admissibility. Defense attorney Melvin Belli demanded of the court that: "In view of the fact this man believes that Jack Ruby is a Communist and that Oswald was silenced by a Communist conspiracy, that he be disqualified for cause." Judge Brown overruled the motion. When Dist. Atty. Henry M. Wade asked Toon whether he was the type of person who could lay aside all his opinions and presume Ruby to be innocent. Toon said he could. Oswald was accused of assassinating President Kennedy on a downtown Dallas street Nov. 22. Ruby is charged with mur dcring Oswald two days later. The state exercised its first peremptory challenge to dismiss Frank Mcza, a 38-year-old warehouseman. This left thc prosecution 14 peremptory challenges. The defense has 13 left. |cleared by a House-Senate con-; The dramatic rescue was car- ference committee and gave| r j ed ou t by thc US wheat soon due to arrive in Russia MOSCOW (UPI) — The first shipment of the 1.7 million tons of American wheat sold to the Soviet Union is expected to arrive at the Black Sea port of Odessa Saturday, the U.S. Embassy reported. There has been no announcement of the arrival in the Soviet press. Soviet officials do not appear to want to draw undue attention to the harvest failures that forced the purchase of about $1 billion worth of grain and flour from the United States, Canada, and Australia. But Soviet officials told the embassy that the first wheat ship, the American Export-Is- Brandtscn line's Exilona, was due in Odessa by Saturday. The freighter, which left Norfolk, Va., Jan. 29, carries 6,642 tons of North Dakota durum wheat. Durum wheat, used for making macaroni and spaghetti, is also grown in the grain producing areas in the south of! Russia. I that he wanted Democratic leaders said afterwards the House probably would act on it next Tuesday, followed by thc Senate either the same day or Wednesday. Passage by a resounding margin was virtually assured. These are the highlights the compromise bill: —Net reduction of about $9.1 billion for individuals when fully effective — two-thirds of cuts effective this year, thc remainder Jan. 1, 1965. —An average tax cut of approximately 19 per cent for all persons now paying federal income tax. —Drop in payroll withholding rate from 18 per cent to 14 per cent, giving wage earners slightly higher paychecks averaging about S4 a week immediately after bill is signed by Johnson. —Net cut of $2.4 billion for 176.000 corporations when fully effective: Corporate tax rate falls from 52 to 50 per cent this year, then to 48 per cent, 1 next year, WASHINGTON (UPI) -House and Senate negotiators agreed today on a final compromise tax cut bill that will mean fatter paychecks for millions of American wage earners the first week in March. The massive election-year tax reduction anxiously sought by President Johnson was cleared by a 14-member House-Senate conference group after four days of closed-door bargaining Thc negotiators had the task of resolving more than 150 differences between an $11.2 billion measure approved by the House last September and an S11.8 billion bill passed by the Senate 12 days ago. The House and Senate are expected to swiftly approve the compromise, sending thc final version to thc White House next week. and strong winds. News of thc rescue reached Coast Guard headquarters here from thc Coast Guard cutter. Coos Bay, which is participating in the operation 600 miles off the Nova Scotia coast. Commander Claude W. Bailey of!of thc Coos Bay reported that ] two liferafts containing 24 crew men of the Ambassador had capsized Tuesday. "About 10 men reboarded the Ambassador," Bailey said. "Fourteen men are missing and presumed drowned." The Ambassador was wallow ing with its engines washed out by flood waters. Other rescue ships and planes scoured the waters in thc area for eight or more crewmen last seen fighting for their lives aboard two hfe-rafts. A message from the Coos Bay received at Coast Guard headquarters in New York said: "Three men removed from Am- Tarred man found wandering in orange grove A 70-year-old man whom sheriff's detectives have now identified as Peter Anthony Machalozski of Massachussetts was found wandering in an orange grove at Nevada and Palmetto at 12:40 p.m. today. There were reports he had been beaten and tarred and feathered but sheriff's detective William Paterson said the victim still had money in his wallet. He did confirm, however, that the victim's head was covered with tar and there was tar on his hands. At 1:45 p.m. Machalozski was still being treated at County hospital and had not been interviewed. Det. Patterson said he did not appear to have any external injuries. j The victim had just been released from the Colton city jail yesterday on a drunk charge I and gave his address Charleston, Mass. Note to teller LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Thc Columbia Savings and loan on Wilsliire Boulevard was robbed Monday of more than $2,000 by a bandit who shoved a note to one of t h e tellers demanding "all your S50, $20, $10 and $5." Tuesday night seeing seven! aboard the ship which was still afloat at sunup. maximum aen- . .... „ , , . , i a 1 search in hopes of locating men battling to stay aboard a ;ft raft . bornc cre „. men . hfc boat. Some of the Ambas-| ^ , one American sadors crew were believed^ one Canadian circlcd the area. The Coos Bay radioed at about 7 a.m. EST that the weather had improved slightly with winds at 40 knots and waves of 25 feet. In t.'ie seamen's favor was the sea temperature—65 degrees. The scene is directly in the path of the Gulf Stream. The Leonardo Da Vinci, departed the search scene after other rescue vessels arrived and continued toward New York. The Ambassador was in peril of sinking. Its engine room was flooded and it was listing heavily. Benner faces trial in Ames case VAN NUYS, Calif. (UPI)—A young father of three accused of abducting the wife of actor Leon Ames in a $50,000 extortion plot will face trial next month on kidnap charges. Lynn Wayne Benner, 21. was ordered at a preliminary hearing in Municipal Court Tuesday to appear for arraignment in Superior Court March 3 on four counts of kidnap. Benner, an unemployed auto mechanic, is accused of holding Ames and his wife hostage at their San Fernando Valley home until the manager of the actor's auto agency could return with $50,000, then forcing Mrs. Ames at gunpoint to drive him to nearby Studio City—where police arrested him at an intersection. Quote of Day LOS ANGELES — Federal Court Judge William G. East, answering a defense attorney who strongly protested the flight to Europe of Frank Sinatra Jr. while the trial of his three accused kidnapers was going on: "Mr. (Morris) Lavine, I can. put a stop to all this show on your part." ART THEFT RECOVERED — This million-dollar Rubens painting, one of the art treasures of Belgium, was reported by Brussels police to have been recovered today, after it was stolen from the art museum Monday. Titled "Negroes Heads" the painting was a study of four (NEA Radio-Telephoto) Moors for a later work, "The Adoration of the Magi." Brussels police report $1 million painting found BRUSSELS (UPI)—Police announced tonight they have recovered a Peter Paul Rubens' masterpiece, valued at $1 million, that was stolen Monday from Brussels Ancient Art Museum. A 19-year-old boy has been arrested, a police spokesman as isaid. The painting is "Tetes de Dt. Joe Carr and Dct. Paler- Kegres," a study of the heads son were continuing their in- of four Negroes, vestigation this afternoon. "The painting has been recov- The victim was taken to ered and a person has been county hospital by Redlands!arrested," the spokesman said. Ambulance. I The painting is known by all Belgians because a reproduction appears on the 500 franc banknote. Police said the arrested boy, whose name was not disclosed, made a full confession. He had stolen the painting in hopes of obtaining a ransom. He telephoned the museum management Tuesday. He offered to deposit conclusive proof that he was in actual possession of the painting at a public park. The telephone call enabled police to find the boy's hideout and to retrieve the painting, the spokesman said. Scout held for theft of Scout material SAN DIEGO, Calif. (UPI) — A young man who claimed to be an Eagle Scout was in jail today on charges of stealing merit badges from Boy Scout headquarters here. Detectives said Charles Alan Wall, 22, admitted in a signed statement that he broke into the Boy Scout headquarters on Jan. 21 and Feb. 8. Officers quoted the suspect as saying he planned to trade the badges and other stolen items at a scout jamboree next summer.

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