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74th Year Phone 793-3221 REDLANDS. CALIFORNIA, THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 1964 $1.50 Per Month Fourteen Pages 10 Cents WE Will APPEAL — Teamsters union boss James Hoffa fells newsmen he will appeal the verdict of a federal jury which yesterday found him guilty of two counts of jury-tampering in his 1962 trial in Nashville. The white objects below Hoffa's chin ore handkerchief-covered microphones. (UP! Telephofo) AFL-CIO may now admif teamsters union WASHINGTON (UPI)—The conviction of James R. Hoffa on jury-tampering charges increased chances today for readmission of the giant Teamsters' Union into the AFL-CIO. AFL-CIO President George Meany withheld comment on the verdict returned by a Chat tanooga jury that could send Hoffa to prison for a ma.ximum of 10 years. But Jleany has consistently held an attitude of "Teamsters, yes; Hoffa, no" on the question of the reaffillation by the truct crs" union, ousted in 1957 on charges of corruption against its leadership. Labor sources said that if Hoffa"s appeal is turned down by higher courts and he does go to jail, the prospects are bright for Uie Teamsters* reentry. A rising tide of sentiment favoring readmission of the 1.5 million-member Teamsters' Un ion has been evident within the federation despite Hoffa's continuing tangles with the law. Hoffa claims trial unfair, adds "we will appeal" Weather Rcdlands Weather Today Highest 64, Lowest 37 One Year Ago Highest 70, Lowest 35 Tomorrow's Sunrise and Sunset 6:12 a.m. — 5:49 p.m. • No smog, allowable burning. San Bernardino Valley: Variable cloudiness but mostly sunny Friday. Gusty winds below can j-ODS tonight and Friday, Lows tonight 36-43. U.S. Weather Bureau Noon Forecast This afternoon and Friday over Southern California Uiere will be variable cloudiness with considerable sunshine. There may be a few snow flurries in the mountains surrounding Owens Valley. Surface winds are strong and gusty in the mouH' tains and northern deserts reaching 40 m p h at times. Gusty winds will spread over southern deserts and over many areas west of the coastal moun tain ranges tonight but will be strongest below canyons. Daytime temperatures will be most ly cooler Friday. Fair weather is indicated for Saturday. Lowest temperatures at key fruit frost stations in Southern California tonight will be 30 degrees. Temperatures and precipitation for the 24-hour period ended at 4 a.m.: High Low Precip. 54 42 T 53 31 .68 CHATTANOOGA. Tcnn. (UPI) — "It was unfair.. .a railroad job in my opinion. .Of course, we will appeal." That was Teamsters boss James R. Hoffa's angry reaction to his conviction Wednesday by a federal court jury on two counts of jury tampering. Held in technical custody for two and one half hours, Hoffa was released under $75,000 bond and did not appear discouraged by the verdict "1 pity those who do not have the funds to go to appeals courts," he said. Federal Judge Frank Wilson gave attorneys 10 days to file motions for a new trial. He scheduled a further hearing today on a defense motion Uiat the case be thrown out because the government illegally spied on the defense. Wilson had refused to hear arguments on tlie motion during the trial, but began hearing them Wednesday while the jury was deliberating. The panel of eight men and four women reached its decision after five hours and 41 minutes of consideration. Specifically, it found Thomas E. Parks and Ewing King, both of Nashville, guilty as the principals in two of three jury tampering counts. Hoffa and Larry Campbell of Detroit were con victed of aiding and abetting. Two other defendants, Nicholas Twcel, Huntington. W. Va., and Allen Dorfman, Chicago, were acquitted on the third count. Hoffa faces a maximum pen ally of 10 years in prison and $10,000 fine on the two counts. Following normal pro ccdure, it was expected to be several weeks before Wilson pronounced sentence. Under the bylaws of the Teamsters international union, the nation's largest union, any officer convicted of a felony can be removed from office, but no action is expected, at least until Hoffa exhausts his appeals. Brown asks for adoption of countywide school tax Boston Chicago Cinciimati Denver Fairbanks Fort Worth Helena Honolulu Kansas City I^s Vegas Los Angeles Minneapolis New York Oklahoma City Palm Springs Phoenix Sacramento Salt Lake City San Francisco SeatUe Washington 63 34 IS 60 45 5S 64 68 34 54 42 75 60 70 38 61 50 50 41 2.89 20 12 31 31 26 40 40 12 45 2S 43 39 44 32 49 38 45 .04 .01 .44 .05 .03 .38 By DE VAN L. SHUMWAY S.'VCRAMENTO (UPI) — Gov. Edmund G. Brown, pushing for adoption of a countywide school tax, sent the Legislature a district by district analysis of his school financing proposal today. "There is no other area of government where reform is so gravely needed," the governor said in a letter to all senators and assemblymen. Brown said he was prepared to furnish local districts with S60.7 million in new funds including S41.9 in direct state aid. The administration proposal- one of nearly a dozen school fi nancing plans advanced this week—has not been put in the form of a bill yet for the lawmakers. Brown's letter gave no hint when that step would be taken, but he told his news conference Tuesday that he expected to meet with education leaders of the Legislature this week. A bill probably will not come before that session. The governor said his breakdown made it clear "there is no possible justification for con tinning the present aid structure" and that "county\ride equalization is eminently fair and is injurious to no one." The analysis showed that 40 counties would gain funds under the count >T \ide tax plan in suras ranging from $15,098,455 for Los .•Vngeles to $1,429 for Inyo. Fifteen counties would suffer net losses ranging from $534,015 in Fresno to $926 for Mono. The net increased aid would be S2S million. The count>^vide tax equalization plan would work this way: each district would contribute 60 cents per SlOO assessed valuation for elementary schools and 50 cents for high school students to an equalization fund The fund then would be distributed evenly within the county on the basis of the number of children attending school. Under tiiis system, 511 wealthy school districts in California would receive less money from the fund than they contribute. But an estimated 1,000 poorer districts would gel back more than they deposit. Brown conceded that under controversial countywide propos al some wealthy districts would be forced to increase their tax rates to mamtain their current program levels. But, he added, "none of the districts would have an increase that would place them over the average tax rate now being levied throughout the state." The governor said hat under, present school financing methods "children are penalized for where they live. "The state is not performing its primary function, that of providing an equal educaUonal opportunity for all children," he said. Brou-n said the report indicated that ta.t rates vary drastically from district to district within the state. Some elementary districts levy less than 50 cents per SlOO assessed valuation and others tax $4 per SlOO. High school rates vary from a low of 60 cents to a high of $2.15 and unified districts showed a variafion of $1.32 to $4.53. Expenditures per child varied from $244 in poor districts to more than 1,800 in wealthy districts. March bad weather in crazyquilt By United Press International A March onslaught of crazy quilt weather immobilized Mid west cities with gale force winds and sent rivers flooding over their banks in the Ohio River Valley today. It was the same storm which sent twister's twirling up Dixie's "tornado alley" Wednes day. The southern storms killed 11 persons—four in tornadoes which whipped si.\ states, and seven in a lightning - sparked fire at Forrest City, Ark. Death Toll Rises The weather deatli toll rose to 15 today as rain turned to ice on Midwest streets and high ways. Missouri reported three weather-blamed traffic deaths and Illinois one. The Weather Bureau said the storm would keep driving eastward with heavy rains. Washington's temperature was expected to drop from a spring­ like 70 degree reading at 9 a.m. to the 30's tonight. The storm turned Jlilwaukee and Defroit into danger areas during the early morning hours. High winds howling through the Milwaukee streets burst the plate windows of the Belmont Hotel coffee shop, spraying customers with glass. Eight were injured. Wind damage was extensive throughout the city and it was followed up with heavy snow which closed highways and schools and tied up t r a f f i throughout southeast Wiscon sin. Send Out Warnings The winds hit 63 miles per hour in Detroit and police sent out warnings to residents to stay out of the downtown area if they could. The Detroit winds blew out downtown windows, scattered heavy debris from urban re newal projects through the streets, and whipped up tim hers off the shell of the First Federal Sayings and Loan As sociation building which is un der construction. More than 5 inches of rain drenched Paducah, Ky. Rome N.Y.. picked up nearly 2 inches of rain in six hours. The storm dumped 8 inches of snow at Quincy, 111., on the Mississippi River about 90 miles north of St. Louis. Madi son. Wis., and Rockford, 111. reported 3 inches of fresh snow. Behind the storm front, a 7 inch blanket of snow covered large sections of Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. Ahead of the front, severe thunderstorms were forecast for Pennsylvania and New York state. McNamara leaves for fact finding mission to Saigon WASHINGTON (UPI) — Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara said today that North Vietnamese assistance to Com munist guerrillas in South Viet Nam had increased during the past six months. At a news conference prior to leaving for another of his fact­ finding missions to South Viet Nam, McNamara said that weapons being supplied the Viet Cong guerrillas by North Viet Nam obviously were manufactured in Red China. McNamara, together with Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other top officials, leave here at midnight for a crucial size-up of the war in Viet Nam. McNamara said that while he is in South Viet Nam, on a visit that probably will last a week. he would examine the volume, character and trend of North Vietnamese support to the Viet Cong. He cited these weapons re cently detected in South Viet Nam and described as being of Red Chinese manufacture: —Recoilless guns of 75 mili meter type. —Heavy machine guns. —"Sophisticated" mines for use in water and on land. —"Sabotage" devices with "advanced timing mechanisms." McNamara said the purpose of his trip was to discuss the "effectiveness of U.S. training and logistic support of the South Vietnamese forces since the coup of Jan. 29" in which Maj. Gen. Nguyen Khanh replaced Maj. Gen. Duong Van Jlinh as top man. The secretary said he wants to see what can be done to improve Vietnamese resistance to the Commimist guerrillas. His trip, he said, is an "affirmation" of continued Amen can intent to support South Viet Nam. He refused to discuss the possibility of carrying the war into North Viet Nam or neutralization of Viet Nam. JIcNamara repeated his pre viously announced plans for withdrawing U.S. troops from South Viet Nam as rapidly as the Vietnamese are able to do the jobs that Americans are training them to do. The defense secretary planned to spend Friday at Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii and arrive in Saigon the next day. President Johnson and other officials have largely quieted speculation of recent days that measures might be put into motion to expand the guerrilla war into Communist North Viet Nam. The speculation apparently had been stimulated earlier by .American sources both in Washington and in Saigon in an effort at psychological warfare. There were reported to be divided opinions within the government on the possibilities of South Vietnamese counter-guerrilla acUon in the North and of blockading Red supply lines by sea and air. There were varying assessments, too, of what Red China's reacUon might be. Top officials have empha-. sized, however, that present strategy calls for whippmg the Communists in their longtime stronghold in the Mekong Delta south of Saigon. Defendant admits faulty memory in Sinatra case Knight tells of Nixon's threat in 1958 U.S. officer knied by guerrillas SAIGON, South Viet Nam (UPI)—A U.S. .-Vrmy officer was killed by Communist guerrillas Wednesday while on combat patrol with a Vietnamese army unit, it was announced today. The announcement,. on the eve of Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara's visit here, said that another U.S. serviceman was wounded by guerrillas in a separate incident. The officer, who was not identified pending notification of relatives, was on patrol in the central highlands north of Saigon. SANTA MONICA (UPD-For mcr Gov. Goodwin J. Knight said today that Vice President Richard M. Nixon threatened to campaign against him in 1958 if he didn't step aside for Sen. William F. Knowland. The statement was made in an interview with the Santa Monica Evening OuHook, during which Republican Knight, now a banker-insurance man in Beverly Hills, compared his politic al fortunes with those of Democratic Atty. Gen. Stanley Mosk. Mosk Wednesday announced he would not be a candidate for the seat of ailing Democratic U.S. Sen. Clair Engle, D-Calif., because of insufficient campaign funds. Jlosk's decision not to seek the Democratic nomination in the June primary left the way clear for state Controller Alan Cranston to oppose Engle in the primary. Knight said he was forced in 19i8 to drop his plans to seek re-election as governor in what he termed "the big s^ritch." "The long series of disasters which Republicans have suffered in California since 1958 can be traced to 'the big switch' in which I was denied financial support unless I agreed to run for senator instead of governor," Knight told the newspaper. He said he flew to Washing ton to appeal to President Eisenhower, but received this answer: I leave those California matters in Dick Nixon's hands." Knight said Nixon threatened to "campaign against me if 1 persisted in running for re-election as governor." He said Nixon agreed to support him only if; he ran for senator and supported Knowland for governor. LOS ANGELES (UPI)- Codefendant John William Irwin admitted today on the witness stand that his memory was faul ty about events in Uie week pre ceding the Dec. 8 kidnaping of Frank Sinatira Jr. Irwin, 42, one of three defend ants in the federal kidnaping trial, admitted under cross examination that he "forgot' about a meeting he had with codefendant Barry Worthington Keenan in a suburban Canoga Park house set up as a hideout Irwin had testified previously Uiat he had no contact with Keenan from Nov. 29 to Dec. 9 when he was advised of the Lake Tahoe kidnaping in a telephone call. The third defendant in the ease is Joseph Clyde Amsler, 23, who testified in his own defense early this week. Prosecutor Thomas R. Sheridan confronted Irwin with a telephone bill showing a call was made from the Canoga Park house to Coral Gables, Fla., Dec. 3. This call, previous testimony showed, was made by Keenan to the widow of bandleader Tommy Dorsey. Keenan had called Sirs. Dorsey in an attempt to learn the whereabouts of young Sinafra, a singer with Uie Dorsey band. Irwin had admitted in a statement to the FBI that he overheard Keenan making this calL However, he said "I don't know how I could have been there on a Tuesday (Dec. 3) be cause I work during the week. But I must have been there, because I remember the caU to Mrs. Dorsey." Officer says Ruby stopped from shooting three times Nixon tells Congress time for settlement WASHINGTON (UPI)— Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon told Congress today "the time is now" to setUe the twin problems of presidential succession and disability. But the man who three times felt the pressure of being "one heart beat from the presidency" differed with former President Dwight D. Eisenhower on one aspect of resolving the disability question. Nixon said the disability issue is far more important than that of succession. Ni.xon, testifying before the Senate constitutional amendments subcommittee, said he did not agree with his former chief that a special commission be created to setUe any dis- greement over when an ailing president was able to resume authority. That kmd of conflict, Nixon said, "should be decided by Congress—not by a commis sion." By H. D. QUIGG DALLAS (UPI) —Jack Ruby. 52, spat out the words "you rat son of a bitch—you shot the President" just before he shot Lee Harvey Oswald and then police prevented him from shooting three times, witnesses testified today. Policeman Thomas JIcMillon testified at the murder trial that Ruby told him that the police "moved too fast and prevented me from getting off but one shot" at the accused assassin. As court recessed for lunch three policemen.who were present at the shooting testified Uiat: —Ruby cursed Oswald before and after he shot him. —He told police less than five minutes later that he intended to shoot three times. —He "kept pulling back and squeezing on the trigger." The officers were prosecution witnesses in the state's attempt to send the nightclub operator to the electric chair for the slaying of the accused assassin. McMillon was standing just outside the jail office door in the basement of the City Jail when Ruby broke through a group of newsmen to shoot Oswald. "What did you hear Ruby say just prior to the shooting?" asked Dist. Atty. Henry Wade. "He said, 'you rat son of a bitch, you shot the President— and then the shot rang out," McMillon replied. The officer identified Ruby, sitting calmly at the defense ta­ bic, as the slayer. Detective Don R. Archer, who was guarding the jail of fice door on the morning of Nov. 24, said that 12 seconds after Ruby fired the shot, the slayer uttered the words: "I hope I killed the son of bitch." L. C. Graves, a detective who was yarding Oswald, testified that moments after the; shooting of the accused assassin, Ruby "kept pulling and squeezing on the trigger." Only one shot was fired, bow ever. .Archer, under questioning by] Dist. Atty. Henry Wade, said Ruby uttered the "son of a bitch" phrase as the 24-year-oId Marxist misfit lay writhing on the cement floor of the jail basement. WiUiin three to five minutes after the shooting. Archer said, he and police Capt. Glen King and another detective hustied Ruby into an elevator and took him upstairs to the jail. Archer said he turned to Ruby and said, "I think you killed him." "He said, 'I intended to shoot him three times'," Archer testified. Defense lawyers protested bitterly that Archer could not make that statement in court because Ruby was under arrest at the time and anything he said then could not be held agauast him in court. Judge Joe B. Brown ruled that Archer's statement was admissible as evidence. The defense, which argues that Ruby was suffering from an epileptic spasm and did not know right from wrong, intensely cross-examined Archer. 'Was there any doubt at Uiat time if he (Ruby) was acting automatically or under his own volition?" defense attorney Melvin Belli asked. "No sir," Archer repUed, "I never had any thought in my mind about that." "Wbea you first saw his faca was it calm and blank?" Under the circumstances, I'd say it was exceptionally calm." "What do you mean by tha circumstances?" "The fact that he had just (Continued on Page 6) Private army, navy too Man explains his troops and program SANTA BARBARA (UPI)-An operation involving a band of 25 armed men at a fortress • like villa is perfectly legal, county authorities said today. The Villa C a 1 a f i a is surrounded by 10-foot high walls and is on a seven-acre estate owned by Mario Roman. Actions of the men in allegedly taking a few potshots at curious teenagers resulted in a check of the place by authorities. "We are not running a prisoner of war camp here or forming an Army or a Navy," Roman said in answer to que ries about the men and a mini ature Navy tied up nearby. He said the men and boats are engaged in two activities—abalone fishing and treasure hunting. The men are armed, he said, to protect the 17th century-style viUa. San Bernardino police hold young burglars SAN BERiVARDINO. Calif. (UPI) — Two juveniles, aged 16 and 17, were in police custody today on suspicion of having committed 25 burglaries in the last few months. Among the loot recovered was the name plate which once adorned the door leading to the office of Police Chief Lee Robb. MacArthur to undergo surgery WASHINGTON (UPI) — Gen. Douglas MacArthur will undergo surgery Friday at Walter Reed Hospital where he is under freatment for jaundice, it was announced today. The hospital made the an nounceraent in a -W-word statement, which disclosed that tests on the 84-year-old hero of two world wars showed he had "an obstructive jaundice of unknown origin." The statement said the operation would be performed Friday morning. Hospital spokesmen refused to amplify further on the statement "This place seems to attract vragants and bums," he said. "About a month ago my wife, the former Lucy Dabney held a burglar at gunpoint in our home here. We are gone a lot and need someone around to protect the property." The villa, located in the Montecito foothills, is guarded by men whose weapons include fixed bayonets. They communicate by walkie talkies. They are in charge of "Captain" Jim T. Nash, a Santa Barbara resident. Some of the guards have beards. Most are dressed in work pants, work shirts open at the collar and yachting caps. Roman said they are receiving preliminary fraining in deep sea diving and soon will move to the boats anchored off nearby Summerland for advanced training. The fleet consists of a Navy duck; the 84-foot Calafia, a con- veirted Coast Guard cutter which serves as Roman's yacht; an abalone boat, EI Cid; and an 85-foot converted PT boat. The Quest, owned by Nash. Roman said half the men would be diving for abalone when the season opens March 15 and the other half probably on a sea treasure hunting ex pedition. Quote of Day DALLAS-Chief Asst. Dist. Atty. William F. Alexander, expressing his hope that the state can rest its case today against Jack Ruby in the Wiling of accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald: Hen, there's no use prolonging this thing." Goldwater blasts lack of aid for workers KEENE. N.H. (UPI)^en. Barry Goldwater charged today that too much is being said and not enough done about protecting the American worker from automation and foreign imports. "The answer is not to be found in high tariffs. We're interested in freer trade but this should be a two-way street. So far it's been a one-way street," Goldwater said. He told workers at the Abbott Machine Co. in nearby Wilton that, "when we sit down to talk tariff we come out on the short end of the stock. Our tariffs average 8 per cent. The rest of the world averages over 20 per cent." Goldwater campaigned today in a heavy haze and fog. Visibility along the campaign trail was reduced to nearly zero. "I charge that an adminisfra- tion that stands mute in the face of such violence is guilty of a cynical default in the exercise of its responsibilities," the Arizona conservative said. Goldwater was to campaign today in four southern communities, climaxed by a giant torchlight parade and rally in Manchester. Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller briefly interriipt- ed his campaign to attend the funeral of Mrs. Robert F. Wagner, wife of the mayor of New York City. He was to return later today to visit Portsmouth and Dover. As the March 10 presidential primary battie reached the home - stretch, (Joldwater Wednesday night took his strongest stand on civil rights and the race problem, "a subject that transcends all the, specific issues we've discussed in this primary."

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