74th Year ra cU Phone 793-3221 REDLANDS. CALIFORNIA. TUESDAY. MARCH 17. 1964 $IJO Per Month Sixteen Pages 10 Cenft Chairman delays showdown in Bobby Baker inquiry WASHINGTON (UPI)-Chairman B. Everett Jordan, D- N.C., today abruptly recessed the Senate's Bobby Baker in quiry, thus once again delaying a final decision on whether the exhaustive investigation will be halted. Jordan recessed what had been billed as another Democratic-Republican show-down today on the question of ending the inquiry in order to draft a reply to a GOP charge that the investigation has been turned into a whitewash. Sen. Hugh Scott, R-Pa. told newsmen that Jordan's action came while he was asking a relevant question of Lennox P. McClendon, chief counsel for the committee in its investigation of the outside business interests of Baker, former secre tary to Senate Democrats. McClendon has recommended that the committee proceed to drafting of remedial legislation to deal v/ith conflict of interest questions raised by Baker's activities while a key Senate aide. Republicans on the committee want to call more witnesses and Scott and Sen. Carl. T. Curtis, R-Neb., took the Senate floor Monday to protest what Curtis called a "whitewash. Jordan came out of the hearing room visibly angry to read his short statement. As soon as Jordan slipped back behind the closed doors of the bearing room. Sen. Scott stepped before the microphones. He charged that Jordan was using the recess "as a tactic to gain time solely because they (the Democrats) didn't havei time to discuss it with whoever they are getting instructions from." Neither Scott nor Sen. Curtis, who have frequently charged that the Democrats were being directed by outside pressures, would identify who they feel was giving the committee instruction. Curtis insisted that the Republican charges on the floor of the Senate Monday were not personal attacks on Jordan nor on any of the committee Democrats. He said they were aimed strictly at the mistakes that have been made. Asked whether the chairman can recess a hearing without a vote, Scott said "well, he did it." Scott also said that he made a formal protest about Jordan's arbitrary action but to no avail. Today's meeting lasted only about 40 minutes. Jordan emerged and read a short statement which he said he bad made to the committee. He noted "some very serious accusations" had been made, challenging the committee's integrity and his integrity as chairman. This was obvious reference to the GOP statements. The Jordan statement said he was recessing the committee hearings to consider "further action." He said later that he e.xpects no further action today. Scott then told newsmen that the recess was called while he was questioning McLendon. Asked if he considered himself "gagged", Scott repUed: 'I was certamly stopped." HOMES THREATENED - At least 31 homes were destroyed or damaged by flames in los Angeles oreo fires Monday, but County Fire Chief Keifh Klinger said this morning that the fires had been checked. A homeowner is shown helping firemon turn wafer on as flames bear down on fashionable Whiting Woods area homes near Glendale. Residents evocu- oted homes, but todoy cars and trucks streamed back with belongings hastily gathered when flames threatened. (UP! Telephoto) L A. brush fires checked as winds diminish LOS ANGELES (UPI)-Wind- lashed brush fires that have scorched a black path across outlying foothills were reported checked today. "We have it checked," said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Keith Klinger, in overall command of fire-fighting units. An army of firefighters armed with bulldozers, hand shovels and tanker trucks attacked the flames, holding them below canyons as winds diminished. After a helicopter tour of the lines, fire officials said until few "hot spots" are cleared up the fires could not be consid cred contained. Two giant blazes in moun tains north of here have black cned nearly 12,000 acres of val uable watershed, already parched this year by only frac tional rainfall. At least 31 homes were de stroyed or damaged by the Weather Redlands Weather Today Highest 82, Lowest 57 One Year Ago Highest 53, Lowest 38 Tomorrow's Sunrise and Sunset 5:56 a.m. — 5:59 p.m. No smog, allowable burning. San Bernardino Valley: Sunny Wednesday. Local strong gusty northeast winds below canyons this morning diminishing by afternoon. Slightly warmer today but cooler tonight. Highs today 75-80. Lows tonight 40-48. U.S. Weather Bureau Noon Forecast Sunny weather will continue in Southern California this after noon Wednesday and Thursday. The Santa Ana winds have subsided greatly over those of Monday and will diminish even more this evening. There is however a good possibility that there viill be a mild to moderate rejuvenation of Santa Ana winds Thursday morning. Mght Ume temperatures will be a little lower tonight due to decreased wind. Temperatures and precipitation for the 24-hour period end ed at 4 a.m.: High Low Precip. Boston 44 31 Chicago 64 28 .05 Cincinnati 64 27 .01 Denver 47 28 Fairbanks •11 -36 Fort Worth 76 46 Helena 54 42 Honolulu 83 68 Kansas City 58 39 Las Vegas 68 42 Los Angeles 76 66 Minneapolis 42 4 .01 New York 51 — Oklahoma City 67 35 Palm Springs 77 71 Sacramento 78 49 Salt Lake City 42 28 San Francisco 75 54 Seattle 55 47 Washinfitoa 65 42 searing flames that burst out Monday in hopscotch fashion several miles apart and sent thousands of residents fleeing. Hope for containment of the crackling flames came on the Weather Bureau's prediction of winds diminishing to a tlurd of the 100-mile-an-hour gusts of Monday. With gusts of only 3035 miles an hour the aerial bomber fleet can take up the fight it was prevented from making when the fires began. The flames subsided during the night at the Chevy Chase Canyon and Whiting Woods fire lines and permitted work crews to draw new lines for battle. Caravans of residents in cars and trucks streamed back into the area laden nith belongings hastily gathered as they abandoned their homes to encircling flames. The blazes were believed to have started when high winds blew down electrical power lines. The fires were the worst since the 1961 disaster that hit the Bel-Air-Brentwood section of the city in the Santa Monica Mo'.mtains. Both erupted under strikingly similar condifions — extreme dryness and winds that created their own warlike "firestorms." NEWHALL (UPI) — ConUin- ment of a major brush fire that has scorched 2,500 acres of sparsely-settled land on both sides of U.S. 99 was predicted today, barring an increase in winds. Aerial water - bombing planes jomed forces with 200 men and ground equipment today to attack the flames that started Monday. Chief Harvey Anderson, in charge of he fire southeast o( here, said if winds remain at current levels containment should be reached by nightfall. More U. S. aid needed to turn Viet Nam tide U2 planes may be in action over Viet Nam Mrs. Kennedy places shamrock on grave WASHINGTON (UPI) — Mrs. | Day, Kieman presented Ken• ~nedy with a vase etched with the picture of James Hoban, architect of the ^Vhite House. Kieman also took a shamrock for Mrs. Kennedy to wear. Then he, the former first lady and Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy went to Arlington Ceme tery. There the ambassador placed pots of shamrocks.. As she was leaving Mrs. Kennedy took the shamrock off her coat and placed in on the grave. The Irish ambassador then went to the WWte House to present President Johnson with a Waterford cut crystal bowl filled with shamrocks with the inifials LBJ engraved in the glass. John F. Kennedy today placed a shamrock on the grave of her husband. She visited the grave at Arlington Cemetery with Irish Ambassador Thomas J. Kieman who left potted shamrocks in the shape of a cross. The Irish ambassador had called on the widow of the late president to present her a companion piece to a Waterford vase which he presented to Pres ident Kennedy on St. Patrick's Day last year. The vase is etched with the features of Commodore John Barry, a native of We.vford where Kennedy's ancestors were bom. Last year on St. Patrick's U.S. denounces Soviet disarmament proposal SAIGON, South Viet Nam (UPI)—Military observers said today that American U2 planes may be flying high-level reconnaissance missions over Communist North Viet Nam and parts of South China, Laos, and Cambodia. Their speculation was based on an announcement Monday that the U2 planes are stationed in South Viet Nam for "an in- country mappmg mission." The high-altitude reconnais sance planes, made famous by Francis Gary Powers' espionage flight over the Soviet Union and subsequent capture and trial, are believed to be stationed at Bien Hoa atrbase just north of Saigon. The base has been off limits to newsmen for some time. A U.S. military spokesman declined to go beyond his announcement that the planes were in use within the borders of South Vict Nam for mapping purposes. There was no e.vplanation why it was necessary to use the long-range U2"s for mapping in this small country, especially since such efficient mapping planes as the RFlOl and RB57 have been in use for some time. WASHINGTON (UPI) — The White House said today that additional U.S. economic aid and increased military training activity would be necessary to meet admitted setbacks in south Viet Nam. The statement was issued after President Johnson and the National Security Council re ceived a detailed report on the Vietnamese situation from De fense Secretary Robert S. Mc Namara and Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Both recently returned from South Viet Nam. Normally the proceedings of the council are highly secret. But the White House made an unusual report today on the Vietnamese situation. as re viewed by the council. Before their recent trip, Mc Namara and Taylor were last in South Vict Nam in October. Since then, according to to day's statement, "there have tmquestionably been setbacks' with the Communist Viet Cong taking maximum advantage of changes in the South Vietnamese government and increasing supplies of arms and trained military personnel for the Guerrilla war. The White House reported that the South Vietnamese government headed by Gen. Nuyugu- yen Khanh now planned to put into effect "a national mobilization plan that will provide conditions and terms of service in appropriate jobs for all able-) bodied South Vietnamese between certain ages." The White House said it was necessary to raise pay levels of the South Vietnamese military forces and "to create a highly trained guerrilla force that can beat the Viet Cong on its own ground." The White House report also said there should be significant additional equipment for the South Viet Nam air force, river, navy and mobile forces. 'In short," the statement said "where the South Vietnamese government now has the power to clear any part of its territory. Gen. Khanh's new pro gram is designed to clear and to hold, step by step and province by province." 300,000 Irish march up Fifth Avenue GENEVA (UPI)—The United States today denounced the Soviet plan for nuclear disarmament as encouragement for tyranny and anarchy in the world rather than peace. U.S. disarmament negotiator, Adrian S. Fisher, in a speech to the 17-nation disarmament conference, said Russia could not "have its cake and eat it Adds touch to green tie CHICAGO (UPI) — U.S. District Court Judge Abraham Lin- coto Marovitz, who takes his cabbage with kosher corned beef, appeared today in his courtoom with a St Patrick's green tie, emblazoned with a Star of David. too" in making unrealistic dis armament proposals. Fisher delivered a point-by- point rejecUon of the so-called "Gromyko plan" for nuclear disarmament He said the plan would-give the Soviets a military advantage over the rest of the world. The Soviet plan, first pro posed two years ago by Sonet Foreign Slinister Andrei Gromyko, calls for the destrucUon of all nuclear weapons except for a limited number to be retained by the United States and Russia as a form of protecUve "umbrella." Fisher said the plan would upset the East-West military balance, would do nothing to prevent cheating, would not permit international peacekeeping machineiy, and was contradictory to its professed aims. Mrs. Kennedy mails cards WASHINGTON (UPI)- Mrs. John F. Kennedy today sent out 900,000 black-bordered letters of acknowledgment to the tremendous outpouring of sympathy mail she received over President Kennedy's death. The former first lady's social secretary, Nancy Tuckerraan, said that she had picked March 17 as the mailing date and Mrs. Kennedy was "very pleased" and thought "how appropriate" when they realized it would be St. Patrick's Day. Miss Tuckerman said that the mourning cards and mass cards enclosed in the letters with the "Jacqueline Kennedy' frank had been distributed for the past week to post offices throughout town so as not to have a massive overload. The black-edged condolence card being sent over the world reads: "Mrs. Kennedy is deeply appreciative of your sympathy and grateful for your thoughtfulness." NEW YORK (UPI)-Oodles joy and a wee bit of sorrow intermingled today when 300,000 Irish and friends of the Irish marched up Fifth Avenue the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. The skies were cloudy, tem pcratures pleasant and the av enue a sea of green as the pa rade got underway at noon with hundreds of thousands watch ing. But some of the regulars were missing. Mayor Robert F. Wagner, grieving for his wife, Susan, who died recently, missed the parade for the first time years. Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, who has been having trouble getting his program through the state legislature, remained Albany. .<\nd President Johnson, slated to address the 180th anniversary dinner of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick, was due in town after the last imits of the parade moved up the avenue. There were those on hand too, who shed a tear for the missing green stripe on Fifth Avenue. Every year until tiiis one, green stripe ran up the center of the street for the parade. Traffic Commissioner Henry A Barnes put an end to the paint job by an official edict. Francis Cardinal Spellman the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, reviewed the marchers from the steps of St Patrick's Cathedral. m in Philip defends British food LONDON (UPI)—Prince Philip defended British cooking at the Cookery and Food Association's annual dinner here Monday night But Queen Elizabeth's husband said British food was somewhat like a small child — "When it's good, it's very, very good, but when it's bad, it's absolutely awful." Opposes Fed. control of SCUBA diving SACRAMENTO (UPI)-A San Diego area Assemblyman Monday branded proposed federal regulation of SCUBA diving gear as an attempt to create another bureau "to collect fees and regulate the air we breathe." Assemblyman Richard Donovan, R-Chula \^sta, said legislation, by Sen. Abraham Ribi- coff, D • Conn., would regulate the re-filling of self - contained imderwater breathing apparatus (SCU3A). He said the legislation was introduced because a Palm , City, Calif., youth died after his air tank was inadvertently filled with the wrong kind of gas. Brown wants bond vote tied to housing measure By ANN H. PEARSON United Press Intemationat SACRAMENTO (UPI) - Gov. Edmund G. Brown's second big bond bill was introduced today and the governor made it clear he wants a November vote be cause the timing is directly tied to a controversial housing initi ativc. The bill, calling for a S360 million bond issue for university and college construction, was sponsored by Sen. Walter SUera D-Bakersficld. It came on the heels of Monday's introduction of the gover nor's $260 million bond bill for school construction in the Assembly. That bill also called for a Novembervote, but Assembly] Republicans simultaneously introduced a duplicate except for a June voting date. Brown said the $260 million in school and college constiruction bonds would be "the most important investment in the future the people of California can make this year." But, he said, he doesn't want them to go on the June primary ballot because if they did, the same ballot would have to include the controversial initiative to give homeowners "absolute discretion" in renting, leasing and selling their property. The initiative would nullify the Rumford Act xvhich forbids discrim ination in most housing. Brown is a supporter of the Rumford Act and a foe of the initiative. "I believe the housing initiative must be placed before the voters in November to insure giving it a fair hearing by a majority of the voters," Brown said. "Tliis could not be done in June." Brown's firm stand in favor of a November vote for both the bonds and the initiative was the latest development in a brewing fight. Assembly Republi cans, although not mentioning the initiative, voted in caucus to put bonds on the June ballot Many Democrats who must run for re-election this year and would like the initiative but oil way first could be caught between the stands already taken by the Assembly Republicans and the Democratic governor. Meanwhile, the Assembly Ways and Means Committee hope today to send the 1964-65 budget to the Assembly floor for action probably next week. Congress speeds action on poverty measure WASHINGTON (UPI) - Congress wasted no time today starting hearings on President Johnson's anti - poverty campaign and House Speaker John W. McCormack predicted the 5962 million proposal would get "quick action." McCormack said he told Johnson today that Congressional reaction to the wide ranging plan was "overwhelmingly favorable." After a weekly meeting of congressional leaders with Johnson before a House subcommittee opened hearings on the proposal, McCormack said Congress was "especially pleased" that the war on poverty would be handled within the existing budget Acting less than 24 hours after the President sent the poverty program to Capitol Hill, the education .and labor subcommittee called for testimony from R. Sargent Shriver, who will head the drive. The President's proposals inspired a round of ringing praise from Democrats, but Republicans found little to cheer about. 'About 70 per cent of this it reheated legislative leftovers," said Rep. Charles E. Godell, R-N.Y., a member of the special education and labor subcommittee. "He has given us Kennedy programs with new names," Rep. Albert H. Quie. R-Minn., another member, said. The committee only had _ handful of items awaiting decisions before a final vote on the budget c o u 1 d be taken. Chairman Robert Crown, D-Alameda, said he expected a final vote. The committee's revised version was expected to be sh'ghtly (Continued on Page 9) Grave visits to require long waits WASHINGTON (UPI) - The American Automobile Association warns tourists planning an Easter weekend visit to President John F. Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery to expect a wait of two hours or more. The AAA said Monday that on an average week day visitors wait in line about 20 minutes and on an average weekend up to two hours or more. 'During Easter weekend and at other special times, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival, it may be considerably longer," the AAA said. Soviets wont free flier BERLIN (UPI)—Soviet offi cials have refused to release a captured and injured U. S. Air Force officer to an Air Force doctor, it v/as announced today. 1st Lt Harold W. Welch, 24, of Detroit is one of three of fleers who parachuted from an RB 66 reconnaissance jet last Tuesday when it was shot down by Soviet jets inside East Ger many. The unarmed plane strayed across the border while on a training flight Welch was the only man in jured in the incident and the Soviets Monday permitted Air Force flight surgeon Capt John ' Monroe of West End, N.C., visit him in the Soviet army hospital in Magdeburg. But informed sources said Soviet officers and doctors stood close by so Monroe could not question Welch about the border crossing and attack fay the Soviet planes. The Russians refused to let Monroe take the injured flier 1st Lt Harold Welch could return later and examine him again. . Monroe said he could not talk with him but said the doctor'to Welch freely because of the! Soviet officials nearby 'out got the impression his memory of the shooting incident was cloudy, the sources said. Monroe was able to look at X-rays of Welch's injuries and was reported to have said the Russians are giving him the best care they can. He said Welch's spirits were as good as could be expected under the circumstances. Monroe drove to Magdeburg m an ambulance and after spending an hour and 20 minutes visiting Welch, requested permission to take him back to West Berlin. The Soviets rejected Uie request Officials said Monroe found Welch in fair condition, with two fractures of one leg, a broken arm, and body bruises. The whereabouts of Uie oUier crewmen, Capt David I. Holland, of Holknd, Minn., and Capt Melvin J. Kessler of Philadelphia, were not known. Magdeburg is about 40 mfles from the crash scene.
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