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fa els; 74th Year Phone 793-3221 REDLANDS. CALIFORNIA, FRIDAY. MAY 8, 1964 $1.50 Per Month Sixteen Pages 10 Cents FIRE RAZES HEIGHTS PACKING HOUSE Red China ready to talk with Russia LONDON (UPI) — The Communist Chinese said today they are willing to meet once again witli Soviet Communist leaders in an effort to patch up their long and deeply divisive dispute. But the Chinese charged that the Russians are trying to rush them into an immediate meeting and flatly accused the Kremlin of promoting an international Communist summit conference for the sole purpose of "effecting an open split." The Chinese statement reject cd this pressure and said bi lateral Sino-Sovict talks should be postponed for as much as a year. The Chinese .<:(afemcn(, (rans mitted by the New China News Agency (NCNA) and received here, was the latest shot in salvo of polemics tliat has split the international Communist movement down the middle. NCNA today released seven letters exchanged by the Com munist parties of China and the Soviet Union since last Novcm' ber.- The first letter was sent Nov. 29 by the Russians, and the most recent dispatched Thurs day by the Chinese. The letters, it said, dealt with five major bones of contention between Peking and Jloscow—IJie Sino - Soviet boundary, aid, withdrawal of Soviet technicians Sino - Soviet trade, and cessation of public polemics" NCNA said the Chinese party proposed new Sino-Soviet talks for ne.xt October in an effort to seek solutions of the rift that has threatened to grow into full-fledged split between the two nations. This, it said, should be followed by a meeting of representatives of 17 Communist parties from other nations, to prepare for a world-wide Communist conclave. But the Chinese agency said the Russians replied on March 7 that they wanted the Sino Soviet talks held in May. This month, with the preparatory meeting in June or July and the international summit in the autumn. PACKING HOUSE DESTROYED - This was the scene as Redlonds firemen sprayed the first streams of water into the burning Redlands Heights Citrus Co. packing house at San Bernardino avenue and Texas streets last night. Firemen got a late report on the fire and the building wo$ destroyed. Additional photos on pages 4 and 9. (Daily Facts photo by C. J. Kenison) Johnson pleased with success of his trip Quote of Day WASHINGTO.V — Rep. \'cr- non W. Thomson, R-Wis., reporting on alleged misuses of foreign aid funds turned up by the aid agency's own investigators and for which refunds were demanded: "It indicates clearly that the agency has been unable to pre^ vent foreign aid funds being used for such luxury items as bubble gum in Turkey and outboard marine motors in Moroc . CO." By MERRIMAN SMITH United Press Intemitianal ATLANTA (UPD—President Johnson, openly deh'ghted with tiie crowds that gave him his biggest personal ovation since taking office, wound up his hectic two-day tour of the Appalachian region today with a plea for racial tolerance and equal opportunity for all. The chief Executive was cheered by an estimated one million persons in his six-state swing, but by far his warmest Weother Redlands Today Highest 71, Lowest 44 One Year Ago Highest 84, Lowest 5S Tomorrow's Sunrise and Sunset 5:53 a.m. — 7:39 p.m. No smog, allowable burning Saturday, Sunday, Monday San Bernardino Valley: Some night and morning low clouds but mostly sunny and slightly warmer Saturday. Lows tonight 3S-45. Five Day Forecast No precipitation and warming temperatures, but still below normal. Temperatures and precipitation for the 24-hour period ended at 4 a.m.: High tow Precip. Boston S3 65 Chicago 85 65 .87 Cincinnati 73 62 Denver 73 34 .19 Fairbanks 44 13 Fort Worth 78 69 .07 Helena 53 38 .32 Honolulu 82 71 Kansas City 75 72 Las Vegas 62 42 .02 Los Angeles 61 52 Minneapolis 76 47 New York 82 65 Oklahoma City 79 70 .28 Palm Springs 73 55 Sacramento 72 47 Salt Lake City 54 40 .11 San Francisco 56 50 T Seattle 59 48 Washington S3 60 Lynda Byrd in green dress and dazzling smile ATLANTA (UPI)-She wore a kelly green dress and a daz zling smile and appeared good bet for vote-bidding as signments in Young America during the presidential cam' paign. For dark-haired Ljuda Byrd Johnson, 20-year-old daughter of tJie President, proved a cap; tivating campaigner during her father's si.x-state tour of Appa lachian poverty pockets Thursday. She had appropriate words for all occasions and crowds, but she scored her biggest hits before the college set. And she proved quick on her feet. When the closed car in which she and the President were riding broke down in front of the University of Tennessee campus at Knoxville, Johnson asked her to "speak" to a huge crowd of students, largely youths, many carrying placards read ing, "Lynda, we want to hold your hand." Taking off her shoes, Lj-nda Byrd hopped onto the seat of the convertible into which she and her father had transferred. Not so very long ago, I came to UT," she told the students, drawing an immediate cheer, "but mine was the Uni vcrsity of Texas." 'I don't know about your football team," she continued, but was interrupted by the President who leaned over and whispered to her. Tennessee football teams have not en joyed good fortune in recent years. "Stop coaching me, dad," she said. "You'll get me in trou ble." Earlier in the day, at Athens, Ohio, it was she who had "coached" the President when he sal down beside ber after referring to students at Ohio University as "you students here at Ohio State," a rival in stitution • at Columbus. The President returned to the podium and good-naturedly apolo gized, to the hearty applause of the crowd. welcome was in Georgia, the heart of the Confederacy and the home of Sen. Richard Russell, the South's congressional leader in the fight against the civil rights bill. After concluding his visit, Johnson took off in the presidential jet for the return trip to Washington. Johnson's final major talk, his l~th since starting out in .Maryland Thursday, was on Roosevelt Square in Gainesville, situated in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains about 55 miles north of Georgia's capital. iO,000 Hear Speech "Full participation in our society can no longer be denied to men because of their race, religion or region." Johnson told the estimated 60.000 persons who turned out to hear the speech at Gainesville. The Roosevelt name is still magic in Georgia, where the late Franklin D. Roosevelt was a frequent visitor, and Johnson lost no opportunity to mention the late president Ife got a big hand when he recalled the old FDR line that 'The only thing we have tear is fear itself." The crowds at Gainesville were as enthusiastic as they had been during the other stops and Johnson said he was thrilled." "I have never been received an>"where in the world better than I have been received in Georgia," be declared. He was said to feel the trip (Continued on page 4) East Germany throws out U.S. defector BERLIN (UPI) — The only U.S. Army officer to defect to the Reds since World War II has been returned to the West, and the East German Communists said today they threw him out because he proved "im- worthy" of asylum and "committed criminal offenses." An announcement by the East German ADN news agency said Capt. Alfred Svenson, 31, Scranton, Pa., was expelled because he "did not use the possibilities given him of building up a new existence. " U.S. .Army spokesmen saiUI Building total loss in eight-hour blaze An 8-hour fire ravaged the Redlands Heights Citrus Co. packing house in northwest Redlands last night. The 38-year-old building is owned by Redlands Associates and is the second packing house the owners have lost in 11 months. Fire destroyed the Western Fruit Growers packing house at Sixth street and Stuart a\-enue on June 7, 1963. j And it was the third majoriers were sUll battling "hot -<» ;TI R<w4ion<ie iiitViin 9 vo !.r Ispots" in Ihc bascment. There [fire in Redlands within a year. The intensity of the Western packing house fire was equaled by last nights blaze. Redlands Heights is located at the northeast comer of San Bernardino avenue and Texas street. It was constructed about 1926. were no serious mjuries. Equipment located in the grapefruit processing area dropped through the weakened floor and into the basement. The corrugated metal roof collapsed. Plastered walls enclosing the The property is surrounded by> box storage area disintegrated, groves on three sidcs.lbut other masonry and bric'i orange Nearest residences are more than a block away. Assessed valuation of the land, building and contents reportedly is about $500,000. .\ company spokesman said the loss would be covered by insurance. Nearby smudge oil storage tanks of the Santex Protective .Association and an equipment storage yard and operations office of the Redlands Farm Co were not damaged by the fire. Redlands Fire Chief Joe Budd (Continued on page 4) NBC says pilot of airliner shot in flight NEW YORK (UPI) —Tne National Broadcasting Company said today that the pilot of aa airliner that crashed in Califor- report'ed't ^ar ^bat "cau7e "'of"thei °'3 Thursday killing 44 persons fire may never be known, but that it definitely started in the was shot in flight. The television and radio net- box storage area on the north!J^'^i"'"?'^'^ -'O""""^ "» side of the Redlands Heightsi^^^f'^PS'"" "J'"^ '"at ed- building. It burned a long timelf" gators are satisfied Methodists urge U.S. reexamine China policy About 38 Redunds fremen „,^.„,,„r.., . . . aidwl by three county forestry PITTSBURGH (LPI) — Thejimpnson rather than free the crews contained the iniUal fire General Conference of the Meth-I P«oP'e in those lands from hard ' before being discovered. The first alarm was received at 10:30 p.m. The north half of the structure was engulfed in flames! when the first firemen arrived. odist Church today urged thelf''?^- repression and aulhori- 'tanan control, the conference U.S. government to rec.vamine its policies toward Red China and Cuba and called for an end to the arms race on grounds that it is suicidal. A sweeping report on church- state relations and action on the Becker Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—both of which deal with restoring prayer to the classroom—were referred to committees. This means that a position on both action swill not be taken until the 1968 General Conference since today is the final plenary session of present conference. The report asking for the pol- Wafer board seeks to hold lake level LOS ANGELES (UPI) —The Colorado River Board of California took steps Thursday to hold Secretary of Interior Stew' art UdaU to his promise that Lake Mead's water level be maintained at 14.5 million acre feet. The board instructed it5 staff] to "explore every legal means" to prevent Udall from raising the level of Lake Powell behind Glen Canyon Dam at the| expense of the lower basin. M. J. Dowd, Colorado River Commissioner for Califonua, said Udall already has prom ised to maintain Lake Mead at 14.5 million acre feet, about] half capaacity. The board further insisted that a year's notice must be given before any reduction can be made that might endanger the power output from Hoover Dam which backs up Lake Mead. "We must insist upon performance by the secretary of his plain promise," said Dowd. resents this area in Congress. earlier thai Soviet army officers!icy revaluation was adopted returned the former intelligence officer at the East - Hest German border Thursday night. Svenson defected to the Communists on May 4, 1963. Informed sources at U. S. Army European headquarters at Heidelberg said Svenson would be court - martialed for desertion and possibly for betraying secrets. However, when asked about a court-martial, an Army spokesman said, "that will have to be decided upon when the investigation is completed." without debate. "it is our judgment (hat pol icics of isolation toward Main-! land China and Cuba should be carefully reexamined to determine whether their continuance will not itensify bitterness, and said. The .Methodist stand was con tained in a report submitted by the church's Committee on So cial Concerns. Sees Economy Drain Another segment of the report labelled military spending "a drain on the economy." A legisIaUve proposal which would have made ministers subject to disciplinary action if they failed to adhere to church pohcy in racial matters was tabled today after it was deter- thoi mined that such a provision al ready is contained in the -Meth odist discipline. The conference devoted about five hours Thursday night to administrative and organization affairs. It adjourned without taking up church-state relations and discipUnary action against ministers who fail to adhere to church policy in racial matters. Truman visibly moved by Senate's standing ovation Eisenhowers ready to return to Pennsylvania PALM DESERT (UPI)—Gen. and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower end their winter vacation at this desert resort on Monday and begin their trip back to Gettysburg, Pa., according to a spokesman. Ti:e Eisenhowers, who spend each winter in a cottage off the llth fairway of the Eldorado Country Club here, expected to arrive at Gettysburg by train about Jlay 14. The former President spoke Thursday at a SlOO-a-plate GOP luncheon here and took the opportunity to suggest ways to "dispell the myth that Republicans are only interested in the rich." While conceding that political fund-raising is necessary, Eis enhower told his audience he hoped large free meetings could be held for Spanish- speaking citizens of the desert resort area. What we should do as Republicans is to get in and talk to the Spanish - speaking citizens about his needs and his rights as a citizen," he told the meeting honoring Rep. Minor (pat) Martin, R-Calif., who rep WASHINGTON (UPI)—Former President Harry S Tru man paid a nostalgic visit to the Senate today on his 80th birthday and spoke briefly at a Senate session —the first ex President to do so. The chipper former Chief Executive was visibly moved by a standing ovation given him by senators and spectators in the gallery. Truman appeared at a formal session of the Senate un dcr a resolution passed last fall allowing ex - Presidents to address a Senate session. Acknowledging the warm reception given him, Truman said: "I'm so overcome that can't take advantage of this rule right now." But after a moment, the former White House resident and one-time senator, his face a healthy-looking pink, said with a smile that the occasion was "one of the greatest things that has ever been done in my lifetime." Truman.began his 81st year with a quip that being called an octogenarian "sounds like an insult to me." This came at the start of a six- block walk from Blair House,| during which he demonstrated anew that be is springy as ever. Carrying a cane, the nat Uly clad, smiling former chief executive led newsmen on the stroll, stopped to answer some of their questions in a park, then went to Capitol Hill for donuts and coffee with senators. His busy birthday schedule also included an off-the - cuff lunch speech before the Nation al Press Club and a dinner with some former Senate colleagues tonight President Johnson might drop in on the diimer, it was reported. Age has failed to slow Tru man or dull the tang of his conversation. Answering questions on a wide variety of topics from politics to bis grandchil dren during his morning constitutional, Truman got things off) to a bright start with his quick quip on how it felt to be an octogenarian. Tonight's dinner follows one Thursday night at which he was honored at a party given by Washington area Masons. He also held a news conference. Truman is a 33rd degree Mason. During the evening he had such comments as these: Bourbon: "Yes, please." Mutic Critics: "I remem ber this one that mishandled my daughter. I sent him a letter telling him my feelings. He was afraid to show his face in Washington in the morning when I was out walking. 'Fraid I'd kick bim around the block. Someone said I ruined Marga ret's singing career with that letter. But there wasn't a father who didn't vote for me in. 1348." Dtcisions: "Jly greatest decision I had to make as president was to send troops into Korea — that affected the whole free world. The atom bomb? They make a lot out of that bomb but it was just a (Continued on Page 4) about 1 a.m. But soon after, fire crept into! the basement area and spread' along wood flooring and beams. Thick smoke and then heat forced firemen out of the basement as the flames erupted out of control. that the crash was a direct result of the shooting. In Washington, neither the FBI nor the Federal Aviation .Agency would comment on the report. NBC said t h e Washington conversation between the pilot of the Pacific .Air Lines F27 turboprop airliner and the control tower at San Francisco contained these words: "My God, I've been shot." Then, the network said, there was a scream. N"BD said the Washington sources were not certain wheth- At about 5:30 a.m. fire fight-^-^PJ!?!"^^f.^--!--J!? Nixon says he's ready if asked OMAHA. Neb. (UPI) - Former Vice President Richard M. .\ixon said today he is "not cimpaigning in Nebraska, or in Oregon, or an}^vhere else where primaries remain for write-in support." "If the delegates feel I am best qualified to lead the fight against President Johnson, then I'm ready to do the job," Nixon said. Nkon told a news conference that if the voters "of their own volition" wish to support him for the Republican presidential nomination, he will "not try to affect that decision one way or the other." Nixon said his mission now was to seek unity withiii the Republican party behind the candidate selected at the convention. lie said if he were not the presidential nominee, "and that seems like the most likely possibility," he still planned to make political speeches during the the campaign. came from a Smith Wesson .357 magnum revolver found in the wreckage. The gun has been sent to the FBI laboratories in Washington for intensive tests and analysis. Aviatrix back on U.S. soil, loses her lunch HO.VOLULU (UPI)- Aviatrix Joan Slerriara Smith. 27, returned to American soil on her solo trip around the world Thursday and the Department of .-Agriculture promptly impounded the remnants of a box lunch she carried from Jlidway Island. The housewife from Long Beach, Calif., was given the traditional lei greeting by newsmen and government officials who met her at Honolulu International Airport. But Agriculture Department officials stuck to the letter of I the regulations by confiscating what was left of the box lunch the Navy had packed for her on Midway—including some fried chicken, a ham and cheese sandwich and a salad. Suspect in police killing held after collision DETROIT (UPI)-A suspect in the slaying of two Fredericksburg, Va., policemen was critically injured today when his car, chased by police at speeds up to lOO miles an hour, slammed into another vehicle at a suburban intersection, kill ing the driver of the second car. The suspect, Bruce Walter Leikett, 26, Detroit, was in very critical" condition in Wayne County General Hospital where his room was under police guard. Two service revolvers and two pair of handcuffs found in the trunk of his demolished car were "definitely" identified as belonging to Fredericksburg po- Uce Sgt. Roy Wright, 31, and Patrolman Frank Mines, 27. They were fatally shot at a shopping center in the Virginiaj city before dawn Tuesday. Bal-| listics tests showed they were killed with the same foreign- made 32 caliber pistol used in, the fatal shooting of a service station attendant in New Brunswick, N.J., on Monday. Leikett was apprehended after the car he was driving slammed into an automobile in the Detroit suburb of Inkster about 2:30 a.m. EDT today while being chased by police. The driver of the other car was killed and Leikett was injured. The victim of the crash, Joe D. Ferrell, 21, Taylor, Mich., was killed instantly. Police said he was traveling with the light and that Leikett roared through the intersection and slammed into the Ferrell ear. Police said the sedan driven by Leikett matched the description of one the killer of the Virginia policemen was believed to be driving. However, the license number did not match that contained in the teletyped alarm. The victim in the New Jersey shooting Monday was John Kersnowsky, 20. He was killed during a holdup.