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PRICE 7 CENTS T5 Three Die Near Garnett, Kas., a Man Is Victim in Home Driveway at Leeton, Mo., and Boy Is Killed at Pleasant Hill—Motor Cars Tossed Wildly Twisters Strike at Widely Separated Points Around Kansas City, Injuring Many Persons and Wrecking Homes, With Big Property Loss Expected R!R LEAVi TH LOSS Attests to Awesome Power eijc VOL. 127. NO. 89 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (THE Morning KANSAS CITY STAR) KANSAS CITY, MONDAY, APRIL 13, 1964—34 PAGES ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Lash of Winds Brings Ruin 'GAG' ON BAKER CASE CHARGED Witness Says Pressures Brought by White House Aides Washington (AP) — Don B. Reynolds, insurance man, charged yesterday that White House personnel and Bobby Baker have tried to muzzle him in Senate investigation of Baker’s financial dealings. He asserted that pressures from high on the Washington scene kept the Senate rules committee from a really searching probe of the affairs of Baker, resigned secretary to the Senate’s Democratic majority. Hints at Republicans Reynolds suggested also that some Senate Republicans may have been less than eager for an exposure of the details of what he called the involvement of “ladies of leisure” in influence-peddling on Capitol Hill. He gave no details. Reynolds’s statements were (Continued on Page 2) News on Inside Pages Rob a Seven-Up Bottling Plant— Officials say more than $5,000 taken from a safe. 3. Tributes End R. L. D. S. Meet— President speaks at close of biennial church conference. 3. Palmer Wins Masters Title— Six-stroke victory margin is second largest in history. 23. Baseball Openers Set Today— Washington arid Cincinnati play host to major league curtain raisers this afternoon. 24. The Hemisphere Recalls a Struggle for Unity—Leadinq Editorial. The Weather—Colder Fair to partly cloudy, windy and colder today and tonight, mostly fair and warmer torn o r r o w is the weather bureau's forecast for the Kansas City area. High today in the 50s, low tonight in the upper 30s. High tomorrow in the 60s. [State forecasts, map and world temperatures on page 31] The temperatures yesterday: 12 midnight 55 2 p. m 77 1 a. m. 2 a. m. 3 a. m. 4 a. m. 5 a. m. 6 a. m. 78 76 76 76 73 73 60 53 51 7 a. m 52 9 p. m. 8 a. m 52 10 p. m. . 9 a. m 53 11 p. m. . 10 a. m 61 12 midnight 47 1 a. m 65 1 a. m 45 12 noon 71 2 a. m. 44 1 P. m 74 ■^Unofficial. Women's news ................. 18, 19 Sports ........................ 22, 23, 24 Deaths ......................................... 8 Comics, Features................. 31 Editorials ................................ 32 News commentators ......... 33 SEGM OPENS MILAN FAIR Milan, Italy (AP)—President Antonio Segni of Italy opened the 1964 Milan trade fair yesterday. The annual fair, one of Europe’s biggest, has attracted 13,973 exhibitors from 51 nations. Thought for Today I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character — not wealth or power or position— is of supreme worth —The late philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller, jr. (By the Associated Press) THIS MOTOR CAR WITH FOUR members of the Warren Kenyan family of Neosho, Mo., was blown 600 feet from the highway near Garnett. Warren Kenyan, 43; his wife, Mrs. Ella Kenyan, and their sons, Warren Kenyan, 22, and Terry Kenyan, 13, were dropped off one by one as the car churned through the air. The parents were killed. LOOKING AT THE DAMAGE IN LEAVENWORTH, Andy Haas, 629 Shawnee street, stands in his front yard near the tornado path. His home was not touched by the twister, but the building next to it was damaged extensively. The building houses new motor ears. WITH W ALLS AND ROOF CRUMBLED, the Conrad Curtis home west of Lawrence, Kas., stands bleakly against a sky that harbored a tornado. (Additional pictures on pages 5 and 7.) Tornadoes, high winds, rainstorms and hail pounded through Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri late yesterday afternoon and last night, killing at least five persons and injuring more than 45. Hundreds of homes were demolished or damaged. Windows and roofs were broken in business blocks. Three persons were killed and eight injured when a tornado roared across U. S. 59 south of Garnett, Kas., shoving six motor cars and two trucks off the highway. Killed in Drive Victor Kerns, 50, was killed when a tornado overturned his motor car as he was pulling into his driveway one and one-half miles northwest of Leeton, Mo., in Johnson County, the highway patrol reported. A tornado struck the♦ north half of Pleasant Hill in Cass County about 6:04 o’clock. Charles Hedger, a 13-year-old boy, was killed, and at least 25 persons were injured. An estimated 70 houses were damaged, though search parties were having difficulty in surveying the wreckage because all electrical power was out of order. At Leavenworth, Kas., dark clouds and rumbling winds struck, damaging 50 to 75 houses and twice that many motor cars. More than 10 persons were injured in the northwest part of town alone. Path Is Wide The storms wreaked damage in at least three counties of Kansas—Anderson, Douglas and Leavenworth—and at least seven counties in Missouri—Pettis, Cass, Johnson, Jackson, Platte, Buchanan, and Clinton. A tornado southwest of Lawrence, Kas., damaged 14 Douglas County farm homes and demolished a trailer house. Three persons were injured. Tobacco barns northeast of Weston, Mo., were blown down. Damage to buildings in the Beverly community three miles south of Weston also was reported. Power lines were knocked down at Lake Lotawana. A tornado was seen five miles south of Oak Grove. Hailstones more than two inches in diameter fell in areas of Eastern Jackson County. See Other Twisters Other tornado sightings were reported from Lone Jack, Bates City, Mo., and Perrin, Mo. The casualties south of Garnett were identified as Mr. and Mrs. Warren Kenyan, Neosho, killed; their sons, Warren Kenyan, 22, and Terry Kenyan. 13, both injured; Mrs. Jack L. Wilson, Independence, Kas., killed, and her husband and daughter, Vickie Wilson, 2, injured. Others injured included Lyle Rockey, 21, of Troy, Kas.; W. G. Cardell, Garnett, and Christopher Lewis, 55, of Parson, Kas. Welcome Stanton, a newsman from Iola. Kas., said he saw one car dropped into timber 500 feet from the highway. “I saw parts of cars and clothing, apparently from luggage, hanging in the trees,” he said. Her Home Gone At Lawrence, the injured taken to the Memorial hospital were identified as Mrs. Callie Lewis, Clinton, Kas., who suffered shock and who was found sitting on the foundation of her demolished home; Mrs. Daisy Petefish, 55, who suffered lacerations, and her son, George Petefish, who was treated for bruises and released. Students at the University of Kansas watched the tornado pass west of the campus. Robert Jones, a junior, said it first appeared to be moving directly toward the Templin men’s residence hall, but then veered north. “When it was directly west (Continued on Page 5) Results — that’s what vou are after. Use Star Want Ads. Dial BA. 1-5500,—Adv. Storm Casualty List THE DEAD Near Garnett, Kas.: Mrs. Carolyn Kelly Wilson, 24, Independence, Kas. Warren Kenyan, sr., 43, Neosho, Mo. Mrs. Ella Kenyan, his wife. Near Leeton, Mo.; Victor Kerns, 50, Leeton. At Pleasant Hill, Mo.: Charles (Chuck) Hedger, 13, THE INJURED Near Garnett: Jack L. Wilson, 25, husband of Mrs. Carolyn Wilson. Vicki Lynn Wilson, 2, their daughter. Warren Kenyan, jr., 22. Terry Kenyan, 13, another son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Kenyan, sr. Christopher Lewis, 54, Parsons, Kas. Lyle Rockey, 21, Troy, Kas. W. G. Cardell, 57, three miles south of Garnett. Steven A. Miller, 29, St. Joseph. Near Lawrence, Kas.: Mrs. Callie Lewis, Clinton, Kas., shock. Mrs. Daisy Petefish, 55, lacerations. George Petefish, bruises. At Leavenworth, Kas.: George T. Cox, a wrist injury. Mrs. Evelyn Wright, a left leg fracture. William Dulabon, of Easton, Kas., cuts and bruises. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ammons. Mrs. Nellie Ryan, a head injury. Mrs. Grace Lonergan, shock. At Pleasant Hill, Mo.: Mrs. Mary Helen Ross, head cuts and body bruises. Clarisse Thralls, 24, Emporia, Kas., cuts. Howard Miller, 29, Pleasant Hill, left shoulder dislocated. N. B. Dickerson, Pleasant Hill, lacerations. Herbert Sartain, 42, Pleasant Hill, bruises. Dimple Sartain, Pleasant Hill, scalp cuts. Christine Fenton, 29, Pleasant Hill, lacerations. Loren L. Fenton, 32, Pleasant Hill, lacerations. R. C. Riggs, 66, Pleasant Hill, spine injury. Susanne Peterson, 15, shoulder and pelvis injuries. (Continued on Page 2) 1 -------------------------Phone Sunday Want Ads in before 12 noon Saturday. BA 1-5500—Adv. A TRAILER TRUCK LOADED WITH MEAT was blown off U. S. 59 near Garnett, Kas. The driver, Steven A. Miller, 29. St. Joseph, escaped with minor injuries. was driving, weighing 55,000 twister crossed paths on U. S. pounds, was tossed 85 feet 59 about five miles south of By Michael J. Kelley (A Member of The Star's Staff) ARNETT, KAS. — “I felt like a feather being sucked down a drain pipe.” ■That was the way a 29-year- old St. Joseph truck driver described his ordeal when the loaded tractor-trailer truck he G PLEASANT HILL BOY IS VICTIM Youth Is Crushed When Barn Collapses as He Milks Cow off the highway south of here by a tornado. Steven A. Miller said that he was driving the truck, loaded with meat, from St. Joseph to Dallas, Tex., about 4:45 o’clock when he and the Twisters Traced On Radar Screen INJURIES TO 25 OTHERS Wind Cuts a 2-Mile Path Through Northern Part of Town By James B. Steele and Winton Sexton (Members of The Star's Staff) Pleasant Hill—A 13-year- old boy was killed and at least 25 other persons were injured at 6:04 o’clock last night when a tornado touched down just west of here and traveled a 2-mile- long path of destruction through the northern half of the city. The boy, identified as Charles (Chuck) Hedger, grandson of Wes Miller, was killed wrhen a barn on Miller’s farm in an area known as Happy Hill collapsed. Killed While Milking The 13-year-old boy was killed while milking a cow. The roof of the barn crushed the cow and the boy. Mrs. Mary Helen Ross, who lived in a trailer at the west edge of town, said she lay on the floor when she saw the storm coming. She said she felt the trailer being lifted up by the tornado. It seemed to explode, she said, (Continued on Page 2) Bv Paul J. Haskins (A Member of The Star's Staff) “We were lucky in Kansas City, real lucky.” These were the words of Robert Sanders, a meteorologist at the weather bureau here, as he pointed out that tornadoes late yesterday had skipped around in all directions in areas within 20 miles of here. Sanders was one of the many weather bureau employees who had just spent five grueling hours tracking storm cells, plotting them on maps and issuing severe weather forecasts and tornado alerts. Heavy Hall, Too Between the time the first severe activity was registered on radar — 3:05 o’clock near Richland, Kas. — and 8:30 o’clock last night, the weather bureau received about 12 reports of tornadoes or funnel clouds. Accompanying many of these calls were reports of hail two inches in diameter and heavy rain. The villain of yesterday’s severe weather—the first of the year—was a low center plotted near Concordia, Kas., at 3 o’clock. The center moved east-northeast during the day and was established in Southeast Nebraska at 6 o’clock last night. “A squall line formed ahead of this center,” Sanders explained. “And while it moved almost due east, separate storm cells formed and moved to the northeast.” The damaging storms that struck io the north and west of Kansas City, Sanders said, (Continued on Page 5) Porch or No, They Want Baseball P ENNANT porch, that short, oddly -shaped stretch of fence in right field of Municipal Stadium which has caused such a rhubarb between baseball officials and Charles O. Finley, has not caused much concern among baseball fans here. Most of several dozen persons interviewed yesterday afternoon at the game between the A’s and the St. Louis Cardinals said they did not care at all about the fence. Most had no comment or opinion to offer. Several fans had to have the pennant porch pointed out to them. They said they had not been aware of it. Others said they knew it was there, but thought it was just for decoration. Only a Week Old Finley, the A’s owner, had the fence built last week to shorten the distance required to hit a home run in right field from 325 feet to 296 feet, the right- field distance in Yankee stadium. Joe Cronin, president of the (Continued on Page 6) A CHEER FOR THE A’s was given yesterday by Pat Johnson (left), 9, and Mark Johnson, 11, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson, at Municipal Stadium. The brothers, who are members of the Weaubleau, Mo., Tigers, a little-league baseball team, were part of a crowd of 11,122 persons who saw the Athletics beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4 to 2 in their second exhibition game here. [Another picture on Page 3]. * here. Never Saw' Funnel Before the rain started, Miller said, he had seen dust clouds swirling across the (Continued on Page 10.) FINLEY TO CALL . FRICK If Right-Field Fence Plea Fails, He Plans Other Moves FOR ALL OF BASEBALL Fight for Improvements Not for Athletics Alone, He Says By Ernest Mehl (The Star's Sports Editor) In his effort to retain the new right-field fence at Municipal Stadium, the owner of the Athletics, Charles O. Finley, will make telephone calls today to the American league president and the commissioner of baseball. “I will do both the courtesy which they denied me, by using the telephone instead of sending them telegrams, and try to persuade them of the justice of this fight I am waging,” Finley announced. Cites Yankee Stadium The A’s owner feels that what he has called the K. C. pennant comer in right field has as much right to remain as the 296-foot distance from home plate to the right field pole in Yankee stadium. Finley has been ordered by both the league president, Joe Cronin, and the commissioner, Ford Frick, to remove the fence. “I had intended to return to Chicago after the second game with the Cardinals, but then I decided to remain here to fight for what I believe to be right,” Finley said. “If my phone calls to Cronin and Frick are fruitless, then I will call a press conference here today to outline my future moves to be made in this fight. “I read the statement issued by Commissioner Frick in which he was quoted as saying that his ruling on the matter is final and admits of no discussions, no hearings, no nothing. Blast at Commissioner “If these statements are true this is another example of the commissioner’s one-track mind and a sample of his reaction against other improvements for baseball which I have suggested to him. These include staging the opening game of the World Series on a Saturday, playing some of the series games at night, playing the league home openers on Saturday, starting night games at 7 o’clock, going to more colorful uniforms. I feel that all these suggestions would not only help baseball, but increase the player pension fund. We in baseball need progressive leadership and (Continued on Page 2) i d

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