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THE SUNDAY STAR
Washington, D. C„ Fabruarf 4,1962
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An Indian priest, a Sadhu, leads a congregation
of women in prayer in New Delhi to avert the
doomsday this week end predicted by Indian
Stargazers Now Hedge
On Doomsday Arrival
NEW DELHI, India, Feb. 3
(AP).—Doomsday arrived qui
etly today and an increasing
number of stargazers began to
find mitigating influences in
the planet grouping in the
heavens which had been seen;
as the omen of evil.
Some said the prayer meet
ings going on all over the Hindu i
countries of India and Nepal
had propitiated the gods. One
holy man said the moon had
taken a favorable shift.
Nevertheless, millions of su
perstitious Hindus still worried,
since the time of danger fore
cast by the astrologers con
tinues through Monday. The
astrologers had predicted great
natural calamities and man
made disasters for the period of;
the conjunction of planets—
eight by the Hindu count, in
cluding sun and moon and an
imaginary one of a representa- ;
tion of the swallowing of the
moon by a serpent. 1
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupi
ter and Saturn are all lined up
comparatively close together 1
with the sun and the moon.
The conjunction will cause an
eclipse of the sun Monday,
Convict Reveals Bomb
Was on Doomed Plane
By EDMUND A. BAKER
Written for the Associated Press
'Copyrighted by the Dallas Times
Herald 19*12 >
DALLAS, Tex., Feb. 3.
A convict told me he believes a
bomb undoubtedly was aboard
the National Airlines planethat
vanished into the Gulf of Mex
ico with 42 persons aboard No
vember 16, 1959.
Robert Vernon Spears, now!
in Alcatraz prison, says he
watched a confederate walk
into the airline terminal at
Tampa, Fla., with a packaged
bomb under his arm and head
for the doomed airliner.
Spears said, however, he
didn't think the bomb went off
but that something else hap
pened to the plane.
.In Dallas, the FBI said it
would have no comment on
Spears’ statement.
The airliner. National Flight
967 using Delta equipment on
an interchange basis, was en
route from Miami to Los An
geles with stops scheduled at
Tampa, New Orleans and
Dallas.
Plunges Into Gulf
It made the Tampa stop, but
none of the others. One hour
and 26 minutes after it cleared
the Tampa runway it disap
peared off the scope at latitude
29.07, longitude 88.33—109
miles southeast of New Orleans
and 109 miles southwest of Mo
bile, Ala., and plunged into the
Gulf of Mexico.
Tiny bits of wreckage and
parts of 10 bodies later were
found. Efforts to find more
were futile.
The experts disagreed on
what might have happened. A
Coast Guard officer said he
believed the concentration of
wreckage in a small area in
dicated that an explosion
occurred' at the moment of
impact. Another, an experi
enced pilot of an amphibian
search plane, said he believed
the explosion took place in
the air.
The Civil Aeronautics Board
studied the reports of autopsies
and said “death came to them
by traumatic injuries of im
pact.”
Insured Life for $121,000
Spears, a 67-year-old Dallas
naturopath who had insured
his life for $121,000, dis
appeared after the tragedy.
Since he was on the passenger
list and had validated his own
ticket, it was presumed he had j
perished along with the 41
others. Insurance companies i
were preparing to pay claims!
When FBI agents captured him
at a Phoenix, Ariz., motel, Jan
uary 20, 1960.
»He is in Alcatraz prison,
ironically serving time for
stealing the car of his con
federate, William Allen Taylor,
ahd is eligible for parole.
- Authorities learned that Tay-
I visible in Borneo and out at
sea in the Pacific. The eclipse
: will not be visible in the United
i States.
The Delhi Polo Club • post
poned until Tuesday—after the
planets have moved apart
again—a match scheduled for
Sunday, apparently to avoid
anyone falling off his pony.
In Singapore, Buddhists and
Hindus were called to prayer
to offset the disaster predict
ed by astrologers. •
But reputable Chinese as
trologers in Hong Kong dis
missed the Hindu predictions
as '‘sheer nonsense.” Tsai Pal
Li, refugee astrologist from
Communist China, said the
congregation of planets actual
ly will bring further prosperity
to mankind.
Japanese soothsayers and
astronomers also brushed aside
as “unthinkable” the predic
tions by the Hindu astrologists.
So did the Japanese man in
the street, and many Japanese
are just as superstitious as
anyone else.
Western Europe showed no
undue fears of worse crises
than usual.
lor was on the plane through
| a $37,500 insurance policy he
i purchased minutes before
(boarding the airliner.
Spears first told me of the
bomb in a taped interview at
■ Alcatraz on Nov. 17, 1960—a
year and a day after the plane
| went down. He repeated it to
Ime on November 29, 1960. He
said he gave Taylor SBSO as
a loan before he boarded the
■ plane.
Tells Story of Bomb
I The tape recordings of my
I interviews have been-studied
ever since by the FBI and De
, partment of Justice but not
■ disclosed before this time so
that investigators would not
be hampered.
j Spears told me this story:
Taylor, 61-year-old Tampa,
I Fla., tire salesman who had
spent time in prison with
■ Spears, made the bomb at
Spears’ request. Spears ex
plained he needed a bomb to
“take care” of a woman wit
ness who intended to testify
against him in an abortion
trial at Los Angeles. •
Spears and Taylor met in
Tampa a few days before the
, tragedy and Taylor intended
■ to drive his own car to Dallas
before the two men went on
to the West Coast.
Spears claimed that Taylor
r said he was suffering from a
sore neck and shoulder and
asked to ride on the plane.
The two drove to the Airport
shorty before midnight. Spears
went to the Airport and vali
dated the ticket. He came out
and gave the ticket to Taylor.
Taylor had a small suitcase
that could be carried on the
plane. The bomb was in a
rectangular package on the
back seat of the car.
The last Spears saw of Tay
lor was as Taylor walked
through the door of the Air
port Terminal carrying the
small suitcase and with the
package tucked under his arm.
Spears said Taylor had a 2-
hour timer to connect to the
bomb.
Freight Trains
Collide; 4 Hurt
WALKERTON, Ind., Feb. 3
(AP)—A New York Central
freight train rammed a stopped
freight train in heavy fog near
I here today, injuring four crew
men and derailing 15 cars.
A 79-car freight had been
i signaled to a stop, and was
rammed by a 51-car freight.
Both trains were west bound.
Injured were H. A. Healer.
49, Bradley, 111., engineer of the
moving train, and three crew
men on the same train, Frank
. Bridgewater, 40, Kankakee, Hl.,
William Mobbs. 34, Bradley,
and Henry Sollo, 60, Kankakee.
astrologers.—AP Wirephoto via radio from
London.
ARGENTINE
Continued From Page A-l
actionary sectors” in the United
States of conspiring with “their
direct and indirect agents in
Latin American countries to
foster insurrection against the
national governments which
fight for the dignity and inde
pendence of their peoples.”
He declared ire would die for
the dignity of Argentina.
Mr. Frondizi emphasized that
Argentina demonstrated its con
tempt for communism in Cuba
by voting for the resolution
saying Castro-communism was
incompatible with the inter-
American system.
But he defended the absten
tion of Argentina, Brazil, Bo
livia, Chile, Ecuador and Mex
ico at Punta del Este from
voting sanctions against Prime
Minister Fidel Castro’s regime.
He said such a vote might dam
age the principle of noninter-1
vention and stir up political
turmoil “which will lend itself
to a continuation of the most
aggressive activities of right
wing and left-wing extremists.”
Despite the cold war and the
perils of international Com
munist penetration in Latin
America, it is not the fortunes
of Fidel Castro that are at
stake, Mr. Frondizi declared.
He said at stake is “the future
of a group of underdeveloped
nations which have decided
freely to seek a better stand
ardj of life for their peoples.
Asserting Argentina had
upheld traditional American
rights at Punta del Este, the
president declared:
. We do not approve
the conduct of the Cuban gov- '
ernment . . . which represents
just the opposite of a dem
ocratic and Christian way of 1
life in Argentina. But we '■
wanted to defend all of
America from the dangerous
precedent of damaging, even :
in an isolated case, the perma- i
nent principles of international i
right.” |
To army, navy and air force
demands that Foreign Minister
Miguel Angel Carcano resign
for his stand at Punta del
Este, Mr. Frondizi declared
that Mr. Carcano was only
carrying out presidential
orders.
Mr. Frondizi denounced in
biting terms what he called
the conspiracy of “interna
tional reactionaries” through
out the world. He said in
Argentina, these elements, in
cluding some politicians, use
any pretext to seek the over
throw of the government.
Roosevelt Foes Hit
“In the United States,” he
said, “certain of the press ac
cuse President Kennedy of ap
peasement and accuse him of
giving too much consideration
to the position of Argentina,
Brazil and Mexico.”
He said the “architects of
this wirld-wide conspiracy are
certain aggressive interests, the
same ones which fought Frank
lin Roosevelt until his death,
the same ones which mock at
the idealistic and democratic
concepts of the young President
of the United States—the mo
nopolists which former Presi
dent Eisenhower in his farewell
speech last January denounced
as threats to the liberty and
democratic processes of the
North American people.”
Mr. Frondizi flew to Parana
for the dedication of an under
water tunnel project. He was
accompanied by President Ed
uardo Victor Haedo of Uru
guay’s ruling council.
Mr. Haedo also is under pres-
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By Harrison
To Help
By a Star Start Writer
I ROANOKE, Va„ Feb. 3
Gov. Harrison, whose legisla
i tive program emphasizes indus
trial development, admonished
localities today that they can
not sit back and let him do the
job alone.
He told State legislators who
are making a week-end inspec
tion of the needs and assets of
the Roanoke Valley area, he
would do everything possible
to promote expansion of indus
try, “but industrial development
is a joint effort between lo
calities and the General As
sembly.”
At a luncheon at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute at Blacks
burg, about 40 miles from here,
Gov. Harrison told about 115
members of the House of Dele
gates and State Senate:
"Industrial development
means more than attracting
smokestacks. We need better
highways, more public schools
and improvements to institu
tions of higher learning.
“We also need to make our
towns and cities more attrac
tive. You can be assured I will
use the high office of Governor
to promote growth in Virginia
in every way I can.”
Legislation making it easier
for him to do just that was in
troduced Friday by State Sen
ator Harry F. Byrd, jr., of Win
chester, before the Assembly
left Richmond for the 3-day
tour here.
The Byrd bills would place
the Division of Industrial De
velopment and Planning direct
ly in the Governor’s office,
taking it out of the Department
of Conservation and Economic
Development. The shifi would
come July 1.
Gov. Harrison. Lt. Gov. Mills
E. Godwin, jr., Attorney Gen
eral Robert Y. Button, and the
General Assembly members and
their wives are guests of the
Roanoke Chamber of Com
merce, business and industrial
Interests who are picking up a
$30,000 tab for the party.
Commissioners
Seek Advice on
New Health Chief
The Commislsoners are ask
ing for advice on selecting a
replacement for Dr. Daniel L.
Finucane, who is resigning as
head of the District’s health
department.
• Commissioner Walter N. To
briner said local medical groups
; and health advisory organiza
tions are being asked for rec-
1 ommendations for the post.
' Speaking on radio station
, WWDC's “Report to the Peo
; pie” program, Mr. Tobriner said
• the Commissioners will wait for
1 these recommendations before
’ making a decision.
’ Dr. Finucane is resigning as
, the District’s health director
' to accept a post with the Prince
Georges County health depart-
, ment.
I
‘ sure at home to break relations
said the two Presidents dis
said the two presidents dis-
■ cussed Premier Castro and the
Punta del Este conference.
’ Uruguay was the only one of
the 14 nations voting to oust
Cuba from the inter-American
family who has not broken dip
lomatic relations with Havana.
EMBARGO
Castro Regime Loses
Millions in U.S. Sales
Continued From Page A-l
Eisenhower halted American
purchases of sugar from Cuba
in the summer of 1960. Export
controls were imposed on Octo
ber 20, 1960.
Cuba spent about sls million
in the United States last year
for food and medicines, but
even these purchases fell off
sharply toward the end of the
year. American officials sus
pected that Cuban dollar re
serves had been “virtually ex
hausted.”
Won’t Affect Flights
Officials said the new trade
ban would not in any way af
fect services between the
United States and Cuba such
as the operation of passenger
aircraft and telephone services.
State Department officials
figured the Cuban government !
earns about $2,500 a flight
from Havana to the United
States because Cubans pay
their fares in dollars. The Cas
tro regime then pays the air
line (Pan American) in pesos.
The Castro dollar income
from this operation is figured
at less than $1 million a year
while the operation of the air
line keeps open an avenue of
escape for persons wishing to
leave Cuba, officials said. [
Mr. Castro has started a de
liberate campaign to reorient i
Cuban trade to the Sino-Soviet
bloc. An estimated 75 to 80 per s
cent of the island’s trade is j
now with the Soviet Union, ]
Red China and other Commu- i
nist nations.
Hopes Others Will Join Ban
The United States hopes its
European allies and Canada
will follow its lead and further
restrict their trade with Cuba.
Canada now buys about $7 mil
lion worth of Cuban goods.
The Castro regime gets some
of its dollar exchange from the
Soviet Union, which has agreed
to pay for the first 20 per cent
of its annual sugar purchases
with dollars. This provides
about sl9 million annually,
U.S. officials estimate.
American sea and air sur
veillance of traffic in and out
of Cuba is being stepped up as
another move in the campaign
to isolate the Communist re
gime. Mr. Rusk said the hemi
spheric foreign ministers had
agreed they would “interrupt”
illicit traffic in arms from Cuba
to subversive elements in other
Latin countries.
Many of the arms originated
in the Soviet Union and Com
munist Czechoslovakia.
Embargo Order Praised
Senator Smathers, Democrat
of Florida, hailed President
Kennedy’s embargo order as
“an essential and necessary
first step in carrying out the
spirit of the Punta del Este
conference which looks toward J
not only the ostracizing of Fi
del Castro’s Communist dicta
torship but also toward its
eventual downfall.”
Bringing Mr. Castro down
“must be brought about soon,”
the Senator said, “for in the
final analysis that is the only
way the Cuban people can re
capture their freedom and the
only way normal trade rela
tions with that country can be
re-established.”
Representative Cramer, Re
publican of Flordia, wired
President Kennedy, urging
further strong measures against
Mr. Castro, such as recognition
and support of an anti-Com
munist Cuban government-in
exile and an announcement
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that the United States will not
permit the Sino-Soviet bloc to
ship heavy war material to
Cuba.
Mr. Rusk said Thursday nei
ther the United States nor the
OAS plans any action against
Soviet arms shipments to Cuba,
only against shipments out of
the island.
Mr. Cramer, whose district
includes Tampa, said his con
stituents are willing to make
the necessary sacrifices to oust
Mr. Castro, “but it is obvious
that the mere cutting off of
$35 million in trade, standing
alone, will not do the job.”
SHORTS
! Continued From Page A-l
McVey has received a moun
tain of mail on the subject.
‘Let Him Wear Blinders’
At first, some editorial writ
ers, back in Kansas, were not
particularly impressed with the
measure.
Said one:
“McVey comes from a state
which for years has attempted
to legislate morality over a
(Wide range, from smoking
cigarettes to retail sales on
Sunday.
One wonders whether or not
shorts or slacks are proper sub
jects for national legislation. If
Mr. McVey is offended, let him
wear blinders.”
Said another:
“. . . considering the vast tide
of taxpayers’ cash now running
i through the merry congres
. sional money mill, one might
believe he should be concerned
not so much with shorts.”
However, Mr. McVey survived
i the savage attacks by the press
and soon the plain people were
taking his side in the mail. He
has saved the letters and will
ingly shows them to anyone
who asks him what has
happened to the bill.
Excerpts From Letters
Some excerpts:
“Sister Joan posted the article
about your shorts bill on the
bulletin board and then dis-1
cussed it during our religion
class She compared the Capitol;
to a dedicated shrine, much like
one of our churches. Though we
wear shorts at all times, none
of us would go to church in
them. Sister plans to teach us
your State song in the near
future. . .”
»* * ♦
“. . .1 doubt that Congress
will approve your bill to ban
shorts and slacks. However, I|
fully agree with such a ban
all over the country. It used to
be that you figured what a
woman measured, up to. Now
iit is what she measures out
Ito. . .”
“Congratulations ... A little
more discipline in just such
matters will do no harm what
soever. Keep up your fight.
: There are at least a few others
with you . . .”
“. . . Why is it that when our
good Congressmen introduce
bills to help morals and char
acter building somebody makes
light of it? That’s no way to
whip Communism . . .”
♦* * »
“...,lam with you 100 per i
cent and I wish it was possible i
to prohibit any woman or girl :
over 12 appearing in public in :
shorts.”
*♦• * i
“It would be just wonderful ,
if this bill would pass, not only]
for Washington but all other
cities as well. Women do not
look modest at all in this new
style . . .’’
** * *
“I’m thankful one man stood
up to be counted on disgrace
ful attire warn by females in
public . , .”
*♦ ♦ *
“As a frequent visitor to the
Capitol and other similar build
ings, I have never ceased to be
horrified and disgusted by the
attire worn by so many of the
other visitors. . . .”
** • »
“In my mind, clothes should
be worn that are in line with
the time and place, rather than
in accordance with fads. After
all, it is no more hot outside
than it was years ago. . . ”
** * *
Still, there is no anti-shorts
band wagon to be found. And
Mr. McVey says the guards, the
policemen and even congres
sional wives are all supporting
him.
It may be that some powerful
members of Congress are purely
and simply FOR shorts. That
may be all there is to it.
Woman Set Afire
Before Children,
Suspect Sought
Police last night were search
ing for a 38-year-old man
suspected of setting fire to a
woman on whom he had
thrown gasoline during a quar
rel.
Tenth precinct detectives
said the lookout was issued
after Mrs. Elizabeth Overby, 45,
of 3545 Sixth street N.W.,
suffered severe burns on her
arms and chest in an argument
at her home. She was admitted
to Providence Hospital in un
determined condition.
During the quarrel, the man
sought by police allegedly
hurled the contents of a two
gallon container of gasoline on
Mrs. Overby, then threw two
lighted matches at her. When
one of the matches ignited the
gas, the man put out the blaze
with a pail of water, police
said.
Precinct Detective John J.
Howard said the scene was wit
nessed by Mrs. Overby's 9-,
year-old daughter and 12-year
, old son. The boy ran from the
house and summoned police.
MARYLAND
Continued From Page A-l
Tawes said this is a top prior
ity item, also.
Savings and loan matters
will come up again with a move
by Delegate Carlton Sickles,
Democrat*of Prince Georges,
for a “grand inquest” of the en
tire situation.
Gov. Tawes also is support
ing a bill to provide a State
plan for insuring accounts in
savings and loan associations.
A bill to tighten the laws
governing Sunday selling may
become one of the most con
troversial measures.
Mr. Sickles also is planning
to introduce a bill to eliminate
the State unit system of nomi
nating candidates in primary
elections, a move which prob
ably will draw opposition from
the administration.
Election-year politics will
play an important role in the
session. Gov. Tawes is running
for re-election. One of his ma
jor opponents is George P. Ma
honey whose slate includes,
three members of the General
Assembly. I
I Capitol Hill Club,
Due to Be Razed,
Viewed by Jury
The home of the Capitol Hill
Club, which includes many
Senate and House Republicans
as members, has been viewed
by a District Court jury in pre
paration for a possible con
demnation trial in June.
Both Government and club
spokesmen said the procedure
is a usual step prior to such
a trial, at which the jury could
be asked to arrive at the fair
value of the property con
demned.
The Government already has
posted $600,000, which it con
siders the club’s (value. A club
spokesman said the money has
been used to acquire a new site
one block south of the present
one.
The present club house,
located at the Northeast corner,
of the intersection of First and
' Carroll streets Southeast, is
within the area being con
demned by the Government for
future expansion.
Similar juries have been
empaneled to handle trials for
a number of other properties in
the area. Some of these trials
already have been held. That
of the club is tentatively set for
June 14.
McNamara Sees
Aids in Panama
PANAMA, Feb. 3 (AP).
I United States Defense Secretary
Robert S. McNamara conferred
on hemisphere defense today
; with top officers of the Carib-
i bean command.
, Citing a threat of Communist
subversion from Cuba, Mr.
■ McNamara told reporters that
, United States forces in the
Caribbean must be capable of
safeguarding not only United
States interests but assisting
other Latin American nations.
“What seems to be needed
most,” he said, “are mobile, ef
fective forces with good com
munications both for United
States components in the Canal
Zone and for the Latin Ameri
can nations we are assisting.
However, at this time we do
not contemplate buildups In
troops numbers or units.”
In addition to Mr. McNamara
and Pentagon officers, the
Canal Zone meeting was at
tended by Lt. Gen. Andrew
O'Meara. Caribbean commander
in chief and his top Army,
Navy and Air Force assistants.
Mr. McNamara said that a
study of the future needs of
the Canal Zone is under way
but “at this time I cannot esti
mate the completion date or
predict what the findings will
be.”
Nixon Names Aide
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 (AP).
—Former Vice President Nixon
announced the appointment to
day of Maurice H. Stans, former
Director of the Budget, under
President Eisenhower, as South
ern California finance chair
man for Mr. Nixon's campaign
for the California governorship.
Mr. Stans is president of West
ern Bancorporation and vice
chairman of the United Cali
fornia Bank. •
Plowing Ahead
TORONTO, Feb. 3 (AP).—
The Ontario Highway Depart
ment reported today it was
alarmed by the number of mo
torists who are crunching into
snowplows. It said there have
been 42 such incidents this
winter.

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