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CUTS CONSUMER COSTS-The first tri-level automobile carrier brought to Alaska by PSVAL Hydro-train and Alaska Railroad came loaded with fourteen 1965 automobiles. This method of transporting automobiles is used extensively in the other states and greatly reduces freight rates on new cars between Seattle and Fairbanks. Siamese Twins Make Progress TURIN, Italy (AP)--The Fog- Ma, sisters, Siamese twins separated in surgery 11 days ago, are reported making excellent progress. Their doctors say they will be able to walk normally. Dr. Luigi Solero, head of the 15-man team that separated the 6-year-old girls, Giuseppina and Santina, said today, however, he would not consider them fully out of danger until affected tissue has completely healed. Atom Ship Leased By Government WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nuclear ship Savannah, which has visited 43 American and foreign ports in experimental and demonstration travels, has been leased by the government to a commercial ship line. Maritime Administrator Nicholas Johnson signed a charter Thursday leasing the ship to American Export Isbrandtsen Lines. It will become the first nuclear-powered vessel in commercial operation. American Export has applied to the Maritime Administration to construct four new nuclear ships for commercial use. Adrift Biologist Says That It's Interesting CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) -- "I was able to observe quite a lot," said a 20- year-old student of marine biology after 37 days adrift on a raft in the Pacific with his father. "It was extremely interesting." "If it hadn't been for him I wouldn't be alive today," said the father, Frank Cushing, 63. A former stuntman, he lives on Guam with his wife and three of their four children. His son, Frank Jr., is a student at the University of Guam. The two set out on their 23-foot raft April 10 to look for rare fish. They anchored for the night outside a reef off Guam's Puto Point and went to sleep. When they awoke, a storm was blowing them westward, their anchor was gone and Guam was out of sight. On Monday, 37 days later and 1,400 miles to the west of Guam they landed their raft on Calayan Island, in the north Philippines. A few hours later the crew of the interisland steamer Jumar sighted the raft and found the two men sleeping in a cave. They were flown to Clark Air Base Hospital Wednesday. Cushing had lost 50 pounds, his son 40, but otherwise their health was good and their spir its buoyant. "We never lost hope," said Cushing, grinning through nearly six weeks of beard. "We were positive we would hit the Philippines. When I knew we couldn't get back to Guam, I set a course for the Philippines. I knew it would be tough but it was our best course. 'Our top speed was about three knots, but I knew we would get some place sometime. I made a sextant out of a spear gun, a fishing line and some other things. "We didn't have a compass but we had the sun. At night we had Polaris (the North Star) and the Southern Cross to navigate by." The oil-drum raft was equipped with two outboard motors, but the Cushings improvised a sail to conserve their small supply of gas. Also aboard were a can of beans, a can of meat and a two-gallon tin of water. 'We were seasick for the first three days," said the father. "On the third day we got under a rain cloud. It was a heavy rain, and filled our water can. On the same day we caught a dolphin. We ate the raw flesh for moisture and hung the center part and sides out to dry. It was about a 14-pounder." Frank Jr. said he worried for the first few days about missing school. "I just took my midterm exams and wondered what my grade was," he added. $392,000 Goya Painting Found in Baggage Room LONDON (AP)--The $392,000 Goya portrait of the Duke of Wellington, stolen from the National Gallery in 1961, has been returned, in good condition. The painting was recovered in Birmingham Friday night from a baggage room in a railroad station. It was then taken to London where it was identified Saturday as the missing portrait. An unidentified person had sent the baggage ticket to a London newspaper office and police were notified. A joint statement was issued by the London Metropolitan Police and the National Gallery They said: "The portrait appears to be in good condition but it will not be exhibited until it has been subjected to expert examination." A letter, accompanying the baggage ticket to the newspaper appeared to be in the same handwriting as others sent to news agencies since the disappearance of the painting. Detectives believe these letters, and this one, were written by some- Became Doctor To Do Good' NEW YORK (AP) - Daniel Bostick, 24, played the role of an interne at Harlem Hospital for six weeks before he was spotted by a hospital official. Bostick, a Negro, was arraigned Saturday in criminal court on charges of practicing medicine without a license and impersonating a doctor. He told 1 Judge Neal P. Bottlglieri: "I wanted to do good for people. I never had a chance to be a doctor, so I just acted the part." Bostick was sent to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric examination. · one who had the Goya in his possession. The writer knew details of the back of the painting that none other would know. The Goya had been sold at Sotheby's Auction to an American buyer for 140,000 pounds ($392,000) in June 1961. There was an outcry from the British public about the art treasure leaving the country. The portrait then was bought in August 1961 for the original purchase price and put in the National Gallery. On Aug. 22, it was stolen. Joseph Kennedy Recovered From Indisposition HYANNIS PORT, Mass. (AP) -- Former Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy has recovered from what his family called a mild indisposition linked to a virus infection. The 76-year-old head of the Kennedy clan became weak from coughing Friday and his physician --Dr. Robert D. Watt of Hyannis -- spent about 20 minutes with him. Kennedy's niece -- Miss Ann Gargan, who has been at his side most of the time since the stroke that partially paralyzed him several years 'ago -- was summoned back to Hyannis Port from Lowell where she was attending a memorial Mass for her parents. Miss Gargan said Kennedy had improved. In 1939 the country's total expenditures for medical and pharmaceutical research was $3.1 million, a figure exceeded in the first four days of 1964 by the pharmaceutical industry alone. Cushing was hardly able to move much of the voyage, suffering from seasickness and exposure. But Frank Jr. looked after his father and the raft, and provided a steady supply of fish by hunting underwater with a spear gun, a rope around his waist attached to the raft. He also kept up his study of marine life. "If the sea was calm, I would take the rope off and swim around examining the oil drums," said the youth. "Sharks didn't bother us -- in fact, I bothered them. I caught a couple, one 3 feet and another 6 feet long." A second storm during the voyage refilled their water can. Otherwise they had to depend on the moisture they got from fish. ' The U.S. Navy searched for them after Mrs. Cushing reported them missing but finally gave up. Cushing said planes passed over them many times. "A military plane passed over us on the second day," he said. "I made a smoke pot -- with bits of rubber hose and anything that would burn -- but the plane never saw us." Near the end of the voyage they were becalmed for seven days in sight of the distant peaks of the Philippines. They finally landed Sunday on an active volcanic island. "There was nothing there but dead fish and birds," said Cushing. "My boy found two coconuts. One was rotten." They shoved off and drifted north along the coast of Luzon. 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