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WEATHER Flood Watch, Rain More Data On 5A fist YEAR-NO. 152 m POINT EOT HIGH POINT, N. C., SATURDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 31,1S75 CAUUS ClrevtoUw .... PAGES Other pcpts... DAILY 15<, SUNDAY 3k Retired General Asserts Presiden t Ken nedy Gave Assassin Planning By DAVID C. MARTIN Associated Press Writer - WASHINGTON (AP) Plans for removing Cuban Premier Fidel Castro by any means, including assassination, were developed in response to orders originating with President John P. Kennedy, according to retired Maj. Gen. Edward G. Lansdale.. "I was working for the highest authority in the land," Lansdale said of the secret project which he described as "a feasibility study" of ways to get rid of Castro. "I just wanted to see if the U.S. had any such capabilities," the onetime Air Force officer said Friday in specific reference to assassination. Lansdale, for years the government's top expert in the field of counterinsurgency, avoided using the word "assassination" and stressed that his study encompassed other means of removing Castro, such as a coup. However, he twice replied affirmatively to the specific question of whether assassination was one of the means involved. Lansdale also said he knew of no attempts against Castro's life that were initiated as a result of his study. . However, one source familiar with the tentative findings of the Rockefeller Commission, which is investigating alleged CIA involvement in assassination, said be has been told of "two or three" subsequent U.S.- sponsored efforts to kill Castro. When Lansdale was assign- ed the task in 1962, he was listed officially as an assistant to then-Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. However, Lansdale said that "on that project, I was working for tta highest authority in the land." Asked to be more specific, Lansdale replied, "it was the President." Lansdale said he did not deal directly with President Kennedy but worked through an intermediary. Asked whether the intermediary was McGeorge Bundy, then GEN, FRANCO WELCOMES PRESIDENT AND MRS. FORD AT BARAJAS, MADRID . (AP Wirephsto) Ford Is Pressing Fra To Maintain U.S. Bases MADRID, Spain (AP) — President Ford and Spain's aging leade^ Gen. Francisco Franco, moved in an almost regal motorcade through tens of thousands of waving Spaniards in downtown Madrid today, then met with their foreign ministers at El Pardo Palace to discuss continuation of American .military bases in Spain. The talks lasted 40 minutes, but no details were given. Smiling broadly in bright sunshine,.Ford was on his feet for the mile-long drive and waved back to the crowd, sometimes 10-deep and strictly contained by soldiers. Franco^ seated, touched the visor of his cap lamely with his fingtertips at regular intervals. A score of helmeted horsemen preceded Ford's open- topped black Rolls-Royce as it moved from Cibeles Plaza, where the President'was given symbolic keys to the city by Mayor Miguel Angel GarciaLomas. Franco sat on Ford's left, and piped martial music blared from loudspeakers along Jose Antonio Avenue, named for the founder of the extreme right Falangist party. The 82-year-old generalissimo told Ford on his arrival from a NATO summit in Brussels that he expected Ford's visit "will have a positive result in strengthening" U.S.-Spanish relations. Ford, pressing hard to at least retain a strategic nuclear submarine base at Rota, courted Franco with a declaration that Spain "has a place in the transatlantic alliance." Actually, Ford himself said Friday in Brussels that there is little likelihood, now or in the near future, that NATO would accept direct bonds with Spain. Still, Ford will sound this theme repeatedly throughout his one- day stay to demonstrate Spain's role in Western defense. Sputtering negotiations with the United States for renewal of the 22-year-old bases agreement are due to resume early next month, and Spain is seeking larger recognition from all the allies. Security was the tightest in Spanish history as the President arrived at Barajas Airport from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization gathering in Brussels. . Six army battalions stood guard;as Ford rode in a motorcade with Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the 82-year-old Spanish chief of state, who met the President at the airport . Ford told Franco that Spain "has a place in the transatlantic community" and could be proud of its contribution to western European defense. He said: "For more than 20 years Spain has shared with America and with Europe the burdens of promoting the prosperity and security of the Atlantic and Mediterranean regions." Franco Welcomed Ford and said he expected bilateral cooperation to continue. The President accepted a key to Madrid saying it represented the opening of new doors to cooperation between Spain and the United States. . Y At the airport, Mrs. Franco greeted toe American First Lady. Premier Carlos Arias Navarfo also came to greet the president, who was last in Spain as vice president in December 1973 to attend the funeral of Arias' predecessor, Adm. Luis Carrero Blanco. Blanco was assassinated by Basque separatist guerrillas. The presidential party was seen off at Brussels by NATO Secretary-General Joseph Luns, Belgian Prime Minister Leo Tindemans, Belgian officials and representatives of NATO and the Common Market. At the NATO talks, Ford found little support for any kind of formal association with Spain. The allies regard Franco as the man Hitler and Mussolini helped bring to power a generation ago. It has become traditional for American leaders to visit Madrid immediately after NATO meetings to acknowledge Spain's importance. Ford told a news conference Friday as the two-day NATO summit wound up: "We, the United States, continue to favor a Spanish relationship with the alliance." Ford expressed pleasure at finding the allies were still confident in America's commitment despite setbacks in Indochina. Voting Asked For Namibia UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — Black African nations have challenged South Africa to permit United Nations-supervised elections throughout the diamond-rich territory of 'South-West Africa. The Africans on Friday accused the government of Prime Minister John Vorster 'of flouting a U.N. Security Council ultimatum that South Africa, declare by May 30 its readiness to end its.rule of more than half a century over the territory, which the United Nations calls Namibia. . • . Vorster's white minority government did not comply with the precise terms of the ultimatum, approved unanimously by the council Dec. 17. Bat some delegates said it had been more concilatory than expected. The debate on South-west Africa is expected to focus mainly on what new measures of persuasion toe council can apply. The proposal for Namibia- wide elections under U.N. supervision will will figure in backstage negotiations on a new Security Council resolution, a qualified source said. In his reply to the council ultimatum, Vorster said: "We ... do not claim for ourselves one single inch of South-West Africa's soil... it is my position that nothing will occur in the territory which is hot in accordance with the free choice of its population groups." Vorster's comments were in a speech delivered May 20 in .Windhoek, capital of Souih-West Africa, and entered into the council record. "It is for them and nobody else to choose ... all options are open to them," he said, rejecting U.N. "interference" but voicing willingness to meet with U.N. and Hack African officials. Kennedy's assistant for national security' affairs, Lansdale replied, "No, it was someone much more intimate."! He. refused to provide the name for the record. Lansdale said he was assigned to the project in 1962 when the United States first received intelligence that Castro was prepared to install Sovietmade nuclear missiles in Cuba. "It was something that was very closely held then and still is," he said. Last week, The Associated Press identified Lansdale as the author of an August 1962 PathetLao Shoot Meo On The Run Maj. Gen. Lansdale memo which informed sources said provided the CIA with authority to develop contingency plans for the assassination of Castro. Lansdale maintained, as he had last week, that he did not remember the memo, but he acknowledged that it would not have been "incompatible" • with his assigned task. VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Communist Pathet Lao policemen opened fire Friday on 100 Meo tribesmen trying to flee to Thailand and killed eight of them, reliable government sources reported today. Some of the hill tribesmen ignored a police order and attempted to cross a bridge dyer a stream 35 miles north of Vientiane when the Pathet Lao opened up with AK47 rifles, the sources said. Rightist Vientiane-side policemen were present but did not fire their weapons, they said. The Meos had told nearby Deputies Shot Near Clemmons CLEMMONS, N. C. (AP)- More than 100 law officers from several North Carolina counties searched today for those involved in Friday night's fatal shooting of two deputy sheriffs in Davie County. Authorities in Davie County said one man, identified as Morrey Joe Campbell of Farmington, was being sought. However, Forsyth County officials said as many as four men may have been involved. Officers said Campbell may have been wounded. The shootings took place late Friday night near the Forsyth-Davie County line in northwestern North Carolina. Authorities gave this account: Davie County deputy Wayne Gaither, 30, reported about 11 p.m. that he was stopping a motorist who may have been under the influence of alcohol. Moments later Gaither was shottp death. Soon afterward, two Forsyth County deputies reported seeing a car in Clemmons that fit the description of the vehi- cle Gaither had stopped. Officers said the two chased the car on U.S. 158 southwest across the Davie County line, where the driver abruptly stopped the car and started to run. When the officers gave chase, the man opened fire, killing Capt. Jack Renigar, commander of the department's reserve force. Both officers were pronounced dead at the Davie County Hospital. A helicopter from the Charlotte Police Department and bloodhounds from the state Department of Corrections joined in the search early today. By dawn, a large force of officers from the highway patrol and other county law enforcement agencies had been assembled. Annie Plowman of Rt. 1, Advance, who identified herself as Campbell's mother- in-law, told the Winston-Salem .Journal that Campbell came to her home about 12:30 this morning and that one of her sons left with him. villagers they wanted to join their leader, Gen. Vang Pao, who fled to Thailand with thousands of his followers, the sources said. The general headed a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency* backed mercenary army in the Plain of Jars region of northcentral Laos fighting the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese. "We have been with Vang Pao for 20 years, and he is the only one we believe," one would-be escapee reportedly said. In Bangkok, a U.S. official said an estimated 150,000 hungry Meo tribesmen in Laos have been attempting to leave Pathet Lao-controlled areas but have-been turned back at gunpoint. Since the expulsion of U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) officials and the end of U.S. rice drops by air, the Pathet Lao have been unable to feed the Meo, who are scattered over-a large part of north central Laos. ; In southern Laos, students confiscated rice from merchants, sold it at half the market price and gave the money to the merchants, government sources said. 'The sources said medical supplies also were taken from merchants at Savan- nakhet and Pakse. The towns were occupied by Pathet Lao troops this month after students seized control and demanded the ouster, of government officials and dissolution of the AID program in Laos. The rice shortage in Laos is severe. On Thursday a spokesman announced that the government intended to buy rice from merchants in Vientiane and sell it elsewhere in the country. Boston Ship In Bank Deposits Call Strike BOSTON (AP) - About 600 longshoremen and clerks struck the Boston Shipping Association today in a dispute over a guaranteed annual income package. The strike, threatened since March 31, began at a minute past midnight by members of four locals of the International Longshoremen's Association. Efforts to avert the strike broke down Thursday night when the unions rejected the final offer of the shipping association. The basic dispute is over a union demand for a guaranteed work time that would, in turn, guarantee them a specified annual income. The basic wage for longshoremen is $6.80 an hour, increasing to $7.40 next Oct. 1 and to $8 on Oct. 1, 1976. They are covered in a master contract for the Atlantic Coast and are not in dispute. William Hankard, business manager of one of the locals, said union members want a guaranteed 1,500 hours of work a year. He said the previous contract called for a guarantee of 2,080 hours a year. The shippers' offer is based on a complicated formula involving tonnage and the types of cargo handled. Money would be paid into a guaranteed annual income fund to be distributed by the union. Both sides concede that the * volume of shipping at Boston has declined. I What's Inside! Amusements........10-11A Bridge SA Classified Ads 1M5A Comics ISA Crossword 5A Editorials 4A Obituries 3A Sports.. .MA Tetevtaiw . S«c.B Weather ,.M Agnew Confesses Interest Conflict WASHINGTON (AP) Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew has confirmed that as Baltimore County, Md., executive in 1964 he asked the county's finance director . to deposit government funds 'in a bank in which he owned stock and was a director, The Washington Post said today. The newspaper quoted Agnew as saying he asked then-finance director Norman W. Wood to place county funds in a non-interest-bearing account at the Chesapeake National Bank in Towson, Md. But Agnew denied that he pressured the official. The Baltimore Sun quoted Wood earlier this week as saying Agnew forced him to place funds in the bank, which opened in January 1964. "I resisted it and resisted it until Agnew called me into his office and ordered me," Wood was quoted as saying. "I didn't want to put a lot of money there because it was a new bank and couldn't cbllateralize large balances. It was strictly political." Agnew told the Post in. a telephone interview, however, that he made the request because he thought the bank should not suffer "just because I was one of its directors." He added that "there was no arm-twisting" involved in his request. Chesapeake National was funded in late 1963 by J. Walter Jones, a close business associate and personal friend of Agnew. "Agnew and Jones were beating on me all the time," Wood told the Sun.. "'Norman,' they'd say, 'You ought to have a couple hundred thousand dollars in the bank.'" California Girl Dies Of Rare Plague Disease VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A 15-month-old girl has died of the once dread but now extremely rare plague but officials say there is no cause for alarm. • Tests completed Friday confirmed that April Louise Holladay of Fillmore, Calif., fell victim to the plague on May 17, said Dr. Stephen Coray, Ventura County rhealth director. . But Coray said, "Chances of a major outbreak of (this) human disease in this day and age are very remote. It is very rare for more than one case to occur in the same community." It was the first plague death in California since 1970 and the first in Ventura County since 1955. Wildlife is the usual carrier of plague, and health officials here are searching for infected animals, Coray said. He advised people not to handle such animals as squirrels, rats, mice, pocket gophers, chipmunks and rabbits. The disease is most commonly transmitted by an animal bite or by an infected flea, he said. The Holladay child lived in a rural area in the northeastern part of the county. A plague epidemic in the 14th Century wiped out one- fourth of the population of Europe, and in 1665 one of every five persons in London 'died from the disease. Progress Is Made In Cyprus Dispute BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — The prime ministers of Greece and Turkey made major progress today toward resolving quarrels that brought their countries to the brink of war last summeffr according to a communique issued after talks lasting almost 3V4 hours. Turkish Prime Minister Suleyman Demirel agreed that a dispute between the two countries over oil rights in the Aegean Sea should be settled by the International Court at The Hague, the com- munique said. A major Greek concession by Prime Minister Constantine Caramanlis was an af firma tion for support for negotiations in Vienna under U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim between the feuding Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus. These talks are die to resume early in June.