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Vol. 100—No, 243 Return Postafft Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, 51401, Wednesday, October 15,1969—Sixteen Antiwar Demonstrations Get Under Way; Most Peaceful By The Associated Press I Vietnam Moratorium Day' demonstrations began generally j peacefully today on college campuses and city streets, in churches and commuter terminals terminals in many areas of the na- j tion. | Lists of Americans killed in Vietnam were read in several, places—ranging from the steps j of the administration building at j Ohio State University in Columbus Columbus to Trinity Church in New York's Wall Street fnancial dis- i trict. I New York City's Hall wasj draped in black and purple! mourning in accordance with j Mayor John V. Lindsay's proclamation proclamation of the day as a day of observance. Both Lindsay and his Democratic opponent in the mayoral race, Mario Procacci- ! no, attended special church services, two of hundreds of j such observances. i Many persons wore the black • armbands and small blue and white "Vietnam Moratorium" j buttons urged by sponsors of the • demonstration. j Students handed out morato-1 rium and peace literature at Cambridge's Harvard Square, rallying point for a march to Boston Common. A 70-foot banner banner reading "Peace" was stretched across one street. Economist John K. Galbraith, a professor at Harvard University, University, told a rally of about 1,000 persons at the Harvard Business Business school he thought ending the war now would bring the U.S. military establishment under under control. Opposition to the moratorium, moratorium, surfaced in many areas. Merritt H. Taylor Jr., president president of the Philadelphia Suburban Suburban Transportation Co., draped his buses and trolleys with U.S. flags to express "a feeling of patriotism." patriotism." "I just think it's time the unheard unheard element makes itself heard. We ought to stand behind our country and stop complaining complaining so much," he said. Opponents of the demonstration demonstration also had urged motorists to drive with their headlights on and cars with lights burning dotted roads and highways. In Washington, clergymen at the National Cathedral offered prayers for peace every hour on the hour. A plan to toll the cathedral bells for five minutes on the hour from 8 a.m. to midnight midnight was abandoned. Campus demonstrations took a variety of forms. Students at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge planted small white crosses on the Reserve Officers Training Corps parade grounds. They said the crosses symbolized the nearly 40,000 Americans killed in Vietnam. Twenty persons stood before a Vietnam war memorial on the Wyoming University campus in Laramie throughout the night despite three inches of snow and 15-degree temperatures. Observances generally began in a low-key manner. There was a brief flurry of excitement in Portland, Ore., when about 400 college-age youths blocked the entrance to the armed forces induction induction center. A dozen helmeted helmeted police clashed with the demonstrators demonstrators and one man was seized. Most center personnel remained outside. Later, police rushed 30 inductees into the cen- ter through a back door and seized another man in a scuffle. Leaders of the moratorium planned the day as a demand for immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam, but in the days before M-Day the protest was endorsed by some with of how to end the fighting. Businessmen were drawn into the demonstration with observances observances at commuter terminals. At Grand Central and Pennsylvania Pennsylvania stations—New York City's two major railroad depots- crowds of several hundred gathered gathered to hear speeches and hold informal religious services. The World Council of Churches Churches appealed from Geneva to negotiators negotiators for both sides in the Paris talks to take fresh steps for an immediate ceasefire. A group calling itself the New York Stockholders for Peace appealed appealed to the Board of Governors Governors of the New York Stock Exchange Exchange to halt trading. But trading trading went on. And some students from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., said they had sent a telegram to the New York Mets asking them to cancel today's World Series game with the Baltimore Orioles. Orioles. It, too, was still on. In Washington, an all-night House session planned by a group of congressmen in support support of the protest ended short of its target when adjournment was voted shortly after 11 p.m., after about three hours of debate. debate. Meanwhile, in Vietnam there was a small echo of the U.S. demonstrations. Half the 30 troops in a combat platoon in the U.S. Americal Division went out on a mission today wearing black armbands to protest the war. "I'm wearing it to show that I sympathize with the antiwar demonstration back home," said the platoon leader, 1st Lt. Jesse Rosen of New York City. Moratorium opponents — led by President Nixon—planned their own observances in support support of administration policy. One group — calling itself the Citizens Committee for Peace with Security — took a Moratorium . . . See Page 5

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  1. Carrol Daily Times Herald,
  2. 15 Oct 1969, Wed,
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