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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, November 18, 1968
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20 Palm Beath Post, Monday, Nov. 18, 1968 Viet Cong Units Often Frustrate U.S. Cavalry Start Saving Now for Next Christmas indicated that 30.000 or more enemy soldiers were hiding in Binhlong and adjacent provinces, and in neighboring Cambodia, technically a neutral country. But the cavalrymen seldom have been able to find enemy units larger than a platoon. The division's officers even some of its rank and file are frustrated, remembering the victories their helicopter assaults achieved in the northern provinces. They want to live up to one of their mottoes: "Find the bastards and pile on." The commander of the third brigade, Col. Charles H. Curtis, says: "The enemy is supposed to be out here. We're burning up a lot of gas looking for him. But he's hard to find in any significant numbers. He doesn't initiate many actions." The story is much the same in Tayninh Province to the west and Phuclong Province to the east, where other first cavalry brigades are operating. It is the same in the provinces closer to Saigon where more Allied units are stationed, among them elements of the first, 25th and ninth U.S. divisions. The Allied commanders are confident their 100 battalions are more than a match for the 75 enemy battalions, which include elements of the fifth and ninth Viet Cong and seventh North Vietnamese divisions. In the two major contacts that have occurred, the enemy initiated both and fared badly. In both the enemy lost about 125 men of an attacking force of more than 500. The mission of the enemy troops is not known. Of the relatively few that have been killed or captured, most seemed well equipped and well fed. However, like most enemy troops throughout South Vietnam today, thty appeared not so well trained as in past years. iff' I r ft I I 0 5 good reasons for joining our Christmas (flub It's the easy way to "prepay" Christmas expenses. k You avoid borrowing or piling up holiday bills. k You get your check in time to shop early. There's a club payment plan for every budget k It's smart, simple, popular, and rewarding. JOIN NOW (C)N.Y. Timet News Service LANDING ZONE RED, South Vietnam The Colonel told his troops not to shoot up the French planter's rubber tree grove. But when the Americans ran Into enemy soldiers dug in among the trees, jet bombers were called in. Their napalm bombs singed and scarred great swathes through the grove. A soldier in a shellhole watched the planes work. Every time the bombs and napalm canisters crashed in, he sang out the old Sinatra line "oops, there goes another rubber tree plant." Then the. bombers went away. The Americans climbed out of their holes and moved through the smouldering grove. They found 16 dead North Vietnamese. The others had fled. None of the Americans was hurt. The search for the fleeing survivors continued until sunset, a night perimeter already was in place when the first resupply helicopter came in. It had been a dangerous day for the third brigade of the First Cavalry Division (airmobile). It had also been a very typical day. The cavalry troopers have been operating out of landing zones such as this one, 60 miles north-northwest of Saigon in Binhlong Province. They were brought to this area from a quieter sector near the Demilitarized Zone because intelligence reports k (APWiitpkoM) VERY INTERESTING - The bearded young man in the German-model helmet and military jacket was not directing traffic, but taking a breather from an anti-draft demonstration at the Federal Building in Tampa. N.C. Negroes Defy School Integration SPORTS BUCK KINNARD ' ... Your Full Service Bank S. DIXIE HWY. AT BELVEDERE HO WEST PALM BEACH. FLOP OA 6:15 PM FDIC TONIGHT 434 CLEMATIS decorative accent pieces! GREEN FINISHED CONTEMPORARY STYLE GLASS DOOR CURIO CABINETS. Adjustable, fjlass shelves. Complete with interior light and mirror back. 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If the family is receiving financial aid from the department for its dependent children, that money will be cut off if those children are not enrolled in and attending classes by Dec. 1, the letter said. On Monday, in protest against the welfare department's decision, 28 students, all of high school age, entered the office of Hyde County's school superintendent. Alien Bucklew, where, according to Sheriff Charles J. Cahoon, they "became unruly and started messing things up." Bucklew has been away from his office a great deal since the school term began because of illness. He was not there recently when the students came, they said, "to talk." After two hours, the sheriff asked the youngsters to leave. They refused and the sheriff and three state highway patrolmen used sniokebombs to drive the young people out. When the group headed for a nearby Negro school by walking in the highway and "impeding the normal flow of traffic" in violation of a state motor vehicle statute, according to a highway patrol spokesman, seven were arrested, i Five were jailed and remained in custody overnight, their bond placed at $25. The two others were released on their own recognizance). One night, Cahoon asked for help from the highway patrol and the next day the blue and gray sedans began arriving in Swan Quarter. By 10 a.m.. 20 highway patrolmen were on the scene. Shortly after noon, the first group of demonstrators arrived at the courthouse, marched around it, stopped at the entrance, sang a few songs and then began walking down the highway. The patrolmen made 26 arrests, including one for resisting an officer. A 17-year-old boy kicked a patrolman as he was being placed in a patrol car. Only the boys. 11 of them, were held in the jail on $25 bond. The 15 girls were released on their own recognizance, pending a hearing Dec. 11. Two hours later, five of the girls who had been arrested returned to the courthouse with 25 other students, marching, singing and chanting and finally joining hands across the highway. At the jail 26 more warrants were issued on the same "highway obstruction" charge, but this time the girls were not released. A half hour after the second group had entered the jail, another cadre of demonstrators arrived at the courthouse, singing and clapping. The songs lasted nearly two hours and then the group left. There was no violence - One night Frinks posted bail for the young man who had been charged with resisting arrest. He said that bond for the others had not been posted because "We just haven't got any money." Dr. Reginald Hawkins, a Negro who ran unsuccessfully for governor this year, arrived from his home in Charlotte. He said he wanted to look at the situation, determine the issues and provide his help if needed. By JAMES T.WOOTEN (C)N.Y. Times News Service SWAN QUARTER. N.C. -Inside the white, stucco courthouse, a dozen highway patrolmen load their paper plates with boiled shrimp, ham and biscuit sandwiches, fried chicken and potato salad. A stainless steel percolator gurgles. Outside eight of theircom-rades stand shoulder to shoulder in the biting wind and near-freezing temperature blocking the courthouse entrance, their eyes focused on the glass storefront building across the street. Just beneath the level of their gaze, a small bank of Negro children, poorly dressed sways to the syncopation of a song whose improvised verses go on and on and on. A few yards from the patrolmen and the young Negroes, inside a small, brick jail, a lone sheriff's deputy sits in a cane-bottom chair smoking cigarettes into half-inch-long butts, listening to the sounds of 37 juvenile prisoners crammed into space for 16. On an adjacent corner, in a service station heated by a glowing kerosene stove, a dozen of the approximately 400 Swan Quarter residents consume soft drinks and discuss what is happening to their community. "Damned Niggers," says one man. "Never satisfied. Always singing, always marching, always wanting more than they deserve." His companions agree. What has happened to Swan Quarter in the last two months to attract members of the news media, including national press and network television crews, a platoon of North Carolina Highway patrolmen and even a carload of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents? It is the story of a dilemma. There has been a Negro economic boycott and Negro absences from school. A group of students calling themselves the "Martin Luther King Nonviolent Crusaders" has invaded the courthouse and county welfare offices, violated highway statutes, vandalized the local school and interrupted a meeting of the Hyde County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The juveniles in the jail and the children in front of the officers have joined 750 Negro students in a two-month boycott of the Hyde County public schools. Led by a Southern Christian Leadership Conference coordinator, they say they are protesting a plan for classroom desegregation that will eventually lead to the elimination of the only two all-Negro schools in the four-school county system. The blueprint for integration was drawn by the local Board of Education approved by the Department of Health. Education and Welfare. 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