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s 31 THUMBNAIL EDITORIAL Things may be pretty bad, but we"re not going to rename the White House "the mess hall." The Palm Beach Post Complete Stock Market Pages 28-29, 32 SERVING THE HUB OF FLORIDA'S FABULOUS GROWTH AREA VOL. LX. NO. 202 WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1968 44 PAGES-:-PRICE TEN CENTS French Assembly Five Instantly Killed f)r,l a re ri Of Stock Market In Crash On Hi . PARIS (UPI) - The government fought to stabilize the shaken franc early Wednesday by ordering French financial markets closed for the day. The announcement followed emergency legislative action slashing the 1969 budget by $400 million. Ordered closed Wednesday were all financial markets, including the Bourse, or French stock market, currency and gold exchanges. Trading in the markets F In : m f 3 L r: -4 had threatened to force the franc's devaluation. It was the first time the markets had been ordered closed since the May-June student-labor crisis. The French National Assembly worked past midnight to ram through an amendment, giving the government the power to make cuts totaling $400 million in the next budget. Legislators passed the measure on a show of hands after Premier Maurice Couve de Murville told the legislators such cutbacks were only a first step towards achieving a national economic balance. "Others must follow and I am thinking particularly for the 1970 budget which we are beginning already to study," Couve de Murville said. His announcement followed a day which saw both business and labor as-. sail President Charles de Gaulle's government for the financial crisis. The franc held its ground on most foreign exchanges Tuesday, but bank officials in several countries said speculative trends on the franc would not be evident for a few days until buyers have a better idea of measures the French government will take to combat pressure against the currency. The West German government issued a statement in Bonn reiterating its refusal to increase the value of the mark, which has been purchased heavily by persons unloading marks. Before the premier spoke, the National Council of French Businessmen, known as the Patronat, attacked Gaull-ist economic policies and outlined an action program. "Only a strong and rapid expansion of the economy accompanied and sustained by a massive lightening of public charges can yet redress the situation a little and reestablish confidence in the strength of the franc," a Patronat communique said. The businessmen's organization called for a massive reduction in public spending other than for investment, a return to confidence in savings by reducing death duties and income taxes and abandonment of government efforts to introduce "worker participation" into industry. "L'Humanite," newspaper of the French Communist party, contended the Gaullist regime was incapable of solving the problem. "Gaullism again demands sacrifices from the little people in the Metro subway," the newspaper editorialized. Andre Malterra, president of the , French Union of White Collar Workers, blamed Gaullist government policies going back to well before the May and June strikes and riots. The unions, however, did support the government for its attack against big time speculators. Staff Photo by Iz Nachman about 35, were dead when they were the wreckage. Also a victim of the terrific tiny grey French poodle riding in the truck (See other photo page 2.) HEADON CRASH A man and his wife were occupants of this panel truck when it was rammed headon Tuesday by a speeding car on Highway 27 about seven miles south of South Bay. Paul James Nelson, 47, and posed the problem of a new county gaining funds from the state for road building and education. "A new county would find education and road building difficult," he said, "but I see a big expansion of the Glades area after the completion of (the proposed new) State Road 80. "With the four-laning of SR 80, residents of the Glades will find it easier to come into West Palm Beach and other coastal areas to shop, visit and really become more a part of county affairs. There will be easier transportation and communication." Leah M. Nelson, taken from crash was a with the Nelsons. District Delegates To Legislature Cool To County Partition Proposal Jet Damaged By Flames; Suspect Held DENVER (UPI) - A "concussion" causing "brown smoke and changes in cabin pressure" rocked a jetliner high over the Rocky Mountains Tuesday. The FBI said it had arrested one man in the incident. U.S. Sen. Clifford Hansen, a passenger aboard the Denver-bound Continental Airlines plane which landed safely with 63 passengers and seven crew members aboard, said he believed "there was some reason to suspect sabotage." The FBI in Denver would not comment, but FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover said in Washington the plane was damaged by fire and that agents had arrested Lawrence B. Havelock, 47, who was arraigned before a U.S. Commissioner in Denver. Hansen praised the crew for emergency measures. He said as soon as the smoke billowed into the rear of the plane, oxygen masks popped out immediately. "Without those masks, I don't believe people could have survived the smoke. 1 don't know if I could have." Hansen said the concussion "happened as we made our approach over Denver." The Boeing 707 jetliner was about 20 minutes from Denver on a flight from Los Angeles, Continental spokes men said. The senator said "We were over the mountains. I just saw acrid brown smoke billowing from the rest room. There werechanges in cabin pressure." Hansen said "I believe there was some reason to suspect sabotage. That is not the most likely place for a fire. I don't know what kind of mentality a person exhibits when he tries to do something to a plane." Hoover said the suspect told authorities he was a retired Air Force sergeant with 20 years of service and reportedly was a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Czechoslovakia. He gave his address as Lake George, Colo. Denver District 8 Fire Chief Henry Bates, who investigated the incident shortly after the plane touched down in Denver, said the cause was still undetermined, but "as far as we could tell it was just a fire." Bates said the fire was confined to the lavatory, but "there must have been a lot of heat in there. It melted the plastic toilet seat and burned other plastic paper. There was extensive damage." Among those crew members highly praised for their actions was stewardess Helgo Wood of Los Angeles. Bates said Miss Wood put out the fire with an extinguisher, and "that's exactly what she should have done. She really used her head." Joe Daley, vice president for public relations at Continental in Denver, said Miss Wood was "the real heroine. When that thing popped, she just rashed up and closed the door and kept it closed." Hansen said "I thought the crew was remarkable. I thought everyone behaved themselves very well. They reflected the calmness of the stewardess and the rest of the crew." He said one stewardess, believed to be Miss Wood, put the fire out quickly with a fire extinguisher. FBI agents in Denver would not release information about the suspect, and it was not known where he was being held. . jsssssisusi uuac, as uiiivu limits iit:uaii; tu uuuiucr North Vietnam's winter offensive Page 3 By IZ NACHMAN Glades Bureau Chief SOUTH BAY Five occupants of two vehicles were killed instantly on US 27. about seven miles south of here Tuesday,1 when a northbound motorist smashed headon into a panel truck on a sweeping curve, according to Florida Highway Patrol Trooper W. C. Town-send. The deaths increased the number of traffic fatalities in Palm Beach Countv for 1968 to 97. On the same date in 1967 the toll stood at 99. Three of the dead, all apparently residents of Hillsborough County, were rid ing in 1966-model two-door sedan that vas being followed by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper F. L. Blanton. who is stationed in Fort Lauderdale. Dead" in the southbound panel truck were Paul James Nelson, 47, and his wife, Leah M. Nelson, about 42, and their small grey -colored French poodle. ccording to friends in Clewiston. the Nelsons recently moved to a trailer court in Fort Lauderdale, bu' the address was unknown. Blanton said he observed the sedan bearing a Pinellas County license plate pass him at a high rate of speed as he was patrolling south on the north-south artery about a mile south of the Palm Beach County line. The trooper said he turned around and was attempting to catch the light-colored sedan for about 20 miles when that auto struck the truck being operated by Nelson headon. Nelson was thrown from the demolished front of the truck and his body was found about 32 feet from the edge of the highway along the east shoulder that parallels the North New River Canal. Mrs. Nelson's body was thrown north from the front of the van-type truck for about 21 feet. The small dog was lying almost in the center of the northbound lane of traffic. Townsend, FHP homicide investigator James A. Blair, and FHP Sgt. E. R. Lowman said the speed of the northbound auto was in excess of 110 miles per hour. The driver of the death auto was tentatively identified as Judge Thomas Ni-blett jr., 35, of Plant City. He was trapped in the wreckage as was the passenger in the front seat, Alvin Eugene Yarbrough, 32, also of Plant City. Elmar Ray Sink. 28, of Dover, was riding in the rear seat, Townsend said. He had apparently been thrown forward and his head struck the windshield and he then bounced back into the rear of the auto. Identifications were made from driver's licenses, except that of Mrs. Nelson. Her name was found on a Woman's International Bowling Congress ca rd. A Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission warden, B. A. May-nard and Kenneth Kirk, Clewiston. who were driving north together, told Town-send the speeding sedan passed them just prior to the crash. Manard said the operator of the vehicle was driving erratically before the accident, which happened about 5 p.m. Nelson, an electrician, had a number of tools of his trade inside the truck. They were littered over the highway. It was learned the Nelsons had been visiting with friends in Clewiston and were apparently en route to Fort Lauderdale. Traffic on the artery, leading to Miami, was backed up for more than a mile each way. It was about 90 minutes before one-lane traffic was restored. Blair said the sedan, which came to a rest off the east shoulder of the highway, had crossed the centerline for 128 feet and then started to pull back for 76 feet prior to the impact. From all indications, Townsend said, Nelson had seen the oncoming sedan and had attempted to pull to the left at the time of the collision. The speed of the sedan forced the panel truck backwards 60 feet. It came to rest on its top in the middle of the high-. way heading in an easterly direction. Cold Tonight Generally fair through Thursday, cold again tonight, warming trend beginning Thursday afternoon. Northerly winds 10 to 15 m.p.h. becoming northeasterly Thursday afternoon. Predicted low this morning at PBIA 45, high this afternoon 65, low tonight 45. Temperatures recorded for 24 hours ending at midnight Tuesday at Palm Beach International Airport, high 72. low 52. Precipitation trace Humidity 57 Barometer 30.18 Wind: High 23 Low 6 Prevailing Wind WNW Sunrise today 6:43a.m.; Set5:29p.m. Moonrise today 7:23 a.m.: Set 5.29 p.m. INLET TIDES TODAY High8:59a.m.: 8:59 p.m. Low2:42a.m.; 3:18 p.m. OCEAN TIDES TODAY High7:24a.m.; 7:24 p.m. " Low 1:00a.m.; 1:36p.m. Johnson Warns Americans Of More Vietnam Fighting Bonn Proposes Austerity Plan BONN, Germany (AP) - Chancellor Kurt Georg Keisinger announced urgent plans Tuesday night to curb West Ger-manys soaring export profits and ease import restraints to help stabilize the crisis-racked international balance of payments situation. The German leader made known simultaneously that he and his top finance advisers had decided firmly against an upward revaluation of the mark in spite of massive international pressures. The government's chief spokesman, Guenter Diehl, called in newsmen to disclose the export-import move, involving as yet undisclosed taxation measures, after another day of feverish speculation about a possible revaluation of the German currency. Diehl said the main objective was to cut back the export surplus, which is expected to top 18 billion marks the equivalent of $4.5 billion by the year's end. a By CAROLE ANN FINKLEA Staff Writer Members of the legislative delegation representing Palm Beach County took a dim view Tuesday of a proposal to separate the western and eastern sections of the county into two smaller counties. A proposal to begin a study into the possible partitioning of Palm Beach County at Twenty Mile Bend was raised by Belle Glade City Councilman George L. Connell at the city council meeting Monday night. The motion, however, was tabled until the Nov. 25 meeting by the council. Although Connell did not elaborate on the reasons for splitting the county, he did say that the western section of the county and parts of other areas around Lake Okeechobee could possibly use their tax dollars to better advantage if a new county were formed. However, Dist. 77 State Rep. Jack Poorbaugh, R-Boynton Beach, said "the exorbitant costs incurred to Glades residents might make the idea prohibitive." Poorbaugh admitted the proposal was "certainly a novel one," but said that task of duplicating county governing heads would make the administrative overhead "tremendous." Moreover, he continued, the advocates of the proposal perhaps have not gone into the situation in the proper depths. "Some ramifications have not been thought out. Our prime concern with the new Constitution is consolidation of some of the smaller counties, not division of the larger ones," Poorbaugh said. Poorbaugh said he had received no indication of support from the general public in the Glades area. John W. Jordan, R-Lake Park, victorious Nov. 5 in the Dist. 80 House race, rr A employees are involved in the operation of the computerized equipment, and that all have been specially trained and have nothing to do with the other activities of the tax assessor's office. At present the tax assessor, tax collector, clerk of the Circuit Court and the motor vehicle inspection offices are making use of the system. The cost of' operating the equipment has been absorbed by the tax assessor's department, but begining Jan. 1 the county will assume the $5,000 monthly leasing fee. County Administrator Jack Dean, who also is chairman of the data processing committee, said at Tuesday's commission meeting that the operation of the system would come under his department's jurisdiction. Dean described Tuesday's commission action as "a tremendous step forward." In other action Tuesday, the commission approved a $26,000 contract for de Jordan, who has been named to the House Agriculture Committee, said he was "conscious of the great contributions the Glades has made to the county. We need them and they need us, it's as simple as that," he said. "I really can't see that anything would be accomplished by a division." Newly elected David C. Clark, R-North Palm Beach, Dist. 81 House representative, scoffed at the idea. "Taking over the moon seems like a good idea, but this would be a monu- C.'onl, on Page 2, (!ol 6 there are now over 200 million Americans and some 4.5 million persons military and civilians responsible for the nation's defense. Sixty-one of the medals have been awarded during the Vietnam war, 33 by Johnson personally. The President told the overflow crowd in the East Room that others will be called upon to perform brave acts in the war "before the search for peace yields a settlement at the conference table." "Other bitter days, and other battles, still lie ahead," he said. "I cannot emphasize strongly eriough that we have not attained peace only the possibility of peace. "We shall need in the days ahead all the courage, all the steadiness, and all the wisdom that the brilliant commander of these men, Gen. Westmoreland,', has evidenced throughout this terrible ordeal and that these men bring evidence of here today." Gen. William C. Westmoreland, current Army chief of staff who commanded U.S. troops in Vietnam for four years, stood by the President's side during the ceremony. Johnson, following the presentation of the medals, made a special point of telling the audience about the honor that goes with winning the decoration. He said it is not an honor that is accorded to the President or even to their commander, Westmoreland. "It goes to the very select and special group of men," Johnson said, looking at the five soldiers. "And you area part of that group." The newest award winners are: -Capt. Angelo J. Liteky, 37, the chaplain who now makes his home in Jacksonville, Fla. He was cited for his action near Phuoc Lac last Dec. 6 when, under heavy fire, he dragged more than 20 wounded men to an evacuation zone, inspired his company to rally, administered last rites to the dying, and suffered neck and foot wounds. -Capt. James A. Taylor, 30, a native of Areata, Calif., now stationed at Ft. Knox, Ky. He ignored painful wounds to aid members of his armored calvary squadron while under intense fire west of Que Son Nov. 9, 1967. WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson somberly warned the nation Tuesday that Americans will see a great deal more action in Vietnam before a peace is attained in the Southeast Asia war. Johnson told a White House audience on hand for the presentation of five Medals of Honor the nation has not achieved a peace, "only the possibility of peace," referring to the talks in Paris. The five Army men who received the nation's highest military award for heroism included a Roman Catholic priest, first chaplain to win the medal in Vietnam and only the second in history. Johnson emphasized that only some 3,000 Medals of Honors have been presented since the first were given out for heroism in the Civil War even though Tl IT lias signing of lighting plans for Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA). At Monday's administrative session both Frank Sakser, county airports director, and Conrad Schaefer, head of the design office in the county engineering department, said that present lighting facilities at PBIA are poor and that the FAA has advised immediate improvements. Where the funds for such a project would come from is, however, not certain. The FAA has, according to Sakser, voiced optimism that it can provide some funds, which would have to be matched by the county. The expected finalizing of a lease agreement with Palm Beach Industries Inc., for development of 175 acres of county-owned land at PBIA over a 27-year period, failed to materialize. County Atty. Bruce Jones said that he and Paul Butler, head of P.B. Indus- Cont. on Pmk 2. iaia rrocessmg system operation At least one of the recommendations GOV. KIRK SUBMITTED the pro- lr e " rlr ? Z , a posed new budget for his office Ties- Commission (GSC) is des ned or Ju rn,.i! .n . i . immediate action as a result of the mh Z L TT 1 f'-y "S Palm Beach County Commission's deci- mucn money as he received in the cur- , . . .. ,,. rent biennium Page 35 S;,n Tuesday t0 assu "P1'0" i aRl' data processing system now used in County Tax Assessor's Edgar Maxwell's department, effective Dec. 1. Bridge Column 27 The suggestion for the takeover of the Classified Ads 36-43 system came from Maxwell who is a Comics 27 member of the permanent Palm Beach Crossword Puzzle 27 County Data Processing Committee, set Editorials, Columnists 6 up two months ago following publication Horoscope 27 of the GSC subcommittee's recommen- News Of Record 32 dation for establishment and centraliza- Obituaries 10 tion of electronics data processing sys- People Speak 6 terns for use by all county departments. Sports 23-26 Maxwell further recommended that Stocks 28-29,32 the county retain the services of person-Theaters 33 nel now staffing operation of the system Today's Activities 20 housed in the tax assessor's offices on TV Clock 34 the second floor of the county court-Weather Map, Table 19 house. Women's News 13-15 Maxwell said Tuesday afternoon that

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