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ITT1' 'wA.--9 . The Palm Beac h rost limes Pages 16-17-18 SERVING THE HUB OF FLORIDA'S FABULOUS GROWTH AREA VOL. 2. NO. 13 WEST PALM BEACH. FLORIDA. SATURDAY. NOVEMBER 23. 1968 36 PAGES-: -PRICE 10 CENTS Explosions, Blaze Hamper Rescuers As Hopes Decline j)e Gaulle's Birthday Present: Devaluation j v. " ' in. . " TTll III (.'1,1 M wrasse ..jjisajji mumiViltl u a i ( tPlirrpholo) ALL ASHORE! Passengers and crewmen reach muddy water of San Francisco Bay, three miles short safety Friday by aircraft liferaft from Japan Air Lines of the airport runway. All 107 persons aboard were DC Super-62 jetliner, background, which landed in the uninjured. All Aboard Saved As Jet Ditches In Fog-Bound San Francisco Bay MANNINGTON. W. Va. AP - New explosions and intense, uncontrolled flames in the deep tunnels of a coal mine delayed any prospect of rescuing 78 trapped men Friday as a controversy began over the mine's safety. A "very devastating" blast thundered across the big mine complex early Friday, blowing 26 tons of material used to seal one of the mine's entrances away from the opening. There has been no contact with the 78 men, entombed when the first explosion ripped through Mountaineer Coal Co. No. 9 early Wednesday and left its passageways blazing. Another 21 men on the early shift managed to reach the surface 500 feet above or were pulled to safety. "We have no control of the fire." said Vice President William Poundstone of Consolidation Coal Co.. parent firm of Mountaineer. But he said "no. we are not" planning to seal the mine to smother the fire. Such a move would also cut off oxygen to the trapped men, if they are still alive down in the mine's seared honeycombs. Black smoke began billowing from the Atha air vent on Mahan's Run late Friday. That left only the main slope, near the company store, free of smoke. Poundstoe said the development did not mean the fire had spread, only that air currents in the mine had shifted. Poundstone said an attempt would be made to cap two vents on Mod's Run with a new type of seal - 500 tons of coarse limestone poured into the vents. Poundstone. federal officials and representatives of the United Mineworkers Union held a news conference just before noon. They met in the small storeroom of the company store where many of the miners buy food, furniture and other articles. Dozens gathered outside and the news conference was piped to them on a loud speaker system. "The explosion put us back where we were yesterday." Poundstone said and added. "We have to assume that methane gas was involved." At the mention of gas, several of the women broke out into uncontrollable sobs. Nurses administered sedatives to them. "Get them out of there." one woman pleaded for her trapped husband and her cry was heard inside at the news conference. Poundstone said recent tests showed the mine to be safe, and was backed up by William Parks of the U.S. Bureau of Mines and Lewis B. Evans, safety director of the UMW. Federal inspectors reported on the mine in August and Parks told newsmen: "If the mine was unsafe, we would have stopped operations. That's all there is to it." Evans said the report of the August inspection by Bureau of Mines "indicates very conclusively to me that the mine, at least when the federal inspectors left, was in safe condition." Poundstone noted that of 125 samples taken, only three failed to pass. Evans noted that while a mine may pass all inspections one day, conditions may change the following day. In Charleston, the Friday edition of The Charleston Daily Mail said federal and state inspectors found nearly identical violations of safety procedures in Mountaineer No. 9. And on Thursday night, the Columbia Broadcasting Co. contended the mine had failed to pass tests during the August inspection. but as he did. the aircraft hit the water. He said everything was normal in the mechanical operation of the plane. Asked what went wrong, he replied: "1 don't know. I can't say what was wrong." I just thank God I'm alive." William Manowitz. 51. of New York City, who works for Mitsubishi, an industrial complex in Japan, said. "We were very lucky," Po Yuen Chow, 53. a Los Angeles restaurant manager, said. As Ann Steinsocher of Houston walked toward the dock with her two children, she said: "I'm fine. The water's calm and we are too." Cecilia, her 9-year-old daughter, huddled in a pink blanket, said through chattering teeth: "I had butterflies in my stomach. I started crying. It was 10 Countries Give Credit Of $2 Billion PARIS (APi - Money speculators and economic weakness foa'ed France into devaluation of its franc r'ridav. a perverse gift for Charles de Gaulle on his 78th birthday. It is the 13th time in 40 years the franc has been trimmed in value and the second time under the presidency of De iaulle. The last was on Dec. 26. 1958. even months after De Gaulle took over nd set out to make the franc one of the vorld's leading currencies. The decision came in a meeting of 11 financial powers in Bonn. West Genu-iy. The meeting communique made no mention of French devaluation and dealt hief'ly with a $2-billion credit made ivailable by the 10 French allies to sup-ort the franc against any new assaults y speculators when money marts re-ipen on Monday De Gaulle imposed strict silence on French intentions. Finance Minister Francois-Xavier Ortoli was mum and Premier Maurice Couve de Murville. emerging from Elysee Palace late Friday night after the day's third conference with De (iaulle. told newsmen "You know very well I won't say anything." The government was expected to hold off announcing its moves until after a special cabinet session Saturday afternoon. But French newspapers and West German Finance Minister Franz Joseph Strauss spoke of franc devaluation as a foregone conclusion. "Here we have the question of the devaluation of the French franc." Strauss said. "The French government has to decide the extent of it. But there is unanimity that there will be no consideration of a devaluation of other currencies. Although this statement was recorded for television by Westdeutscher Hund-funk. a broadcast chain, the office of West Germany Economics Minister Karl Schiller, chairman of the "Group of 10" meeting, issued a statement saying: "Finance Minister Dr. Franz Joseph Strauss has denied alleged statements about the devaluation of the franc as a false report." It went on to say. The question, whether the French government may take further measures for the stabilization of its balance of payments, and what measures, cannot be answered at this time." Strauss' premature disclosure was expected to bring about a diplomatic flap between France and West Germany, whose currencies were at the base of this latest international monetary crisis. Pressure first was on West Germany to make an upward revaluation of its mark in order to avoid devaluation of the franc and possibly the British pound. The table turned when the Germans agreed to cut back exports and increase imports while 10 of France's allies put up $2 billion in credits to support the franc. Guesses in Paris were that rate of the trimming would be anywhere from seven per cent to 20 per cent. The Iranc is now worth 20 cents. Germans at the conference said the davaluation would be closer to 10 per cent, or 18 cents. Only last week. De Gaulle himself declared devaluation would be "the worst possible absurdity." Strauss' disclosure followed a call in Paris for an extraordinary meeting of De Gaulle and his Cabinet Saturday afternoon. While scarcely concealing their fury at Straass' disclosure. French officials were saying nothing officially. "There will be no statement tonight." Premier Maurice Couve de Murville said after a meeting with De Gaulle "We have been preparing for tomorrow's Cabinet meeting." But to French newspapers devaluation was a fact. "Devaluation of the franc: De Gaulle decides the rate," read the headline in an early edition of France Soir. A later edition said: "Devaluation of the franc by 10 percent maximum." Across the front page of Paris-Presse-L'lntransigeant in big black type was the word: "Devaluation." Le Monde said the readjustment "mav be limited." Action in Bonn and the uncertainty about the franc brought these corollary developments: Escaping a new devaluation in its pound sterling, Britain announced stiff new taxes, curbs on credit and restrictions on imports. The pound was devalued last November from $2.80 to $2.40. Some travelers and residents in Europe ran into difficulties exchanging their francs. In Britain there was a brief scramble to trade pounds for dollars. But in Frankfurt German taxi drivers rejected the dollars of U.S. servicemen. Gold took a surprising dive in Zurich. Swiss banking sources said it dipped from $40.30 an ounce to $40.00. real rough in the cabin and things were flying all around." Peter Covert. 42, of Spring Valley. N.Y., a small plane pilot, said a 1.500-foot layer of fog hung over the bav as the plane descended about 9:30 a.m. PST. "The fog was thin over the water. I was sitting at a window looking at the water. Then we hit." he said. Passenger Dudley Schotten of Bronx-ville. N.Y., said: "Obviously, we were too close to the water as we were coming in. The pilot throttled the engine enough so that the nose was up and the tail touched first." Standing in a yellow life jacket, a flight bag in his hand. Schotten added: "It was a perfect water landing, if you have to havea water landing." government objects to the presence of the Viet Cong as a separate delegation. "We demand that the United States meet our logical and well-founded proposal to go ahead with the conference immediately while keeping a seat earmarked for Saigon." the spokesman said. Le warned that failure to convene such a conference would be strictly "an American responsibility." The hastily convened news conference appeared to indicate that Hanoi was growing impatient with the delays in inducing Saigon to come to the talks. Diplomatic informants said, however, that Tho s impending arrival indicated Hanoi has good reasons to believe the conference would start soon. Hanoi Asks Immediate 3-Way Peace Session 'C " ' ft . . :, ,.V' i itmt UPITelppholo HONORED - Presidential Military Aide Col. Hugh Robinson, left, placed a wreath Friday at the grave of the late President John F. Kennedy on behalf of President Johnson. Robinson, accompanied by ceremonies officer Lt. Col. Robert Clark of the Military District of Washington, salutes the grave at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Capias Filed Against Witness In Zoller Case PAHOKEE - Although the owner of the death car that plunged into the bedroom of Carol Bardln. 17. on Highway 441 in Canal Point. May 7. 1". has been acquitted, two members of the local Florida Highway Patrol detachment and an assistant state attorney have continued their probe of witnesses who testified forthedetense, Friday. Assistant County Solicitor David liludworth announced a capias had been issued for one of the witnesses, as a result of the investigation continued b Florida Highway Patrol Homicide investigators William Burroughs and Merman Whaley. Miss Hardin was killed when the auto owned by John Bernard Zoller II. 29. of Bradenton. plunged into her bedroom and knocked her from one of a pair of twin beds in that room. A sister in an adjoining bed was uninjured. A criminal Court jury found Zoller innocent ol a charge of manslaughter. He was defended by Attorney Charles Nugent Jr. The case was prosecuted by County Solicitor Marvin U. Mounts.: One of the key witnesses for the state. FHP Cpl. Joseph Bertrand was shot to death near Fort Myers a month before the case was called for trial. After the trial was concluded both Whaley and Burroughs expressed dissatisfaction with the jury finding and they have continued to pursue additional information pertaining to testimony given at the trial. Cloudiness Variable cloudiness through Sunday with a slight chance of showers by Saturday night. Northeast to easterly winds 10 to 15 m.p.h. today becoming southeasterly Sunday. Shower probability tonight 20 percent. Predicted low this morning at PBIA 62. high this afternoon 77. low tonight 57. Temperatures recorded for 24 hours ending at midnight Friday at Palm Beach International Airport, high 73. low 50. Humidity 63 percent Barometer 30.20 steady Wind: High 14 m.p.h. Low 5 m.p.h. Prevailing Wind North-Northwest Sunrise today 6:46a.m.; Set5:28p.m. Moonrise today 10:51 a.m.; Set 8:45 p m. INLET TIDES TODAY High 11:35a.m.; 11:41p.m. Low5:18a.m.; 5:54p.m. OCEAN TIDES TODAY High 10:00a.m.; 10:06p.m. Low3:36a.m ; 4:12p m. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Japan Air Lines jet with 107 aboard splashed belly down into the shallows of foggy San Francisco Bay Friday, a mile short of the International Airport runway, but all aboard got ashore with dry feet. The 'J6 passengers and 11 crew members left through regular and emergency hatches, boarded the plane's six life-rafts and were towed by police and Coast Guard boats to Coyote Point Yacht Harbor a quarter-mile away. "A one in a million shot." John Mar-chi. chief of the South San Francisco Fire Department, said of the safe rescue. The National Transportation Safety Board said in Washington, after sending a team to the scene, that it was the first completely successful ditching since jetliners began operations nearly 10 years ago. Capt. Kohei Asoh of the big DC8. inbound from Tokyo, was the last to leave the craft as it floated with about three-fourths of the faselage above water. The scene is about 18 miles south of San Francisco. At a news conference later. Asoh said he was in contact with the control tower during the entire landing approach and received no indication he was off the flight path. Speaking in broken English with the aid of an English-speaking air lines executive, the pilot said "the plane was fully automatic." Asoh. a veteran of 10,000 flying hours, said he broke out of the fog at about 211 feet altitude and an air speed of 177 miles per hour. At that point, he said, he saw the water and reached for the control column, DPI Tolophnlo explosion remains uncontrolled. Heavy steel girders, lower left, will be used for base of cap. This portal was scene of similar disaster in '54 when 16 men died. IT IT ' i-v-ivysQH . PARIS (UPIi-North Vietnam urged the United States Friday to open three-way peace talks in Paris immediately while leaving a seat open at the conference table for South Vietnam once Saigon ends its boycott of the negotiations. At the same time North Vietnam announced the key member of its negotiating team in Paris, ranking Politbureau member Le Due Tho. will return to Paris soon from consultations in Hanoi and .Moscow. Tho has been holding long talks with Kremlin officials during a Moscow stopover. His arrival was expected to signal start of the long-postponed Paris conference. The Hanoi delegation's chief spokesman. Nguyen Thanh Le, called on Washington to ignore Saigon's boycott and move to the negotiating table with North Vietnam and the Viet Cong in tripartite talks if South Vietnam continues to stay away. The Hanoi spokesman told a news conference Washington should be able to force the balking Saigon government to join the talks. "The man who rides on horseback should be able to make the horse move on." he said, quoting an old Vietnamese proverb. The North Vietnamese spokesman linked the call for immediate tripartite talks with a charge that the United States was guilty of a "serious" violation of the demilitarized buffer zone in Vietnam. He also demanded the United States stop all reconnaissance flights over North Vietnam during the current bombing halt. In Washington, a State Department spokesman said the Communists were violating the Demilitarized Zone and said the United States takes "a most serious view" of what he described as verified violations. But the U.S. spokesman declined to comment on the Hanoi demand for an immediate opening of the Paris conference without Saigon. In the Paris news conference Le, official spokesman for Hanoi delegation chief Xuan Thuy, complained bitterly about previous American refusals to hold three-cornered talks in Paris in the absence of South Vietnam. The Saigon STATE WELFARE Director Em-mett Roberts proposed a sweeping revision of Florida's welfare laws to centralize authority under a new department Page 3 ALLIES INFLICT heavy casualties in Vietnam fighting while losing 4 helicopters Page 7 Bridge Column 22 Church News 26-27 Classified Ads 28-36 Comics 22-23 Crossword Puzzle 22-23 Editorials, Columnists 6-7 Horoscope 22-23 News Of Record 21 Obituaries 21 People Speak 6 Sports 13-15 Stocks 16-18 Theaters 11 Today's Activities 4 TV Clock 4 Weather Map, Table 21 Women's News 8-10 3 WORKMEN PREPARE - Workmen for Consol No. 9 in Farmington, W. Va., begin Friday to dismantle the abandoned Atha's Run Portal shaft housing to seal the mine shaft holding 78 men, if the fire caused by the

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