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THUMBNAIL EDITORIAL Charging 'conflict of interest' would be a compliment to some of our dimmer politicians. Complete Stock Market Tuesdav-Saturda SERVING THE HUB OF FLORIDA'S FABULOUS GROWTH AREA VOL. XXXV NO. 205 WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, MONDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 25, 1968 48 PAGES-:-PRICE TEN CENTS The Palm Beach Post Moore Recounts Hijacking, Exhausting Ordeal In Cuba about a 38-caliber. There were four men in the rear section of the plane, and I understand two more in the cockpit a total of six. "They looked distinctly Cuban. There was some commotion in the plane. These men were talking to one another in Spanish. One of the hostesses told us somewhat nervously to stay in our seats. A lady near me was fainting. The atmosphere was electric. "About 20 minutes after this, the pilot told us we were going to Havana. The gun was exposed at all times. The man who had it waved it about, and it was within two feet of my head at one point. I had the feeling of imminent danger. There was some speculation of whether or not we would get back to the United States. "The four men were all swarthy, muscular types. But they were all different. One looked like a Mexican or Indian type, with a big hat, light gray in color. He was about 35 and was the one flashing the gun. "Another one was a zoot-suit type, about 25. He looked more Negroid, with a light complexion. He had on a porkpie hat and a bright phosphorescent-type blue shirt, and wore sideburns. He had some type of walkie-talkie or radio and was running around with it. "A third guy looked about 45 with a regular business suit and a regular hat. He was dark complexioned, perhaps Indian, Negro and Spanish. "These three birds traded positions constantly. One would be in the middle of the plane, another in the back, and then they would shift rather rapidly. "The fourth man was wearing a white shirt. He had long curly hair and was a peasant-looking type, missing some teeth. He seemed to be in his 30s. He sat in his seat, but got up several times. "After about an hour, these men got an interpreter, a passenger from Chicago, who told us some garbage that they were sorry to inconvenience us, but they were just returning to their homeland. "They had ordered the hostesses to do several things, such as to stop serving dinners, to sit down, to stand up. "I was somewhat incensed from a philosophical point of view having my freedom and that of others taken away. That is important to Americans. In America people are executed for a thing like this. It is kidnapping. "I only saw one gun in the plane. But Continued On Page 2, Col. 6 'V'.r)i K V V V(Mk' ' It hiM ririnMi rtai.M m - af , t t - ' (StiflptiotobyTonyiifi) HOME FROM CUBA Reid Moore Jr. ?nd his wife they were flown Saturday night on a hijacked jetliner. Janice are pictured holding their children, Ramsey, 1 They returned Sunday afternoon on an International Vt, left, and Allyson, 3 'j, at the Moore's home, at 333 Airlift, refugee plane, on a flight from Varadero to Colonial Road. Moore said he and about 80 others were Miami, subjected to "systematic harassment" in Cuba, where By TOM HL'SER Staff Writer City Commissioner Reid Moore Jr. said he was "very glad" to be back in West Palm Beach Sunday night after spending a sleepless Saturday night ir Castro's Cuba. He was one of about 80 passengers on an Eastern Air Lines 727 jetliner that was hijacked Saturday night on a flight from Chicago that was scheduled to land in Miami at 8:24 p.m. In Cuba. Moore said, "We were herded like sheep. The food was horrendous from beginning to end. At all times we were surrounded by armed personnel." Moore, an attorney, was returning from a business trip to Minneapolis. He had flown to Chicago and transferred to the Eastern jet. His wife. Janice, went to Miami International Airport to meet him. "I was sitting in the back of the plane, in seat 17-F." Moore told The Post Sunday night, in an interview at his home at 333 Colonial Drive. "The pilot had just told us about the weather in Miami. We were south of Louisville. "Several men got up and assumed different positions in the aisle. I didn't realize what was going on until I saw the gun. It was an ivory-handled pistol. AFTER SEARCH - This is the second of the two seven-man teams as they walked from the shaft of the Consolidation Coal Co. in Farming- ,-' ' ' - . 'K' J Jr. 1 -i f. : 't-A A , i r ( r- t r. I - f ''t 'l i - L - V, ' - fv -il ' r ; ' Armed Bandits Hijack Another Jet To Cuba . : i t for ylVf&& .V I'M L An off-duty policeman identified as Philip Stiver, 38, of Elkhart. Ind.. reported shot himself accidentally in the restroom of an Eastern jet en route from Louisville to Miami Sunday. Stiver was taken to a Miami hospital for treatment of a hand wound. jacked to Cuba this year, and the 14th from the United States. Only one of the planes - a Delta DC8 with 109 persons aboard hijacked Feb. 21. 1961 - carried more passengers. The rash of hijackings produced considerable consternation among southbound passengers. ' . . I j 1 1 K fsj , . r . . M ' ' ; ; -"it'- ' J ' - there was no question of doing anything else. "While one man stayed in the cockpit with a gun on the crew, he other four men remained in the passenger section, but they all came to the cockpit at one time or another," Silver said. The Pan Am plane was the 17th hi HAPPY ON RETURN - Gardner Ryan, 13 of Seal Beach, Calif., flaps his arms as he and his brother Garth, 12, along with Richard Spick- 1 " v ' I - 1 KV - ' j , : f t f ' I' A i K ( j ; ; I Rescuers Enter Mine, Find No Trace Of Men 1 MIAMI (UPI) - A Pan American jet bound from New York to Puerto Rico with 103 persons aboard was ordered to Cuba by three gunmen Sunday, the second hijacking in 18 hours. A total of 196 persons went to Havana on the forced flights, which started with the hijacking of an Eastern Air Lines jet Saturday night. The latest airborne piracy came about noon, while the Pan Am jet Mayflower was droning southward to San Juan, over the Atlantic, east of the Carolinas coast. "There are three armed Cubans aboard and we are diverting to Cuba," the pilot radioed the New York control tower. The Boeing 727, carrying 96 passengers and a crew of seven, touched down at Havana Airport at 2:18 p.m. EST -just 10 minutes after another plane landed in Miami with the passengers from the Eastern plane hijacked over Kentucky on a Chicago-to-Miami flight. The Eastern jet itself returned to Miami almost three hours after its passengers. The crew reported watching the Pan Am jet land at Havana Airport, accompanied by two Russian-built Cuban Air Force MIG jets. A DC7 flown by "Airlift International," the airline running the "freedom flights" that dailv bring refugees out of Cuba, left Miami at 7:10 p.m. EST for Varadero, Cuba, to bring the Pan Am passengers back. It appeared that the number of passengers aboard the hijacked Eastern plane may never be determined. Stewardesses said that when the plane left Chicago there were 83 paying passengers and "at least" three infants for whom no tickets were purchased. Eastern said 78 passengers were on the return flight from Cuba. Capt. Robert B. Silver, pilot of the plane, said the hijackers consisted of five men, a woman, two children "walking age" and a babe in arms. The woman and children, he said, took no active part in the hijacking. Silver said he was about 55 minutes out of Chicago when a gunman stuck a pistol in the ribs of stewardess Nancy Corson and ordered her to open the cabin door. "All of a sudden the cockpit door burst open. I look around and a man was standing there with a gun pointing at us saying Cuba, Cuba. Cuba.' "I said, 'okay, no difficulty, we are on our way to Cuba." The pilot said that "in a situation like this the first thought is on safety Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy and mild today becoming fair and a little cooler tonight and Tuesday. .Variable winds up to 10 m p h. becoming northerly up to 15 m p h. by this afternoon. Predicted low this morning at PBIA 55, high this afternoon 82, low tonight 52. Temperatures recorded for 24 hours ending at midnight Sunday at Palm Beach International Airport, high 78, low 56. Humidity 79 per cent Barometer 30.04 rising Wind: High 13 m p h. Low calm Prevailing Wind Northwest Sunrise today 6:47 a.m.; Set5:27p.m. Moonrise today 12:21 p.m.; Set 11:06 p.m. INLET TIDES TODAY High 12:41a.m.; 1:29p.m. Low7:18a m.; 8:00p.m. OCEAN TIDES TODAY High 11:45a.m.; p.m. Low5:36a.m.;6;18p.m. Hanoi Push For Ignoring Saigon Seen PARIS il'PD - Informed Communist sources said Sunday North Vietnam was preparing to step up its propaganda campaign on U.S. diplomats to start peace talks without South Vietnamese participation. These informants said the Communists will take a harder line wtih the United States now that l.e Due Tho. the powerful political adviser to the North Vietnamese delegation, has returned to Paris from high-level consultations in Hanoi. Tho. a ranking member of the North Vietnamese pohtihuro. is the chief adviser to the Hanoi delegation here He is a close associate of President Ho ( hi Minh. In Washington. Delense Secretary Clark M Clifford said Sundav the United States may have to resume the bombing of North Vietnam if the North Vietnamese "at some time show us that they are not serious and thev are not going to proceed in good faith" toward real peace talks. The Communist strategy was described as designed to take advantage of the split between the United States and South Vietnam, thus embarrassing Washington and stirring up public pressure to force negotiations on terms more favorable to the North Vietnamese. The sources said North Vietnam would step up its public demands that substantive talks begin immediately with or without Saigon Saigon dispatches Sunday quoted Pham Dang Lang, hief of th" South Vietnamese observer team in Paris, as saying the United States and South Vietnamese governments were try ng to find a formula " which would permit Saigon to take part in the talks. The sticking point is the status of the Viet Cong's National Liberation Front South Vietnam insists that the front not be treated as a separate entity at the conference. North Vietnam says the Vieg Cong is an independent body and must be seated at the conference table as an equal partner. North Vietnam's hardening propaganda line was clearly laid down at a mass meeting in the Latin Quarter of Pans Saturday night when Xuan Thuv. Hanoi's chief negotiator, told cheering supporters that the United States had broken its pledge to begin peace talks with North Vietnam and the Viet Cong Liu Ouster Sought By Maoist Forces HONG KONG tUPIi - Radio Peking told the people of Communist China Sunday that the ouster of President Liu Shao-chi is absolutely necessary if the nation is to "embark on the road of communism and socialism." The official radio said Liu would have turned China into "a colony of U.S. imperialism" if party chairman Mao Tse-tung had not intervened and stopped his "traitorous" activities. Severe Economic Cuts Outlined By De Gaulle (APtirrphnto) ton, W. Va., in their search Sunday for 78 miners trapped for nearly five days. The men are shown leaving the Athas portal. are scattered through the mine to keep down coal dust. But Corcoran attached great significance to the teams' reports that they found concrete stoppings in place and not affected by the series of blasts which thundered through the mine after Wednesday's first explosion. The stoppings are placed strategically in coal mines to control air flow direction. "Stoppings in place is a good sign," Corcoran said. Corcoran said the findings of the probe teams would be studied by experts. "We must evaluate and see what else can be done," he added. Corcoran said the decision to send the teams into the smoldering mine was made "because I still have that ray of hope that these men will be found alive." There has been no contact whatsoever with the 78 since the first blast hit just before daybreak Wednesday. The other 21 men on the midnight shift either reached the surface or were pulled to safety. One of the teams spent about two hours in the mine. The other made two shorter and quicker trips. Crews on the surface used three-inch, diamond hard bits to chew through 800 feet of shale and earth in trying to break through to a spot where the men might be. The deepest drill was only "one foot" shy of its target just before 8 p.m. (EST) when the bit dulled, had to be pulled back and replaced, a drill operator said. Hope flickered among those waiting for word of the trapped men and brightened at the decision to send the teams into the shafts. "I never felt so good in all my life," said Mrs. June Heflin. Her brother, Wayne Minor, is among those missing. "If any of them survived the initial explosion, there's a real good chance they're alive down there right now," said Danny Kuhn, a member of another rescue team. Kuhn was trying to save the four persons lulled in a department store fire Nov. 11 in nearby Farmington when a piece of plate glass sliced his leg. He has been on crutches since then. By late Sunday, seven drills were at work, including two high speed units. They are capable of cutting through rock and earth at the rate of about 85 feet per hour. MANNING TON, W. Va. (AP) - Two rescue teams and a drill penetrated into the explosion-battered shafts of a coal mine Sunday night and found clear air but no trace of the 78 men entombed for nearly five days. A drill bored through 795 feet of earth and shale into the roof of a cavern in which it was believed some of the miners might have sought shelter. There was no immediate sign of life, the drill crew said. The rescue teams also found no trace of the missing men. One of the units probed 4.500 feet through the smoldering mine and got within two miles of the Llewellyn shaft, site of the biggest blast when the fire and explosions hit Mountaineer Coal Co. No. 9 mine early Wednesday. "There was clear air in there," Consolidation Coal Co., president John Corcoran told a news conference. Consolidation is Mountaineer's parent firm. The other unit poked 2'2 miles through the labyrinth of passageways farthest from the hardest hit area of the sprawling mine. Corcoran said the teams "found evidence of rock-dust bags having been blown by concussion." Bags of rock dust fir INSM 1H PQS1 ALLIED TROOPS uncover two big stocks of enemy war materiel . . . Page 7 NIXON REPORTED considering Henry Cabot Lodge as a replacement for W. Averell Harriman as chief negotiator at Paris peace talks Page 16 Bridge Column 31 Classified Ads 42-49 Comics 31 Crossword Puzzle 31 Editorials, Columnists 4 Horoscope 31 Obituaries 2 People Speak ( Sports 25-30 Theaters 23 Todav's Activities 16 TV Clock 13 Weather Map, Table IS Women's News 17-19 ' MPVirvpholo) erman and his 20-month-old daughter of Chicago, 111., returned to Miami Sunday after being hijacked to Havana, Cuba, Saturday. ney markets included an immediate $1 billion cut in government spending, a freeze on food, public service andindu-strial goods prices, higher taxes, wage controls, tightened credit, and stimulation of exports. In slow, tremulous tones he blamed the May-June riots and strikes for the monetary-crisis andcalled Frenchmen to arms: "Frenchmen. Frenchmen, what is happening to our money proves once again that life is a struggle, that success takes effort and that the national health demands victory. "If we win, as we can and must . . . we will be able to carry out the reforms, the progress which will make us, surely, an exemplary great people of the modern era." De Gaulle's decision Saturday not to devalue the franc stunned the financial world and caught every French newspaper by surprise. He issued the terse an nouncement Saturday after a marathon cabinet meeting and announced his alternate plan Sunday in a 10-minute radio broadcast. Many commentators interpreted the 78-year-old general's refusal to devalue as characteristic political pride. But he said Sunday he had decided not to devalue because work had resumed full-bore in France after the spring upheavals, economic expansion was developing and foreign commerce was on the rise. PARIS (L'PIi - President Charles de Gaulle Sunday ordered a wartime-style economic austerity program that will hit nearly every French wallet as an alternative to devaluing the franc. He said the sacrifices in wages, prices and taxes would increase French grandeur. De Gaulle's outline for rebuilding the economy and ending the billion-dollar speculation against francs in world mo- Heart Recipient Said 'Serious' By Coiled Press International George Henry DeBord, the nation's longest surviving heart transplant patient, was in serious condition in Houston's St. Luke's Hospital Sunday, a day after a fellow pioneer transplant patient died. Everett C. Thomas, who had been the nation's longest surviving heart transplant recipient, died Saturday after a kidney failure. DeBord, a former contractor who lived in Helotes, Tex., near San Antonio, was receiving oxygen and a hospital spokesman said he showed signs of rejecting his transplanted heart. His condition worsened Friday night Art he was put in a sterile room on St. Luke's third floor where patients are put immediately after transplants.

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