Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 5, 1968 · Page 1
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tuesday, March 5, 1968
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Qitiztn VOL 96 --NO. 56 TUCSON, ARIZONA, TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 1968 56 PASES--10 CENTS FOCUS DISPUTED Johnson Pleased At Copper Talks WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House said today negotiators in the 235-day copper strike were talking over their differences and described President Johnson as "very pleased" that discussions were under way. White House Press Secretary George Christian said representatives of the 26 striking unions were holding separate talks with three of the major strikebound copper firms in the executive office building next door. Talks with the fourth company, Anaconda, were expected later in the day or early tomorrow. "The President is very pleased that representatives of PROBE REOPENS Arson Now Cited In Rest Home Fire By DAVE GREEN Citizen Staff Writer City detectives and fire inspectors have reopened their investigation into the fire where four persons perished last Sept. 23 at the Craycroft Nursing Center-East. The cause of the early morning blaze, which killed four and injured 40 more, tentatively was blamed on an electrical short. Authorities now are terming it a case of arson. he companies and unions came esterday and that they were villing to enter into talks here vith the government represen- atives," Christian said. But he described as "just not ;o" a report that Johnson had urged concentration first on iconomic issues. An industry source had said Johnson had urged the unions to put aside at east temporarily their demands or companywide bargaining, a point which has been a major oadblock to settlement. The industry spokesman reported yesterday Johnson "sug- ested if bargaining was successful on economic issues the Police Chief Bernard L. Garmire confirmed the probe is again under way.' "In cases of this magnitude we never cease checking into angles," he said today. "Subsequent developments indicate it could have been arson." A man known to have been at the scene is the prime suspect in the early morning holocaust which swept through the nursing home at 5835 E. Pima St. at 1:27 a.m. that September morning. A f t e r preliminary i n - vestigation which led nowhere the case lay idle until early this year when authorities from an- Brisk Wind To Remain; Rain Possible Forecast includes Chance of a shower To heighten the local Wildflower power. -- Blue Minidjut Winds will continue their 18-25 mile an hour sweep through Tucson tomorrow, bringing 10 per cent chances of light showers. It will be partly cloudy ton'sht and tomorrow, and generally cooler, according to the weatherman. Tonight's low temperature of 42 to 47 should be followed by a daytime high in the 68-73 range. Today's low was 51, and yesterday's high, 72. Houlton, Me., had the nation's coldest reading this morning, 5 above zero. California's Palm Springs and Thermal shared honors for the high yesterday, with 91 degrees each. At 2 p.m. today, Tucson's temperature was 74, and relative humidity stood at 26 per cent. Full Weather Report, pase 76. other state contacted police and fire investigators here to inquire of a person interviewed at the scene. Tucson detectives say the man currently is a suspect in several arson cases in the neighboring state. They say he has been contacted, but has refused to talk with investigators from Tucson. Records show that on Jan. 29, Detective Rex Angeley conversed by telephone with a law officer from out of state concerning a "suspect in arson case No. 417600,' the official case number for the Craycroft Nursing Home fire. Detectives say they no longer have any doubts that the fire was set. But they say they lack sufficient evidence for the issuance of a warrant at this time. The case currently is being reviewed by a member of the Pima County attorney's office and there is a possibility that authorities here will journey to the neighboring state in the near future to question the man suspected. The suspect reportedly has a record of mental disorder. Fire investigators at first believed the tragic blaze was caused by a short in an electrical appliance -- a fan or heating pad -- in a room where six men were sleeping and that flames jumped to a nearby linen closet. However, a fire inspector told a coroner's jury that this theory had been ruled out. Pieces of an ash tray were found in the linen closet in one of the victims' rooms, leading to specu lation that a smoldering cigarette was the cause. The jury ruled the victims died in a fire "of undetermined origin." Commenting today on probable cause of the blaze, a cilj detective said simply, "Matches." Under His Leadership NIXON SAYS VICTORY VIETNAM POSSIBLE other issues place." might fall into Johnson said the strike has cost copper workers $250 million n wages arid the companies $123 million in after-tax profits. The four major producers involved in the 235-day-old strike -- Kennecott, Anaconda, Phelps Dodge and American Smelting and Refining -- have declined even to discuss the company- wide bargaining issue. The unions representing some 50,000 striking workers want to make each company deal simultaneously with all unions representing its workers at all its facilities, with a common expiration date for all union contracts. Anaconda filed u n f a i r labor practice charges meanwhile against the United Steelworkers and a large group of other Montana unions over the company- wide bargaining issue. The complaint was filed yesterday with the National Labor Relations Board in Seattle, Wash. The NLRB decided last week to seek a federal court restraining o r d e r against the unions after a similar complaint by Kennecott. A Steelworkers' spokesman said, following the President's call for night-and-day talks, that his union would enter such discussions without preconditions -- a stance believed influenced by the NLRB's action on the i Kennecott complaints. The unions are asking a three- year increase of about §1 an hour over-all. Wages now run from $2.66 to $3.67 an hour for various jobs. Johnson told the union company representatives Housebrokeii Poodles Puddles and Peewee, frightened by a trash fire, dashed for home at Portland, Ore. On the way they fell down and broke a leg apiece. Their owners, Mrs. Melba Paulson and Mrs. N e 1 d a Mingetti, first thought the poodles had only barked their shins. (AP Wirephoto) strike is weakening the and the U.S. Red Invaders Are Chased From Captured Hospital dollar in foreign trade, threatening American prosperity and leading toward a pinch in vital supplies for Vietnam. SAIGON (UPI)--Viet Cong soldiers invaded South Vietnam's southernmost provincial capita! today and occupied a civilian hospital for hours, but i South Vietnamese troops rallied JAPANESE OFFICIAL Suicide Note Linked To Leaks To Hughes TOKYO (AP) -- A suicide note has been found in the study of a high official of Japan's self-defense agency who was CR Bill Backers Opposing Inclusion Of Riot Rider WASHINGTON (AP) -- Backers of a civil rights protection- open housing bill, victors in a showdown over bringing the measure to a^vote, vow to fight a bid to hook on an antiriot rider. A measure that could make it a federal crime to go from one state to another -- or to use radio, television or other interstate facilities -- with intent to incite a riot was offered as an amendment by Sens. Frank J. Lausche, D-Ohio, and Strom Thurmond, R-S.C. The antiriot proposal was called up just before the Senate adjourned Monday night after a day in which a seven-week filibuster against the compromise civil rights bill was broken. The vote to close out debate on the compromise measure was 65 to 32, just enough for the required two-thirds majority. Three earlier attempts to invoke the Senate's debate-limiting cloture rule had failed. T h e b i l l ' s supporters jubilantly hailed the vote as assuring Senate passage, although the controversial open-housing section may have to be modified further. With the cloture rule in effect, the compromise and all amendments to it is limited to one hour -- or a total of 100 hours if each senator uses all his allotted time. However, once all the amendments have been acted on, un- limited debate will be possible on passage of the bill. If opponents launch a second filibuster, cloture would have to be voted again. Although President Johnson has called for antiriot legislation, Sen. D-Mich. -- Philip A. Hart, floor manager for the civil rights measure -- said he would resist the Lausche -Thurmond amendment. Hart said such legislation should be handled separately. He also noted the administration has not yet submitted its proposal. Voting on the amendments began quickly after cloture was put into effect. By day's end, seven amendments had been adopted and two rejected. found dead in a water reservoir, police said today. In the note Maj. Gen. Jizo Yamaguchi, 53, said he was taking his life to assume responsibility for "my incapacity which has caused the leakage.'' He had been questioned about the indictment of an air force colonel accused of passing cla? ified defense information to a representative of Howard Hughes' Hughes Aircraft Co. Hughes has been one of the major contractors for Japan's BADGE, Basic Air Defense Ground Environment system. The U. S. firm recently won a $56-million contract from the self-defense agency in a buildup program for BADGE. If investigation reveals that classified defense data was leaked to Hughes, sources said, it coulc hinder the company's efforts to obtain future Japanese military contracts. Yamaguchi, chief of the agency's defense division, was the second high-ranking agency official to commit sucide. Mikio Morita, director of agency's equipment department, killed himself last Oct. 7 while negotiating with the United States on Japanese missile production. Irom the surprise attack and beat them o f f , k i l l i n g 195 of them. The attack on the Mekong Delta town of Quan Long. 150 miles southwest of Saigon, oincided with Viet Cong shelling of seven other provincial capitals and at least five U.S. military bases in the third nationwide Communist offensive n a month. One of the bases hit was Cam ^anh Bay, considered the safest aase in South Vietnam--so safe that President Johnson twice visited there on his two trips to Vietnam. The guerrillas there lobbed in more than ]5 mortar rounds, inflicting some damage. The heaviest fighting was at Quan Long deep in the Ca Mau peninsula of the delta that has long been a Viet Cong Inside Today's Citizen Dr. Alvarez 28 Bridge 29 Citizen Charlie 27 Comics 19 Crossword Puzzle 36 Deaths 31 Editorials 22 Financial News 30, 31 Movie Times 18 Public Records 26 Sports 23-25 TV-Radio Dials 17- Weather 26 Woman's View 7, 8 tronghold. A force of about 400 guerrillas hit before dawn with i thunderous barrage of mor- ars and recoilless rifles. An estimated Communist ompany attacked the hospital bree miles southwest of town and held control for 11 hours, his was a favorite strategy in be Tet offensive for government troops have been reluctant o fire back at hospitals ammed with war casualties. By nightfall South Vietnamese oldiers reported they had the uan Long situation "well in land" and were chasing the remnants of the Viet Cong Battalion to the south and southwest, supported by Allied air strikes, helicopter gunships and artillery. Claims Misuse Of U.S. Power HAMPTON, N.H. ( D P I ) - Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon today promised to "end the war" in Vietnam if elected president. "I pledge to you the new leadership will end the war and win the peace in the Pacific," Nixon said. There were no reports on civilian casualties and government military casualties were described as "light." In addition to killing 195 guerrillas spokesman said five Viet Cong suspects were detained and 11 crew-served weapons and 32 individual weapons were captured along with a sampan loaded with plastic explosives, sives. Two American advisers were wounded. In ground fighting Monday, U.S. and South Vietnamese troops reported killing at least 307 Communists. U.S. Army troops killed at least 206 Viet Cong in a central coastal battle in Phu Yen Province. The Republican presidential candidate, in an address to about 200 people in this seacoast community, said the Johnson Administration had "wasted the nation's military power by using it so gradually, "If it had used at the start the power it is using now, the war would be over," Nixon said. Nixon was in New Hampshire in a quest for votes in the slate's first-in-the-nation presidential primary March 12. Nixon, while not spelling out how he would end the war. saic the nation has never seen "so much power used so ineffectively." "[ do not suggest withdrawal from Vietnam," Nixon said. "I am not suggesting to you, as you heard in this campaign, any push button way to do this. "I am saying to you it is possible if we mobilize our economic and political and diplomatic leadershp. It can be ended. "The failure in Vietnam is not the failure of our fighting men, but the failure of our leadership in Washington, D.C., to back them up." The former vice president also warned that the Soviet Union has rapidly overtaken the United States in strategic capabilities during the Administrations of Johnson and the late President John F. Kennedy. "When President Eisenhower left office, the power balance was 7-1," Nixon said. "Today, it is 2-1 and unless we get a change, we're going to find that the Soviet Union will reach us and pass us in the next four years. "We can't afford to let happen," he said. that "The respect for America is not what it was. When respect for Am°rica has fallen so low that a fourth rate power like North Korea will seize an American ship in open seas, it's time for new leadership," Nixon said. Nixon has repeatedly spoken of a need for "new leadership" since the seizing of the spy ship USS Pueblo in January by North Korea. War Hero Actor's Son Burns Card LOS ANGELES (UPI)--The 19-year-old son of Sterling Hayden, the actor who won a Silver Star for heroism during World War II today burned his d r a f t induction papers during a demonstration against the Vietnam war and the Selective Service System. Christian Hayden said he would refuse induction into the Armed Forces and expects to go to jail for his stand. The crowd of about 100 protestors cheered as young Hayden burned the papers. ,"·', He said his father, a U.S. Marine captain in the second world war, supported him in his decesion to defy induction. "We talked it over several times in the last eight months, and I telephoned him a couple of days ago and talked with him," the youth said. "He backs me all the way. He's in full accord with me--my whole family is." Young Hayden said he vya^s prepared to be indicted and to stand trial. "And if there are no irregularities in my trial, I expect to go to jail," he added. Hayden was among a group of about 100 young men and women who gathered outside the Armed Forces Induction Station here to protest. Doiv Jones Averages NEW YORK (AP) -- Dow Jones 3 p.m. stock averages: 30 Industrials 825.07 Off 5.49 20 Rails 2K.52 Off 1.83 15 Utilities 126.37 Off 0.96 Volume -- 9,780,000 REPORTS ON S.F. MEETINGS Laos Sees Court Fight For OEO By MARGARET KUEHLTHAU Citizen Staff Writer Unless Gov. Jack Williams reverses his decision to take over the state's poverty program, the future of Arizona's poverty program "may be fought out in the courts," Paul E. Laos Jr. said today. ''The battle is on," Laos reported from San Francisco, adding that "most poverty war officials believe the governor has been misinformed as to the Arizona law and Office of Economic Opportunity requirements." Laos, president of the Tucson Committee for Economic Opportunity (TCEO), is attending a two-day conference on Iv'ation- al Community Development Associations and the Western Regional Conference for the OEO. He said the majority of poverty war officials from Arizona's 13 counties have expressed the belief that Arizona law "allows cities and small towns to contract directly v ' - h the. federal government in the OEO program." "We (Arizona's poverty war officials) hope the governor won't force the issue," Laos said. "Obviously, the governor thinks he is the only person authorized to contract wit^ any federal agency for the poverty program. .1! "We believe this is a fallacious belief. Most of Arizona's poverty believe war the board OEO presidents program is Gov. Williams says he. not trying to put local antipoverty programs under state control. (Sec Page 4). should remain on the local, or grass roots, level. This is the way it was set up. This is the intent of the law." Laos said the OEO's regional office "is trying to slay out of the argument." However, Larry Horan, director of the regional office in San Francisco, is scheduled to meet with Williams Friday, Laos said several representatives from the governor's office are attending the San Francisco meetings and "there has been most objective discussion the issue." on Locally, the Tucson Branch of the National Association for £he Advancement if Colored People-,, has gone on record opposii)g takeover of the state's poverty program by the governor. /" ·'·' ·' ·. «. An NAACP spokesman saijl Arizona's "past record^in handling cases of discrimination against minority people has been so poor that Arizona is one of only 14 states nxjt deferred to in such cases government." by the federal

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