Independent from Long Beach, California on February 24, 1969 · Page 4
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Long Beach, California
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Monday, February 24, 1969
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A-4--INDEPENDENT (AM) Lone »e»ch, Calif., Monday, ftt. 24, 1«» PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) VIETNAMESE MAN cries in anguish as lie carries a dying child through crowd following rocket attack on Saigon Sunday. At least 10 persons were killed, 20 wounded, many of them children. --AP Wlrephoto CONG OFFENSIVE namese civilians, the six killed night in Saigon. * * * * "WE DO BELIEVE this is their offensive," a U.S. headquarters spokesman said Sunday night. But early today a U.S. command communique indicated the attacks were slackening off: Initial reports indicate there were fewer such attacks than occurred on (the previous night), the communique said. "Overall casualties and damage were reported as light." The U.S command struck back hard from the air at Communist positions 27 to 67 miles north of Saigon. Five B-52 missions dropped more than a million pounds of bombs there Sunday and today. In the attacks reported o v e r n i g h t , Communist gunners slammed rockets or mortar shells into the p r o v i n c e capitals of Chuong Thien and Kon- tum, 102 miles southwest and 2GO miles northwest of S a i g o n , respectively. They were the 19th and 20th province capitals hit since Saturday night, meaning the Reds have shelled nearly half the nation's 46 province centers. ONK CIVILIAN was reported killed and six . wounded at Chuong Thien. ; No injuries were reported at Kontum, or at the dis- , trict town of Binh Chanh, only 11 m i l e s southwest of Saigon. New shelling attacks were directed at U.S. military installations overnight, including two | against the U.S. Army h e a d q u a r t e r s a t Long Binh, 15 miles from the 1 capital. Casualties and damage were reported light at all locations. Da Nang, South Vietnam's second largest city, was under a 2-1-hour curfew and Saigon was braced for more, rocket barrages. (Continued from Page A-l) At dusk Sunday stich as Sunday three more rockets thudded into Saigon, killing at least six persons and wounding 22. Among the dead were a 21-year-old woman and a 9-year-old girl. A number of children were wounded, some seriously. * * + * SIX PERSONS were killed and at least. 10 wounded in the opening rocket atlacks that began about 2 a.m. Sunday. Most of the injuries Sunday resulted when a rocket landed in a hamlet across the Saigon River from the downtown section, authorities said. Just before nightfall Sunday one rocket landed barely 100 yards behind the U.S. embassy and only a few blocks from the residence of U.S. Ambassador E l l s w o r t h Bunker. It struck a small building housing an export firm but none of the 11 em- ployes inside was hurt. One blast brought squads of Marines rushing to the embassy, occupied briefly by Communist troops at the beginning of the Tet offensive a year ago. Another rocket fired Sunday night landed less than 50 yards from the Rex Bachelor Officers Quarters for U.S. troops and only a few feet from the Rex theater, jammed with moviegoers. Officers said at l e a s t 500 Americans were inside the BOQ, including crowds in its rooftop bar and restaurant, ant. The rocket hit a parking garage, r i p p e d a hole through the roof and injured a South Vietnamese worker inside. Eighteen of South Vietnam's 46 province capitals came under fire from more than 1,000 rockets and mortar shells before dawn Sundav. NEAR-RLIZZARD ENDS HUNT FOR 5 SKIERS BIG BEAR CITY MB -A search near Big Bear Lake for four Explorer Scouts and their adult leader had to be suspended Sunday night because of near-blizzard conditions in the rugged terrain. The five missing persons had left Fawnskin on the north shore of the lake Saturday morning to trail ski to Green Valley about 10 miles to the west, authorities said. The scout leader was identified as Dr. Michael Pasternak of Pacific Palisades. Authorities said the scouts were Eddie Manz of Santa Monica. Albert Silverburg of West Los Angeles, Rob Ritinur.vr of Santa Monica and Burton Ellsworth. Pasternak's wife had waited in a car at Green Valley Lake for the group a n d n o t i f i e d a u t h o r i t i e s when they failed to arrive by nightfall Saturday. The San Bernardino here lest t h e British, I-'rench, West Germans or Italians took offense at not being first. Diplomacy Is Nixon's Guideline Xo Flallery, Rhetoric or Tributes By MAX FRANKKL N'cw York Times Service BRUSSELS -- Within a few minutes of his arrival in Europe Sunday night, President Nixon had set the tone for his entire tour, no; by what he said but by u h u t he did not say. Eschewing what ho called ".showboat diplomacy," Nixon offered Brussels none of the inflated rhetoric by which others have sought 10 flatter it as I he "Capital of Europe." Nor did he rattle the might of the "Grand Alliance" that makes its headquarters in Brussels. Surrounded on all sides by the abundant, symbols of United States military and industrial might, on the continent, Nixon offered himself in the low key that he believes the .sensitivities of the Western Allies now require SO HE SPOKE against nothing except "aggressive nationalism" and only for peace and "a sense of cooperation or obligation" to neighbors. He had come only to consult and to gather judgments, he said, modestly dropping from his arrival statement even an innocuous tribute to the great Flemish artists whose work has been whisked off to the Museums of the New World. If Nixon needed any reminder of the usefulness of modesty, he obtained it quickly on the drive from the airport into Brussels. Flanking the portals of the Brussels International Airport were the custodians of American rental car agencies. The biggest signs along his route were for Esso, Gulf and Caltex gasoline, for the Pan American and Transworld Airlines that carried the press party, and for the Hilton Hotel, wall-to-wall American style, in which the President spent the night. * * * * BROODING massively at one side of the road was the huge new headquarters compound of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, (NATO) the symbol of U.S. nuclear protection for Western Europe but also of the failure of genuine military integration among the allies. It is an annex to Brussels, not a part of it ---just like the headquarters of the European Economic Community on the other side of the city. The President chose to start his tour in Brussels to meet first with the officials of these two organizations, which had long borne the hopes of Americans for genuine political unity in Western Europe and partnership across the Atlantic. But the competing national interests of the larger nations on Nixon's itinerary have frustrated those hopes and made it all the more necessary to start the tour County sheriff's office said heavy snow, strong winds and freezing temperatures hampered rescue efforts Sunditv. NIXON POSES BEFORE STARTING POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS With Belgian Premier Gaston Eyskcns Inside Royal Palace in Brussels --AP \vfreptlolo PRESIDENT IN BRUSSELS (Continued from Page A-l) American national anthem at the airport. The presidential j e t l i n e r h a d touched down from its seven-hour flight only minutes before. A group of the 500 persons on the airport rooftop began shouting while a pro-Nixon faction shouted "Sock It to Them, Dick" and applauded. B L A C K - U N I F O R M E D Belgium police stepped in and hustled away half a dozen of the young demonstrators, but later released them. The whole incident only lasted a few moments, but it was an ominous start to an eight- day, six-nation trip Nixon hopes will give him a chance to get to personally know his European allies. Nixon remained impassive 'throughout the shouting, but the 38-year-old king quickly lost his smile and his face turned stem until police stopped the demonstration. With the temperature dropping towards freezing after a sunny day, only a handful of bystanders lined the route as Nixon and Baudouin drove the eight miles from the airport into the royal palace for an hour and a half of consultations with Belgian leaders. * * * * A MOMENT after the chanting stopped at the airport, Nixon made his opening speech of the trip, which he has stressed is designed not to "lecture the Europeans" but to "listen to them." He said "the search for . . . peace is what brings me now to Europe to begin the process of consulting with America's allies and gathering their judgments." For his part, Baudouin welcomed Nixon with the hope that "your journey and your interviews (may) provide an opportunity for friendly nations better to j combine their efforts to I solve the problems on ! which the very f u t u r e of i mankind depends. I "May they also make ! easier a sincere dialogue ! and sound agreements ! with those who are governed by other political systems, and so share the awe-inspiring responsibility for world peace." The tenor of Nixon's airport speech set the tone I'or his trip. During his visits to Belgium, England, West Germany, Italy, France and the Vatican, he will hold discussions with leaders ranging from French President Charles de Gaulle to Pope Paul VI. He has said the subject will be peace -- and he wants to hear what other nations have to say. NIXON ALSO faces a renewed conflict in Europe, with Britain and France once again battling over an attempt by De Gaulle to lock the United States out of the area. (Story, Page A-5). When Nixon and Baudouin arrived at the palace gates, a small group of people applauded them. Otherwise there was little show of demonstration, although Nixon is the first U.S. President to visit Belgium since Woodrow Wilson in 1319. King Baudouin left the palace after conferring for lo minutes with Nixon, but the President remained to hold discussions with Premier Gaston Eyskens and Foreign Minister Pierre Hamel. U.S. Secretary of State William P. Rogers accompanied Nixon. The 75-minute meeting ended at 11:45 p.m., about 35 minutes behind schedule, and Nixon went to the hotel where he and his party are spending the night. * * * * A CROWD of about 300 spectators lined the street to the hotel behind police barricades and, as a motorcycle police escort preceded the presidential l i m - ousine, the crowd began "Sock to clap and shout: It to 'Ihem, Dick." Despite the cold, the President did not rush photographers and obligingly posed for them. The lobby of the hotel was crowded with more friendly faces and the president waved as be made his way to the elevators. A small girl in a green dress held above the crowd by a woman waved vigorously at the President and received a beaming smile and special wave in return. A court spokesman said there would be no commu- nique from the Belgian side on the talks until after the President lias left the country. A ; * * PRESIDENTIAL p r e s s spokesman Ronald Ziegler later said Nixon and Baudouin talked privately for about 30 minutes and that underdeveloped countries were among the subjects discussed. The President then met for about one hour and 35 minutes--somewhat longer than scheduled--with Eyskens and Hannel, Rogers and Henry Kissinger, special adviser to the president I'or n a t i o n a l security affairs. Among the subjects discussed were NATO in general and associated military problems and other areas of cooperation including the East-West relations, Ziegler said. The spokesman said Nixon was "deeply impressed by the substance of the talks" and appreciated the "creative ideas" raised in them. The President will fly to London next for I wo days of consultations with the British. IKE (Continued from Page A-l) eral had successfully survived an operation which a private surgeon told the Associated Press Saturday night entailed "a terrible risk" for Eisenhower because of his age, 78, and especially because of his past medical and surgical history. This history includes the seven major heart attacks, a cerebral stroke and various other medical illnesses. His surgical history has included major operations for ileiiis, a serious infection of the small intestine; gall bladder trouble; and an appendectomy. Gen. Hughes said the obstruction which necessitated the operation was found to be due to two separate large "adhesive bands" resulting from previous surgery. This confirmed a forecast made Saturday night by a private surgeon who said in Eisenhower's case the obstruction was most likely due to "adhesions" which are formations of tough, scar tissue which can sometimes develop as a result of abdominal surgery. These "adhesions" can become attached to the in- icstine in such a way that they can cause kinks or I\vists in it creating a blockage of flow through the intestine. But Gen. Hughes said that surgeons found Eisenhower's latest obstruction had nothing directly to do with his operation for ilei- iis in 195G. THAT IS, lie explained, the new connection between the small intestine and the large intestine, created at the timo of the original operation 13 years aTMo, was found to be completely open, functional, and "uninvolved in any inflammatory process." While "Gen. H u g h e s termed the operation itself "successful" he offered no details on Eisenhower's condition or the prospects for his recovery. He said that the opera- GEN. EISENHOWER Most Recent Photo tion was performed by a seven-man team of surgeons headed by Lt. Gen. Leonard D. Heaton, the surgeon general of [he Army. In announcing that surgery was to be done, the doctors said the five-star general and his wife, Mamie, had accepted "with equanimity" the decision of the doctors to operate. * * * * EISENHOWER was visited Stmday by John and Barbara, the former President's son and daughter- in-law, and Dr. Milton Eisenhower. Dr. Milton Eisenhower is the 78-year-old general's brother. His wife, Mamie, came to the hospital Saturday night from the couple's Gettysburg, Pa., home. Reports from the hospital, prior to his latest operation, had told of slow but encouraging recovery for the old warrior who was very close to death last summer. Since then, though, he has been receiving visitors, including Lyndon B. Johnson, when he was president, and more recently Richard M. Nixon, both before and after his election to the presidency. The White House said Nixon is being kept fully advised of Eisenhower's condition. SOUTHLAND'S HEART RECIPIENT DOING OK Richard Charles Newell, the Southland's first heart t r a n s p l a n t patient, was still "progressing satisfactorily" Sunday at Harbor General Hospital in Torrance. "His vital signs are stable," a hospital spokesman said. "His condition is guarded, which means it would still be considered critical." Newell, a 58-year-old Oxnard grocer, received the heart of a 23-year-old woman gunshot victim Thursday in an eight-hour operation by an 18-member transplant team. IT'S FUN TO LUNCH Ml WEbVH 5 ... Special Sandwiches with Salad from $1.00 to our famous $1.95 Prime Rib Dinner . . . try our mystery luncheon, it may be FREE. WELCH'S -- 4401 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach -- Reservations Call GA 2-1225 Serving 7 Days a Week IF YOU HAVE TO BE STRANDED! -THIS MUST BE THE PLACE By STAN LEPPAKD Staff Writer Despite the grim knowledge they were cut off from the world, spirits remained high among a brave l i t t l e band of 15 victims trapped by a mudslide in Azusa Sunday night. They cutild only wait and hope for rescue learns lo arrive. Hut not too quickly. They were trapped in the Canyon Inn, at 020D San Gabriel Canyon Road, when an avalanche of trees and rnud blocked the roadway. There was plenty of food and plenty of spirits to stay high on. A telephone call to the disaster area picked up background noises that indicated the victims were bearing up well under t h e i r plight, with music and voluble conversation. The u n i d e n t i f i e d male voice t h a i answered was asked if (here was any panic because of Hie slide. "What slide?" was the response. "The mudslide. The slide caused by the storm." "The who?" said the voice. "Storm. The new rain. The storm." The voice went away from the telephone for a while while undistinguishable shouts went back and forth, then returned. "Nobody here named Storm. Sony," it said. The line went dead. Hut dc.spile ihe brave front, panic must have been near the surface -verging on hysteria. Hccause it sounded as though everyone was laughing. ONLY 4 MORE DAYS to take advantage of the IU:\IM;IH»\ UPHOLSTERY SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28th IS YOUR LAST CHANCE YOUR CHOICE OF EVERY SOFA, CHAIR, LOVE SEAT OR OTTOMAN . . . YOUR CHOICE OF EVERY HENREDON DECORATOR FABRIC. LAK PRICE PLEASE NOTE: FRIDAY is ALSO THE LAST DAY FOR VERY SPECIAL PRICES ON SELECT WOOD PIECES OF DREXEL, HERITAGE AND HENREDON. I IDKO IESCH mVHKt fine fi/niiliirs since 1916 IONG BEJ K BtVO. 1975 LONG KKACH BLVD., LONGIiEACU 'HONE 591-1347 LIBERALTERMS FREE PARKING DESIGNER ASSISTANCE Si ore] lours; 9:30 lo 5:30 Daily Friday 12:30 to 9 P.1VI. trtiNTic Ayr,

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