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ortfjtoest Th« Public Intent* It Tht First Concern Of Thi» Newspaper Unwtttod with ptttlbto Mi e v e r t thundenhawMt *ff- in« afternoon; clearing Friday; barometer 29.75 filling wind* SE-. precipitation pest 24 hours .76: sunset todiy 6:91: tunris* Friday 5:43. High Low Expected today M 72 « Wednesday »» , 31 lOfth YtAR-NUMMR 261 FAYtTTIVlUE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 1969 PACK-TIN Nixon Vows Reconnaissance Flights Will Continue-Under Fighter Guard (TWESphoto by Ken Good) THE CROWDS DEPART . . . only two people (fotoer left) remain to imtch two protesters, indicated by arrow, this morning. Cold, Rainy Weather Cools Fervor Of UA Tree Sitters The great tree sit-in on the University of Arkansas campus, which reached an anti-climax during a night of chill winds and rain, was apparently over this afternoon. A pair of soggy youths remained perched in the great tree near the Student Union this morning, but planned to come down at noon. The crowds which earlier had thronged around the tree to jeer and cheer a succession of youths who squatted in i t s branches since Tuesday w e r e missing this morning. The tree sitters have been carrying on a protest against a variety of things started Tuesday by Stephen Pollard Jr.. a Taunton, Mass.. non-student who m o u n t e d the tree to "escape humanity" and protest the Vietnamese war, mistreatment of minorities and other matters. Humanity in the shape of the UA administration and t w o FayetteviUe policemen caught up with Pollard Wednesday. Charged witli Ire.spassing. lie w · f arraigned in Municipal Court and released on S500 bond. VIGII. CONTINliKS Other youths, mostly dressed as hippies, took up Pollard's vigil, which he said was to have ended at noon today. This morning's sitters identified themselves by names t h a t do not appear in the current UA student directory. It was n o t clear whether they Rave their correct names. Joe Saunders. a student who took up the protest when police arrested Pollard, climbed down about 5 p.m. Thursday. 2,'J hours after going up. Saunders. from Benton, who has long h a i r and ARKANSAS WEATHER ARKANSAS - Widely scattered showers and chance of thundershowers north portions this morning, otherwise mostly cloudy northeast and clearing in southwest today, becoming generally fair over all of state tonight and Saturday. wears one gold earring, said he came down from the tree because he was scared. He said he had heard threatening remarks against him and felt that organized groups on campus were "out to get me." Eggs and fire crackers were thrown at Saunders and h i s supporters, who sat at the base of the tree. After Saunders climbed down, a succession of sitters took up position in the tree. Included were students John Little of Raleigh, Miss., a n d T o m m y Snow of Mountain Home. A group of si.x to eight students camped on the ground under the tree for a time Thurs day night. They were sheltered from intermittent rain and temperatures in the 40's by a clear plastic sheet draped over a t r e e limb. They had disappeared this morning. i CROWDS GATHER j I Large crowds of students j :gathered around the front of ithe Student Union building! Thursday night, but most a p - i ·peared mure interested in t h e ! results of the student election I held Thursday than in the tree! sitters. i When s t u d e n t officials decided to move ballot counting from the Student Union to the old library building, most of the crowd followed. A small band appeared under jthe tree for a time and accompanied protesters in singing i peace songs. I Pollard originally climbed the tree, according to a n o t i c e posted at the base, to protest the war in Vietnam and discrimination against minority groups in the United States. | Little was quoted as saying j"we are here because we believe that tree climbing is part of the American tradition . . . 1 believe that people ought to be able to climb trees without ! being the brunt of any redneck j w h o happens to have a r a w egg in his hands." At one point Thursday night, empty beer cans and n t h o r debris littered the ground beneath the tree, but early today the debris was stacked against the base of the tree. Czechs Quiet As Old Guard Takes Over PRAGUE (AP) -- Police and soldiers guarded strategic points in Czechoslovakia today against possible disturbances in protest of the replacement of Al exander Dubcek as Communist party chief by a pro-Moscw Slovak. The nation learned officially for the first time that another of the leading reformers also had been ousted from a top leadership role. The official news agency CTK reported that Josef Smrkovsky had been dropped from the eight, man executive committee of the Communist party presidium, and that the Presidium had been cut from 21 to 11 members. Duhcek remained in the Presidium, the ruling body of the party. Two new members were added, trade union leader Karcl Polacek and Parliament Presi dent Petr Colotka, both regarded as reformers in the Dubcek tradition. The names CTK listed on the new Presidium were identical to those reported Thursday night by the Bulgarian News Agency. But this was the first official word of the changes to reach the Czechoslovak p e o p l e through their nation's own me dia. HUSAK CHOSEN The 190-member Central Committee of the Communist party at a crisis meeting Thursday named Gustav Husak, the dour head of the Slovak Communist party, to take over the party leadership from Dubcek, who held it since January 1968. Truckloads of police reinforcements and army armored cars were outside university buildings, at the National Assembly, near student dormitories and at factories. No plans for demonstrations were reported. Moscow was said to have warned the Soviet occupation troops would step in if local forces could not keep order. Prague airport reopened to normal traffic today after closing to commercial planes Thursday night. Airport employes said Russian officers had appeared at the control tower. fing Draws Innocent Pleas Two FayetteviUe men have pleaded innocent in Washington Circuit Court to a charge of heating Arkley Garrett, 57, of Finger Road, to death behind the Swap Shop, 222 S. College Aye. Arthur Boyd. 41. pleaded innocent to a first degree murder charge Thursday in an appear ance before Circuit Judge Maupin Cummings. John S. Guthrie. 21, pleaded i n n o c e n t to the charge earlier in the week. Garrett's body was found in front of the Swap Shop early the morning of April 11. Coroner Dr. John W. Vinzant said he died of severe injuries to his head, body and limbs. Fayottoville police arrested Guthrie and Ro.vd later t h a t morning for investigation of murder. Police believe t h a t Guthrie and Boyd were d r i n k ing wine w i t h Garretl the night of April 10 at a vacant house behind the Swap Shop when a fight broke out between Garrett and at least one of the suspects. Destruction Of U. S. Plane Described As 'Unprovoked' WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pres-l responsibility of commanders to idem Nixon ordered today con- do ever.vthing necessary to pro- tinuance of reconnaissance tect them, he added. plane flights near North Korea and declared "they will he protected." Nixon reported the flights had oeen discontinued after the shooting down of one of the unarmed planes Tuesday by North Korean jets. Then he said: "1 have today ordered that these f l i g h t s he continued. They will he pro :ccted. That is not a threat. It is merely a statement of f a c t . " Nixon told his f i f t h news conference as President, inre Island In Rural Minnesota A Minnesota farm family, more accustomed lo prairie life than island dwelling. keeps a rnwbnat (left) tied near the back dnor of t h e house as rising waters of the Red River slowly close In. (AP Wircphoto) Sirhan Awaits Sentence After Guilty Verdict LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sirhan Bishara Sirhan is guilty of first-degree murder for assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Now. the same jury that convicted him must decide whether he lives or dies. The penalty phase of Sirhan's trial begins Monday and is ex- pected to last no more t h a n a day or two. The jury will choose one of two sentences: life in prison or death in the gas chamber. A life sentence precludes parole for at least seven years. Unknown until he murdered the 42-year-old presidential candidate last June. S i r h a n tried-Administration Plans Food Packets For Capital Needy WASHINGTON ( A P ) -- The Nixon administration, moving to meet some of the problems turned up by a Senate probe of hunger in the capital, will provide special food packets for some 45,001) needy mothers and children. The decision to supply $.'i million worth of "food for health" packets in Washington, s i m i l a r j Lo a program instituted earlier! in 78 smaller communities, was sponsored by Sen. Jacob K. Jav its. R-N.V., and announced Thursday in his office by Secretary of Agriculture Clifford M. Hardin. It enabled the Republican ad ministration to seize the i n i t i a - tive on the hunger problem, which until now has been held by a Democratic-controlled Senate committee headed by George S. McGovorn. I) S.D. .lavits. senior Republican on the committee, moved into the situation after reportedly becoming upset earlier in the week when the administration's revised budgrt failed to add anything to government food programs except $15 million for nutrition education. Using his influence behind the scenes, he arranged for H a r d i n to make the announcement within hours after the committee closed three days of hearings on hunger problems in Washington. H a r d i n announced two pro grams: The supplemental food packets, which c o n t a i n iron enriched baby cereal, fruit juice, evaporated m i l k , corn s.vrup. peanut butter, canned meats and poullrv. w i l l be Riven to needy mothers, pregnant women and young children free at h e a l t h renters in W a s h i n g t o n . N'ixon pictured the reconnais- ance f l i g h t s as part of the defense strategy for those forces. He said "we have had a policy of reconnaissance flights for 20 years." The shooting down of the plane Tuesday apparently cost .'(1 American lives. Nixon apparently ruled out earlier t h i s week a n y m i l i t a r y r e t a l i a t i o n - - s u c h as an air strike against the North Korean base from which the fighter planes took off. He decided instead on a pro- sponse to the first question, t h a t ; lest directly to North Korea. HSIJIlIfIPIHSSI.IhS'UHSIim.lliLilW.i.',:li.ifI', ?".|'»MM ,lhl|:IVII· NEWS BRIEFS Royal Funeral Weapons Seized In Raid On Minuteman's Home COU.INSVlU.fi. 111. ( A P ) Ten U.S. Treasury agents seized nearly 1,000 submachine guns lind large quantities of other arms and ammunition Thursday in » mid on the home of Richard A. I.auehli Jr.. 42. identified as * former leader ol the Illinois Minutcmcn. U.S. Atty. Richard Kaglcton, laid Lnuchli was taken into custody under the omnibus crime today before U.S. Commissioner their inventory and more were expected to he added. Some machine guns were found in and around l.auchli's home and MO turned up in an abandoned garage about two miles a w a y , Kagleton said the agents also found in the house about. !JO hand grenades, seven rockets and a rocket launcher. 25 rifles and shotguns and several thousand rounds of ammunition of var- William fiiffin in Springfield.'ions typos. m, Thr federal official said The agents said they hiul| l.auchli bought most of the Counted more t h a n 800 siilnnn 'Thompson submachine guns as ~ ~ i funi at the beginning o f ' s c r a p metal I nun « Utah m i l l ' l a r y i n s t a l l a t i o n in IfllM. Some had holes drilled in t h e m to make them unusable. "This stuff was junk in a way. but in the hands of l.auchli it was being turned into very of foctivc weapons." Kagleton said. Ho described l.auchli as » "really proficient m a c h i n i s t . " l.auchli was paroled Fob. 20 from tho federal penitentiary at Torre Haute. Ind.. "here ho was serving a 2'i year sentence for illegal manufacture, sale and shipment of firearms. Ho was arrostcd after negotiating with undercover agonls for the sale of JI7.IKIO worth of wrapons. I. A U S A \ N K . Swit/orlann" (AP) - Funeral rites for ex . Q u e e n Viclnria-F'ugenia o f l Spain were held here today.! with three kings and queens and I scores nf other members nf F.u ropoan royal f a m i l i e s nltcmlini;. j The queen, a g r a n d d a u g h t e r of Queen Victoria of F.ngland. died at her villa hist Tuesday a t , the age of 81. i Praises Nixon NEW D K L I I I . India ( A P ) : In his valedictory news confer enco, U.S. Ambassador Chester, Bowles praised President Nixon i i today as one who knows I n d i a . ! "He's one of the few prosi-| dents who have been here." h o ] said. "Which gives him a good! head s t a r t . " Capitol Threatened I.ACOS. Nigeria (AP) - . Unconfirmed reports snid today Nigerian troops wore fighting oil tho outskirts nf Umuahia. tho a d m i n i s t r a t i v e capital of secessionist Biafra. Brig. Hassan K a t s i n n . Nino, r i a n chief nf M a l f . declined to confirm or deny thr report. Weather Improves Mild, s u n n y w e a f h e r is the outlook for the weekend in A r - kansas. Showers t h a t rnamecl the s t a t e Thursday n i g h t , b r i n g i n g h a i l to C n n w a y and other poinls. w e r e d i s s i p a t i n g today. The forecast called for gen e v a l l y f a i r skies over the .state t o n i g h t a n d S a t u r d a v , w i t h tern peratures cool t n u i g h t and m i l d S a l u r d a v . No Survivors W A S H I N G T O N " l A P ) The even after the first-degree ver diet Thursday--to put testimony about the Arab-Israeli conflict into the court record. Sirhan, passionately partisan to the Arab cause, said his love for Kennedy turned to hate when he decided the Now York senator was pro Israel. Defense counsel Grant. R Cooper asked to bring witnesses representing Arab countries to the penalty phase "to show the s u r r o u n d i n g circumstances" of Sirhan's youth in war-torn Palestine "so the jury can understand t h e situation and understand his f r a m e of mind more f u l l y . " The defense is allowed to bring out background and other mitigating circumstances dur ing the penalty phase. But the state argued t h a t such witnesses as Cooper mentioned - - n o n e knows Sirhan --would have no more relevance to the t r i a l than experts on World War II or the Korean conflict. Judge Herbert V. Walker denied Coop ' cr's motion NOT HIS IDF.A Cooper, who said "it is not my view" that the testimony s h o u l d ! bn heard, asked his 25 year old client if he had expressed his wishes. " B e a u t i f u l . " snid .Sirhan. It was his only audible comment in the courtroom a f t e r the verdict. John K. Howard, a d r p u t v dis t r i c t attorney who has spnkrn in f a v o r of d e a t h penalties, w i l l present the state's a r g u m e n t on a sentence to the jury which re jected the defense c o n t e n t i o n and a month's w o r t h nf p s y c h i a . | t r i e t e s t i m o n y t h a t Sirlian w a s ' Inn m e n i a l l y ill to be g u i l t y o( f i r s t degree murder. " W e w i l l cile f a c t s : his lack n f i r e m n i s e and the effect nf p n h t i ca! a s s a s s i n a t i o n on the demo- c r a t i c process." Howard said. "It u i ! l bo e x p l a i n e d to the j u r y t h a i it ( h i e or d e a t h i w i l l IIP in t h e i r a b s o l u t e discretion Thev now h a v e to e v a l u a t e in t h e i r conscience a proper pfii.il!'." U.S., Japan to Pay Micronesian Claims Jie North Korean attack on the KC121 had been "unprovoked, deliberate, without warning." He reported the plane was f l y - ing a w a y from North Korea at .he time of the attack because ts mission had been "aborted", .hat is it had ben canceled. Presumably the cancellation MIGS SPOTTKI) was ordered because U.S. r a d a r liad picked up the take off of two MIG fighter planes from a North Korean field. The plane, Nixon said, had never gone closer than 40 miles to the Korean coast and at the time of the attack was 90 miles from North Korea over the in ternational sea. The reason for the roconnais- ance flights. Nixon said, is the threats and hostile actions against South Korea by North Korea. He noted the United States has 56.000 troops in South Kn rpa and said thr threats against South Korea are also threats against those troops. It is the Prior to his 11:30 a . m . EST news conference today, thft President ordered a protest issued against the "calculated act of aggression" by North Korea n shooting d o w n the unarmed \C\2\ reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Japan last Tuesday. The protest, delivered at a 46- ninute. meeting at the P a n m u n - iom t r u c e site earlier today, was the first official U.S. rear- inn since the plane wss downed and the 31 crewmen apparently lost. The relatively mild-worded statement, which called on North Korea "to prevent similar incidents in the future." had left unanswered questions about what if any retaliation the Unn 1 ed States might make and how future reconnaissance flights would he protected. Until today's news conference, broadcast live by radin and television. Nixon himself had not spoken publicly about (CONTINUED 6N PAGE TWO! In Separate Battles Viet Cong Take Heavy Toll SAIGON* ( A P ) -- The Viet Cung k i l l e d at least 51 South Vietnamese and wnunded 93 Thursday in two battles a few hours and 12 miles apart in the Mekong Delta, reports from the area said today. In the first battle. Viet Cong troops before d a w n attacked an i n f a n t r y post manned by about 100 m i l i l i a m r n nnd a team of ci- Israel, Jordon Trade Gunfire Pentagon reporter! t n d a y search I e f f o r t s nff the N o r t h ' Korean I TOKYO ' A P coast h a v e f a i l e d i n l o c a t e any M,,. (;,,ii r ,| s t a l e s i m i ' o r s of the K C I 2 I reron tui 1 sauce plane siint d o w n Tues d a \ by N o r t h K o r e a n jets. Vows Vengeance T A I Y K H F . H . Occupied Jordan (AP) Tho f a t h e r of Sirhan! 1 " J a p a n and [reed today lo pay J.'i n i i l h n n each in s e t t l e iiieni of M i c n m e s i a n c l a i m s for World \Var 11 d a m a g t s The 1' S K.'iih.issy mid ( ' h a l t e d A l l . i i i e s ] a \ i d I . O s a n d Foreign M i n i s t e r K i i - v i l i a n p a c i f i c a t i o n workers.. 12 miles n o r t h w e s t of Rac Lieu and 125 miles south of Saigon. Field reports said the Viet Cong overran tho post, k i l l i n g 1ft m i l i t i a m e n and six p n c i f i c n t i o n workers and wuunding 19. In addition, seven m i l i t i a m e n and throe p a c i f i c a t i o n workers were missing, and AP photngrapher Henri Huet reported f r n m Rac Lieu t h a t there was no word of the f a m i l i e s of the soldiers, who customarily live in or near such post s.. Reinforcements f r o m th« South V i e t n a m e s e 21st Division cached t h e pust about ( l a w n but j t h e Viet Ccing had pulled on!, l l e a v i n g the bodies of ; j of their l i n e n . South V i e t n a m e s e o f f i c i a l s said By T D K ASSOCIATED PHF.SS F I G H T I'.Kt IMS Isniel and Jordan traded nlle Abuut 12 miles to the north- anrl mortar f i r e across the Jor j w e s t . a n o t h e r m i l i t i a i ompany dan River today for t h o f o u r l h ' r a n i n t o Viet Cong troops during straight day. Kach .side said t h e ^ h o a f t e r n o o n while searching other started i t . and each said i t - f o r 73mm howitzers t h a t hart suffered no losses. ; s h e l l e d tho nearby t o w n of \M The Israelis SHU! s m a l l a r m s ' T h a n h . Helicopters rushed in f i r e was directed ,nt Israeli two b a t t . i l i n n s f r o m thr South V i e t n a m e s e 21.t D n i M o n . a n d the b a t t l e ragrd u n t i l about 3 l a t e r m o r t a r s h e l l s fell nn a n n t h l a . m . Inda;. er k i b b u t z itt M n a y H a i m i A sweep of l l : e a i e a a f t e r The J o r d a n i a n annnue., ement j d a w n p r n d u r c d 21 r n e i n v hod- snid the I s r a e l i s openerl ma j i e s . hill 2d C.M\ ernnic:r, troops chine Run and i n n i t a r l i r e nn w e r e k i M e d and 71 w o r e w n u n d J o r d a n i a n forces ,il Tel A i b a v ed en. in the n o r t h e r n J o r d a n Yal The n i g h t l y Viel Cong s h e l l i n g ley. 'of bases anH t o w n s ( o i i t i n n e H . C o m i n e n i m g on l i i f c u r t ! l a n d L ' S R.'r;! bombers rained heavy f i r i n g across the SMC/ ('a I d o w n more t h a n 1.2M1 tons o? ilal. I s r a e l i Defense M i n i s t e r j h o m b s nn Viet {'one naigle hap Moshe D a y a n t n l d a n Independ camps n n r t h u c M nf Saicon dur enco D a y r a l l y i n J e r u s a l e i n i i n g t h e m u d ; T h e I ' S Cnm Thursday it was " f i r e w o r k s a s l m a n d said it w a s the second far as its m i l i t a r y nr p n ! i t i c n l | h e a \ - i e : h n m h a i d n i e n f since tho value is concerned" and " i s j o n e m v ' s sjinnc o f f c n s u e begnn mosttv for evpnri " 'Fob 21 Woman Student Named Head Of University Student Body troups near K i b h u t / Ha m a d i a south of the Sea of ( l a l i i n e ami Hishara S i r h a n . convicted killer of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, to day swore "rcu-nce on Amori can politician 1 ." if h i s son is executed. "The i e v i n c e w o n ' t bo In w o r d s . ' B i - l i . i : . S i r h a n do olnrod. He did r.nt el.ibor.ite (In A n In signed an agreement o n n o o r n i n n t h e Pacific Islands a d m i n i s t e r , - . I hv ihe I ' n i t o d States, A note attached to tho agreement R H I - S J a p a n the r i g h t to s a l v a g e Japanese \os- K sunk in M I I i mil-Man w a t e r s t .*%wMir I (luring World War 11. For the f i r s t l i m o In history, a toed has been eleclefl presi dent nf Associated S t u d e n t s at the K m v e r M t y "f A r k a n s a s , .lo K a r e n M a r t i n of Pnr.igiiiilfl de feated Tim Hoc in Thursday's n i i H i f l elcctinu. 2.1?.'i to I..VII. MIM M a r t i n n an .irls and sciences junior from Piiragould. Other n f f i c r i s elected inclii dod C h i u l i M l e Leonard of Cro* sett, student b o ri y secretary. Mm Leonard dofe.ited P u t t y m.iko "f HarrHnn. M.V'i to 1.-I7.V Wvck Nuhpt of l.ittlo Rock defeated Nelson Johnson o' To^ a r k a n n a 2.2H7 to 1 '.lOl for th» treasurer's p.-tM Cordon M ( N u i l y nf Pino Bluff was named pioMdent of tht senior rlass defeating .lirn Hawk i n s of Fort Smith, .1R7 to .17*. Sherry \ r w : n n n w a s unop* posed for senior class vcr« t a r v Terry Junes of M'.:sko(tP, Okla. dofoatcil t w n opponontt, HIISS Kwmg and Put Pamell, f u r tho s t u d e n t body vlcfl prw(- dent in Tuesday's primary.

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