Independent from Long Beach, California on February 27, 1969 · Page 2
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U--INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) Ll « »«·* «·'"·· Tl ""- *»· "· "·' tHe PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Pics GOP Chairman Allies Retake Captured Towns Combined News Services SAIGON, Thursday -- Communist troops early today quietly abandoned the rubble of two villages they had captured and successfully defended for almost 24 hours against massive Allied infantry and tank assaults. South Vietnamese troops at dawn reoccupied Don Lach and Ho Nai outside the gaint U.S. base at Rien Hoa near Saigon. They found no resistance. The Communists apparently slipped away during the night despite the fact that Allied forces had surrounded the villages to prevent such a withdrawal. At least 135 Communists were killed in fierce fighting against Allied attacks to recapture the villages Wednesday. Another 69 were captured. Allied casualties were described as light. Communist casualties were expected to rise as cleanup work began to clear away the rubble of the villages, both of which were leveled in the fighting. Elsewhere, Communist shellings declined Wednesday with 20 towns and military installations hit during the day and -night. It was the lowest total of shellings since the Communists launched a general offensive last Sunday. B-52 bombers flew eight missions north of Sai- : gon Wednesday night and early today, dropping ·more than 700 tons of explosives on Communist troop concentrations, base camps and other installations within 20 to 77 miles from the capital. Lodge Reports Progress at Peace Talks PARIS -- Chief American negotiator Henry Cabot Lodge declared Wednesday there has been some progress in the Vietnam peace conference despite :the apparent talks deadlock. Lodge did not pinpoint 'the area in which he felt progress has been made, ;saying it "is rather hard to define." Lodge spoke briefly following a 45-minute meeting with South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky at Ky's . suburban Paris villa. Lodge said he had called on Ky for "an exchange of views on the whole situation" because the South Vietnamese leader had just returned to Paris from Saigon. Talks Over West Berlin Collapse BERLIN -- - East-West negotiations aimed at · avoiding a new Soviet squeeze on Berlin collapsed in :' total deadlock Wednesday, one day before President ·Nixon's visit. The .Communists set stiff conditions ·. for renewing talks on the crisis. East German state . secretary Michael Kohl demanded as a "precondition" for further talks that West Germany submit a · binding promise not to hold its presidential election in West Berlin. West Berlin Chancellery Chief Horst j Grabert, in turn, refused to budge from West Germany's demand that the Communists agree to open · the Berlin wall on a "long-term" basis before the el- 'ections are moved. Nigerian Jet Bombs Market ; 60 Killed ' UMUAHIA, Biafra -- A Nigerian air force jet Wednesday bombed a market place jammed with ; women exchanging the root pulp and nuts on which : Biafrans subsist. At least 60 persons were killed and ; more than 100 others injured. The attack came at ' midday, 12 hours after the beginning of a 48-hour .civil war truce declared by Nigeria in observance of a Moslem feast day. $175,000 Stolen From Mail MONTREAL -- Six armed and hooded men grabbed a dozen mailbags containing about 5175,000 .in cash and bonds in a smoothly executed lunch- hour robbery Wednesday at the Canadian National Railways central station. A nearly completed tally of contents of the mailbags showed the gang, working ; with precision timing, escaped with at least $100,000 in cash and some $75,000 in bonds. Brazil Chief Suspends All Elections RIO DE JANEIRO -- President Arthur da Costa e Silva, using sweeping powers he took on last December to fight subversion, suspended Wednesday ! all elections to fill vacancies on local, state and fed- ·eral governing bodies. In the second "institutional act" since he suspended the federal Parliament Dec. 13, Costa e Silva gave himself posver to schedule any new elections. Ghana Fines Russ Trawler Captains ACCRA, Ghana -- The captains of two Soviet trawlers held in custody for four months in this West African republic were fined $240 each Wednesday by a Ghanaian circuit court ot Sekondi. The court found skipper Boris Chernokolov guilty on three counts of navigating the unlicensed vessel Strm 1243 within Ghana's territorial waters on or about Sept. 30 and Oct. 5, 1968. It found skipper Valentin Petrovich Parhomenko guilty on one count of navigating the unlicensed vessel Kholod in Ghana's waters last Oct. 10. Both c a p t a i n s pleaded guilty to the charges. Their trawlers were still detained by the Ghanaian authorities. HISTORIC SPEECH IN GERMANY President Nixon, in Bonn for a two-day visit, speaks at the German Bundestag (Parliament) in an unprecedented appearance. Nixon is scheduled to fly to Rome today. --AP Wlreoholo American Airlines Struck Coast to Coast WASHINGTON -- The Transport Workers Union called a strike early today against American Airlines after negotiation failed to reach agreement on a new contract before a midnight Wednesday deadline. The walkout will affect 15,000 workers in 52 cities serviced by American Airlines, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Washington. Administration Accused of Dixie Payoff WASHINGTON -- Sen. Walter F. Mondale, D- Minn., accused the Nixon Administration Wednesday of giving big Pentagon contracts to "segregationist" Southern textile mills as "part of the payoff" for Southern election support. Mondale singled out Deputy Defense Secretary David Packard, one of Nixon's most controversial appointmenis, as the "villain" and urged labor secretary George P. Shultz to overrule Packard and cancel the textile contracts. Protests Against Protesters Mount Six students at Rutgers University, angered by the seizure of a classroom building on the school's Newark, N.J., campus by 40 black students, filed criminal complaints against the dissidents with police. At Michigan State University, a petition deploring violence on the campus rapidly gathered 12,000 signatures from students en route to a goal of 15,000. "It shows us you care," beamed a state senator as he took the senate floor in Lansing to praise the student drive. Report Organizer! Crime in Stock Exchange WASHINGTON -- Rep. John M. Murphy spoke Wednesday of hints that organized crime is trying to move into securities trading through new em- ployes taken on to clean up a backlog of work. Murphy said there also has been lalk of stolen securities. The New York Democrat's observations drew an acknowledgement from Robert W. Haack that the New York Stock Exchange, which he heads, is concerned about the subject and has been looking into it. Arena Roof Collapses, Schoolboy Killed BERLIN, N.H. -- The roof of Notre Dame Arena collapsed under four feet of snow Wednesday just before a schoolboy hockey game, fatally crushing one youth and injuring several others. Norman Boucher, 15, a goaltender, was buried under the rubble and was dead on arrival at the hospital. Eshkol Mourned; Successor Debated Combined News Services President Nixon picked Rep. Rogers C. B. Morton of Maryland Wednesday to be the new Republican national chairman. Morton, who will become the GOP administration's chief partisan spokesman, received White House assurance that Murray Chotiner "will not serve on the national committee." The departure from the committee scene of Chotiner, Los Angeles attorney and longtime Nixon political associate, will give Morton a free hand in choosing his own assistants when he takes over the committee post in mid-April. The affable, 54-year-old Morton had demanded Chotiner's elimination as potential executive vice chairman of the committee before he would accept the chairmanship. Chotiner, who managed Nixon's House, Senate and v i c e - presidential campaigns, figured in a 1956 Senate investigation of influence peddling. He said in a recently published interview that he expected to run the committee while the new chairman devoted most of his time to speech-making. ELVIS SIGNS Elvis Presley, who has not made a public stage appearance in more than a decade, signed a contract Wednesday to appear at the International Hotel which is scheduled to open this summer in Las Vegas. "I haven't been in front of a live audience in so long I wanted to get back," said Presley. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. But sources said it was comparable to a contract signed by Barbra Streis- and who will open the new resort. Miss Streisand will r e c e i v e about $200,000 a week. JERUSALEM -- Israel's dominant Labor Party lined up Wednesday night behind former foreign minister Mrs. Golda Meir to succeed Premier Levi Eshkol, who died earlier Wednesday of a heart attack. Discussions on Esh- kol's successor began within hours of his death a n d c o n t i n u e d late Wednesday night as the nation entered a period of mourning for the former general who led the Jewish state through the six- ESHKOL MEIR day war with the Arabs in 1967. Deputy Premier Yigal Allon was named acting premier until a successor can be chosen. Mrs. Meir, a former Milwaukee schoolteacher who came to Palestine in 1921, had the support of most party factions as well as the backing of Allon. Tributes to Eshkol poured in from all over the world. A Vatican spokesman said Pope Paul VI received news of Eshkol's death with "sorrow." President Nixon said in a cable to President Zalman Shazar the world will "be the poorer" at the loss of Eshkol, Sec- retary Robert H. Finch of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare will represent President Nixon at the funeral. U.N. Secretary General Tliant expressed his "deep distress." Only Israel's Arab neighbors appeared to draw some comfort from Eshkol's death -- apparently in belief that it would disorganize the Israelis enough to delay further retaliations for recent Arab guerrilla and terrorist attacks. OPTIMISM Justice Hugo L. Black celebrates his 83rd birthday today full of optimism about the nation, the Supreme Court and any new colleague President Nixon might select for him. Chatting amiably with reporters, the former country lawyer from Clay County, Ala., rejected once more the notion that he might retire soon. He said he was "very sorry" that Chief Justice Earl Warren is about to retire, but that he had no fear for the future of the court. "This court has been going on ever since the government began," he said. "We have always found people who could fill the job. All that I have known have been honest men, good men." Reminded that Nixon has said he intends naming only "strict constructionists" of the Constitution, Black said: "Any president . . . is going to try to appoint good men to the court." As somewhat of an afterthought, he added: "He may appoint somebody he thinks will hold one thing and he'll hold another. That's known to history." ADJOURNED The general court-martial of a 30-year-old Army cook from Santa Ana charged with deserting from Vietnam and defecting to Sweden was adjourned Wednesday without a decision on a defense motion. The trial will continue today. Robert P. Weishoff, one of two civilian attorneys for Spec. 4 Edwin C. Arnett, made the motion during a session with the court-martial board in its chambers at Fort Dix, NJ. But the attorney later refused to disclose the nature of his motion, contending it could be prejudicial if made in open court. "NOW, WHEN YOU SIGNAL . Perched atop a miniature bicycle, Sgt. Jerry Amundson of the Eau Claire, Wis., police department gives safety demonstration to kindergarten children. Demonstration was part of a safety seminar. NEGROES LOSING Dr. Ralph Bundle, U.N. undersecretary g e n e r a l , said Wednesday in Los Angeles that Negroes are losing rather than gaining ground in the U.S. "There has been retrogression rather than progression," he said at UCLA, his alma mater. "Every black man in this country is walking around with deep wounds by virtue of the fact that he is a black man in a society in which racism is rampant," said Runche who is a Negro. Runche said he welcomes cffoils by Negroes to institute black-studies programs at colleges and universities. COMEDIAN SUED A waiter at a plush Miami Beach hotel Wednesday sued Negro enterlain- er Godfrey Cambridge for more than $5,000, charging the comedian assaulted him, "using various and sundry vile epithets." --AP Wirephoto SMOOTH RECOVERY His doctors reported Wednesday that former" President Eisenhower's heart lias withstood the strain of his abdominal surgery and their patient continues a smooth recovery. Brig. Gen. Frederic J. Hughes Jr., commander of the hospital, said, "Gen. Eisenhower continues to progress nicely. His vital signs are within normal limits. His cardiac status remains stable and he is resting more comfortably." INDEPENDENT Phone «S-1I«1 Classified 432-395* Published daily except Saturday and Sunday it Sixth St. and pin Ayr, Long Beach 12, Calif. Entered It second clast milter May 27, 1H3, at Long Beach 1, C a l i f . Adludicaled by Superior Court Los Angelei County, Oct. t, 14f, Decree No. c-10230. 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