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V WEEK SUNNY, MILD Mostly sunny and mild Sunday with a high in the 60s. Cloudy with a chance of rain Monday. Complete Weather Page 2 CompletX Week's Listinqs And World's Best m MICS 7tf OLDEST DAILY NEWSPAPER IN THE UNITED STATES FOUNDED 1771 FINAL TY EDITION SUNDAY MORNING. APRIL 19, 1970 1970 by Philadelphia Newspapers. Inc., Vol. 282 No. 10 TWENTY-FIVE CENTS j i wm II A AA iff mm m mf if m I 117 I Ja V EYEWITNESS 'Theu Tied Our " Arms And mey Began to PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, April 18 (AP). A Vietnamese youth said Saturday Cambodian soldiers shot the men of his village, and they were among the 600 or so bodies of Vietnamese later seen floating in the Mekong River. The 19-year-old's statement' a chilling account of events that began early Monday, was transmitted to at least one major power's embassy here and to the apostolic delegate in Saigon. The youth said he escaped the slaughter by running for his life. "Me, ' his account began, "I am Long and my father is Trong and my mother is Hai. "We live in Xon Bien. in the middle of the village between the bridge and the church ... I was born in 1951 and my papers are in order." Village Men Awakened at Midnight The youth reported that after midnight Monday Cambodian soldiers awakened the village, which is just outside Phnom Penh on the Mekong. He said the men were led to a church and asked to show their identification papers. "They made us go into boats brought up to the shore," he continued. "Navy boats they were, deep and made out of iron. They made us sit down and since the sides were high we couldn't see where we were going. "We left about 3 in the morning. They said if we talked they would shoot. Still my brother and I talked very quktly with my father and huddled up close together. "It was noon when the boat stopped. I know because a man next to me had a watch. They counted us, to give us something to eat they said, so that is how I know there were 222 of us." Long said he later realized the boat stopped on the Mekong River about 25 miles below Phnom Penh, where "the soldiers took everything we had with us, watches, chains, bracelets, money, rings and cigarets. They also took our clothes." Soldiers Begin to Shoot Rapidly "Then they tied our arms behind us with a cord tightened about the elbows," he went on. "Everyone was tied cp individually, not together. "I sav; later that where we were was where the river forms an island. The boat maneuvered so that the door that forms the end of the boat was against the shore. "Then they lowered it and made 30 or 40 men get out. A few soldiers got out and a few others were perched on the sides of the boat. Then they started to shoot." "Afterward, the boat went up the river a little farther before they started to do the same thing again," he related. "My father was at the end of the second group. My brother got out with me in the third group. "When I got out, I turned on the side of the boat and started running. The soldiers shot at me, but I did not hear anything more and they missed me. "Just there the river buckles around and that put me out of their sight and they would not reach me any more. It could have been 2 P. M." Aided by Peasants The youth said a Cambodian peasant cut the ropes that bound him, and another Cambodian family gave him something to eat. The next day a member of Chams, Cambodian Moslems, gave him a ride in a boat and gave him a sarong and shirt to wear. When soldiers along the bank later asked who he was, the Moslem shouted: "He's my son." The Moslem took him as far as Neak Luong. a ferry crossing about 50 miles from Phnom Penh, and he got back to the capital in a taxi. The youth was given refuge and was taken out of Phnom Penh after telling his story. Other Death Visits Informed sources said 600 men and youths from Xon Bien were killed. They added that other naval vessels were making the same grim stops and the death toll of Vietnamese is probably more than 1000. Vietnamese have been residents of Cambodia for generations but there has been long-standing enmity betwen the Khmer people of Cambodia and the Vietnamese. This has been aggravated lately because of the attacks on Cambodia from Vietnam, which lead Cambodians to accuse the Vietnamese in this country of being collaborators. When I watched the Academy Awards on TV, I couldn't help but admire a giant painting of John Wayne on stage. What would it take to get it? Kathleen D., age 14, Philadelphia. True Grit, mammoth 6-foot by 9-foot painting is being shipped to you this week. With right care, plexiglass painting should last a lifetime; shows Wayne in same getup eye patch and all he wore for Oscar-winning role. Good guys at Great Southwest Warehouse agreed to put fragile painting in sturdy crate for free at ABC Studios in Hollywood while Flying Tiger, Inc., will wing it to Newark, N. J. From there, Flying Tiger's freight service'U brir.g it to your doorstep. Though ABC didn't want to part with painting, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released it to Action Line when Wayne passed the word. Full Action Line Column Page 3 Shoot' Heroes of irt ttt ny president a Three Apollo 13 astronauts wear Medals of Freedom as they stand beside President Lebanese Stage March as U. S. Official Arrives BEIRUT, Lebanon. April 18 (AP). Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco met with Lebanon's top leaders Saturday in a four-hour visit that set off anti-American demonstrations and shouts of "Sisco go home!" As Sisco met with President Charles Helou and Premier Rashid Karami, several thousand chanting demonstrators marched through the streets of Beirut. Earlier, the U. S. Embassy was attacked. Sisco, President Nixon's chief adviser on the Middle East, came to Beirut from talks in Cairo and Tel Aviv. A scheduled visit to Jordan was called off because of Arab demonstrations in Am man. WHISKED FROM AIRPORT Sisco saw none of the dem onstrations in Beirut. He was whisked from the airport to the U. S. ambassador's resi dence by helicopter, and went to Helou's residence on a nearby hilltop. At the home of U. S. Ambassador Dwight Porter, Sisco also conferred with Foreign Minister Nessim Majdalani. After the talks, Sisco was flown by helicopter back to Beirut airport where he took a plane to Tehran, Iran, for a conference of U. S. ambassadors in this part of the world. He arrived in Tehran shortly before midnight and left the airport immediately for the U. S. Embassy residence, declining to talk to waiting newsmen. U. S. FLAG BURNED While Sisco was meeting with the Lebanese officials, several thousand demonstrators surged through the streets five miles away. They burned an American Cont. on Page 3, Column 4 Wheeler Breaks Leg in Crash DA NANG, Vietnam, April 18 (AP). -The commanding general of the U. S. 1st marine Division, Maj. Gen. Edwin B. Wheeler, suffered a broken leg Saturday when his helicopter crashed about 15 miles southwest of here, military spokesman reported. Six other Marines, including two colonels, aboard the' UH-1 were injured. There were no fatalities. Spokesmen said the helicopter was on a reconnaissance mission when it "lost power and crashed." There was no evidence the aircraft was hit by hostile fire but it was destroyed and an investigation was ordered to determine the cause of the crash. -n 2 Phila. Paintings 'Lost' En Route to N. Y. Show The Philadelphia Museum of Art thinks a national freight carrier "misplaced" two of its valuable paintings, which disappeared last February while in transit from here to New York. The two works by Marcel Duchamp, insured for a total of 595,000, reportedly were lost while en route to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York where they were going on loan. The FBI began an investigation into the disappearance following its discovery March 4, on the theory the paintings were stolen. PAINTINGS DONATED Investigators said the paintings left Philadelphia International Airport on February 6 by Railway Express Agency air freight, but there was no evidence they arrived in New York. Both works were part of a $2 million collection donated to the museum in 1951 by Walter Arenberg, a native of Pittsburgh, and an ardent collector of art. They .ere due at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on American Airlines flight No. 833, the FBI said. Both were packed in crates. The works by Duchamp are the "Chocolate Grinder No. 1," insured for $60,000, and "Portrait of the Artist's Father Seated," insured for $35,000. 'JUST MISPLACE' Evan H. Turner, director of the museum, said it is unlikely they were stolen. Art works he said, are rarely stolen in transit, but some Hundreds I n jured Tornados Kill 26 In Texas Panhandle CLARENDON, Tex., April 18 (UPI). Clusters of tornadoes, striking in the blackness of night, stabbed time after time at a 200-mile stretch of the Texas pan handle early Saturday. At least 26 persons were killed, hundreds were injured and damages stretched into the millions. The twisters, too many to count, darted in and out of a vicious thunderhead from the tiny cotton village of White-face, population 378, near the New Mexico border, to Pam-pa, an oil town of 26,961 near the Oklahoma line. "Damage is estimated in excess of $5 million," said C. O. Layne, coordinator for civil defense and disaster relief. "Eleven towns have been damaged and have dead or injured." A cross fire of tornadoes struck a sleepy resort trailer Apollo 13 Welcome j Nixon during w elcoming ceremony at Honolulu International Airport Saturday. Left 3Iarcel Duchamp's painting of his father was one of two works owned by Philadelphia Art Museum that vanished en route to a loan exhibit in New York. Possible loss was set at S95,000. times "just misplaced." The museum followed normal procedures of shipping them, he said. Their disappearance, he said, "is entirely the responsibility of American Express and American Airlines, not the mu- park four miles north of Clarendon, a town of 2250 population. Fifteen persons were killed in and around Clarendon, 13 of them in the trailer park. Between 150 and 300 house trailers were tossed around like toys and destroyed. Cars and boats were twisted into balls. A line of cottonwood trees, thick with the green leaves of spring, were mowed off 2 feet above the ground. W. T. Robertson, 70, lost his wife and his home. He said he had fled the trailer park on the shores of the Green Belt Lake when tornado warnings went out but Continued on Page 9, Column 1 nd to right: Fred W. Haise Jr., James A. Lovell Jr., President Nixon and John L. Swigert Jr. seum's." Every art museum in the country loans hundreds of objects of art a year to other museums and ships them via national freight carriers. Turner said. It could take as long as a year or two to complete an investigation, he added, a prerequisite to collecting the insurance on the two paintings. If they were stolen, he said, the works wculd be "virtually impossible to sell." since both of them have been internationally published. The 'Chocolate Grinder" canvas depicts three barrel-shaped objects used to. grind chocolate into powder. It measures 24 inches by 25 inches. The portrait of the artist's father sitting pensivelj on a couch, his head resting against his right hand, measures 36 inches by 28s inches. Duchamp died in Paris on Oct. 2, 1968. He grew up in the Pablo Picasso generation. He was known as the grandfather of pop and op art, and his influence made him one of the great figures of modern art. His most controversial painting, "The Nude Descending a Staircase," drew the wrath of critics when it went on display in New York in 1913. Onct he painted an exact copy of daVinci's ' "M o n a Lisa," then distinguished the replica with a mustache. joved AP Wirephoio Had Doubts We'd Make It, Lovell Admits By WILLIAM J. COUGIILIN Special to The Inquirer And Los Angeles Times PAGO PAGO. American I Samoa, April 18. Apollo 13 j commander Capt. James A. Lovell Jr., said Saturday on his return to American soil that there were times when the three astronauts doubted they were going to make it home. "One of the most beautiful sights we saw was the sight of the earth getting bigger and bigger as we came back." said NASA's John L. Swigert Jr. "There were times on our voyage when I thought perhaps we would never get back," Lovell told a cheering crowd of 2000 who greeted the astronauts when they stepped out of helicopters onto dry land for the first time since their launch April 11. IN GOOD SHAPE Lovell said all three of the astronauts were in good condition after their cramped flight in the lunar lander Aquarius. Fred liaise said he had gotten over the slight fever from a urinary tract infection which kept him from attending a lobsier dinner for the astronauts aboard the recovery carrier. Swigert. who neglected to file his income tax return in the haste of replacing meas-1 e s-threatened Commander Thomas K. Mattingly aboard the tlight. was handed an income tax return by Samoan Gov. John Haydon. "Since you're in a little hot water on your income tax," the governor told him, "you can prepare it on the flight Continued on Page 14, Column 1 In Today's SECTIONS News Sports Society News & Fashions Entertainment Resort & Travel Today's World Classified 1, 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. 9 Comic Section TV Week Today Magazine with features, fashions, puzzles All About Food Section F Departments and Features Section Pages Art News 7 & Betty Beale 4 1 Book News 7 7 Bridge 2 26 Career Opportunities 2 36-37 Columnists 1 3, 5 One Astronauts Get Medals Of Freedom HONOLULU. April 18 (AP). The American space pilots who spent four perilous days far from earth returned to the warm embrace of their families Saturday and to a heroes' welcome from their President. Meeting on the steps of the plane that brought the astronauts from Pago Pago, American Samoa, Marilyn Lovell and Mary Haise, seven months pregnant, rushed to the arms of their husbands, and Jack L. Swigert Jr. hugged his parents. Smiles spread through the crowd and the President beamed. BRIEF CEREMONY Then in a brief ceremony, the President gave each of the Apollo 13 astronauts the Medal of Freedom. James A. Lovell Jr., Fred W. liaise Jr. and Swigert stood at attention. The plane carrying the astronauts landed only moments after Air Force One touched down with the President and their families. "I think I can truthfully say that never before in the history of man have more people watched together, prayed together or rejoiced together," Mr. Nixon said. 'INDIVIDUAL COUNTS' In a crowd well laced with children and military uniforms, the astronauts, in their blue flight suits and caps, heard the President say it was ' the individual that counts, that in the crisis the character of a man or men will make the difference.'' The three astronauts stand ing at attention to his left, the President said. "This safe return is a triumph of the human spirit, the special qualities a man can rely on and rely on for all those things that machines cannot do." He turned and hung the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, around the necks of each of them. Lovell first, then Haise, then Swigert. Their wives, wearing white leis, joined the men cn the podium. 'VERY PROUD DAY' Lovell, the flight commander, spoke on behalf of his two rookie crewmates. "It is a very proud day for the three of us to be here on earth again . . . We've had a very trying three days. "The secret was the fact that we have in America something that has always been part of us a team," he said. "On behalf of the three of us, we're glad to be home and we're glad to be part of America." The band struck up the Star Spangled Banner, liaise and Swigert, civilians, placed their caps over their breasts and Lovell. a Navy captain, went to a smart hand salute. 'EARTH IS UNIQUE' Lovell, the veteran astronaut who has flown four missions and has logged more hours in space than any Cont. on Page 14, Column 4 Related stories and pictures of the Apollo 13 saga on Page 14. Jhtqiter Section Pages Confident Living 2 29 Death Notices 2 30 Shirley Eder 5 4 Editorials, Comment 7 4 Fashion Scene 4 12 Financial News 2 31-35, 38 Garden News 2 22 Horoscope 2 24 Legal Problems 2 18 Obituaries 2 28 Radio Highlights 5 7 Ruth Seltzer 4 1 Schools 6 10 Science, Medicine 7 8 Social Security and Medicare Questions 2 Stamps & Coins 4 Stereo Corner 5 Suzy 4 Tax Problems 2 g 15 6 1 25

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