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April 16, 1968

Port Angeles Evening News from Port Angeles, Washington · Page 7

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Miami Newt editor Port Ang«l«s Evening N«w§, Tu*»doy, April 16, 1?68-P«g« 5 KMtiii, SHIUM R«mMtitiv« 883-4154 P.O. Box 101 Workers step up preparations for 73rd Irrigation Festival American newsman returns to Hanoi SEQU1M — With the 73rd an. nual Sequlm Irrigation Festival Just three weeks and two days away, workers are stepping up Preparations for the four day celebration and thousands of visitors. Erv Anderson, chairman, says the final design Is In for the queen's float and construction will start this week. The calen* dar of festival events Is closed and the program will go to the Printers in a few days. Queen Cathy, Princess Crys* tal and Princess Donna will be guests of the Lions Club April 24; they go to Victoria foranap. Pearance on TV Channel 6 April 27; and will be guests of Sequlm Soropttmists April 29. Committee chairmen met at the town hall Thursday night to go over festival plans and dls- cuss decorations for the town. John DeNoma, grand parade 'chairman, reports entries received to date Include high school bands, floats, a bagpipe band, Arabian riders, motorcycle club, stock cars, a Polaris mis- slle, marching units, the Thun. derblrd Girls Drum Corps and Shrine Club clown unit and train from Victoria. The grand parade committee met Monday night and the float committee is meeting tonight. Anyone Interested In helping with the float may contact Anderson at Sun Valley Realty. Postmaster has words for vandal To Whom It May Concern: Will the party who dropped the bottle of beer in our street mall box (by the Sequlm Bank) Satur. day night please next time re. frain from opening It beforehand. We have an opener at the office. Your act caused all mall In the box to lay over 24 hours while the Postmaster dried out each piece on top of the stove. And what the letters looked like af. ter! And that was Easter Sun. day too. We hope you went to church and atoned. Mary Brown, Postmaster Photo display on exhibit at library SEQUIM—A number of en. larged photos by Dr. Francis D. Bode are on display this month at the Sequlm library. The pictures, scenes from New York, Colorado and California, show Interesting techniques of craftsmanship. The Friends of the Library sponsor an exhibit at the local library each month. Mrs. Larry Barr is chairman. COSTUME CHAIRMAN—Michelle Anglull, In charge of costumes for the Sequlm High School production of "Carousel" puts the finishing touches on a ruffled lavender gown to be worn in one of the dance sequences.—Evening News photo. Grange takes in members SEQU1M — Sequlm Prairie Grange last Wednesday evening voted into membership Mrs. Ruby Meyers; Mrs. Loretta Ra. mev: Clarence Olson; John Coming events Editor's Not*; William C. Baggs, editor of the Miami News, has made a second trip to North Vietnam. His first visit was In January, 1967. On both trips he was accompanied by Harry Ashmore, VC hit where it hurts-in pocketbook DONG TAM, Vietnam (AP)— Snatching an Army payroll is hardly the way for a sergeant to win a medal — unless the payroll belongs to the enemy. Slow-spoken Platoon Sgt. Lawrence Nine wasn't thinking about anything of the sort when he cut down a Viet Cong with a burst from hisMlG. It was near the end of a hard day's slogging beneath a sweltering Mekong Delta sun. The 33-year-old marksman from Columbia, S.C., was content with bagging one of the elusive Viet Cong and capturing his companion. "I went up to make sure he was dead and pick up his weap- alerted on/' Nine says. "Then all this headed money fell out and I yelled 'We warning got a paymaster.' We bundled it or three times as the planes ap- former editor of the Arkansas Gazette and now executive vice president of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. By BILL BAGGS Editor of The Miami News (Copyright 1968, The Miami News) HANOI, North Vietnam (Delayed) (AP)— The first impression acquired by a reporter returning to Hanoi 14 months later is that a kind of mutual escalation prevails over this war in North Vietnam. In Hanoi almost Incidentally, but conspicuously In the countryside, you see the violent wake of the American bombers. The damage from aerial bombardment Is much greater than when this writer visited North Vietnam In January, 1967. However, as the air raids have proliferated, the North Vietnamese have "escalated" their defenses and their competence to survive a more Intense war from the air. The Hanoi area, for Instance, must be nested in one of the most sophisticated and effective warning systems In the world. Through the metallic voices of the hundreds of loudspeakers across the city, the people are when U.S. planes toward Hanoi. may be repeated are The two Thomson; Mr. and Mrs. Iris Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. Don- aid Wickstrom. Several of these new members received their first and second degrees In Grange work two evenings later when new> back up and got out." When Nine brought the money back to battalion headquarters the staff in the squad tent erupted like college boys after winning the big game. There were shouts and corny jokes and everybody gathered around the battered olive-drab field table where the money was dumped members from Clallam County _ nea t bundles of notes adding TONIGHT Boy Scouts Troop 490, town hall, *7:30 p.m. Dungeness Duplicate Bridge Club, Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse, 7:30 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary, home of Mrs. Helen Haller, 8 P.m. Sequlm Jaycees, home of Dale Lewis, 7:30 p.m. North Olympic Chamber of Commerce, Country Inn, 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY Jr. Girl Scout Troop 1460, Legion Hall, 3:30 P.m. Jr. Girl Scout Troop 849, Trinity Methodist Church, 3:30 P.m. Woman's Improvement Club of Dungeness, Pioneer park club, house, 7 p.m. Leisure Hour Club, St. Luke's parish hall, 11:45 a.m. THURSDAY Sequlm Rotary, The Three Crabs, noon Hurd Creek Thimble Club, home of Mrs. Guy Holmes, 1 p.m. Riverside Sewing Circle, home of Mrs. Florence Anderson, 1 P.m. Presbyterian Women's Association, United Presbyterian Church, 1;30 p.m. Sequim weather Week ending April 14, 1968 Legion bombed PARIS (AP) — A homemade bomb exploded early today in front of the American Legion headquarters in Paris. It caused only minor damage, shattering the glass in the front door. Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Alexander Observer Max. Mln. Pre. 56 43 — 55 38 — 59 39 — .03 Granges were Creek Grange Master Maurice Howell appointed Mrs. Harry Juniper as chairman of the Blood. Bank committee. Mrs. Everett Good who has held the position for several years resigned due to other obligations. Appointed to the greetings and hospitality committee were Mrs. Lucille Michaels, Earl Livingston and Mrs. Curtis Sherwood. Robert Clark, grounds chairman, called for a work day April 21. Lawn mowing and other necessary seasonal work is scheduled. The usual potluck din. ner will be served by wives of the workers. The pancake. breakfast .planned for May 5 has been postpon. ed until May 26 due to conflict with several similar events. Visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Art Mantyla, Mrs. Mantyla, Black Diamond lecturer, extended an invitation to Sequlm Prairie members to attend "The Trial of Itchy McGregor" at Black Diamond May 2. Lecturer pro-tern, Mrs. Norman Mayfleld, introduced the "Four and One Musical Group." Robert Thorns en and his must* cal children entertained the audience with instrumental numbers. The next meeting of Sequlm Prairie Grange will be a social night, April 24, at 8 p.m. proach. The siren is sounded when the bombers are within 19 to 25 miles of Hanoi, and at this signal the people hustle to the thousands of shelters here. The efficiency of the warning system may be measured by the fact that American aircraft flew over or near Hanoi eleven (11) times over this reporter's first weekend in the city. (March initiated at Dry up to 358,000 plasters, equlva- 29, 30, 31) Bombs were dropped lent to more than $3,000. Lt. Col. William T. Leggett, Rocky Mount, N.C., commander of the 2nd Battalion, 39th Infan- time given the people to hot foot try, 9th Division, happily it to a shelter. The exception (hot In the city but In the suburbs) on several occasions and only once was there not enough was when a reconnaissance plane sneaked through the radar web and was In the city's the prisoner and a air space before It was discov- lumped the radio network to brigade with the good news. The money would be heading back along with stack of documents as soon as a helicopter arrived. By nightfall the prisoner was being questioned and the brigade commander, Col. Henry Emerson of Mllford, Pa., who won the name "The Gunflghter" during a previous tour In Vietnam, was cooking up an evening's skullduggery. • -1"Get 'em where It ,hurts," chortled the lanky, ex-airborne soldier who takes as much pleasure In outsmarting the Viet Cong as he does in outfighting them. The documents showed the money was the payroll of the 514th Viet Cong main-force battalion, an outfit Emerson's men had been working on for weeks. Before midnight, Emerson had a psychological warfare plane lazily circling above the Viet Cong's marshy hideouts. "You're not going to get your pay this month," a Vietnamese voice boomed from the plane's powerful loud-speaker. "We killed your paymaster this afternoon." ered. The plane had not crossed over Hanoi before the anti-aircraft made its ugly, staccato announcement, and you could hear the busy reports of groundflre from southwest of the city, out beyond Hanoi to the east, along the banks of the Red River. A little more than a year the rolling stock in Vietnam a Peared to be the ragged Items an impoverished motor pool. The trucks were old, usually small, and frequently you saw them stalled or expired along the road ways of the country. Now It is apparent that North Vietnam has Invested much of Its line of credit with the conn- tries of the Soviet Union and what they call their "socialist compatriots" in eastern Europe for rolling stock. The return is in large trucks, some in the re- glon of two and a half tons, and they are new and well kept. On the road which leads to the port of Haiphong, this writer counted 157 of these large trucks and then gave up the arithmetic. Seemingly twice as many as counted were moving along the road. Again another sign of what might be described as "the escalation of defense" is the common sight, out in the country, side, of modern ingredients for carrying on a war. In one short stretch of the road, there were seven tractor - drawn rocket launchers and more than 30 gasoline tank trucks and four heavy artillery pieces . . . and every one was new to the extent that each appeared almost unused. It is at least a little strange, so many hundreds of miles behind the enemy lines, to hear the voices of your adversary compliment you on the brute force and competence of the American bombers, and the brute force and the competence Is starkly visible. For example, there Is the Long Bridge, which once spanned the mile width of the Red River and Its approaches, just outside Hanoi. It Is now a silent and grotesque monument to the precision of the United States Air Force. The middle of the bridge is a mangled silhouette. „ .steel and wood and concrete sagging despondently into the river. The destruction was surgically accomplished. But once more you see the tenacity and Invention of these People. Only a short distance south of the Long Bridge Is a new span across the vital river, hastily composed of pontoons, and on down the river are other new bridges, largely made of bamboo; piles of bamboo are stacked on both sides of the river In preparation for the possl. blllty that the bombers come and quick repairs are needed. Something which appears to be a purely Vietnamese confection Is the "one-person bomb shelter." This consists of a con. crete pipe, planted In the ground, about three feet In diameter. It comes with a lid of concrete or woven bamboo, which you slap on after you jump Into It. These are remarkably effec- tlve shelters, and there are now tens of thousands of them In Hanoi. You are Informed by Independent witnesses in the dlplo- malic corps that persons have survived the Impact of air-to- ground missiles landing only four feet from these one-person shelter holes. You cannot verify this, but you can believe it. Much has been reported and rumored of the bombing of Hanoi, and the leaders here tell you that the city was bombed 50 times In 1987. But Hanoi Is not really a blitzed city In the traumatic style of Rotterdam, or even London, in World War II. Rath. er, it has been sort of nicked at. Or perhaps they were nuisance raids or those punishing mistakes common to the making of war. This may be a cruel way to express an impression of the bombing of Hanoi, because quite a few people were killed and Injured when bombs fell last August on Hue Street, not far from the center of the city. This writer was able to confirm that the movie house on Hue Street was crowded when the bombs fell and several died. One block away, on Mai Hac De Street, a string of homes Is missing since bombs fell there. There Is really no sense In this kind of bombing, and you can only believe It was either a case of nuisance or error by the airmen. Such are the evidences of bombing in Hanoi. There Is not even a hint that the American strategy has been to obliterate Hanoi. Surely, with the competence of the U.S. Air Force, all of this city could be reduced to broken bricks and scattered glass on any afternoon. Of course, much of the ability of the North Vlets to survive finds some explanation in the generous flow of goods from the fraternal Communist countries. 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