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' WEATHER Partial clearing, slowly diminishing winds, much colder tonight-Tartly cloudy, cold Saturday. Low tonight 5. High Saturday 12. Sunset 4:33. Sunrise 1: 49. UPl Telenhoto and UF1 Wire News Service 1 Los Angeles TimesWashington Post News Service Central Minnesota Pictures Set It First In The Timtt 108th Year No. 156 ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA, 56301, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1968 28 Pages 10c Cents 35c Your Hwn WMk 51 Killed; Airliner Hits Sea In Flames By KIM FUAD CARACAS (UPI) Rescue boats operating among swarms of sharks off the coast of Venezulea radioed today there were no survivors in the crash of a Pan American World Airways Boeing 707 jet which hit the sea in a ball of flames Thursday night with 51 persons aboard. The plane had left Kennedy International Airport in New York at 5:10 p.m. EST Thursday and plunged into the sea as it was approaching Caracas' Maiquetia International Airport on a nonstop flight. The last word came from the pilot who radioed at 9:05 p.m. ne would need no maintenance in Caracas. The plane was reported to have exploded in flight and Venezuelan navy rescue officials said "there are no signs of life" at the scene, 16 miles off the coast. They found empty rubber rafts and fragments of wreckage floating on the sea. Crews of the rescue boats Said they had found 13 bodies-seven women, five men and two children and that some of the bodies had been molested by sharks. They reported "swarms" of sharks at the scene of the crash. In Washington the National Transportation Safety Board said first information indicated the crash was within Venezue lan jurisdiction and would be investigated by Venezuelan authorities. Otherwise a team of safety board investigators would take charge. Investigator Pat Grimes flew to Caracas today. He will be assisted by advisers from the Federal Aviation Administration, Pan American, Boeing, Pratt and Whitney and the Air Line Pilots Association. "There was a great explosion and only fragments of the plane remain, said a naval officer. Residents of a housing project behind the airport also reported seeing a shower of fiery fragments falling into the sea at the time of the crash. Naval patrol boats brought in the bodies of a boy, 3, and a woman in her 20s to the port of La Guaira early today. Crewmen said at least four other bodies had been found. Rescuers S'id they found two rubber liferafts from the plane. Both were inflated but empty. The control tower at Maiquetia said it lost contact with the Pan Am jet at 8:59 p.m. EST minutes before it was due to land. The jet was approaching at 1,000 feet when tragedj struck. Pan American spokesmen in New York said the plane, Flight 217, sent no message that it was in trouble. Among the passengers, mostly Venezuelans, were Mrs. Antonetti, Luis Beltran Gonza lez, president of a Venezuelan advertising agency, and two Cubsn citizens, Mr and Mrs. Frank Toscano of Fairlawn, N.J. When news of the crash spread to the waiting room at Maiquetia, panic gripped those waiting for the flight to arrive. A doctor treated several persons who fainted at the report. Five naval vessels along with private yachts and planes continued to search a wide area off the coast on the possibility there were survivors. It was the first crash of a plane making an approach to Set Page 2. No I 1 r . ' wmmm -: v. -.;::-:. ;:'-:: : ' ' '". - , 'A' :';.:- ".; i Sub -Zero Due Sw Cold After Snow eeps Kegion Fn BLOWING SNOW CREATES BLEAK SCENE IN CITY'S WEST END EARLY TODAY Icy roads, low visibility made driving hazardous. (Times Photo by Mark Hall) Fast falling snow, strong winds and cold reminiscent of 1965 hit central Minnesota during the night causing hazardous driving and near blizzard conditions. The snow stopped at only a little more than two inches, but winds up to 40 miles an hour whipped drifts into driveways and scuttled them across icy highways. Conditions appeared to be at their worst as area residents were leaving for work early on this Friday -the 13th. Visibility was poor due to the falling and blowing snow. Many rural scnoois closed for the day. Cold will now hit the area. a low of -5 is expected tonight with a high of only 12 set for Saturday. The temperatures have been dropping since Thursday night from a high of 36. At ll a.m. today a low of 9 had been reached. Between 10 and 11 p.m. Thurs day there was an 11 degree drop in temperature. The snow appears to have stopped as the strom center moved on out of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The wind which reached 40 miles an hour at 4:12 a.m. and 7:26 a.m. today will diminish slowly. Partial claring with fair to partly cloudy skies is forecast for today and Saturday. Total snow accumulation for the storm was 2.2 inches. Ram fell intermittently throughout the day Thursday. Fast dropping temperatures early in the evening touched Nixon Sees Leaders on Urban Plans By EUGENE V. RISHER NEW YORK (UPI)-Pres ident Richard M- Nixon met with a top-level group of urban affairs experts today to discuss efforts by private businesses to help the urban poor. The president-elect met for an hour and a half with the steering committee of the Urban .Coalition, including David Rockefeller, who is chair man of the Chase Manhattan Bank; Whitney Young Jr., Urban League; Mayor John V. Lindsay of New-VorkCityr John W. Gardner, former Health, Education and Welfare secretary and chairman of the Urban Coalition; and Andrew Heiskell chairman of the board of Time, Inc., and cochairman of the coalition; I. W. Abel, steelwork- ers union president: Arthur Flemming, president of Mac alester College; Arthur Nafta- lih, mayor of Minneapolis, and Bayard Rustin, civil rights advocate. The group met briefly with newsmen following theii session and said they found Nixon keenly interested in their organization and objectives. The Urban Coalition, born out of the 1967 riots, seeks to funnel private business activities into ghetto areas, to heir solve social and economic problems It also is very active in pushing legislation to relieve the plight of the city poor. Nixon met with the group shortly before a luncheon session with his personal envoy, former Pennsylvania Gov. Wil liam W. Scranton, who returned Wednesday from a six-nation tour in the troubled Middle East. Also sitting in on the meeting was Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Nixon's national se curity advisor, William P Rogers, who will be secretary of state, and columnist Walter lappman. Gardner said his group discussed with Nixon areas in which, effective action to eliminate troubles in the ghetto could be pursued. He said they talked specifically about hous ing, and that Nixon snowed a great interest in the coalition which "has a very live grassroots network" of 3 9 separate coalitions. See Page 2, No. 2 700 RELATED DEATHS REPORTED IN U.S. Flu reading, Neai rs TT"i o i emic ATLANTA (UPD-About 700 deaths from flu and pneumonia have been reported in the United States recently and officials at the National Com- municable Disease Center (NCDC) said today the nation is on the threshold of an epidemic of the Hong Kong flu. The A2 Hong Kong 68 influenza strain has actually reached epidemic proportions in only one area the western mountain states but is closejo the epidemic level elsewhere, the NCDC spokesman said. At least 33 states have experienced some degree of flu illness. It appears we're at the beginning of a national epidemic not at the peak of it," the By CHARLES S. TAYLOR I spokesman said. He said the, m l 'rr l iitit . i , maa! i iJ " :J pean was expecieu in nuu-January. Colorado, one of the Western states, has suffered a border-to- border outbreak of the virus, NCDC said. The 700 deaths occurred in 122 cities and the NCDC said "this excess mortality is demonstrat ed in the west north central, east north central, mountain and middle Atlantic divisions." The highest attack rate, is in groups or institutions according to Dr. John R. TJagby, deputy director of the NCDC. The attack rate is 10 to 15 per cent for the nation in general, but is running as high as 40 per cent in schools, industries, stores and other institutions. Officials in Chicago said teacher absenteeism is "worse by far" than in previous years. About 2,200 teachers are out from work suffering from flulike illnesses, officials said. Spot checks showed normal at tendance by students, however, Several hundred students at Wheaton, Ll., College showed symptoms of flu and the col lege closed several days early for the Christmas holidays. Ursuline College in - Ohio cancelled classes because of a flu outbreak and General Motors, the largest private employer in the Cleveland area, said absenteeism at its five plants ranged from 25 to 50 per cent above normal this week. Ford Motor Co. said the number Hanoi Team Gets Allied Proposal for Paris Talks By GEORGE SIBERA .reported PARIS (UPD American and North Vietnamese negotiators met today in secret to discuss a new allied compromise proposal for getting the expanded Viet nam conference underway. Cyrus Vance, deputy. chief of the American delegation,, met with his Hanoi counterpart, Col. Ha Van Lau, shortly after p.m. (10 u.m. EST). Site of the conference was not disclosed Procedural disputes over the seating of the four delegations have delayed start of the talks. Hanoi was reported demand ing a square table with a side each for the North Vietnamese. the Viet Cong, the United States and Saigon. The new plan was Fortune in Egg Money Burned INSIDE TODAY'S TIMES College Students Urged To Reconstruct Society Page 4 City News, Pictures on Pages 3-4-6-S Tech, CHS Win on Mat Page 18 Upset-Minded Tech Battles Washburn Tonight .Page 18 Cathedral Meets Albany ..Page 19 Superstitions Won't Bother Rapids at Foley ...Page 19 Complete Sports on Pages 18-19 I Sec by Times Page 6 Women's Pages 15-16-17 Deaths Page 8 Classified Pages 20-21-22 Court Record Page 8 Stock Markets Page 23 Regional Page 10 Comics Page 24 Opinion Page 14 Timesword Page 24 The Entertainment Times With This Issue MELBOURNE, Australia (UPD Every night for more than 40 years Albert Schroeder went out to his chicken coop and stashed his egg money in old paint cans. "We thought Albert went out to take care of the hens," his sister Violet said today. Schroeder died at 84 a few weeks ago and his three sisters hired men to burn the chicken yard this morning. The sisters and the workmen frantically tried to douse the flames when burning banknotes began to go up with the smoke. They salvaged $11. Police said ashes in the cans showed Schroeder had put thousands of dollars in the cans. to envisage two i semicircular tables to avoid giving recognition of the Viet Cong as would be implied by putting its delegation at a square table. Both the United States and the South Vietnamese government refuse to recognize the Viet Cong as a separate body. As the meeting got underway Mme. Nguyen Tlu Binh, the sharp-tongued representative of the National Liberation front the political branch of the Viet Cong, accused Washington and Saigon of "deliberately sabotag ing the comerence ' Dy intensifying their "war of aggression." "They do not want to end tneir aggression in South Vietnam Mme. Binh told a luncheon of diplomatic correspondents. "They do not wish to bring peace to Vietnam." Her statement coincided with reports in Saigon the Commu nists were massing for possible new attacks on Saigon and other cities. Lau attended the luncheon but hurried away for his meeting with Vance, Hanoi sources said. The Americans do not confirm such meetings until, after they are over. The North Vietnam delegation said it had been invited by American diplomats ' to study the U.S.-South Vietnamese plan later today. The Hanoi delegation said it would attend. But they said they would reject any plan that gave the Viet Cong less conference room status than the United States, South Vietnam and North Vietnam. American officials said the plan was designed to end the wrangling over conference room arrangements that has been stalling the opening of the talks since Nov. 6. They, said the plan, centered on how the delegates would sit, an , issue based on communist demands spurned by Washing ton and Saigon that the Viet Cong. be recognized as a full partner in the talks and not just as part of the Hanoi delegation. U.S. delegation officials said they would get in touch with the Hanoi delegation to set up a meeting to present the proposal, of workers out sick doubled this week. In the Los Angeles area, the county health department esti mated that 282,500 persons, 100,000 school-age children and 182,500 adults are . suffering from flu-like illnesses. In Atlanta, doctors said they were flooded with calls from patients concerned about the No Hong Kong Flu Outbreak Reported Here Hong Kong flu, spreading across the U.S., apparently has not developed any major level in St. Cloud, a sample survey indicated today. Despite reports of bad colds and flu-like illnesses, schools and industries reported no significant rise in absenteeism because of the disease. ' Spokesmen at Technical and Cathedral High Schools said there have been no reported cases of the flu and school attendance is still normal. The City Health Department reported no cases that would lead to epidemic levels. Franklin Manufacturing Co., Veterans' Hospital and the Great Northern Car Shops in Wait Park all said their crew levels were normal and there have been no cases of the flu reported among their employes. The St. Cloud Hospital has not admitted any cases of the flu strain but officials there said visiting regulations are being strictly enforced to help ward off any outbreak. Bull in Backseat Is Dead Giveaway ROME, Ga. (UPI)-Three men were arrested on theft charges Thursday night when police found a 400-pound bull m the back scat of their slowly moving car. Officers said they spotted the car moving very slowly down the street and stopped it to investigate. The three men were in the front seat and the bull was in the back. The three men were jailed and the bull was placed in a pen to await claiming by its owner SHOPPING DAYS LEFT f 9 1 1 1 w i CHRISTMAS SEALS light TB and j other RESPIRATORY DISEASES ' ft Ml .A.I It " i K 2 I 196S CHRISTMAS SRF.ETIKSJ Mfit Km J I- f flu, but only a few cases have been confirmed. "Everybody who has a bad cold thinks they have it," said one doctor. Large numbers of Christmas shoppers and travelers are helping to spread the bug, the NCDC deputy director indicat ed: , "Rooms where the ventilation isn't too good increases the chances of persons getting the flu," said Bagby. "Riding crowded elevators or ..... buses gives you the opportunity to get the virus." Dr. Carl Opaskar, health services director for Cleveland, Ohio, said that affluency apparently breeds influenza. "Everything I've observed seems to back this up," he said. "People in more affluent areas have wider social contacts and more of them travel." The hardest-hit areas of Cleveland are the suburbs, seats of relative affluence. Bagby said he did not recommend that people forego theaters, sporting events or other such gatherings to avoid the flu. To be completely certain, he indicated, you would have to avoid people and get flu shots. "The flu in the normally healthy person is mild and of short duration," he said, indicating it is generally serious only among the ederly, chronically ill and infants. These "high risk" groups are given priority for the limited amount of flu vaccine currently available to doctors about five million doses. The flu has reached epidemic proportions m some areas Philadelphia has reported nine flu-related deaths' and New York City has had a near- Se Page 2. fto. 3 North Hit Hard, Duluth Gets 14-Inch Snowfall C RIDING HIGH Lynda Bird Robb and her husband, Marine Maj. Charles S. Robb, ride an elephant during a tour of Tim Land Park in Bangkok, Thailand, here today. Later they strolled hand-in-hand through two of Bangkok's oldest Buddhist temples, taking pictures of one another and asking questions of their guides. The President's daughter and her husband on a five-day rest and recreation leave from Vietnam went to the Marble Temple and to Wat Vo, oldest pagoda in the city. (UPI Radiophoto) off an out of season thunderstorm which quickly turned to an ice storm. Thunder and lightning and ' even hail were reported in sev eral areas. The Etorm here was the edge of a blizzard that swept on winds up to 60 miles an hour into parts of five northern plain states today. Hazardous driving conditions created by a combination of icy roads and blowing snow were reported throughout the central Minnesota area. Russell Matchinski, the Sher-" burne County highway engineer reported that all available equipment Is out on the county roads. Elk River streets ' were reported in extremely slip pery condition. Joseph Kotsmith, Benton County engineer said that while he knew of no blocked county roads, there was considerable blowing and drifting snow. "The traffic can get through as the drifts are small and soft," he said. Roads were bad enough however to cancel school in most of Benton County. Sauk Rapids schools remained open, but the public school in Sartell closed. School was closed in baen Valley. Thunder and lightning accompanied the rain late Thursday before the snow , came. At least two car accidents were reported in that area. A car driven by Andy Arnold Jr., Eden Valley, slid off Highway 22 four miles north of the village, and one driven by Mark Ruhn slid off Highway 55. No injuries were reported in either accident. Princeton schools are open to day but busses were running as much as a half an hour late because of the slippery roads and blowing snow. Despite the blowing snow cut ting visibility, traffic in Princeton was reported moving on Highway 169 and Highway 95 early today. In Eagle Bend real blizzard conditions prevailed with blowing, drifting snow, cold tem peratures and closed schools. Rain with thunder and light ning were reported in that area Thursday night leaving everything coated with ice. Hail was reported in Avon Thursday night at about 5:15 p.m. The hail the size of peas changed to sleet andt hen snow. Blowing and drifting snow and slick highways are reported from that area today: All roads in Stearns County are open today, according to Lewis (Luke) Ahles, highway engineer, but travel was ad-vised at reduced speed with caution because of iced road conditions, he said. Some roads are drifted, he said, but none are impassable, while all are "pretty icy." Ahles said county road crews sanded until midnight Thursday but heavy rains wiped out any See Page 2, No 4 By United Prett International Up to a foot of snowfall in sub-zero weather, whipped by winds as high as 57 miles per hour, marked the biggest storm of the season, which rolled into the north central states Thurs day night. The Twin Cities Weather Bureau station said blizzard conditions in the north and central portions of Minnesota should gradually end by Friday evening, but the winds would persist and temperatures would drop to 15 below in the north. There was 14 inches of snow on the ground at Duluth, a foot at Detroit Lakes, and a foot or more at Walker, but blowing Please Call Him LONDON (UPD-Actor Peter Sellers inserted the following advertisement in the personal column of the Tunes today: "Peter Sellers will not be writing letters to anyone this year and takes this opportunity to wish all friends, relatives and creditors a happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. "Please call us, we certainly won't call you." snow stacked drifts up even higher and closed some highways. Late Thursday, winds tore chunks of ice from Lake Mille Lacs and piled them up to 20 feet along U. S. 169, blocking traffic for several hours. About 100 ice-fishing houses on the lake were shattered by the winds and pieces were dumped on shore. Only emergency travel was recommended by Highway De partment district offices in the Crookston, Bemidjl, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, Morris, St. Cloud, Virginia and Marhsall regions. Maintenance crews were out but were badly hampered by the blowing snow, which limite-ed visibility in many cases. Forecasts called for north erly winds ranging from 25 to 55 miles per nour to siowiy diminish by tonight in Minne sota as the snow subsided to flurries. However, temperatures .. ol zero to 15 below in the north, and 8 below to 8 above in the south, were forecast tonight with Saturday's highs expeclcxj to range from 5-15 above in th north, 12-25 above in th touth. 1

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