The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 1, 1968 · Page 2
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,B!yfhevrfle:(Ar1t.).Cour1er News -- : Thursday, February. 1,1M»- P«».Ttost NOT PLAYING-H there's one thing this opossum isn't doing, it's playing. Ernestine Ussery, 605 McDamel, heard some dogs barking outside her home one night a few days ago and went to investigate. This is what she found. The diminutive Miss Ussery—she's 4 feet 11—invited the photographer to pick the beast up for a photograph. Wise (certainly not fearful) man that he his, the shutterbug politely declined and "Earnie" did the honors. (Courier News Photo) By JACK BELL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson may have to reassess U.S. troop commitments in Vietnam and seek more money to beef up American forces in the Korean area, says Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield. As Mansfield discussed the possible increase in the U.S. military punch' in the wake of Viet Cong raids in South Vietnam and the Pueblo crisis, there was a hint the North Koreans may be willing to discuss directly with American officials return of the Navy intelligence ship and her 83 men. A broadcast from Pyongyang, North Korea, quoted Kim Kwang Hyup, secretary of the Central Committee of the North Korean Workers (Communist) party as saying there is a precedent for dealing with such a case before the Korean Military Armistice Commission in Pan- munjom, Korea. Kim was quoted as saying "That the U.S. imperialists have illegally brought the Pueb- Saigon Vigilantes on Prowl By PETER ARNETT Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - The tall young American civilian crouched behind the high concrete wall, a pistol strapped to his thigh and a high-powered rifle in his hands His clothes were dirty and he hadn't shaved The young psychological war- had been doing for 36 hours fare operative crept along the All over Saigon, particularly for two days Ron Fleming, a Harvard l.\Ull J.' iwnim^j •"*»! — -—— graduate, was defending his Saigon home. Like scores of other Americans in the embattled Vietnamese capital, he had discovered that law and order had broken down in many places and it was every man for himself. wall, toen motioned those behind him to stop. At the corner, he put a finger to his lips for silence, then raised the MH rifle to his shoulder The crack echoed around the small cluster of neat concrete homes in the compound Fleming said. "He's not there now Maybe I got him That might be the end of the friendly neighborhood sniper." * * * A few minutes later two bullets cracked in the air The sniper was still there Fleming in the heavily populated outer suburbs, Americans like Fleming have taken up arms to defend their homes. "We have no choice," said missionary Richard "Taylor of the Christian Missionary Alliance, who comes from Auburn, Maine. "We have'bullet holes in our shutters. Men like Fleming afford some degree of protection Without have no one them we 'would Fleming lives in a compound of five houses in the Chi Lang area, a little American commu alliirei woo otui MM;*** » •«• *....- o — j — began stalking him again, as he | mty of nine men, three women Minimum Wage Rises • •• . -. • .•,-,., • •; • ; . . • • - 9^f • -'...--."•' '• t' " ' By NEIL GILBRIDE AP Labor Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal minimum wage rose to $1.60 an hour today for 33 million workers and to $1.15 for another 8.5 million job-holders. But because most workers already are paid above the minimum, some 7;3 million people actually will get pay hikes — about $2.3 billion rhore a year. "Those whose pay will rise Thursday are the working poor," said George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO, Arid- while'Meany said the hikes resulted from political action ay the labor movement, he stressed its goal remains a $2 hourly minimum. . • •• That there are working poor in America, Meany said, "is an inexcusable blight on its economic system." There ; was mixed-reaction among operators of hotels, hospitals and restaurants, where the new minimums will have the most affect. Some said they'll raise prices while others said prices will re-J main stable, at least for now. Some talked of layoffs or reducing overtime to cut labor costs but others said they .already were paying at the rate of the new minimum wage. The increases are the second step in federal wage-law changes that boosted the minimum from $1.25 to $li40 per hour last Feb. 1 for the 33 million workers already covered by the Fair Labor Standard Act and brought 8.5 million additional workers under the law starting at a $1 hourly minimum. The increases were enacted by Congress in 1966. An estimated six million workers whose : jobs were covered before the 1966 amendments will get moi-e pay under the latest increase from $1._40 to $1.60. About 1.3 million of the workers brought under the law last year-will benefit from, the new $1.15 minimum. ->, • For workers previously covered by the minimum wage law, originally enacted in.l?38, : the effects of the '1966 amendments nd with the .increase to; $1.60 per hour. •''. '-. ":•''.. '''•'•.' .''• " \ These are workers mainly in manufacturing, transportation, wholesale trade, large retail tores,'.financial, •irissrance and eal estate firms. The minimum for the 8:5 mil ion more recently covered workers goes up from $U5 to 11.30 on Feb. 1, 1969, to $1.45 .a rear later and finally to the il.60 top on Fe ; b. 1,1971. New. ' categories of work brought under the law a year ago include smaller retail firms, lospitals, nursing homes, laundries, restaurants, hotels and arge farms. Overtime provisions remain he same for the 33 million previously covered workers, requir- ng time and a half pay after 40 hours a week. For the more Amputees Now By BURL OSBORNE , Associates Press Writer ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. (AP) - Army Capt. Ron Mornson buckled a ski on the one leg he brought back from Vietnam and set off down the snow-swept slope. A dozen other soldiers, each minus a teg, followed suit. And a like number of children, each gliding on one ski, did likewise. "It means-a lot tovget, a chance at being people again,, 28, Fort Atkin- was w « unded said Morrison, son,. Wis.j ,.wl.w ...—., : - r -— twice in Vietnam before a booby trap tt the Mekong" Delta'took his right leg last'Aug. 18... . It was a? effort to provide this chance that fostered a learn-to- •ki program for Morrison and about 20 other amputees—nearly all Vietnam combat veterans J-at the Army's Fitzsimons General Hospital to Denver. Across town at the same time, Denver Children's Hospital was setting up similar therapy for 18 cnildrw Who had tost legs either through accident or congenital Then Col. Paul W. Brawn, •who set up th« Fitzsimons pro- «am/indDr,WiUiamF.Sta. | the men and boys/make , the weekly trip to Arapahoe Basin ski area, together. "I came lip here to h ave,a. good, time. I don't care if I never learn to ski," said Morrison. ";' , Buthe and his friends .are learning. - . :.' Progress of the. amputee students has astonished their volunteer instructors, at the Wiljy Schaeffler Ski School; They figured to keep the amputees oh the practice slope for the first four weeks. All were riding the chairlift by the second .trip; some made it the first time. two soldiers,' never.oti skis .Dtil the amputee lessons began, did so wellthey toot their who it at GUI- girl friends to the slope the next time and proceeded to, teach them to sU. Most of the amputees were able to navigate a 15-pole slalom race without (ailing after one or two lessons. They use an outrigger-type arrangement to stabllln themselves and maintain control. Instead of sU poles, the amputees use poles with very short skis mounted on the .enss^Betracta Ue spikes, which'can be extended through the stabilizer skis Into the snow! ara used far walking. The spikes are retracted for skiing. , recently covered workers, time and half pay was applied after 44 hours effective last Feb. 1, applies now after 42 hours and effective Feb. 1, 1969, will apply after 40 hours. There is ho overtime provision: covering some 400,000 big- 'arm workers brought under the aw last'year. There are several exemptions fpr some workers and firms covered by the law, many of which require individual rulings by Labor Department officials. ^Exemptions from . overtime provisions apply to employes in lOtels, motels and restaurants and employes of retail or service firms who work primarily in food and beverage services. and four children. Some of the leaviest fighting in the battle ol Saigon has occurred within two ilocks. .'..-.-. ; Most of the.time the main lighway alongside the compound has been deserted. Helicopters have strafed in the rear "We sorta look on ourselves as a frontier community," sak Fleming; "and it has brought out the frontier spirit in us all Two embassy people who hadn' spoken to each other in months because of the conflicting na ture of their work, are good bud dies now. This ! siege has brough them 'together. "But I found out one thing The compound killer, a veteran of Hie U.S. Army who toted a gleaming Swedish K machin gun and kept bragging abou how many VC he would kill if he got the chance, bugged out the moment the'going-got rough. : '"Me. and another 26-year-old took over'the leadership of the compound. We are working together fine/' • Fleming borrowed three M14 rifles from amearby U.S. military unit and issued one to Don Wilson, a slightly built diplomat from Detroit's Southfield section; Wednesday night Wilson spent one three-hour watch On the driveway leading into the compound, another on the back fence of the missionary house, and a third at the rear of the compound. The Americans have seen no Vietnamese police or troops since fighting erupted around their compound early Wednesday . morning. At daylight Wednesday they decided to. defend themselves. the vigilantes keep a careful watch. They have no telephones, and communication with the world outside their compound is limited to occasional visits by friends and trips to the nearby U.S. military, compound to get fed. Some of the group prepared to leave today particularly the married ones with the children. Fearing more heavy fighting around them, they'thought they would move into hotels. But Fleming and Wilson said they would stay. "After all, this is my frontier fort," said Fleming, waving to the two-story concrete house he shares with three other Americans. "Where else would I go? This is home," said Wilson. o case to the United Nations, Ithough there is .a precedent or the treatment of similar ases at the Korean Military Armistice Commission, is a pre meditated intrigue for covering p their criminal act and mis- eading world public opinion." In Washington, the State De- artment declined comment on whether this country would make a second effort at Pan- munjom to settle the crisis. The tforth Koreans spurned a U.S. lemand a week ago at the armi- tice site for release Of the ship and crew The department said no new meetings had been scheduled Mansfield said coordinated at- acks in South Vietnam, includ- ng the assault on the American Embassy in Saigon, "demonstrate that the Viet Cong, far rom being decimated, is com- ng back strong " "This may force the President o reassess our troop commitments there," he said. "I think t is fair to say that because Of he situation developing in North Korea arid the escalation of the fighting in South Vietnam, additional funds are likely to be required." There are now 'about 482,000 Americans already in Vietnam and a commitment of 525,000 men by June: 30 already is scheduled. Since the North Korean seizure of the Pueblo 10 days ago, steps have .been^ taken;.to enlarge US task forces and air units near Korea, Besides ttie possibility of an increase in military expenditures that Mansfield discussed, there were reports Johnson is considering the possibility of calling additional military reserves if the situation worsens. As for the Pueblo arid her crew, both Mansfield and Sen- ate Republican Leader: Everett M. Dirkseri said it was their understanding none of the diplomatic efforts to get them back has produced any tangible results. But White House press secretary George Christian said Secretary of State .Dean Rusk and Secretary, of Defense Robert S. McNamara agree diplomatic efforts offer the best hope of re- gaining the ship and crew. Christian also reported Johnson told a group of congressional leaders of. both parties in briefings Tuesday night and Wednesday morning he might have to propose measures he hopes will be considered on a nonpartisan basis. Specifics were not discussed, Christian said. Mansfield said he couldn't confirm a report by another Congress member who attended one of the briefings that the administration fears an outbreak of terrorist attacks in South Korea similar to those in South Vietnam. The informant, who declined to be quoted by name, said he was told 2,000 well-trained North Koreans had been infiltrated into the South and could be expected to try to carry out sabotage'and assassination assignments. BUDAPEST (AP) — Hungarians are eating well, the news agency MTI reported, claiming with 3,063 calories per day they were on ninth place of all nations and consumed more calories than Austria, Sweden, Italy and West Germany. STYLES CHANGE and the passing of two centuries is evident in the dress of this mimskirted viewer admiring an 18th-century portrait at a London exhibition. FLU GET YOU? For fast relief of the aches, pains and fever chills that come with colds and flu, take ST. JOSEPH ASPIRIN, full strength. 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