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Blythevlll* (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, February IS, 1908 - Page flr» Gruesome Mail Sent to Viet Widows, Mothers Harassing Mail Is Thorny Problem Associated Press Writer i into the telephone himself. | Civil Service Committee has : no mention of this. WASHINGTON (AP) -1 The man, a sheet and blanket done extensive research on the jtrieving women who have lost j salesman, said he had ordered lusbands and sons in the Viet-1 the 100 reprints of the Christian jam war are being subjected to: Century article "because I i barrage of antiwar diatribe; wanted to read them." sent anonymously through thej Asked if he had ever mailed mail. Some af it says American 'the reprints or other material to servicemen fighting in Vietnam '. women whose sons or husbands ire worse than cannibals. The Associated Press i were killed in Vietnam, the man ob- said: material i "I wouldn't say for sure if I tained copies of this from the widow of killed in combat. It hand-addressed envelopes post- '• who have lost a son or a hus marked Susanville, Calif., and i band. What if I did? I don't see bearing the return address: j anything wrong with it. There's problem of harassing mail and concluded that any law which could he construed as censorship of first-class mail would not survive a Supreme Court test. "First-class mail is not and cannot be censored," said Charles E. Johnson, the committee's staff director. "This soldier didn't or did. I don't remember j sort of thing is sickening and in sending any of this to women I there is no excuse for it, but the P.O. Box 497, Susanville. That post office box number is held in the name of H. L. Hum- no law against it, is there?" There is no law against it. "It's detestible and it's mad- mel. The same name appears at dening, but it's not actionable," the end of an essay included in I said Timothy J. May, general the antiwar material mailed to' counsel to the Post Office Dethe widow. j partment. "Short of being mail- Post Office has no alternative but to deliver it." * * * One widow who received antiwar material is Carol Schwellenbach, N.C. 26, of Fayetteville, Her husband, Army Pfc.-Gary Schwellenbach, was killed in The antiwar essay reprinted from The Christian Century was written by Dr. M. Edward Clark, a professor of religious education at the Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Kan. Much of it was devoted lo Dr. Clark's recollections of the night his son's body was returned from Vietnam. Dr. Clark said in Kansas City he knew that "in some instances" his article had been sent to mothers and widows of men killed in Vietnam. He declined to say how he knew or how many instances there had been. Dean Peerman, managing ed- tor of The Christian Century, said in Chicago that he did not has been done without his or our consent. We do not approve of such use of the article, a use which we find distasteful. It is one thing for Prof. Clark to have made a public statement concerning the death of his son in Vietnam; it is quite another thing for someone else to direct that statement to people who have been involved in similar personal tragedy—thus playing upon the emotions of the sorrowing." Vietnam Dec. 28. When she was j approve of such use of the arti- Also included was a reprint of j cious, you can use first-class i notified of his death, Mrs. j cle but had no way to control it an antiwar essay printed last!mail to say almost anything to i Schwellenbach went to his par- Said Peerman: summer in The Christian Cen-;anyone about public issues." lents' home in Chico, Calif. The | "The mailing to Vietnam war tury, a highly respected nonde-1 The Pentagon launched an ex-1 first envelope from Susanville widows of purchased reprints of nominational religious weekly , tensive investigation in April j arrived there. - - _ . published in Chicago. J1965 to track down the sources Mrs. Schwellenbach threw it On Dec. 19, 1967, The Chris- of harassing mail and telephone j away. tian Century filled an order for 100 reprints of spokesman for the article. A the magazine said the order for reprints was Signed: "H. L. Hummel, Box 497, Susanville, Calif." A telephone call placed to an H. L. HUmmel in Susanville was answered by a woman. She said to husband is 87 and could not hear well enough to carry on a direct conversation. She relayed questions to him. He answered calls to families of servicemen three weeks later, after she killed in Vietnam. In the intervening 34 months, had returned to her home, she received the same material it has pinpointed 205 specific ; again. This time she reported it sources—with only one success-1 to the Army, ful prosecution.- That involved a' parolee from a federal penitentiary who read about the death of a Marine and sponged two weeks of accommodations from the family by passing himself off as a buddy of the dead man. The House Post Office and Medicare Drugs Not Likely would be .-somewhat less. Silverman .said the task force I bylined the reduction would be, but added: "I can tell you that it would 'have available generic equiva- By JACK MILLER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Administration sources predict President Johnson's forthcom- ; ~j b enormous." He said this ing health message to Congress; js because on]y afeout m of me won't recommend, adding the Ij000 most commonly used pre . cost of prescription drugs to the scrj tjon d jn thfi count medicare program. Said one well-placed source at j j en t s . the Department of Health, Edu- j cation and Welfare: | "I think you can look at the, President's budget for HEW and get a pretty good idea of whether he will ask for prescription drugs to be added." The budget generally would keep HEW spending under tight rein because of soaring Vietnam war costs, threatening inflation and a cost-cutting Congress. Dr. Milton Silverman, staff director of a HEW task force studying the prescription drug issue, said the total cost of such drugs for medicare patients would be more than $1.5 billion a year by 1970 or 1971. A bill to add prescription drugs costs to. medicare has been introduced in Congress by Sen. Joseph M. Montoya, D- N.M., with 32 co-sponsors. Senior citizens organizations have been pressing hard for such a measure. They .contend the cost of drugs in'addition to what the elderly have to pay to take part in medicare makes the program a financial burden for many older people. * * * Montoya's bill would authorize the government to pay only the cost of generic equivalents of prescription drugs. Administration, officials did not endorse such proposals at the last session of Congress on the ground they first had to make certain that generic drugs —those known only by their chemical names—are in fact equivalent in performance to brand-name drugs. Silverman said the government share, of prescription drug costs could be reduced to any level Congress wanted, depending on How much would be borne by participants in medi- care, the health care plan for Americans 65 and older. Under various proposed plans, medicare participants would pay through increased premiums for the voluntary, doctor-bill part of the program or by paying part of the drug bills. Premiums for the doctor coverage go, from f$ to M a month in April ;and would have to be raised another $1 or more under come of tin proposals. If the program permitted the V» o£ gtwrio drugs the cost One of the three printed pages she received contained the essay bearing Hummel's name. "We have violated with abandon every resolution of the Geneva agreements," the essay said, "and in bombing hospitals, kindergartens, private homes and in poisoning crops we have violated international laws governing wars ... "A cannibal is a barbarian. He kills one of his kind to eat. The sin is in,the killing, not in the Eating. We self-styled civilized people kill thousands for no cause at all which makes us a thousand times the barbarian the cannibal is." Also prominently displayed was a 150-word news dispatch "Wilfred Burchett." Prof. Edward Clark's article NOW OPEN COMPLETELY Remodeled and Under Complete New Management. 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