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P«gt Tten- BIythevill* (Ark.) Courier News - Saturday, May K, 19« ttmfc John Colicos, a Canadian 5 actor, doesn't look like Winston Churchill. But physic-ally and vocally he becomes the late statesman for his role In Rolf Hochtuith's .play, "Soldiers." "Dick Smith, who designed the make-up, did a life mask of my face. Then he sculpted Churchill's face on top of the mask. A mask, with careful use, will last eight performances." The hair piece Is on, and Colicos is beginning to submerge his identity. "It was weird looking in the mirror at first, but now I look forward to seeing, myself disappear." The Churchill look begins to emerge. "When I was working on the part, and becoming Churchill in my speech, I never dropped to my natural voice. I read 'Winnie the Pooh, to my children In Churchill's voice. My son, Nicky, who is 6, came to see a performance when we were In Toronto. I spoke to him In my voice, but I was wearing the make-up. He couldn't reconcile the face and the voice." A^a here is Winston Churchill, living in the person of an actor who has also played . andLGffid in I.'.T.B." War Vignettes By GEORGE McARTHUR Associated Press Writer ;DONG HA, Vietnam, (AP) The old pumper has more holes :than a gangsters' getaway car and the fire chief is only 19—bu don't write off Dong Ha's ffri department. -'"It used to be worse," says .the resident firefighting boss Marine Cpl. Terrance Connors of. Homestead, Fla. "When I got here we had a plain old truck with fire extin guishers on the back. Every body would pile on that thing 'arid we'd haul out for the action Kf was a riot." Now, the fire chief is awaitinf a second truck and hopes tha maybe he'll even get enougl firefighting hats to go around There are just two now, and the other eight firemen wear ordi nary steel helmets. '• The fire department's claim to fame is that the big Marine base is only seven miles belov the demilitarized zone that di vides Vietnam. North Viet namese gunners shell the sprawling complex almost dai .. Since the first of the year five men have been wounded. Connors became fire chief when the previous incumbent was blown out of the driver's seat of the ','Dong Ha Express," the battle- weary pumper that boasts 25 shrapnel holes. -Dong Ha's firemen also get a hair-raising variety of blazes- ammo dumps blowing up, fuel stores aflame and various bits of military equipment burning. The blue-eyed, sandy-haired fire chief carne by his job naturally. At 16 he signed up with the cuburban Union Park Fire Department in Orlando, Fla., and joined the Marines a year later, landing in Vietnam last September. •vThe old fire truck—militarily known M » modal ftp pumpr —is his pride. "She's had three tires shot off by shrapnel and we had to replace the windshield," Connors said. "But she's never missed a day of action." The old pumper gets hit so often because the firehouse is right in the middle of the "impact zone," a target area for eh- emy gunners. When the North Vietnamese guns start a fire they then zero in on the smoke for further shelling. That makes it doubly hazardous for the firemen—they get shelled whether they go to the fire or stay in the firehouse bunker. With noonday temperatures at Dong Ha ranging around 110, they sweat it out either way. Most are in their teens or early 20s and they get a kick out of clinging 10 the careening Dong Ha Express. "The best part of it is just getting there," grins 22-year-ol( Cpl. Frank Habitzreuther Lancaster, N.Y. "That old truck got four Pur pie Hearts in her first three weeks," Connors said proudly. He got elevated to fire chief because one of those hits wound, ed the previous fire chief, Sgt James Spyers of Troy, N.Y. who is now recovering in the United States. A shell blew up only 10 yards from the truck, blasting in the windshield and scattering fragments but not hitting any vital machinery. The old pumper has no shining brass and no bell and is jainted a dull green but Con- lors has installed a siren—rare- y used. A siren at Dong Ha means attack" and consequently the ire truck uses it only in real emergencies. The Dong Ha Fire Department also has some other touch- s of home—the boys play pi- nodilt when off duty. They. Today In History Astrological * Forecast By CARROLL RIGHTER- By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Saturday, May 25 the 146th day of 1968. There ari 220 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1787, delegates met in Philadelphia to frami the U.S. Constitution. On this date: In 1803, the American poe and philosopher, Ralph Waldi Emerson, was born in Boston. In 1836, Rep. John Quincy Adams opposed the annexation of Texas in a speech in the House. He said the move would bring about war with Mexico. In 1844, a Washington correspondent for the Baltimore Patriot became the first journalist to send a news dispatch by telegraph. In 1862, Confederate troops under Gen. Stonewall Jackson defeated a Union force in the Civil War Battle of Winchester. In 1955, more than 100 persons were killed in tornadoes which touched down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. In 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower made a broadcast report to the nation about the U-2 reconnaissance flight over Russia and the collapse of a Big Four summit meeting. Ten years ago . . . Amintore Fanfani of the Christian Democratic party was named premier of Italy. Five years ago . „ . thirty African nations formed the Organization of African Unity at a conference Ethiopia. in Addis Ababa, would like to have a brass pole to slide down but ihat would be sort of useless since they usual- y sleep in an underground Hinker. Co «et«TOlno jewt torwmrt, not* paninpli opponite da'w whic* Include jour DlrtB cUi» SUNDAY GENERAL TENDENCIES Except for taking chances with _ considerable amount of your popularity or assets, this is a lery good Sunday for thinking out any problems in a logical and intelligent manner as well as renewing within yourself a greater amount of awareness of proven principles under which /ou can operate more harmoniously. ARIES (Mar, 21 to Apr. 19) Out to the services you really enjoy and gain inspiration for the days ahead, but forget about recreation for the time being. Start some new system (hat can make your operations in the future more successful. Set them on paper. TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May 20) Ways'and means for gaining more of the good things of life can be hit upon very easily now. Listen to what an influential man' has to say for self-improvement. Follow ideas to the letter — be smart. GEMINI (May 21 to June 21) Personal aims can be achieved now if you think in larger and broader terms. Out to the social and make an excellent impression on others with your excellent mind. Be a dynamic conversationalist. MOON CHILDREN (June 22 to July 21) Meditating will now ;ive you the answers to enigmas of long standing. Then je out to meetings of a charitable nature and do whatever TOU can to assist. Make a fine mpression on higher-ups. LEO (July 22 to Aug. 21) Wake plans for that party you want to give and. also plan to je .with' social', groups of worth later on. Avoid the financial now and concentrate on the personal. Make big headway in this very quickly. VIRGO (Aug. 22 to Sept. 22) You can improve your position in the community now by showing you are an A-l citizen. Obey all rules and regulations' applying to you. Do whatever will improve your image with every one everywhere. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Novel ideas are excellent, but be sure you carry through with Sunday duties only and stamp yourself an A-l citizen. Obey all rules that apply to you. Take time to associate with out siders instead of being so much with kin. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Tap your subconscious for the answer to enigmas right now. Taking time to sit down with associates on this free day can lead to far better understanding in the future. Be charming, generous at entertainment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Make it a point to be with persons you want to be associated with in the future and you improve your present position. Do more listening than talking. Then you get the right results. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 20) Showing those vital to your life that you are thinking of their interests and not yours alone will please them and they don't try to get ahead at the expense of others. Be cooperative. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19) This can be a particularly happy day if you avoid an unreliable person, but don't take any chances of any kind. Usual partners are most helpful. Put finest talents to work and in P.M. enjoy that charming person you like so-much. PISCES (Feb. 20'to Mar. 20) Take it easy at home and you can have a delightful time there but steer clear of a higher- up who is in a funny sort of mood. Kin is now in fine fettle and very helpful, so do likewise yourself. Be kind. IF YOUR CHILD IS BORN TODAY ... he, or she, will be one of those fascinating young people who can quickly understand what others have in mind and what would please them the most. There is a tendency liere, however, to become so involved in the affairs of others that little is accomplished in own behalf, unless taught early to stick to own knitting. MONDAY GENERAL TENDENCIES: You are all itlrred up to get loti accomplished and unlert you are naturally a person who is steady you are all too apt to I fly ton oat interest to aooth- itcNuibt fnrat* IM. er without finishing anything. Don't allow yourself the luxury of getting steamed up and to lash out at others but channel all this energy in right directions. ARIES (Mar. 21 to.Apr. 19) It's all right to make plans for whatever you want, but you can only achieve if you have per- severence now. Make sure you keep appointments on time. Get those errands, shopping done early and wisely. TAURUS (Apr. 20 to May Be sure that you spend wisely today and concentrate on bettering financial position now Show ingenuity and impress those around you. Feel that you have accomplished a good dea* in P.M. GEMINI (May 21 to June 21) If you don't schedule your time wisely' early, you can expenc a good deal of energy and accomplish very little instead oi much. Be more successful. You have to relax if you want to have a happy social evening. MOON CHILDREN (June 22 to July 21) Avoid that feeling of being imposed upon by doinj something worthwhile for those you know are really in trouble Garner the information you need for better operations in the future. Keep active. LEO (July : 22 to Aug. 21) Ideal day and P.M. for sociability, but don't be forceful with others although the planets are trying to make you that way. Take time for some form ol sport that really pleases. Gad about town ideally. VIRGO (Aug. 22 to Sept. 22) Making sure to keep promises you have made to bigwigs is wise. Then you can get much done in the business world. See that your credit is built up, bills paid on time. Improve ira age by being worldly. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Ideal day to gather new information that you need but do it in your spare time, or asso ciates will think- you are not doing your job. You may get a disturbing letter.' Don't get excited and everything will be all right. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) With all the responsibilities you must meet today, get busy early and don't try to skip out of them. Get that feeling of satisfaction that comes with accomplishment. Don't do anything to stir ire in your relationship with loved one. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Know what it is that associates want you • to do instead of fighting or being forceful with them in any way. This could lead to a rift. Make it a pleasant, day by reconciling with others, also. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 20) Much work is a h e a d of you, so don't rely on others, but get it done personally anc it is done well. However, labor methodically, or you will endanger your health. Do something about making wardrobe more modern, charming. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19) Having a good time during spare hours is fine but be sure you are not extravagant. Stick to the inexpensive and stay within your budget. A good day to look into some new interest that can bring added income, also. PISCES (Feb. 20 to Mar. 20) Take care you do not act in such a way at home that you cause a big ruckus there, since others are highly sensitive. Keep busy at own work. Do something about small repairs about the house. IF YOUR CHILD IS BORN TODAY ... he, or she, will be one of those very fast - talking young people who gets along well with others and quickly understands others weaknesses and has a propensity for needling others, though playfully, and cause hurt feelings, if you do not teach early to be moderate. The, inventor and the salesman arc very strong in this chart. NOTICE WE WILL BE CLOSED SATURDAYS EAVES AUTO CLINIC 138 EAST ASH Vietnam: How The Negro Gl Views It WASHINGTON (AP) - A Negro soldier in Vietnam speaks: 'This is no man's war and certainly not a colored man's. When people can't live together back home, I can't see coming over here fighting." Another Negro soldier speaks: "I'm sick of it. They say we're fighting to free the people of South Vietnam. But Newark wasn't free. Was Watts? Was Detroit? I mean, which is more important, home or here?" And another: "I'm an American citizen first. It's the only country, the only life I know. I can't turn my back on it, even though I -know it's been wrong many times, particularly about colored people. I feel I have a sense of responsibility and I'll stick with my country." For two months, Paul Hathaway, a staff writer for the Washington Evening Star, talked to Negro soldiers in Vietnam and to Negro veterans who had returned home. The quotations above and the observations that follow came from the five articles published by the Star. "For most Negro soldiers in Vietnam it is not a case of 'My Country, Right or Wrong,' but 'My Country, Right and Wrong,' " Hathaway, a Negro, wrote in the last of the articles, copyrighted by the Star. "They see America as a land of cruel, paradoxes, conflicting commitments and shifting priorities. They see the war as theirs and not yet quite theirs, and democracy as something that is in their presence, yet not within their grasp. To many Negro soldiers who see their lives threatened by war the Vietnamese .are not so much people as obstructions that must be overcome, Hathaway reported. They consider them people who refuse to helo themselves, who should be able to lift themselves by their own bootstraps without American help. Unconfirmed stories circulate among Negro soldiers in which the enemy treats the Negro either as a friend or. as a neutral party. "Man, I hear the gooks got these seven soldiers and . they killed all six whites and they let this one blood (Negro) go,' Hathaway quoted one Negro as saying. These stories, Hathaway added, are made more believable by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese leaflets aimed at American troops which address the Negro soldier: "Black man, why are you fighting here? We don't want to fight you. Your war is against the white roan back home." A Marine.private in Dong Ha said he thought the Negro death rate in Vietnam was as high as 60 per cent. "I think we're being killed off," he said. "I think we're being used. That's What." Defense Department figures show the percentage of Negroes killed in Vietnam is slightly higher than for whites, a statistic the Pentagon attributes to the higher percentage of Negroes in elite volunteer combat units and the high percentage of noncommissioned officers among Negro soldiers. There were 56,000 Negroes in the armed forces in Vietnam on Jan. 1, 1968, 9.8 per cent of the total fighting force. Negro deaths in combat during the six years prior to Jan. 1 were 14.1 per cent pf total U.S. deaths. Many Negro soldiers attribute their negative attitude toward the war to the situation at home, not on the war itself. "It seemed like when the rioting broke out back home, they felt that they had something more important to do in The World (the United States)," said Marine Pfc. Richard L. Gray Jr., Fairmont, W.Va., in Phu Bai. "It seemed like they Wanted to be back there kicking, somebody, too." As a.group of five Negro soldiers sat around a mess table nodding agreement, Army Spec. 4 William F. Washington, Los Angeles criticized stories, he had read about harmony between Negro and white on the battlefield. "All this talk about integration in the foxhole," Washington said. "Well, why not? Why not? You cover his hide and he covers yours. That's how you sur- ive. "But you see, that doesn't mean that he's going to treat you any different when he gets JACOBY ON BRIDGE NORTH 25 *2 VK2 * A10 7 6 5 +.KJ843 WEST ' EAST *QJ107 AK8543 VJ743 VQ985 + 83 4942 *A96 +2 SOUTH (D) *A96 VA108 4KQJ #'QI075 Both vulnerable North East South trates the scientific way to reach a slam. North's two - spade bid shows a minor two suiter of indefinite j are few Negroes that have strength. South's three club bid | them. They will require a bach- back in The World. It's just that you need each other more now." It was that way in Nha Trang, he said. The whites talked with them, worked with them. But when it came downtown to the bars and to the women, they went separate ways. To Marine Cpl. Hosea Dyson, Chicago, being black is irrelevant in a war, there are only those who gain glory in fighting for a cause they believe in. "I'm an American citizen first. It's the only country, the only life I know. I can't turn my back on it..." "Once when a white soldier left my squad," said Dyson, "he shook my hand and told me he'd been proud to be in the same foxhole with me. It made me feel good, so good. I would have felt good if a Negro had said it, but it struck me that someone whits should do ,it." And after the -war? "I think war changes men," Dyson said. "It will make a difference when we get back. Out here, they see us as people. Before, you were just- a shadow or something. Now they know you." In Pleiku, Airborne Spec. 4 Lawrence Harkless, a former policeman in Watts, spoke of the large number of Negroes who join elite groups such as the airborne.' "We join because of pride and the $55 extra a month," he said. "It's a challenge. The brother likes the challenge. We're tough and we want everybody to know it. .When I get home, I don't want anyone to mess with me in the block; Because I'm a man. If they never noticed before, they better notice now." : And, once the Negro gets out oHhe service. Then what? "If he does not have an education, a high school diploma or something, then he is damn near unemployable," said Costel N. Akrie, San Francisco, one of nine veterans' affairs coordinators working for the Urban League. "Despite his youth, he is the same as the uneducated guy in World War II or the Korean War. He's at a dead end. The kid comes back from Vietnam. He sees black veterans from other wars fighting: the same problems and he asks himself, 'is this going to happen to me?'" Many Negroes had service responsibilities — antiaircraft, technician, demoliton expert or rifleman—that do not lend themselves to civilian life. "They tell us WE need college degrees," Akrie said, "but there merely announces that his clubs are at least as good as his diamonds. North's three heart call shows help in hearts, if his partner wants to try three no : trump. It also infers a singleton spade and is a force to game. South's bid of three spades happens to be a slam try. North can't, be sure that it isn't saying South'has spades stopped two or more times so North merely goes to three no-trump. This puts it up to South once more and he bids four clubs. This shows that South's three spade call was a cue bid to show the ace and that South'is definitely interested in a club slam. North might jump to six clubs but he has been bitten by the king of hearts instead of a : science bug and bids four dia- small one. The combination of an open West Pass Pass Pass 2 A Pass 3 * Pass SN.T.Pass 41 Pass 6 * Pass Pass Pass 'Opening lead—4 Q 1N.T. 3* 3* 4* 4V Pass Today's hand is very much like yesterday's. South has exactly the same cards and North has the same except for the ing no-trump plus partner's 11 high card points is not likely to produce a slam and most pairs using ordinary methods would probably wind up in three no-trump. The artificial bidding sequence shown in the box illus- monds to show-that ace. South replies with four hearts to show the ace of hearts and by this | handed to them," he says. "But elor's degree from a Negro for a particular kind of job, but a high school diploma from a white veteran." , More Negroes than whites take advantage of. various GI education and vocational training programs—53 per cent compared to 45 per cent. Government figures also show that for the Negro ex-serviceman the median family income is ?4,557. For families headed by a Negro who is not a veteran, the median income is $3,610. Charles Walker, 24, who holds a certificate for meritorious service for spearheading a counterattack in Phu Lai found it different. He is earning |450 a month while in training as a customer engineer for International Business Machines. } "Some guys feel that just because they have been to Vietnam that something should be time North has had enough. He bids six clubs. There is nothing to the play at six clubs. All South has to do is to Knock out the ace of trumps, draw the rest of the trumps and spread his hand. I don't feel that way. It's like starting a new life when you get out. You have to prove yourself all over again." Remember Pay Your Paper Boy YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BEFORE JULY 10th TO VOTE FOR JIM TOMPKINS STATE SENATOR REGISTER NOW FolltlMl Ad P*M For By ClthMM For An TonptiM, Vis. 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