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2 TIMES-DEMOCRAT Monday, April 2, 1973 Davenport-Bcttcndorf, Iowa Hies Final Wave Of Joyful Ex-P reets frami thank you, and God bless America." Four other foreign nationals freed earlier by Indochinese Communists included two Filipinos and two Germans. There are still 1,327 Americans unaccounted for in Indochina. As part of the cease-fire agreement, Americans and North Vietnamese are to work together to try to determine their fate. By Associated Press A final wave of Operation Homecoming flights brought 69 repatriated POWs to joyous family reunions in their homeland Sunday as the last known American prisoner of the Indochina war was freed. The release of Army Cupt. Robert T. White. 32. of Newport News, Va., from a Mekong Delta jungle signaled the end of direct U.S. involvement in the longest war in the nation's history. A festive crowd, estimated by Travis Air Force Base, Calif, police at 6,200, jammed the flight line to welcome 15 Americans and a Canadian missionary. Air Force Lt. Col. Louis II. Bemaseoni of Napa, Calif., wept freely after a brief speech to the throng and a kiss from his mother and 14-year-old daughter. "To all of you a sincere thanks from the bottom of our hearts lor all the letters you have written, all your concerns, all your prayers," Ber-i nasconi told the cheering, flag-waving crowd. "God bless each and every one of you, our commander-in-chief and the United States of America," he added. The crowd then sang "God Bless America." More than 100 residents from Bernasconi's nearby hometown unfurled banners and waved signs for the standout athlete and former president of his high school and junior college classes, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Henry D. Lesesne, 38, of Lcmoore, Calif., came down the plane ramp waving two flags the American and that of his former home state, South Carolina. Other flights landed at Andrews AFB, Md.; Sheppard AFB, Tex.; March AFB, Calif., and Scott AFB., 111. Earlier, at a refueling stop at Hickham AFB near Honolulu, Bemaseoni told a crowd of I,-500: "This is the greatest Sunday of our lives." The 32-year-old White limped and appeared skinny and chalk-faced when he arrived at Clark. He was freed near where his reconnaissance plane was shot down in 1969. A military spokesman said White feared a VC trick and was not certain he would be released until an American officer "took his arm and said, 'Let's go to the plane."" , The 20-year-old missionary, Lloyd D. Oppel of British Columbia, was captured five months ago in Laos and was the only Canadian on Communist POW lists. Before leaving Clark, Oppel said at planeside: "I have been treated like a brother here. I would like to OWs Thieu Set For Talks LOS ANGELES (AP) -South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu arrived from Saigon Sunday for summit talks with President Nixon, who was receiving last-minute briefings at what the President calls his "House of Peace" in San Clem-ente, Calif. "I came to say thanks to the American people," Thieu said to newsmen after his chartered Air Vietnam jetliner landed at Los Angeles International Airport at 7:05 p.m. CST. The nose of the plane carried a slogan in Vietnamese and English: "Cooperation in Peace." Several hundred onlookers, mostly Vietnamese students attending Southern California universities, toted signs reading "Peace in Freedom not Communism." Many stood behind a restraining fence and waved yellow and red colored Vietnamese paper flags as the president of their Asian nation deplaned. Thieu left quickly for the Century Plaza Hotel, where he will rest before traveling to the Western White House at San Clemente this morning for his talks with Nixon. Thieu apparently never saw a group of about 50 demonstrators, who remained out of sight of the arriving party under the eye of more than 100 uniformed Los Angeles policemen. The two factions exchanged angry words, but a police cordon kept the groups at least 30 feet apart. The words came after the friendly forces, trooping back to their waiting chartered buses, suddenly spotted the anti-Thieu faction, mostly white Americans opposed to the war, a spokesman said. 'No Asylum' In Sweden STOCKHOLM (API - American military deserters can no longer expect automatic asylum in Sweden, a high government official said Sunday. "Sweden has no reason to accept deserters now that the Vietnam war is over and the soldiers no longer risk being sent to a war scene," said Kjell Oeberg. general director of the Swedish Immigration Board. The Swedish government declared in February 1969 that deserters would be accepted as long as they were escaping a war. This became invalid the moment the Vietnam agree- , ment was signed in Paris. Oeb-ergsaid. The some 450 American deserters and draft dodgers currently in Sweden may stay, but new deserters will be stopped at the borders. Since the U.S. draft has been suspended, there presumably will be no more draft dodgers. "Mere deserting is no longer reason enough to be granted asylum in Sweden," Oeberg said, adding, however, that "special weighty reasons could motivate a residence permit here for deserters." An American deserter organization. Up From Exile, claimed three weeks ago two black Americans who had defected from their base in West Germany were denied asylum here. The deserters cited "racism" in the U.S. Army as a reason for defecting from their base. Some Meal LONDON (AP) - Fishmonger Joe Driscoll also sells bat and lizard meat from Madagascar and Mongolia at $1.20 a pound. llliililil Portable Protest Fed up with the high water levels and failing septic tanks and inaction on the part of township officials Mrs. Margaret Bilby of Jackson, Mich., decided to rent an outhouse and put it on her front lawn. This deluxe model rents for $45 a month. Mrs. Bilby says, "It's actually quite nice. But there isn't a heater inside." (AP Photo) Shoppers Plan Meat Boycott Continued From Page 1 up on meat last week and would continue eating it although they would not make new purchases during the boycott period. MRS. RUTH Gordon, 1822 Fairmead-ows Drive. Bettendorf, who worked last week to organize a boycott in the Quad-Cities, said about 10 persons plan to hand out boycott leaflets this week at various locations in the Quad-Cities. The price ceiling took, effect Thursday; enforcement by the Internal Revenue Service begins on Monday; and retailers must post ceiling prices by April 9. It involves only processors, wholesalers and retailers, and does not affect the farmer or cattleman. The National Farmers Organization however, has opposed both the ceiling and the boycott. NFO members withheld livestock from market for several days last week to counter temporarily declining prices. NFO President Oren Lee Staley said a series of farmers' called this week to alert to any future markets." meetings had been "maintain a vigilant tampering with the THE ASSOCIATED Press reported that Dolly Cole, wife of the president of General Motors, was sympathetic to the farmers' complaints. "I'm not going to boycott meat." she said, "because I figure everyone has to make a living. Meat is not the only thing in the country that has gone up. So has labor. The farmer has his cross to bear also." Mrs. Cole said she does her own shopping and cooking. Sunday dinner, she said, was leftover rump roast made into hash. "I like hash," she said. Among the consumer organizations sponsoring the boycott was FIT Fight Inflation Together - started by two California women. Dorothy Van Horn, a FIT leader in Minnesota, said her family of three was starting boycott week with walleye pike. Weicker: Haldeman Knew- Continued From Page 1 of James W. McCord, convicted of burglary and wiretapping in the case. He said Baldwin watched comings and goings from the offices of Sens. Percy, R-Ill.; Javits. R-N.Y.; Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.: Edmund Muskie, D-Maine; William Prox-mire, D-Wis.; Mike Gravel. D-Alaska; and Reps. Shirley Chisholm, D-N.Y., and Paul MctToskey. R-Calif. Javits and Percy both said they were surprised to hear Nixon re-election agents had slaked out their offices. Percy said his staff had suspected that someone had tapped his office telephone, but could not prove it. Percy, a possible Republican presidential contender for 1976, said if Baldwin actually watched his office he would think it "an outrageous action." WEICKER spoke on the CBS television news program, "Face the Nation." Weicker said he is as concerned with an "apparent coverup" of the facts behind the GOP spying as he is of the spying itself. He said Haldeman was the key figure on both the White House staff and on the Committee for the Re-Election of the President. "I don't think its fair to point the linger at him and say, 'This is the man that's responsible.' Weicker said. "All I'm saying is that when it came to personnel, he knew what was going on," Weicker said. "And there was nothing in the way of policies that was going on that he didn't know either. "I THINK it's absolutely necessary that Mr. Haldeman testify before the committee." Weicker said. The White House has said it may allow some presidential assistants to appear informally and in private before the Senate unit. A source earlier had reported that Watergate conspirator McCord, in secret testimony, before the committee, said Haldeman "had to be aware" of Watergate plans. Weicker said McCord's secret testimony was "believable," but added, "I certainly wouldn't want to base my entire case on James McCord." He said McCord's testimony hasn't been corroborated. WEICKER had said earlier that McCord told the committee Watergate plans had been approved by John N. Mitchell, former U.S. attorney general and Nixon campaign manager. But Sunday , Weicker said he had "no specific knowledge" that Mitchell was involved further than knowing some of the men who were arrested. Weicker also said he is "inclined to disbelieve" that White House Counsel John W. Dean III had any involvement or prior knowledge of the affair. McCord also had named Dean, according to Sen. Howard Baker. R-Tcnn. 8 .Die in i ornaaoes By Associated Press Tornadoes killed at least eight persons in South Carolina and Georgia over the weekend, while a twister tore apart a shopping center and injured several dozen persons near Washington, D.C., on Sunday. The National Weather Service reported flooding in widespread areas of the nation, including "a serious flood situation" after heavy rains in Missouri and Illinois. The tornadoes in South Carolina and Georgia Saturday left hundreds injured and uprooted a motel, tossing it across a highway. ON SUNDAY afternoon, tornado-type winds and heavy rains swept across Northern Virginia, causing more than 30 injuries and inflicting heavy property damage. "We do have injuries; we do have damage," said an officer in the Fairfax County Police Department after a tornado passed through the county just a few miles west of Washington. D. C. One person, Robert Hoffman, 24, of Washington, was in critical condition with a back injuiy. AT LEAST one Fairfax shopping center was damaged heavily, and the nearby W. T. Woodson High School was damaged to the extent that classes were called off for today. About 75 teenagers playing basketball at the school successfully dodged flying glass and falling building materials when the tornado smashed windows and rippedoff part of the roof. At one point Sunday, tornado watches were issued for parts of Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Those watches expired, with only Virginia being hit. The heaviest tornado damage came Saturday night in Abbe- Iff I r II I , PCv& Onlookers survey the damage to what was once a three-bedroom home in an Abbeville, S.C., subdivision where a tornado struck. (AP Photo) ville and where six Calhoun Falls, S.C., died. The Calhoun Falls Motel was thrown across a highway, killing two men. "It looks like some strong person picked it up and threw it across the road and splintered it up," said Ray Monroe, a Calhoun Falls resident. Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter said the tornadoes, which struck Saturday night and early Sunday, caused damage estimated at $50 million to $100 million. He said an estimated 5,000 persons were left homeless in the state and 250 were injured. Some 1,000 homes were damaged, he said. Carter surveyed the stricken area from a helicopter Sunday and said he planned to seek emergency federal assistance. He said the storm was the worst natural disaster the state has suffered in terms of financial loss. THE TORNADOES struck with capricious aim. One family's mobile home was overturned and destroyed; their car parked adjacent to the trailer was untouched. The storms killed six persons in South Carolina. Authorities identified four of the dead as Thomas William Ferguson, 16, Tammy Renee Newton, 7, both of Abbeville. Forest G. Addison. 47, and Wallace Calhoun Powell, 49, both of Calhoun Falls. The Ferguson youth and the Newton child were killed when a tornado touched down in Abbeville. Authorities said 2 Women .Missionaries Burned Alive By Cong CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) Communist troops burned to death two American women missionaries when they were captured five months ago in Laos, according to a Canadian missionary captured with them. Evelyn Anderson, 25, and Beatrice,Kosin, 35, were tied to a post and burned alive in a grass hut, his account said. When the women's charred bodies were found a few days later in ruins at the village of Kengkok in Southern Laos, their hands were tied behind their backs. The Canadian, Lloyd Oppel, 20, of British Columbia, was reported to have told the story to his escort officer, who related it to Canadian-born Shirley Jones, wife of a civilian employe here. Mrs. Jones relayed this account to newsmen: "Mr. Oppel, the two women and another man (Samuel A. Mattix, 29) were captured when the Viet Cong took the village. "They tied the two women up in a nipa (thatched grass) hut and set fire to it. The women were still alive and were tied to poles." Miss Anderson, from Quincy, Mich., and Miss Kosin, of Fort Washakie, Wyo., represented the Christian Missions of Many Lands. Nine other missionaries narrowly escaped capture in the raid on Kengkok village. Oppel told newsmen he would make no statement until he gets back to Canada. He boarded a hospital plane Sun day bound for the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Wash. Mattix left Saturday for the same hospital. Mattix is from Centralia, Wash. Mrs. Jones said she did not know why the Communists spared the lives of Oppel and Mattix. Oppel appeared strained and weak as he talked with Mm. Jones and others in the crowd here to bid farewell to the last group of departing POWs. He posed for photographers holding both a Canadian and an American flag, and said: "I have been treated like a brother here. I would like to say thank you and God bless America." Ferguson, son of Fletcher W. Ferguson, owner of the Abbeville Press and Banner, was pulled out of the open front door of his home and then struck by a falling tree. Addison and Powell died when the twister struck the motel at Calhoun Falls. AUTHORITIES said the two from Georgia were killed as tornadoes touched down in Monroe and Athens. Meanwhile, the weather appeared about to deal another blow to Southern states as major flooding was developing on five North Carolina rivers and central Florida was under a tornado watch. In addition, the Pee Dee River at Cheraw. S C.. was expected to crest at a bout 15 feet over flood stage Sunday night. The rain-swollen Cape Fear River in North Carolina forced approximately 100 persons from their homes in the Fayetteville, N.C. area, the American Red Cross said Sunday afternoon. ' The National Weather Service said 4.25 inches of rain was measured in Fayetteville Sunday morning. The forecast office in Columbia, S.C.. said the Yadkin-Pee Dee River in North and South Carolina was rising with the heaviest flooding in many years. Flooding was reported developing near Bewlett. N.C, where the Rocky and Yadkin merge into the Pee Dee. Pastor Urges 4War Trials' PHILADELPHIA (AP) -The Rev. Carl Mclntire, prompted by returning POWs' stories of torture, said Sunday he plans to conduct "war crimes" trials of North Vietnamese leaders. "The tables have to be turned on the Communists who have been alleging .that (President Nguyen) Thieu and we are the war' criminals," the fundamentalist preacher said. "Now that the facts are out, there must be a full exposure of their war crimes which are far greater than any we have been accused of committing," added Mclntire, who led victory marches on Washington during the Vietnam war. The disclosures and accusations of brutality leveled by the former prisoners "reveal that the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong were war criminals all along and that our leaders knew about it," he asserted, Plan Recall Of Amphetamine Diet Drugs OJSrtpfiorkSlmn WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and the Food and Drug Administration have decided to recall diet drugs that contain amphetamines, with the objective of eliminating then) (rum the market by June 30. The action, described by a spokesman lor the bureau as the largest recall of controlled t substances ever made, is designed to end the use of all injectable amphetamine, and closely related chemicals, and all combination diet pills that contain amphetamine and other ingredients such as vitamins or a sedative. Controlled substances are prescription drugs that can be dispensed only with special safeguards such as nonrefilla-blc prescriptions and extra record-keeping obligations on the part of the doctor. Current use of tie drugs involved in the recall is huge. They make up the bulk of the so-called diet pill market, Yearly retail distribution is estimated at about 480 million dosage units equivalent to that many 10 milligram pills, The decision to recall existing stocks of the injectable amphetamines is based on the FDA's contention that these products have such a great drug abuse potential that they cannot' be used safely. The agency considers the combination drugs, taken by mouth, to be ineffective on the grounds that the amphetamines do little good in Qbesity control and the other ingredients contribute nothing useful toward this objective. The Narcotics Bureau, a unit of the Justice Department, and the drug agency, a part of the Department of Health, Educa- tion and Welfare, have been moving against these drugs for several years, but have met strong opposition from industry and some doctors. The recall will be the climax of the government agencies' effort. John E, Ingersoll, director of the Narcotics Bureau, and Sherwin Gardner, acting commissioner of food and drugs, are expected to send letters this week to 300 major manufacturers and distributors, of the drugs informing them of the recall. State officials are being asked to work with the two federal agencies in making sure that the drugs are taken out of circulation. Between 10,000 and 20,000 retail and wholesale outlets will be visited by federal or state officers during the next three months as part of the nationwide effort, an officer of the Narcotics Bureau said Sunday. , General Office 383-2200 Miss Your Paper? Wi hope not, but II your carrier tails to make delivery, call him promptly. II you cannot contact your carrier, call the T-D circulation department at 383-2250 in Iowa, or 764-'" in Illinois. Vol, 111 No. 170 Published twice dally, Monday thru Friday, tingle issue published on Saturday and Sunday, not published Christmas at 124 E. 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