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Monday, December 28, 1964
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Crash claims 6 lives At west edge of Waterloo WATERLOO (AP) - Six per •ons were reported killed in the collision of a car and a truck Monday afternoon on Highway 20 at the west edge of Waterloo Identities of the dead were not immediately available. The car had Polk County license plates. A 3-year-old boy injured in the accident was hospitalized at Ce dar Falls in critical condition The collision occurred shortly after 1 p.m. in Waterloo bu near the boundary it shares with Cedar Falls. The car landed .in the ditcl with the front end of the truck atop the car. The dead were believed to have been in the car. Authori ties said the victims were four adults, a baby and a boy abou 6 years old. Viet Cong boast of war gains Guerrillas hold 75% of nation By MALCOLM W. BROWNE SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — Leaders of the rebel Viet Cong claim the guerrillas fighting the government of South Viet Nam control three- fourths of the country and more than half the people as the year nears an end. Chairman Nguyen Huu Tho •made the claim in a statemenl to the ruling Politburo of the Viet Cong Central Committee. The statement would be difficult to challenge. He added that the balance of forces was shifting in favor of the Viet Cong, and this, too, coincides with available in- 'formation on the Saigon side. On Dec. 20, 1960, when' the Viet Cong ..formally organized itself, the guerrillas had at most 2,000 men under arms, opposing national armed forces of some 400,000, Today, Viet Cong strength is estimated at around 120,000 against a" government force of some 615,000 men under arms, including police. Although the government still holds the numerical edge, its ratio is worse. Each time during the. past four years that the government has sought to wipe out the guerrillas in some given area, Saigon has bitten off more than it could chew. The mobility pro vided U.S. troop-carrying hell copters has helped, but not enough. Saigon and its Washington ally spent tens of millions of dollars in 1962 on a project called "Operation Sunrise," aimed at cleaning out a key Viet Cong base area 30 miles north of here. The operation was a nearly complete failure, and the Viet Cong now is stronger in the area than ever. Later in. 1962 and 1963, the government and U.S: advisers launched the nationwide "strategic hamlet program," aimed at bringing one community after another under government control. Until President Ngo Dinh Diem was overthrown in a military coup Nov. 1, 1963, the statistics from this program looked encouraging. But U.S. officials found at that point that only a very small fraction of the hamlets supposedly pacified were really in operation. Then cam* Premier Nguyen Khanh's "pacification plan" in February. It concentrated on only 13 provinces in the Mekong River Delta. But even this concentration proved inadequate. Three months ago, the area was whittled down to five provinces, all suburbs of Saigon, to be pacified under the "Hoc Tap" — cooperation — plan. To help out, most of the 25th Division was pulled out of central Viet Nam for service in the Hoc Tap area. Since then, central Viet Nam — roughly the northern half of the republic — has deteriorated at an alarming rate, at least partly because of increased Communist . infiltration in the area. And the delta and suburbs of Saigon, the key targets of the new government program, show little if any sign of improvement. While the Viet Cong apparently has had no difficulty maintaining a united drive against the government, Saifoo has been beset with constant political upheavals and coups, leaving its base of military resistance in chaos much of the time. By all Appearances, the war is being Reds lose 67 men, weapons in DAI NGA1, Sooth Viet Nam (AP) — Goverameal forces overran a major Viet Cong posi- tiof. Swlay, killing at least S7 guerrillas and capturing 10 others as wejl as a large stack of weapons. Captured weapons included five 50-cahber machine guns, three recoilless cannons and three mortars. It was one of the most significant government successes in the past year. U.S. officers believed that the position, 75 miles southwest of Saigon, was a Viet Cong zone command headquarters. The Communists have divided South Viet Nam into seven zoaes. The government forces suffered 11 dead and 42 wounded. Among the wounded were seven U.S. Army helicopter crewmen hit by small-arms fire. (Ten other Americans were reported wounded In other actions in the Mekong delta Sunday. Two were reported in serious condition.) Capt. Robert W. Butler of Frederick, Md., who went into action at Dai Kgai, said of the government success: "This is as good a Christmas present as I could have wished for." A radio he had carried on his back was smashed by a machine-gun bullet. He wasn't hurL The attack began when militiamen in the riceland hamlet beside the Mekong River called for help after exchanging fire with the guerrillas. Thirty-six helicopters, half of them armed with rockets and heavy machine guns, dropped on top of the Viet Cong position, discharging two battalions in seven quick waves. Air force planes poured bombs and cannon fire into the area. About 650 government troops took part. Viet Cong strength was estimated at two battalions under the command of a major general. It was not known whether he was among the dead. Government troops were still recovering bodies Monday as sporadic fighting continued. The heavy Communist casualties were attributed partly to a new type of fuse on the government's bombs. These burst in the air and scatter shrapnel over a wide area. Vietnamese officers speculated that the Communists had been massing for an attack and were caught off guard. In the town of Mo Cat, 50 miles southwest of Saigon, a Viet Cong grenade exploded in a cafe, wounded four Americans and 15 Vietnamese and killed a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl. One of the Americans, Van Bucher, the son of Jules N. Bueher of the U.S. Aid mission in Saigon, was reported in critical condition. Bucher is in hit early 20s. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Khanh, commander of the Vietnamese forces, issued a holiday message of thanks to U.S. forces in South Viet Nam. The message warmed a little the chilly relations between Khanh and U.S. authorities in Saigon. "The newspaper* hat makes all North I o wans neighbors" Home Edition VOL. MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, DECEMBER M, 1H4 UOc • copy)—Thli Pip«r Coaslfti of Four Section*—S«ction On* Auoclated Pro* IMS! U*M WtTM No. 27* rucial stage for Foreign policy priority Under study by President JOHNSON CITY, Tex. (AP) — President Johnson boosted foreign policy to a top priority spot on his schedule Monday. He also planned to get in more work on the federal budget and his State-of.the-Union message. x Associates said Johnson in;ends to devote considerable time during the remainder oJ :he reviewing U.S. re- ations with nations around the world, including policy^on loans aid and cultural exchanges. , A source close to Johnson sard ie is closing out the year with a rather optimistic view of most of the world situation despite he problems in Viet Nam and .he Congo. He is known, for example, lo feel that relations with the Soviet Union are less antagonistic .han they have been at times in .he past and sees fewer crises than have plagued the world in recent years. He feels relations with Eastern^Europe have improved and hat the North Atlantic Alliance s in better shape than it has ever been. Johnson is known to be pleased about what he regards as improved relations with na- ions of the Western Hemisphere, with Fidel Castro's Communist dictatorship in Cuba he major fly in the ointment. As part of his efforts to bol- :ter relations with various na- ions, the President is working on dates for visits from a large number of chiefs of state during the roming months. These visits are expected to average about wo a month during the next year. o be considering the appointment of a large number of new ambassadors. It was indicated as many as 15 or 20 posts might >e involved. The State-of-the-Union mes- age, the first of the "big three" essages going to Congress in anuary, is "pretty well brack- ;ted out," a qualified source aid, and the actual writing has been started. Work also is well along on the mdget, but some major deci- be made by include the amount of money to be asked or what the President calls his 'antipoverty program," whether to propose a pay increase for government civilian workers and the amount of an education lackage. CORNELL MCNEIL —AP Pholofax Fighlj results American singer calls Italian hecklers idiots .PARMA, Italy (AP) — American baritone • Cornell MacNeil and the superintendent of Italy's Parma Opera .House have agreed that MacNeil will never sing there again. The two came to blows after the opera star stormed off the stage Saturday, night and forced cancellation of the season's opener at Parma's Regio Theater. The Parma audience, which las made the city known as the 'lions' pit" of opera, had heckled MacNeil and his Italian costars, tenpr Flaviano Labo ions remain to Johnson. These through the first two acts of Verdi's "Masked Ball." Said MacNeil: "If Parma wants to hear good singing, the spectators must learn to be- lave. I will never sing again at the Regio Theater." Said Giuseppe Negri, the superintendent of the opera house: "MacNeil will never again be allowed to set foot in the theater as long as I am its 1 director." MacNeil, 42, one of America's leading operatic baritones, became infuriated when a burst of catcalls stopped him and the orchestra at the beginning of his third-act aria. 'Creitini! Idiots!" he shouted and stalked off the stage. The Jans American. police struggled with the angry, set out after the For 15 minutes shoving crowd that jammed t narrow corridor outside the singer's dressing room. The police finally escorted MacNeil to his hotel but not before he and Negri tangled inside the dressing room. "I got to MacNeil's dressing room ,.a second before a crowd of spectators had forced their way there, to plead with the singer to return to the stage, offer apologies to the public and continue the performance," Negri said. "He refused. He argued. Then the baritone, in a fit of temper, hit me with closed fists on the face and arm, although slightly." MacNeil gave a different version. "Negri barged into my dressing room, insulting me. He actually punched me once in the stomach and kicked me twice in the shins." North Iowa Weather outlook Mostly cloudy and warmer Monday night with 20 to 40 per cent o* area having occasional light snow or light freezing drizzle, strong southerly winds, lows in upper 20s. Tuesday cloudy with occasional light snow or freezing drizzle, highs in mid 30s. So rag at is new Italian president Socialist in on Red votes ROME (fl —Foreign Minister Giuseppe Saragat Monday was elected fifth president of Italy. He became . the country's first Socialist chief of state, winning with crucial Communist backing on the 21st ballot of a marathon parliamentary election. The 66-year-old Saragat, founder of the Italian Democratic Socialist party, also had the official 'backing of the Christian Democrat party, the big losers-in the unprecedented 13-day election. Saragat, ,who had fought com munism . for years, accepted Red backing to break a deadlock that-had paralyzed parliament and strained the four- pa r t y center-left government coalition of Premier Aldo Moro. Long before all the ballots were counted in the 21st voting session, it became clear that Saragat had won. Earlier in the day, on the 20th oallot, Saragat had slipped to 323 votes, 19 less than he received Sunday. But a short time before the new round of voting, Saragat issued a short statement that seemed decisive. "I have advanced my candidacy for president for a second time," he said. "I hope that on my name there will be a confluence of votes of all the Democratic and anti-fascist groups." Almost as soon as the two- sentence statement was issued, the Communists announced their big 250-vote bloc would vote for Saragat. Deputy Premier Pietro Nenni's Socialists, with 95 votes, said they would do the same. Nenni led the 20th ballot, with 385. Inside The Globe . RUINS OF A TOWN — This is downtown Klamath, Calif., business'^dif- trict showing the total destruction left by the flooded Klamath River. Klamath was a town about the size of Belmond. Yanks let out of base after anti-U.S. protests JOHN COFFIELD A priest into exile (Se« Page 20} MANILA (AP) — American servicemen were allowed out of Clark Air Base Monday after a weekend of restrictions imposed by the U.S. Air Force because of a protest rally in the nearby town of Angeles. Some speakers at the rally Sunday urged removal of-U.S. military bases from the Philippines and the rec " of U.S. Ambassador William McCormick Blair Jr. There was no violence. The rally, attended by about 2,000 Filipinos, was called to protest the killing of two Fiiipi no trespassers by guards on U.S. bases and Blair's charge that two Filipinos had tried lo bomb an American school at Clark. The call for removal of U.S. bases was taken up by several congressmen, incSudin Rep. Benjamin Ligot, a member of President Diosdado Macapa- sa. Sports news f-10 Bowling page Editorials 14 North Iowa news 21 Clear Lake news 72-23 Mason City news JJ.-2 0 Comics 30 Classified pages 34.35 Republicans OK outside audit DES MOINES-(AP)—Republi- :an members of the State Executive Council agreed Monday o an outside audit of statehouse offices being turned over to Democrats Jan. l. Gov. Harold Hughes, only Democrat OB the council, aske^l for the audit after it war stated that although the matter had be** discussed there was no request before the council. The audit is to be only a check of cash on hand against Uw books. U will not bo a to- talled look into operation of the offices. The audit will cover offices of the treasurer, auditor, secretary of agriculture and secretary of state. No council member had an auditing company in mind to do U>e job, but the council finally decided to offer it to aecount- ants Ernst and Emit of De* specified that the audit u to be carried out wily I* :thc attorney fmeral rote* that the council can legally engage and pay an outside auditor. Auditor C. B. Akers, Republican member of the council, said his office is carrying out the usual audit made when an office changes-hands. Hughes and the four Republi- horst, Secretary of Agriculture L. B. Liddy and Treasurer M. L. Abrahamson. In other business, the council approved retention of William J. Yost as special counsel to represent Iowa before the U.S. Supreme Court in its boundary dispute with Nebraska. Yost 50-MILUON-MILE TRIP WASHINGTON- Iff) — Mariner 4 zoomed past the 50-million- mile mark Monday on its arching flight lo Mars, but it still has 275 million to go. <•»£*•<;• «uu uic jour jiepuoii- dispute wiin MeDrasKa. Yost cans on the co-Jncil exchanged has handled the case under out- compliments as they wound up their final scheduled meeting. Besides Hughes and Akers, othet council members are SeC- rctary of State M*hin Syn- going Atty. Gen. Evan Hultman and the council was told the incoming attorney general, Lawrence Scalise, asked that Yost be retained. ANNOUNCING A Chang* in Subscription Rate* Effective today, December 28, the price of your Globe- Gazette is . .-. 45c Per Week Your carrier salesman will receive a fair share of tfie 5c per week increase. The first collection on the new rate will be the week ending January 2, 1965. gal's Liberal party. He recommended that the United States "put a fleet around the Philippines" as it does'around Formo- Justice Secretary Salvador Marino was reported planning to start Saturday on an investigation ordered by Presi' 1 it Macapagal. Marino and other has taken the position that no action can be taken until all the facts are known. Col. Diosdado Garcia, provincial constabulary commander, reported Sunday that his investigation had confirmed that a World War II Japanese mortar shell was thrown into the American schoolyard at Clark Base Philippine officials have urg^d on Dec. 18 but that the shell's calm and sobriety. Macapagallfuse had been removed. Dr. Christopherson succumbs at age 45 Dr. Joseph E. Christopherson, 45, Cerro Gordo County mcdica! examiner for the last nine years, died Monday in a Mason City hospital following an illness. He had been a resident of Mason City 14 years and made his home at 615 Vermont. Dr. Christopherson was a member of the Mason City school board six years, was a past president of the Cerro Gordo County Medical Society and a past president of the Mason City Civic Choral Society. He was an affiliate of the American Proclologic Society, the only North Iowa affiliate of the society at the time he was honored. Born March 1, 1910, at Virginia, Minn., he attended high school and junior college there and later attended the University of Minnesota, where he received bis M. D. degree in 1943. His internship was taken at the General Hospital, Rochester, N.Y., where he was in surgical residence training four and a half years before joining the Park Hospital staff in Mason City Aug. 1, 1950. Between his Internship and hit residence training, he spent 21 months overseas as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the U.S. N Russian deadline Thursday Accord sought before Tuesday UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. Wl —Negotiators made last-minute efforts at the United Nations Monday to resolve t h c crisis over peacekeeping assessments with Secretary-General U Thant taking a leading role. The negotiations were at a crucial stage as diplomats sought to head off a Soviet-U.S. showdown over the Soviet refusal to pay for peacekeeping costs for the Congo and Middle East. A U.N. spokesman said Thant would ireturn to his headquarters office Monday afternoon for the first time since he went to a hospftal Dec. 4 for treatment of a peptic ulcer . He was expected to confer with key delegates, including Soviet Ambassador Nikolai T. Fedorenko and U. S. Ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson, U. N. iources said. Alex Quaison- >ackcy of Ghana, the assembly president, also was active in the alks, the sources said. Quaison-Sackey conferred wUh he representatives of Jordan and Mali in an effort to resolve heir rival candidacies for a se- :urity council scat that consti- uted one hurdle in the crisis. The negotiators hoped to work out some agreement before the assembly's next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday morning. The Security Council cannot function after Thursday — New Year's Eve — unless agreement is reached on the basic issue or unless two disputed council seats are filled without a vote so as to avoid a challenge of the Soviets' right to vote. The Soviet Union has refused to pay assembly assessments to finance the Congo and Middle East peace-keeping operations because it contends the Security Council alone has the right to start and finance such operations. It is more than two years behind in its total assessments. The United States says that if a vote on anything is called in the assembly, the Soviet Union must suffer the penalty set out in Article 19 of the U N Charter. DR. J. E. CHRISTOPHERSON Navy. He spent his active duty with the 1st Marine Division as battalion surgeon. Dr. Christopherson joined the Marines at New Britain and was n the Pelcilu Island campaign, for which he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. In the Okinawa campaign, he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious action. ( He was certified by the Amer- SAME DATE-IH3-427 can Board of Surgery in 1951 and was a member of the Iowa Academy cf Surgery. Dr. Christopherion was married to Evelyn M. Simonson, o£ Two Harbors, Minn., in July 945. She and their three children survive him. Dr. Christopherson was a eader in Trinity L u t heran Church, was a member of the YMCA board and the Kiwanis Club. Arrangements for a memorial service are incomplete. The Major-Erickson Funeral Horn* is in charge. Friends of Dr. Christopherson tave announced creation of a scholarship fund in hie memory. (See Page 28.} -t,

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