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Carroll Daily Times Herald VOL. 98—No. 273 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa 51401, Monday, November 20, 1967 -Ten Pages Delivered by Carrier Boy Each Evening for 50 Cents Per Week Iftc Sln * 1- IU C Cop.y Relief Troops Reach Scene— U.S. Force Trapped; Losses Heavy SAIGON (AP) - North Vietnamese regulars surrounded a U.S. paratrooper battalion on a hill near the Cambodian border in South Vietnam's central highlands today and with heavy ground assaults and mortar attacks apparently inflicted heavy casualties. An American relief force reached the scene at dusk. The battalion of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade was cut off for 24 hours before the reinforcements arrived to break the Communist attack and bring out dead and wounded. Heavy enemy ground fire kept rescue helicopters away. Associated Press correspondent John Lengel reported from Dak To, about 15 miles from the fighting, the heavy communist fire set off a huge explosion inside the U.S. perimeter, possib- ly causing heavy casualties. It could not be determined immediately what caused the blast. The fighting, perhaps the most vicious yet in the highlands campaign, came as U.S. planes bombed the Hanoi-Hai- phong area for the fifth straight day on Sunday. The attacks included blows against the fifth and six targets to come off the Pentagon's restricted list in four days. They are a concrete plant and a barge yard near Hanoi. In Washington the Pentagon said the concrete plant produced cement for airfield runways and road and highway repairs. The U.S. Command announced the loss of four planes, bringing the total number of losses over the North to 749 aircraft. The four planes carried six crewmen, all of whom are missing. The belief grew among American commanders that the Communists at Dak To are trying to do what they achieved earlier this year just below the demilitarized Zone —- draw large American forces away from thickly populated areas and pin them down in the sparsely settled mountains. Some 6,000 Americans and Percy —NEA RadloTelephoto World Beauties— The winner and two runners-up in the 1967 Miss World contest in London are Madeleine Hartog-Bel, center, of Peru; Shkaria Baksh, left, of Guyana, third place, and Maria Sabalauskas, right of Argentina, second place. Commission Warns of U.S. Health Crisis WASHINGTON (AP) - A presidential commission Warned today a national health crisis may "be upon us now or just around the corner." Already, it said, the system of caring for America's health 15 Die Over Weekend in Iowa Traffic By The Associated Press In one of the bloodiest weekends of the year 15 lowans lost their lives in traffic accidents in the state. Manslaughter charges wer^ filed Sunday in connection with two of the deaths. Charged was Loren Walsh, 27, of rural Riverside, who was identified as the driver of a car which struck two 12-year-old girls who were riding bicycles on a county road near Riverside Saturday. Walsh was jailed following the accident on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Killed in the accident were Mary Gerot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Gerot, and Linda Simon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vince Simon. Both families live on farms near Riverside. Two Spirit Lake youths were killed and four others were injured when the van truck in which they were riding ran off a county road near Spirit Lake and crashed into a tree. Killed were Terrill L. Snook, 18, and Anthony J. Tatman, 16 Other accidents Sunday killed Fatalities See Page 9 is in a state of crisis, with costs rising far faster than living expenses and gaps apparent in the quality and distribution of services. The commission questioned whether the country is getting its money's worth from the increasing billions going into health care since there has been only a small gain in life expectancy. It suggested health might be improved more by-comparable expenditures in such areas as sanitation, education and bet 1 ter housing. .Among more than 50 curatives for current problems, the commission prescribed: —For doctors, dentists and other professionals: Periodic examinations for renewal of their licenses as a prod to keep up their skills and knowledge and to discourage "unnecessary or overly expensive tests and treatments" on the part of some. The commission listed reviews by peers or associates as one of its most important recommendations. —For hospitals: Financial rewards for efficiency and quality care so the better ones might expand and prosper and the worse ones go out of business. —Federal financial help to medical and dental schools to improve quality and expand enrollment. Loans to students covering full tuition and living costs, repayable over a period of years or in two years' time given to a national service other than Selective Service. —Highest priority for improving health care of disadvantaged persons. President Johnson named the 15-man commission last May. He asked it to recommend ways of improving the availability and use of health manpower. Romney and Differ on Bombing WASHINGTON (AP)— Republican presidential hopeful George Romney said today it would be unwise to stop the bombing of North Vietnam without knowing whether the halt would bring some "worthwhile result." Thus the Michigan governor appeared to differ with another GOP presidential possi* bility, Sen. Charles H. Percy of Illinois, who proposed over the weekend that President Johnson order periodic, unannounced halts in the bombing to test Communist willingness to negotiate. Romney dealt with Vietnam and his political hopes as he opened his first week as a formally announced candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He threw his hat into the ring with a speech in Detroit Saturday. In preparation for his tour abroad next month Romney came to the State Department Monday morning for a briefing by assistant secretaries of state. Earlier Romney was interviewed on NBC's "Today" show, where he expressed, belief that to stop the bombing of North Vietnam without "knowing" it could lead to some worthwhile result "would not be a very wise thing to do." Breaks Ground for New Church— —Paige & Paige Photo Charge Boy Shot Parents; Father BOONE (AP) - A 14-year-old Boone County boy was held on an open charge of murder Monday after a shooting spree in which his father was killed and his mother seriously wounded. Floyd Ray, 45, of near Ogden was shot to death in his farm home about midnight . Sunday, Boone County Sheriff Jack Camelin said. His wife, Betty, 34, Was hospitalized in Des Moines with gunshot wounds in her chest, near the heart, and in the arm. , The son, held in Boone County jail after he was reportedly arrested at Jefferson early Monday, was identified as David Ray. As about 100 persons watched Sunday afternoon, the Very Rev. Leo Lenz, V.F., pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Carroll, turned the first spadeful of earth in ground-breaking ceremonies for a new $745,931 church, rectory, and connecting offices. Looking on during the historic event are, from left, Frank Beiter and Tom Finegan, lay directors, the Revs. Thomas M. Donahoe and Norbert A. Sulkowski, Joseph Beisch, Dr. L. J. Weidemeier, The Revs. Jerome Cosgrove, John Thomas, Maurice Krause, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Henry B. Karhoff, and the Rev. P. M. Sturm. Construction of the new church complex will begin immediately, according to Fr. Lenz. Late News Off AP Wire Higher Food Prices Due in Coming Year WASHINGTON (AP)- Markups on food prices by processors and marketing firms will increase two to three per cent in 1968 over this year's margins the Agriculture Department predicts. These markups would be reflected in higher retail food prices — possibly as much as three per cent, the agency says. "Operating costs of food marketing firms likely will rise in 1968," a food marketing report says. "Hourly earnings and fringe benefits of food marketing employes are expected to continue rising, and the rise is not likely to be entirely offset WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing "very serious manpower problems" among the North Vet- namese and Viet Cong, Gen. William C. Westmoreland says a token withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Vietnam may be possible within two years. "We have evidence through our intelligence that the enemy has very serious manpower problems in the South," said the commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam. But he warned that any phase- out of U.S. troops "may be token at first" and remains conditional on improvement in the South Vietnamese forces. HEART TRANSPLANT- CHICAGO (AP) — Surgeons at California's Stanford Medical Center are ready to make the world's first human heart transplant whenever the ideal donor and ideal recipient appear there at the same time, the Journal of the American Medical Association said today. ARMORED BOOT- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army soon will field test in Vietnam a new armored boot designed to save infantrymen from crippling wounds inflicted by Communist land mines. Mines and booby traps ha.ve caused a higher proportion of American deaths and wounds in this war than in World War II and Korea. Some 800 pairs of a new blast-protective tropical combat boot will be sent for field evaluation to Army and Marine .troops in South Vietnam. EDUCATORS' HOME— DES MOINES (AP) The Iowa State Education Assoca- tion said Monday it will build a 12-story retirement home of educators, with 147 apartments. The home, to be called Heather Manor, will cost $2.5 million and should be ready for occupancy by the fall of 1969, the association said. It will be constructed in the urban renewal area, not far from downtown Des Mones. TO STUDY IN MEXICO- STORM LAKE (AP) - Plans for a two-week "Classroom in Mexico" study course June 8-21 have been announced by Buena Vista College. A group of approximately 30 students will travel to the Institute Allende in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, for classes in Mexican culture, language, and literature. Dr. and Mrs. Felix Cruz of Storm Lake will lead the institute group. Lectures during the two-week session will be given by Institute Allende personnel. Soviet Jet on First Trip to United States MOSCOW (AP) — A new Soviet IL62 jet airliner left today on its first flight to the United States. Aboard were officials to discuss a regular New York- Moscow airline service. The group headed by Dmitry I. Petrov, inspector-general of civil aviation, will begin technical talks in Washington Tuesday. A spokesman for the Ministry of Civil Aviation said the group expects to fly back to Moscow by the end of the week. An agreement for the first direct air service between the United States and the Soviet Union was signed a year ago. Two earlier technical sessions have been held and now the route can be opened, "fairly soon," the U.S. State Department has said. The IL62, whose four jet engines are mounted on the tail like the British VC10, has recently begun flying to Montreal New Delhi and Rome. It must now obtain an American certificate of airworthiness and pass noise level tests at New York's Kennedy Airport. by increases in output per man- hours." The report said food store employes earned an average of $2.50 per hour in August this year—-5 per cent more than a year earlier. This rise exceeds the average annual increase of 4 per cent since 1957. It said the increases in the average hourly earnings of food industry employes were comparable to those in other lines of manufacturing and trade. WASHINGTON (AP) - Production expenses of American farms during the first three quarters of 1967 are estimated at $34.4 billion by the Agriculture Department. This figure is $1.3 billion above expenses incurred during the corresponding period of 1966. The department said in a report that almost all production items, with the exception of feeder livestock, were higher in prices .than a year earlier. Farm real estate tax rates and mortgage interest per acre were up substantially. The number of hired farm workers was down more than 7 per cent through September, but this was said to have been about offset on rapidly rising farm wage rates. WASHINGTON (AP)- Edwin A. Jaenke, associate adminis- Food See Page 9 Snow in North Central, East By The Associated Press lowans in north-central and northeastern counties woke up to snow Monday. There was two inches on the ground at Mason City early in the day, and an inch at Waterloo and Dubuque. The precipitation was moving to the east and was to change to rain as afternoon highs moved into the 30s and 40s. Overnight lows in the 20s were forecast, with partly cloudy skies and little temperature change on tap for Tuesday. Lows early Monday were between 26 at Dubuque and 35 at Ottumwa, following afternoon highs Sunday which varied from 35 at Dubuque and Mason City to 50 at Council Bluffs. Repercussions Round World to Devaluation LONDON (AP) <- Repercussions to the 14.3 per cent devaluation in the British pound rolled around the world today, and bitter discontent brewed at home among Laborites, Conservatives and angry men-in- the street. • Fr. Anthof er Dies; Retired Area Priest The Rev. Louis B. Anthofer, 84, of Carroll, a priest for 54 years, died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Hospital, where he had been a patient for the last two weeks. He had been in failing health for the last two years. The Most Rev. Joseph M. Mueller, bishop of the Sioux City Diocese, will pontificate at a solemn requiem high mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday for Fr. Anthofer at St. Joseph's Church, Dedham. The office of the dead will be recited at 10:30 a.m., and burial will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery. • Friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday at Sharp's Funeral Home in Carroll, where rosaries will be recited Monday Rev. Anthofer . See Page 9 Rev. Louis Anthofer The government'! announcement Saturday that the pound would be devalued from $2,80 to $2.40 provoked matching devaluations in Spain, Ireland,. Denmark, Israel and the British colony of Hong Kong. Fifteen other nations said they were undecided, while other nations kept their currency's ratio to the U.S. dollar steady. Prime Minister Harold Wilson went on television Sunday night to explain that the devaluation is meant to spur British exports and that the limping economy will have a chance to "break out of the straightjacket" of boom and bust. Most countries that devalued with Britain are suppliers of food and raw materials, meaning British buyers can import from them at the same old prices. British salesmen stand to gain in countries that held fast. The government is in effect giving them a 14.3 per cent subsidy to undercut their competition, increase their profits or a combination of both. However, many prices on the home market will go up, resulting in a curtailment of buying. Devaluation . . See Page 9 4,000 South Vietnamese now are at Dak To, 270 miles north of Saigon, opposing an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 North Vietnamese. North Vietnamese soldiers dug in on a hill 14 miles southwest of Dak To killed 40 paratroopers of the U. S. 173rd Airborne Brigade and wounded 42 in an all-day battle Sunday. The paratroopers swept the battlefield today, but there was no immediate report of how many enemy bodies they found. Field reports told of three clashes within 800 yards of each other. The North Vietnamese broka contact after seven hours under a heavy bombardment by U. S. fighter-bombers and artillery. Elsewhere in the area, two U. S. 4th Infantry Division companies fought four miles south of Dak To and the South Vietnamese reported a victory Saturday on Hill 1416, five miles northeast of the Dak To airstrip. The 4th Division reported three U.S. infantrymen and seven North Vietnamese soldiers killed and 12 Americans wounded. The South Vietnamese said their paratroopers and U.S. planes killed 390 North Vietnamese regulars on Hill 1416. With the U.S. Command reporting 868 enemy soldiers killed in the Dak To campaign, this brought the claimed total of Communist dead to more than 1,200 in the campaign. American casualties of 197 killed and 750 wounded have been reported, while the battle for Hill 1416 cost the South Vietnamese 32 killed and 153 wounded. Communist gunners on Sunday shot down five U. S. helicopters, but all were recovered intact. Eight-engine B52 bombers went after suspected enemy positions 14 to 17 miles southwest of Dak To, near the area of the American paratroopers' battle, in four raids Sunday night and today. The northern ah* war's new targets Sunday were a concrete production plant six miles west- northwest of Hanoi' and the Thuy Phuong barge yard and transshipment point one mile farther on. U. S. pilots said heavy ground Vietnam . , , . See Page 9 Missourian Hurt Critically Steve Johnston, 57, Kansas City, Mo., was critically injured in a one-car accident seven and one-half miles north of Carroll on Highway 71 at 7:30 a.m. Monday. He was taken to St. Anthony Hospital where he was reported suffering from severe brain damage, fractured jaw, fractured nose and severe facial lacerations. Johnston, employed as a mechanic by TWA, was believed to have been on a hunting trip in the area. He was alone in the car at the time of the accident. Highway Patrolman Larry Long, Carroll, investigating officer, said it is believed tht car driven by Johnston went out of control at the crest of a hill and careened into a ditch and struck a farm driveway. The vehicle was demolished. The Weather IOWA FORECAST Fair west and decreasing cloudiness east Monday night with chance of snow or rain extreme east. Tuesday considerable cloudiness with chance of intermittent snow northwest and west-central by evening. Lows Monday night 20s north, 25-30 south. High Tuesday 30s north, 40s south. CARROLL-NORTHWEST Partly cloudy and colder Monday night with lows in the 20s. Increasing cloudiness and cooler Tuesday with light snow moving into area. Highs in the 30s. Precipitation probability 10 per cent Monday night, 20 to 30 per cent Tuesday. FIVE-DAY IOWA FORECAST Temperatures should average near normal for the period through Saturday. Normal highs 38 to 48. Normal lows 23 to 27. Minor day to day changes expected. Little or no precipitation likely. The Weather in Carroll (Dally Temperatures Courtesy of Iowa Public Service Company) Yesterday's high ._ 44 Yesterday's low ......18 At 7 a.m. today „_ 34 At 10 a.m. today 36 Weather A Year Ago— Temperature readings ranged from a high of 52 to a low of 27 degrees a year ago today in , Carroll.