Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas on March 28, 1968 · Page 1
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Microfilm Cent -r Inc . PO Box 45436 as ex W§AtH§R BROWN WOOD AREA: Mostly cloudy and mild tonight and Friday. Low tonight 60 to 66, high Friday 70 to t6. Maxirnurh temperature here Wednes* day 6f, overnight low 60. Sunset today 6:49, sunrise Friday 6:25. Brownwood Bulletin OUftTIlN PASES TODAY §&OWNW665, t6XAi!>, tHUf&SAY, MA&CH 2§, 1*68 VOlUMfe 68 N5. 142 ' 16 fiiftH Daily, 15 e«nti Sunday Wisconsin Primary Traffic Congested Gagarin Is Dead Russian Hero Killed in Crash By MICHAEL JOHNSON Associated Press Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Handsome Soviet cosmonaut Yuri A. Gagarin, who flew the world's first manned space mission in April 1961, died in a training-flight crash Wednesday. The crash also killed Col. Vladimir S. Seryogin, commander of an air unit and a member of the space backup team. The ashes of both Gagarin and Seryogin will be placed in the most honorable spot in the Soviet Union, the Kremlin Wall facing Red Square. The news that the 34-year-old Soviet hero was dead plainly saddened many Russians. One radio announcer repeated the official report several times with deep emotion. The announcements were interspersed with slow funeral music from Tchaikovsky and Scriabin. No details were given about the crash. Gagarin's death was the second tragedy known to have hit the Soviet space program within a year. Last April 24 Col. Vladimir M. 'Komarov was killed when his Soyuz spacecraft crashed to earth. Six U.S. astronauts have died in the line of duty. Gagarin opened the book on manned space flight on April 12, 1961, when he shot skyward in his Vostok space capsule and orbited the earth once. The trip lasted 108 minutes and Gagarin landed apart from the capsule by parachuting to earth near (See GAGARIN on Page 2) Tag Deadline Zeroing In on Late Comers "Lines are beginning to form and it's going to get worse before it gets better," Hugh Allcorn, Brown County tax assessor-collector, said this morning. He was referring to the sale of vehicle license plates in Brown County. The tax assessor-collector's office will remain open until noon Saturday for the convenience of county residents who reserve Saturday for "coming to town." Approximately 2,500 passenger license plates are yet to be issued by the April 1 deadline. Allcorn said. He estimates 8,600 plates sold to date. The number of commercial plates issued total about 2,000 with 600 more to go, Allcorn noted. The farm plates sold are approximately 700 with 350 more expected to be issued. New licenses must be in place by April 1. McCarthy's Camp Refoo/s Campaign MILWAUKEE, Wis. AP-Congestion has begun to mark the campaign road in Wisconsin where a high source in Sen. Eugene McCarthy's Camp acknowledged the senator's staff is being retooled to get fewer backfires. But, the source added, 'It's like trying to dc- a valve job in the middle of the Indianapol's 500." With the slate's primary coming up Tuesday, presidential hopofuls and their spokesmen were numerous in the Badger State. Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon, facing limited competition from former Minnesota Gov. Harold Stassen and California Gov. Ronald Reagan NO CLUES TO FUTURE Abrams Heads for Vietnam By ROBERT T. GRAY Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. Creighton W. Abrams has departed Washington for Vietnam, leaving behind virtually no clues as to future U.S. troop plans— or to his own military future. "I look for more fighting," was the clipped response of the deputy U,S. commander ..in Vietnam when asked to forecast the future course of the war. And he dismissed as tersely the speculation that he's in line to succeed Gen. William C. Westmoreland when the U.S. commander steps down to become Army chief of staff by July 2. "The White House speaks for itself," said the 53-year-old 253,000 Reefs Take Count During General's Tenure WASHINGTON (AP) - During Gen. William C. Westmoreland's tenure in South Vietnam the allies have reported killing 253,000 of the enemy—124,500 more than the enemy was said to have in the country when Westmoreland took over. Enemy torces at the end of 1964 when Westmoreland took over were estimated at 128,500. The top Viet Cong and North Vietnamese strength in the South currently is listed as 248,000. Most enemy deaths have occurred the past two years when Hanoi, like Washington, was escalating its manpower commitment in the South. Westmoreland, due to return to Washington as Army chief of staff by July 2, assumed command of the U.S. war effort in August 1964. As of July 1, 1964, enemy death totals going back through 1960 stood at 67,080. This figure, it should be noted, generally consisted of South Vietnamese casualty claims. The United States later began its own count. By the end of 1967 claimed enemy losses for eight years stood at 255,384. The over-all toll as of March 16 stands at 320,129, according to Pentagon figures. There is no breakdown as to Viet Cong versus North Vietnamese losses. That toll does not include 1,941 Communists U.S. officials report killed so far In the 18- day-old operation to clear enemy troops from the area surrounding Saigon. Army general in referring newsmen to a White House refusal to comment on Westmoreland's successor. His comments came in a planeside interview shortly before he flew out of Andrews Air Force Base for Vietnam. Like his two days of secrecy-cloaked talks with -President Johnson and other U.S. pfficials in v Washington, details of his return trip weren't disclosed. The White House has said these talks did not involve Abrams' future and maintains no decision is imminent on war zone manpower changes. In an interview with The Associated Press, the man in charge of the pacification program in South Vietnam conceded the Viet Cong handed the program a major setback with their Tet offensive. But Ambassador Robert W. Komer, predicted the South Vietnamese will recoup their losses faster than the enemy does its. Chairman J. W. Fulbright of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meanwhile introduced a resolution urging President Johnson to create a Cabinet-level post to "deal exclusively with the question of end- tag the war in Vietnam." The proposal by the Arkansas Democrat and fervent war-policy critic would not be bunding on Johnson if the Senate adopts it. A committee-spokesman said the resolution had been routinely sent to the State Department for comment. One source suggested administration and public reaction to the plan would determine whether committee hearings on it would be scheduled. Fulbright did not suggest the name of anyone to fill the proposed peace-seeker post, but called for Johnson to appoint "a man of high international stature who would not have been previously identified with any school of thought" on Vietnam. The appointee would have "sole responsibility for conducting negotiations and full authority to take the initiative in promoting such negotiations," Fulbright,said, +f School Panel Slates Reports Recommendations of a citizens school improvement study committee will be presented tonight when members of the panel meet at 7 p.m. in the Brownwood High School student center. George Jordan, chairman of the public relations sub-committee, will preside in the absence of John Pound, committee chairman. Members of the committee have been asked to sit in their original study groups for tonight's meeting. on the Republican ballot, said he is preparing a major statement for broadcast Sunday con cerning the Vietnam war and "the problem of diplomacy at the highest level involving the Soviet Union." Three Johnson administration official.--, were in Wisconsin- Postmaster General Lawrenre O'Brien, Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark and consumer affairs ad'- viser Betty Furness. McCarthy, the only Democrat listed on the Tuesday primary ballot besides Johnson, was showing signs of polishing the campaign efforts begun in Ne,v Hampshire with the heb of young persons A source high in the McCarthy camp, who asked not to be identified, acknowledged a staff rebuilding program is under way. But the source said critics of methods being used in the Minnesota senator's campaign should not view the situation by an "organization chart." Few professionals joined the McCarthy move when the senator originally challenged John son, (he source said, and the campaign was,handled by "dedicated amateurs who learn fast.' McCarthy, he added, is now a man running in 50 states, "which, was not true before New Hampshire." McCarthy, planning visits to northern Wisconsin cities today, said in Chicago Wednesday that early in the campaign, "everybody was happy, kind of running his own operation. Beyond Wisconsin, I expected we'd have to organize, especially after the entrance of Sen. (Robert) Ken nedy, which made it a different kind of campaign." Nixon, speaking at a Madison news conference prior to addressing a farm audience in Wausau, said the statement he plans Sunday "will cover the problem of military recommendations that have been made" (See PRIMARY on Page 2) TARS Seeking Items For Saturday's Sale Anything will be accepted from a king size bed to a hairpin, say members of TARS (Teens Aid the Retarded). Items donated to the TARS for the next two days will be sold at a white elephant sale Saturday scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the National Guard armory on the Brady Highway. Merchants in the cjty have been contacted and many are contributing items of all descriptions. TARS will sell these at nominal price and all proceeds will go toward aiding some of the retarded youngsters in the city attend a summer camp planned especially for them. Any persons in the city wishing to make a contribution to be sold at the event may call Barbara Rothe at 642-8090 or Mrs. Jake Fair at 645-9616. TARS say they already have accumulated articles ranging from car brush cleaners to handbags and they are planning to sell every item donated before the sale ends. LOOKING OVER DOCUMENTS Mrs. Juanita Leach, left, and Mrs. Betta McMillan art shown studying historical memorabilia at Douglas MacAruthr Academy of Freedom. DIA Observance Hits Homestretch The observance of Demo-1 cracy-in-Action Week at How- 1 ard Payne College headed into the homestretch today as students began registering for a three-day seminar for high school students. Registration'began at 4 p.m. "today in the Browntowner Motor Inn. Seminar activities will wind up Saturday afternoon. Tonight at 7:30, the Brownwood High School a cappella FJ7J Fighter Feared Lost On Mission By BOB HORTON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP)-One of the United States' controversial Fill fighters is overdue on a bombing mission in Southeast Asia and presumably lost, it was learned today A squadron of the 1500-mile- an-hour Fills arrived hi Thailand March 17. The supersonic, swing-wing fighters cost several million dollars each. Sources said the Fill and its two-man crew was en route from Thailand to a bombing mission over North Vietnam Wednesday. The plane has not been heard from since. It was understood the last radio transmission from the crew came while the plane was over Laos, which lies between Thailand and North Vietnam Search operations have turned up no trace of the fighter-bomber. Sources indicated Hie Pentagon had no word on what may have happened to the Fill. Six of the Fills had only recently been based at Ta Khli, Thailand. choir, directed by Miss Dorothy Mclntosh, will present a concert prior to .n address by Dr. Frank N. Trager, of New York. The program will be held in Mims Auditorium. DR. TRAGER, known for his speeches against communism, will be followed by another New Yorker Friday when Frank R. Barnett, president of the National Strategy Information Center, Inc., and described by A. C. Garvin, executive vece president of HPC, as being one of the nation's top speakers, delivers his address at 10 a.m. in Mims. ( Wednesday afternoon an exhibit of orginal historical documents entitled the Signers of the United States Constitution went on display at the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom. The extensive collection includes letters and documents written or signed by the 39 delegates of the Constitutional Convention. THIS COMPREHENSIVE autographic collection, from one of the largest private collections in the United States, and consisting of original letters and documents of historical significance and mounted with pertinent prints, pictures and American memorabilia, is being made available through the courtesy of ARA services, a national service organization providing food service management for schools, colleges, hospitals, industry and recreation areas. George Sipper, director of food services at HPC, was instrumental in bringing the exhibit to Brownwood. Trager and Bamett recently co-authored an article in the Amrican Legion Magazine on "The World After Vietnam". BARNETT, a World War II veteran was a Russian interpreter for ths 69th infantry Jets Rip Su pply Depots division, tfie first American unit to meet the Red Army on the Elbe River in April, 1945. • He helped to initiate the first National Strategy Seminar for Reserve Officers at the National War College (July- 1959 in Washington. Dr. Trager has taught at Johns Hopkins and Yale Universities and also at the National War College. One of the highlights of th« DIA program will be the Friday night performance of "Sing Out '68" by Weslaco High School. The group, consisting of 73 high school students and sponsored by Mrs. Thomas Free, a graduate at HPC, will present the concert in the Brownwood Coliseum starting at 7:30. Absentee Voting Deadline Friday Absentee voting in next Tuesday's city election will end at 5 p.m. Friday. Ballots may be obtained at the office of tht city secretary in city hall. To date 13 absentee ballots have been cast. The election will name a mayor, two city councilman and * police chief. All four races are contested. SCRAMBLE r cevtr §» #n tntmy rofktt hitf tht runway at Gimp §¥• •nil njrth 9f Phy Bai< i*yth art mtmbin «f tht U.S. Pint Cavalry* SAIGON (AP) - U.S. Air Force B52 jet bombers pounded North Vietnamese supply depots and command centers in the A Shau Valley west of Hue today with hundreds of tons of high explosives in an effort to blunt a new enemy buildup threatening the former imperial capital. Thirty-five eight *' engined. Stratofortresses flew five s,epa- rate missions against the valley 50 miles west of Hue, raining nearly JJ million pounds o bombs on the North Yietnjim.ese positions. The bombers, flying at more thin 20,000 feet an,<| ujjseen from Wednesday afternoon on truck parks, gun positions, bunkers and storage depots in the valley. They returned this morning for two more missions. During the same period, the B52s flew two missions against North Vietnamese ammunition depots and troop concentrations aroun4 Khe Sanh. For the third consecutive day, Marines at Khe Sanh reported a relatively light shelling, fewer than 100 rounds. Marine casualties were; reported as light. The S52s have been averaging about five missions § 4§y in support of Khe Sanh. to spotted regularly in recent weeks moving from the A Shau Valley toward Hue with ammunition and other war materials. Lt. Gen. Robert E. Cushman, commander oi the northern 1st Corps, said North Vietnamese engineers have rebuilt much of old provincial Route 547 running 40 miles over mountains from the A Shau Valley to Hue. The valley has served as a massive enemy supply depot on the HO Chj Minn network of trails from. L.aos since North Vietnamese troops overran the U.S. Special Forces camp there two ye^rs ago. * ibs ty V& commanders in Vietnam predicted the North Vietnamese would strike again at Hue because the Communist command feels it is the invasion gateway along the coastal plains to South Vietnam. Elsewhere the U.S. command announced that 1,989 Viet Cong have been killed in the biggest allied offensive of the war around Saigon. Latest reports said an American task force of tanks and infantrymen killed 99 Viet Cong troops ?8 mjles northwest of Saigon in two days of fighting in Operation Quyet Thang-Re- Lofesf Cool Front Stalls In Panhandle By THE ASSOCIATEP PRESS Light rain peppered the West Central Texas area from Abilene to San Angelo this morning while a dissipating cool front stalled across the Panhandle. Clouds covered much of the state except for extreme West Texas and the upper Panhandle, while early morning fog plagued acres along the coast, in parts of East Texas and a spot or two in the west. It was foggy around Beau- j mont, Port Arthur, Galveston, Houston, College Station, Lufkin, Victoria, Corpus Christ! | and Lubbock. I Fog and low clouds covered parts of East Texas, including most of the state's southeast corner, and it was mostly cloudy (elsewhere except for extreme j West Texas and the upper Pan* 1 handle. J Weather Bureau observers i looked for no further effects j from the weak Pacific front, j which came to a standstill along a line from near Amarillo south* westward past Carlsbad, N.M., and skies started clearing b*

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