The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 7, 1975 · Page 1
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April 7, 1975

The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 1

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INDEX Amusements Classified' Comics Editorial Obituaries Society Sports 14-19 12 13 4 11 7-8 PRQVO-SALT LAKE-OGDEN Partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday with chance of snow showers. Contained cold, highs mid 40s, low tonight upper J*s. Northwesterly winds 10 to IS m.p.h. Probability of measurable snow decreasing to 40 per cent tonight and Tuesday. 102NDYEAR.N0.114 PROVO, UTAH, MONDAY, APRIL?, 1975 $3.00 PER MONTH - PRICE 10 CENTS Aid for Viet Civilians Asked in Ford Appeal A COLUMN OF REFUGEES passes abandoned M-16 rifles and hand grenades lying at the side of the road dropped by retreating South Vietnamese Rangers and Marines. Scene was along Highway One north of Binh Tuy Province. Communist forces today shelled an oil storage area less than eight miles from the center of Saigon. (UPI Telephoto) Commies Shell Oil Storage Area 8 Miles From Center of Saigon SAIGON (UPI) -Communist forces shelled an oil storage area less than eight miles from the "center of Saigon "early today in the first major attack on the capita] since start of their offensive. By late today they had shifted the thrust of their offensive around Saigon to the populous Mekong Delta. Military sources said the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong carried out more than 100 attacks in six provinces of the delta. They reported at least 113 shellings and 19 ground assaults. Several roads were cut and Communist units sank a ferry carrying military vehicles into VI Thanh, 98 miles southwest of Saigon. The South Vietnamese command said at least 60 mortar rounds slammed into Nha Be, only six miles southeast of Saigon, early today in an attempt to hit the country's main fuel dump. Six persons were wounded but no major damage was reported in the first major attack near the capital of the current offensive, officials said. Military sources said a U.S. 7th Fleet task force including two guided missile cruisers, an aircraft carrier and escort vessels was in position 50 to 60 miles off the coast. The ships could be used to evacuate Americans from Saigon if an all- out attack were launched against the capital. The sources said four of the vessels were amphibious ships with helicopters and U.S. Marines aboard. Saigon remained outwardly calm but Americans and other foreigners continued their exodus from the capital aboard commercial flights and it was disclosed that the three U.S. banks operating here had pulled out their American staffs. The banks are the First National City Bank of New York, Bank of America and the Chase Manhattan Bank. Managers of the facilities during the weekend left their operations in the care of Vietnamese employes, departing with U.S. dollars, travelers' checks and other banking instruments, banking sources said. The pullout left Americans here with virtually no foreign exchange facilities. Saigon command spokesman Lt. Col. Le Trung Hien said 60 mortar and recoilless rounds slammed into Nha Be, six miles southeast of Saigon, early today, wounding four soldiers, a policeman and one civilian. The Communist weapons used in the attack have a range of less than two miles, meaning the gun positions were within eight miles of downtown Saigon. It was the first major attack in the Saigon area of the current crisis, and the first since December, 1973, when the Communists destroyed most of South Vietnam's largest oil storage facility at Nha Be. Saigon residents could clearly hear the 100-minute barrage at Nha Be, and the answering government artillery, which did no known damage. Cargo planes preceded the reoccupation of Nha Trang by ground troops with a drop of 15,000-pound "daisy cutter" bombs which exploded just above ground level and spewed fragments in a 200-yard radius. • Saigon government and military officials fled the city in (Continued on Page 5) Pres. Kimball Ends Conference With Plea for Strong Morality ByROGERBENNETT SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) Mormon prophet, seer and revelator Spencer W. Kimball closed the 145th General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sunday with an attack on sin and a call for a return to morality. The 80-year-old leader of the Mormons told 8,000 gathered at the Mormon Tabernacle and a million watching on television around the world that man must 30-Day Mourning For Chiang Begins TAIPEI (UPI) - Hundreds of thousands of Chinese, from kindergarten children to aged war veterans, bowed their heads in sorrow Monday before giant color portraits of Nationalist China's late President Chiang Kai-Shek. The official 30-day mourning period for the last of the World War II allied leaders opened at dawn with artillery throughout Taiwan thundering 24-gun salutes —one shot every 30 minutes for 12 hours. Chiang, 87, who survived President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Josef Stalin, died Saturday night of a heart attack in Taipei, where he had lived in exile from the China mainland for 25 years. At noon, police and military guards opened the doors to the huge red brick Dr. Sun Yat- sen Hall, where a memorial altar .was erected to the generalis- simo. Police said more than 200,000 perons filed under the hall's curved Chinese roofs to pay their respects to Chiang. Another 100,000 walked through the garden of Chiang's western- style suburban home to bow before another altar. In the Sun Yat-sen Hall, a gigantic color portrait of the late president stood in the center of a stage so big that four pine trees had been transplanted to flank the picture. The stage was filled with hundreds of white lilies. Two crosses shaped from white flowers stood on either side as symbols of Chiang's conversion to Christianity by his American (Continued on Page 5) repent or "history will repeat itself and we will be destroyed." "When we see pornography, adulterous practices, homosexuality running rampant...! ask if the days of Satan have 'returned," said Kimball. He said he is weary of discussing the world's moral situation, but said as president of the church, he has the obligation to call men to repentence. He urged people everywhere to "respect themselves, respect others and return to a new morality." Also speaking at Sunday afternoon's final session was Elder Neal A. Maxwell, an assistant to the Council of the Twelve Apostles and head of the church's education system. Maxwell described the "adventurous journey of the men and women of Christ." He said "the man of Christ sees trends around him about which it is difficult to speak, but impossible to remain silent. Because he sees with 'an eye of faith,' he knows more than he can tell, but he need not always be fully articulate, for real Christianity is contagious. "He sees that those who (Continued on Page 5) Arms Aid Mention Omitted By RICHARD H. GROWALD PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (UPI) — President Ford called today for a firm American commitment to help orphans and other civilian victims in South Vietnam. He did not call for military aid. In an address prepared for delivery to the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas, Nev., and released here, the President for the third speech in a row omitted calling for even the $300 million in emergency military aid for Saigon he earlier labeled as urgent. "I am now preparing a report on international policy which I will present before a joint session of the Congress on Thursday. We are re-evaluating our foreign policy. I will not go into details today. "But I will certainly put high on my agenda a firm American commitment to provide humanitarian aid to the helpless civilian victims —including orphaned children —of the war in Vietnam," Ford said. Ford was scheduled to deliver the speech at 4:45 p.m. EOT. He was ending his nine-day work and play holiday in California, leaving his Palm Springs resort at 2:05 p.m. EDT, arriving in Las Vegas at 2:45 p.m. EDT and leaving at 5:35 p.m. EDT and landing in Washington at 9:25 p.m. EDT. The President in his Las Vegas speech omitted mention of the arms aid. Only in a San Diego news conference before the three speeches did Ford call for the $300 million aid proposal and say he might even ask for more. As in other speeches, Ford also stressed: —Congress must not spend beyond the level of a $60 billion budget deficit. "If there is runaway spending by the government, we will again be caught up in a destructive inflationary spiral." —The $24 billion tax cut was needed, but too little was done for the middle class. —"There is little doubt that those who will get a temporary benefit from the new tax cut law (those Ford calls the "low income taxpayer") will wind up footing the bill through inflation unless Congress acts more responsibily on spending." —The time for increasing welfare programs has ended. He said if social spending rises at the current rate, "by the year 2000 one half of the nation will be producers and supporters of the other half." THIS IS SPRING? Central Utahns awakened this morning to see snow of varying depths or in some cases just a skiff or no snow at all. 1'.^ V->:.^v/^ The Springvllle area which this photo was taken by Herald reporter Onelta Sumsion got several inches of snow. New Snow Varies Cancer Fund ^B* • ^^ ^^ ^* ^^ ^^ "^ ^^ TC..~ »„ „:„ innknr. «f -April has been declared Cancer Crusade .month by government officials and 3,785 volunteers in Utah County will solicit donations during the month, according to John Hardy, crusade chairman for Utah County. He added the organization is seeking $29,750 in its annual drive. Some of that money will come from the United Way of Utah County in accordance with a 1975 agreement, Mr. Hardy said. The funds are used as follows: Research, 29 per cent; public education, 10.5 per cent; professional education, 12.7 per cent; service for cancer patients, 12,7 per cent; community, 9.6 per cent; fund raising, 11.7 per cent and management, 9.6 per cent. Mr. Hardy added that $400,000 in research grants are currently in effect in Utah. Those wishing to make a contribution may do so by mailing to the American Cancer Society in care of the local postmaster. Rofe Boosf Seen Water Ordinance Hearing Tuesday Babylift Ha/fed, Then Okayed by Viet Regime By ALICE Z.CUNEO United Press International The South Vietnamese government today halted "Operation Babylift" then hours latef okayed resumption of the flights under pressure from the United States and other countries where the orphans of war are being welcomed into new homes. The Saigon government said it would permit more of the estimated 18,000 homeless children to leave if they are assured adoption. The announcement was made only hours after "Operation Babylift" agencies said the emigration of babies was cut off after about 1,400 had been flown out, 900 of them to the United States. Resumption of the emergency babylift program came after pressure from officials of the United States, Canada and Australia —the three countries directly involved in the evacuation. VICE PRESIDENT C.K. Yen, 70, left, wag ivvprn in as President of Nationalist China Sunday following the death of Chiang Kai-Shek. But the actual power will be in the hands of Chiang's son, Premier Ching Ching-kuo, right. . (UPI Te^rfwto) The Provo City Commission will hold a hearing Tuesday . ft evening on a new city water FfM'fi \flfffflAC ordinance which will increase rUlU JIUVlfCa mosi people's water bills by about $1 a month. The rate increase will boost the average residential water bill from $8.90 a month to about $10 a month, Dean Wheadon, city water and waste water director, said. The hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. during the regular city commission meeting in the commission chambers at 351 W. Center St. The ordinance will include a re-organization of the city's water, sewer, irrigation and storm drain departments. The largest rate increase will come for county residents using Provo City water. "All water service furnished outside the corporate limits of Provo City shall be triple city rates in future," Mr. Wheadon said. County residents currently pay double the city rate. The new triple rate will apply for all charges including water connections, as well as for the actual water consumed. The new rates were established following an independent study of the city rate structure by Burns and McDonnell, consulting engineers from Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Wheadon sa^d that the May Trip To Europe BRUSSELS (UPI) - President Ford is considering a trip to Europe next month to assure western allies that America's commitment to their defense remains strong, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization spokesman said Monday. The spokesman said a summit meeting of Ford and the other 14 leaders of the NATO nations is under examination. Although no decision has been made, he said, a summit to reaffirm Western unity could take place at NATO headquarters here on May 29-30 —the date already set for the annual spring meeting of NATO foreign ministers. The summit would come at a time of growing uneasiness, fed by the events in Indochina, over the strength of the U.S. will to stand by its allies. "The pulling-back of burned American fingers... affects the countries of Western Europe, too," the Economist of London said. main reason for the increase is to take account of the effect of inflation on the water system. Another reason is to remove the system of paying smaller amounts when large quanitites of water are used. The new charge will be 16 cents per hundred cubic feet used in addition to a monthly flat fee. The old system charged 16 cents for the first 1,000 cubic feet, and then lesser amounts for quantites greater than 1,000 cubic feet. A major increase will be in the cost of making a new water connection. A regular household meter currently costs $135. The new rate will be $300 for city residents and $900 for county residents. , A larger household meter which currently costs $195, the new rate is to be $350 for city residents and $1,050 for others. "The reason we need to update these charges is that the cost of equipment for a new connection plus manpower has risen substantially over the years, and the city has been'losing money on every new connection," Mr. Wheadon remarked. In 1971 six-inch cast iron pipe cost about $2, and the same pipe now costs more than $3.50. A reservoir in 1969 cost $273,000 and this year the same size facility is to cost over $545,000, Mr. Wheadon concluded. Five to six inches of snow was dumped on Springville Monday as Old Man Winter continued his spring vacation in Central Utah, to the delight of skiers and the dismay of gardners. Snow flurries struck central and northern part of the county with no snow reported in the Santaquin area. Spanish Fork tod a half-inch of snow on lawns artd vacant lots, but the streets were clear. In the Payson area less than one inch of snow^as reported. Below freezing weather continued Monday with American Fork reporting a chill J 26 degrees at 7:30 a.m. and downtown Provo posting a less than - sweltering 29 degrees at 10 a.m. Sundance officials said one >o three inches of new snow was added to the 32-inch snowpack ai the base of the ski slope. Intel-mountain temperatures included a high of 44 at Boise, Ida.; 71 in Denver, Colo.; 60 in Las Vegas, Nev., and 72 in Phoenix, Ariz. On the national scene, Cut Bank, Mont., reported a weekend low of one degree above zero with Coululla, Tex., boasting a nationwide high of 89. Tram Collision Has Heavy Toil MOSCOW (UPI) - A crowded commuter train in Lithuania plowed into a military transport train laden with gasoline and burst into flames, Lithuanian sources said today. The sources said the accident, which occurred last Friday, may have killed scores or even hundreds of passengers. They said a brief item in the Lithuanian newspaper Tiesa acknowledged the crash had taken place and that "some" persons had been killed. Nation- nal newspapers have not mentioned the accident. A Lithuanian, who said he was on the undamaged rear part of the train, told of seeing flames "four stories high" immediately after the accident. He said many persons were trapped in the wreckage of the second, third and fourth carriages which were drenched with gasoline. ; .

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