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VOL.M-NO.q Circulation Certified fey ABC A adit THE PAMPA DAILY NEWS SUNDAY, JUNE II, 1972 (2< Pages Today) •M* Ml Vttyt ME San Antonio Is Ready For Echeverria's Visit SAN ANTONIO, T«x <AP»- Raln pestered construction crews Saturday as they worked frantically to complete an elaborate Mexican plata in time for the visit here Monday of Mexico's President Luis Ben- everria More rain was in the forecast for Sunday, but officials of San Antonio's Mexican Cultural Institute said everything should be ready by Monday morning. Workmen scurried about on scaffolds Saturday as they erected a replica of the decorations that adorn some of Mexico's giant pyramids. Others toiled over a graceful fountain, and still others put the final touches on reproductions of arches from a 16th Century Mexican church. French Train Crash Deaths Rise To 46 SOISSONS, France (AP) Rescuers struggling for 26 hours through the twisted wreckage of two trains in a tunnel north of Paris pulled a woman to safety Saturday night. They went back for more survivors despite the threat of further rockfalls from the tunnel's crumbling roof. The official death toll of Friday night's crash rose to 49 Saturday, and officials at the scene feared the final count could be over 100. Seventysix were reported injured. All the casualties were French. At least one man was reported still alive in the wreckage but he was in a steadily weakening condition. Cries from children had been heard intermittently during the day. Rail officials said about SCO passengers were on the two trains, many of them soldiers and students on a weekend break. The two trains sped Into the tunnel from opposite directions Friday night at 60 miles an hour. Rail officials said it appeared one train derailed on debris from the crumbling tunnel roof and a short time later the second train also hit the debris and smashed into the first one. Surrounding the plata la a complex that Includes a museum and art gallery, a building to be converted into an auditorium, and a classroom building for a branch campus of the National University of Mexico. The complex is located at HemlsFair Plata, site of the INI world fair. The branch campus, first ever established outside Mexico, already is offering summer courses and will expand to a year-round curriculum in the fall. While the construction crews were busily at work on the institute, local officials were making preparations to greet President Bcheverrla, who arrives at Randolph Air Force Base at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) Sunday. Welcoming ceremonies at Randolph will be open to the public, as will be the dedication of the institute at 11 a.m. (CDT) Monday. A Monday luncheon in Echeverria's honor also is a public event, although virtually all tickets have been sold. Inside the institute, President Echeverria will find five exhibits—including contemporary paints, sculpture, photographs of modern-day Mexico, popular art, and an exhibit of an archeological restoration project by Miguel Celorio-Blasco, a Mexican architect and archeologist who now is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Pickets also are expected for Echeverria's visit. The local chapter of the Committee to Free All Political Prisoners has announced plans to demonstrate peacefully at his hotel to call attention to "political repression" in Mexico. Inside Today's News $1 Million Bike Ride Saturday Mrs. Hunter Chisum of Pampa issued an invitation today to teenagers to "get involved" in the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Million Dollar Bike Ride on behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Mrs. Chisum, campaign chairman, announced the local bike ride will be held Saturday. The ride is part of a nation-wide event being sponsored by Epsilon Sigma Alpha, women's international service organisation, to raise funds for the renowned research institution founded by entertainer Danny Thomas. The hospital, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is best known for its significant advances in the treatment of childhood leukemia. Volunteers will be asked to ride at least part of a 15-mile route to solicit the sponsorship of community citizens who are willing to pledge a contribution for each mile ridden by the volunteer. The Million Dollar Bike Ride will involve some 70,000 riders in over 500 communities across the nation. A coast-to-coast caravan of riders will be given a farewell party June 30 on' national television with Mario Thomas, star of ABC television series "That Girl," leading the way. The carvan will depart from Washington, D. C. July J, and will travel westward, stopping in as many cities as possible to add local bike ride returns to a growing fund. The national bike ride will terminate on the West Coast where a check for the total amount raised across the nation will be presented to Danny Thomas. Pledge cards may be obtained from Mrs. Chisum, 622 Sloan. U.S. Ground Combat Role Ends, Air War Continues Sources Say GIs In Viet Now Stand Below 60,000 Afcfcy.... dMsMlcs] • ' MI- cSS:,,..,...^K-\ EdHertal Para Pag* • Oi the ftecerd RearvtewMbrtr Spwrts Wtmea'sNews YeMgerGeaeratiM . . Pages 7 •..,.-,; ,11 16 ;;...... 4 4 M t 4 14-1S 7-11 17 BENEFIT RIDE-Mrs. Hunter Chisum (right), 622 Sloan, chairman of the Million Dollar Bike Ride to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Center gives instruction to the teenage chairmen of the ride, who are, left to right, Rhonda Dennis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Dennis; Jenny Browder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Browder; Bruce Hungerford, son of Mr. and Mrs. I.A. Hungerford; Karla Sells, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Sells; and Jim Sargent, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sargent. Sponsored by Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority, Pampa's 15-mile ride will be held Saturday. Anyone interested may contact Mrs. Chisum. (Staff Photo by John Ebling) N. J. Baker Will Get New Trial For 1964 Slaying Of Ex-Pampan C-C Managers' Workshop Opens In Amarillo Today By RAY BAXTER Kenneth Bruce Martin, a baker from Camden. N.J., will get a new trial for the 1964 slaying of a former Pampan, Mrs. Janice Lee Strickland. In October, 1964, at Dallas, Pampa will be represented when 300 Texas Chamber of Commerce managers and their wives converge on Amarillo for an annual chamber work conference beginning today and ending with a banquet Tuesday evening in Villa Inn. Workshop sessions on all phases of Chamber of Commerce operations will fill the agenda Monday and Tuesday. The opening business session will start at 9:30 a.m. Monday with Rex Carpenter of Crosicana, immediate past president, presiding. The keynote address will be delivered by Pledger B. Cate. executive vice president and general manager of the South Texas Chamber of Commerce with headquarters in San Antonio. Other speakers appearing on the program include Ben Homan of the United States Chamber of Commerce, Arnold Mathias, regional manager of the Southwestern Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Jim Harwell, executive vice president and general manager, Texas Industrial Commission, and Don L. Rowe, CPA, Amarillo. The general theme of the three-day convention will be "The Chamber's Role In These Changing Times." Pampa chamber manager E.O. Wedgeworth will preside at the Tuesday noon luncheon which will feature an address by Floyd Watson, President of the First National Bank of Pampa. The association's annual banquet will conclude the conference Tuesday evening in the main ballroom of the Villa Inn. of four. A few weeks later his sentence was affirmed on appeal and he was ordered executed. In 1967 came the "Witherspoon decision" in which an appeals court said jurors could not be excluded because they opposed the death penalty and it was made retroactive. Martin filed a prison writ and was returned to Dallas in June, 1971 for a district court hearing. In November he was returned to death row at Huntsville. Now, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial. It ruled that rejection of 44 prospective jurors opposed to the death penalty prevented a fair trial. Under the new rules Martin will again be tried for murder. After almost a decade the case'Stirs interest-and many memories in Pampa. Leonard "Len" Strickland and Janice Lee were childhood sweethearts here. Sometime after their marriage, they moved to Dallas. On the night of May 16. 1964, they had been married 10 years. Len had to work late but they still went dancing. In another part of the city Martin worked late at his job as a baker. Then he went to a bar. On the way home his car stalled a half-block from the motel where he lived on West Davis. The Stricklands stopped to help. After fruitless labors over the balky motor, Len offered to take Martin home. His response was to draw a pistol and force them to drive out a lonely road leading to Mountain Creek Lake. Martin himself told homicide officers Strickland struck at him when he ordered him to stop and that he shot him in the face. Evidently he changed his mind about assaulting Mrs. Strickland after he had ripped off her clothing and shot her. The death weapon which he had purchased after coming to Most Airlines In Dallas To Join Work Stoppage Nixon Administration Accused Of Withholding Record On Aid WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional committee accused the Nixon administration Saturday of suppressing the ^STAY IN TOUCH \_^ WITH WHAT'S „ HAPPENING AT HOME. HAVE VOUR HOME TOWN PAPER MAILED. TO VOU WHILE YOU'RE ON VACATION. Call The News Circulation Dept, Phone; 669-2525 record on U.S. aid to Cambodia to conceal aspects of the operation. Because President Nixon denied Congress access to a basic document called a "country field submission" dealing with Cambodia, the House Government Operations Committee said: "It may have to be assumed that there must be facts and positions in (this document) which administration officials do not want Congress to see, such as matters regarding the exchange support fund, tbf l» million cash grant and faUuf** of the U.S.-financed commodity-import program." in a statement with the report, Rep. William S. Moorhead, D-Pa., head of the committee's foreign operations subcommittee, said his panel's Inquiry "uncovered the fact that part of U.S. aid commodities shipped to Cambodia were being reinsured by a Soviet state-owned insurance com- pany. "Agency for International Development officials admitted in testimony that such Soviet- bloc companies could well be providing such insurance for millions of AID-financed commodities in the Far East." Moorhead said administrative ineptness and waste of U.S. tax dollars have "marked the dismal failure of the Cambodian assistance program—a program that has been held up as the model of the Ninon Doctrine in Southeast Asia." In reply, AID said in a statement that the committee report "has the flavor of a determined effort to discredit the administration of economic aid to Cambodia." AID said none of the report's allegations is new. "They have been reviewed with the committee in testimony and in extensive staff consultation for over half a year" and were answered by the agency. DALLAS, Tex. (AP) - Most airlines serving Dallas Love Field apparently will participate in a world-wide work stoppage of pilots and other personnel from 1 a.m. Monday and continuing for 24 hours. Among them are pilots for Braniff International. Saturday, the Dallas-based airline obtained a temporary restraining order in Dallas from U.S. District Court Judge Joe Estes prohibiting its pilots from joining the action and its maintenance workers from supporting it. However, spokesmen for the Air Line Pilots Association in both Dallas and Washington, the Braniff's pilots union, said the Dallas order was not effective in this instance since Braniff had been one of IS airline petitioners in a U.S. Federal Court suit filed in Washington last Saturday in which the judge had ruled in favor of the union work stoppage. In a statement issued Saturday night, for Region 4 of the ALPA in Dallas, Dean Dorothy, a member of the local's master executive council, said: "Braniff pilots are awaiting notification from J. J. O'Donnell, ALPA national president in Washington on the outcome of an appeals court decision in Washington." "At the present time we intend to go ahead with the suspension of service program as outlined by the International Federation of Airline Pilots. Braniff pilots and stewardesses will support this program.'' The mass pilot work stoppage which will virtually stop all trunk line air traffic in Dallas is in support of a worldwide action taken by the ALPA and the 1FAP calling for the stoppage to protest hijacking dangers. The situation left Southwest Airlines, a commuter service flying between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, as the only line flying jets out of Dallas. California Bans Toy Bomb Sale LOS ANGELES (AP)-Toy bombs, grenades and torture instruments are being removed from shelves of California stores to beat the July 1 deadline of a new state law aimed at reducing violent influences on playtime. The law, passed during the current session of the legislature, prohibits manufacture or sale of such toys and provides for fines up to $300. It is believed the first of its kind in the country. Most major merchants checked disclaimed handling these toys in any great volume or said the demand for them had dwindled because of antiwar feeling and alarm over increasing crime. The law exempts "any model of an aircraft, ship, motor vehicle, railroad engine, car or rocketship or other spacecraft" from the ban. It does not apply to toy guns. Dallas, was traced to him and found in his motel room. Detectives had been able to trace the purchase to him by the particular ammunition he had selected for the nickel-plated .45 automatic pistol. In a telephone interview Friday, attorney Frank Watts, a prosecutor on the staff of Henry Wade, Dallas district attorney, told the News the new trial should begin within a week. "Naturally, after eight years some of the witnesses have moved. All have been located; one or two remain to be contacted," Watts related. Asked if he anticipated any problems not connected with the original trial and appeal, he replied in the negative. "The new trial is based on a technicality-not evidence. That remains the same. Testimony will remain the same. It was a strong case originally and it is still a strong case. "You can rest assured we are not dragging our feet in this matter," he said. Martin is awaiting the new trial in death row at the state prison at Huntsville. SAIGON (AP) - The United States ended its ground combat role in South Vietnam on Saturday and ushered in a new era that, in effect, restricts a residual force to advisers, technicians and helicopter crews. Phased out was the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. In the air war, American planes flying from 10 bases outside Vietnam poured hundreds of air strikes Saturday on North Vietnam. While the Nixon administration's goal of reducing to a 49,000-man force in Vietnam by July 1 is being met, the buildup of air and naval forces in Thailand and Guam and off the coast has been doubled to about 100,000 men. Operating from seven bases in Thailand, two of them reactivated, and three 7th Fleet Carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin- Air Force, Marine and Navy fighter-bombers and B52 heavy bombers kept up a third day of attacks from the 20th Parallel southward to the demilitarized zone in a campaign designed to slow the flow of war material into South Vietnam. Reports on the number of raids Saturday were not available, but the U.S. Command announced there were more than 320 strikes over the North Friday, on top of 350 the day before. For the third successive day, the American planes stayed 70 miles south of Hanoi to avoid any incidents during the visit of Soviet President Nikolai V. Podgorny to the North Vietnamese capital. Podgorny. was to have left Hanoi on Saturday, but a dispatch from Calcutta said his departure had been delayed 24 hours. He passed through Calcutta on Thursday en route to Hanoi on what generally was believed to be a peace mission. The strikes Friday cut runways at three MIG air bases; knocked out six bridges, some of them with guided bombs that have miniature television sets in their noses, and smashed 80 trucks and railroad cars and 39 warehouses, the U.S. Command said. One jet, a Navy RF8 Crusader from the carrier Midway, was reported shot down by antiaircraft fire while on a reconnaissance mission near Thanh Hoa, 200 miles north of the DMZ. The pilot guided the crippled aircraft over the Gulf of Tonkin, where he bailed out and was rescued by a Navy helicopter. Announcing the phaseout of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Air Cavalry Division, the command said it would cut American strength in Vietnam by 2,590 troops. One of the three infantry battalions of the brigade is remaining for the time being as a contingency force, the command announcement indicated. Sources said U.S. troop strength in Vietnam has dropped to below 60,000. An official summary giving the precise latest figures will be released by the U.S. Command Monday. Four Air Force and three Marine fighter-bomber squadrons have been moving from Da Nang air base in northern South Vietnam to three bases in Thailand to get down to the 49.000-man ceiling during the next two weeks. U.S. air facilities at Da Nang are being turned over to the South Vietnamese. Elsewhere. U.S. B52 bombers flying from Guam struck nine times on the edges of the North Vietnamese-held district town of Tan Cafh in South Vietnam's central highlands. Less thun two hours later, 100 South Vietnamese commandos raided the town. It appeared to be a token operation to mark the country's armed forces day Monday and to gather intelligence, possibly for larger drives aimed at retaking the territory. Tan Canh, 25 miles northwest of Kontum, fell to the North Vietnamese April 24. The commandos were in the town only four hours and were lifted out by the same South Vietnamese helicopters that flew them in. They returned to Kontum. 3 Firemen Killed On Duty BOSTON (AP) - Three firemen were killed and at least six others were listed as missing Saturday night following the collapse of a back corner of the Vendome Hotel during a blaze that struck the upper stories of the century-old hotel in Boston's Back Bay area. Firemen searched frantically, at times digging with their bare hands, through a smoldering 10-foot pile of rubble as a four-alarm fire which began nearly four hours before the collapse continued to rage above them. The fire department chaplain, Msgr. James Keating, crawled into a hole in the rubble created by the digging firemen and administered last rites to two of the dead firemen whose bodies could not be immediately freed. At least eight injured firemen were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. One of them, John Feeney, said he was buried in the 5:30 p.m. collapse and could hear cries of help from colleagues below him. The collapse came as firemen thought they had brought the fire under control. ALPA Ordered To Sound Out Pilot Strike Effect WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court Saturday directed the Air Line Pilots Association to poll its affiliates in 38 nations to determine the effect of a delay in a planned one- day work stoppage scheduled for Monday in protest against skyjackings. ALPA lawyers protested that any delay would "give the kiss of death" to the scheduled protest against what the pilots see as lack of international cooperation to curb air piracy and extortion. But apparently they were going ahead with the poll. A spokesman said ALPA is to report its findings on whether the poll can be taken to the court later Saturday night and then the judges would determine what action they will pursue. The three-judge court made its request while hearing an appeal by the carriers' Air Transport Association from a U.S. District Court refusal to grant an injunction against American participation in the stoppage. The 24-hour shutdown, scheduled to start at 2 a.m. EOT Monday, could, at maximum effectiveness, affect some 31,000 American pilots, about 50,000 worldwide, and cause losses in the millions of dollars. However, there was no unanimity in pilot acceptance of the protest walkout. And several companies obtained injunctions barring participation by their own employes. Several foreign nations indicated their air lines would not join in the demonstrations. Earlier Saturday, Judge George L. Hart Jr., held that he lacked jurisdiction to grant the restraining order asked by ATA, and the carriers' group immediately appealed his decision. President Nixon had no direct comment. But, at the Florida White House in Key Biscayne, presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said the work stoppage is not the best way to fight skyjackings. He added: "We do not need a dramatic gesture to focus our concern on hijacking. We recognize the problem and have taken steps to combat it and are taking further steps." He did not detail the further steps. The carriers' association argued that the work stoppage would be in violation of the Railway Labor Act (RLAI. But Hart agreed with attorneys for the Air Line Pilots Association that the proposed stoppage does not involve a labor dispute and thus is not covered by the RLA. He accepted the pilots' view that the issue is the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. The work stoppage is planned on an international basis, but the court action here applies only to American pilots.

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