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53rd Y.«r, No. 135 54 J»ag»s Tix«, Saturday Mornio^ April 5, Prie« ISC*nfs Full La«.d Wirat: (AP), (UPI) . SAIGON, South Vietnam f AP) — Grim workers resumed thekr search Saturday for more bodies of Vietnamese war orphans killed when - the huge U.S. jetliner en route;to America crashed in:a, rice p*ddy. -' men survived, but it was feared the death toll would be nearly 200. Washington military officials said sabotage was a possibility in the crash Friday of ; the C5A Galaxy, that (had 3B children PORTRAIT OF<:SADNESS—Doris Besikof fights back the tears as she reads a statement to newsmen outside the offices of Friends for All Children in' Boulder, Colo. Mrs. Besikof and others-in the headquarters were stunned and saddened by the news of the crash of a plane-in Saigon, carrying Vietnamese orphans to their new homes in the United States. (AP Wirephoto) Adoption Inquiries Glog Agencies Here AS HUNDREDS of South Vietnamese orphans are being flown out of the country, switchboards in local agencies have been busy with calls from Lubbockitcs interested in adopting the children. Child Welfare reported receiv- City Couplers Son-In-Law Aboard Plane By GEl^ESTE LOUCKS Avalanche-Journal Staff ;A~""L U B B O C K couple watched news accounts Friday of he crash of an evacuation plane-* near Saigon, searching desperately for a glimpse of their son-in-law who co-piloted the C5A Galaxy transport. Earlier Friday, they, received word that' Capt. -Edgar Robert Melton! had. .disappeared myste piously, perhaps carrying out his -duty to assist the hundreds of orphan passengers. ; Harry O. Eastus, safety officer/for Jhe Post Office in Lub- Ijock, said his daughter .called them from her home in California.: "She said the colonel and base chaplain came to visit her and indicated Bob was missing:" p •-., . -'\ '--.' •.-•'.-':•': ; ; Eastiis said they, were ' told that the' • pilot • of the plane claims Melton was buckled info tiis-^coclcpit'seat at the moment of ':,! m p'a c.t, . but _«fter the Hcddent, 1 ' .which 1 killed more than half of.- the 305 persons aboard. Melton was missing: •: 'Th« aircraft*,, commander wa« on the left^ide.'-'BtJb was on:the rigtft. He (the pilot) was checking hi* panel and when he looked over, :Bob was there. ...... ' When the Lockheed 'jet *kid- M through the field, "Bob was buckled in, he wa» there when ' an as ing several calls in the past couple of days. United Way spokesmen said they have been making referrals to other agencies and Red Cross reported 25 calls in the last two days. "I think this is a little part of the feeling we have' about Vietnam, surfacing," commented Joe Berber, manager of the Red Cross. People want to help,' but "they don't know what to do. Thal|s my impression.-!' Many of the calls from these agencies, have been referred to Volunteers of America, Lubbock office. .-..-..'. Maj. Philip ; Kircus, executive director of VOA, said although requests;have been high in the area, for Vietnamese, and Korean babies, Thursday and Friday they were" swamped' with in", quiries. j . . "We had about 50 . today. Mostly people wanting to adopt children, and take care of the refugee situation." ; He reiterated earlier reports that most of the children arriving in the United States at this time have been adopted. Normally, adoption which requires yards of red tape and a five to seven year wait, has had a : boost with .incoming Vietnamese refugees. -•The mbsl recently placed Vietnamese child in the Lubbock area arrived in December :after about a ''two year wait." And although he has no positive information to support his speculation, Kircus said "We're hoping that these-children who iar* coming .out of Vi«t- nam'and are not spoken for can be placed quickly. , "Maybe wef can- ; speed the process up £6 si* months," he said,- quickly..adding, '.'this is just hopeful wishing!"' • Amons; those who have asked for applications was'a family with "three children of their Pa*e 1 » e pilot they were told, after earryin» cot- initial landing duties "lookad back to <check the panel .and Bob Was gone. > "Each of them has fee COUPLE'S Pace 14 U.S. officials said about 100 children and up to 20 of the 62 adults aboard were taken oul alive. Distraught adoption agency personnel broke down and wept:,, when questioned about-.the tragedy and declined to discuss . plans for another mercy flight. ', , '"We haven't even counted the surviving babies yet," said Rosemary Taylor, Australian director of the Friends For All , . (Adoption Agency Stunned, Page 15, S*e. A) Children, which; had ' arranged adoptions for most of the orphans. • ' Identities Confused -American embassy officials said they were, still "trying to clear up" confusion over identities of the victims. They said it had been determined that 319 persons, were on bpardr r and hot '305fas reported initially. ;, ; It was :the first iofficial U;S. orphii airlift, and; ,it ; ;ended in flaming 'disaster ','wjieri the Galaxy, !the >yorld's ;laxgest operating airplane, crashed after the'fear cargo doors!blew out: Authorities'.^ at.; the "Seventh Day ^Adyeiitisf/Hospital said 73 ! persons ; \vere counted dead,; including 40 . children-;' - and,' that the bodies of 30 jar 40 rnbre children were believed to be still in the crushed ;fuselage. "It also was thought some of the victims had been.sucked out of the craft when it lost compression after the doors fiew off] Airlift Continues President fiord had ordered an airlift to take 2,000 Vietnamese orphans to new homes in the United States and he said it would continue despite the tragedy. He and his wife had planned to be at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Monday for the arrival of the orphans. In Manila, a U.S. Air Force spokesman said two 'C141 transport jets left for Saigon Saturday to continue the airlift and three others will leave during the day in two-hour intervals. . The plane slashed to earth with the pilot trying a desperate pancake landing in a rice paddy just 35 minutes after it had left Saigon's Tan Son Nhiit airbase. It had risen to 23,000 feet when the cargo doors blew and the pilot lost his elevator, rudder and flap controls. Toy»i Strewn Pages of comic books, toys and a baby's bottle were strewn among the bodies where the mercy flight ended in torn metal and flames 1V» miles from the arport. Ford said he was "deeply saddened at the loss of so many lives" but "our mission of mercy will continue. The survivors will be flown here when they are physically able. Other wait ing orphans will make the jour ney."..„. ; . Military sources'in 'Washington said there was a "definite possibility" the plane had been sabotaged. The pilot reported that the cargo doors blew off and he lost control because of the sudden decompression. Sabotage Eyed Military officials familiar with the C5A said a saboteur could have placed explosives in a passageway of the cargo compartment ; near the tail. They added the craft's cargo doors are constructed so that the pilot's controls would not be affected if the doors would blow out. U.S. authorities said the Galaxy carried 243 orphans, 44 escorts, 16 crewmen and flight nurses. They reported about 100 orphans and 15 to 20 adults were removed alive from the burning wreckge ol See VIET T»ag« it Tbcby's Proyer HELP us to be more corn- pasafonate and understanding of «vr neighbors/Father, and '-may Tliy love for us iis- • still in us a love for one another. Amen.—A Reader. Weather] Weather Map Page 4-C< Lubbock and vicinity: Partly cloudy today with the high expected to be in the lower 80s. The low tonight should be near 50. Southwesterly winds 10 to 22 miles an hour expected today.: a.m. .1 a.m. 4 a.m. - 5 a.m. 42 41 3S 4(1 36 36 X .15 1 p.m. 2 P.m; 4 p.m 5 B.m ft p.m 7 p.m 9 ».m. ... M 9 p.m a.m. ... 4S 10 p.m M 11 p.m HOOO ...... K1 MlSnl»W , Maximum -74; Minimum M mum a ynir'ago today J2 Maximum .a. year a* today Sf; .Mini- Sun rises today 7:30 a.m.; Sun tell today 8:11 p.m. Maximum 'Humidity 4Sr«'. Minimum Ha: ml*ty i?r«: HumMHy.at mldnltt* *%, r • L CKr ,.-.";.y«,.|, rjitj AmarSto** - 7» M SwJtoT - « « C*ru*«l - 7« M OWa. City - • « Oallai - • 4} W. Falli - M M ~ 5 2 after in TV- •"-'- p kA, NS — John q'KeefeV'sppkesman for the April .19 Bicentennial observance of the Battle for the North Bridge in Concord, Mass., outlines-strategy for handling the hun- Concord Readies dreds of thousands of spectators expected to want to fit into the small town. It is the first major Bicentennial observance. (AP Wirephoto) ' First Major Event e CONCORD, 'Mass. (AP) — Conford is putting final touches on eight years of planning for a .three-hour celebration of a two-minute event that happened almost 200.year's ago. The event is the ^anniversary two weeks from Saturday of the battle of 'North Bridge, the first major happening of the nation's bicentennial. If everyone who wants to be part of it is allowed in, the state estimates that Concord and neighboring Lexington would require a parking lot 65 feet wide and 42 miles long. ; • To make sure nothing like that happens, Concord has had committees drawing'up plans since 1967. The town of 17,000 full-time residents has decided to let : in 7,500 cars and 120,000 people. But that will be the limit. "Our big worry is traff- ic,'^ said John ,O'Keefe f .a spokesman for Concord's 1975 Celebrations Committee... "The crowds are expected , to be very heavy." So far, the affluent Boston suburb has set aside 5117,000 for the half day of festivities. But instead of the traditional parade and fife and :; drum corps, most of the attention is being put on surviving the expected crowds. : With military -precision, committees have drawn up plans for crowd and traffic control, medical evacuation./ portable toilets and i box lunches: They even have regulations on how low helicopters can fly and how fast boats can go. The town bicentennial planners called a news briefing earlier this week and expected about 25 people to show up. Instead, some 200 reporters, earnera.- irien and news executives crammed, into the town hall. "The 19th of April is a Town of Concord event to which the citizens'' of the United States are invited more this year than in past year," said John Finigan, head of the planning committee, "In spite of that invitation, we are asking them to act with the dignity and style that we have programmed. '.'f hij,, is not a Roman holiday or the Fourth of July. You are invited to come, but our rules .will have to be the rules of the day." Many of the rules concern traffic. Qn the morning of April 19; all roads into Concord. w|15 be blocked until 5 a.m. then cars will be allowed into parking lots in the southern part of town. When the lots ar e full, offi- cials say, no one else will be let in. The lots are miles from the center of town, and free buses will shuttle the sightseers to the cetebration area. Through the town. 550 policemen will keep order, while 400 National Guardsmen stand by. There will be 230 portable toilets, 14 ambulances, 10 first aid stations, four helicopters, two field hospitals and two Coast Guard patrol vessels on the Concord River. The official celebrations begin with a flag ceremony and musket salute about 6:30 a.m. at North Bridge, where Concord Minute Men turned back the British in a two-minute gunfight 200 years ago. The main attraction will be. a ' parade at 9 a.m., when 125 units and 6,000 marchers wind through the town. ord Pushes Jobless Aid SAN . FRANCISCO ' (AP.) — Declaring that "unemployment remains • too high," President Ford said Friday,he wants .Con- :re,ss to. extend for IS months an'' emergency jobless benefits program. In an address prepared for :he annual dinner meeting of the ' San Francisco Bay;. area- Council, Ford said he'will a'sk Congress next week to'continue until the end of 1976 a federal supplemental benefits .program that entitles most workers to a maximum,of 65 weeks of unemployment compensation. In the absence -of congres- Blast In Manhattan Injures FBI Man • . • . v .. -. : • •....- NEW -YORK. ,(UPr.) - Ah incendiary deviee.'carried by an extortionist wenf,off in front of Vlacy-s-famed department, store FYiday,' injuring an FBI agent. The t midtown caper sent shoppers scurrying for cover. Police took a suspect into; custody. The device, gunpowder ma mayonnaise jar., that was earned", in"''a ^ blue; suitcase; exploded 'on, 34th "street in ; Manhattan, one of the nation's busiest commercial dhtrfets.,". ' ( i.*.;-'.^ ^'agent Bruce j Brolriian suffered first and second-degree burns,,. .from .the ' flash - , of gunpowder. No othet injuries were reported. , : ,;"•': A few hours la teK in'the height, of .the rush hour,' police ordered the evacuation and bypmukar by trains of a Bomber ,«f subway .station* the *uspeet told police he had planted bombs there. Thousands of straphangers and employes were ordered out of the stations in mid town and downtown Manhattan. A police bomb squad found no bombs. ' , • •Police said the suspect, Edward Williams, had : tried 'earlier; to extort .$200,000 and $6,000 from two branches -of the Bapkers Trust Co. He was arrested while .allegedly; negotiating an extortion payment with ..a city, police detective, said. '•••<' ..Police' said Williams. 30, suffered what appeared to be an. ; epileptic seizure | while undergoing questkmirij? and was taken , to St. Claire's Hospital fortreatment. : : Police »aid Williams allegedly ran into a^ ; Bankers Trust Go. office and toW employes he had a bomb and wanted JWOiOOO in cash. They toM him It wouH take f time to- assereWe that amount of money, so he left. Shortly after 2 p.m., police •ee EXPLOSION Pa«e 14 sional action,--a recent law that' provides for 65 weeks of benefits; in most cases would expire June 30. • .' . Ford, who flew here in be : tween Vietnam policy conferences at his holiday home. ..in Palm Springs, said he wanted the extra jobless benefits to continue until the end of next year. Mission Continae* ..Earlier, Ford issued a statement saying the Saigon crash of the Air Force C5A orphan flight "must not deter us from offering new hope for the living. "Our mission of mercy will continue-," Ford said. "The survivors-will be flown here when they'are physically able. Other waiting orphans will make the journey. "v_ Ford flew here from his Easter' holiday retreat at Palm Springs not many hours after haJding a 'midnight conference with .Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.' While ,Fbrd was in the San Francisco-area,: Army Chief of Staff Frederick C. Wcyand arrived in Palm Springs from S*igon and''will join the President and Kissinger at two policy meetings on the California deaert Saturday. Em*lBff See*' 'America's .economy," 'Ford said,, in.his speech,, ".is starting to show .tentative signs that the worst may be behind us after top k*ijr-a periocX of recession and inflation. \v. '^This does not mean that all *«r trouble* are over. A few flowers do not mean that spring has really come. 'Unemployment remains too high and industrial production remains too sluggish." Although Ford did not refer directly to Friday's latest announcement of a national unemployment rate of 8,7 per cent for March, he emphasized the jobless benefits in his speech See FORD p aK e 14 Traitor' Label Prime Minister^ Cabinet Resign; SAIGON (UPI) _ president Nguyen Van Thieu- ordered formation of a new government today to .fight ...the'.. Communists, He said the: United States must honor its, pledges of aid to South Vietnam or Americans would earn -"the label of traitors." "The American people .as well as the American Congress must see now that they have got to do' something for the oe.ople : of South 'Vietnam to keep from earning the label of traitors," Thieu said in a speech to his nation—a nation slowly sucsumbingi to Communist armed might. •• "..-." Aid Demanded • At another point' in his hour- long address that broke a. two- week . silence on' the massive Communist gains, he said, "We now need to see whether America will meet its commitments to South Vietnam." . Thieu said he could not accept a coalition with the Communists. \He said that in an effort to rebuild morale and. fighting spirit among the South Vietnamese, he had accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Tran Thien Khiem and his cabinet; • Nguyen Ba Can, chairman of the National Assembly since 1972, had agreed to become prime minister and form a new government, he. said. Can is regarded by Saigon politicians as right wing and a supporter of Thieu/ . Cong Condemns In/Paris, the Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Government 'condemned the Saigon government shakeup as "just one more political maneuver" by Thieu. . "We will not negotiate with this new Thieu cabinet," a PRG delegation spokesman'said. "We demand that Thieu'depart from power with his entire clique. He must be replaced by a new- cabinet composed of men See THIEU Page 14 In The A-J Today Amusements .., 5-7 c Classified 3-13 D Comics ift-ii c Deaths 9 A Editorials g A Family News 2-4 B Farm Xews And Quotes . 4.C Horoscope 7 A Investment Column 6 A Oil Xews 5 B Sports :.... ..1-3 C Slock Markets '.. .8-9 c TV-Radio 5 C Inflation Column .5 A Victory Garden ." 7 A COMIC DICTIONARY COLD — A respiratory ailment for which everyone has a sure cure that isn't. Natural Gas Proposal Stuns City Officials By VAUGHN HENDRTE Avalanche-JourM! staff A. PROPOSAL to discontinue the use of natural gas as 1 a boiler fuel in Texas has Lubbock city oficials in a state of shock. City Atty. Fred 'Senter says he is "scared to death" of the idea, because of the impact it would have on Lubbock-Power and Light and the cost ot electricity. . •:.',.' Bill .Wood, city director of electric .utilities, seems to feel the proposal is too impractical to be taken seriously. "There's not enough money in Texas to convert aU toe existing, boOera within..20 years",Wood scoffs. •Still, the Texas Railroad Commission has called a public hearing for June 2 in Austin to hear testimony on the proposal. •Notices are going out to all gas utilities, owners and operator* of gaa-fired boilers, inviting them, to appear.. , "Intent of the proposal is to conserve natural gas for what same consider "higher, mes," by other indastriad, commercial and residential euttoman. If the proposal were adopted; newly installed boilers would. have. to use a fuel other than schedule for converting existing gas-fired boilers to another fuej would be .required. ' •-. ; In spite of the fast-rising cost of natural gas to electric com* panies,' : it is still the cheapest f uel' available. Lubbock Power and Ught uses natural gas to gemrata about 95 per cent of its annual power output At times, foe! fi is burned- when the supply «f natural gaa is cot back. Bowwvi fuel oil is about four time* as ,,;. -• v •• Southwestern PuWie Servica Go. would not be iiaH? a* hard; hit as LPtL by aocb a pratiibfc tion on natural gai. The compa, ny has a small gas supply of ita all own. And a coal-baraB« power pfont will produce akodt 15 per cent of its etectrfoal wMput by 19T7. A •natf vtMettajr p«*cr ptant al*o to oa, the driwtoi beard, nut that Is at laaatl decade, away. . . ..... ..., , ' { U»*L, o^Jhe^other baid, K

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