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*W AnloTiferKJpfinfe BULLDO* Phoenix; TOOTS., June 18,1070 British campaign gets hot; record vote expected today Associated Press LONDON—Britain's previously quiet election campaign came to an end on a furious note last night, with Prime Minister Harold Wilson's Labor Party attacking the leader of the Conservatives, Edward Heath. Wilson's party hit back at Heath's contention that another Laborite victory in the Related Paul Dean column, Page 31 races for Parliament would bring another devaluation of the nation's currency, the pound sterling. But Heath in a final thrust for power stood by his claim although he injected new qualifications into it. The election takes palce today with 40 million Britons, including 2.8 million 18- to 20-year-olds, qualified to vote for the 360 members of the House of Commons. About 30 million to 32 million Britons are expected to vote—more than have ever cast ballots in a British election before. The state of the nation's economy has overshadowed alt other campaign issues -with Heath challenging the boasts of Wilson's men that Britain is strong again after 5V 2 years of Labor rule and able to resume an influential world role. "If the country were to return the Labor Party with the same policies, the same people would be making the same mistakes with the same results," Heath told newsmen. "There would be more taxation, a wage freeze, higher prices, more strikes leading eventually to devaluation of the pound at home and abroad." Slamming back, Wilson said his rival's claim has been received "with the contempt it deserved," adding it was "a pathetic sight to see the leader of a once-great party clutching at such tenuous straws." Defense Secretary Denis Healey labeled Heath "a puny plastic Sampson, tugging the economy at the pillars of the temple, in the hope of bringirig the economy down on his head." James Callaghan, home secretary, charged it was despicable to erode confidence in the value of the nation's money. On the foreign exchange the pound rose from its 1970 low point. Wilson, 54, and Heath, 53, rose from humble origins through state schools and scholarships that took them to Oxford and to the leadership of their parties in the last seven years. Both completed their campaigning with exhortations to their followers to turn out in their millions to the polls that keep open for 15 hours of voting. EVery opinion poll in the last 10 days has made Wilson a firm favorite to win, and if he does he will be breaking a record. Never before has a British prime minister won three straight elections. Wilson first won power In 1964, ousting Sir Alec Douglas-Home, a 14th earl who renounced his title to be prime minister. He scored again 17 months later, in March 1966, beating Heath who, meantime, had become the first elected leader of the Conservatives. There has been a wide range in the forecasts of the pollsters in Labor's favor—from 2 per cent to more than 12 per cent. In terms of seats in the elected Commons this would reflect a margin of anything between 20 to 175. The party that musters 316 seats or more can count on having an over-all margin in the Commons and its leader can count on being prime minister. British Parliaments are elected for a maximum life span of five years but a prime minister can call an election at any time he chooses within that term. More Continued from Page 1 to be about triple its former number of 35,000, has the ability and the will to neutralize the Vietcong and North Vietnamese, with continued arms aid and some financial help from the United States. But few foreign officials or observers begin to reflect this optimism. One western diplomat with long experience in Cambodia said: "Phnom Penh would fall in a few days like a ripe fruit if the Communists decided to take it. A few shots i would panic the Cambodians." There have been signs that Hanoi was trying to shore up 1 its supply lines and continuing to erect a "people's liberation" structure possibly leading to Sihanouk's return. But yesterday some diplomatic and intelligence sources in Phnom Penh seemed convinced that Hanoi strategy now aims to make a major effort at assaulting' Phnom Penh and possibly involving Saigon or U.S. aircraft in bombings that would tend to reinforce Cambodians' distrust of the South Vietnamese. Lon Nol and his associates are hanging on, with heightened military and economic headaches. Recent attacks in the Siem Reap area cut off a rich tourist flow to the famed Angkor- Wat temples. Fighting through the rubber plantations in eastern Cambodia has resulted in what French managers say is virtually a total loss of the 1970 crop. An ugly mark on the otherwise clean and peaceful visage of Phnom Penh is the Vietnamese refugee problem. More than 90,000 Vietnamese nationals are in makeshift camps awaiting repatriation to South Vietnam or a return to normal letting them re- Red Cambodian strategy sume their lives as civil servants, small-business men and artisans. In Laos North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao forces have recently captured two remote cities in the southern panhan- d 1 e —A 11 o p e u and Saravane—which they had not touched since the 1962 Geneva agreements, meant to settle Laotian turmoil. These places are roughly on the western edge of the Ho Chi Minn trail complex leading into northern Cambodia and South Vietnam. Neither had seemed vital to smooth operation of the trail. But now, with at least temporary denial of the Cambodian sanctuaries, Hanoi may have decided to shore up the trail complex. Another theory circulating in Vientiane is that the moves against the two cities were more politically motivated. The largely dormant Laotian right has shown signs of discontent and is pressing the nominally neutral government of Prince Souvanna Phouma to react. Such talk naturally brings rumors of a planned rightist coup. If this should occur, some reasoning runs, the North Vietnamese would feel less restraint in more overt military action in Laos. But as well-fed cows amble past bustling gold shops in the never-never land atmosphere of Vientiane, no one is pedict- ing inevitable disaster for Laos. It has accommodated itself to a lengthy list of previous crises. Long-ruptured relations between Bangkok and Phnom Penh are being resumed, and L.A. BRUSH FIRE LOS ANGELES (UPI)-Fire yesterday burned across about 20 acres of grass and brush near Rose Hills Park in the Highland Park area. officials in Bangkok speak of military assistance to the Lon Nol regime in threatened areas beyond the Thai border. But it is generally considered that any effective military help is still several weeks or months away. What help a hastily organized force—or even the established Thai units in South Vietnam—could render Cambodia is seriously questioned by some U.S. military planners. South Vietnamese officials indicate that their forces will continue an active role in some of the sanctuary areas of Cambodia after the Americans withdraw, and possibly operate in direct support of Lon Nol. Washington officials have also left open the possibility of U.S. air support in Cambodia after June 30. The operations in the sanctuaries have netted huge quantities of arms, ammunition and other supplies, which oficials say will set back for six months or so any plans for major offensive in South Vietnam. But one source in Phnom Penh, who has close Hanoi contacts, estimtes that the Communist command was able to save at last half of its weapons and arms in the border areas. The sources say they began moving their caches westward by truck as early a the second week in March, when demonstrations broke out in Cambodia against the Vietcong and North Vietnamese. The Corn- leading up to the South Viet- of how events would involve munists seemed to be aware namese and American intervention. "You stepped on an anthill when you came into Cambodia," one seasoned diplomat told this reporter. "Now the ants have scurried everywhere and all Cambodia is a sanctuary." Thais to divert Vietnam force to Cambodia United Press International BANGKOK - Thailand, growing concerned about the military situation in neighboring Cambodia, has firmly decided to send part of its 12,000-man Vietnam force to the aid of the Phnom Penh government, military sources said yesterday. "The situation in Cambodia 3s very serious now, and we can't wait any longer to help that country," the sources said. They said Thai and U.S. officials were meeting here to decide how best the Thai Black Panther Division could be deployed in Cambodia. The officials also were discussing financial arrangements resulting from Thailand's offer to dispatch volun- teers of Cambodian origin directly from this country to aid the Lon Nol government in Phnom Penh. The United States is said to have offered to pay for these troops as it already does for the Vietnam division. The sources said the first volunteers will leave Bangkok by June 30, and will be composed of veterans and reservists who do not need a lengthy period of military training. Larger forces are being recruited from the population of 500,000 ethnic Cambodians living in this country. But they will need an eight-week course in jungle warfare, and the sources said that was too long considering the serious difficulty ihe Phnom Penh government is encountering with North Vietnamese and Vietcong troops operating in its country. The Arizona Republic Published every morning by Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. (120 East Van Buren) P.O. Bo* 1950 Phoenix, Ariz. 85001 271-0000 Subscription Prices Carriers or Dealers in Arizona Republic (Morn. & Sun.) 90c week Republic (Morning) 55c wk. (Circulation mail rates ap* pear in the Classified sec* tion of each edition.) Second class postage paid at Phoenii, Ariz. Thursday, June 18, 1970 ~ Vol. 81, No. 33 Jordan still GWN AND BEAR faces crisis, Hussein says *>y Geor * 6 Licht y Lost in Laos A Laotian refugee child howls her head off after losing sight of her parents at a refugee reception center at Pakse in southern Laos. She was among refugees flown out of the town of Saravane shortly before it fell to North Vietnamese troops. The town had been under siege for a month, but helicopters had been evacuating soldiers, civil servants and dependents for most of the period. DISGUISED BUTCHERY CAPE TOWN (AP) Butcher Dirkie Joubert swept out the sawdust and opened what he calls a meat boutique — complete with dimmed lights, soft music and comfortable chairs. AID FOR INDONESIA WASHINGTON (UPI) The United States yesterday agreed to ship $29.5 million' worth of farm products — wheat and cotton— to Indonesia under the food for peace program. Associated Press King Hussein blamed Jordan's foreign "enemies" yesterday for last week's bloody fighting between Jordanian troops and Arab guerrillas. He said the situation was now calm but Jordan still faces a period of crisis. Hussein told a news conference in Amman the fighting was the most anxious and difficult time of his life. "We felt we were moving through a minefield," he said. "I have done my utmost to prevent the complete destruction of everything I have achieved." Hussein, who looked tired and smoked heavily, met reporters in his palace for the first time since the eruption of violence, which ended with 1,000 dead and wounded after the king made concessions to the commando groups. "The crisis had a foreign origin, of that there can be no doubt," Hussein said. "We are firmly convinced that it was not an accident. "We are unable to say exactly who was behind it, but it is obvious that our enemies played a big part in it for their own benefit. "We hope to determine who was really responsible. We think there will be a long list of people who were responsible, willingly or unwillingly." The king did not publicly endorse guerrilla charges that the week of bloodshed was the work of the U.S. Centra! Intelligence Agency. "You can't call him a reactionary, fascist pig and expect to get a letter to the editor printed, Roscoe!" On this day June 18, 1970 By J. C. HIGGINS Governor's Committee on Employ the Handicapped John W. had polio 25 years ago when he was 6. He uses crutches to walk; he also uses a wheelchair to extend his range of activities. He is married and the father of one child. He has had several years' training in electronics. His experience covers many years in various phases of sophisticated technical machines. After almost 4Ms years in calibration of several ultrasensitive aeronautical in- struments, John was advanced in his company to work in its equipment standards laboratory. For 1% years he worked with, tested and checked advanced operational equipment. He then moved to Arizona and his most recent position was as a test systems operations technician of computer devices. He held this position for one year. 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