The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 10, 1975 · Page 1
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April 10, 1975

The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 1

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Ford to Outline Blueprint tor Indochina Policy Tonight WASHINGTON (UPI) — President Ford will renew his request for additional military aid for South Vietnam when he addresses a joint session of Congress tonight, top White House aides indicated today. The aides indicated the President at least will ask for the $300 million he previously requested for South Vietnam. They also said he would ask for an undisclosed amount of money to launch —in the event of a Communist takeover of Saigon —a humanitarian airlift for the South Vietnamese who have helped the U.S. government in the past. The aides said Ford told them his nationally televised "State of the World" speech will be "the most important speech of my presidency." It is scheduled for 9 p.m. EOT. (7p.rn.MDT.) Reporters and photographers today were admitted to the Oval Office where Ford was meeting with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Kissinger wore a grim expression but he brightened into a smile and told reporters "the President thought I was punchy at 1 a.m. this morning." The President said that he had worked until 1.15 a.m. on the speech. Kissinger could be overheard to say " I' ve got a few suggestions." Kissinger is reported to be pushing Ford to take a tough line, urging that adversaries be warned that the United States will stand by its commitments. Other aides are said to be telling the President to take a more conciliatory stance and to appeal for bipartisanship during a time when the United States foreign policy objectives in Southeast Asia have been shaken. Gen. Frederick C. Weyand, Army Chief of Staff, who returned from a fact-finding mission to South Vietnam last Friday, has estimated that $700 million is needed to put the South Vietnamese Army back on its feet. As late as Wednesday evening, White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen said Ford had "not made up his mind" whether to renew his appeal to Congress for military aid for South Vietnam and Cambodia. The President has already said he will seek humanitarian aid. He still has before Congress a request for $300 million in military aid for South Vietnam and $220 million for Cambodia. He gave some indication at a news conference last week in San Diego that he might seek even more funds to help South Vietnam survive. Sources said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Frederick Weyand, whom Ford sent on a factfinding mission to Saigon, has estimated that re-equipping the South Vietnamese Army would require more than $700 million. It lost more than $1 billion worth of equipment, including tanks and planes, when it retreated in panic from the central highlands, giving up three-quarters of government held territory. 102NDYEAR,N0.117 PROVO, UTAH, THURSDAY, APRIL 10,1975 $3.00 PER MONTH - PRICE 10 CENTS; 87 Urge Aid for Fierce Battle Within Orphans 25 SURVEYING CHANNEL WORK west of Payson City are L.D. "Vern" Green, right, county surveyor, and Walt Draper, flood control coordinator. Utah County Is cooperating with Payson City in a project to clear the outfall channel from Payson Canyon to prevent possible spring flooding. Outflow Channel Dredging Gets Started at Payson A Utah County work crew began dredging the Payson Canyon outflow channel Wednesday morning as the county's part of a cooperative flood control agreement with Payson City. The dredging work was started along the channel at 4600 West and 11200 South, between Payson and West Mountain, and will continue for the next three or four days, according to L.D. "Vern" Green, county surveyor, who is supervising the operation. Payson Share Payson City will dredge the channel beginning at the railroad bridge west of Payson, and continuing up to Highway 91 on the privately • owned property. Nephi Meeting Planned on Freeway Unit NEPHI - The State Department of Highways has scheduled a meeting to discuss design and construction of 1-15 from the Sevier River to North Nephi. It will be held April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Juab High School Auditorium. The meeting will be the last opportunity for discussion of the project before final plans are prepared, according to James E. Johnston, information officer. Information to be presented at the hearing will include a discussion of the, major design features, current schedules for right - of - way acquisition and construction, and an explanation of relocation assistance programs. President Nol Flies to Guam JAKARTA (UPI) - Cambodian President Lon Nol left for Guam and Hawaii today, Indonesian officials said. The Cambodian hea4 of state left his country's besieged capital 10 days ago to rest at the Indonesian holiday island of Bali before continuing his journey to Honolulu for a health check and medical care. Mr. Green said one dragline and three trucks are operating under county supervision, and are dumping the material taken out of the channel along the borrow pits of a nearby county road. These borrow pits are too deep, and will be filled to make a shoulder extending from the property fenceline on one side to the fenceline on the other side. Runoff Feared With heavy snowpack in the (Continued on Page 5) Hospital Gets $50,000 Check as Installment From Auxiliary Group The Women's Volunteer Auxiliary of Utah Valley Hospital has presented fund drive officials with a $50,000 check as the first installment of a pledged $200,000 to be used for hospital expansion. The amount donated was achieved through savings, investments and projects, according to Mrs. Eileen Boyle, auxiliary president. Mrs. Boyce added the association is composed of 250 pink ladies and 13 male members of the auxiliary who volunteer their services at the hospital. Mrs. Boyle said the young men are planning careers in the medical field and volunteer for service at the hospital as a means of increasing their understanding of the complex field. She reported the auxiliary assists the hospital staff in non-professional areas including hostessing, visiting patients, gift shop staffing, snack bar work, emergency room help, obstetrical area, recovery (Continued on Page 5) WASHINGTON (UPI) - A bipartisan group of 87 House members today urged President Ford to propose humanitarian aid for South Vietnamese orphans. Ford will deliver his "State of the World" address before a joint session of Congress and a national television audience tonight at 9 p.m. EOT. Top White House aides indicated today that the President will renew his request for additional military aid for South Vietnam. They also said he would ask for funds to finance a humanitarian airlift, in the event that Saigon falls, for the South Vietnamese who have assisted the U.S. government in Vietnam. In a letter to Ford, the congressmen who support the additional aid for orphans said in part: "We must take all necessary steps to insure that adequate provision is made for medical, food and other humanitarian aid. .We also recognize that adoption may prove a better alternative for some of the orphans.'' House Speaker Carl Albert repeated to newsmen today his earlier prediction that the House would not vote additional military aid, but would support humanitarian aid. Albert and House Republican leader John J. Rhodes, who returned from a 10- day trip to China Wednesday, will meet with Ford later today for a private brief ing. On Wednesday, an antiwar House member announced he now favors more military aid for South Vietnam if it would stabilize the country. Rep. Donald Fraser, D-Minn., said Wednesday at a public hearing of the House International Affairs Committee he would vote for further military aid to stabilize the battlefield situation. The statement by one of the strongest critics of the U.S. role in Vietnam surprised the colleagues who voted with him to terminate American military aid to Indochina. "It would be useless to send humanitarian aid to a country that is going to collapse," Fraser said. ---' \ SOUTH VIETNAM Area held by Communist* FOR THE SECOND TIME in 24 hours Communists launched tank-backed human wave assaults into Xuan Loc today. Capture by the Communists would isolate three government - held province capitals to the south and northeast — Ham Tan, Phan Rang and Phan Thiet. (UPI Telephoto) Prices Up On Stock Exchange NEW YORK (UPI) - The stock market, spurred by expectations of better second quarter earnings and other indicators, today moved sharply higher in heavy trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average, an 18.77-point gainer Wednesday, was ahead 10.01 to 778 at 11 a.m. Advances far outdistanced declines, 925 to 170, among the 1,431 issues crossing the tape. Some analysts said the market was showing relief the bond market had improved from recent setbacks when prices fell and yields rose. One analyst said investors believed second quarter earnings "may be better than at first anticipated." Investors took some bad first quarter earnings reports in stride. The first-hour turnover amounted to around 7,300,000 shares, up sharply from the 2,790,000 traded during the same period Wednesday, when trading was delayed 26 minutes because of a computer failure. Glamors and blue chips were among the leaders with chemicals particularly strong. Hearings on Pledge To Vietnam Sought WASHINGTON (UPI) - Sen, Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., today called for Senate hearings into private assurances to South Vietnam that the United States would "react vigorously" if the Communists committed massive violations of the 1973 Paris Peace Agreement. Jackson also urged the White House to make public confidential exchanges on the matter between the Nixon administration and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu. "I think what we need now is to find out for ourselves the meaning of those agreements," Jackson said. Presidential Press Secretary Ron Nessen told reporters Wednesday the assurances were contained in correspondence between former President Richard M. Nixon and Thieu prior to the signing of the peace accords two years ago. Nessen declined to state exactly what was said and the words "react vigorously" appeared to be his paraphrase. He said he did not know whether the assurance meant military intervention. But, he said that in substance the private exchanges "do not differ" from what Nixon stated publicly a few months after the accord was signed in January, 1973. "If the agreements are as Mr. Nessen has claimed, then why don't they make them public," Jackson said. "There's nothing confidential any longer." Jackson, an announced candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said he talked Wednesday with Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield and Sen. John Stennis, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, about holding hearings into the controversy. He said he will send a letter to Stennis today "making a formal request for hearings and to request the documents.'' British Vote Slated June 5 LONDON (UPI) - The government said today Britons will vote June 5 in a national referendum to decide whether or not they want to remain in the European Common Market. (See earlier story P. 23). Edward Short, leader of the House of Commons, made the announcement to parliament. Reds Meet Strong Resistance SAIGON (UPI) - The Communist attacked with tanks and artillery to within 25 miles of Saigon Thursday but met stiff resistance from South Vietnamese troops backed by air strikes visible from the capital. The heaviest fighting was along Highway 1 and tens of thousands of civilians fled the area, some toward Communist lines and others in the direction of Saigon. Field reports said government regulars and militiamen were standing fast against North Vietnamese troops. South Vietnamese F5 Freedom Fighter jets supported by helicopter gunships pounded Communist positions outside Trang Bom district town, 25 miles northeast of Saigon. Columns of black smoke could be seen on the horizon from downtown Saigon streets. Communist tanks and infantrymen entered the province capital of Xuan Loc, 38 miles northeast of the capital, and field reports said artillery rounds struck a Catholic church where hundreds of women and children had taken refuge. Fleeing civilians said some of those inside the church were killed or wounded but they could supply no other details. The Saigon command said the Communists during the past 24 hours fired nearly 5,000 rocket, artillery and mortar rounds into the Xuan Loc area, whose population is predominantly Chinese—most of them having fled North Vietnam 20 years ago Fighting also broke out Thursday along Highway 15 leading to the coastal resort city of Vung Tau, 45 miles southeast of Saigon. Reporters in the field said marines there had orders to blow up bridges outside Vung Tau if the Communists launch a major assault on the city, which is crowded with thousands of refugees who fled there from the north. The fight for Xuan Loc was seen as the first major test for government troops in provinces around Saigon following humiliating defeats suffered in the northern and central regions of South Vietnam. American officers here believe the Communists may next try to assault Bien Hoa, 14 miles northeast of Saigon. It is the headquarters base of the government's Military Region III and major air force units. Spring Flooding Possibility Seen A SSQ.QQQ CHECK was given to Utah Hospital by hospital volunteers as 09 installment on their $200,000 pledge to toe of the hospital. From left we Eileen Boyce, pink Ladies president; Grant Burgoo, hospital administrator, and Fern BraithwaUe, director of hospital volunteers. With the heavy snowpack in the mountains and continued precipitation, Utah County's Flood Control Action Committee is expressing concern for possible spring flooding. Committee members are urging all communities in the county which are located along natural flood channels of the Wasatch watershed to make sure the channels are cleaned of all floatable debris and general litter before the runoff begins. Walt Draper, county flood control coordinator, reports that all channels should be cleared and ready to carry high waters before April 30. Snow surveys as of April 1 showed above normal snowpacks on all courses, and there has been precipitation since that time. With a gradual rise in spring temperatures, and no significant rajns, the runoff from these watershed basins could be normal, resulting in no severe flooding. If these present cool temperatures should remain through April and into May, followed by sudden warm temperatures and long rains, however, destructive floods from the canyons are inevitable, Mr. Draper warned. He cited the snow survey reports showing that American Fork, Hobble Creek, Spanish Fork, and Ptygn Canyon drainages are all well above average in snow pack and water content as well. Since the actual survey was made on the watersheds during the latter part of March, he observed, additional snows have concentrated on these watersheds. Rock Canyon and Slate Canyon east of Prove City are also found to liave unusual depths of recent snow packs, Mr. Draper indicated.

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