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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 4

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Fire Bombs at Wisconsin U> • V ' ' Mounii Agains t . NEW YOKK, N.Y. (AP) V i o 1 We e eTuplexLThuTSday night on ^several campuses as students continued their war protests. .1 MeanwjiHe, pleas were inounllnf agaifist violence. Several-University of Wisconsin ibuildifigs were fire bombed, dozens of bonfires burned in the streets-of Madison and police and National Guardsmen threw teal 1 gas at almost anything ••:''" Small Knots The demonstration burst into its fourth night of violence, with the trouble spreading over a wider area of Maidson. An education psychology building was fire bombed. The entire rear of the structure went up in flames. But firefighters, who arrived in just minutes, quickly brought It under control. Curtains were set afire in a lounge and room in one dormitory. A university truck was tipped and set ablaze. Students cheered fire fighters en route to the blazes. Birdshot Wounds In Buffalo, N.Y., at least four youths at the State University at Buffalo were under treatment for birdshot wounds from a gun fired by an unknown source during a police-student melee, a university official said. The incident came while police and students clashed in a tear-gas and rock-throwing battle, the third straight night of violence on the...campus. A». spokesman for the Buffalo Police Bepartment flatly denied that the police fired shotguns. Campus security police said they had a report a man in civilian clothes was seen firing a shotgun 'near the student center. The police said they could not confirm that report. 224 Colleges ^Approximately 224 colleges across the nation were officially closed Thursday because of anti-war activities. At many others, classes were curtailed or canceled because of student strikes, marches, sit-ins, and, in some cases, violence. The National Education Association in Washington, D.C., says there are about 1,500 colleges and universities in the United States. Fires were reported at 12 campuses, the main targets being ROTC buildings. Students on some campuses staged sit- ins in college buildings and blocked streets at others. National Guardsmen were on standby duty near several campuses. The campus protests against President Nixon's Indochina policies and the killing of four students at Kent State University by Ohio Nat i,o n a 1 Guardsmen, were mostly peaceful, however. A student strike information center set up at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., said it counted 319 schools with students' strikes going. A similar organization at Antioch College in Columbia, Md,, said 348 campuses had strikes. .... -As-students pressed their protests, university and political leaders appealed to the young people to disavow violence and to pursue their aims in peaceful ways. Express Shock . Many leaders expressed shock over the deaths of the four Kent State University students and said they understood the concern of young people. "It's proper that students are more concerned than old duffers," said the president of the "University of Utah, James C Fletcher, at a protest rally. "We're not faced with the problems you are." But he urged that ''you do all in your power" to avoid disruption, saying grievances THREE DIE IN HEAD-ON CRASH (Th* R&lster's Iowa News Service) , -NEVABArJAr—Three persons were killed Thursday af- ernoon in a -two-car collision one and one-half miles east of Nevada on U.S. Highway 30. x The dead were identified by curred on a number of other^" 10 * 8 Highway Patrol as Kent Eyewitness He Bidrft See a Sniper stratiofi on the campus and fire marshals called it suspicious. Stamp Out Fuse Scattered violence also oc- WIREPHOTO (AP) Dominoes and Demonstrators Two men, foreground, play dominoes in Denver, Colo., Thursday while several hundred college students take part in an anti-war protest in Civic Center in the background. can be displayed "only in_ lawful and legitimate ways."" Senator Edward M. Kennedy 'Dem., Mass.) counseled students that "violence is 'an act of self-indulgence" and "an admission of the lack of power." "If you are opposed to the use of violence in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, then you can never resort to violence," told some 1,000 students a 1 ! JohnsHopkins University Wednesday night. - —Lawful-Means-Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York urged a new "not-so- silent majority" of the American people to use lawful means ,o reverse the President's policies in Southeast Asia. "A turn to violence by youth," he said, "would further embitter the nation. .It would stiffen the backs of the war- makers. It would alienate most Americans, strengthen the forces of repression and damage or even destroy the whole purpose of the movement — which is peace." The Rev. Billy Graham condemned both student violence and the use of live ammunition on the campus. Graham, who said the news of the shooting of "the Kent State students by National Guardsmen made him feel 4ike somebody-had kicked me the stomach," added that in "there are other ways to handle these things." "Cheap Excuse" Many campuses in the country had no 'demonstrations and some individuals and organizations spoke out against the antiwar activity. President S. I. Hayakawa of San Francisco State" College said some students were being ''led by anarchists who use current emotions as a cheap excuse to destroy buildings, institutions and lives." A Young Republican organization in Massachusetts and one in Vermont issued state- ments backing Mr. Nixon's policies and deploring campus protest activities. Protests took a variety of forms. At Salem, Mass., State College it was a scholarship fund set up in memory of the four dead students. Six hundred students at Haverford, Pa., College went to Washington, D.C., for a one-day expression of concern over Cambodia". At the""Uriiversity of Nevada, LasVegas,™ students sat 'peacefully .in classroom doorways. Two University of Rochester, N.Y., professors went to'Wash- ington to meet with Senator George McGovern (Dem., S.D.) about a national drive to raise funds for an anti-war advertising campaign. Profs. Gordon S. Black and Arthur S. Goldberg originated the idea of circulating anti-war petitions among citizens and {asking for a donation of 50 | cents to pay for the national j adversiting campaign. N.Y. Schools Mayor Lindsay announced he was closing all New York City public schools today for a "day of reflection." Most New York City area colleges were either closed or holding special antiwar classes. campuses. Fire bombing was blamed for $4,000 damage to an ROTC "-stoTehousTat Ohio State University in Columbus. An early morning fire destroyed an old frame physical education buikU Tfig^at the University of Alabama. Student marshals stamped out the 'fuse of a gasoline bomb found near a $6-mlllion Atomic Energy Commission computer at New York University. About 400 students occupied two buildings at Brockport, N.Y., State College after a night of fires and vandalism there. Police broke up a student at tempt to block the entrances at the Minneapolis Federal office building. Pusey's Office Between 100 and 200 demonstrators tried to enter the building that houses Harvard President Nathan N. Pusey's office but were repulsed by university police. National Guard Headquarters in Washington authorized all states to use Guardsmen as watchmen, without loaded weapons, to guard against arson and other possible violence a't armories. Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn said he was committing "a sufficient number" of Guardsmen and state police on the University of Kentucky campus "for as long as this situation prevails." Police, backed up by (Guards men, broke up a demonstration here Wednesday and made everal arrests. Guardsmen wece on campusei n Pennsylvania and Illinois be ^ause of trouble there. Lewis Meyer, 77, of Cedar Falls and his wife_Kitti^ t _74;._and Slisa S*tefani, 60, of Ankqny. —Patrolman Billy Cromer said Mr. and Mrs. Meyer were alone in .their eastbound car. Mrs. Stefani was the driver of a westbound car in which Gino Fontanlni, 53, of Ankeny, was a passenger. Fontanini was listed in critical condition Thursday night at Iowa Lutheran Hospital In Des Moines. Cromer said the cause of-the accident was still under investigation and that no charges were filed. He said the head-on collision occurred in the Honk for Peace 9 Shut Off Fast WASHINGTON,- B.C. -(REUTERS) — A student-sponsored 'honk your horn for peace" campaign suffered an early dem i s e tonight when police charged five drivers with unnecessary use of the horn. The police waited an hour while the anti-war demonstra- ors drove around the American University •• campus blasting heir horns before charging five with the traffic violation. New York students blocked rush hour traffic at several points in the city Thursday. Police arrested six young men they said were trying to put a chain across the Henry Hudson Parkway in the Bronx not far Jrom Manhattan Col lege, a Roman Catholic men's school. " ••••*« A can of gasoline, apparently intended to set fire to the blocked roadway, was taken from the students, police said. A fire heavily damaged the Fordham University students center in the Bronx early Thursday.' It broke out a few hours after a student demon- EGGS SCRAMBLE | FOR REAL BUTTER. I i american dairy association SAVINGS ERTIFICATES amount 100 i (Automatically renewable) compounded quarterly 5'/2% *nnu*lly 5%% IOWA STATE BANK eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 0. Close Clive Road For Construction N.W. Eighty-sixth St. (Clive road) will be closed beginning Monday from Hickman Road south to University Ave. for construction.. The work is expected to continue about six weeks. Only local traffic will be permitted on the road, the Clive street department said. By Jack Hovetson (Reolster Staff Writer) "CEI5ARTATLSTlA. — An eyewitness to the Kent State .University, shootings Monday ,s$id here Thursday that he saw no sniper shoot at National Guardsmen, nor did he hear a shot before guardsmen fired at a group of about 100 students.' "I was 30 to 40, feet from a — student who was shot in the face.^1 .hejped load him onto a stretcher and into an ambulance," Charles Klar, 22, told The Register in an interview. - K1 a r~_-.w a s flown to Cedar Falls Thursday morning by the University of Northern Iowa's con troversial speakers-committee to address a gathering of more than 500 UNI students in the University Union. CMARLiS KLAR "Over a Hill" Klar, a senior at Kent State, was a reporter for two and one- half years with the Kent (Ohio) Recofd-Courier. . "I had just come out of the journalism building Monday afternoon when I saw the National Guard forcing a group of students across a field and over a hill. ~ "Another group of students — about 100 of them — was following behind the guardsmen. They were heckling the Guard, but I'd say that no more than a half-dozen of them were throwing rocks. I didn't see any guardsmen get hit by rocks or anything else," said Klar. "At the top of the hill, 16 or 17 guardsmen turned and fired about two shots apiece at the students*. To my knowledge, there was no sniper shooting at them; I didn't hear any shots before the guardsmen fired. This is the consensus of the other students who were on the scene." Klar said the shots were fired at a distance of 15 to 20 yards from the students. "No Warning" "There was no warning that the shots would be fired. I heard no command for the guardsmen to shoot, but it appeared that they turned as a group and started firing in unison," he said. "The firing stopped. Kids were screaming. I went over to help the'boy shot in the face; I didn't know him, and I don't know yet if he was one of those killed. "The whole thing happened so fast, I didn't have time to be scared — until afterwards. I stayed around for about 15 minutes, picked up some shells, that had been fired by the guardsmen, and then went to my car. "As I was driving away, I began to analyze what hap- CHARGES LAOS BOMB DEATHS WASHINGTON,' B.C. (AP) A former employe of the Agency for International Development (AID) said Thursday U.S. pilots flying over Laos have carried^ out "what dan iji many instances only be .characterized as indiscriminate bombing of civilian population ccn- Dej Moin«s R«gi»ter Pri.. May 8. 1970 pened. That's when I scared." Ronald J. Rickenbach, an AID refugee relief officer! in Laos for three years, told a Senate subcommittee he personally dealt with four such incidents. One, he said, caused :five civilian deaths and "100-plus" civilian casualties. A Defense Department official and .a former ambassador to Laos who had the final word on U.S. air strikes while in that country, countered Rickenbach's testimony by saying every precaution was taken to prevent civilian casualties. "A major effort is made on our part to attempt to prevent civilian casualties as a result of U.S. military operations," said William H. Sullivan, ambassador to Laos from 1964 to 1969. Dennis J. Doolin, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, said air activities over- Laos are "governed by strict rules of engagement and operating au- got4horities designed to minimize ' civilian casualties." Kent Student Says Guard 'Had to Fire 9 in Defense WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT. (AP) - A student who said he saw four of his classmates killed when National Guard troops fired on demonstrators at Kent State University in Ohio HOTEL FOOD TO ISRAEL WASHINGTON, B.C. (AP) The United States has agreed .0 furnish Israel with $43.2 mil- ion in farm commodities this year under a new Food for Peace aid contract announced Thursday by the Agriculture Bepartment. on Monday says the Guardsmen were not to blame. _ James Young, 20, of White River Junction, said 4n-an--in- terview Thursday with . radio station WNHV that the Guardsmen "had to fire to defend their lives." Young, who said he watched the incident from a dormitory window 150 yards away, said the students were an angry mob. "I really believe the crowd would have if they had tried hand-to-hand to fight their way out — would have beaten them to death," Young said. "The news reports sort of give the impression that; the National Guard >' : ,was entirely wrong," he said. "But ..that's not true. They were defending their lives. They had no alternative but to shoot." He said that from his vantage point, he saw about 30 Guardsmen come up a hill from a green and down the other side to a football field where they confronted more than 2,000 students. The Guardsmen formed . a protective circle with tear gas launchers in the middle, Young said. "I saw one tear gas grenade tossed back and forth several ! I ( u f i O a l i u Carrier Im|»iH»Yes a Home improvement ;imes between students Guardsmen," he said. Young-said 50-to-100 students were throwing rocks, pieces of concrete and lengths of pipe at the troops. "And they were only about 20 feet away from the soldiers," he added. Young said the troops then tried to march back up the hill toward the common to rejoin other Guardsmen. When they reached the top of the hill, he related, they met another group of students and were surrounded. . . Young asserted the Guards- men'had used up all their tear gas. He said they advanced on the students several times, but each time the students held their ground. "Then they turned and fired," he said. "I thought they all fired in the air — some did, anyway," Young said. He said he heard no other shots before the Guardsmen opened fire. COUNTRY KITCHEN Mother's Day Deluxe Dinners Baked Ham, Roast Turkey, Golden Fried Chicken, and others. Includes Beverage and desserts. $2.90 Children $1.50 Noon to 8 P.M. 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