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IQ.A—LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL— Monday Morning. April 7, 1975 U.S. Troops Ready To Evacuate Saigorfy PRESIDENTIAL, UFT-Prosidcnt Gerald Ford carries a Vietnamese orphan down the ramp from a Pan American 7-17 after it landed at San Francisco airport Saturday night with 326 children aboard. (AP Wirephclo) Doctors Treating 111 War Orphans (Continued From rage One) Maj. Don Anderson, a doctor, when he boarded the plane: "It was really a strange feeling. There were these hundreds of •little •eyes looking at me. "It was really a good feeling. Interior Halls Found Safest i In Tornadoes (Continued From Page One) cnginesring professor. Usually, total destruction of a structure is due to a. combination of wind force, missiles and They were happy to sec someone. They all readied for me and smiled." Since O p e r a t i o n Babylift started Wednesday night, some 800 children have crossed the Pacific in their flight from the horrors of war. The rescue the with missions (hearts of have touched alt Americans collapse levels. of upper building hundreds offering to adopt the homeless children. San Francisco Hospitals AH of the hospitalized children were in San Francisco facilities. Many infants were carried off the day's first plane at Travis in cardboard boxes. The Rev. Robr-i-t Charlebois, New York City, regional director of Catholic Relief Services, carried in his arms a 10-year-old girl with braces on both of her legs. Sha was a polio victim. Sister Anno Darlcnc, Cincin- (Continued From rage One) and some Vietnamese if major fighting or chaos broke out and that Marines were prepared to land in the city of 3.5 million. 0,000 Americans There are nearly 6,000 Americans still in Vietnam, although many have begun leaving by commercial means. Other sources disclosed the presence of two more destroyers, the carrier Hancock, and supply ships off the coast of Vietnam. They said President Ford had ordered every available ship to Indochina waters and that more would be on the way, par- haps as a signal to Hanoi Ihat the President is determined to protect every American. At a news conference in San Diego, Calif., on Thursday, Ford said contingency plans exist to protect and evacuate Americans in South Vietnam and Cambodia and could include the use of U.S. troops "to protect American lives." In oilier Indochina developments: Attacks Intensified •—North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces for the second straight day on Sunday in tensified their attacks in the Mekong Delta, Hie vital rice bowl of South Vietnam south of Saigon. Small-scale skirmishes were reported in the Saigon region and government troops recaptured a second outpost in provinces to the east. —Cambodian rebel pressure packed the Phnom Penh enclave two square miles tighter as government troops abandoned a highway strip to the southwest and shelling drove refugees to flight again in the north. Insurgents also shelled Uic airport, but the U.S, airlift and evacuation of American K m b a s s y personnel from Phnom Penh continued. —Mutinous South Vietnamese soldiers seized control of at least two U.S. cargo ships carrying them to a tiny, isolated island and forced the vessels back to Vung Tau, 40 miles east of Saigon, over ths weekend, officials said. They said the soldiers did not want to be separated from their families. No injuries were reported. Areas Rcoccupiet! In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger said the South Vietnamese have been able to reoccupy some areas which they had fled, in- j eluding Xa Trang. Appearing n the Mekong Delta, 80 miles [of Minti Due suffered only light south of Saigon and in- iantrymen assaulted ihe district capital of Minh Due. 20 miles north of Can Tlio, field reports said. The reports said that despite repeated attacks, (he defenders casualties. Sources said government forces were engaged by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces in five provinces across the delta. They said 95 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong were killed while government Josses I were M dead and 50 wounded. While none of the fighting was major, it was seen as significant in that the delta had been relatively quiet for the past month while the central and northern parts of South Vietnam — about three-fourths of the country — fell to the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, much of it without any opposition. One-third of South Vietnam's 20 million population lives in the delta. Some military analysts theo- rize that the South Vietnamese may be pushed into a light perimeter, perhaps defending only Saingon and a few province*'-' around the South Vietnamese; 1 capital. They say ah attack^, against Saigon could comer-at" any time. ;. r Illinois Townspeople Bitter In Aftermath Of Vietnam War THAT'S DADDY—Mrs. Bernard Plassmeyer holds her small son, Bernard Jr., in her lap as she shows him photographs of the father that lie has never seen. Young Bernard Jr. was born m their hometown of Belleville, 111., just two weeks after his father, a jet fighter pilot, was shot down in action over South Vietnam. 1-I-s was listed as missing in action. Mrs. Plassmeyer says that with the present situation in South Vietnam she cannot remember anytime when she had less hope. (AP Wirephoto) Legislators Seeking Rural Doctor Law BELLEVILLE, 111. (AP) — A mother whose son was killed by an enemy sniper. A woman with a young son, waiting for word of a husband who disappeared south of Hue five years ago. A mayor who exhorted his townsmen to do their duty and watched the best march off to the war in Vietnam, They all want to know: For what? "All in vain," Mrs. Bee Pensoneau, 63, said Sunday. "This was just useless." Her son Terry, a 24-year-old Marine lieutenant, died aboard a medical evacuation helicopter heading for Da Nang on Sept. 1G, 1SGS. "He thought he was doing the right thing. He said that was where he belonged. I mean, well, we weren't the only ones who lost someone very dear. But for what? For what?" Mrs. Bernard Plassmeyer, 2S, learned on Sept. 11, 1970 that her husband, a fighter pilot, was shot down tnd missing in action 30 miles south of Hue. Two weeks later she bore In's only child, a son, Bernard Jr. He's never seen his dad. And , as the fall of Vietnam begins to jseem likely, Mrs. Plassmeyer vs more certain he never Inspection of tornado-ravaged! nali ; direc tor of Catholic Relief buildJngs has rsvcaled thai of- services in Saigon, said it was ten an interior hallway or clos- " a K00( i flight ei. is the only portion of the structure left standing, leading 'IVch researchers to believe reinforcement of such an interior structure is a feasible means occupant protcc- of providing tion. problem aboard The was only some diarrhea due to the change in the milk diet. They • arc not used to the kind of milk they had on the airplane." on CBS' "Face Schlesinger said the Nation" the United States has a commitment to assist the South Vietnamese to give them a reasonable chance to survive. Schlesinger said there has been no formal request from South Vietnam for the United States to take military action, however. And on Cambodia, he added that "we have not, as yet, written off Phnom Penh." —More Vietnamese orphans left for new homes abroad Sunday and U.S. officials said as many as 326 persons may have been aboard the giant cargo pianc that crashed Friday at the start of the American evacuation. They also said the flight recorder from the doomed plane had been recovered and . „,.., ,, .. r saici of the children. "All they •With the exception of one or sav is u )cy . ro gojns , j)on]C/ . > The Sisters of Charity nunj ml K llt; lle 'P jn t - lle investigation. two schools," Mohta said, ''we found one interior hallway undamaged and free ol debris. People would have bcc.i 'safe in these hallways." Places which definitely should be avoided during high winds Sister Anno said .some of her charges might have been injured during the combat in Vietnam hut she was not certain. .She said her flight contained some premature babies. or tornadoes, ho added, nre! areas with lots of glass. eorri--A me] .j c . l dors with openings Ihat faceiteei- said emotionally as south or west, areas with load-] carried a rJiild off the bearing walls and upper levels I plane. "They arc free --they're in one civilian volun- she big of multi-.story buildings. The safest places in schools •nnd public buildings, research indicates, arc corridors facing north or cast and specially- of The children were loaded on buses for the trip !o the San Francisco Army base set up as the reception center for the new arrivals. The children looked bewil- tiered, frightened and confused tllc -V - Sil( - patiently in the buses. Many carried balloons, reinforced interior portions buildings. "In every <" of wind destruction. Mehtn said, "the building could have been dc-i crayons and colorin Mgncd with an interior shcltenCnlifornia H i g h w a'j' for safety." 'cruisers provided the Dr. Krnst Kiesliim. chairman! service for the buses SrlS. °S 'SSd^ ^"^rcdiea, Situation home in Lubbock making use ofj s advanced wind-design tcch-!j niciues. Inside the home is a pair of "inresidence shelters" — small interior rooms reinforced with concrete and steel to withstand Orphan Letter Publicized —Opposition politicians in Saigon made public a letter from a South Vietnamese official quoting U.S. Ambassador Graham Martin as saying the orphan evacuation "will help create a shift in American public opinion in favor" of South Vietnam. A U.S. Embassy spokesman said Martin agreed that it could affect public opinion but that his "overriding concern" is the "welfare of the orphans." On the battle front, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops shelled a big South Vietnamese air base near Can Tho books. Patrol e; SIEGE EXTENDED LIMA, Peru (UPI) — The military government Saturday extended for 30 days the state of emergency in all of Peru. lite of siege has been in .since civil disturbances ! wracked (Continued From Page One) imind." obtained for a period of three years. The temporary license is not renewable. The main contention raised by madical educators and spokesmen involves a physician's "right to choose" where he will practice. Stating the Texas Medical Association (TMA) supports "positive mechanisms 1 ' to encourage rural practice, C. Lincoln Williston, executive director, said, "We believe the best way to get people to go to rural areas is through free choice. 1 ' Among positive mechanisms, he named is the yet unfunded grant offering "20 per cent leniency in paying loans" received for education from state government, "If they stay in the county for a total of five years, their loans would be forgiven in full," he explained. He said the TMA also has a physicians placement service to assist counties and communities in locating a physician, "at no charge." Kennedy Authors Bills Local bills reflect attempts to redistribute physicians from a national level. Currently, Sen. Edward Kennedy has authored at least four bills approaching the problem "from all possible directions," commented Charles "They arc frying to alter the distribution of physicians and the problem is, ii won't work. "We think it is illegal and \vc have testified against it," lie "It's hard, really, to give up all hope that some word will filter through," she said, "But I don't know. The situation certainly looks bleak. I can't remember anytime when I had less hope." She says she has searched her mind for something to justify her loss. "I just can't come up with any kind of a reason that would make it sacm even a little u-orthwhile," she said. And she's angry, angry at IIUVI* lUSLIlitu Ul^iUllSV H, JIG p.. . --- — --M',' , im^i. t y HL said about an earlier Kennedy p,9 lu ' clar ? s w»o. she says, were bill. Ho said the new bills will Just U! ?.' ns ! Jlc • ' - be heard in May. Explaining their stance further, Dr. Leonard Fenninger, director of the department for medical education for the council, insisted "most medical seivices arc not life and death services." He pointed out areas under- served medically are areas with "rapid declining total populations (where) every other human service has left the community. And while families travel GO miles to buy clothing or obtain other professional services, "Most people think in terms of 'I need a doctor next door,' . for their own political game, their own motives" until thev could declare peace with honor Mayor Charles A'ichois said the people in Belleville, a mid- western industrial city of 41 - G99 are bitter about the war They don't talk too much about it. he said, "not that rather than considering ways to deal with the 1cm." other olaled in sophisticated equipment and adequate health care personnel, "He can't deal with many emergencies, anyway," Fenninger commented. Help Suggested He suggested utilizing local health care units, as volunteer fire departments, county health departments and both school or they don't care or anything. rrn, • * "*i^ Vlilllt;. They just feel it's rather fu- Tiiey feel as lie docs " he says. "We should have pursued it vigorously and probably not wasted as many men and as much money as ,i _ " —~~ 11 »- Ltiu W trl there. I feel like a whole lot of it was in vain." Darwin Lloyd, 30. a state Veterans ^of Foreign Wars officer, says, 'The veterans are firm in .?. f n ,t m 5 that _. M ' c should wo do not go back and support them we've done all this for nothing. "They gave their most, those that died," he said, "For what? What did they give their lives for? It looks like it was in "We were bitter, I would say. still arc," said Mrs. Pensoneau.' "It's something you don't for-' get. Terry gave up his life. Fjjr what?" 'V Allen Depping, 32, a Vietnah'i veteran said, "All these livj.s and money that was lost over there was for nothing." "*. * Julian Bond Almsl «•• At White House ;? (Continued From Pago One) mary recently passed by the Texas State Senate. The so-called "Ecntsen bill" would have 75 per cent of Texas' delegates to national political conventions selected by pop-! ular vote. The other 25 per cent] would be selected at state political party conventions. Bond said the proposed primary would "deny expression of the minority point of view." Predicting a wide open Denio-j cratic Party convention in 1976, Bond said he would accept the vice-presidential nomination. However, his acceptance oC the second spot would depend on who garnered the presidential nod. He said he would flatly refuse to serve as vice president if Bentsen, George Wallace or Henry Jackson received the nomination. .Tackson "Least Attractive" He called Jackson, a U.S. senator from Washington, "one of th.2 least attractive candidates." Bond said he would not be a "token candidate," but if he did not win, de hoped to have a strong voice in who docs receive the nomination. He said he could help decide who won because he expected to have a large number of delegate votes which could be used for "bargaining." Asked how to restore American's iaith and trust in politicians, he candidly replied, "I don't know." '«• "I'm afraid there is a la^gc segment of the American population who will never again -tifc- lieve in politicians." "'A Rainy Predicted Over Area (Continued From Page warned also against possible flooding touched off by the high rate of rainfall, > A tornado was indicated by weather service radar about "9 p.m. 10 miles southwest " of Uvalde. Reportedly, the funnel cloud moved eastward at a rale of 23 mph. ;; : A tornado warning was immediately issued for Uvalde County. * A travelers' advisory was," in effect late Sunday on U.S igf) between Kl Paso and Carlsbad, N.M. due to high winds. Reports indicated winds were gusting up to 50 mph southwesterly through narrow Guadalupc Pass making driving hazardous. By late Sunday, this area- of heavy thunderstorms covered. a 15-mile wide area from Hondo to Eagle Pass and was moving in an easterly direction at ;i rate of about 40 mph. Pahl. assistant director of theipublic health mir;;e.s, connected legislative department of the with efficient communication American Medical Association links to health caie centers. Council of Medical Education in! "Getting a doctor doesn't nec- Giicago. The bills "all have the common characteristic of altering distribution" of physicians, geographically, and according to speciality. The bills, he said, nre aimed at encouraging "primary care' 1 physicians: "family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics. essarily solve the problem." Although Dr. Richard Lockwood, vice president for Health Sciences Centers, spoke of pre- we did over (Continued From One) down such a proposal in 1973 but utility rates since have doubled and tripled in many cities with local rate regulation and jumped out of sight in rural areas. Added to that were many i allegations about the operations ]of Southwestern Bell Telephone jCo. in a SL'3.2 million libel suit ! filed last year by a fired company officer and the family of another official who committed suicide and left is note gnat Legislature (Continued From Page One) 10 cents state property ta\- are —«• —— ...... trying to kill the education ar-! saying, "Watergate ~ ~ „.... ti'Clc of the- new conslitulion i compared to the Bell system." w '\' ch , i v ; oul(1 ^t the legislature artiust the rate of income Hutchison said the tax ;s not a big money-raiser now but would be U properly tax laws are changed to base the lax on full market value of real estate A few tliundershowers were 'scattered over an area from tLampasas in Central Texas, to the Dallas-Fort Worth mcfro- ple.v. National Weather Service radar indicated. Rain fell in small amounts in both Dallas and Fort Worth. West Tcxus Rainfall 'Vnother region experiencing rainfall extended from near Sail Angelo to a point GO miles wast of Wink in far West Texas. ,An upper level low pressdrc trough should continue its dqvc Current taxes are based on thcr offered alternatives Maintainin 0 have 'and where to practic? it." Pahi "We see the whole thing ferred ways to deal with areal coun . t ?' tax valuations, usually physician shortages, he said ^.considerably below the actual + u rtl . 1^:11 ~rr_~~-7 ~n j- market value. The Senate and House have passed different versions of the presidential primary bill. The House was expected, to reject Senate amendments early in the week and ask for a confer- "we can live with." I He emphasized that Texas | Tech University School of Medi- physicians, likclcino war, also seeking to fill medical needs in the area and | 1av i,,jy S p 0 K-en to Head about thought the school ence committee to iron out ..... ..., ,, f i* iviif^i nr lsill* OLIilVUI ^-' **- v. \-ijjJijj»tLt(-L i(J H Ui I (J(JL till- could support such a legislative Kcrenccs "between Hie two DI-. Alex iit the Presidio _, m San Francisco where of the babies were taken :houses. the most powerful missiles. winds and Two types of shelters were alter leaving their airlift plane laic- Saturday. "Our resources arc now stretched to capacity. "Of the infants at the Presidio right now, by Aineri- designed" and built, one for newj can standards, construction and one which canl snou ' tf j k° in a be installed in existing homes ] novv- " ;md buildings. At the time of cons!ruction at least half hospital right Isicsling estimated the additional cost of each structure to he approximately $500 for protection against extreme \vnathcr conditions which have claimed thousands of lives. Plahiview Man To Head Texas Auto Dealers HOUSTON (AP) - Hall Nail of PJalnview was elected Sunday as president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. Bill Rogers of Midland was named president elect of the association which represents 1,500 franchised automobile dealers. Vice presidents named at the bout .'!00 children were beiti" cared for at the temporary convention of hero included the association Dan Bonne of Houston, John Scoggin of Lub- boclc and Gene Horn of El Paso. facility while awaiting processing before joining their adoptive parents. Stalcup said more than 30 of tile babies wore "unqucsliona- I l)ly near death" when taken off ilhc Pan American 7-J7 about :12 i hours earlier. Ver.v Small Infants "They ,ir 0 very small infants ,—six. seven or night pounds," | Stalcup sfn'd. "Some were j profoundly dehydrated, some j were in .shock. Thirty-one who I were taken off were considered acutely ill." The dehydration was caused by diarrhea, high fever and inadequate supplies on the plane, he said. During the flight doctors ran out of tx>tt!cs of fluid lo supply the babies stricken with diarrhea. Of 31 babies taken from tho airport in ambulances, most were given intravenous feeding immediately. Some of the survivors of the Saigon crash had infected sutures from wounds and injuries suffered in the accident. Fourteen .suffered from chickcnpo.v. ARMSFUL ,OF BABIES-In the left panel armloads of Vietnamese babies are carried from- an orphanage in Saigon Sunday on their way to the airport and a flight to the United States for adoption by American families; in 'the Tight panel «n unidentified American'escort appears a little troubled as he attempts lo keep three tots in low. {AP Wirephoto) The allegations —not proved because reached the trial suit has not —include Questionable political contributions to city council candidates who set the company's rates. Then, in January, Southwestern Bell announced a $45 million increase in intraslate long distance rates —which arc totally unregulated in Texas. Attorney General John Hill, in an unprecedented move, sued the phone company, blocked 1hc increase and is now attempting to have Bell officials justify thcj increase in court. eastward across Plains today, the the NWS sdid, triggering showers and thundershowers in the moist air which hovered over the area Sunday; Elsewhere in the nation, scattered showers were reported along the Pacific Coast while light snow continued to fall," in the northern Appalachian Mountains. Residents of low-lying areas in Southern Mississippi Sunday began preparing for floods latcV Floodwalls were in New Orleans this week. strengthened and in Morgan City, La., and .irea farmers constructed dirt barriers around their homes. A spokesman for the Mississippi River Commission said the river could work itsejf down if fair weather continued, however. International Oil Meet Set To Start In Paris PARIS (AP) — Oil producers and consumers arc to sit at the same table today for the first time since the energy crisis crunpted in a wary attempt to resolve it together. The aim of the United Stales, however, is still to bring ahout the breakup of the oil cartel which raised prices 400 per cent, since 1973, Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Endcrs said Sunday. "This is an unusually powerful cartel," Endcrs said in a television interview, referring to tlic Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. ""What wo arc doing now is trying to get enough market power to hasten its demise and to make sure that happens within, an acceptable time frnmc," Endcrs told an interviewer from the British TV program "Weekend World." The program was broadcast in London and the text of the interview was made available in Paris by the U.S. Embassy. Four members of OPEC — Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Iran and Venezuela — are meeting with representatives of the United States, Japan, the Common Market, India, Brazil and Zaire on Monday to prepare for a full dress conference on energy some time in Ihe summer. France, which initialed the idea of the meeting and ,lhe main conference, is hoping the participants will meet in an "al- rnosphcre of conciliation and not confrontation, officials said. But already the meeting'is shaking down into two distinct sides — the oil producers and the developing consumers - in one camp, (he industrialized producers in the other. ~ The four OPEC members ijict with, India and Zaire-on Saturday and 'all agreed on a unified draft agenda for the main conference; The International Energy Agency, .grouping the United States, Japan and European 'industrialized countries among others^ Is IiQltl- ing ifs own last-minute meeting this morning before the preparatory meeting begins. Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ahmed Zaki Yamani,^ said the oil producers will demand tiat the full conference discuss not only energy hut -all raw materials produced by developing countries. ' • . Thus far, the 'UnlteS-.States and its partners 'have,i resisied this idea in varying-degre'cs. France will bo mediating this and other controversies e\- pdcted in the preparatory meeting, French official said.

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