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• CHAU DOC, SOUTH'VlEf- NAM, (SUNDAY) (REUTERS) 7- A South Vietnamese general today said that Saigon troops have captufed the strategic Neak Leoung ferry cfossing-ofr the Mekong River in Cambodia, the tfogps aie aiming tfr liftk ,up with Cambodian forces later in the day, sftid Maj. Gen. Ngb Dzu, commander of government forces in the Mekong Delta. \ Th^ general's announcement of success came just a' short while after the U.S. command in Saigon reported the first American casualties from the advance on the ferry crossing by sea and land. The •Deration by a naval flotilla and thousands of Saigon troops on both banks of _Jhe_MeJtong, nlmed-at the_| vital ferry controlled* T>y guerrillas, resulted in one American dead and two wounded, the command said. Official spokesmen in Saigon Saturday said the attacking force included a U.S. naval detachment of 30 ships. U.S. made helicopters had attacked enemy positions Saturday at the ferry crossing at Neak Luong, near the scene of "the South Vietnamese landings 37 miles southeast of Phnom Penh. Most maps show Neak Luong 1!6 miles beyond the 21.7-mile limit set by President 'Nixon for American, penetration into Cambodia. A spokesman for the U.S. l WIREPHOTO (AP) Captured Enemy Arms Command said its maps show Neak Luong "approximately 35 kilometers from the border" — or 21.7 miles inside Cambodia. ; Prior to the general's an; nouncement, allied headquart- ; ere In Saigon reported that 139 < North Vietnamese and Viet - Cong soldiers were killed in • sharp fighting 10 miles-south* east of the Viet Cong-controlled I ferry crossing. Allied losses " were given as one^American and : 13 South Vietnamese killed and ; two Americans and 20 South Vietnamese wounded. ; South Vietnamese headquar- ' ters reported^ capturing 26 enemy troops and 59 weapons • and said 1,200 Vietnamese resi- >• dents of Cambodia were evacu- 1 ated to Cao Lanh in South Viet- "nam's western Mekong Delta. ; South Vietnamese troops •landed on the east bank of the •Mekong Saturday nearly half"way to-the Cambodian capital of ' Phnom Penh after their gun- I boats silenced enemy fire. : -There were,#ie3«!k other major * war developments; : ' ' / —U.S. forces launched two new' drives into Cambodia west and northwest of Saigon. —A South Vietnamese force of troops and armored columns pushed into Cambodia \ Troops of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division examine a thatchcd-roof ammunition and weapons storage shelter they found about seven miles southwest of Snuol, Cambodia. Cases stacked beneath shelter contain grenades, fuses and explosives. alppg the eastern bank of the Mekong River, apparently jn support of the river oper- U.S. troops searching through an area 80 miles northwest of Saigon inside Cambodia turned up the biggest enemy cache seized "in the war, 300 tons of munitions and foods, military sources reported.' . . The flotilla sent up the Mekong River consisted of 30 UiS. South Vietnamese navy craft, most of them gunboats. The main aim was to open the river for a convoy-of South Vietnamese craft carrying food and relief supplies to Vietnamese in Phnom Penh, the foreign ministry said. The convoy will return any Vietnamese wanting to come to South Vietnam. "The mission of the operation is to neutralize Viet Cong and North Vietnamese sanctuary bases located in the area," a U.S. Command communique .said. It emphasized the U.S. forces were not authorized to go beyond the presidential limit. Within hours, six South Vietnamese gunboats steamed past Neak Luong and ran into sniper fire from a small island in the Approval oi the President Is Frequently 'Qualified* GALLUP- \ Continued from Page On top goals of the American pub. lie. Few Americans would quarrel with these goals, but a March survey found the public equally divided on how the goals should be achieved. troops into Cambodia will bring the war to an earlier end. s < Approval of the President is, therefore, frequently qualified, as seen in the words of a-Mid : western salesman, who: said:"I'm willing'trxback the" President on this Cambodia business, Half of all persons who ex- but we'd better see\some re- suits soon. Others in the survey who^-sup- __» »»-_ »»• vi i i< X the end of 18 months/ Among the other half, 38 per cent favored a plan to withdraw all troops at a rate com- mensuratev nam'snability to Viet- over fighting, while 7 per cent favored sending more troops to Vietnam and stepping up the fighting. Depends on Success Views give clear evidence that majority/approval of Mr. Nixon is predicated on belief —that itis-tteeisjorHQ- send : U.S. achieve the desired goals. "Get in there, clean it up and get out" is the tenor of many remarks. -" "R wtaT of l^f affiiiis interviewed in the l|test sur vey which covered more than 300 selected localities. Field work was__ underla! May 2-3 and thus does not reflect the total impact of the recent student demonstrations over Cambodia nor-4he-latesl developments |n that coujlfry^r WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)' ~ The White House. Saturday por- rayed the nine-day-old Cambodian operation as an "out- tandingMnilitary. success"- and eported ihe\ CaptUfe-of-hugi quantities ef enemy materiel. And ajttef U>S^ tttops pull out by the end of next month, White House officials indicated America's military ifenicnt In Cambodia will Iheri beUmiteTtoi some arms supplies and perhaps air strikes'if the, enemy builds up agalff there - but no ground troops and no U.S. advisers for the Cambodian army. The U.S. strike into Cambodia has been billed from the iginning as a sweep against enemy base hideouts, along the (order, rather < than as an at- ack| on North Vietnamese-Viet Cong troops, officials said. Combat proved lighter than anticipated, with enemy forces ading away, but the stockpiles captured are reported so vast hat GIs are said to~ be encoun- ering problems in how to dis- jose of the booty, the White louse continued. Buttressing this point was a White House fact sheet which listed, as of 8 a.m. EOT Saturday, captured enemy individual weapons nearing the 5,000 mark and seized small- arms cartridges as near five million. middle of the river about three miles upstream, A dispatch (rom Cambodia said the gunboats -replied with heavy machine-gun fire and silenced the enemy. - . . A strike force of Cambodians, born in South Viet- jiam and trained , by U.S. Green Berets, has been flown to Phnom Penh and were expected to join the battle at Neak Luong. U.S. troops and an equal num- Canada Youths 'Invade' U.S. ELAINE, WASH. (AP) Violence swirled around the U.S.-Canadian Peace Arch at this northwest Washington border city Saturday when club- swinging American law enforcement officers forced about 500 young Canadians v back into __. _ t • • i • J *"*O •-•w»*w»»«w««»»J \ MUVrll. ,lllt\S The latfst incursions intoir- ^i_ ., .. „ ._ Cambodia placed ab'out 20,000 "^fter-ttre-Canadians «* rm . . m*aHn *a "ctrfYiKnlm intrr»nJ^«" ^f her of South Vietnamese, on nine scattered fronts along a 600-mile, stretch of the border. The U.S. Command said elements of the 2nd Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division' joined other American forces operating against enemy bases in Cambodia 80 to 90 mies north of Saigon. Field reports said the force involved 2,500 troops and scores of tanks and armored personnel carriers. , 4,000 Enemy Dead The other Operation was launched Thursday by hundreds of troops of the 3rd Brigade of the 9th Infantry Division in the ParrQ|t's Beak 45 miles wesLoi Saigon. These forces were-opef' made a "symbolic invasion" of the U.S. A spokesman for the Cana- jdians said they had planned to walk 19 miles into the United States, the same distance President Nixon has said U.S. troops will-vbe allowed to penetrate into Cambodia. State 'troopers, police and sheriff's deputies forced the Ca nadians back after demonstra tors • allegedly ripped severa U.S. flags from buildings in Blaine and burned one of them in the street. Fist fights broke out between Blaine residents and the dem onstrators. There were no arrests. ating with Vietnamese irregular forces. The allied commands said the date have killed 1,000 enemy troops and yielded thousands of tons of arms, ammunition and food. U.S. losses were 53 killed and 182 wounded, Challenged War; Kills Himself NEWTON, MASS. (AP) James Sh?a, a freshman state representative who successfully engineered passage of a law aimed af testing the legality of the Vietnam war, died Saturday from a self-inflicted pistol wound, police said. .' Police said his widow, Anita, was present when Shea, 30, fell to the floor in his house from a fatal head wound. Police-Chief William Quinn'i office originally said Shea diet six miles inside Cambodia and Smiles tiorth of Saigon. > of att "accidentally self-in flicted" wound. But he told a news conference later Mrs Shea had witnessed her husband take his own life. Quinn quoted Mrs. Shea as saying her ( husband had been under extreme political pres sure. Shea said in a speech TjuejylaxJUs ."vejpyJoiieh/*,fo] public officials who speak ou on the war issued M&rnftt Sunday R Genial GOOO'REPO ONCAMBf CT DIA Nearly two million machine- gun rounds have been taken as ivell. as 730 crew-served weapons such as mortars, accord- ng to the White House tabulation. For the longer-term diplomat- c consequences, the officials ,ook a wait-and-see stance on whether Hanoi will feel suf- 'iciently weakened by its Cam- )odian losses to adopt a more promising .negotiating posture at the Paris peace talks. Traveling Alaska's Hickel Highway A driver is dwarfed by his truck tftat was especially buijt to withstand the winter: rigors of Alaska's Walter J. Hickel Highway. The giant rig carries a 100-ton load Including two tractors and more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel. r . ' _ • Debate the Merits In Unique 'Hickel Highway' By Daryl Lembke ® Th« Los Angeles Times LIVENGOOD, ALASKA North America's highway sys-- Other assertions by the White" House officials: Nixon was using a figure of ipeech when he said in his nationally televised news conference Friday night that the United States would react forcefully against a North Vietnamese invasion 'across the Demilitarized Zone by 250,000 or SOOjOOO troops. Nixon was not stressing any specific, figure, but rather intended to convey to Hanoi that any substantial crossing by the enemy of the pMZ .dividing the two Vietnams would meet a strong U.S. re sponse. Nuclear weapons will not be used in Vietnam under any circumstances. * U.S. forces in the allied flotilla heading up the Mekong River toward Phnom Penh will not go beyond the 21-mile limit which Nixon has set for penetration by U.S. troops into Cambodia. Look Suit Heads Into Final Phase SAN ~ FRANCISCOt CALIF. (AP) - The $12.5-million libel suit filed by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto against Look magazine for an article alleging links between the mayor and Mafia figures heads for final courtroom arguments Leia once ended at this sleupy, former gold-mining boom town, but the Walter J. Hickel Highway changed all that. Named'for the U.S. secretary of interior, it is one of the strangest in the world, not really a highway but merely a wide trail bulldozed out of snow and ice. It meanders "~ across 466 miles of rugged terrain from Llvengood to Sagwon, near the rich \ Prudhoe Bay oil 1telds~~a1r-the—very—top—of- Alaska. • The southern section disintegrates, when the spring thaw occurs in April, leaving the road impassible during summer. It has to be scraped out of the snow and ice all over again if it is to be used the following winter. I Hickel ordered the first ice highway built to the oil fields in 1968 when he was still governor of Alaska. His successor, Gov. Keith Miller, had it rebuilt again this winter. Dubbed "Canal" Critics dubbed it the "Hickel Canal" last summer because thawing of tundra ripped up by. the bulldozers made an ugly gouge in the permafrost, leaving a ribbon of water access the landscape. There also were claims taxpayers did not get .their money's worth out of the $766,000 spent by the state carving out .he road last year and the 5650,000 spent this year. The question has been raised as to why taxpayers paid for a project whkhi .benefits mainly the oil companies and the trucking industry and which is soon to be supplanted by a permanent road. Apparently the state gov- Monday. The eight women and four men on the jury heard Alioto testify Thursday, strongly reiterating his denial of any ties to the Mafia. The article — and trial — focused on bank loans, meet ings and alleged meetings .t h raa gJv .which, the authors, sought to show that Alioto was involved ^with Mafia figures. It pays to drive fa,. • • i r SAVE .J-llj ULUl. 1 U. J.. 4 4..- =xt SAVE SAVE DO IT YOURSELF PACKAGE PLAN ALUMINUM SIDING OK VINYL SIDING If you can paint your own house, you can install siding in the same amount ojf time — we f w r n i s h instructions,, too. SAVE!! We have experienced applicators for those unable to install siding. 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Start now. with our very special, dining room purchase savings. all-year highway between Livengood and the north slope i s already nearing completion. This road, which is eminent felt it was a good investment that would hasten financial returns from the oil fields. Although Alaska contains one- sixth of the land-in the United States, it,has only 5,500 miles of Mghways. Only the small-size states of Rhode Island, Delaware and Hawaii have fewer miles of roads. Only 500 miles of highways have been built in Alaska since statehood in 1959. One of the reasons roadbuilding> is slow is that Alaska does not qualify for federal- Interstate highway funds. The federal government denies Alaska these funds on the ground that it has no link, to the "Lower 48" Interstate network except by ferry boat. State Highway Commissioner Robert Beardsley estimates that Alaska needs $4 billion for new roads. He thinks that in the near future Alaska will need four times the highway mileage it now has. Opposing View — Dr. RoberU Weeden, representative of the Sierra Club and Wilderness Society in Alaska, thinks the highway need is not that great. "People have got a thing about highways here," said Weeden. "They feel that highways open up the country and ;hey dream of a great store- louse out there somewhere that can be tapped if the roads are built to it." -i He contends this is fallacy. Roads would have been built long ago to reach rich mineral- insiilatud Iruni the permafrost by a 5-foot layer of rock, dirt and gravel, Is being built by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). It will be used by TAPS for construction of its 800-mile pipeline from the top to-the bottom of Alaska and will then be turned over to the state. TAPS agreed to turn over the road to the state at no cost if ;he state would reopen the" Hickel Highway this past winter so that heavy equipment for building the permanent road could be trucked to otherwise isolated staging areas. Highway Commissioner Beardsley maintains that it was a good bargain for the state. He estimated the permanent road will be worth $100 million. With construction well along on the all-year road, the Hickel Highway may have outlived whatever value it had. riS-Locust met, la. 50304 Vol. 121, No. 31? May 10,1970 deposits hi the interior and on western Alaska 'shores, he says, except that the great distance of Alaska from population centers makes mining unprofitable. The first 60-mile leg of an SUNDAY SUBSCR) •Carrier or j •ES a copy — $23.40 a year News Officeu OFFICE Street of Bureau ig. (20004) ilrnbro. Correspondent Guaranty BIda. itreet S.E. (52401) , RAP IDS'" - mbro, Corr jnj^Th' *' the Associated Pre Is Press iJ-'SStnirt X'ctg'il^? or reproduction of a I local • !!SSH«P«&J» wel newv priniea in this newspaper, as wel IwW? arasr-i&SS ur$!a n thi * news P9P«r are also rj» esn With every step, hundreds of tiny "windows" open to trap every cool breeze. 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