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•4'} Skyjacker Sought In North-Central Indiana ^•^ . . . .... ....k.j ii.>/i,iKk a fanpe at thp nirnfirt.! , Ind <APi - A younghijickwwhohad tft.lt shown hew to use his parachute waft sought Saturday in ftwtlM*mral Indiana after h« pat a- chwted or fell from a jetliner before dawn with imjUinranwrti money. FBI officer* from at least tiro state* joined Indiana State Police, sheriff's and city officer! in a search on the ground, in the air and with boats for the air pirate. However, there was some speculation that he might have not have bailed out safely from the American Airlines Boeing 727. the hijacker had switched planes in St. Louis after a latemodel automobile mysteriously crashed through a fence at the airport and collided with the first hijacked plane as it prepared to take off under orders of the gunman. The driver of the car was hospitalized and authorities were investigating. When the second plane took off from St. Louis, the hijacker and six hostages—three male flight crew member*, two stewardesses and a male passenger-were aboard, the other passengers had been let off at St. Louis and the hijacker had received two parachutes and the money in a burlap sack. After the hijacker plunged from the plane in the Peru area and the plane flew to Chicago, there was one unconfirmed report that pieces of clothing were found near the exit ramp of the jet. this triggered speculation the hijacker might have been sucked from the plane by air currents and fallen to his death. One law enforcement radio report early Saturday said, -We may be looking for a dead man." In addition, the hijacker apparently was a novice at parachuting. In St. Louis he had trouble with explanations on use Of the parachutes and an airlines engineer was sent aboard to instruct him, spokesmen for the airline said. Complicating the search was the possibility the hijacker dropped into the 3l-mile-long MisSissinewa Reservoir, part of the flood control system of the storied Wabash River. Object of the search was a man described as about 36, 5 feet 10 or 11 inches tall, 170 pounds, a large round nose and pock marks and open sores on his face. The hijacker reportedly was armed with a .45- caliber submachinegun of the lightweight, wire- frame type commonly called a "grease gun" and a hand grenade, state police and the FBI said. He also had a shovel, provided along with the ransom money and parachutes. State police asked themselves here whether he wanted the shovel to bury the parachute, hide the ransom, or dig a narrow foxhole to cover himself with fojiage. There were no answers. The flight had started in New York City and after it left St. Louis was bound for Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Los Angeles and San Diego. The hijacker turned it around after it left St. Louis. where he apparently boarded, and ordered it; return. The pline was neartng Tulsa before the hijacker produced the. submachine gun and made his demand. Airline spokesmen said he apparently had concealed the weapon in what appeared to be a trombone case he carried on the plane. When the plane set down for the second time at Lambert Field —St. Louis International Airport—for refueling, most passengers were let off and it was aloft again with 14 male passengers at 6:20 p.m. EOT. The gunman first ordered the plane's pilot to fly to Fort Worth, Tex., then ordered a return to St. Louis. While waiting to collect the ransom money there, the hijacker released 13 passengers and 2 stewardesses, and demanded the parachutes. After the hijacker obtained the money and was shown how to use the parachutes, the plane turned to taxi for takeoff. Just then a late model car crashed through a fence at the airport, sped onto the runway and smashed into the plane's rear belly section. The driver of the car, David J. Hanley, later underwent surgery at a hospital and was reported in serious condition with possible fractures and head injuries. The gunman then changed planes, carrying with him a replacement crew, plus the one male passenger remaining from the 94 on the plane when he first aborted the coast-to-coast flight. An FBI spokesman said agents had planned to shoot the hijacker while the transfer was being made to the second aircraft but couldn't because of the stewardesses walking in front and behind him. "He was crouched very low and there was noway." The second plane took off and as it neared Peru, Ind., the hijacker bailed out. Investigators in Chicago examined the rear passenger exit reportedly used by the hijacker. "Stealing is evil because ownership is good." —Dr. D. Elton Trueblood 01 he JBampa Daily NCIUG WEATHER Partly cloudy Sunday afternoon and fair Monday. High today and Monday mid-90s. Low tonight mid-60s. Serving The Top 0' Texas 66 Years VOL.66-NO.M Circulation Certified by ABC Audit THE PAMPA DAILY NEWS SUNDAY. JUNE 25,1972 (30 Pages Today I Infer lie •«*» Diyi lie BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — A surge of violence threatened Saturday to sabotage a cease-fire proposed by the Irish Republican Army's Provisional wing and accepted by the British. Militants from the Provisional wing claimed they laid the remote-control land mines that killed three British soldiers near Dungiven Friday night. The Provisional leaders called a truce for midnight Monday but the mining indicated some IRA guerrillas may be defying orders to halt the fighting. The British army called the mining a "patently planned murder attack." Besides killing Pearl Buck, 80, Optimistic About Future PHILADELPHIA (AP) Pearl S. Buck. Nobel laureate, begins her 80th year Monday wrthopUmiwiwalbrMner^^ as both a writer and foundation guiding force. The author, who heads several organizations concerned with the welfare of children of mixed Asian-American parentage, refuses to lay aside the pad on which she writes her manuscripts. Determined to continue a career which spawned 84 books, she comments in a voice which belies her age: "I'm always full of plans." One recently completed project is a collection of stories entitled "Once Upon a Christmas." Shortly, another book culled from her Chinese background will appear in print, but she declined to elaborate, saying an announcement is forthcoming. Among her accomplishments are a Pulitzer Prize in 1931 and a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. both for her masterpiece. "The Good Earth," a story detailing the rise to power of a Chinese peasant. She is the only woman ever to win the Nobel literature award. Miss Buck spent her first 17 years in China with her missionary parents. She then came to this country but returned to China as a Presbyterian missionary in 1914 and remained there until 1935. Besides her writings, she takes immense pride and joy in two of her major vocations, the Pearl S. Buck Foundation and Welcome House. The foundation will begin in August a new division which will arrange international adoptions for "Amerasians"—chil- dren born to American soldiers and foreign women. "We now have offices in six countries and we're proceeding further with in-country adoptions," she explained. Floods Spreading To 8 States; Disaster Death Toll Mounting the three soldiers, the blast seriously wounded five other persons, including one civilian. Seventeen-year-old Patrick McCullough was shot to death from a speeding car as he stood on a street corner in the Catholic Antrim Road district of Belfast. Neighbors claimed it was the work of Protestant extremists. His 15-year-old fi- nancee was wounded in the neck. The killings raised to 382 the number of persons slain during three years of fighting in the province. The McCullough shooting raised fears of an IRA reprisal which might prompt a Protestant backlash. The commander of the Provi- sionals had insisted it was a "matter of honor" to observe the truce and that anyone who disobeyed would be punished and perhaps shot, Seamus Twomey, the commander, also promised a lessening of guerrilla activities before the cease- fire but there was an upsurge of shootings in the 24-hour peri- Tornado Spares Pampa Thunderstorms hit sections of the Panhandle again Friday night and Saturday morning, producing a twister spotted about three miles south of Pampa. Tornado warnings for Gray, Wheeler and Hemphill Counties were issued for a period Saturday morning while most people in the area slept. The National Weather Service lifted the warnings before dawn. They also cancelled a severe thunderstorm warning for Gray County, issued after the tornado warning was withdrawn. No damages or other funnels were reported. Showers that hit Pampa left .45 inch of rain, bringing the year's total to 7.74 inches with 2.06 inches falling in June to dale. Summer weather hovered over the city Saturday, with temperatures in the low 90s and partly cloudy skies. Scattered thundershowers were still in the forecast for last night. Pleasant weather prevailed across most of the state Saturday with only a few showers noted in the Red River Valley during the morning and near Paris. Skies were mostly clear in most sections. Temperatures were expected to remain warm today with a few widely scattered showers in the Panhandle area and northwest portions of North Central Texas. Hams Join Field Day Operations About 20 local ham radio operators took to the fields yesterday to participate in the annual Field Day operations, sponsored nationally by the American Radio Relay League. With three radio stations set up on the Billy J. Davis Ranch three miles southeast of Lefors. the hams are in the process of trying to contact other amateur radio operators throughout the world. The group began operations at 1 p.m. Saturday and will continue until 1 p.m. today. About ,12,000 operators in the 'bnitfti States and Canada are expected to compete in the Field Day exercises. Groups of from one to 18 complete radio stations are competing against groups of camparable size to see who can contact the highest number of stations. Calvin Barbaree, director of the local group, said he expects the Pampa group to establish about 1000 contacts before they end operations this afternoon. The members are working in shifts for the 24 consecutive hours of the annual exercise. Operating without commercial power, the local group is using gasoline-driven electrical generators, with each station using about 200 watts of input power. The information of logged contacts will be sent to the American Radio Relay League, Barbaree said. The results of the contest will be sent out within six months. The tests are conducted to simulate conditions that result when various disasters would cut off regular electrical power. The exercises help the groups to be prepared to meet the needs in case of an actual disaster. The local group is combining the exercise with a campout and picnic, with tents and cots set up and picnic food and drinks provided. Operators from Nova Scotia to Hawaii and from the Yukon to Puerto Rico are involved in the contest. Although the Field Day participators are from Canada and the United States, they are trying to cantact stations in other parts of the world also. Field Day has been conducted annually since 1933, except during World War II. The Pampa Amateur Station operates under the call letters W5TSV. Demo Committee Approves Sweeping Reform Proposal WASHINGTON (AP) - A sweeping reform proposal designed to give the Democratic party a broad national base and solid financing was approved by the Rules Committee Saturday for presentation to the national convention. The plan, rewritten in the committee by supporters of Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota to reduce the influence of existing party organizations, faces stiff opposition in Miami Beach from party regulars. An alternate proposal, calling for further study and no action on any reform for at least two years, will be put before the convention in the form of a minority report from the Rules Committee. It has the backing of many state party leaders. The Rules Committee, completing preparations for the July 10 convention and laying plans for the 1976 convention, took these other actions: President Moved By Ruin, Misery A VOICE HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD-Members of the Pampa Amateur Radio Station are participating in the annual Field uay exercises of the American Radio Relay League. Operating one of three stations set up three miles southeast of Lefors are. from left. David Chambless Robert Wood and Rob Williams. Calvin Barbaree, standing, is director of the local exercises. The local group began operations at 1 p.m. Saturday and will end at 1 p.m. today. v (Staff Photo by John Ebhng) Wheeling, Dealing May Vanish From 1972 Democratic Session —Nominated a black woman, Yvonne Braithwaite of Los Angeles, to be vice chairman of the Miami Beach convention. Larry O'Brien, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will be chairman. —Voted to eliminate winner- take-all presidential primaries by adopting a resolution that would divide a state's or district's delegates among the presidential candidates in proportion to their vote. WASHINGTON (AP) - The wheeler-dealer power brokers who have traded blocs of delegates in backrooms for favors rendered or expected and picked most Democratic presidential nominees are likely to be punchless strangers at this year's convention. The combination of party reform moves and the surprising political expertise of George S. McGovern are going to make this convention unlike any ever seen before. And when it's over, the old style politics could be buried for good. All this means that the public watching on home television screens needs to learn a whole new set of rules and expectations if it is going to understand any of what it sees. In the first place, the old power brokers are more broke than powerful these days. A lot of them couldn't even win seats to the convention. And those who will be there, will have only fractured remnants of their former followings. There will be new faces in • unprecedented number when the convention opens in Miami Beach on July 10. Almost 90 per cent of the delegates will be attending their first national political convention. The 10 to 15 per cent repeater rate compares to a normal figure of at least 35 per cent. This is due in part to the reform rules which have opened the selection process and made it easier for rank-and-file Democrats to become convention delegates. But it is equally attributable to the work of McGovern and others, like Rep. Shirley Chisholm, who has seen to it that their supporters were out in force every time even small party groups met to conduct party business. There was no chance for a handful of party regulars and professionals to fix things their own way; they were outgunned at almost every turn. The new rules also brought other statistical changes by requiring certain balances. Of the delegates certified to the national committee so far about one-third are women, compared to only 13 per cent four years ago. About 20 per cent will be under age 30. against 4 per cent in 1968. Some 15 per cent so far are black, about three times the 1968 number. In the old days, delegates in large part went as units in delegations handpicked by the top party leaders in their state. Texas had the "unit rule" which allowed the delegation leader to take a captive group bound to vote however he did. But this year, the Texas delegation is split four ways with Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace and McGovern—neither the favorite of the traditional party movers—sharing most of the votes. Convention Campsites Perplexing Miami City MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (API- Protest organizations hoping to bring thousands of nondelegates here during the political conventions refused Saturday to accept two campsites outside Miami Beach. They called a secret emergency meeting to discuss strategy. The move came in the wake of Miami Beach City Council's refusal Friday to provide live- in campsites and an offer by Miami and Dade County to allocate camp grounds on Watson Island and Haulover Beach, several miles from Convention Hall. "None of the groups will accept Watson Island or Haulover Beach," said Jeff Nightbyrd, spokesman for the Youth International party. "We will continue to press for a realistic campsite." Nightbyrd said the meeting had been called of representatives of the Yippies, Zippies, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the National Coalition of Gay Organizations, the National Tenants Organization and Women's Lib to plan what action to take. Nightbyrd said the groups were angry because Miami Beach City Council had refused to allow them to use golf courses as compsites but had agreed to allow the National Guard to use two as staging areas. "They told us we couldn't use the golf courses because we would disrupt citizens who wanted to play golf," he added. "Now they let the National Guard use it. The whole thing is a sticky mess." Watson Island is in Biscayne Bay between Miami and Miami Beach. It is linked to the resort city by a causeway. Haulover Beach is about six miles north of the Convention Hall. By ARTHUREVERETT Associated Press Writer Debris-laden rivers crested at their highest peaks in years Saturday and new sectors of eight eastern states were menaced by the downstream surge of their angry, coffee-colored waters. Behind,, a toll of death and destruction mounted in more than 100 flooded communities, many now threatened by pestilence. On a flight into the stricken area for a first hand look, President Nixon was moved by the vast panorama of ruin and misery to exclaim: "It's a devastated area." The death toll stood at 98. But as waters receded in upstream areas, more bodies were being discovered. Helicopters still were picking survivors from roofs and tree tops. The sun peeked out between the lowering clouds for the first time in days, but week-long rains still fell intermittenly on some flooded sections. They began with the advent of Tropical Storm Agnes. New crises continued to arise. State police relaying sketchy telephone information said smoking was prohibited in downtown Lock Haven, Pa., and electricity cut off after two 10,000-gallon gasoline tanks were ruptured and their contents spread atop flood waters. Explosions were feared. Damage estimates stood well above $1 billion, in one of the most extensive floods in the nation's history. In Virginia, officials said it might take two months just to clear away debris so rebuilding could begin. At least 200,000 acres of farm land was destroyed in that state. Hardest hit of all was Pennsylvania, where 250,000 persons were driven from their homes in what the state government called "undoubtedly the worst disaster in the history of the state." Drinking water was rationed to many. Meanwhile, typhoid serum was flown into flooded areas threatened by epidemics. Fires flared but there was no way to fight them since fire equipment was floodbound. Ham operators, Red Cross mobile radio units and radio station transmitters were the only link for many communities to the outside world, with telephone service knocked out over a wide patchwork pattern. The ebbing of fetid upstream floodwaters bared a crazy quilt pattern of destruction. Debris lay everywhere, with homes atilt or in collapse, cars impended, mobile house trailers twisted and smashed lumber strewn about. More ominous was the possibility that the receding rivers might expose an even greater loss of life. In the Corning, N.Y., area rescue workers found wight previously unreported bodies, and pressed on in search of more. "This is the worst I've seen," said Pennsylvania's Gov Milton J. Shapp, on a helicopter flight over his stricken state. For some, the passing of the river crests brought blessed re- lief. Pittsburgh escaped largely unscathed by the might of the flooding Ohio River. A sandbag dike between Washington's Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument stood as a symbol of a successful fight against the historic Potomac's floodwaters. But downstream along the Ohio, the Susquehanna and other rivers that lace the green and fertile East there were portents of new trouble, as residents evacuated their homes in advance of the crests. Residents of New Cumberland, W.Va., spent the night evacuating their homes as the Ohio rose to 43.2 feet. Also in the path of the Ohio's cresting waters lay the city of Wheeling. W.Va. Residents of a densely populated island in midstream moved their belongings to upper floors, forewarned of a possible 47-to 48foot flood crest, highest in eight years. President Nixon flew from Camp David, Md., for a helicopter survey of flood areas in Maryland and Pennsylvania- two of five states he had designated as disaster areas, insuring them massive federal aid. The others were New York, Virginia and Florida. The chief executive's helicopter landed at a high school football field in Harrisburg, Pa., a capital isolated. More than 7,000 of its 68,000 inhabitants have been driven from their homes and flood waters of the Susquehanna advanced in downtown areas at the rate of a city block every two hours. Water had risen to the second floor of Gov. Shapp's evacuated mansion. "We think we have troubles," Nixon told one group of refugees. "We see people like you and we realize we don't have any troubles at all." I'm having The Pampa Daily News saved in a Vac. Pac. while I'm on vacation. So, who wai that brunette in the picture with you, Bimo? Call The News Circulation Dept. Phone: 669-2525 Inside Today's News Pages Abby 8 Classified 22-23 Comics li Crossword 20 Editorial 20 Farm Page 6 On the Record 2 Rearvlew Mirror 20 Sports 1M» Women's News 7-14 Younger Generation 2

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