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Fair And Cool; Wednesday Sunny FREEPORT JOURNAL-STANDARD 121st Year-22 Pages ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE FREEPORT, ILLINOIS, TUESDAY, JULY 2, 1968 MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS TOTAL NET PAID CIRCULATION 20,000 Sfepfienson Poultry Team Tops In Sfaf« Sec Page 2 PRICE TEN CENTS Release Hijacked Plane Passengers by DENNIS FRIEL MIAMI, Fla. (AP)-Eighty- six passengers of an American jetliner hijacked to Cuba returned to the United States today aboard a mercy plane normally used on "freedom flights" to ferry Cuban refugees to Miami. The chartered plane landed at Miami International Airport at 11:28 p.m., CDT, and the passengers were taken into a quarantine building for questioning and clearance. The hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines jet, which had 87 passengers when hijacked, returned earlier today from Havana with only the seven-member crew aboard. The hijacker remained behind in Cuba. Cuban authorities refused to allow the passengers to return on the three-engine 727 jet, claiming Havana's 10,000-feet runway was too short for a safe takeoff. A chartered, four-engine propeller plane, an Airlift International DC7B was dispatched to Varadero, Cuba, to fly the passengers to U.S. soil. Plane Hijacked Monday The Minneapolis-Miami jet was hijacked over Florida Monday night by a Spanish-speaking passenger who boarded the plane in Chicago with a .38 caliber revolver. The plane's pilot, Capt. Richard Simonson, disputed Cuba's claim that a takeoff with the 86 passengers would have been unsafe. "There was no safety factor as far as I was concerned, Simonson told newsmen in Miami. "I believe we could have made it out." 'Runway Length Safe* A Federal Aviation Administration official in Miami said that under the most adverse conditions 6,000 to 7,000 feet would be safe and 10,000 feet is "more than enough." The hijacker was in the front row of the first class section when stewardess Margaret Burt asked him to fasten his seat belt. "He grabbed my wrist and put a gun on me," said Miss Burt. "About 100 miles north of Miami one of the (stewardesses) called to me and said, 'One of the men in the first class cabin has a gun,'" said Simonson. "Then there was a heavy knock at the door. I had to open the door for safety." "A Latin-looking man about 35 or 40 with a gun told me, 'Go to Cuba. Go to Havana,' " the pilot continued. "He appeared nervous but when he realized I was going to Havana he became relatively calm." Radio Havana, monitored in Miami today, said Cuban authorities were investigating the hijacking, second in 48 hours and the seventh airliner diverted to Cuba this year. "To ensure a greater security in the return of the passengers, they will fly today to the United States in the regular flights between Varadero and Miami," said the Cuban radio. It said they would travel the 90 miles from Havana to Varadero by bus. Normally, two flights a day run from Varadero to the United States carrying Cubans who want to leave Fidel Castro's island. Today a third flight was added to the schedule. Spend Night In Terminal The crew and passengers of the airliner spent the night in the terminal at Havana's airport. Simonson said he argued with Cuban officials that a takeoff would be safe, then decided further argument would be futile. Simonson said he and an official of the Swiss Embassy, which handles U.S. affairs ir Cuba, told passengers they had to stay behind. "It was pretty hard to tel! them," Simonson said, "bul they seemed well." to take it pretty 35fh Disfricf Recount OfCd In GOP Sfafe House Race By SHARI WHITTINGTON Journal-Standard Reporter Republican ballots in the 35th State Representative District will be recounted to determine the winners of a close three' way primary race for two spots on the November ballot. The three candidates, incumbent Merle K. Anderson of Durand, incumbent Robert D. Law of Cedarville and Dr. David C. Shapiro of Amboy, agreed to the recount this morning. Judge Edward J. Turnbaugh of Carroll County presided over the twice-continued hearing held in Circuit Court here. Shapiro had originally filed for recounts in Stephenson, some precincts of Jo Daviess, Ogle and Lee counties, which, with part of Winnebago County, compose the 35th District. He asked recounts in the 1st Precinct of Stephenson, one precinct in Jo Daviess and .three each in Ogle.and Lee counties. A counter claim was filed in Stephenson County by Law asking Erin precinct be included in the retabulation of ballots. He also asked a recount of all the precincts in Stephenson county. Today, the candidates stipulated they would all favor a recount of the entire district to determine which were in the June 11 primary. Shapiro lags behind Law by 70V2 votes in the entire distric according to official returns in the counties. The vote totals for the 35th District are: Law, 15,083 012 V 2 . Anderson, 15,535 and Shapiro, 15, Procedure set by Turnbaug calls for the candidates, or a appointed representative, t tackle the ballots in Stephensor County first and then move t the other counties. Four attorneys and the three candidates also agreed to waive any right of appeal when the re- See Gene's Loyalty To Party By ARTHUR L. SRB MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) Gov. Samuel Shapiro of Illinois ays he feels confident Sen. Euene J. McCarthy will remain oyal to the Democratic party in November, even if it refuses im its presidential nomination. Shapiro, one of seven Demo- rats attending the 15-state Midwest Governors Conference, aid Monday night it appears nlikely McCarthy would sup- 'ort Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller for the presidency. McCarthy had said Sunday here might be circumstances under which he could support he New York governor if Vice resident Hubert H. Humphrey captures the Democratic nomination. "I think McCarthy is a fine jerson, and I'm confident he'll >e in the Democratic camp" in November, Shapiro said. Remaining Neutral The Illinois governor said he s remaining neutral in the McCarthy-Humphrey contest because he is serving as chairman of the rules committee at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August. Election-year politics contin ued to dominate the interests o! the governors at the three-day conference despite efforts to be nonpartisan and concentrate on mutual state problems. The con ference ends Wednesday. Gov. Norbert T. Tiemann o Nebraska, a Republican predict ed Rockefeller, would draw wide support outside the GOP if he receives the party's nomination "I can visualize a lot of Dem ocrats and independents going over to Rockefeller," said Tie mann, who has declined to en dorse a candidate. The Nebraskan said he wa happy to see Rockefeller biddin for the nomination because "I I like to see an alternative to 1 Nixon." Dirksen To Vote For Thornfaerry, forfas Nomination Extradition For James Accused Assassin To Fig/if Decision A SOBBING GIRL collapsed over her bearded boy friend after he was beaten by police when he ma.'c a remark to a passing patrolman from a sidewalk restaurant Monday in Berkeley, Calif. Policemen went inside and dragged him to the curb. An onlooker from the restaurant tries to console the girl.—AP Photofax. Airliner Ordered Released By Russ WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced today that the Soviet government has ordered the release of a troop- airliner after official U.S. laden American receiving an expression of regret that the count is and to let the nlinaSby STSS !± ter rest - *"*«** «"' Chlorine Gas Forces Air Base Evacuation By RICHARD DAW | deputies and military police- POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AP) — At least six persons, including a woman and a child, suffered gas inhalation and more than 1,000 families were evacuated today as deadly chlorine drifted over a SVz-mile area. The gas seeped from a water filtration plant at Pope Air Force Base and winds moved it to three trailer courts, other housing areas and to operations areas of the air base. The six. victims were admitted to Wornack General Hospital at nearby Ft. Bragg. Their condition was not known immediate- Hose Broke An official at the plant said a soft, flexible hose full of gas broke while the chlorine cylinders were being changed and about 50 pounds of the gas escaped. He said the workers changing the cylinders fled and was not injured. W. H. McKeithan, the plant's chief engineer, was working at a pumping station nearby. He ran to his office, donned a gas mask, and turned off the valve which directs gas into the hose But the danger did not end when the leak was plugged. Winds quickly pushed the gas toward the trailer parks, two o which are just across a road from the water plant. Alarm Given State Highway Patrolmen Cumberland County sheriff's men spread out to go door-to- door warning residents to evacuate. The gas continued to spread. The officials did not take time to set up evacuation stations, but merely ordered the residents out. A spokesman for the sheriff's deparment said it was hoped they could return to their homes later today. For a time, one of the opera- Ion centers, including a con- :rol tower, at Pope Air Force Base was evacuated. Operations were shifted to another control tower and air traffic was not affected. The water plant is on Pope Air Force Base and provides water both for Pope and Ft. Bragg. It is operated by the military, but most of its employes are civilians. Weather Forecast NORTHWEST ILLINOIS Fair and cool tonight, lows in 50s. Wednesday mostly sunny and mild, high* 78-82. Sunrise, 5:20. Sunset, 8:29. Unofficial temperature at 1 p.m., 65 degrees. ings. He will have the final say concerning any ballots objected to by the candidates. The candidates also stipulated they would accept that the bags containing the votes had not been tampered with at the tune of the primary. They agreed to accept the testimony of the various county clerks that the bags were in the same condition now as when they were brought to the clerk's office after the primary. Turnbaugh could'not gi:e an estimate of the time it would take to recount the 182 precincts involved. The hearing was first continued by Circuit Court Judge Wesley A. Eberle and again by Turnbaugh when it was decided to combine the recount requests. Deny Recognition To Comm/ffeemen CHICAGO (AP) - The Cook County Republican organization, under the new ladership ol Richard B. Ogilvie, again denied Monday recognition to four West Side Bloc committeemen who were re-elected June 11. craft violated Soviet air WASHINGTON (AP) — An ef- over the Kurile Islands, iort by 19 Republican senators ;o block President Johnson's two Supreme Court appointments has been weakened by a pledge from Senate GOP Leader Everett M. Dirksen to vote for confirmation. space Press secretary George Christian said Llewellyn Thompson, U.S. ambassador to Moscow, relayed word shortly after 10 a.m. €DT that the Soviet government had given instructions that the DC-8 jet chartered by the mili- tary from Seaboard World Airlines be released along with the 229 Americans aboard. The plane, carrying troops to Vietnam via Japan, was forced to land Sunday night after being intercepted by Soviet MIG fighters. U.S. Expresses Regret In response to a question, Christian said "The United States has expressed regret in a note given the Soviet Embassy last night" that the airliner violated Soviet air space due to a navigational error. Federal Agency Te//s City It Needs Housing Inspector By ELISABETH YAGER Journal-Standard Reporter A full-time housing inspector, to check on substandard housing but to find and check possibly deteriorating housing, may be a requirement for additional federal low-income housing. Mayor Joe D. Shelly gave this report to the City Council when asked what remains to be done to get approval of the city's "workable program" required for additional federal housing funds. The finance committee on June 17 voted unanimously, after previous disagreement, for a $3,000 allocation to get a "neighborhood analysis" by William S. Lawrence & Associates, planning consultants, as a requirement for recertification of the city's workable program. Mayor Shelly went to Chicago Friday with completed forms for this program and told the council he encountered additional requests. Changed At Noon The Mayor said he had a conference at the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office in the morning with the official he had seen on previous visits, and thought recertifica- tion was in view. Returning, as requested after lunch, he was advised that the man he had conferred with had gone home ill. Another reviewing officer then went over the forms and rejected them until resubmitted "with professional preparation," he told the council. Shelly said he consulted the city's planning consultants, Wil- liam S. Lawrence & Associates, who said the forms could be reworked for $500. Further, the mayor said, he was advised in the morning that the workable program if accepted would stand for two years without additional expense, but in the afternoon tiaat it must be annually reviewed, to meet added requirements each year. In addition to the $3,000 neighborhood analysis, the reviewing officer said Freeport has i n - suffficient housing inspection. Mayor Shelly named the present inspectors, including the city engineer, his assistant, the plumbing and electrical inspectors, and the four firemen in the Fire Prevention Bureau. He was advised full-time in- PLEASE SEE BACK PAGE Christian said he had no further informaiton on the subject, nor could he say where the plane would go from the Kur- iles. But he added: son to believe "We have rea- the matter is going to be resolved shortly." He said the matter would be resolved once the plane actually left Soviet territory. Christian was asked if President Johnson had been in touch with Moscow about the matter. He said no, that the entire question had been handled through normal diplomatic channels. 'Under Investigation' The State Department said Monday that Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin told U.S. Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson in Moscow merely that the matter By GODFREY ANDERSON LONDON (AP) — A British court today granted extradition of James Earl Ray, wanted in the United States as the accused assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The extradition order was granted by Chief Magistrate Frank Milton. Ray's lawyers told newsmen they would appeal the decision to Britain's High Court. They have 15 days to file the appeal. They are not expected to act until near the end of that period. A court hearing would follow, probably within a week. The magistrate granted Ray legal aid to pursue his appeal in a higher court within the required 15-day deadline. Shows No Emotion Ray received the magistrate's decision without any outward show of emotion. He was immediately led from court, still surrounded by a cordon of Scotland Yard detectives, and taken back to his maximum security jail at Wandsworth Prison in south London. The magistrate, sitting at his bench stacked with law books, addressed Ray directly and told him: "You will be committed to prison to await extradition to the United States." Milton dealt at some length with the contention of defense attorney Roger Frisby that Ray could not be extradited because the slaying of the civil rights leader, shot in Memphis, Tenn., April 4, was a political offense. Controversial Figure The judge agreed it was common knowledge that King was a controversial figure in the United States. But he refused to accept the defense contention that this alone would make the crime of his assassination a political one. was gave under "no investigation, assurances" He of prompt return of the plane or the 229 persons aboard, the State Department said. The aircraft, a DC8 chartered by the military from Seaboard- World Airlines, was carrying 212 Vietnam-bound servicemen and a crew of 17, when the Soviet fighter planes forced it to land Sunday on Jnterup Island in the Pacific Kurile chain. The United States said the jet had strayed off course while bound for a fueling stop in Japan after leaving McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash. If the Kremlin were to allow the plane and passengers to leave at an early time it would likely face condemnation from Red China and other Communist countries. "To hold so would be to extend the meaning of this case too far," the magistrate said. The case turned on whether the crime was political or not. Under treaty between Britain and the United States, persons may not be extradited for political reasons. The U.S. government denied Ray's contention that the killing of King was a political crime. Case Established In summing up, Magistrate Milton said he found no difficulty in establishing that there was a prima facie case against Ray in King's murder. "On this, on the verbal and affidavit evidence before me, there can be no doubt," he said. Milton said no evidence had been produced in Ray's case to PLEASE SEE BACK PAGE Rocfcford Firm Hif By Fire ROCKFORD, 111. extra-alarm blaze five-story Arvidson plant and warehouse near downtown Rockford today. No one was at work and no injuries were reported. Fire Chief Wayne Swanson estimated damage to the plant and its contents at $500,000. The fire of undetermined origin remained out of control nearly two hours after the first firemen arrived before 6 am.. Flames leaped 75 feet in the air. The company makes TV cabinets. (AP) - An swept the Cabinet Co. B52s Pound Enemy Positions Anew By GEORGE ESPER SAIGON (AP) — U.S. Air Force B52 bombers attacked the southernmost part of North Vietnam with the heaviest saturation raids of the war Monday and today. Wave after wave of America's biggest bombers—75 planes in all flying from bases in Okinawa, Thailand and Guam—unleashed more than four million pounds of explosives on enemy targets just above South Vietnam's border. Each B52 carried about 54,000 pounds of 500-and 750-pound bombs. Nine missions of five planes eacli hit just inside North Vietnam. Another six missions struck the northern half of the demilitarized zone. The main targets were North Vietnamese storage areas, caves, bunkers and artillery sites. One aim was to wipe out enemy big guns that have been teadily hammering U.S. com>at bases and supply lines just >elow the eastern flank of the DMZ and firing at allied warships offshore. Another objec- ive was to stem the increasing low of war materials to enemy roops in South Vietnam. Despite 3,656 missions over ^Jorth Vietnam's southern pan- landle by smaller fighter-bombers in June—an average of 122 a day—U.S. intelligence sources ay the enemy is pouring more iupplies and troops into South Vietnam than ever before. 'Agreement To Arms Talk Appears Too Good By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent The Soviet Union has extended to the United States what looks on the surface like an olive branch, but it may have some prickly thorns. Moscow has held out to Washington a ment to possibility stop what of agree- has been called the mad escalation of nuclear weaponry. The United States is jumping at the chance to make some progress in this field. Progress may be possible, just as it was possible to limit nuclear testing and to achieve a nuclear nonproliferation treaty. There are huge prospective benefits for both sides in a new agreement. At the same time, the context in which the offer was extended by Moscow suggests a sort of defensive peace offensive with a number of facets and objectives. Pressure One Object One objective could be to increase pressure on the Americans to make concessions in Vietnam. Another could be to place the United States, before world opinion, in the role of the main obstacle to a secure peace. Yet another could be to divert attention from Communist-ruled Eastern Europe, about which Moscow, from its many pronouncements on the subject, seems enormously worried. The United States probably will examine all possibilities while going ahead with the talks, on the theory that the So viet Union has much to gain in scaling down the astronomical costs of the nuclear weapons race. It may take time and much talk to achieve a new agreement, but if both sides want one, it likely will be considered well worth the effort. Blames U.S. For Troubles The shoals ahead are clearly visible. The offer of talks on any or all aspects of disarmament was put forward last week by Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko in a policy review. He blamed the world's troubles on the United States and the West and implied advance condemnation of the Americans should efforts at agreement fail. "Experience shows," said Gromyko, "that without a resolute and constant exposure of the policy that implants militarism, it is impossible to count on the governments of capitalist powers agreeing to the solution of pressing problems, and espe daily disarmament." This suggested a certain Moscow blockbuster proposal amount of Kremlin faith in the for "general and complete ciis- propaganda value of the propos-l armament," shrugged off by the als, which have an attractive sound to a world living in fear. Gromyko also proposed a "pop- News Analysis ular movement" in the world to "compel the opponents of disarmament to retreat before the voice of the people." •Relations Depend On U.S.' Gromyko told the Soviet parliament that belter U.S.-Soviet relations depend on the United States. He pointed to Vietnam as the big obstacle. He inveighed at length against West German "militarism" and Israeli "expansionism." He also put forward the offer of talks in the context of an eight-year-old West as unworkable and designed for propaganda purposes. On Monday, at the signing of Hie treaty to check the spread of nuclear weapons. Premier Alexei N. Kosygin proposed disarmament talks, to include limiting nuclear weapons and means of delivery. Like Gromyko, Ko- sygin attacked the United States on the Vietnam issue. He contended that Vietnam proved the need to eliminate all foreign military bases, and that U.S. accidents had proved the need to restrict flights of nuclear-armed aircraft. Kosygin Assailed Israel As Gromyko had done, Kosy- gin assailed Israel and suggest- ed that restrictions on the arms race there could be considered 'only subject to the elimination of the consequences of Israeli iggression" and withdrawal of Israel from all Arab territories occupied last year. Kosygin came up with a detailed omnibus disarmament proposal amalgamating Soviet proposals of the last two decades and adding others, including one to ban underground nuclear testing. That would make prohibition of testing complete. The 1963 agreement bans tests in space, in the air or undar the sea. Franco and China do not subscribe to this. The offer of talks comes at a time when conversations are going on, slowly, in Paris between the Americans and North Vietnamese. If added pressure were brought to bear on Washington to make concessions there, Moscow could figure to make points with its Southeast Asian ally. See Isolation Effort Moscow's unremitting attacks on West Germany suggest an effort to isolate that country from the United States as much as possible, perhaps to raise suspicions that deals will be made at its expense. One might say that Moscow is taking a similar risk of arousing suspicions among the Hot Chinese. But Red China is al ready reported on the way t< testing an intercontinental bal listics missile. As for Peking^ suspicions of Moscow, it hardly matters, since Soviet stock ii Peking right now is about low as it can get. In South significant Vietnam, only ground action one was reported Monday as a general lull continued. In a day of miles southeast fighting three of the nearly abandoned combat base at Khe Sanh, 157 North Vietnamese were killed, U.S. Marines resorted. Deep in the Mekong Delta, 122 miles southwest of Saigon, allied forces reported their third big discovery of stockpiled enemy weapons since Saturday. A U.S. Army helicopter unit and South Vietnamese irregulars uncovered two rccoilless rifles, 130 shells for them, 92 rockets, 122 mortar rounds, KiO pistols, 40 antipersonnel mines, small arms ammunition and H boxes of medical supplies. Military spokesmen said 25 enemy sampans and 600 pounds of rice were destroyed. In Today's Paper Page Amusements 10 Church news . 7 Classified 11, 12 & 13 Comics 10 Editorials .. Local Markets Obituaries Radio & TV Sports 6 4, 5 & II 11 4 10 .... 8 & 9

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