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REPUBLIC BULLDOG Arizona Republic Phoenix, Tkms., Nov. 8, 1969 South Viets fight Hanoi troops near Cambodian border Associated Press SAIGON — South Vietnamese infantrymen, going it alone on the ground, but supported by American planes and artillery, have clashed with two veteran North Vietnamese units in their biggest fight in four months. Intelligence sources said yesterday that elements of the 24th and 66th North Vietnamese army regiments, which laid siege to the Special Forces camp at Ben Het last summer, were involved in Tuesday's battle near Due Lap on the Cambodian border. The May-June fighting around Ben Het, 170 miles to the north, was considered a major test for government troops and a yardstick for measuring President Nixon's plan to Vietnamize the war. The new fighting around the Special Forces camps at Due Lap and Bu Prang, officers believe, bears a strong resemblance to the two-month battle for Ben Het. Reports from the Due Lap area, 135 miles northeast of Saigon in the foothills of the central highlands, said 24 South Vietnamese soldiers were killed and 38 wounded in the 10-hour battle. Government troops claim they killed at least 80 North Vietnamese soldiers with the help of American air strikes and artillery. In June, the fighting around Ben Het — which included enemy artillery barrages from across the Cambodian border — ended as suddenly as it had begun when the North Vietnamese withdrew. Intelligence officers say that the two North Vietnamese regiments, along with an artillery battalion, then filtered through Cambodia to the south-central highlands. Last week they began to put pressure on the Special Forces camps at Due Lap and Bu Prang, 25 miles to the south. Again firing big field guns from across the frontier, they forced American artillerymen and montagnard mercenaries to retreat last weekend from three bases south of Bu Prang which had been giving howitzer support to operations in the area. The abandonment of these bases gave -the North Vietnamese relatively free movement in the area. Bu Prang and Due Lap are heavily fortified and have not yet come under any direct pressure from the 5,000 North Vietnamese in the area. But U.S. officers cautioned that the enemy was in a position to assault them at any time. Associated Press photographer Hugh Van Es said yesterday there were fears that Ban Me Thuot, about 40 miles northeast of Tuesday's battle, might also be a target for attack. Ban Me Thuot, the capital of Darlac Province, is the major population center of the south-central highlands. Van Es quoted a source as saying North Vietnamese forces had been sighted south and north of the city. The So u th Vietnamese army reported yesterday that the contact south of Due Lap had broken off. The battle was fought in an area of rolling hills and tall garss. Field reports said a government ranger battalion, which made first contact with the enemy and later was reinforced by infantry and armor, suffered the most casualties with 8 men killed and 12 wounded. Farther south, American units reported killing 53 enemy soldiers. Troops of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, supported by Cobra helicopter gunships, killed 26 North Vietnamese in a four-hour clash yesterday about 30 miles northwest of Saigon. No U.S. casualties were reported. Brazilian kidnapers slay U.S. lad, collect ransom Associated Press SAO PAULO, Brazil — In a new surge of violence against U.S. citizens in Brazil, kidnapers killed the son of an American business executive after collecting $12,500 ransom. Police said late yesterday a Portuguese father and son were arrested and charged with the kidnap-slaying of Patrick Dolan, 18, whose body was found earlier, in the day on a farm near this industrial city. Patrick was the son of Richard J. Dolan, vice president of Swift and Co. of Brazil. The suspects were identified as Jose Dias Rezende and his son Jose Daniel Dias Rezende. The younger Dias, 25, was arrested Tuesday night. Police said he confessed to the crimes, told them where the body was, and Implicated his father, who was arrested late yesterday at his apartment in Sao Paulo. Young Dias was an acquaintance of the victim, said police sources. Dolan was picked up in a car last Thursday while waiting for a bus to the high school where he was a senior, police said, then was taken to the Rezende farm a few miles west of here killed and buried. Only after the young man was dead, said police, did the kidnapers demand ransom through a series of telephone calls and notes to the family. The $12,500 was paid Saturday. On Monday the kidnapers asked for a second payment of the same amount, police said, but they did not say where or when to leave it and made no further contact with the family. The victim's father had been told his son would be released after the first ransom payment was picked up from a garbage can near the city airport, police said. He earlier had left the money as instructed, in his car at a Sao Paulo cemetery, but the kidnapers did not claim it. Authorities kept secrecy on the case in hopes that the victim would not be harmed. Police sources insisted the kidnap-murder was not connected with recent violence and threats to U.S. officials in Brazil, but it is known 'that a number of American residents have been threatened with death and at least two families have left Brazil. Most of the violence and threats have been directed at U.S. officials and have been blamed on leftists. Capt. Charles R. Chandler of Arcadia, La., was machine-gunned to death in front of his home in Sao Paulo, Oct. 12, 1968, by two self- styled Brazilian revolutionaries. The killers left behind leaflets accusing the captain of being a "Vietnam war criminal." A veteran of the war in Vietnam, Chandler was studying at the University of Sao Paulo. Only on Tuesday night, police shot to death Carlos Mar- ighela, a leader of the leftist National Liberation Action, who was wanted as the mastermind in the Sept. 4 kidnap- ing of U.S. Ambassador C. Burke Elbrick. The Brazilian government ransomed Elbrick by giving 15 political prisoners safe conduct to Mexico. In addition, U.S. consular officials in Sao Paulo and the capital, Brasilia, have receive death threats. The U.S. consulate in Sao Paulo said the Dolan family had lived in Brazil for more than 20 years. Young Dolan was born here and was attending the 1,000-pupil American school of Sao Paulo. His sister, Diana, is a graduate of the school and is employed in Sao Paulo. The Arizona Republic Published every morning by Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. (120 East Van Buren) P.O. Box 1950 Phoenix, Ariz. 85001 271-8000 Subscription Prices Carriers or Dealers in Arizona Republic (Morn. & Sun.) 70c week Republic (Morning) 45c wk. (Circulation mail rates appear in the Classified section of each edition.) Second class postage paid at Phoenix, Ariz. Thursday, Nov. 6,1969 Vol. 80, No. 174 Republicans happy over Tuesday vote United Press International President Nixon and the First Lady are joined at a White House victory celebration by governor-elect Associated Press and Mrs. Willtam T. Cahill of New Jersey at left and governor-elect A. Linwood Holton of Virginia at right. Mor© about New mayors' problems Continued from Page A-l back victory in New York, said a new coalition of Democrats, Liberals and liberal Republicans helped him win. "Party lines have less meaning," he said. "I won in New York City as an independent," he said. "It obviously means that the tradition of electing a candidate of one of the two major parties, and in New York City usually a Democrat, has been overcome." Lindsay, running as a Liberal and independent, defeated Democrat Mario A. Procaccino by 159,975 votes. Final figures: Lindsay, 981,900; Procaccino, 821,924; Republican-Conservative John J. Marchi, 545,088. Lindsay said he intended to serve the full four-year term as mayor and had no plans to leave the Republican Party. He is an enrolled Republican, but lost the June GOP primary. Detroit's Gribbs, 43, polled about 6 per cent of the Negro vote and about 82 per cent of the white vote in the nonpartisan election, for a 7,000-vote victory over a Negro, Richard Austin, 257,714 to 250,661. Gribbs campaigned against the crime problem but avoided the "law and order" catch phrase, insisting instead that "law violators must be dealt with firmly and fairly." Gribbs, Wayne County sheriff, has not denied speculation that he may name William Lucas, his Negro un- dersheriff, as his police commissioner. "The refreshing thing," Gribbs said, "was that throughout my campaign, I have encountered only warmth and encouragement when I talked to black voters. There was never an incident in all this time and that's why I have a rapport with the black community." Outgoing Mayor Jerome Cavanagh, who decided not to seek re-election, offered an assessment of the problems facing Gribbs: "He'll be tested more quickly than I was. It really wasn't until after civil rights legislation and the poverty program that I had any serious confrontations." Austin would have been given more breathing room," Cavanaugh said. "But the special groups, the ones that have sit-ins and demonstrations, they'll be waiting for Gribbs when he takes office Jan. 6." Buffalo, N.Y., Mayor Frank Sedita, after withstanding a "law and order" challenge, returns to City Hall to face the problems of a dwindling tax base, and finding revenue for new and improved services, all in the face of an exodus to the suburbs. The dapper, 62-year-old Sedita, Demo- Moimtaiii residents live longer than lowlanders MOSCOW (UPI) — A Soviet scientist said yesterday that people who live in the mountains live longer than those in low altitudes. Ramazan Alikshev, a specialist in the study of the aged, told the newspaper Trud his research showed "there are approximately four times more long-livers in mountainous zones than in the valley." He said that in a highland district he studied in Soviet Daghestan there is a man aged 159 and a married couple of 127 and 125 years who are the only living couple to have celebrated a 100th wedding anniversary. ; crat - Liberal, won by nearly 20,000 votes over Republican - Conservative Alfreda Slominsji, 87,154 to 67,771. An Independent, Ambrose I. Lane, a Negro, finished far back with 7,872, despite fears that he might drain votes from Sedita. New York State's second largest city, Buffalo, is dwindling in population as residents move to rapidly growing suburbs. The population dropped from 532,759 in 1960 to 481,000 in a special census in 1966. A vast urban renewal project has removed much property from the tax rolls. In Hartford, Conn., Republican Mayor Ann Uccello won a narrow victory, 537 votes, over Democrat Joseph Adinolfi in a fourway race. State Democratic party Chairman John M. Bailey blamed intra- party splits in the normally Democratic city. Louisville, Ky., saw former U.S. Rep. Frank Burke, a Democrat, defeat John Sawyer, a Republican businessman, in the race for mayor. On the governor level, President Nixon said Republican victories in New Jersey and Virginia indicate support of his Vietnam policies. Democratic Chairman Fred Harris said he was pleased with Democratic mayoral victories. GOP Chairman Rogers C. B. Morton said the victories of Republicans William T. Cahill in New Jersey and Linwood Holton in Virginia indicate "that the rgeat silent majority of Americans might have done some talking at the polls yesterday." Harris argued that defeated, Democratic nominees Robert B. Meyner in New Jersey and William C. Battle in Virginia had fought iheir contests on state issues. WASHINGTON - President Nixon, buoyed by two Republican gubernatorial victories, expressed particular pleasure yesterday over the GOP triumph in New Jersey as a vote of confidence in his Vietnam war policies. Nixon disclaimed personal credit for the election of Rep. William T. Cahill as governor of New Jersey, ending 16 years of Democratic rule, or A. Linwood Helton's victory in Virginia, where Democrats have been elected for the past 100 years. "The man wins it," said the President, who had campaigned for both GOP candidates last week. But he conceded he was "rather happy" about the results. In New Jersey, he said, Democratic former Gov. Robert B. Meyner "made the war in Vietnam a straight up- and-down issue" and Cahill got 60 per cent of the vote. "I thought that was very reassuring in this bellwether state," he said in a television interview (Today —NBC). The president and Mrs. Nixon entertained Cahill, Holton and their wives at the White House luncheon also attended by Vice President and Mrs. Spiro T. Agnew. GE STRIKE FUND WASHINGTON (AP) -The AFL-CIO announced yesterday a series of rallies in 23 cities to help raise a multimillion dollar strike fund for 147,000 workers striking against the General Electric Co. Although Democratic political leaders — and Stan. Charles E. Goodell, R-N.Y. disagreed, Republican National Chairman Rogers C.B. Morton went further and said that Nixon's Monday night speech to the nation on Vietnam was a significant factor in the New Jersey and Virginia results. "It seems that the great silent majority of Americans, might have done some talking.; at the polls yesterday," Morton said. He predicted that Republicans now have enough clout at the polls to pick up eight or nine Senate seats next year and capture, control of that chamber. He said there was an excellent chance the GOP could win at least 25 House seats. Presently, with two vacancies, the Republicans would need a net gain of 29 seats to win control of the House. Political observers noted that party lines were obscured m voting in Virginia, where Democrats were elected lieutenant governor and attorney general, and in New York City, where Mayor John V. Lindsay won as an Independent Liberal Party candidate after he had been defeated in the Republican primary. Democratic National Chairman Fred R. Harris said the elections were a "mixed result," considering Democratic victories in big city mayoral contests. He said he doubted Morton's claim that the President's Vietnam speech carried weight in New Jersey and Virginia. foil tones deep tan harmony otter Shoes to size 12 Shoes are ELITE the outstanding features of Dr. Locke are fully appreciated in the wearing. full style support snug h*#I cradled arch roomy toes $26.99 AAAA-C 33 W. Adams, Downtown Kysees all GIs out by end of 1970 United Press International DALAT, South Vietnam — Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky said yesterday South Vietnam intends to take over the war at a pace that will permit withdrawal of all American combat troops by the end of 1970 and support troops possibly a year later. "That is our aim," said Ky, speaking to newsmen who accompanied him and President Nguyen Van Thieu on a trip to this mountain resort. Ky's meeting with newsmen followed a news conference by Thieu, who said the next major withdrawal of American troops from the war zone would not be in the immedi- ate future but, nevertheless, would be fairly soon. Any future troops withdrawals, however, will be calculated on the intensity of the war and the ability of South Vietnamese forces to take over defense of the country, Thieu added in echoing the policy President Nixon announced Monday night. Ky said the United States would not have had to commit more than 500,000 troops to Vietnam if it had agreed three or four years ago to build up and equip the South Vietnamese army. "We asked for more equipment to double our armed forces for many years, but they didn't agree to help us," Ky said. Now that the United States is concentrating on Vietnami- zation of the war, he continued, the South Vietnamese armed forces are in better position to relieve American troops. "At the end of 1970, we will replace all American combat troops," he said, adding that combat support units might be withdrawn by the end of 1971. "We don't want people to •misunderstand that this is an American war," Ky said. 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