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Sunday, July 25, 1965
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Widow Describes Ordeal (Editor'itt note—Mrs; Sharon Sites, 34, a Loisi Angeles Widow, this week completed a' 40-day singlehanded Pacific Ocean'crossing from Los Ahgeles to Hawaii in her 25 -foot sloop Sea Sharp. She describes her experiences in the following story Written exclusively for the Associated Press.) HONOLULU, Hawaii ~ im -Now I've known fear and loneliness. And perhaps loneliness is the worst part. Unless you've sat in a boat for days on end, knowing you're just a speck in a large ocean, this feeling you can never in your wildest dreams imagine. Not unless you've been there, that is. It was nine months ago, Trip tmMawan —AP Wlrephoto MRS. SHARON SITES .. Fear and Loneliness .. while I was out for a iSunday of imy ETA. I wa^ very proud. vRough Time Ahead But before that, at 9 a.m. that day, I sighted land for the first time. My navigation charts told me it was Molokai Island. But I couldn't take a bearing. The cloud cover was too much. I spent four worrying hours asking myself the question, "is it really Molokai?" It was Molokai, and before me was my last test. I had been warned before leaving that the Molokai channel, leading to Honolulu, was one of the two roughest stretches of water facing me. Of the two, this could be the roughest and most dangerous. I had mixed feelings, but it didn't look too bad and I l^eaded into the channel. I've said it before, and I'll U.S. \om New Proposals at afternoon drive in Los Angeles, headed no place, killing time, that I found myself at the marina. On an impulse, I drove down. L learned of Al Adams and his sailing school and took down the phone number from a billboard. A few days later I started my sailing lessons. At that time, of course, I had never considered ever sailing farther than, perhaps, Catalina Island, about 22 miles off the coast. Almost five months to the day, on June 12,1 was sailing away from the California coast heading toward Hawaii in my own 25-foot sloop Sea Sharp. I had spent my life savings to buy and equip her. Friends Wave Farewell Al went alongside me on the 49-foot sloop Cotton Blos- soin II together with my closest friends—Barbara and Sandy Willford, their children Chris, Craig and Carol, and Dgn and Dione Patton and Gary Bassett. The Cotton Blossom left me about noon the next day, 75 miles out. It was a glorious day. The winds were good for sailing and watching the Cotton Blossom turn back I knew that I was on my own. I pointed my Sea Sharp toward Hawaii 2,200 miles away. 'But the winds became light —too light. I was discouraged there for a while. I was virtually becalmed for 12 days. In all that time, I just hadn't gone anywhere to speak of. I began despairing that I would get any winds but on June 24 I got them—from nothing they pick up and up and up .. right up to around 65 m.p.h. This was to be. the most frightening part of my voyage and often I wished myself back home in Los Angeles, in a comfortable bed. Terrifying Winds I'd secured my lifeline, tying myself to the boat. But the wind was so strong I couldn't even stand upright against it. I had to literally crawl around on my hands and knees. You can't imagine the deafening roar of wind and w^ler, and the shrill, terrible whistle through the rigging. It was terrifying and it lasted six days. At times, I thought it would never end. Days and nights ran into each other, and at times I prayed. I know the Lord had his hand on my shoulder and the Sea Sharp eventually rode out the storm. •I figured my bearings and wrote in my log, "half of the time is gone and I have covered only one fourth of the distance." It was only about 600 miles from the California coast, and that's when the depression began. I had visions of being a derelict at sea if this was to be my rate of progress. My mental salvation came with the hours I spent daily writing my log and taking pictures. But the winds became more favorable ... it never really calmed down to give me pleasant sailing , . . my spirits rose. I think I was more concerned then that I wasn't go- in^ to reach Hawaii in time to see Sandy and Barbara. I knew they couldn't wait longer than July 22. They'd flown over and were in Honolulu wfth Al, and I began to feel bad that I wouldn't reach there before they left. Talked to Boat At times, I talked to myself. No, not really to myself. I talked more to the boat. She was tiny, but she was sturdy and trim. I pinned my faith in her. If she could weather the last six days, I knew she would hold for 60 if she had to. It occurred to me one day that this wasn't the best environment for my culinary efforts. There was a small piece of carpeting in the cabin, and I thought that there was hardly a t^ing that I ate on that [boat that wasn't also in that say it again: once more the little piece of carpet . . . And nothing I ate ever tasted like what it was supposed to be. .. I think I lost something between 20 and 25 pounds those first two or three weeks of the voyage, but I gained about 10 pounds back before I reached Hawaii. July 2 was a big day at sea for- me. Unfortunately, I had no one or anything to share it with. I'd taken along my pet Thailand turtle but she died 14 days out. I had a burial at sea for her. It was very sad. She represented a living thing on board. During the voyage I never saw another boat. The last plane I saw circled me about 160 miles off the California coast. Early Celebration I didn't even see many birds. They weren't so crazy as to be out in that sort of weather. It was overcast all the way. But on July 2 we—the boat and I—found the trade winds which carry you to Hawaii. I had my fourth of July celebration two days early . By July 6, after four days of steady progress, and realizing I could average 83 miles a day, I spent hours calculating "was it still possible that I could arrive before July 22?" I wrote in my log, "I know if the winds stay with me now, it is still possible." This was a great uplift to my morale, and it helped the loneliness. There were times when I wondered if I could hold out, physically and mentally. . I knew the boat could, but could I? But with the trade winds with me, and my spirits up, confidence returned and now I even became exhilarated. I wrote in my log my estimated time of arrival, July 21st at 2 a.m." ' I was actually offshore—off Oahu Island—at 11 p.m. on the 20th, three hours ahead Lord was on my side. I headed in and if the channel was rough, then it calmed down ahead of me. It became dark. I saw lights, but couldn't identify them with my chart due to the low overcast. I passed Kokohead and Diamond Head without fully realizing it. . . when I came upon two channel marker I lights I knew I was too close to the reef. Wrist Injured I had been warned about attempting to navigate through the reefs and into the harbor on my own. I ^ knew, too, that I was too close and it was at this point that I decided to fire my "very" pistol. I loaded it, but I din't do it properly. The gun backfired on me, huring my right wrist. I thought" the wrist was broken ... I was in great pain and I knew that even if 1 wanted to I couldn't handle the boat and bring her into har|por. What was worse, nobody saw the flare. Shortly after dawn, this was on the 40th day, I saw the fishing boat Catherine S., and I can tell you, it took me time to pluck up sufficient courage to fire that pistol jagain. The thought went through my mind, "suppose I damage my left arm as well." I was 'almost helpless as it was. I couldn't handle the Sea Sharp. But I fired my second flare land the Catherine S., came along side. The skipper called the coast guard. At 11:45 a.m. a coast guard towline was secured to my boat and 1 knew my long voyage was at its end. These few words can hardly begin to capture the ordeal of my 39 days at sea, but the warm reception granted me at dock by my friends and the people of Hawaii will remain as one of the highlights of my adventure. Briton Accused as Driver in Train Robber's Escape LONDON —(JP)— Police accused a 27-year-old automobile mechanic of being the getaway driver in the July 8 Lynda Bird Ends i8-Week U.S. Tour ELY, Minn. —(/?)— Lynda Bird Johnson, the president's daughter, wound up her eight- week tour of America's tourist attractions Saturday and headed back home to Washington with a pair of miniature crossed canoe paddles proclaiming her a "dame of the wilderness." Miss Johnson, who has shrouded most of her trip in privacy, met with newsmen after returning from a canoe trip into the roadless area along the Minnesota-Canadian border. She declined to express a preference among the many areas she has visited but said she liked the contrast between the treeless Arizona desert and the "millions and millions, of trees" in northern Minne sota. Soviets 'Wall to Wall' at Japanese Exhibit MOSCOW —iJP)— The decor at the Japanese industrial exhibit here today was people — wall to wall people. An average of more than 26,000 Russians has jammed into the spacious exhibit hall every day since the display opened July 9. About 500,000 persons will have passed through by the time it closes Monday. Shunichi Azuma, the exhibit director, called it "a definite success." ^ breakout from Wandsworth Jail by 'Great Train Robber' Ronald Biggs and three other convicts. George Ronald Leslie, picked up by Scotland Yard, appeared in court with three other men also charged with helping to stage the escape. The getaway vehicle was a furniture truck and police claimed Leslie told them: "I didn't have a gun. I just did the driving." Attorneys for Leslie said, however, he will plead innocent. Also charged were Paul Seaborne, 37, a driver, Terence Murtach, 25, a bricklayer, and George Gibbs, 30, a milkman. Three other men and two women also are in custody, accused of helping in the escape. Biggs was serving a 30- year jail sentence for his part in the great train robbery of August 1963, when more than $7 million in cash was taken in a mail train holdup. The court ordered Leslie and the three other men held in custody pending a hearing Aug. 2. The court will then decide if the accused men should stand trial. WASHINGTON — m — William C. Foster, director of the U.S. arms control and dis- armamerit agency, flew to Geneva Saturday for a new round of talks with the Soviet Union and 15 other nations on proposals to ban all nuclear weapons tests and prevent the spread of such armaments. Officials said he will have some new proposals to make. They were not, however, very optimistic about the prospects for progress toward an agreement with the Soviet Union. So far as could be determined Foster did not have an opportunity, before leaving, to meet with President Johnson, who has been occupied with the Vietnamese crisis. Foster was scheduled to arrive in Geneva Saturday evening. The meeting of the 17- nation disarmament committee opens Tuesday. Foster was expected to make his proposals at an early stage in the proceedings. Non-Member Issue One of his first tasks will be to discuss with British representatives a British-proposed treaty to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to nations not already possessing them. A major question is I what kind of guarantee of security the nuclear powers joining the treaty would be able to give to countries which committed themselves not to make or acquire the weapons. The guarantee problem has arisen particularly in connection with such countries as India and Japan since Communist China exploded its first nuclear test device last fall. Red China is not a member of the 17-nation disarmament committee and France, the world's other nuclear power—apart from the United States, Britain and Russia— has long refused to participate in the discussions. The chances of making progress with the Soviet Union in agreeing on either an expanded test ban treaty or a nonproliferation pact were not rated high. It was noted here that the Soviet government newspaper Iz- vestia renewed charges Friday that the United States is more interested at this time ,in blocking rather than getting agreement on disarmament measures. Inspection Question The newspaper accused the United States of sticking to its proposals to set up an allied nuclear force within the Atlantic Alliance that would give West Germany access to nuclear weapons. Russia's position is that this U.S. policy is a barrier to a nonproliferation agreement. In the test field, the United States, Russia and Britain concluded in 1963 a treaty banning all tests except those conducted underground. They have negotiated repeatedly on the issue of inspection systems which would be necessary to enforce a ban on underground tests. The United States and Britain last took the official position that at least seven on site inspections within the Soviet Union would be necessary. At one point in 1963 the Russians had indicated they might agree to two or three such inspections but they later withdrew from that position and insisted that there was no need for any international inspections in Soviet territory because of the improvements made in recent years in long distance detection devices. — AP WlrcDhnlo DOESN'T HURT A BIT, MA— When some youngsters in Pana, III., about 40 miles southeast of Springfield, organized a backyard carnival to raise money for new park playground equipment, one brave lad volunteered to take it on the forehead for the cause—at 2 cents a throw. The tosses didn't hurt though since the bean bag was stuffed with powderpuffs. Small, Effective Communist Party May Decide Greek Power Struggle ATHENS, Greece —(/?>)— A small but well organized pro- Communist Party may decide the outcome of ousted Premier George Papandreou's struggle to regain power. The U n it e d Democratic Left (EDA) has been active in the demonstrations staged on Papandreou's behalf since King Constantine fired the 77-year-old leader in a power showdown July 15. In Friday's giant funeral march for a leftwing riot vic- |tim, EDA representatives were with the marchers, keeping them under control. The EDA, widely acknowledged as the front for the outlawed Greek Communist Party, offered its parliamentary vote to Papandreou in November 1963 when he was seeking a confidence vote for a majority government. Pa­ pandreou rejected EDA help then, and in subsequent national elections he won 171 seats in the 300-member single - chamber parliament — enpugh for his Center Union Party to govern alone. But now Papandreou's party has split, with 20 members siding with the 25-year-old king and joining the new government of Premier George Athanasiadis Novas. At least another 10 members are counted as doubtful. The crisis has cost Papan­ dreou his majority in parliament. Political experts believe he may now turn to the EDA for its 22 votes. Papandreou has predicted that the EDA will vote against the Athanasiadis Novas government when it goes before parliament on July -SO to seek the vote of confidence it needs to survive. 22 Biggest Votes "With the 22 EDA votes Iplus the 140 to 142 (Center Union) vote I can count on, the new government can't po.<^sibly survive," he said. "It should resign now;" Papandreou did not say whether he would accept EDA's votes. The EDA claims that Pa­ pandreou would never have won his majority in parliament in the 1964 elections without the help they gave him, despite his rejection of EDA parliamentary votes. The EDA showed its strength and efficiency during the funeral procession that many feared would get out of hand. The government warned that troops would move in, if violence erupted. and the word was passed to keep things calm. The funeral of riot victim Sotirios Petroulias was in itself a tribute to EDA resources. Police had tried to bury the dead student as soon as possible, but EDA deputies quickly blocked them. They got permission from the premier to turn the body over to the boy's parents and to hold a religious service in Athen's main orthodox cathedral. They called out their followers and other Papandreou supporters to march in the cortege. More than 150,000 persons responded. Strike Coming? Leftwing newspapers predicted Saturday that Athens, the port of Piraeus and other Greek cities will be paralyzed by a general strike called for Tuesday to support Papan­ dreou. But with three days to go, cracks were opening in the labor front, pointing to possible ebbing of support for Papandreou. The left-wing General Confederation of Labor has urged its 400,000 members to answer the strike call. The confederation ordered a total work stoppage in Athens and Piraeus. A strike call was also issued in Sa­ lonika, Greece's second largest city. AVGI, the organ of the EDA said the strike would also effect som.e of the Greek islands. Several unions, worried by the crisis announced their refusal to take part in the scheduled strike, claiming it was called for political instead of economic reasons. These unions included rai workers, tanners, electricians and pulp paper employes. <<ACiNE SUNDAY BULLETIM Sunday, July 25, 1965 U.S. Denies Envoy in Cairo Is a Spy WASHINGTON r- UP) — The State Departrtient has denied accusations by the United Arab Republic's official press agency that Bruce Taylor Odell, a U.S. diplomat stationed in Cairo, is a Central Intelligence Agency spy. "He (Odell) was a political officer, an attache with the embassy, and still is," press officer Marshall Wright told newsmen. The spy charge stems from the July 21 arrest in Odell's presence of Mustafa Amin, a newspaper editor. The Middle East news agency said Amin was arrested "while giving a weekly report at the request of the CIA" to Odell. Mixed Group Swims at Beach in Florida ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.—(^P) A group of 19 Negroes and whites went swimming at a St. Augustine beach without incident Saturday under the watchful eyes of more than a dozen sheriff's deputies. They went to the beach just 24 hours after Gov. Haydon Burns asked them to "do as individuals what individuals do, not in organized groups." The integrated group swam for 90 minutes and did the watusi. Seven or eight broke off from the main group and walked 750 yards to a re- freshmeiit stand without incident. Broken Arm, $10 Taxi Bill Didn't Break Holiday Spirit CINCINNATI — im — Ajlnd., Friday when Mrs. Mar broken arm was not enough to stop a Canadian woman from continuing her voyage on the Delta Queen although she had to take a 30-mile taxi ride to catch up with the river boat. It all started at Madison, Post Offices Hiring Many More Women garet Craiden of Gait, Ontario, slipped and fell as she walked from the gangplank. She broke her left arm and was taken to Madison Hospital where it was put in a cast. By that time, however, the Delta Queen had left for Cincinnati. Mrs. Craiden hailed a taxi, caught up with the stern, wheeler 30 miles away at WASHINGTON_— iJP) —iMarkland Dam. A boat officer and a maintenance man lifted her aboard as the Queen rose in the lock. Mrs. Craiden said she would seek further treatment in Cincinnati, where the Queen was to dock Saturday before continuing a pleasure trip on the Ohio River. The taxi ride cost Mrs. Craiden $10. The Post Office Department has more women employes than ever before, President Johnson learned Saturday. The president made public a report from Postmaster Gen. John A. Gronouski showing female employment in the department has reached a record 49,888 — about one- twelfth of the total payroll. More than one-third of the country's 34,000 post offices are now headed by women postmasters. Lady letter carriers in cities number 370, thrice the number five years ago, and women handle 524 rural routes, the report said. BIRD NEEpS FREEDOM Guatemala's apt symbol of freedom is the quetzal, a multicolored, long - plumed had j bird. Zoos seldom have one, for the quetzal dies when caged. 7 INDIA MINERS DIE CALCUTTA, India—(/?) — Seven miners perished in a coal mine collapse near Dhan- bad Saturday. Thirty-seven others escaped. Rudyard Kipling never was poet laureate of England because one of his works was said to have offended Queen Victoria. EYES EXAMINED GLASSES FITTED OPEN DAILY 9 to 5:30 Monday and Friday Evenings Dr. Ernest D. Wolf Optometrist IS 517 Mailt St, S Phone 634-2508 K*xt to Fisb Furniture Wow! NATCO GASOLINE Jet-A way 94 Plus Octane .9c Double Sfamps on Tues. and Sun, • MOI Milwoukcc • 1414 Stote • 1 149 Washington • Z800 Sheridan Rd. Town Celebrates Centenniai-Plus VERONA, Miss. — i/P) — Although Verona is 105 years old, it celebrated its centennial observance Saturday. A centennial means an observance of a 100th anniversary. There is no special reason for the five-year-late celebration. Citizens just decided Saturday would be a good day for the anniversary. t/ufikol... ^ptTH Sunday Specials 54' 50 Count Styrofoam . Insulated 7 ox. CUPSH Reg. 66c ot or Cold 100 Count—9" PAPER PLATES White . and . Rainbow 98c Value OPEN SUN. 11-5 ELMWOOD PLAZA M'llILE QUANTITIES LAST Who's taking the step that could step up employment? "Who is doing something practical —in the American tradition of sdf-help and local action—to create more job opportunities and to train people for existing job opportunities?" Answer: American private enterprise—and individual cities and towns across the country. And now industry is taking a new step to boost employment. The National Association of Manufacturers has launched a major, nation-wide program called STEP (Solutions To Employment Problems). STEP is searching America to fmd proven, successful ways to find more jobs and to fit people for available jobs. Its findings appear as verified case studies which arc offered to companies and communities without charge. For more information, write to STEP, National Association of Manufacturers, 277 Park Avenue, New York, N. Y. r i r J r ) 10017. i^in^>

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