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rr " Thais Strongly Committed in ., July NIXON- Continued /rom Page One curity scare as a man was reported seized in Bangkok for throwing a bottle into the street ahead of the motorcade. Another man was said to have been arrested by Thai police for possessing a gun at a location where the President was coming. U.S. Secret Servicemen said they had no knowledge of this. The city was decorated with myriads of colored lights honoring the President's presence, and a state banquet was held at the palace of jazz-loving, American-born King Bhumi- bol. Grave Concern But underlying the Anna of Siam fantasy of Mr. Nixon's welcome lies the grave concern of the military government headed by Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn that the new non-intervention policy compromises Thailand's firm anti- Communism and commitment to the Vietnam .war. Nixon catrfe here to say that this is not so, and he did so upon accepting the key to the city in terms that were of a different tone than his outline last week on Guam of the new policy of reduced military commitment. In a ceremony at a bunting- draped outdoor pavilion along j the kkmg^of canal—of the cap- itaf'1nepreiI8ehT"said the U.S. considers the^SEATO treaty of consultation for mutual defense as more than just a piece of paper. "We will honor our obligations under that treaty. We will honor them not simply because we have to, because of the words that we have signed, but because we believe in those words, and particularly believe in them in the association that we have with a proud and strong people — the people of Thailand," Nixon said. Last week on Guam, President Nixon said he would give consideration to the reduction of the U.S. 40,000-man force in Thailand, most of it operating several large bases, ports and supply centers for the air attack of B-52 bombers and other attack bombers in South Vietnam. "Our determination to honor our commitments is fully consistent with our conviction that the nations of Asia can and must increasingly shoulder the responsibility for achieving WIREPHOTO (AP) West Meets East in Bangkok peace area," and Mr. progress Nixon's in the written issued later in the statement, day, said. Spell out "The challenge to our wisdom is to support the Asian countries' efforts to defend and develop themselves, without attempting to take from them the responsibilities which should be A Thai woman curtsies as other dignitaries shake hands with President and Mrs. Nixon in receiving line Monday at state banquet in Bangkok. Flanking the President and First Lady are Thailand's King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit) who gave the banquet for the Nixons. SET OWN CURBS GUNS- Continued from Pane One of non-lethal weapons and a system to detect handguns concealed on the person. Educational Program The commission advocated also a broad educational program, aided by the National \ Rifle Association—a long time, foe of.gun control laws—"to stress tlie duties ami responsi- b i 1 i t i e s of firearms ownership." The National Rifle Association denounced the proposed licensing system as amounting to "gradual strangulation of private handgun ownership." The commission advocated less stringent laws to control the estimated 35 million rifles and 31 million shotguns now in private hands which it said are far less a threat than concealable weapons. Most persons would be required to obtain a one-time identification card before purchasing such a long gun. The commission urged also extension of the Gun Control Law of 1968, intended to curb the importation of firearms unsuitable f,or sporting use and to ban domestic production of so- called junk guns. It called also for the creation of a Federal Firearms Information Center to gather and store WIRE-PHOTO iAP) complete satisfaction Monday night with Mr. Nixon's position. These sources said the President should spell out just what the United States will do for Thailand if the threat to the country grows. The Thais called the rain that caught the Nixons at the airport a "welcome shower" and said it was a good omen. A U.S. Embassy hairdresser repaired the damage to Mrs. Nixon's coiffure. Royalty, diplomats, top officials and their wives arrived in colorful formal attire for the banquet in the Chitralada Palace throne hall in honor of the Nixons. Men wore white uniforms with swords, sashes and decorations. Women wore Thai silk costumes with gold belts. Mrs. Nixon's palace dinner gown, designed by Adele Thompson, was a long sleeved chiffon, gleaming with gold metallic threads. The 36-year-old Queen Sirikit, one of Asia's beauteous first ladies, .wore a pure gold silk dress with yellow sash and pendant with diamond earrings. many supporting air operations in Vietnam, are stationed at big bases in Thailand. But the point specifically at issue here is the insurgency in Thailand's northeast, where loyal village leaders are being assassinated at the rate of about 10 REAGAN-GETS DIVORCE BILL By Jerry GHIman Of) The Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, CALIF. DM. Woman Honored in Viet 1 (Special Dispatch to The Register) i SAIGON, SOUTH VIETNAM ;— Mrs. Virginia Render, a Dos iMoines grandmother here helping fight the per month by Communist infil-'The first major California di-i w ar with the theirs. "For, if domination by the aggressor can destroy the freedom of a nation, too much dependence on a protector can eventually erode its dignity," he said. Despite these declarations, some sources close to the Thai government expressed less than Thai Sang Songs singer Sirat Tan Tra- kun, who studied in New York City and appeared in Broadway musicals, sang five,, songs written by King Bhumibol, a clarinet player. Thailand mjtted to is the strongly Vietnam corn- war, with some 12,500 troops now among the forces helping the Saigon government. Nearly 50,000 U.S. military personnel, trators and guerrillas. The northeast insurrectionists emphasized their presence on Nixon's arrival in a surprise attack on Ubon Air Base 435 miles northeast of Bangkok. Two American planes were damaged and a guard was injured. Generally speaking, however, the Thai government, with American logistical support, has been able to keep the insurgency under control. There is no request at present for direct American participation in putting down the insurgency. From a standpoint of doing important business, Bangkok loomed as the most significant stop in the journey which ffom here takes Mr. Nixon to India, Pakistan, Romania and England. While continuing to say that "there are no plans" for Nixon to make a quick trip to South Vietnam, press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler left open the possibility, that such plans could speedily develop. He noted that on Wednesday the President has only staff meetings on his schedule before attending an evening dinner hosted by Kittikachorn. | vorce reform bill in almost a century was sent to Gov. Ron-| aid Reagan's desk by the Leg-! islature Monday for his expected signature into law. Aimed at preventing fights between husbands and wives with adverse effects on the children when a marriage breaks up, the bill is the result of a three-year study. Opponents argue it will make divorces easier to obtain, and won't remove the pain and suffering that often accompanies them. One out of every 2.5 marriages in California now ends in divorce. The bill would eliminate the traditional grounds of mental cruelty, adultery, desertion, neglect, habitual drunkenness and conviction of, a felony to j get a divorce. It would substitute only two grounds — "irreconcilable differences" and incurable in- Jackie's Birthday Gift earrings shaped like miniature Apollo It space ships were among the gifts received by Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy Onussis Monday for her fortieth birthday. The gift of a Greek jewelry designer, the earrings have moons, studded with diamonds and rubies, suspended from space ship and roVket. tbc last year, gave these statistics: Private U.S. citizens own 90 information on gun ownership House 'Pueblo' Probe Rakes Complex Military Structure MRS. VIRGINIA RENDER Navy's typewriter corps., has received a Department of Defense Civili a n Service Award certificate and medal. Mrs. Render was recognized for "on-site service in support activities in Southeast Asia." She is a contract clerk assigned to the officer in charge of construction, U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command. She teaches naval personnel the use of office machines and does data-processing and cost- planning. Mrs. Render, 49, formerly was a U.S. Department I'irearms including .'!:"> received from state agencies, million rifles, 31 million shot- And it said licensed gun deal- puns and 2! million hand- ers should be required by fed- guns eral law to adopt strict security measures to keep thefts of guns to a minimum. "It is the ready availability of the handgun, so often a weapon of crime and so infrequently a sporting arm, that Is the most serious part of the current firearms problem in this country," Eisenhower said. Rejects Schools' 'Fashion' Rules Mountain Alters His Flight Plan million CASPER. WYO (AIM - An Alaskan bush pilot (lew his single-engine plane out of the Sales of handguns have quad- Casper Airport and a few hours ruplcd since 1962 and sales of later walked into the Federal other firearms have doubled. ! Aviation Administration office Firearms were used in '7,000 and ask(1(1 lhat his fli « ht P lan homicides and 2,900 fatal gun accidents in 1967, the last year for which figures arc available. Homicide involving guns has increased more than 50 per cent since 1964 and handguns The commission, with four of are the principal firearm used its 13 members dissenting, in crime, urged thaP states be given a four-year period to pass state laws that would limit the ownership of handguns to persons who show a legitimate need. A federal licensing system i ALBANY. N.Y. (AP) - Rul-' would come into effect for resi-: '"8 in fav01 ' of a long-haired , dents of states which do not! basketball player and two girls enact such a law, Eisenhower 1 wll ° worc s ' ac ks to school, New M A N I L A, PHILIPPINES said. of Agriculture Moines. clerk' in Des be closed. FAA officials asked where the plane was. They said the pilot. John O'Connor of Sitka, Alaska, said he was unable to get any altitude and crashed into a mountain about 45 miles southwest of Casper. O'Connor said he crawled from the plane, took his radio and compass, and walked to a nearby highway where he caught a ride to the airport. 28 Filipinos Die In Typhoon Viola Legitimate Need York's acting education commissioner said Monday that (REUTERS) — Typhoon Viola, which skirted the northern tip schools cannot regulate a stu-jof the Philippines today, left 28 He said that the states should ; dent's appearance on the basis | people dead and caused heavy determine for themselves what 1 constitutes a legitimate need to own a handgun. For a federal license, he said, "we rccom- j in dress is conservative, saidlnorthern and central Luzon mend that determinations of i school clothing should not be where many towns-were isolated need be limited to police offi- "dangerous, indecent or unduly by swollen rivers which washed of fashion or taste alone. But Commissioner EwaUr B. Nyquist, whose personal taste damages to crops and public- works projects. Gusty winds and rains continued to lash sanity to obtain a "dissolution of marriage," which would replace divorce. The courts would have to divide community property as equally as, possible between the two marriage partners. However, the judge would consider the ability of the wife to work and the duration of the marriage, in awarding alimony. The waiting period for a final decree would be cut from one year to six months as would the residency requirements for filing for a dissolution of marriage. WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) North Korean seizure of the USS Pueblo and downing of a reconnaissance plane demonstrate the nation's security is imperiled by slow military re- sponge to emergencies, a House subcommittee said Monday. The nine-man House armed services subcommittee unanimously faulted the Pentagon for: lack of a Pueblo emergency aid plan; poor assessment of mission risk; and what it called indecisive and inefficient handling of communications by command control. Reach Conclusion The subcommittee said it reached this '"reluctant but inescapable" conclusion: "Because of the vastness of the military structure, with its complex division into multiple layers of command, and the failure of responsible authorities at the seat of government either to delegate responsibility or in the alternative to provide clear and unequivocal guidelines governing policy in emergency situations — our military command structure is now simply unable to meet the emergency criterion outlined and suggested by the President himself." The subcommittee cited this statement by President Nrfon: "When a war can be decided in » minutes, the nation that is behind will have no time to catch up." The panel's critical report and April. The topic was the capture of the Pueblo and its 83 crewmen Jan. 23, 1968, and the loss of the EC-121 aircraft and its 30 crewmen Apr. 14, 1969. "The absent or sluggish response by military commanders to the emergencies evident in the Pueblo and EC-121 incidents demonstrates the need for a complete review of our •m i 1 i t a r y-ciyilian command structure and its capability to emergency ' situ- the subcommittee cope with at ion s,' said. Letter to Rivers Simultaneous with the release of the subcommittee report, Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird made available a copy of a letter he sent to Representative L. Mendel Rivers (Dem. S.C.), the armed services chairman, outlining 10 corrective steps being taken to avoid future Pueblo incidents. These include instructions to crews to take all measures available to. resist search or seizure; prearrangements for defensive action by other units in the event of attack; close definition of operating areas better scuttling devices; ani more careful assessment o missions prior to their dispatch. The report found fault with the "hundreds of reconnais- sances each month. ustified nor is it persuaded hat the many millions of dol- ars which are expended annually ... are fully and prop- rly utilized," it said. Subcommittee Chairman Otis G. Pike (Dem., N.Y.) estimated that the jnilitary could gather 90 per cent of present nformation with only 20 per cent of secret missions. The report contained these additional points: The military ignored two advance warnings that the Pueblo might be sailing into danger. 'The Navy had no contingency plans whatsoever to provide for going to the rescue of ;he Pueblo in an emergency." The Navy failed to follow established risk-assessment criteria in assigning the Pueblo mission a minimum-risk category. Because of "indecisive am inefficient" handling of commu nications, word of the impend ing Pueblo bearding by North Koreans did not reach the prop er authorities until one hou after the message was sent b] the ship. The military code of conduc for captured ser/icemen mus j be revised. i The Pueblo capture "resulte ir, a serious compromise of ou nation's ity. . . Plan Grain Price War With U.S. BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (AP) Convict Seamen On Publication CORONADO, CALIF. (AP) Navy Seaman Thomas I. Csekey was convicted Monday of violating his commanding officer's order against distributing publications critical of the military establishment. Csekey, 23, son of a Hungarian anti-Communist, was found guilty in a two-day summary court martial in which 20 prosecution and defense witnesses testified. H i s commanding officer, — European Common "This subcommittee is not convinced that the magnitude agriculture ministers decided unanimously Monday to engage he United States and Canada i a grain export price war. The Common Market's Coun- il of Agriculture Ministers agreed after a three-hour debate to offer European grain or export below the price agreed upon in the International Grain Agreement, part of the Kennedy Round of world ;rade talks. The United States earlier announced it would offer red winter wheat below the minimum price set by the world's five major wheat exporters — the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, and the European Common Market. Canada made a similar offer of spring wheat. Cmdr. Douglas Payne, testified that he ordered Csekey not to distribute the monthly newspaper published by an organization called the American Servicemen's Union in New Market York City. The sentencing was delayed. but he faces a maximum of 30 days' confinement at hard labor. cers and security guards, small |distracting." businesses in high crime areas, and others with a special- need for self-protection. "At least in- metropolitan areas,'' Eisenhower said, "the federal system should not consider normal household self-protection a sufficient showing of need to have a handgun." Four commission members said that while they agree with much of the commission's report, they feel that conditions vary widely from state to state and that each state should allowed to determine for itself without further federal intervention what system of gun control is right for it. , The dissenters were identified as Senator Roman L, Hruska (Rep., Neb.), Representative Hale Boggs (Dem., La.), Judge Ernest W. McFarland and Leon Jaworski. 268-Page Study T h e commission released without comment a staff report entitled "Firearms and lence in American Life." 268-page study, prepared over i out bridges and highways. Autopsy on Girl To Take 'Month 9 An autopsy to determine the cause of death of a 19-year-old Des Moines girl who died en route to a hospital Saturday morning will take "about a month," Polk County Medical Examiner Dr. Leo Luka said Monday. / Hollie Ann Merrill, of 6405 intelligence capabil-j Center St., died in a Windsor The compromise of a great d>ai of classified information involving naval operations, tactical and otherwise, Heights rescue unit on the way to Mercy Hospital. Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. R. C. Wooters said earlier followed 10 days of hearings, ! , of this intelligence recomuus- also reppst'iita a very serious .that Miss Men-ill had been sick open and secret, in March i sanct activity is completely, intelligence lo>'s." i rri w v*' Calk long distance tonight. Northwestern Bell DIAL DIRECT)> Fast, personal, for two days wior to her death. r

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