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Logansport Pharos-Tribune and Press (Newspaper) - June 3, 1968, Logansport, Indiana Home Paper Of 41 PUBLIC LI Communities LOGANSPORT, INDIANA, 46947 Founded in ied United Internatioa Xews, Photo Wires MONDAY EVENING, JUNE 3, 1968 All Departments Phone 753-7511 Price Per Copy, Ten Centt Seven Top S. Viet Officials Killed Agencies Ready Budget Needs The 10 agencies of the Cass Coun- ty United Fund, Inc., will begin their budget presentations to the budget committee Tuesday evening, accord- ing to C. E. Hanley, United Fund budget chairman. The presentations will be made Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at the Chamber of Com- merce offices. The schedule for presentations is Tuesday, p.m., Girl Scouts; p.m., USD; p.m., Mental Health Association; p.m., Guidance Cen- ter. Wednesday, p.m., Mentally Retarded; p.m., YMCA; p.m., YWCA. Thursday, p.m., Salvation Army; p.m., Boy Scouts; and p.m., Red Cross. The information presented by the agencies will be the basis for the new proposed budget. The budget committee will meet after the agency presentations, and decide upon a figure which will be presented to the full board of the United Fund in July. The board of directors will estab- lish the new goal at the July meeting. The goal for the 1967 United Fund campaign and was met in November. Select New Church Names For the first time in more than a century, Logansport is without a Broadway Methodist Church. Following the merger of the Evan- gelical United Brethren and Metho- dist denominations in April, Logans- port had two Broadway United Meth- odist churches, one at Eighth Street and one at 13th Street. Both churches have now chosen new names. The church at Eighth Street will now be known as the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ralph Jones is pastor of the church. The church at 13th Street is now known as the Faith United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jay Taylor is pastor. The two local congregations chose their names Sunday following several months of deliberation. New North Viet Negotiator PARIS (UPI) A new North Vietnamese negotiator arrived today in Paris and immediately dimmed hopes Hanoi was easing its conditions for peace talks. His first statement was another demand for an uncondi- tional halt to American bombing at- tacks. The new negotiator was Le Due Tho, 57, a ranking North Vietnamese Communist who is a member of the Politburo and a close associate of President Ho Chi Minh. His assign- ment had raised speculation Hanoi may be ready to leave the propaganda phase and enter productive negotia- tions. U. S. Helicopter Fires Fatal Shot SAIGON (UPI) -A U.S. helicopter gunship accidentally fired a rocket into a South Vietnamese command post Sun- day, killing seven South Viet- nam officials largely responsi- ble for defense of the capital against a Viet Cong offensive. Most were supporters of Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky. The gunships which had been attacking Viet Cong positions in the city with rockets and machineguns apparently re- ceived orders later to hold their fire in this densely packed city also subjected to Viet Cong fire. By late today the helicopters were firing only teargas shells. American spokesmen declined to say if the switch to gas had anything to do with the killing of Saigon's police chief and six other police and army officials. Objection To Death No Reason WASHINGTON (UPI) Supreme Court ruled today that persons voicing general objec- tions to the death penalty cannot automatically be kept off juries. "No defendant can constitu- tionally be put to death at the hands of a tribunal so Justice Potter -Stewart declared in the court's majority opinion. The decision also applied to automatic exclusion from a jury of anyone claiming "conscien- tious or religious against condemning a defendant to death. On these grounds, Stewart said Illinois had "stacked the deck" against William C. Witherspoon, 42, sentenced to execution for the fatal shooting of a Chicago policeman in 1959. At Witherspoon's trial, 47 of 96 possible jurors were disquali- fied 'because they voiced qualms of conscience about sending a defendant to the electric chair. The court declined however to reverse the guilty verdict against Witherspoon on the ground that there has been no showing that the jury was unrepresentative on that score. Witherspoon's lawyers had argued that scientific evidence shows "death-qualified jurors'" are partial to the prosecution on the issue of guilt or innocence. But Stewart said: "We simply cannot conclude, either on the. basis of the record now before us or as a matter of judicial notice, that the exclusion of jurors opposed to capital punishment results in an unrepresentative jury on the issue of guilt or substantially increases the risk of convic- tion." Several others were wounded in the blast, including- Saigon's Mayor Van Van Cua. But the gas cannisters were- all that fell from the Army gunships helping South Vietnam troops wipe out the remnants of the Viet Cong that turned four blocks of the Cholon section into an urban battleground. Intel- ligence sources said only about 30 Viet Cong remained in the streets of rubble, decomposing bodies and howling dogs. Since the guerrillas launched their spring invasion of Saigon May 5, the gunships also accidentally rocketed two refu- gee centers and machinegunned South Vietnamese rangers. Sun- day's errant weapon about three inches thick- slammed into a South Vietna- mese command post 20 feet above the heads of the directing the street fight. All the victims were strong supporters of Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky whose military support largely keeps him in power. The helicopter gunner had aimed three rockets at a Viet Cong rocket nest 50 yards beyond the command post, A U.S. spokesman said the third rocket "malfunctioned." Officials Killed The dead at the command post included: Van Luan, Saigon police chief. Col. Dao Ba Phuoc, commander of the ranger group battling the guerrillas. Col. Le Ngoc Tru, chief of Cholon police. -U., Col. Pho Quoc Chu, Saigon Harbor Patrol police chief. Nguyen' Ngoc Xinh, chief administrator of Saigon police. Nguyen Bao Thuy, brother of former Information Minister Nguyen Bao Tri. Phan Van Phan, aide to the mayor. Besides the mayor, the wounded included Col. Nguyen Van Gian, commander of the capital military district, and Col. Tran Van Phan, national police chief of staff. UPI correspondent Kate Webb, who had just left the officers before the rocket hit, dashed back and found-the dead and wounded covered with white plaster and blood. The incident, worst of its kind in the war, shocked the Vietnamese. Vietnamese Frightened "Rangers and police loaded the dead and wounded into jeeps, shielding them with their own bodies everyone started running the Miss Webb reported, S.Sgt. William Blake, helping .direct fire from another of the helicopter gunships, told UPI, "It 'was a short round chopper. There wasn't as much powder in the round as there was supposed to be. It. just fell short" by about 50 .yards. BEGIN EXTENDING USHER STREET Logansport street department men and machines began work Monday pre- liminary to the long-awaited extension of Usher Street on the city's easlside. The city announced last week that street crews would grade the extension and that crushed rock would be laid. Property owners on each side of the extension will be responsible for paving for the improvement, including the paving. The street is presently being extended from Parkway Drive to property owned by Logansport Commu- nity School Corporation, a distance of about 909 feet. !f added ground is dedicated to the city by the school corporation, the street would then be extended through to Lafayette Drive, thus providing a much needed access to Lincoln Junior High School and the future senior high school. (Staff Photo) French Strike Crumbles Slowly Press Penn Central To End Bridge Delay PARIS 10 million man national strike crumbled slowly today. 'But holdouts, .in key iindustries "blocked' a' surge''v> back to work. The main trouble spots in settling the 2% week strike, were the railroads, the Paris subway, bus systems and the state-owned Renault auto works. Negotiations were underway with the railwaymen with no' sign of immediate settlement; Paris transit workers Voted down a settlement their leaders reached with the government. The Renault workers, among the toughest in France, also rejected a settlement plan. In other areas talks were underway to settle most of the strikes. Some workers already Driver Hurt In Accident Everett E. Stilner, 44, of Mad- ison Heights, a bump on the head and a cut tongue in an accident on High Street Road near the intersec- tion of County Road 450 East shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday. Officers said Stilner, en route east on High Street Rd., lost control of his auto when he fell asleep behind the wheel. His auto went across the center Ijne and went off the left side of the road striking a light pole, wood fence and tree ori property own-. ed by Jack Ennis. An estimated damage was done to the front and left side of Stilner's.1965 auto, offi- cers said. had gone back to work. But government officials said it the1 week to-break.down the nationwide idleness. While the workers, employers and state negotiators talked, politicians planned for the June 23 and 30 elections the general strike produced. President. Charles :de Gaulle .abandoned his usual weekend in. the country and remained in his Elysee Palace, near his lieuten- ants. His party, the Democratic Union for the Fifth Republic, was discussing arrangements with- its junior partner in the government coalition, the Inde- pendent Republicans headed by Valery Giscard Destaing, De Gaulle's former finance minis- ter. De Gaulle's men wanted the two parties to agree not to run candidates against each other in the balloting for a new parliament. The junior partners however insisted on running candidates in the first round, June 23, and cooperating only in the June 30 runoffs. Both Atty. Frank McHale and Sen. Birch Bayh have attempt- ed to help Cass County get some action "from- the' Penn 'Central Railroad, bottleneck holding Up the construction of a new Davis Street bridge, it was announced Letters written by McHale, Bayh, and Engineer Ned Fair- man were released by John Mc- CIoskey, president of the Cass County Board of Commission- ers, after Wayne Jackson ap- peared before the board to urge construction of a high level bridge. He told the board, that' the proposed abandonment of the Butler branch of the railroad will be fought because that branch; which runs along the north end of the bridge, has a chance of becoming a main line under a new agreement between railroads and ship lines for fast travel of freight across the country. Ned Fairman, Indianapolis, consulting engineer on the Davis bridge, told Edward Drerup, president of the local Chamber of Commerce, that Cass will lose in federal NIPSCO Clerical Help Honors Picket Lines Tho flew here from Moscow and talks with Kremlin leaders and told newsmen the United States must "re- nounce its obstinate attitude" toward a bombing halt if the two sides were to get down to business. "I am convinced that if the Amer- ican side renounces its obstinate atti- tude, conversations on other prob- lems of interest to the two sides can begin without Tho said. Tho is expected to join in the sev- enth session of the preliminary nego- tiations Wednesday. The sixth was held Friday. Southeastern Board To Meet Tonight In Lewis Cass School WALTON A lighter than usual agenda is on tap for the board of trustees of Southeast- ern School Corporation. The board will meet at S p.m. Mon- day in the superintendent's of- fice at the new Lewis Cass Junior-Senior High School on Indiana 218 at the west edge of Walton. The agenda includes action on a resignation request filed by Catherine E. Huff, a high school English instructor, and the recommendation .that Ma- linda Grant be hired to replace her. The board will also discuss policy and schedule for use of the new building; set a date for a special meeting to open, bids on electronic laboratory equipment and a report on the cost of insurance for the new building and its contents. Teachers Can't Be Fired For Making Statements WASHINGTON (UPI) -The Supreme Court ruled today that 'teachers may not be fired simply for making statements "on issues of public impor- tance" unless they are knowing- ly or recklessly false. Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote the opinion for a unanimous court. Justice Byron R. White differed on a niinor side issue. The ruling came "in the case of Marvin L. Pickering, dis- missed from his high school teaching job in Will county, 111., because of a letter he wrote to the Lockport Herald in 1964. In his letter, Pickering con- tended too much of the county school budget was being spent on-athletics. Marshall cited the.New York Times libel standard established by the court'in 1964. This! was that, a public official: may not collect libel damages -for statements- against him unless he can show malaice is, that the statemens were- false or made with reckless disregard of whether they were false. Marshall said of the action against Pickering: "While cri- minal sanctions and damage: awards have a somewhat different impact on tiie exercise of the right to .freedom of speech from dismissal from employment, 'it is apparent -that the threat of dismissal from public employment is none-, theless a potent means of inhibiting; Although, the four clerical, workers at the local Northern Indiana Public Service Com- pany office did not cross the picket line, the office was open as usual Monday. Fred Hauss, local manager, said two salesmen and an em- ploye of the company from Hammond were helping him with the usual 'clerical business. Normal, electric and gas ser-'. vice was continuing here and in the other 29 counties served by the-firm.... The company said, all NIPSCO offices; were open for business except Delphi, where.a. woman who operates the; one-employe office was- denied access by pickets. The company then de- cided to close the office for the duration of the strike. Despite a temporary, restrain- ing .order issued .Saturday by Lake Superior Court' Judge James Richards against the union which prevented pickets from interfering with non-strik- ing employes, the company said only a few clerical workers: were on duty. The strikers are mem- bers of the United Mine Work- ers union, and the. clerical workers-belong to another UMW local. Hauss said Monday is usually the busiest day of toe week, but the four workers on duty were having no trouble taking care of the local business of the firm. Picketing .continued in front of the office. By JOVE.'I PONT -KNOW WHAT I'D DO WITHOUT THE PAPER OKI MY aid assigned to the project on June 30 unless the railroad gives positive assurance regard- ing its intentions so action can be taken on a new bridge.'' He recalled that the railroad announced it intended to aban- don service on the section of the line that crosses Davis road north of Eel river and that rail- road officials have been contact- ed repeatedly in an effort to obtain some official action. All three of the possible bridge designs will require rail- road approval, Fairman point- ed out. The first design that was pre- pared calls for an overhead grade separation at the rail- road. "The best solution to the problem, if the railroad aban- dons its track, will call for a structure having an approach grade somewhere between tfie low and high level Fairman wrote. "The county commissioners feel that the ad- ditional cost for constructing a high level bridge could not be justified in light of the proposed abandonment." Frank McHale sent to local Chamber of Commerce officials of a letter dated May 9 that he wrote to Stuart Saun- ders, chairman of the board of directors of the Penn Central. In that letter he asked that actipn be taken on the abandon- ment of the track on the old Butler division of the railroad at the next Penn Central board meeting so the commissioners may proceed to replace the bridge which has not been open for more than a year. Senator Bayh told McCIoskey in a letter dated May 27 that he had asked Penn Central for a report on the trackage near the Davis Street bridge. He said he would forward any in- formation he receives from the railroad to McCIoskey. The Pharos-Tribune will mail your newspaper' anywhere in the United States for just 50 cents a week while you're oit vacation. Just give us .your check, name and address where you'll be on vacation.and we'll take care of the rest. If yon wish we'll save your papers for yon 1n our Vacation-Pak and deliver them all when you re- turn home. The Weather Forecast Fair tonight. Mostly sunny Tuesday, warmer north and a ;little warmer south. Highs today 78 to 84. Lows tonight in the 50s. Highs Tuesday mostly in the 80s, SUNDAY MONDAY 2p.m......82 1a.m.. ....65 3 2 a.m......64 4p.m... ...84 3 5p.m......85 4a.m......62 S p.m......82 5 a.m......60 7 p.m......79 6 a.m......60 8p.m......76 7a.m......62 9 p.m......72 '8a.m......64 10 p.m......70 9 a.m......65" 11p.m......64 10 a.m......68 MM......64 11a.m......79 noon......74