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   Waterloo Daily Courier (Newspaper) - February 16, 1969, Waterloo, Iowa                                MINUTE Before trying to keep up with the Joneses, find out where they're going. Established in 1858 SIX SECTIONS FIRST WITH THE WATERLOO, IOWA, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1969 SEVENTY-FOUR PAGES MONDAY'S WEATHER Little Complete weather forecast, page 2 PRICE FIFTEEN CENTS Wont Take Nixon Post On Consumer She Refuses in Controversy SCROLLS FOR THE TET HOLIDAYS A South Vietnamese merchant in his shop in Saigon's Cholon section is surrounded by scrolls which he sells for the Tet holidays. The scrolls, (Associated Press Pholofax) in red with Chinese characters, wish happiness, prosperity, and longevity and contribute to the solemnity of the holidays. S. Viet Okays 24-Hour Truce WASHINGTON (AP) Willie Mae Rogers, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute, is declining her controversial ap- pointment as President Nixon's special consultant on consumer affairs, the White House report- ed yesterday. Amid the swirl of debate over her- continuing on the institute payroll while working as a part-time presidential consult- ant, Nixon asked Miss Rogers yesterday to take a leave of ab- sence from her magazine post. He suggested she become a paid White House adviser. Miss Rogers declined, the White House announced, and told Nixon she had decided not to take on her White House ac- tivities which were to begin March 1. Ever since Miss Rog- ers was named by Nixon Tues- day, there have been questions Cuba, Mexico Plan Plane Hijacker Pact For Tef Holiday Tomorrow SAIGON (AP) South Viet- nam, with the consent of its al- lies, announced yesterday a 24- hour truce covering Tet, the lu- nar new year tomorrow, and warned it is ready to strike back if the enemy attacks. The Viet Cong's seven-day cease-fire opened at 7 a.m. but the allies ignored it, pressing 60 large offensive sweeps looking for the enemy and raining more air blows along Saigon's ap- proaches. Several Minor Incidents Several minor enemy inci- dents marked the opening of the Viet Cong's truce, and more were expected. But allied sweeps failed to flush any siz- able enemy forces. Wary lest the enemy loose an onslaught as it did during a Tet truce last year, the South Viet- namese government had de- layed announcement of its own cease-fire. "Prompted by the love of peace and the respect for the sacred traditions of its people, the government of the Republic of Vietnam declares a 24-hour truce on the occasion of the Ky .Dau lunar new year, effective from 6 p.m. Feb. 16, 1969, to 6 p.m. Feb. 17, a Foreign Ministry statement said. "No of- fensive operations will be con- ducted during this period. "The allied governments have been consulted in this matter and have endorsed the above decision. "Experiences in previous truces have shown that Commu- nist North Vietnam never com- plied with the truces. On the contrary, they took advantage of these occasions to attack our armed forces and population, as was the case during the Tet Mau Than "In case of violations of the truce by North Vietnam and its auxiliary forces, the govern- ment of the Republic of Viet- Food Stamp Orientation Meetings Set A series of meetings on the county's new Food Stamp Pro- gram are scheduled this week at various locations in Black Hawk County. Story on page 13. Cedar Falls .................22 Classified Advertising Comics ......................23 Considine Column............23 Editorial Pages Farm A Home and Garden Markets Northeast Sports Television 23 Waterloo Deaths ............14 nam will take appropriate measures to assure security for the state and the population." U.S. officials, quickly con- curred in the truce, a spokes- man saying: "United States troops will observe the period of the suspension." As the Viet Cong cease-fire began at 7 a.m., two guerrillas fired machine gun bursts at U.S. positions guarding the Y bridge on the southern edge of Saigon. There were no casual- ties. Terrorists set off a bomb near a police guard post in Cholon, Saigon's Chinese quarter. A_po- licemen was wounded. Two terrorists killed a hamlet chief and a militiaman near Bong Son, a town 280 miles northwest of Saigon.' Worst Last Year Previous holiday cease-fires have been marred by enemy violations. The worst was at Tet last year. Taking advantage of the fact that half of the South Vietnamese army was on holi- day leave, the enemy launched the biggest offensive of the war against Saigon, the old imperial capital of Hue in the north and more than 120 other cities and towns. This time, U.S. and South Vietnamese troops ranged throughout the countryside probing enemy base areas and searching for munitions caches as part of the strategy to preempt any enemy offensive. U.S. B52 Stratofortresses in another day of heavy raids HAVANA (AP) Cubajmd Mexico will start negotiations soon toward an agreement for mutual extradition of airplane hijackers, the Cuban national radio announced yesterday. Quoting a statement from .the Cuban foreign ministry, the broadcast said, 'The objective of an agreement would be to set standards to assure reciprocal surrender of those presumed re- sponsible for hijacking to the territory of either of the two states." There was no hint that such negotiations might be hi the off- ing with any of the other nations the United States, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecua- .which planes iiave been hijacked to Cuba in recent months. The announcement implied that political refugees who hi- jack planes would be exempt from any extradition pact. It said during the coming talks ne- gotiators would take "special care not to contravene the prin- ciple of asylum." raised over a possible confict of interest because of her contin- ued association with the Good Housekeeping Institute which gives its seal of approval to ad- vertisers' products. Praises Nixon expressed in a state- ment "the greatest respect for Miss Rogers' personal integrity and unparalleled experience." He said he regrets "that the in- tegrity of Miss Rogers and the organization she represents have come under unwarranted criticism." Miss Rogers originally agreed to take on the consulting job without any government pay. The White House said yester- day she felt "in view of the crit- icism of her and the Good Housekeeping Institute that has arisen from a misunderstanding of her assignment, she could not perform her task in this sensi- tive field with full effective- ness" and therefore preferred to return to her Good Housekeep- ing Institute job. Nixon said he feels his admin- istration would have "benefitted substantially from her adding her experience in the field of consumer protection would have'given her recom- mendations "relevance to the President's program to assure American consumers of all pos- sible protection." But he said he "believes it would be unfair to ask a volun- teer to serve under conditions which could impair her own professional career." Presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said the Nix- on's request that Miss Rogers take a leave .of absence and be- come a paid government em- ploye was made by telephone yesterday: Ziegler also said Miss Rogers felt there had been "misunder- standing of her assignment." He said she had been asked to consult, not make judgments, on products and decided not to take up the President's suggestion because she felt she could no BIRDS WITH A PROBLEM This group of birds had trouble with their landing on the Daytona International Speedway at Daytona Beach, Fla., infield when a wind and rain storm (Associated Press Photofox) hit the area yesterday. The storm curtailed practice runs for races scheduled for today and next Sunday. Storm Batters SE; p Florida See CONSUMER Continued on page 2, col. 5 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A storm stretching from Ar- kansas to Florida struck the Southeast yesterday, making travel dangerous with sleet and snow over the northern portions and ripping Florida with winds of hurricane force. Snow, at times heavy, was falling in Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. Meanwhile, a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow was glazing northern portions of Mississippi, Ala- bama and Georgia, stretching into the Carolinas and Virginia. Hazardous driving warnings were issued for nine states, and the Weather Bureau warned that any improvement would be slow in arriving. The Culprit Weathermen said the culprit causing the adverse weather was a strong low pressure area in the northeastern Gulf of Mex- ico. Adding to the woes was an- other low developing over east Tennessee. In addition, torna- do watches were up for Florida dropped thousands of tons of ex- Women's Pages plosives on likely enemy attack routes around the capital. Garrison Adds Smoke Puff, Muddy Footprint, Reaction To Gunfire to Shaw Case NEW ORLEANS (AP) A puff of smoke, muddy footprints and a housewife's reaction to gunfire were added yesterday to Dist. Atty. Jim Garrison's case against Clay Shaw, charged with conspiring to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. These items are part of Garri- son's evidence that Kennedy died in a conspiratorial cross- fire and not at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald alone as the Warren Commission said. Shaw, 55, is being tried on a charge that he conspired in 1963 with Oswald and David W. Ferrie, both now dead, to kill Kennedy. Prosecution evidence in the trial's fourth week included a home movie of the slaying which the jury has seen seven times in two testimo- ny about Kennedy falling back- ward when shot, about two men with a gun and an Oswald ac- complice in fleeing the scene. The trial adjourned before noon yesterday when the state ran out of witnesses. Former Texas Gov. John B. Connally and his wife are scheduled to testify tomorrow. Connally was wounded by the gunfire that killed Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. in Dallas' Dealey Plaza. A tall Texan was the first of three stale witnesses called yes- terday in the effort to show that Oswald, who purportedly fired from a sixth floor window, was not the lone assassin. J. L. Simmons of Mesquite, Tex., a postal worker, testified he saw what looked like a puff of smoke on Dealey Plaza's grassy knoll when Kennedy was shot. "After I heard the shots, I looked to see if I could see where they were coming Simmons said. "Right up under the trees, I detected what ap- peared to be smoke, or just a puff of smoke." Walk Along Fence Simmons said he was stand- ing atop the triple underpass over Elm Street facing the pres- idential motorcade. When he heard the shots and saw the smoke, he said he walked along a fence to the suspicious spot. He found a lot of muddy foot- prints, he said. On cross-exami- nation, Simmons said these could have been left by.specta- tors. He was not looking at the spot before the shooting, he said. The knoll is on the same side of the street but a short distance west of the Texas School Book Depository, from which, the See SHAW Continued on page 2, col. 4 where several funnel clouds were sighted, and severe thun- derstorm warnings were issued for portions of south Georgia. The Weather Bureau said wind gusts of 70 miles per hour hit the Bay Isles area near St. Petersburg, Fla., where the storm first swept ashore. Despite the shrieking winds, only one injury and no deaths were reported as the stormy weather swept across the Flor- ida peninsula. Tornado funnels were sighted near Tampa, St. Petersburg, 'Mafia' Police Greet Mothers, Dads DECATUR, 111. (AP) The Decatur "Mafia" rode into town Friday night for a St. Valen- tine's Day feast and the local police were on hand to greet them. About 100 members of the Mothers and Fathers in Action, dressed as gangsters and car- rying toy guns, planned to meet in secret for dinner and danc- ing, but they were spotted and someone hurriedly called police. The men and their wives, ar- riving in 50 different automo- biles, were confronted by the law and gave up without a strug- gle. After a spokesman for the group explained the costumes, police escorted them to their destination. Lakeland and at least four other sites in central Florida. Many cities reported trees uprooted, damaged homes and motels. High tides swept ashore in many areas, adding to the dam- age. To the north, Florida's pan-- handle plus much of southern Georgia and Alabama, received warnings of possible severe; thunderstorms. Still further north, travelers- warnings were out from north- ern Georgia into Virginia and as far westward as Arkansas. The Weather Bureau warned of snow accumulations up to one inch in northern Mississippi and forecast between two and four inches for sections of northeast Arkansas, Tennessee and Ken-" tucky. Heavy snow warnings were up for southwest Virginia. Heavy rains fell in some sec-, tions of the Southeast where' temperatures rose above the- 30s. Tallahassee, Fla. more than two inches of rain ha; a six-hour period while Alma, Ga., had more than one inch. More Rain Forecast Still more rain was forecast for the Southeast as the low pressure system moved north- ward. However, the Weather Bureau predicted the snow would continue through last night in the area from north Georgia northward and as far west as Arkansas. For the motorist, weather conditions were creating haz- ardous driving from Macon in middle Georgia, northward. Protests Continue In Pakistan; Will Ayub Govt. Fall? Traffic Stopper? Traffic on busy 218 North was backed up for a time atiter a rear-end car crash that caved in the front of this vehicle yesterday afternoon. Police said its driver, John Noack, 21, of 1136 Dundee failed to stop and his car Lit the rear of a vehicle driven by Betty Lou Burger, 46, of 118 Greenwood Ave., who (Courier Photo by Randy Dieter) was waiting for a car ahead of her to make a turn. Noack, who was issued a ticket for fail- ure (o have his car under control was treated at Allen Memorial hospital for cuts and bruises. The other driver declined medical attention, bul reported neck and back pains, police said. KARACHI. Pakistan Demonstrations against Mo- hammed Ayub Khan and scat- tered violence continued in Pak- istan's chief city's yesterday, rousing speculation as to how long the embattled president can hold on. The new oulbreaks, including a reported attempt on the life of Ayub's chief political foe, came day after a violent nationwide strike protesting gov- ernment policies. Five persons were reported killed Friday in rints and gun battles in Lahore, Karachi and Hyderabad. Whips Out Pistol In Larkana, home of former Foreign Minister ZuHikar AH Bhutto 300 miles north of Kara- chi, supporters of the opposition leader seized a man as he whipped out a pistol and took aim at Bhutto, a spokesman for the former minister said. Mustafa Khar, a member of National Assembly and close friend of Bhutto, said the incident took place as Bhutto was leading a procession in his honor. Khar added that supporters tried to lynch the gunman, but Bhutto ordered him turned over to police. Two antigovernment demon- strations were staged in Lahore yesterday, with crowds demand- ing that opposition parties re- ject Ayub's invitation for talks Monday to try to end the cur- rent constitutional crisis. About mourners beat their chests and chanted verses from the Koran as a funeral procession passed with the body of a student killed in rioting Fri- day. A second procession was or- ganized by women belonging to the Peoples party of former for- eign minister Zulfikar AH Bhut- to, arch political foe of Ayub. The line of march was led by Bhutto's wife, riding in a horse- drawn carriage. Three thousand women, many See PAKISTAN Continued 071 page 2, col, 1   

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