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Biddeford Journal (Newspaper) - November 18, 1967, Biddeford, Maine Weather SNOW FLURRIES (Complete Report on Page two) tmtml Our Numbers News Dept. 282459$ Business Depls. 283-3624 VOL. 83, NO. 270 *wk Cotmty's LoCALnewt Dally Since 1M4 BIDDEFORD-SACO, MAINE, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1967 Associated Press Wire Service 12 PAGES ** PRICE TEN CENTS Fierce Battle Hill Fighting Breaks Out West Of Dak To LAST NIGHT'S Biddeford High School rally came to a flaming high point when this bonfire, built on the school grounds, was ignited by Roger Bcanlicu, starting BHS fullback. A replica of the Bangor ram adorned the top of the pile and had been hungrily consumed by the flames when this shot was taken. The dummy seems to be urging the flames upward and onward to match the victorious hopes of the Biddeford squad which today faces the undefeated Bangor Rams in Brunswick. SAIGON (AP) - Heavy new hill fighting broke out today nine miles west of Dak To in South Vietnam's embattled central highlands where American forces drove North Vietnamese troops from two strategic peaks Friday. A battalion of the U.S. 1st Airmobile Cavalry Division reported fierce fighting with North Vietnamese troops on the flank of a mountain only a few miles from the border of Laos. Details were lacking as the fighting raged late in the day. Division officials could report only that there was heavy contact. Simultaneously, AP Correspondent John Lcngcl reported from the battle sector that South Vietnamese paratroopers and rangers were locked in heavy fighting nine miles northeast of Dak To. The now fighting came as U.S. artillerymen repelled a mass Vict Cong charge on their positions in the Mekong Delta. The U.S. Command announced four new plane losses over North Vietnam and the viet Cong declared three ceasefires, totaling 13 days, for upcoming holidays. The truces would be three days at Christmas, three at New Year's and seven for the Vietnamese new year, Tct, in late January and early February. In the central highlands. South Vietnamese troops said they believed they had killed the executive officer of the 24th1 North Vietnamese regiment, one of five Communist regiments believed operating in the area. The action followed a rocket and mortar barrage Fridav night on a U.S. 4th Infantry Di-! vision artillery support base only five miles west of strategic Romney Will Announce Today DETROIT (AP) - Standing on almost the exact spot where he launched his political career less than six years ago, Gov. George Romney today makes the long awaited announcement whether he will seek the 1968 Republican presidential nomination. Few doubt he will seek the prize. Coming nine months before the GOP convention, an announcement to run would make the 60-year-old third-term governor the first major figure in either party to publicly declare as an aspirant. Some 600 party leaders and workers, mainly from Michigan, were invited to a breakfast and news conference at the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Detroit where, as a successful auto executive and prime mover in Michigan constitutional reform, Romney had announced for the governorship in 1962. ' The breakfast was set at 10 a.m. with the news conference, carried live only by local television stations, following at 11 a.m. for the announcement. Party reaction to the Romney announcement was certain to be mixed. Two recent Associated Press surveys showed former Vice President Richard M. Nixon preferred by GOP state chair men, national committeemen, and delegates and alternates to the 1964 convention that nomi natcd Barry Goldwater. An October survey of the chairmen and committeemen showed Nixon preferred by 46 per cent, with 26 per cent favor ing Romney, 14 liking New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller and 7 for California Gov. Ronald Reagan. A survey of delegates and al (Continued on Page Two) At Seminar Quelling Riots Discussed By Officials FOSTER, R.I. (AP) - A unique experiment designed to encourage understanding and cooperation among state and local law enforcement forces in quelling big city riots was held this week in the tiny, secluded town of Foster. The week-long riot control seminar was sponsored by the New England State Police Administrators Conference N.E. Today's Chuckle An optimist is a fisherman who takes a camera with him when he goes fishing. (T-M, WRR Gen. Fea. Corp.) LOW COST ESSO HIGH QUALITY LANDRY'S OIL Range & Fuel Oils 284-8029 (S.P.A.C.) at the Rhode Island State Police Training Academy. Fifty state police and National Guard officers from the six New England states and local police and fire officials from Rhod^ Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut lived and learned in the barracks - like atmosphere. Ca,pt. Peter O'ConnelPof the R.I. State Police and Capt. William Owen of the Mass. State Police coordinated the seminar program which was financed by the Federal Office of. Law Enforcement assistance. It marked the first such summit meeting betyeen state police and National Guard staff officers and local police and fire officials in the northeast for a discussion of each force's particular role and problems in putting down riots in the streets. Capt. O'Connell views the participation of local police and fire representatives an important facet of the seminar. Lectures, panel discussions, DUCHESS DOVER FOOTWEAR Park St., Dover, N. H. Employment opportunities, good pay, liberal fringe benefits, steady work, clean working conditions. FANCY STITCHERS INTERNATIONAL TOE LASTERS KAMBORIAN SIDE LASTERS UNITED HEEL SEAT LASTERS CROWNER P.T.L. OPERATOR ODD SHOE BOY Contact Mr. Paquelte after 6 P.M. Biddeford 284-5843 films and extensive rifle range practice with all the latest weapons and in night firing were the backbone of the five day course. , * * * A highlight was an all - day presentation by New Jerse^ State Police and National Guard officers on all aspects of the riots that hit some of that state's cities last summer. Maj. Eugene Oloff of the state police and Col. William Sharp of the National Guard represented New Jersey. Michigan State Police officers were also on hand to outline their experiences during the Detroit riots. A roundtable discussion on the particular aspects of disturbances in Providence. R.I.; Hartford and New Haven, Conn., and other northeastern cities was also held. Possible reasons behind the outbreaks were outlined to the officers by Col. Adrian H. Jones from the Center of Social Sci-(Continued on Page Two) Fighters Zoom Over Cyprus NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Turkish fighter planes zoomed low over the Karpass peninsula in northeast Cyprus today, violating Cyprus air space, and then flew off, a Cyprus government.spokesman announced. Turkey has been reported dissatisfied with developments on the island 40 miles soulh of Turkey since a battle Wednesday between Greek and Turkish Cypriote. U.N. Secret.ary-G e n e r a 1 U Thant reported that during the fighting, Turkey warned the United Nations to stop the. bat- tle or else the crisis would "go bevond the borders of the is land." Thant reported the warning to the Security Council Friday night and appealed to all concerned to help restore calm between Greek and Turkish Cyp riots and avoid any "repetition of such senseless and deplorable incidents." Tn Ankara, official sources said the Turkish Parliament gave the government authority Friday to send troops anywhere abroad in case of "conflagration (Continued On Page Two) Poirier Seeks Re-Election As Pol ice Commissioner GARAGE WANTED FOR VOLKSWAGEN Vicinity 246 North St., Saco 282-1045 Portland 1-773-4047 (Bailey) 934-2678 POIRIER Norman R. Poirier of 254 Hill St., Biddeford, today announced that he will seek re-election as a member of the Board of Police Commissioners and will run on the Leo R. Lemire ticket. A member of the Board for the past six years, Poirier has served as chairman for the years 1964 and 1967. He lias been instrumental in increasing Ihe personnel of the department adding a third police cruiser; establishing a new pay scale for patrolmen, and being a for mer police officer himself, has a working knowledge of the needs and functions of the de partment., He is now employed as a salesman by the Ed Delorge Baking.Co. of Biddeford, is married to the former Margue rite Paquette and they are the parents of three children, David 8, Michael 6, and Rachel lVfc years. Poirier attended St. Louis .High School, served with the U.S. Navy aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Oriskany during the Korean War, is a communicant of St. Andre's Parish and a member of the American Le gion. WANTED Licensed Hairdresser For Information Call Yolande's Beauty Silhouette 284-5564 WE WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS monday & tuesday nov. 20th & nov. 21st 9 a. m. till 9 p. m. Warehouse Food Outlets cost +1 o% We will be closed Thursday Thanksgiving. At this time we would like to thank all of our customers for their pa* tronage and hope every one has a nice Thanksgiving SACO MOTEL Rte. 1 Nine 1 rm. efficiency apts. heated, private bath. Kitchenettes rented by week. Maid service and TV. 284-0952 Hill 1338, captured Friday by American Iroops after two days of bloody fighting. No casualties were reported in the 30-round mortar barrage. U.S. headquarters in Saigon, updating casualty figures in the Dak To fighting that began Nov. 3, said 7fi4 North Vietnamese troops had been killed in the 15 days through midnight Friday. U.S. casualties were put at 13(i dead and fiOO wounded for the same period. In addition, headquarters said, American infantrymen have taken 12 prisoners and captured 158 individual weapons and 51 crcw-scrvcd weapons. Other heavy fighting was reported far to the south in the Mekong Delta. American artillerymen low- ered their howitzers to ground level and blasted point blank |into 200 to 300 guerrillas who 'twice stormed across a canal within 25 yards of the U.S. gun-pit and knocked out one 105mm 'howitzer. | First reports listed 102 Viet Cong killed but only five bodies jwere found on the battlefield | after the Vict Cong withdrew. � "We're listing 78 probably killed," a field officer said, after the American gunners, watching by flare- light, said they saw "groups and groups of enemy soldiers fall." U.S. C47s dropped the flares to pinpoint Vict Cong charges in the early morning darkness. | "The rest of the bodies seen (falling have been dragged away," a U.S. spokesman^ said. World's Week United States Is Winning War By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The administration went to great lengths this week to convince as many people as possible that, slowly but surely, the United States is winning the war in Vietnam. The facts of war seemed to support the optimism, but, as President Johnson noted in a televised news conference, there still are plenty of dissenters. In a Friday news conference which had all the trappings of a preview of campaign tactics, Johnson said, "We are pleased with the results we are getting" in Vietnam and he noted that Gen. William C. Westmoreland expects no increase in the military troop level now authorized at 525,000. The President, in a generally more informal session with reporters in the East Room, accepted responsible dissent on Vietnam, but emphasized the difference between that.juid. what he called storm trooper tactics of critics, as when demonstrators against the war block streets and shout down public speakers. He stressed that the United States will not quit Vietnam without an honorable peace, regardless of domestic dissent. "We keep our commitments," he said. "Our people are going to support the men who are there. The men are going to bring us an honorable peace." The news conference capped a week in which the President consulted with Ellsworth Bunker, his ambassador in Saigon, Westmoreland, and other top officials involved in the Southeast Asian conflict'. Bunker, in an unusual number of public appearances during the week, said that the United States and its allies were making "steady progress" in the war. Westmoreland, returning to Washington Wednesday just a few days behind Bunker, declared: "1 have never been more encouraged in my four years in Vietnam." And, while administration officials pressed their public optimism about the war, new intelligent reports estimated that North Vietnamese and Vict Cong troop strength was down over a nearly three year period, from 285,000 to 242,000. The drop was explained partly as a result of new calculations, and partly a combination of increased enemy casualties and decreased enemy troop replacements. Meanwhile, American troops won a major victory over North Vietnamese regulars, driving them from two strategic heights below Dak To, on Hill 1338. The conquest wiped out the prospect that the Reds would emplace rockets or long range weapons on the crest of the hill to shell allied installations in the Central Highlands battle now in its third week. In another first in the .'air war, meanwhile, U.S. fighter-bombers raided the Bach Mai airfield at Hanoi, a secondary-wain- strip which had previously been exempt frpm allied bombings. Hanoi Sends Moscow A Polite Rebuff An AP News Analysis By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent A carefully polite North Vietnamese rebuff to Moscow this week hints that Hanoi is uncomfortably in the middle of a Soviet-Red Chinese struggle for influence. The development could moan relatively little-but it could mean a good deal. If, as some Americans persist in thinking, the Soviet political leadership is actively interested in creating a climate for negotiations in Vietnam, it could indicate that fear of Peking plays an important role in Hanoi. In connection with the celebration of the Bolshevik Revolution's 50th anniversary, the Supreme Soviet decreed the award of the Soviet Union's highest honor, the Order of Lenin, on Ho Chi Minh. The decree said the award was in recognition, aong other things, of President Ho's contributions to "the unity and solidarity of the socialist camji and the international Communist movement." The Russians said the award "manifests our conviction that) the parties and the people of our two countries will continue consolidating and developing our cooperation in the - struggle against imperialism, as well as in peaceful creative labor." The decree itself described Ho as a "staunch fighter for socialism and Soviet-Vietnamese friendship." If Ho accepted the award on those terms, it could be considered tantamount to an endorsement of Soviet leadership of international communism and of the Soviet contention that unity of the world Communist camp is, in these clays, a matter requiring urgent attention. Hanoi quickly announced that Ho sent a reply to the Soviet party's central committee, telling of his "boundless emotion" on learning of the decree, but adding that in the circumstances of the Vietnam war, "my mind would not be at rest should I accept now the particularly great honor." "For this reason," said the message, "while thanking you with all my heart, may I ask you to postpone the presentation of that infinitely high and noble award until the day our people have driven off the U.S. imperialist aggressors and completely liberated our fatherland. Then, on behalf of all my compatriots, I shall receive with honor and joy the order bearing the name of the great Lenin." TI12 florid prose softened a reply which otherwise could be considered a sharp rebuff. Hanoi is not in a position to affront Moscow, whence comes the bulk of North Vietnam's economic and military support. But Ho's big neighbor, Red China, is looking on and likely would be irked should he accept an award from those Peking currently calls "revisionist renegades and scabs." Peking could view an award extended in the name of "unity" as support for Moscow of the notion that international communism must take steps to end the splintering process in the movement provided by Red China's dissidence. Savon Shoes Has Opening For Manager Of Discount Shoe Store Must Be Qualified to Handle Entire Operation Excellent Pay, Insurance and Paid Vacation Call 985-4461 RACINE'S PORK PIES 25c $1.50 Individual 9" Pie Leave Your Order At Your Grocer's Or Dial 284-6785 RACINE'S BAKERY 14 Taylor St., Biddeford RECOGNITION DAY ceremonies were held yesterday at the Webber Hospital nurses home, Biddeford, at which time 95 girls who served last summer and the winter of 1966-67 as Candy Stripers were honored. Shown with Mrs. Thomas Anton, chairman of junior volunteers, are 10 girls who earned their caps for serving 159 or more hours each hi one year. These busy misses are, seated, left to right, Linda Boucher and Judith McGuire; standing, same order, Katherine Sheehan, Diane Tremblay, Jane Clark, Ann Packard, Penise Boucher, Marcia Joucas, Estelle Trottier and Joy Taylor. Story qu Page 3,
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