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    Lowell Sun (Newspaper) - April 4, 1968, Lowell, Massachusetts                                PEACE TALKS BEGIN NEXT WEEK OConMi CmrlghiM by town. IM THE LOWELL SUN Lowell, Mass. THURSDAY EVENING, APRIL 4, 1968 38 Pages, 10 Cents Showers 90th Veer Serving Northern County SEE PAGE 3 EDITION Last Week Preliminary Discussions Set To Sfarf In Moscow LONDON (AP) Soviet informants said today they expect preliminary Vietnam peace talks to begin in Moscow next week. They said the North Viet- namese have already assured the United States privately they will launch no major offensive if all American bombing attacks are halted. The sources, who cannot be identified by name, said Hanoi already nas begun lifting the siege of Khe Sanh as a sign of its intentions None of these statements could be confirmed m official Western circles. The officials cautioned, how. ever, against expecting an early end lo the peace negotiations. They said they expected them to go for months. 330 More American Boys Killed In Vietnam SAIGON' (AP) The number I At the same time, U.S. troop of Americans killed in the Viet-1 strength increased by to nam war dropped slightly last! the highest number ever week but the total of U.S. i listed for American forces in wounded soared to the highest i South Vietnam. during South Vietnamese government for a seven-day period the conflict. the previous week, while the listing of enemy killed was in the same range as that of a week earlier. The U.S. Command said 330 Americans were killed in action By Paul A. Girardin Sun Burlington Office WILMINGTON' The sagas of a boy and his dog enjoyed by most children received a tragic twist yesterday when a six-year-old Wilmington boy lost his life in an attempt to save his dog's life in the face of an oncoming train. Michael A. Richards was out yesterday afternoon after school with his dog in the area of the I casualties were up sharply from' last week as compared with 349 a week earlier. The number of wounded was spokesmen said, as compared with wounded in the week ending March 23. Of that total, were hospitalized but did not require hospitalization, the Command said. A spokesman said there was no immediate explanation of the sharp rise in the number of wounded, and that a study was being made in an effort to deter- mine why the total had gone up Train Kills Wilmington Boy Trying To Save Dog dog which had not yet left the tracks and ran back to get him. This time the engineer did not have enough time to stop and although he was attempting to grind the train to a halt, was not successful in time and Mi- so sharply. chael lost his life, although his pet escaped. Michael, a first grade student at the Mildred Rogers School, resided with his parents, Nor- man and Marguerite (Mat- thews) Richards of Baker Boston and Maine railroad Street, a short distance from the tracks near his home. Stopping l scene of the tragedy. In addi- mlsf.ln8 or Unofficial records showed the previous high for American wounded was in the week ending last March 9. South Vietnamese military headquarters listed its casual- tor last week at 393 men wounded and 41 captured. A week to rest a bit, the boy sat on one of the 'rails nol aware of the impending danger. A Buddliner with four cars on the Boston to Lowell run was approaching and the boy fled as the engineer applied brakes to the train but then Michael remembered his tion to his parents. Michael totals had been leaves his 12-year-old brother Kenneth and his nine-year-old. sister, Susan; also his paternal j grandmother, Mrs. Leo Rich- ards of Wilmington nad his ma- 270 killed, 670 wounded and 49 missing. THE U.S. Command, in its weekly summary, said en- ternal grandmother, Mrs. John- e.mv were last week by al- ena Matthews of Reading. Volpe Nominates Justice Forte's Son For Judgeship From The Sun's State House Bureau STATE HOUSE Gov. John FORTE WAS admitted to the lied forces as compared with a week earlier. The South Vietnamese command reported enemy ere killed last week but a week earlier, the South Vietnamese had listed en- emy dead at The total of enemy reported killed each week often conflicts in the sep- arate reports issued by the two i commands. Other sources recalled that Americans were killed in Korea while truce talks were go- ing on. The Russian informants said Moscow was not consulted by Hanoi before Wednesday's con- ditional acceptance of President Johnson's call for peace talks. They said that in view of Pe- king's present relatively low in- fluence in the North Vietnamese capital, they did not believe the Red Chinese were consulted eith- er. "What you Americans seem to find hard to realize is that North Vietnam is a sovereign one Russian said. They said they expected the preliminary talks to get under way "very quickly probably next week." They added that they believed the only possible sites for such talks were Moscow or Paris and that the Soviet capital has a 60- 40 chance of being chosen. MOSCOW is tbe only capital in the world with American, Nortl Vietnamese and Viet Cong dip- lomatic representatives. Part has a diplomatic mission from Hanoi but no official representa live of the National Liberatioi Front, the political arm of th Viet Cong. The Soviet informants sai they believed a major stumblin government of President Ho :hi Minh of U.S. readiness to meet for initial contacts on ace talks. Officials indicated the first Hanoi-Washington contact rould probably be between top J.S and North Vietnamese dip- omats in Moscow. Vientiane, or some other capital vhere both countries have em- lassies. The first purpose, in the U.S. view, would be to set a time and place for actual talks on scaling down the war and eventually ne- ;otiating a settlement. The situation has developed with such speed, since Johnson ordered a partial halt in the bombing of North Vietnam Sun- day night that even surprised U.S. government leaders are not quite sure what will happen next. THEY voiced cautions mism about peace prospects but appeared by no means certain the United States and North Vietnam can actually reach an agreement soon. As if in response doubts, to their American draw from South Vietnam. They said this is a prime issue in Hanoi's eyes and tha North Vietnamese want a definite agreement that U.S. withdrawal will start the moment a peace pact is signed and be completed within a fixed time. The Russians did not believe Washington would easily agree Massachusetts Bar and the Fed-j Casualties among other allied eral District Court in 1951. He forces again were not reported was admitted to the U.S. Su- for last week Thev eenerallv preme Court the U- S. have nee the ciate justice of the superior courts, to a vacancy as presiding justice of the District Court in Concord. The nomination, which must win approval of the executive council, was made to fill a va- cancy created last February 10 through the resignation of for- mer Presiding Justice Otis M. Whitney. The younger Forte served as assistant district attorney in I llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Middlesex County from 1952 to 1956 and was assistant district attorney general in 1956. He also served as an auditor and master in chancelry in Middle- sex County. in law and a Boston A former instructor at Suffolk University Forte's name was submitted i guest lecturer at the to the council yesterday during University Law Schol, Atty. a regular meeting. Action willl Forte held memberships in the be taken on the matter at a I Middlesex County, Massachu- later date setts, Bristol County, Massachu- Forte, moderator of the town setts Trial Lawyers, American lives with his wife! Trial Lawyers and the New At Rally CONCORD More than 50 Concord Carlisle Regional High School students partici- pated in the gigantic peace rally on Boston Common yes- terday, but "they were there on their own and with parental according to High School Principal John F. Dono- van, who indicated "this was not a class assignment. The students will have to make up Discuss Peace UP! TtltphotO The White House Just released this photo of President Johnson meeting with Ambassador-at-Large Averell Har- riman, left, and U. S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Llewellyn Thompson, in the treaty room of the Executive Man- sion early yesterday. Johnson has an- nounced that the U. S. "will establish contact" with the Government of North Vietnam. He previously announced that Harriman and Thompson would be his prime negotiators in the talks with the North Vietnamese. U.S. Relief Force Only A Half Mile From Khe Sanh nut ua lu luanc up f on their own time the school !ments of a SAIGON (AP) -Advance ele-, light, Soviet informants in Lon- 01 uvca mui uio i j t. i- 1.1 i'i and three children at 4 Great' Bedford Bar Associations, as; work they missed during the orov'e through light enemy artil- Road in Bedford. 'well as the Justinian Law he said, "but there willjlery and mortar fire today fe Dg invoked, con- 'u L trary to what tbe Boston papers indicated." A Roxbury Latin School gradu- cicty and American Board ate, he earned a Bachelor of Arbitrators. Arts degree at Amherst College He was a World War II U.S. and a law degree at Harvard i Naval pilot from 1943 to 1946 and Law School. the Korean War, 1950 to 1952. lllllllllllllIlllinillllllitllllllllllllllllllMIMIMIIIIIIIIMIinilllllllllltllHIIII Potomac Fever WASHINGTON One thing about Lyndon he sets out to save us from the Smothers Brothers he goes all the way. Republicans claim it proves you can't trust the man. He won't even stick around to give the people a chance to vote against him. Mr. Johnson's future isn't necessarily so can always get a job as cashier at the World Bank, Kacky, Lyndon poor trying to shnke his loser's image but lie keeps losing his opponents. Hubert's people are pushing him hard to run. They say the middle of the stream is the perfect place to change lame ducks. JACK WILSON iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiMiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiim INSIDE THE SUN Rep. Morse Idea Sparks Peace ...........Back JSillerica Vote Means Closing of Dump........19 Bruins Start Cup Chase Tonight............27 Amusements 36, 2: Astro-Guide 3 Classified 31, 32, 33, 34, S Cooty News 21, 31 Crossword Puzzle...... 3 Deaths 3 Editorial 6, 7 People in News 25 Suburban News Dlllrrira 1. X, hrlmnrord 4. ID, 22 Illicit 4, 6, 3X Ttnk.k.rr V, t, 23 Tnuratora..........4 Sports 27, M TV 37 Women's News 14, 15, U, 17 To reach WANT AD DEPT. of The Snn TELEPHONE GLENVIEW 8-3311 AD Otfcer Departments GLENVIEW iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiimiiiiiiiinmiiiii U.S. relief force' 'ne. North Vietna- were lifting the long seige le Sanh as evidence of intentions in preliminary peace talks. within a half mile of the be- sieged Marine combat base at Khe Sanh. With resistance continuing Cain Bill Would Restore Regional School Funds From The Sun's State House Bureau STATE HOUSE Legislation iled by Rep. Fred Cain, D-Wil- mington, to restore an addition- al 15 per cent reimbursement to towns taking part in a region- al school district, was given a public hearing yesterday. Rep. Cain let the education committee know his concern; ;hat the provision for the 15 per cent reimbursement which was eliminated when the sales tax was put into effect should now be reinstated. Another provision dropped un- der the sales tax for a 50 per cent reimbursement to towns for any school newly iiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiimimimiimmmii Moonlighters MELTON MOWBRAY, Leice already been restored, he said, and it is time the total job be done. There was no opposition to the bill. IIIIIIMIimillllHliltllllllllllllllllllll Ahead However, about 80 rounds of MIAMI, Fla. (AP) A sign in front of a church in a Miami suburb: "Avoid the Easter rush. Pray this Sunday." iiiMimmmiiiimiiiiiimmimiiiiM Approve For Westford From The Sun's State House Bureau STATE HOUSE The Sen- ale yesterday concurred with the House of Representatives by stamping initial approval to a enemy artillery and mortar fire hit Khe Sanh and Marines strik- ing out from the base were re- ported engaged in fighting with the North Vietnamese in the hills to the west. A U.S. spokesman said he ex- pected some of the relief force lo link up with the Marines inside Khe Sahh by nightfall for the first breakthrough in the siege of the fortress, now in its Hth week. The force closed steadily on Khe Sanh from three directions. U.S. Marines were pushing due west along Highway 9 and were reported within 5.5 miles of the fortress. Northeast and southeast of the >anks, moving huge masses o! earth to create bypasses beside each bridge to take care of the heavy traffic. The operation, named Pega- sus after the mythical flying horse, was commanded by Lt. Col. Victor A.. Terry, 39, of Triangle, Va. The mission be- gan Monday with about troops moving off from Ca Lu, to this in view of the Manila agreement between the United States and its Vietnam allies that withdrawal would not begin until six months after the end ol Viet Cong resistance. The sources said they expect- ed the preliminary talks to be 'airly short. They said Moscow "has cer- tain knowledge" that Hanoi has jrivately assured Washington :hat after a complete halt in Dombing and other attacks on North Vietnam, the Communis forces, both Viet Cong am North Vietnamese, will refrain from launching any major of fensive until conclusion 01 breakdown of peace negotia lions. THEY said a partial evacua- tion of forces besieging the U.S Tflarines at Khe Sanh has al ready begun and that Commu- nist forces were putting up littli more than token resistance to U.S.-South Vietnamese rescu drive up Highway 9 toward th base. The informants said Hano was ready for private or publi talks, in accord with Washing ton's views, both in the prelim nary and the peace conferenc stages. hey said the North Vie today the force had more than doubled. The aim of the operation was to open Highway .9, the land sup- ply route to Khe Sanh which has been closed for nearly three months. Helicopters and C130 cargo planes have been the only means of supplying and rein- and forcing the Marines South Vietnamese. Recent intelligence reports have indicated some withdrawal stcrshire (tPI) Police whicn reimburse the stable Frank More-Coltman decided to find a spare-time bnt town of Westford in the amount of for BCC veterans bene- fit expenses paid by the com- Marines, helicopter-borne menio{ the enemy force around Khe of the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry were Sanh which last week was esti- pushing in ahead of the Leather- mated al IVX) to men. necks. Follow-up units brought! the total force to about men. "Khe Sanh or said a sign on an equipment trailer, i As the Marines moved along. the long-closed highway, the] cavalrymen searched the jungle growth for the enemy under a' protective umbrella of gunship helicopters. Engineer support troops re- placed destroyed bridges and shored up sagging ones. Bull- dozers lurched down steep i munity in 1965 and which never job to eara more money, He fowd ft all right Wednesday he resigned tbe police force after being or- j measure filed by Rep. Fe- dered to appear before a dis- lix R D-Weslford, ciplinary committee, for fjnai enactment by ning a racing tipster's busi- hoth branches before it is sent ness. iiiiiiiiimiiMimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! to the Governor sideration. for his con- THE ORIGINAL LOWELL'S FAMOUS BEANS ARE BAKED SOLD AT COTE'S MARKET 175 SALEM ST. FRI. i SAT. HOT BROWN BREAD We orders lor BEAN SUPPERS NEW WANT AD PHONE NUMBER namese preferred direct negi tiations between Hanoi an Washington but were willing consider any other participan he United States might pr pose. By John M. High tower AP Special .Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) -Pres dent Johnson has agreed to rect contacts on peace betwee North Vietnamese and U.S. re resentatives and will fly to H waii late tonight to discu jeace and war prospects wi :op American officials from Sai- gon. Washington is understood to have messaged Hanoi informing I North Vietnam's Com- munist newspaper warned the United States today not to ex- pect any concessions in return for a total bombing hall The paper, Nhan Dan, in a statement 10 hours after the Ha- noi announcement, said John- 'and the U.S. ag- essors have made it clear that e U.S. government remains istinate and has not given up 5 sinister design of aggression ;ainst South Vietnam, which is anifest right in Johnson's 'lim- ed bombing' concerning North ietnam." Prior to this hich reached Washington only early Washington- anoi agreement to talk after ears of continuously expanding ar was regarded in Washing- on as a great breakthrough to- eventually ending the con- ict. Johnson announced in a brief ate-afternoon television-radio ppearance Wednesday that we will establish contact with le representatives of North Ietnam." "Consultations with the gov- rnment of South Vietnam and ur other allies are now taking Johnson added. A dangerous element, officials said privately, is the possibility f a split between the U.S. and south Vietnamese governments >ver how far and how fast to go in the search for peace. South Vietnamese leaders, although almost totally dependent on U.S. nilitary and economic support, lave sometimes been ouspoken- y critical of U.S.-efforts to find a way to make peace. In Saigon, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu met with U.S. Ambassador Ell- iworth Bunker and the envoys of five other allies to discuss Hanoi's offer. The session was preceded by hints in the Nation- al Assembly of South Viet- namese dissatisfaction with the turn of events. Reaction worldwide to Hanoi's move and Johnson's follow-up also was generally optimistic, French President Charles de Gaulle, a.longtime critic of U.S. foreign policy, described cur- tailment of American bombing as an apparent "first step in the direction of peace." 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