North Adams Transcript (Newspaper) - October 9, 1972, North Adams, Massachusetts NORTH ADAMS ADAMS WILLIAMSTOWN MASSACHUSETTS transcript Dina Minardi rei Brunette, 19, wins crown as week opens at festival 130TH YEAR MONDAY, OCT. 9, 24 12 CENTS Kissinger, Tho may be discussing Thieu PARIS (AP) Henry A. Kissinger scheduled another secret meeting in Paris today with the North Vietnamese, and the future of South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu appeared to be the chief issue under discussion. President Nixon's national security adviser and his top assistant, Maj. Gen. Alexander M. Haig Jr., met Sunday with Le Due Tho of the North Vietnamese Politburo and Xuan Thuy, chief of Hanoi's delegation to the Paris peace talks, the White House announced. It was Kissinger's 19th secret meeting with the North Vietnamese. Presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said another session was planned today. He added there might be a third meeting on Tuesday, Ziegler refused to disclose what was said at the meeting Sunday. But Associated Press correspondent Gaylord Shaw reported from the White House that there were clear indications the talks were focusing on the future of Thieu, whose resignation is one of the chief Communist demands. Thieu again rejected the Communist demand Sunday that he quit and make way for a coalition government in- cluding the Communists. The White House also has termed news stories that Thieu would resign sheer speculation. But the belief that Thieu's future was being discussed in Paris was heightened by the presence of Gen. Haig. It was his first appearance at the secret talks, and he returned on Wednesday from talks in Saigon with Thieu and other high- ranking officials. Kissinger's last meeting with Le Due Tho and Xuan Thuy was on Sept. 26-27. Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird said Sunday the Paris talks were in "a very serious, significant and sensitive stage" but there was nothing to indicate any early cease-fire in Vietnam. He asserted, however, that Nixon's broad peace plans were a "near reality" and "there's no question that we are on the road to peace." Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic presidential candidate, said in campaign appearances during the weekend that he does not find it ac- cidental "that the peace rumors are fly- ing as the campaign nears its showdown phase... "I don't believe that Mr. Nixon is going to end the McGovern said. "I think the peace rumors are flying to coincide with the closing days of this campaign. If I become the president there isn't any doubt at all that the war will end quickly." Enemy troops still hold ham lets within 15 to 20 miles of Saigon By FRANCES BEDIM Minardi, a pretty 19-year old brown eyed brunette from Adams wai crowned Mils Northern Berkshire 1172 amidst the glittering excitement of the Fall Foliage Festival Scholarship; Pageant Saturday night. The new queen who was "very sur- prised and happy'' will now preside over a week-long festival and then prepare to represent Northern Berkshire in the 1973 Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant in Attleboro next July. Miss Minardi, who was gowned in a long yellow chiffon dress, stated that "I was very shaky, my legs were shaking" when the -finalists were being an- nounced. Sponsored by the First Agricultural National Bank, the new queen shed happy tears as she took her triumphant walk down the runway in Drury High School auditorium and then posed for pictures and answered questions from various news media. "My shoes hurt" she confessed while she received congratulations from various pageant officials and friends. Miss Minardi, the tenth contestant in the talent competition, did a graceful portrayal of summer fading into fall. Dressed in yellow leotards with a green flowing chiffon scarf, Dina presented a ballet number danced to the haunting strains of "Summer of Clearly one of the favorite contestants from the very beginning of the com- petition, the new Miss Northern Berkshire is a sophomore at North Adams State College majoring in early childhood education. One of six daughters of Mr. and Mrs. William Minardi of Adams, Dina wants to con- tinue her education and eventually "go into a nursery school, or the Peace Corps or in that order. Her main interests lie in working with small children and also all kinds of sports activities. The title "Miss a title awarded to the girl who best exemplifies the spirit of the pageant and a willingness to help, was accorded to 20- year old Judith Owens of Whitman. Accepting her silver trophy from Sherrie Crow, last year's winner of that title, Miss Owens stated, "This award this year is purely arbitrary. All the SAIGON (AP) From 250 to 500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong .still held Huong Phuong village and three hamlets 15 to 20 miles north of Saigon today despite heavy air strikes. The enemy force occupied the hamlets Friday and Huong Phuong on Saturday, cutting Highway 13 between Saigon and a big South Vietnamese military headquarters at Lai Khe, 30 miles north of the capital. "I don't think anyone regards the threat to Saigon itself as significant because of the relative capabilities of Soviets said frying to buy vast quantities of food WASHINGTON (AP) The food situation in the Soviet Union is so serious that Moscow reportedly is trying to buy huge amounts of potatoes and grain from Eastern Bloc countries in addition to the vast imports of wheat and feed from the United States, the Agriculture Department said today. Citing a "number of the department's Foreign Agricultural Service said drought and delays in har- vesting 1972 crops have not only reduced grain supplies for food but have forced heavy sales of livestock because of dwindling feed supplies. "Drought in certain areas, is being called the worst since the 1930s; the slaughter of cattle is said to be taxing slaughterhouse facilities in some dis- the FAS said in a report. Further, planting of winter grain for harvest next year is running behind schedule, the report noted. The USDA said last week in other reports that 1972- crop harvests had been delayed and that fall planting was about one-fourth behind schedule. Today's report said Moscow may be planning to import more food from satellite countries because of the quickening seriousness of the situation. "Poland has reportedly agreed to ship a sizable tonnage of potatoes, especially for the Moscow highly unusual step, if the reports are the FAS said. "Arrangements are reported to be in process, though not yet finalized, whereby as much as one million tons of wheat, ryeand barley may be sold to the USSR by the report said. FESTIVAL'S THEMI-Fall Foliage Festival events began Saturday and Sunday. Big crowd pleaser ynttrday was children's parade led by this banner advertising the thtmt. At left is Betty Lord, and at right, Jennifer Jones. (Transcript Dina Minardi girls were so warm and helpful that there should have been ten Miss Congeniality awards this year." Miss Owens, who was also first runner-up for the Miss Northern Berkshire title, (Continued on Festival pageant Page 3 Children's parade Page the two said one U.S. source. "The South Vietnamese territorial forces -and regular- units have good defensive capabilities. The North Vietnamese units are still under strength from previous combat. They are still capable of terror, attacks by fire, sapper attacks and perhaps small infiltration efforts, but the likelihood of any main attack on Saigon is rather remote." Other American and South Viet- namese officers thought the small-scale attacks might be designed to keep government troops busy while larger enemy forces slipped past to attack such important targets as the big base at Bien Hoa, Saigon and its Tan Son Nhut Air Base. U.S. B52 bombers attacked troop positions, base camps and infiltration routes on all sides of Saigon. Some of the raids were only four miles east of Huong Phuong and of Highway 13. Despite the secret Vietnam peace talks in Paris, the United States also kept up its heavy air strikes across North Vietnam, and the Communist forces showed no signs of pulling back from battlefields in South Vietnam. The B52s dropped nearly tons of bombs Sunday and today on munitions stockpiles, troop positions and supply lines near the North Vietnamese cities of Vinh and Dong Hoi and around Saigon. Mrs. wins 'mike9 match, Nixon praises AFL-CIO leader By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Nixon, Sen. George McGovern and Sargent Shriver have been seeking votes from Columbus Day crowds as the presidential election campaign approaches its final four weeks. Of the top four candidates, only Vice President Spiro T. Agnew did not campaign Sunday, but he planned to resume campaigning tonight at a rally at Anaheim, Calif. One Sunday campaigner, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Sargent Shriver, won a tug-of-war for a microphone before making herself heard in Baltimore. President Nixon praised labor leaders and paid tribute to ethnic groups at a Columbus Day dinner sponsored by ItalianAmerican organizations in Washington. i Millions of'immigrants have learned, Nixon said, that "America is a country in which a man or woman has an equal chance at the starting line and an equal chance to get to the top." "Let us be proud to be he said to cheers. He praised AFL-CIO President George Meany as among labor leaders who "stand up for America." Nixon's only other announced cam- paign appearance this week is a quick trip to Atlanta on Thursday. Sen. McGovern, the Democratic candidate for president, headed for New York City today for the annual Columbus Day parade. He was to go to Detroit later in the day on another cuast- to-coast campaign swing. McGovern taped Sunday a television speech on his proposals for a Vietnam peace. Scheduled for viewing Tuesday night, the speech is said to contain a stcp-by-step plan for U.S. withdrawal from Indochina. Shriver participated in a Columbus Day parade in Providence, R.I., Sunday, winning a belated endorsement from state Democratic Chairman Lawrence McGarry. Mexican rail wreck takes 204 lives SALTILLO, Mexico (AP) Rescue crews have finished their work at the site of Mexico's second worst rail disaster and authorities put the number of confirmed dead at 204 and injured at Police Chief Genaro Gutierrez Devila said Sunday the teams had also collected parts of bodies maimed beyond recognition that could have be- longed to 10 more victims, but he said there was no way of confirming this. The train's engineer, Melchor Sanchez Echeverria, and at least one other member of his crew face charges of homicide. Officials said blood tests showed they had been drinking before eight of the 24 cars hurtled off a downhill curve at more than 70 miles an hour Thursday night. Four cars caught fire. Tho seven-man crew claimed the brakes failed, but officials of the Mexican National Railways said an investigation by experts disproved this. Six of the crew are under arrest and police are searching for the seventh. Deputy Celso Delgado, head of a congressional commission investigating the wreck, said he would call the railway chief, Victor Manuel Villasenor, to testify before his group. N. Vietnam's 1972 offensive greatly improves its position SAIGON (AP) Although falling well short of the shattering victory that apparently was its ultimate goal, Hanoi's 1972 offensive in South Vietnam has greatly improved the Communist side's strategic position for a settlement- military or political. And while battlefield reverses have forced numerous changes in the original plan, there are no signs the North Vietnamese campaign is letting up. Instead it is moving into a new phase. The lull that followed the recapture of Quang Tri City by the South Vietnamese last month has ended in a new surge of Communist attacks. The "center of as one senior American officer phrased it, has shifted south to the region around Saigon. Military commanders expect a rising level of enemy attacks in the vicinity of Saigon and perhaps even on the capital itself, timed to coincide with the U.S. election in an attempt to embarrass President Nixon. But officials say they find no indications that North Vietnamese regulars elsewhere in the country are pulling back from the areas which they have seized in the last six months. "The Communist units arc rebuilding their former base areas to maintain their presence and to declare, 'we're said one U.S. of- ficer. "They arc here to stay." As soon as they are refitted and resupplied, the North Vietnamese could launch another major offensive push. This time they would have the advantage of starting from positions far forward of where they were when they launched their offensive last March 30. Viewed politically, the control the Communists have won of large areas of South Vietnam and a sizable number of its people would be a crucial factor if current maneuvering produced a standstill cease-fire. This apparently is why President Nguyen Van Thieu recently recmphasizcd that any cease-fire must cover all of Indochina, it must be inter- nationally supervised, and the North Vietnamese must pull all of their forces back within their own borders. Some persons were officially listed under Communist control at the end of August, the most recent month for which such figures have been disclosed. This is only 2.1 per cent of South Vietnam's total of 19 million, but it is 11 limes more than were listed under enemy control when the of- fensive began. And U.S. experts say many areas where the South Vietnamese claim to have re- gained the edge arc actually no man's land. One official cited coastal Binh Dinh Province, where three heavily populated districts were lost in the early days of the Communist drive. He said government troops made a token recapture of one district headquarters and then pulled out. "If anybody is there now, it's the other he said. The Weather KrMte warning tonight. Clear lo ptrtly cloudy, low nrsr ltd. mostly sunny, high In 50s.