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   Columbus Telegram, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1970, Columbus, Nebraska                             la II ptuibk to expect mankind will take advice when they will not much warning? Swift NUMBER 92.- NINETY-FIRST YEAR TELEGRAM WEATHER OUTLOOK Continued condition! tonight, Sunday, more precipi- tation probable. Lows tonight 30'i, highs Sunday 40's. UPI Leased Wire SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 1970 10 Pages Today Evening Except single copy South Vietnamese troops inside Cambodia for key military push SAIGON Viet- namese troops in armored vehicles pushed up to 15 miles inside Cambodia in a large operation that overran a key Viet Cong base camp and killed or captured more .than 400 guerrillas, military sources said today.. The four-day .campaign, ig- noring repeated American ap- peals against incursions into Cambodia, concluded Friday, the sources said. South Vietnamese infantry- man who took part in the secrecy-shrouded campaign lold UPI correspondent Barney Sei- bert' (hat government 'troops had driven as far as 15 miles inlo Cambodia. 'Members ot a South Vietnamese ranger unit said they had fought up lo nine miles inside the neutral nation. Some South Vietnamese sol- diers told of seeing American tanks and infantrymen- also crossing the border. This was categorically denied by the U.S. Command. But one U.S. officer interviewed by Seibeit at the border said some U.S. advisers CONTEST WINNERS see story for details Lions talent contest held Noon Lions Club announced winners of its annual talent contest after the Friday evening competition in Junior High auditorium. Clyde Simpson served as master of ceremonies and Ralph Eickhoff, contest chairman. Winners arc entitled to compete in Ihe dislrict conlcsl Sunday in Norfolk. The winners, pictured above, are: junior division, front row, K a r i n Saajfeld, 10, of 3120 14th piano solo, first; and Tracy Rodgers, 9, of 2852 31st Avenue, vocal solo, second; intermediate division, second row, Robby Dellefsen, 14, of Humphrey, organ medley, first; Kalhy dimming, 15, of Roule 3, song and dance, second Palti Sans, 12, ot Schuyler, piano solo, third; senior division, back r o w Cindy Hodgers, 17, 2852 3lsl Avenue, vocal solos, first -Michael Applegale, 17, of 2909 18lh Street, cornet solo, second. There were 29 competing individuals or. an audience over 200. Dignitaries visit here Monday Columbus will at mid- day Monday for representatives of 24 foreign nations and six U.S. agencies. They will be here en route lo (he seventh annual Midwest Conference on World Affairs at Kearney State College. After arriving in Omaha Sunday, they will start to Kearney Monday morning and Two districts ask to join Lakeview At a special meeting Friday evening, Lakeview board of education members accepted Ilie petitions of District. 3 and a portion of District 31 lo join the Lakeview district. Tlie petitions now go before the County Redistricling Board. District 3 is located west of Columbus and District 31 is situated northwest of Platle Center. According to Board Secretary Carroll Schreiber, the board also held discussions on curriculum and schedules for 1970-71 and received bids for landscaping work from Wilke Landscaping and Flynn and Rydell Lawn and Garden Center of Schuyler. The bids are under- consideration. The next board meeting will be May 4. slop lo visit Kluck Feedlols and Behlen Manufacturing Co. They will have noon lunch a t Behlen's. The conference begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday with hundreds of high school students joining the thousands of collegians lo lislen to, meet, and visit with Ihe foreign representatives. This year's conference is being built around ecology and environmental research. Mayor Eugene Leahy will be speaker at the Omaha Chamb'er of Commerce Monday breakfast. Al a Sunday evening banquet in Omaha, Rafael V a s q u c m i n i s t er-courisclor of the Embassy of Argentina, will be speaker. fire Report Calls to date ...........______10 To date last year ....._ ..35 Days without call __ 1 lo South Vietnamese units "may have" crossed the border. The South Vietnamese mand issued a 'communique today reporting 378 Communist troops killed and '37 captured in a four-day operation ending Friday in South Vietnam's Tay Ninh Province bordering Ihe Parrot's Beak-Angel's Wing section of-Cambodia. Spokesmen said South Vielna- mesc forces seized more than 100 weapons, 80 tons of rice and two tons of medicine, and destroyed 170 houses. The South Vietnamese spokesmen insisted the operation had been conduct- ed on the Soulh Vietnamese side of the border. Government losses in the campaign were placed at eight killed and 67 American advisers at the border region lold Seibert Ihe operation was so secret that operational control over field arlillery in Ihe area was taken away from them and handed over to a Spulh Vietnamese tactical operations cenler. Communiques reported Ihree American helicopters were1 shot down Friday west of Hue. in the northern quarter while support- ing South Vietnamese Iroops on an offensive three miles north- easl of the A Shau Valley. Two of the 'chopper crewmen were wounded. Guerrilla gunners carried out 15 shelling attacks overnight" against Allied bases, the fewest since the starl of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong offensive April 1. Military sources said guer- rillas firing rockel-propelled grenades 'and machine guns killed seven .South Vietnamese Iroops and wounded 23 others in an altack on a government outpost Friday. 82 miles north of Saigon and three miles from Cambodia. The defenders killed 15 of Ihe attackers, the sources said. American forces reported light and scatlered aclion Friday. Military spokesmen said U.S. Iroops killed 21 guerrillas in four engagements al a cost of one killed and 23 wounded. One Amecican died and four were wounded when troops of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division clashed with guerrillas near Dau Ticng, 35 miles nortli- noilhwcsl of Saigon. Nine guerrillas were killed. South Vielnamese spokesmen said eiglit Vietnamese were killed and 11 wounded Friday when lerrorists set off a bomb in a restauraunt in Cao Lanh City, 70 miles west-southwest of Saigon. Five of the dead and all of Ihe wounded' were civilians. T Senator asks space huddle AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: This is how the Apollo 13, re-entry looked from an Air New Zealand DC-8 flying 190 miles from here. The pilot identified the streak ending in flash as the destruction of the service module, and the streak at right as the command module en route to its Pacific splashdown. (UPI .Tetephoto) WASHINGTON (UPI) -Sen. Clinton P. Anderson, D-N.M., chairman of the Senate Space Committee, lias requested a discussion with the Apollo 13 astronauts and space officials "at as early a date as possible lo discuss the Apollo mission .and its anomalies" Sen. William Proxmire, D- Wis., said the Nixon adminis- tration should cancel future manned space flights. He said, "It's nol worth the cost and 'we need the money for education and other urgent problems at home'." President Nixon made s short visit to a Republican leadership conference Friday night and devoted all of his remarks to praise of the astronauts. He did not discuss the specifics of his plans for the space program, but said it was "Ihe proudest day of my life and in the life of my country." Anderson lotd reporters his proposal would "by no means" amount to ah investigation of (tie Apollo 13 mission. He wrote Space Administrator Thomas C. Paine lhat "I am sure you agree lhat Ihe next immediate goal is lo re-eslablisti Ihe Apollo schedule and to again accom- plish successful lunar mis- sions." Sen. Gordon L. Allolt, U- Colo., chairman of Hie GOP Policy Committee, said in n statement, "We must nol panic in Ihe face of Apollo 13's difficulties. We must not be led lo abandon manned space flights." Bui Proxmire said in an interview: "I've felt all long we should concentrate on un- manned space flights." "Ttiey can dig the holes. gather (lie rocks and lake the Proxmire _ said of robot "without the terrible risk of human life, and at a fraction of Hie cost of manned per cent or less." Proxmire got little support for his effort to cut (he Apollo program from the space budgel. But he said Apollo 13's troubles "make the case stronger." Rep. John M. Murphy, D- N.Y., said Ihe "cold courage" of Ihe astronauls and the space agency's technical proficiency in overcoming potential disaster "should squelch critics who lo slow or hall U.S. space research and exploration." Rare display of world unity as astronauts return safely SPACE CENTER, HOUSTON: Mrs. Fred W. Haise, loft, and Mrs. James A. Lovell, wives of the two married astronauts, beam approval after hard-luck spacecraft makes safe splashdown. They will fly to Hawaii to be reunited with their husbands. (UPI Telepholo) Nation's highest civilian award awaits astronauts "Dinner cooked" little too early Firemen went to the Jim Herfkens home, 2312 Street, Friday where dinner was being cooken] too early. A sack of groceries had.been set on the kitchen range, which was accidentally turned on under the sack. Damage was caused b y smoke. Texas tornadoes bring 22 deaths Omaha boy in fair condition OMAHA 15-month old Omaha boy was in fair condition at Children's Me- morial Hospital today after nearly drowning 'in a bathlub Friday niEhl. Prompt mouth lo moulh" resuscitation administered by Thomas Lazio, 26, to his son was credited with saving the life of Blaine Lazio. Lazio said he was working in his basement when his wife Janis came carrying the un- conscious baby. Lazio said his wife had been giving the child a bath when she turned her back for a moment and the baby went under the water. By the time the rescue squad arrived at Ihe home, Ihe father had managed lo get some of the color back into Elaine's face. But he said if it had nol been for the rescue squad's quick arrival, the baby might have died. Accident Report Friday _......... Saturday thii year Total lait year 3 2 .232 _____41 CLARENDON, Tex. (UPIO-A cluster of tornadoes laced with rain and hail' roamed the flat farm country of the Texas Panhandle early today, -killing at least 22 persons, injuring hundreds more and causing millions of dollars in damage. Twisters, too many to count, struck at leasl 11 cities 'and towns in the darkness of nighl over a 209-mile slrelch from Ihe liny village of Whiteface near the New Mexico border to Pampa, about 60 miles from Ihe Oklahoma line. One tornado ripped through a sleepy Irailcr park on a lake shore outside Clarendon at a.m. Twelve persons were killed there, and 150 house trailers were tossed about like toys and destroyed. Around Ihe tornadoes, winds of more than 100 miles an hour raked towns from Ihe Red River Valley to the lip of the Texas Panhandle. Gusts blew in slnrefronls and twisters ripped out gas and power lines and knocked out telephone lines across hundreds of miles. "There are people getting, killed and injured all over the said Carroll Clark, a slate police dispatcher at Amarillo, 60 miles northwest of Clarendon. C. 0. Layne, Texas coordina- tor for defense and disaster relief in Austin, said damage was estimated al daybreak ai million. He ordered civil defense crews inlo Ihe "tornarlp alley" to clean up and-help Ihe hundreds eillier injured or homeless. "Eleven lowns have been damaged and have dead or Layne said. "Damage is estimated in excess of million." Tornadoes howling with the roar of a fleet of jetliners hit Clarendon, Whileface, Whithar- ral, Cotton Cenler, Plainyiew, Lazbuddie, Claytonville, Silver- Ion, Medley, Pampa and Kress. "You can't believe the amount of mud on the injured said Gordon Russell, administrator of Ihe hospital at Hale Center, where the Cotton Center victims were laken, "It's a half inch thick." The hardest hit was Claren- don and the Sherwood Shores trailer park four miles nortii of tow on Greenbelt Lake. The string of howling twislers were (he worst in the area since a tornado slruck Silverlon May 15, 1957, killing 21 persons, injuring 39 and causing half a million dollars damage. At least four twisters darted deadly and loud around Claren- don, a coLion town of population. Police said aboul 150 house trailers were de- stroyed outside town and Ihe resort lake front was turned into a muddy mire, preventing ambulances from speeding lo the scene. Another tornado danced through two mites of homes and businesses at Pampa. II slruck a hospital. ABOARD -THE IWO JIMA I3's astronauls, having eaten their first hearty meal and slept their first deep sleep since Monday, headed for Pago Pago, then to Honolulu later today to receive from President Nixon Ihcir nalion's highesl civilian award. James A. Lovell and John L. Swigert were reported fired but in good physical condition alter their four-day brush with death in space when the Apollo 13 service module. exploded and wrecked (heir moon landing mission. The Ihird crewman, Fred W. liaise, developed a mild urinary trad infeclion and a slighl fever because of a shortage of drinking water aboard Ihe spaceship. Doclors said antibio- tics should clear up the problem wilhin a few days. The wives of Haise and Lovell were lo (ly to Honolulu wilh President'and Mrs. Nixon today for Ihe awarding1 of the Medal of Freedom to America's newest space heroes. The Nixons were lo arrive al Ihe Space Cenler at Houston al noon EST.lo presenl [he Medal of Freedom to Sigurd A. Sjoherg, director of flight operations, on behalf of Ihe ground controllers whose tech- nical skill helped coax Ihe crippled spacecraft to a preci- sion splashdown in Ihe South Pacific Friday. Reunion in Honolulu Aflcr the ceremony, the Nixons will pick up Mary Haise, seven months pregnant. Marilyn Lovell, and Swigerl's Dr. and Mrs. L. Leonard Swigerl of East Denver, Colo., and fly them lo Honolulu for a reunion. .They were scheduled back home Sunday at 9 a.m., but there was a possibility they wduld spend some exlra time in Hawaii relaxing and unwinding from their grueling .adventure. Dr. M. Baird of the National Aeronautics and Space Admi- nistration, who checks astro- nauts 'returning space flights, said the Apollo 13 crew was "considerably more tired than the Ihree other crews 1 have seen." When swim team leader Lt. Ernest L. Jahncke of Green- wich, Conn., reached Ihc Odyssey command module bob- bing in Ihe warm Pacific, he felt an icy cold hatch handle. When Ihe aslronauls opened Ihe hatch, Jahncke was hit willi a blast of chilly air. II simply was too cold for the aslronauls lo sleep except in small snatches on the long journey home from the moon. The astronauts, whose hot- dogs froze in the frigid command module, supped Fri- day night on a five-course dinner which included lobster and prime ribs of beef, shrimp cocktail, lunar salad wilh Iwo Jima dressing, a dessert of moonfruil inclba and Apollo cookies, and some cooling libation lubbcd, "Odyssey aper- tif" in honor.'of the command module that plunked .to one of America's mosl perfect splash- downs. Leave by Helicopter The astronauts were to leave the ship by helicopter about I p.m. EST today for the 75- minule fligtil lo Pago Pago in American Samoa. After a 20- minule oflicial greeting by a bevy of native dancing girls, Ihe crew leaves at p.m. EST for Honolulu, arriving Hickam Air Force Base at p.m. EST. The President, who intently watched splashdown on televi- sion Friday al the White House, jelephoned Ihe astronauls' fam- ilies and Ihe space heroes themselves'to express his pride .and appreciation for-. Iheir effort. He called il "the mosl exciting, Ihe mosl meaningful day" of his life, surpassing even his election as President, and proclaimed Sunday a national lay of prayer, and thanksgiving for Ihe aslronauls1 relurn from what he called "the edge of eternity." While Ihe nation was hailing the safe return, however, space officials immediately began a searching look at the problems the ill-starred voyage encoun- tered. Apollo 14, scheduled for liftoff Ocl. 1, probably will be delayed pendjng corrcclion of the problems !hat doomed Apollo 13's flight, a million failure. Soviet shift intrigues U. S. WASHINGTON (UPI) -The United Stales is interested in exploring the Soviel Union's apparent shift toward favoring an international conference to settle Ihe conflict in Soulhcast Asia, Jiigh officials said today. The apparent shifl surfaced in remarks by Yakov Malik, Soviet ambassador lo Ihe United Nations, at a news conference ostensibly called in New York Thursday lo discuss Ihe forthcoming 100th anniver- sary of Ihe Soviet leader Lenin on April 22. Previously the Soviet Union was unenlhusiaslic aboul Bri- tish efforts to reconvene the Geneva Conference lo discuss Ihc situation in Vietnam and Ihe adjacent Indo Chinese states. On April 1, the French government also urged interna- tional consultations on the widening war on, (he Indo- Chinese Peninsula. While House Press Secretary Ronald L. Zieglcr said Friday Ihe United States was "of course interested in exploring what they (the Russians) have in mind." lie pointed out thai President Nixon had suggest'ed reconvening a Geneva confer- ence on Laos and had asked Britain and Ihe Soviet Union to take some action. Stale Department spokesman Robert J. McCloskey said jn a brief slalemenl: "We are interested in exploring what Ihc Soviel government has in mind." On Thursday, Malik said: "U appears to be that only a new Geneva conference would bring aboul a fresh solution and a relaxation of tension on the Indo-China Peninsula. If this was the point of Ihe French proposal then il is deserving of attention." Stale Department officials said they were reasonably convinced thai Malik's remarks were not haphazard and repre- sented a considered view in Moscow. But what the Soviel motivation may be is still in doubt here. By United Press International II was a rare example of world unity born of monumen- lal relief and gratitude at the safe return, Friday of U.S. Apollo 13 aslronauUi James Lovell, Fred Haisc and Jack Swigert. Valican aides said the Pope had seldom looked so happy. When Ihe parachutes blossomed on his television screen, (he pontiff., rose...and prayed.. "He was overcome with emotion and said Vatican sources. The Pope immediately sent President Nixon "assur- ance of deep admiration United Nations Sccrelary General Thant was among the first lo send Nixon his congratulations. "World is Thankful" "The entire world is thankful and all men will long marvel at (he unmatched combination of technological skill, courage and indomitable spirit which alone could safely bring them back lo earth's embrace." Cheers went up along Pari- sian boulevards as the space- craft flashed inlo view on television screens. At Ihc American Embassy in London, callers jammed the switchboard, congratulating Ihe Uniled Slates on the safe return of the astronauts. "Most of the people were sn emolional 1 just didn't know what lo say lo said a telephone operator. Reports on Radio Bulgarian television did not show Ihe landing but reported it on radio. Hundreds of persons gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy to watch a series of placards telling of progress in the spacecraft's return. In Beirut, roars of approval erupted from Arab cafes, jammed with people who heard the landing on transistor radios. In Tel Aviv, a radio commenta- tor said, 'As we say in English in Iranians, many weeping and shouting, poured inlo the slreets of 'downtown Tehran, when the news came. In Moscow, the Soviel news agency Tass praised the "courage and cool heads" of the. .Americans. Moscow radio cut into ils regular domeslic newscast lo reporl on Apollo 13's return. Diplomats Toast U.S. 'U.S. Ambassador Jacob D. Beam was at a banquet at Ihe Italian Embassy when word came of Ihe safe landing. The riiplomals of many nations applauded, cheered and raised glasses of champagne lo toast Ihe United Slates. Sirens of the Buenos Aires newspapers La Prcsna, Clarin and La Nation blared al the moment the Apollo spacecraft appeared on television. In Tokyo, Ihe Japan Broad- casting Co. carried a four-hour special program on the splash- down. In Johannesburg, South Afri- ca, space scientist Arthur Bleksley, said it was "man's finest yel in space travel." Jane Cromwell Rodeo Queen LINCOLN (UPD-Jane Crom- well, a 19-year-old freshman from Genoa, was named Friday night as the 1970 University of Nebraska Rodeo CJueen. Miss Cromwell's selection was announced al Ihe National Intercollegiate Rodeo Associa- tion contest being held al Ihe University of Nebraska. Jcannette Sue Dillon, 19, of Lincoln, was named first run- ncrup and 18-year-old Debbie McFlugh of Murdock was named second ninnerup. Low bidder on project OMAHA Ed Wilier i- Sons. Inc., Omaha, is apparent low bidder for construction of a flood prelection project on the Plqltc River and Ixj.sl Creek at Schuyler. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened bids i n Omaha. Col. B.P. Pendergrass, Omaha District Engineer, said Miller's bid of was the lowest of four received. Government estimate w a s The job will include cubic yards of levee embankment; tons of stone for dike and revetments; and tons of surfacing material. Seeding and mulching of 2D acres is also included in lite contract. The contractor will commence work wilhin 15 days aflcr re- ceiving Ihe notice to proceed from Ihe Corps of Engineers. Present plans call for cornplelion of the job in flu days. Local readings 44.at 10 a.m. .40 this morning M muh Friday 60 high year ago 38 low year ago M rain Today's Index Farm 5 Women's News ___Page 3 Editorial................ Sports..............Page 4 Comics _................ ,...Page7 Classified '.____Pages 8, 9 U.S. proposal takes Russians by surprise VIENNA decision by the United Slates lo prcsenl a comprehensive plan for broad curbs on strategic nuclear arsenals appears to have caughl the Russians by sur- prise, diplomatic sources said today. Even U.S.-.chief ncgolialor Gerard C. Smith was said lq have come lo Vienna earlier this week unaw.are that Pres- ident Nixon would approve wider recommendations for arms curbs instead of sticking to a more cautious, weapon-by- weapon limitation proposal.- The Strategic Arms Limita- tion Talks (SALT) formally opened Thursday and Ihe first negotialing session was held Friday. The talks resume Monday at Ihe American Embassy. The decision lo broaden the U.S. approach lo Ihe lalks may cause a switch in Soviet tactics. Conference observers believe Ihc Russians may now await the prejjntation of the Ameri- can proposal before unveiling their own concept, unless they decide to "get in first" lo score a possible propaganda advan- tage. No details of cither plan were disclosed, nor were they-likely lo be released by the secrecy- bound in the near future. The American plan was understood lo envisage verifia- ble limitation of offensive and defensive strategic weapons, with adequate safeguards (or the nation's security. The Russians are known to oppose the idea of verification by international controls lo insure against cheating. This may prove a major stumbling block in the negotiations, Ihe sources said. The Soviets were understood to have prepared a "package plan" for the conference, based on a freeze of rockets and including a variety of weapons, including strategic bombers. H would possibly be linked with abandonment of military bases abroad.   

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