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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 3, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire Today's Chuckle Sign on a self-service elevator: "Eighth Floor Button Out of Order. Please Push Five and Three." Nashua Celeqraph 1969 Ttl.groph'. 100th Y.or A. A Doily C J J Weather Snow, Cold Tonight Clearing Tuesday FULL REPORT ON PAGE TWO VOL. 101 NO. 2 Established a Weekly October Incorporated ai a Daily March 1, NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, MONDAY, MARCH Second Clasi Postage Paid At Nashua, N. H. 16 PAGES Price TEN CENTS Apollo Astronauts Aloft; 10-Day Mission Gets 'Go' Peking, Moscow Exchange Protests By JOHN RODERICK TOKYO (AP) Red Guards and workers demonstrated around -the Soviet Embassy in Peking today after Chinese and Soviet troops clashed on a dis- puted river island on the Man- churian border. Both Moscow and Peking an- nounced "many killed and wounded" in the battle Sunday. Japan's Kyodo news agency said crowds of demonstrators ringed the Soviet Embassy in the Chinese capital, carrying placards reading, "We strongly protest the Soviet provocation" and, "Hang a refer- ence to Soviet Premier AlexeJ Kosygin: The Soviet Union and Red China accused each other of crossing the border Sunday, and China said it was the 18th Soviet violation in two years. Although similar clashes have been reported between Chinese and Russian border troops in the past, it was believed to be the first time Peking and Mos- cow exchanged protest notes over such an incident. Peking's New China News Agency said the battle occurred on an island in the Ussuri River, which forms part of the border between Red China and the So- viet Far East. The Chinese called the island Chenpao and claimed it is "in- lisputable Chinese territory." ITie Soviets called it Damansky and said it constitutes their Ni- zhneniikhailovka border post. The; island is 200 miles north of Vladivostok. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said "large numbers of fully armed" Soviet troops crossed into Chinese territory in four ar- mored cars and trucks despite repeated warnings from Chinese border guards and "outrageous- ly opened cannon and gun fire, killing and wounding many Chinese frontier guards." It said the Chinese were "compelled to fight back in self-defense" and gave the So- viet soldiers "punishment which they deserved." The Soviet version, reported by the news agency Tass, said: "Chinese violators of the fron- tier were chased sway from So- viet territory by the resolute ac- tions of Soviet border guards." It added there were "killed and wounded" but did not say Whether they were Chinese or Russian. The New China News Agency said a Chinese protest note was delivered to the Soviet Embassy in Peking, demanding tliat the Soviet Union "punish the cul- prits of this halt its "encroachmenl on Chinese ter- ritory" and hold itself "respon- sible for any grave conse- quences that may result." The note said Chinese reserves the right to demand compensation. Tass said the Soviet govern- ment protested to Peking, say- ing: "Any provocative actions by Chinese authorities will be rebuffed and resolutely cut short by the U.S.S.R." PEKFNG TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH Abby Baker Glossal Classifieds 131 Obituaries 5 j Pearson BILLS ARE A PAIN LET A. li. 0. TOU OUT OF DEBT BY CONSOHDATINfl TOUR HILLS PAST DUE OR NOT. YOU CAN AVOID LEGAL AC- TIONS THINS BETTERS AND THREATENING PHONE CALLS. NOT A LOAN NO siiCDnrrr NO CO-SIGNERS IF YOn OWE MY AS LOW AS S1.000 MS WEEKLY MS1 WEEKLY 835 WEEKLY OAtl OR WRITE TODAY FOP .Pence of Hind Tomorrow 1271 Elm St Manchester 669-5161 Room 108 92 Main St. Nnilmn 8SJ-1737 ANCHOR BUDGET CONSULTANTS Home or CINci Appointment! ArrmtJ Comics Cook Crossword Editorial Financial Hal Boyle 13, 14, 15 2 4 10-11 Sporls Suburban News 8 Taylor 4 Television 12 Theaters .18 Dr. Thosteson 12 Weather 2 Custom Framing by Experts at reasonable rates plus Green Stamps at Nashua Wallpaper Co, 128 W. Pearl St. 882-9491 Open Thuri, nights 'til In Action at Church Fire Nashua firemen battle the early morning blaze which destroyed the Pilgrim Congregational Church on Wat- son Street. In top photo, firemen chop at eaves in an to get at the fire. In bottom photo, three men team up to hose down the chapel area of the building. (Telegraphotos-Harrigan) CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) Riding the thun- dering power of a Saturn 5 super-rocket, the Apollo 9 astronauts today hurtled toward a marathon earth orbit trip that could clear the way for Americans to land on the moon in June or July. Mightiest Rocket The mightiest rocket ever built blasted away from Cape Kennedy at 11 a.m. (EST) to start Air Force Cols. James A. McDivitt and David R. Scott and civilian Russell L. Schweickart on a planned 10- day globe-circling mission that was delayed three days when all three astronauts developed sore throats and stuffy noses. Their main goal on this most imbitious man-in-space flight yet is to prove tne flight worthi- ness of the lunar module bug-like craft which is being developed to land two men on the moon. Veteran space fliers McDivitt and Scott and rookie Schweick- art sat side by side in the Apollo 9 command module as the pow- erful Saturn 5 exploded to life, spraying the launch pad with a dazzling sheet of flame. Flight director Eugene Rrantz reported, "Apollo 9, you're go all the way. You look good." The LEM rode in a compart- ment between the spaceship and the rocket. After three hours in orbit, the two vehicles are to link up nose-to-nose. The 36-s t o r y -t a 11 rocket howled on its pedestal for 8.9 seconds as a computer system verified that the mammoth clus- ler of five first stage engines had ignited properly and gener- ated full total thrust of 7.7 mil- lion to the power of more than 500 jet fighter planes. When the computers sensed all was right, they commanded four steel restrain- ing arms to flip back to release the monsier. It rose with agonizing slowness, grad- ually veered over on a southeast heading and sped out over the Atlantic, spewing a tail of fire more than 500 feet long. Tens of thousands of persons watched the spectacular liftoff from beaches and other vantage points at Cape Kennedy. How- ever clouds spoiled the view as the rocket quickly disappeared into the low hanging layer. Among the observers was Vice President Spiro T. Agnew who watched from the center. From Washington, President Nixon phoned Mrs. McDivitt. They spoke briefly. The wives and children of the three astronauts watched the Fire Destroys Pilgrim Church Fire officials are contin- uing their investigation of an early morning blaze which destroyed the Pil- g r 1 m Congregational Church on Watson Street. Damage was unofficially estimated at The Rev. Robert D. Sam- uelson, pastor, said an mergency meeting would be held tonight to determine future plans. General Alarm A genei'al alarm was ordered by Fire Chief Albert L. Tanguay when flames raced through the Interior of, the church. The Ira. tial alarm, a still alarm, came at a.m. When fire fighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting out of the windows in the sanc- tuary. The fire devoured an ex- pensive organ and the pews. Smoke and wafer damage was extensive. But quick action by the fire- men confined the blaze to the sanctuary, and prevented fire damage to a long hallway, and the Fellowship Hall which con- tains classrooms in the base- ment. The latter building suf- fered heavy smoke damage, Tanguay said. Two Injured Two firemen were injured and are at St. Joseph's Hospital. They are Richard Soucy, 32, of 1 Lake Avenue, who was over- come, by smoke, and John Kemp- ton, 25, of 120 Gilman St., who Public Hearing On Court Plan Wednesday A public hearing has been re- scheduled to Wednesday night at in the City Hall on House Bill 246, to discontinue terms here. The session was originally planned for last Wednesday, but was postponed because of the major snowstorm. This proposal would shift all jury cases heard in the Temple Street Courthouse to a new facility in Manchester which is nearing completion. Under terms of the bill, only non-jury cases would be heard here. Presiding over the hearing will be Rep. Roland H. LaPlante, I> Ward 3, chairman of the Nashua delegation. suffered injury to his right knee. Soucy is a member of the Am- herst Street Station, and Kemp- ton is with the Airport station. Chief Tanguay reported that officials of the N. H. Firt Mar- shal's Office would aid in a con- tinuing investigation to deter- mine cause. Eeverend Samuelson said the emergency session was planned by Ronald Carr, chairman of the board of directors, In con- ference with David Thorpe, chairman of the buildings' com- mittee. New Church Possibility It is expected the board of directors will recommend the construction of a new church. In the meantime, it was Indi- cated that worship services may be held in the Fellowship Hall. The Pilgrim Congregational Church was dedicated in 1958. It replaced an impressive-ap- pearing church which stood on Temple Street, how site of the Indian Head National Bank's drive-in facility. The former church contained a high steeple which was visible for miles. That church was extensively damaged by a hurricane in 1954, necessitating a new building. A large police detail was on duty, rerouting and controlling traffic, with two ambulances standing by. Chief Tanguay highly com- More 'New' Snow For Nashua Area It looks like the weatherman guessed right this time. A late morning snow measurement at Pennichuck Pumping Station cor- roborates the U.S. Weather Bu- reau's forecast that the Nashua area is in for at least another four inches, and probably more. Some estimates have been as high as 12 inches. The late morning reading showed that Nashua has already been blanketed with another 3- Vi inches, as heavy snow contin- ues. The 7 a.m., reading was inch, with inches recorded by The storm, the third to hit the area in as many weeks, began early today about 125 miles south- east of Nantucket, and intensi- fied as it moved northeast at 15 to 20 miles per hour. The snow- fall is expected to taper off dur- ing the day, leaving the area with cloudy and cold weather tonight and tomorrow. mended the firemen for their successful efforts in containing the fast-spreading blaze. Assist- ing him in directing operations were Deputies Ralph V. Kello- way and Albert Paul. Deputy Roland H. Ross covered the five stations with area firemen who responded in a mutual aid pro- gram. They included personnel from tile Hudson, IJerrimacfr, Hollis, and Milford departments. Call Alerts Firemen The Fire Department here was alerted about the blaze in a tele- phone call from Ernest Briand of 10 Wellman Avenue. Briand was notified by his sister, Dor- othy, who was awakened by re- flections of the fire, striking trees outside her bedroom. When he viewed the fire from her bedroom, he said, "It was a mass of flames." The still alarm at was followed by a second aJarm st and a general alarm, two minutes later. All day-off men responded to the general alarm. Recall was sounded at a.m. launching on television from their homes in Houston. After two minutes the first stage shut down, and the second stage ignited at an altitude of 42 miles. The second stage burned for six minutes and eleven seconds and successfully sent the final stage on its1 way. The third stage ignited perfectly at an al- titude of 101 miles. The third stage provided the final 112 seconds of power to send Apollo 9 into orbit at miles an hour. McDivitt, Scott and Schweick- art were up at a.m. for a medical examination and the traditional flight day breakfast of steak, scrambled eggs, toast, coffee and orange juice. The spacecraft hatch was sealed at a.m. and the cockpit was pressurized. The 5340 million launching was delayed three days while the astronauts recovered from common colds. After a medical exam Sunday, Dr. Charles A. Berry, the as- tronauts' physician, reported "all look in a real fine state of health." Vice President Spiro T. Ag- new was among the VIPs listed to observe the fiery liftoff. McDivitt, 39, mission com- mander, and Scott, 38, are vet- erans of orbital flights in the Gemini program. On his first voyage into space, Schweickart, 33, plans a two-hour space walk in which he is to transfer from one spaceship to another. On launching, the three astro- nauts ride in the Apollo com- mand module and the LEM rests in a compartment between the Apollo and the Saturn 5- Aftr three hours in orbit more than 100 miles high, the astronauts were to separate from the LEM, turn around and link up nose-to-nose It. The LEM Is the only untried piece of Apollo hardware and It is the first manned craft designed to oper- ate only in space. It cannot re-enter the atmos- phere. If something goes wrong while two of the astronauts are flying it separately from the main Apollo ship, they could be stranded in orbit. With its bug-like appearance, it looks like something weird from outer space. It has the code name "Spider." Flimsy Craft McDivitt described it as "a very flimsy a tissue paper" spacecraft. If we're not careful, we could easily put a foot through it." The outside walls are a soft, aluminum-foil material de- signed to protect electronic components and fuel tanks from the heat and cold of space. "When you put the LEM and command module together you have a pretty big mass weigh- ing about Mc- Divitt said. Apollo Launch Facts, Figures CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) are the facts and fig- ures on the Apollo 9 launching: Astronauts: Air Force Cols. James A. McDivitt, 39, and Da- vid R. Scott, 36, and civilian Russell L. Schweickart, 33. Purpose: Orbit the earth to qualify all pieces of Apollo hard- ware, including first manned test of lunar module designed to land two men on the moon. Ren- dezvous and docking exercises between lunar module an Apol- plo 9 command module and a two-hour space walk by. Schweickart. Flight duration: t days, 21 hours, 47 minutes. Rocket: Three-stage Saturn S, which with Apollo spacecraft stands 363 feet tall. The world's most powerful booster, with first stage thrust of 7.7 million pounds. Cost of mission: Saturn 5, million; Apollo 9 craft, mil- lion; lunar module, (41 million; launch operations, including re- covery forces, million. To- tal: million. Nixon Sees 'New Trust' In Europe By WALTER R. MEARS WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon has returned from his five-nation sprint across Western Europe, confident that he has established a man-to- man relationship with allied leaders based on a new feeling of trust. Nixon told the crowd of congressional leaders, adminis- tration officials and diplomats who greeted him in the snowy, freezing weather at nearby An- drews Air Force Base that his impression of the eight-day, trip could be "summed up by the word trust." "I sensed there was a new trust on the part of Europeans for the United States growing out of the fact that there are open channels with the United Nixon told the shiver- ing crowd. He went on: "I think there is developing a new trust in the fu- ture" based on allied confidence that "together we are going to be able to develop new under- standing with who have opposed us on the other side of the world." Top advisers who accompa- nied the President were tired but jubilant after the nine-hour flight home from Rome. They said the mission had set a new tone of confidence in allied capi- tals. President Rests Nixon himself rested In the cabin of Air Force One during the final leg of a hectic se- quence of travels, talks and cer- emonies which began a week ago Sunday. Like every day of the journey, Sunday was a long and tightly scheduled round of business. It was, of the six-hour time difference between Rome and Washington, the longest of all. Nixon Meets With Pope Pope Paul VI presents visiting President Richard Nixon with a portrait of himself and with medals of his pontificate during their 75-minute meeting in Rome yesterday. Nixon flew in today to end his Euro- pean tour with a conference with Pope Paul on the problems of world peace. At right is Pope Paul's priv- ate secretary, Msgr. Pasquale Macchi. (AP Wirepho- to) FOTOMART 178 Main Street OPEN AS USUAL What's So Special About FREE CHECKING NASHUA7 TRUST? minimum balance if you're under 65 and NONE if you're over. That's what! Member, F.D.I.C. Heeling the President at the Air Force base In nearby Mary- land were his wife, other mem- bers of the family, most of his cabinet and Vice President Spi- ro T. Agnew. The vice president suffered a slight cut on his nose when he slipped on the Icy cement just after the plane landed. Nixon also slipped as he started to re- view the honor guard, but an aide caught his elbow and he did not fall. After the brief ceremony and his equally short remarks, Nix- on boarded a helicopter flew to the White House. Nixon announced no visitors for today. He planned devote FUEL OIL SAVE MORE With LORDEN OIL CO. INC. Set-vine Hid mi-round- Income Taxes PRRPARED FEDERAL AND STATE by or in your TEL. 883-3912 much of his at the White House to domestic matters and routine affairs let aside whilt he traveled. Tuesday the President was to report to the National Security Council on the European mil- lion. He planned to brief Repub- lican and Democratic Congres- sional leaders later Tuesday or Wednesday. Thursday Report Thursday, Nixon will give hli accounting to the nation at large in a statement and an hour-long news conference. Secretary of State William P. Rogers, meanwhile, Is to begin within a few days talks in Wash- ington with Soviet Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynin. These conferences are to deal with the search for settlement in the Middle East, a frequent topic during the Nixon journey. But they could also mark beginning of U.S.-Soviet negotia- tions on a broadened range of issues, including nuclear arms control and ultimately a range of issues and differences be- tween the two powers. Nixon made clear to the lead- ers he saw in the allied capitals that the United States intends to hold such negotiations, and promised that American allies will be consulted on any topics affecting their interests. As a subsequent step in the Middle East peace effort, U.S. official said, the United States, Soviet Union, Great Britain and France will confer at the United Nations in quest of a settlement framework. In Paris Sunday, Nixon con- ferred with Henry Cabot Lodge and other U.S. negotiators at the Vietnam peace talks, then spent between 30 and 40 minutes with Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky of South Vietnam. NIXON SEES 1 Schools Closed At Noon Today Nashua's children enjoyed an other "unexpected" holiday thil afternoon when classes were can- celed because of the snowstorm. A spokesman it the office of the superintendent of schools said all schools closed it noon. In the elementary grades, "walkers" left school 12. Buses picked the otbir children at
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