Portsmouth Times, March 27, 1968

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March 27, 1968

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Portsmouth Times (Newspaper) - March 27, 1968, Portsmouth, Ohio iJr' mitt to. Official VOLUME 117, No. 4 i For Years A Dependable Portsmouth Institution, Home Edition X Catering Southern And Northern Kentucky PHONE: 353-3101 PORTSMOUTH, OIHO, WEDNESDAY, MARCH On ForGontrol By GEORGE ESPER SAIGON American infantrymen supported by tanks, artillery and planes "bat tied the Viet Cong today for con- trol of a tiny hamlet- northwest of Saigon in the fourth straight day'of heavy fighting in the area. Men of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division called in artillery and napalm'air strikes only 50 to yards ahead of them as they ad- vanced irito the hamlet of Ap Long Muc, about.30 miles north- west of Saigon near the district town of Trang Bang. U.S. and South Vietnamese Abrams Qn Surprise dP 1 rri Lapitol Irap Visit May Be Prelude To Naming -As Viel Commander By BOB HORTON AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) Rela- tive secrecy 'surrounds. Gen. Creighton Washing- ton visit, generally considered a prelude to an announcement he will succeed -Gen. William C. Westmoreland in Vietnam.' The old Abrams, West- moreland's top d e p u ar- rived unannounced night] his presence went largely'unnoticed until "a news- man spotted him in a Pentagon hallway '.Although the'Defense Depart rnent didn't say.so immediate- ly. Abrams. had' just returned from a White House lunch with President Johnson. Confirming his presence later, the Pentagon said the four-star Army general was in Washing- ton to report on plans to strengthen arid modernize; the South Vietnamese army. ''Abrams has been mentioned prominently as the officer who will fill Westmoreland's shoes by 'July 2 when the present Viet- nam commander becomes Army chief of staff. additional light later in confirm- ing that Abrams saw the Presi- dent along with unnamed "sen- ior advisers" and would Washington a day or two. It was learned at .the Penta- gon that.Abrams conferred with new Secretary of Defense'Clark M. Clifford, Chairman Earle G. Wheeler of the Joint'Chiefs of Staff, and Some .administration officials speculated that who often has displayed a pen- chant for secretly whisked Abrams' to Washington for a surprise announcement of the new command change. As one administration spokes- man put it: "If the President decides Abe's the guy and now's the time, he may bring him out forces have reported killing 396 enemy in the Trang Bang area since Sunday.. Allied casualties were described as light.' Al Chang, an Associate Press photographer who was wounded slightly by shrapnel as U.S. tanks 'and armored person nel up on Ap Long the.-Viet Cong were .well entrenched. in .the hamlet arid greeted the advano ing infantrymen with heavy ma chine-gun fife and a barrage o! rocket-propelled grenades. With the battle.still least eight enemy dead were re- ported. Meanwhile, U.S. headquarters said in another fight in the Trang Bang sector, 25th' Divi- sion units killed 17 enemy after making a helicopter assault Tuesday four miles northeast of the town.. As the American infantrymen hit the ground, the Viet Cong were waiting for them. From trenches and bunkers, the my' opened up with machine guns and rocket-propelled gre- nades. By mida_fternooh: today, spo- radic fighting was reported con- tinuing. Headquarters did nql disclose U.S: casualties but said no Americans had been killed. The action around Trang Bang is part of Operation Quyel to biggest allied offensive of the war. More than 50 Americans and South Vietnamese battalions, to- [aling men, are sweeping through five provinces'i around Saigon. The aim is to regain the offensive from the Viet Cong enemy troops within striking distance of the capital. The U.S. Command'said'1 that so far allied troops have killed enemy and captured 293 prisoners and suspects -since Quyet Thang began March 11. (Turn to ABRAMS, Page 20) DuduitMay Head Center Resource Unit To 3 Counties Portsmouth city school su- perintendent C. H. Duduit, who will retire July 31, has been recommended as the director of the newly established Tri- County Resource and Service Center. Frank Taylor, reporter-secre- tary of the advisory board, said late this morning that the veter- an educator has been recom- mended to head the center, which is to serve 22 school dis- fricts" in Pike, Lawrence and Scioto counties. The salary ireportedly will be a year.'.' Suharto Named As A President For 5 Years .JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) Congress named Gen. Suharto tonight to serve as president of Indonesia for. the next- five years. The general has been acting president since March 11, 1967, .when President Sukarno. :was ousted as an aftermath: of- a Communist attempt to seize power in October of 1965. (Turn to VIETNAM, Page 20) Hits Aid To Enemy Ike Scivs Viet Dissent Hurts Peace Chance ..NEW YORK President Dwight D.' Eisenhow- er accuses Vietnam war dissen- ters of giving "aid and comfort to the_ enemy" arid says their behavior is probably "making honorable negotiations' Impossi- ble." In a copyrighted article in the April issue of Reader's Di- gest, Eisenhower said, "It is improper, 'and I think" unpatri- otic, to voice dissent in such a wo'y that it encourages our en- emies to believe we have lost the capacity to make a national de- cision and act.9n.it." .Of (he .upcoming political campaign, he said: -'I will not personally support any peace- at-any-price candidate who ad- vocates 'capitulation and 'the abandonment of South Viet- nam." Eisenhower said that in all his ife he had never encountered situation more depressing than the "present spectacle" of the nation divided over the war. Eisenhower, commander of the allied armies in Europe dur- ing World War II, called for a end political de- bate over Vietnam. Eisenhower said he' was not objecting to "honorable dissent" and conceded that some people sincerely believe "we have no business being in Vietnam." He said these people are "terribly and dangerously wrong" but have the right to be heard. However, he wrote scornfully (Turn to IKE, Page 20) "Whatever happened to what ship we 34 PAGES Silver Bridge Model To Be Used Safety Hearing MODEL of the collapsed Silver Bridge which spanned the" Ohio River between Point Pleasant, W. Va., arid will be used as an aid at a federal hearing in Charles- ton beginning May 7. A steering committee of the'.National Transportation Safety Board'will conduct the'hearing into toe disaster which claimed 46 lives. Members, of the board look at the'model which has. been set up in Washington, D.C.' The model is 20.feet long.; (Upi-xeiephotoO Sets WASHINGTON (AP) The House Ways and Means Com- mittee, approved today 'a mini- mum tax program designed to reduce U.S. tourist spending abroad but postponed action on President' Johnson's major rec- ommendation in this field. The 'committee sent to the House a bill calling for a 5 per cent tax on airplane tickets to destinations outside the Unit- ed States and for a reduction in the amount of goods returning tourists may bring in duty free. ;_ It however, that.action on the expenditure tax that was to provide, most.of the balance of payments savings in John- son's program will be postponed until the administration 'comes up with recommendations on special, import or, other international trade measures also'designed to correct the im- balance' in international pay- ments, i Undersecretary of'the Treas- ury Joseph .Barr told reporters after the committee session he does not know when the trade recommendation may be forth- coming, or even for sure wheth- er there will be any.. Intensive negotiations are'now in progress; he said, with the major U.S. trading partners in Europe trying to work out freer access for VS. goods. Barr estimated thai the limit- ed bill approved today would re- sult in'a; balance of payments improvement oh the order of million a year. The original Johnson package, including a tax up to 30 per cent on the.spending of U.S. travel- ers abroad above a minimum, Protection Ta g: Or Not Firemen Douse Flames At Mob's Behest HIGH RIDGE, Mo. (AP) The volunteer High Ridge fire" department-was forced by-an angry crowd armed with guns and clubs to put out a fire-Tues- day an assistant fire chief said. Robert Ellison, assistant .chief, said his men had no chance to- determine -whether the house exhibited the required fire protection tag. He esti- mated 75 persons in the crowd. "We'll throw you right -into flames if; you don't .put it he was told. .even'grabbed me and 'the' hose out of my. he said. The burning home was five houses away from' a: residence .the firemen' allowed: to. burn March 18 because it was un- tagged. They are not permitted to fight a fire'at a home without a-teg, unless human life is at stake, Ellison explained. He said the state highway pa- trol and Jefferson County sher- iff's officers were called when the mob gathered. High Ridge is a community of about 260 per- sons 35 miles southwest of St. Louis. The police stood by while the firemen fought the fire. There was no violence. Earlier Tuesday, firemen put out a. blaze in an unprotected home because a. woman and child were in .danger. The child was overcome'by smoke, and the mother "What surprises me is that all .guys in the department haven't turned in their badges, because not one single dime is made by any of these E1-. lison said. Damage to the-home in the Tuesday. night fire was exten- sive; he said. There were no in- juries. Support For Others Scant In Survey By BRIAN SULLIVAN NEW YORK (AP) A survey of the nation's Democratic gov- ernors showed scant support to- day for either Sen. Robert F. Kennedy or .Sen. .Eugene J. McCarthy. An Associated Press survey found thct li cf the.24 Demo- crats occupying statehouse chairs express support for Pres- ident Johnson for renomination. Only. H.. Hoff of unequivocally for Kennedy. One E. Hughes of Iowa-may be lean- ing toward Kennedy or Mc- Carthy.: Six of the 'governors appear uncommitted. Two others stand apart from the party. Hoff stands alone .among the Democratic governors in "his break with President Johnson. "I have Hoff said last Friday, "that the only way in which our potentially disas- trous national course can be ar- rested is through a change in our national leadership." Hoff said' he welcomed Mc- Carthy's "candidacy, but main- tained that Kennedy "offers the most realistic possibility for the people of America if-we are. to achieve the national regenera- tion that is so desperately need- ed." Hughes, a close friend of the President and chairman of the Democratic governors, said he (Turn to 20, Column Minford Schools Name Winners Of Swelling Bees Two spelling bee winners have won the right to represent Min- fcrd schools in the Scipto County scelldown by walking off with the- titles in their respective schools. At Minford Junior High School, Luanda Lauderback, a veteran at winning spelling bees, will represent that school. She is 13, an eighth grader and a daugh- er of, Mr.. and Mrs. Warren Lauderback of Lucasvflle Rt. 4. School nmnerup .was Paul Bradford, 12, seventh grade, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brad- ford of Minford Rt. 2. At Minford Ebnentary, James Eflcks, a 12-year-old sixth grad- er, was the winner. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hicks of Minford Rt. 2. That school's runnerup was Phillip Nelson, 10, fourth grade, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Nelson of Whedersburg Rt. 1. The man who guided the for- tunes 'of the local antipoverty agency for.the last two years has resigned as executive'direc- tor, of the Community.. Action Organization of Sciolo County, Inc. Vernon Kiannery, 1325TSpririg Jt., said today thai he plans; to attend graduate school at 'Ohio University and study for a de- ?ree in government. Flannery, who has been direc- tor'of the CAO since its estab- lishment in Mar.ch 1966, has been succeeded by Robert Schwable. At the same time Clinton Piatt, staff representative of the Unit- ed Steelworkers of America, was elected president of the organi- zation. He succeeds Summers Dean, who resigned upon his transfer to Ashlacd. Ky., as staff representative of the steelwork- ers. Dean helped organize the group. The organization employes 48. Schwable has been with the local antipoverty agency since PRACTICES. Actress Sophia Loren hugs her niece, Alessan- dra Mussolini, 5, who practices making a face for the photog- rapher in Rome. Alessandra is the granddaughter of Italy's- World War. II leader, Benito Mussolini.. She'is the daughter of IIDuce's son, Romano, who married Miss Loren's sister: Maria. (UPI.Telephoto.) In DSC Deal Eaton, DaleyReceive '19 Million For Stock ByL, W. BURNS Industry And -Labor Editor American Export Industries, Inc. "entered the Portsmouth area industrial picture -Tuesday afternoon when it purchased about 13 per cent of the com- mon stock of Detroit Steel Corp. Cyrus S. Eaton and William R. Daley, Cleveland finance-xs who .'played important roles in development of the' DSC steel center sold their shares to.American. Both announced resignations 'from the DSC board Toesday morning. It was estimated American paid for the DSC shares and shares of Premium Iron Ores Ltd., own- ed by Eaton and Daley. Jakob Isbrandtsen, president, and Albert E. Rising Jr., vice president of American, were elected to the board of DSC di- rectors, succeeding Eaton and Daley. American said "It has no present plans to acquire the balance of DSC _ American paid apiece if or shares of DSC. Eaton owned shares of DSC, and associates o w n ed It -was -reported the stock sale had full approval of both companies. Isbrandtsen and Rising also replaced Eaton and Daley on the board 'of 'Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co. DSC owns about 24 per cent of the Cliffs commoii stock. Export is the par- (Turn to Page 20, Column 1) Schwable New Leader FlaririeryQu its Scioto. CommiiniiyA ctionPost its founding first as.director of Neighborhood Opportunity Service Center iVo. 6, and later as director of the .whole neigh- borhood centers program. he left the CAO hoping that" in future "year's more iocai 'community' aiul fi- nancial support may be avail- able, with less dependency ,'on Under his direction, the-agen- cy was given a grant for the neighborhood centers the first in the nation in which an urban concept was appjie-d'to'a rural situation. Olher urban designed pro- grams which have been funded in Scioto County are the legal aid services .and family; plan- ning program. Flannery, who received his bachelor's degree from Ohio ,U in 1961, has earned 15 hours to- ward a master's degree in edu- cation. He explained that he has decided to drop that course, however, arid work toward a (Turn to.FLANNERY, Page 20) Provisions Of New Law CountyControlOfCAO Program Under Study By JOHN THOMAS Times Staff Writer _ Local control of community action agencies the price the Office of Economic Opportun- ity paid to Southern conserva- tives for current fiscal year fi- nancing appears to be with- in the. realm of possibility in Scioto County. Scioto County commissioners have; .signed a form indicating they will take over the reins of the .Community Action Or- ganization of Sciolo County, Inc., the county's antipoverty agen- control cy under provisions of the Green amendment. However, the commissioners' action is merely a tentative, noabinding preliminary step Inside The Times Around Portsmouth Comics Death Notices Editorial Page Horoscope Markets Sports Television and Radio Women's News 4 33 23 6 7 23 24-26 27 22 the first in a series of nine which must be taken before the pos- sible transfer of control to the three-man commission from the present 72-member governing board. At the, earliest, at least under normal circumstances, that the commissioners would take over the policy-making functions of the CAO would be November 1969. Regardless of whether the com- missioners eventually, .assume of the CAO, the anti- covcrty's 72-member govern- ing board (board of trustees) will be reduced to 51, with the same one-third breakdown'of representation of various groups remaining the same. Other provisions under the amended OEO rules would al- low local political subdivisions to drop out of the CAO moves which aren't likely. The 72-member board pres- ently is composed of 24 mem- bers each from public, low-in- come and special interest groups Under, the revised 51-member Plan had been calculated to result in" a million payments saving. The administration had hoped for another by a. combination of encouraging for- eign tourism in this country arid' urging Americans ".traveling. abroad to spend cautiously. In addition to the five per cent; tax :on. all air transportation from this country to the main features of the limited. bill approved today are: 'present duty-free ex- emption of for'goods a1 re- turning traveler brings'in'with him would be cut to tempo- rarily. The exemption: would rise to Oct. -The for a gift mailed from abroad to someone in this coun- try would be reduced to Dem Push Foir Party Gifts Told Maritime Agency Worker Charges Fund Pressure By JEAN HELLER WASHINGTON vet- cran civil servant 'charged -to- day that he and other high-level employes of the Maritime Ad-- ministration were summoned to a businass-hours meeting last week and pressured by their boss to contribute to a Demo- cratic party fund-raising dinner. The employe told the Associ- ated was called by James W. Gulick, act- ing head for 79 members'of his staff .who had received invi- tations to the dinner" to be held April 4. v; Gulick .reportedly told' those present that contributions were not being soughVby arm twist-' ing. But, the source said, Gulick added: v "If you want' to make sure that you have a nice, clean file -you can be sure that .z file is keptvsomewhere you know what to do." Gulick denied he made such a statement.____._____J no no solicitation and whatever they wanted to do was in accordance with their 'own circumstances and their own positions." he said, "I'm Inclined to think that- this is a small minority that wants to think this way. I'm just at a loss to understand why.'V John J. McCarthy, depufv general counsel for the Civil, Service Commission, said his of- fice was checking into the alle- gation that contributions were solicited and that if the findings warrant it, "We will investigate up to the hilt." The invitations to the dinner, being given by Rep. Michael Kirwan, D-Ohio, and Sen. Ed- mund S. "Muskie, D-Malne, for President Johnson, went to )2- 000 persons, including govern- ment personnel with a pay- grade level of GS-15 and above, whose salaries range from 400 up. -1 The meeting on the quest'on of contributions was called by Gulick" for 11 a.m. last Thurs- day in a conference room his office in the General 'Ac- counting Office building. Gulick'arrived .at a.m. with his general counsel, Carl (Turn to Page 16, Column 1) (Turn to Page 20, Column 4) Secret Talks On Gold Held Free Market In London Discussed LONDON (AP) Urgent and secret talks were under way to- day among London's. bullion dealers to devise a new plan for operating a free market .in the world's largest gold trading cen- ter. The fate of the dollar may be at stake. The market was closed two weeks ago at the height of the gold rush. Its ma- jor source of supply, the mone- tary reserves of the gold pool including the United Slates, was cut off by the cen- tral bankers meeting in Wash- ington March 17. The market iwas ordered to (Turn to GOLD, Page I ;