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Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - December 31, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania Today's Chuckle The way some sound off on world news, you'd think the daily paper printed only"'one copy and the;- had it. Reader's Tip Bisons cop mat tourney. See pages 10 and 11. Vol. 60 - No. 307 Our 56�h Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Saturday, December 31, 1966 15,155 Copies Daily 28 PAGES TODAY Two-Day Truce Opens With Gunfire Communists Launch Large Attack, 40 Lesser Assaults By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) - A rash of combat incidents marred the opening of the two-day New Year truce across South Vietnam today. A Communist battalion attacked a company of U.S. troops in the central highlands for nearly five hours. Saigon spokesmen reported nearly 40 outbreaks stirred up by the Communists and labeled 4 significant. An enemy battalion estimated at 500 men attacked a company of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division in the highlands 15 miles northeast of Kontum City with mortars and small arms through the afternoon, finally breaking contact at 6:30 p.m. A U.S. spokesman said the company - which normally would number about 150 men - was in a defensive position to observe the truce, ordered into effect at 7 a.m. American casualties were officially described as light. Though the troopers shot back, enemy losses, if any, were undetermined. The Red onslaught resembled an attack on a U.S. Marine company 17 miles south of Da Nang in the Christmas truce, which was marred by a total of 122 shootings. The engagement was the largest of 37 cases reported by the U.S. and South Vietnamese military commands in the first 12 hours of the New Year ceasefire. As in the case of the Christmas, truce, both commands refused to charge the Communists with violations. They termed the shootings as "incidents."' A few hours before the truce began, 6,800 more American combat troops arrived off the coast of South Vietnam and prepared to come ashore within the next day or two. Abroad, Britain launched a new peace effort with an invitation to the United States, North and South Vietnam to meet immediately to discuss ending the war. Official response from all three countries was awaited. Saigon officials said they were studying the proposal. At the United Nations, Secretary-General U Thant issued a New Year's appeal to end the war as he prepared to reply to a U.S. request to do all in his power to get negotiations going, The fresh contingent of U.S. forces arrived in three troop- ships off Vung Tao, 40 miles southeast of Saigon. They included a 4,000-man brigade of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division and the division's artillery units totalling 2,800 men. A U.S. military spokesman at first announced that the new troops had begun landing at 5 a.m. Several hours later he corrected this announcement and said they were still in ships off- shore. He said only an advance party had landed. He would not comment on reports the landing was delayed because of the truce, although nothing in the truce declarations by either the allies or the Communists prevents a troop, buildup or movement of supplies by either side. Both sides pledged Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 3 3 Ships Battle Stormy Atlantic To Rescue 29 NEW YORK (AP) - Bucking 22-foot swells and 35-knot winds, three vessels inched their way through the stormy Atlantic today toward a battered Liberian freighter carrying 29 Greek crewmen. Two of the rescue vessels were within 20 miles of the distressed freighter. "I think we're going to go down," the captain of'the distressed freighter radioed the Coast Guard Friday night. Repeated messages said that he anticipated he might have -:- to abandon ship at any mo- ICC, Railroads Claim Delays Are Harmful ment. In the early morning hours, the crewmen were still holding on. At last report, their freighter, the S.S. Georgia, had some steam and was moving about four knots an hour. The position of the Georgia was given at 4:30 a.m. as about 470 miles east-southeast of New York. By T1IE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - The Interstate Commerce Commission and the Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads have told the Supreme Court that indefinite delays in the Pcnn-Central merger would destroy the consolidation. The ICC said Friday neither the government nor the courts "can overlook the fact that with the passage of enough lime a merger agreement can fall apart." And, added the Pennsylvania and New York Central, acceptance of arguments by several of the merger's major opponents "may well nibble the Penn-Cen-tral merger to death by a_series of delays..." Eight other railroads and Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 6 Edwards Bus Drivers, Mechanics Scheduled To Strike Tonight WILLIAMS PORT, Pa. (AP) - Negotiations detween Edwards Lakes -to- Sea System bus lines and its 120 drivers and mechanics remained deadlocked today, and a federal mediator said there are no further meetings scheduled before tonight's midnight strike deadline. The mediator, G. 11 a r r y Young, said from his home in New Cumberland Friday night that the two sides were deadlocked over economic items, including wages. "I have spoken to representatives of both sides on several occasions and neither party has changed its position enough to warrant the calling of a meeting,'' he said. He added, however, that he would continue to keep in tpuch with the situation. The drivers and mechanics, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union, say they will strike if an agreement is not reached. The bus line has routes in Now York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. BULLETIN NEW YORK (AP) - The Coast Guard cutter Vigilant, churning through the stormy waters of the Atlantic, reached a battered Liberian-registered freighter carrying 29 Greek crewmen today, 460 miles east-southeast of New York. A Coast Guard spokesman said there were no reports of injuries to the Greek crewmen. He said the Vigilant would stand by as a precautionary measure until a commercial tug, the Curb, reached the scene to take the distressed freighter, the S.S. Georgia, into tow. The Curb, hired by agents for the Georgia, was expected to arrive Sunday morning. "The captain of the Georgia seems to be more seaworthy than he thought he was because he's sticking to it and making headway," a Coast Guard officer said. The Coast Guard also had a four-engine C130 airplane orbiting over the Georgia relaying radio messages from the captain to the rescue coordination center. The C130 also was ready, if necessary, to drop 25-man life rafts into the sea if the men had to abandon ship. The rafts contain survival, gear. The Liberian freighter was taking heavy seas into her holds Friday night and was in danger Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 8 Don't Let This Happen to You... Have a Safe, Sane New Year BIG HANGOVER - The cab of a big tractor-trailer truck hangs .precariously over an Interstate 95 overpass in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, after the vehicle went out of control in the northbound lane of the icy road. Two occupants of the truck suffered just minor injuries. (AP Wirephoto) Britain Awaits Reply on Move For War Talks By RAYMOND PALMER LONDON (AP) - Britain awaited official response today to its call for an urgent meeting of the United States, North and South Vietnam to discuss ending the war in Vietnam. Initial reaction in Washington indicated the United States would be willing to attend. South Vietnamese officials said they were studying the proposal. There was no immediate reaction from Hanoi.----- Herter Dead at 71 The British initiative, viewed as a surprise by some here, came Friday night with the announcement that Foreign Secretary George Brown had sent messages to the three countries urging an immediate meeting to discuss peace. Brown offered to make available any suitable British territory for the proposed peace talks. London reports said he had in mind Hong Kong, the nearest British area to the war zone. Had Served As Secretary of State WASHINGTON (AP)-Chris t-,, , . ian Herter Sr., former secretary ^^l0?!"^"!!""0^"'!!!!.6^ of state, died unexpectedly Friday night, his son announced today. He was 71. Christian Herter Jr. said the cause of death was not imme- For Arrival of the New Year... New York Flagpole Is Center of Attraction By GEORGE ESPER NEW YORK (AP) - At 11:59 p.m. tonight, an illuminated ball will slide down a flagpole on the Allied Chemical Tower in New York's Times Square. Thus, the old tradition, dating back to 1906, will signal the start of a new year. , From New York, to Rome, to Glasgow, Scotland, millions will whoop it up. New York Mayor John V. Lindsay will have not only his name, but also his New Year's message to the "fun city," up in lights over Times Square tonight. In Rome, nimble-footed city policemen braced for the usual-Roman New Year's Eve shower of exploding crackers and crockery. Despite the law and by centuries-old tradition, Romans bring in the New Year by exploding fire crackers and by raining down everything but the kitchen sink on cars and fleeing pedestrians. "It's their way of symbolizing a desire to start anew." Scotland was prepared to celebrate its most singing, swinging New Year of all time. New Year's undoubtedly still holds sway as the No. 1 holiday binge of the year. Thanks to a price war among publicans, Scots stocked up with drink at slashed prices. New Yorkers started getting ready to celebrate the New Year Friday. Many businesses closed early. Some did not even bother to open. Police began putting up wooden barricades in Times Square. Broadway appeared ready for a very profitable New Year's Eve with more than half of the 26 shows already sold out for the night. said the text of the messages to Secretary of Stale Dean Rusk and the foreign ministers of Saigon and Hanoi would be made public New Year's Eve. ,. . , . The call was made by the diately known- British as cochairman with the The elder Herter was gover- Soviet Union of the Geneva con- nor �f Massachusetts for four ference in 1954, which signed years before becoming secretary the settlements for. the territo- o� state and was a special aide Ties or'Wmfr*"TrW .. yawl whose rigging was torn From childhood, Herter had away in the heavy seas. been more or less involved in Three women and two men European affairs, but it was not were plucked Friday night from until 1947 that he came into the yawl, the Petrel. Five other prominence as a result of his men volunteered to remain interest and training.. It was aboard until the' cutter arrived, that year that Congress urider-The 10 had spent a harrowing took a program of economic 15 hours, bailing frantically with rehabilitation of Western Eu-paper containers, buckets and rope and called Herter into cupped hands to keep the yawl leadership as head of a House from sinking while rescue ves- committee studying European sels churned through the heavy economic needs, seas toward her. 1 \ While Herter busied himself A Coast Guard spokesman jn the House with foreign af-said the Tamaroa was expected fajrSt he kept an eye open for to reach the scene, 3S0 miles looking Republicans who southeast of New York, about 1 might take the White House p.m., EST. away from the Democrats. He The spokesman said the cut- was one of the earijest to say he ttr was making good speed at thought that man was Eisen- about 10 knots and was "travel- -1- ing pretty well with the seas." Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 4 Congressman Asks Delay... Proposed Deal With Red Nations Attacked Occasional light rain and snow and warmer tonight, low 28 to 34. Partly cloudy and warmer Sun-clay. Sunrise 7:37-Sunset 4:54 Clearfield River Level Friday 7 p. m. - 5.35 feet (stationary); Today 7 a. m. - 5.35 feet (stationary). Clenrfield Weather Friday low 12; High 28; Overnight low 14. Mid - State Airport Friday low 13; High 25; Overnight low 5. By LEWIS GULICK WASHINGTON (AP) - The administration and the congressional author of a ban against aiding nations which help North Vietnam headed onto a collision course today over proposed U.S. deals with Communist Poland and Yugoslavia. Rep. Paul Findley, R-I1I., said he has "urgently" asked President Johnson to order the U.S. ambassador at Warsaw to hold up. on a proposal to ease Poland's debt to the United States disclosed by the State Department Friday. Ih a telegram to Johnson, Findley challenged the legality of the proposal and asked that Congress get a chance to look into it first, "Equally Important, I question the wisdom of handing aid to a couutry thai is so openly aiding our enemy in North Vietnam," Findley said. "Why our government should seek to ease the monetary problems of a country actively aiding our enemies is difficult to understand." the State Department said the American ambassador to Poland, former Postmaster General John A. Gronouski, has been authorized to start formal discussions with Poland on "easing the burden of Poland's debts through expenditures of Polish currency holdings in a manner mutually beneficial to both countries.'' Under the U.S. offer, a large chunk of the $26 million which Poland is supposed to pay in dollars in 1907 on a debt from receiving U.S. farm surpluses would be spent In Polish currency instead, thus saving Poland's scarce foreign exchange. For example, American and Polish authorities might agree to allow part of Poland's debt to be spent on Americans' air fares on Polish airlines. U.S. officials now must buy Polish air tickets with dollars. This would help both countries save on foreign exchange, it was stated. The offer to the Poles is part of Johnson's bridge-building policy toward Communist East Europe, and the method of spending the money is supposed to be agreed on mutually. Findley, however cited Poland's avowed support for North Vietnam and reports of her aid to Hanoi. He said that while Poland's port of Stettin was receiving U.S. wheat on credit, it was sending weapons to North Campaign Aides Named for '67 March of Dimes Jack Thurstin, who will serve as county chairman for the 1967 March of Dimes in January today announced the appointment of several assistants for the fund raising drive. Mrs. Leonard Hudson of 118 High St., Clearfield, will head the Clearfield area drive. She will be assisted by interested mothers and Boy Scouts from the Clearfield area. Mrs. Leland Shaw of Ridge Ave., Curwensville. will head the solicitation in Curwensville and Sam Monella of DuBois, in the DuBois area. Other committee chairmen will bo appointed at a later date, Mr. Thurstin said. He also expressed the hope that persons contacted to work on the March of Dimes would volunteer their help. Money raised through the cam. paign will be used mainly for On Underground Detection . .. Congress May Face Nuclear Test Hearings Please Turn to Page G, Col. 1 Please Turn to lV�ge 6, Col. 1 By SEYMOUR M. IIERSII WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress may be headed for its first public hearings in four years on underground nuclear test detection. Rep. Craig Hosmer of California, ranking House Republican on the Joint Atomic Energy Committee, announced Friday he will seek open hearings on Ihis country's detection abilities. In a three-page statement, Hosmer denied published reports of significant U.S. progress in identifying seismic events in the Soviet Union. "There is no improvement known to the joint committee which would put the capabilities at a higher estimate than that which was made in front of the joint committee in open hearings in March of 1963" - the last hearings on the subject - he said. In a subsequent interview, Hosmer said he currently is not in favor of a nuclear test-ban treaty even with an on-site inspection agreement. High - ranking government sources said earlier this month the United States vastly has increased its ability to detect, identify and locate underground nuclear test blasts inside the Soviet Union. They said the new findings could lead the United States to modify its demands for seven on-site inspections before a treaty with the Soviet Union could be signed. Disarmament officials are known to feel, however, that a certain amount of international inspections still would be necessary inside the Soviet Union to verify compliance with a total nuclear testing ban. Negotiations to expand the 1963 limited test-ban treaty reportedly are under consideration in Moscow, London and Washington, but Pentagon officials were reluctant to assess what role the new U.S. findings would play. The 1963 treaty bans all but underground nuclear tests. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, while aware of the new U.S. identification capabilities, is known to believe that on-site inspections still would be necessary. In a telephone interview Friday, Jack Ruina, former director of the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency and now a professor at Please Turn to Page 6, Col..3
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