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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - November 6, 1966, Florence, South Carolina 43RD YEAR NO. 310 The Only Daily Paper Published in Eastern South Carolina FLORENCE, S. C., SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 6, 1966 I DAILY lOe; SUNDAY Parker Charges Democrats Buying Bloc Vote (Bj THE ASSOCIATED PKESS) Republican senatorial candi- date Marshall Parker charged Saturday that the South Caro- lina Democratic party is buy- ing the Negro bloc vote. Parker said at a Columbia news conference he will call for an investigation by the Senate and State Law Enforcement Di- vision after Tuesday's election Meanwhile, other statewide candidates of both parties gath- eerd in the capital city for the University of South Carolina's homecoming football game against Florida State. After shaking hands in the stands at Carolina Stadium, the candidates spread out around the state for one final cam- paign fling. Parker's Democratic oppo- nent, former Gov. Ernest F. Hollings. flew in from Charles- ton for the football game and returned later for some final politicking in his home town area. Hollings entered the home stretch of the campaign with the reaffirmed endorsement of Rep. L. Mendel Rivers of the 1st District. "I'm behind Fritz 100 per cent and have Rivers said of the Democratic senatorial nom- inee Friday night. Also at the football game were the candidates for gover- (Related Stories, Pages 4-D, 5-D) nor, Gov. Robert McNair and Republican Joseph 0. Rogers, and Republican Sen. Strom Thurmond. A reception will be held for Thurmond in his hometown of Aiken Sunday. Thurmond's Democratic op- ponent, State Sen. Bradley Morrah, Saturday toured textile plants in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee co-unties. At his news conference, Par- ker said "part of the proof" linking Democrats to Negro vot- ers was contained in a memo- randum produced Thursday by Maurice Bessinger, chairman of the South Carolina Independ- ents. According to Bessinger, t h e memo was written to Morrah by an aide and was found in a waste basket at Morrah's cam- paign headquarters. B e s s i n ger interpreted the memo to show that Hollings had provided to carry Ne- groes to the polls. Parker said the Democrats are getting up "a pot" of 000 to Hollings was not immediately available for comment. How- ever, Crawford Cook, his cam- paign manager, labelled Bes- singer's claim as "another ab- solutely ridiculous statement." After Bessinger produced the memo Thursday Morrah dis- missed (he statement as "strict- ly trash can politics." There are an estimated 000 Negroes among the registered voters in South Car- olina. Between and persons are expected to vote Tuesday. About persons voted in the June Democratic primary. Appearing at the news con- ference with Parker was Mrs. Belt, GOP candidate for the State House of Representa- tives from Richland County. She presented the Republicans' 20th and final position paper. The paper called for adoption of a state civil service depart- ment and retirement system. "No state said Mrs. Belt, "should be subject to fear or to loss of the fruits of his own labor out of political consideration or consensus poli- tics." AN EDITORIAL City-County Plan Among the most important and pressing matters con- fronting Florence County voters in the Tuesday general election is the proposed city-county complex to meet ur- gent needs for new and expanded government buildings to replace the present county court house, county jail, city hall, and city jail. There now appears no general disagreement on the ques- tion of need. Also, it appears now that the question of cost and financing is not a point at serious issue. The ecenomies possible in a joint construction are too obvious to ignore. The plan for debt retirement through rental payments by the City of Florence and the County (Related Story. Page 1-B) of Florence on the basis of the space required by each offers .substantial hope that the proposed facility can be obtained with minimum to no tax increase. What has been injected into the issue is the question of site. Opposition in the lower part of the county has stated a desire fc relocation of the court house somewhat to the south of present Florence city limits. This seems an unfortunate late hour effort to confuse the question. The matter of location was given thorough study by city and county officials prior to their decision to propose a joint facility on the land now owned by the City of Florence and the County of Florence. Into this study went considerations of convenience of location, availability of parking area, and all other fac- tors contributing to maximum service and accessibility needed and expected. In addition, consideration was given to economies in construction, operation, management and equipment us- age. Their joint and unanimous decision was that the total good of the county and the city would be served best by utilizing their present land area for a combined structure. We believe the decision wa sa wise one, and that it merits the support of all citizens. We see no real merit in arguing for a relocation a few miles distance from the site now used, upon land not now owned, and at a purchase price, if obtainable, reflecting the high prevailing cost of real estate. This would destroy the possibility of any joint plan and the economies accruing from it. It would insure a substantial tax increase to cover the cost of separate constructions. It would elimintae the possibility of joint usage of ex- pensive automated equipment in record keeping. It would deprive citizens of the convenience afforded by a single building in which to conduct all their city and county business. It would represent an unwise disposal of land well-sit- uated for joint city-county use, already owned by city and county, without any satisfactory compensating factors. For these reasons, we urge an affirmative vote for Amendments No. 11, 12, 13, and 14 in the Tuesday election. These amendments relate to the City-Council complex project.________________________ Guinean Students Out, Selassie Announces Demos Getting Goodies President Helps From Sidelines WASHINGTON (AP) Al ihough forced to forego barn- storming in their behalf, Presi- dent Johnson has handed Demo- cratic candidates a bag of politi- cal goodies which many are likely to display in their cam- paign windups. Chief of these is the Presi- dent's intimation that the prob- lem of inflation and higher liv- ing costs about which the Re- publicans have been trumpeting for months is in the process of being resolved. No less intriguing to the politi- cians is Johnson's hint that he may be able to hold down non- military spending and collect sufficient revenues to avoid a tax increase. This is just what many Republicans have been advocating. While the President was talk- ing about the wage increases he said had been gained by low- income workers, the Labor De- partment came through with the word that October unemploy- ment was the lowest in eight years. For the party's hawks, John- son had the assurance that what needs to be done in Viet Nam will be done. For the doves, he said that he thought the Soviet Union was just as interested in jetting the war stopped as was the United States. All this was by way of being a neat sort of going-away gift from Johnson in a Friday news conference which might or might not be his final public appearance before election, day. He said he did not plan any 'urther speeches before the Tuesday voting. But he left the door open to change his mind. The one discordant note in this symphony for all Demo- crats was Johnson's attack on Hichard M. Nixon in which he suggested that the former vice resident was unpatriotically 'uzzing up American intentions r, Viet Nam for politiacl pur- poses. The returns on this won't Kgin to come in until after Nix- on has had a chance to make a full reply on television and radio Sunday. Fewer Americans Seen in Viet Nam McNamara, LBJ Eye Draft Cut PRESIDENT JOHNSON GESTURES WITH HANDS AS HE ADDS A POINT DURING REPORT He Comments on a Report by Secretary of Defense McNamara at LBJ Ranch Infantry Builds Trap for Cong ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) Emperor Haile Selassie announced Saturday night Gha- na had released 19 Guinean dip- lomats and students taken off a plane in Accra last week and detained. The emperor said the diplo- mats-including Guinea's for- eign minister and three other officials- would be on their way to Addis Ababa Sunday to attend the summit conference of the Organization of African Uni- ty which opened here earlier in the day, without Guinea's chief. Selassie emerged from a five- hour meeting with President Gamal Abdel Nasser of the United Arab Republic and Lt. Gen. Joseph A. Ankrah, chief of Ghana's military regime. President William V.S. Tubman of Liberia reportedly would see to it that all Ghanaians held in Grrvn would bo freed. Political Races Are Featured Today A complete roundup of local and state political races, with capsules of consti- tutional amendments, is featured on Pages 4 and 5-B. The Lower Florence County Hospital will be dedicated during ceremonies at Lake City Sunday. See Page 2-A. Clemson whipped the University of North Carolina, 27-3, and Florida Stale beat the University of South Carolina, 32-10. See Page 1-D. s FORECAST Decreasing cloudiness, mild. High, low Ms. Low, mid Monday high, upper Ws. Index Arts Building Business Classified Deaths Sports TV Log Women SAIGON, South Viet Nam _ The battle of Tay Ninh Province, heaviest sustained ighting in Viet Nam since July, went into its fourth day Sunday n the thick jungle and thorny rines near the Cambodian bor- ler northwest of Saigon. U. S. nfantrymen, possibly of hem, built a trap around arge force of Viet Cong. In the air, U. S. Air Force pi- ots knocked down two Commu nist MIG21s with air-to-air mis- siles late Saturday northwest of Hanoi, the North Vietnamese capital, the action raised to 25 the number of MIGs shot down in the Vietnamese war and in six the number of modern MIG21s. Iwo MIG21s were shot down in one engagement last July 14 near Hanoi. The American infantrymen 76 Saturday beat back half a dozen 10B 6B 5D 2A ID SB 1C Red counterattacks with mur- derous fire in pitched fighting neai Tay Minh City, 45 miles northwest of Saigon. "We are hurting the Viet said one U. S. operations chief. "We have them boxed In and they are trying to break out." Sporadic fighting continued Sunday morning. U. S. headquarters said 157 enemy soldiers had been killed in bitter clashes Thursday, Fri- 'Jay anj Saturday. Spokesmen termed "over-all" American casualties light, but there were indications some units were hit hard as the Communists fought doggedly to break through blocking forces thrown around them. The fighting involves the U. S. 196th Light Infantry Brigade, the 25th and the 1st divisions. It is described officially as of size, but this couid mean as many as men fighting in the battle, for the strategic province. Tay Ninh long haj been a Communist stronghold and its location makes it a main infiltration route foi men and supplies into ;he area ot Viet Nam surroun- ding Saigon. In the battle with the MIGs, American craft, on an es- cort mission, sustained no dam- age. The two F4C Phantom crew members who brought down the MIGs .Saturday were identified as Capt. James Tuck, 38, of Vir- fjilina, Va., Lt. John Rabeni, 25, "Southboro, Mass.; Lt. Wilbur J. Latham, Jr., 26, of Eagle Grove, Iowa, and Lt. Klaus Kaluse, 24, of Franklin, Pa. JOHNSON CITY, Tex. (AP Secretary of Defense Rober S. McNamara told Presiden Johnson Saturday fewer Amer cans would be sent to fight i Viet Nam next year and dra calls might be cut in half. McNamara based his optimi tic report in a military situatio he said had been stabilized an dramatically improved. McNamara said the Unitec States would slow its troo] build-up, curtail bomb produc lion at home the no sharp increases in air raids on Com- munist North Viet Nam. His hopeful its possible bearing on the unan- swered question of a wartime tax delivered at Johnson's LBJ Ranch. And it came in the waning days of state and congressional election of them shaped by issues of war and the economy. McNamara tempered his optimistic words with this note of caution: "I want to empha- size that we continue to face a stubborn enemy." And to fight that enemy, he indicated, more Ameri- cans will be sent to Viet Nam before the current year is over. McNamara said American forces in Viet Nam would total about men by the end of December. The currently re- ported level is about McNamara reported these major un- foreseen the shape and impact of the war next year: "Draft calls wMl be lower for 1967 than they have been for 1966. It is now apparent that the total number to be called during the next four months will be significantly no more than half as many than the called in the four months of August through Novembe r. McNamara said draft calls md been ranging between and men a month. Johnson, all in tan, with the presidential seal emblazoned on his jacket, sat beside McNama- ra while the defense secretary delivered his report. The President, at the ranch to rest on doctors' orders, said he had gone to bed early Friday night, got up at a.m., and begun his 90-minute talk with McNamara about an hour later. Johnson had an optimistic of his own, giving some igures on how much he expect- d federal tax revenues to ex- eed administration expecla- ions. "Our revenues will be up rom billion to billion r Johnson said. "That ould be a conservative esti- mate." In fact, Johnson said, reve- ues could exceed budget fore- asts by as much as billion. Pentagon Eyes VC Numbers WASHINGTON (AP) Soma Pentagon experts now believe [he Viet Nam war may be near- ing a significant turning point: The Viet Cong and North Viet- namese have not increased the net number of their troops in he past three months. At the beginning of the year, U.S. intelligence figures placed the number of enemy troops in South Viet Nam at roughly 000. That number climbed steadily, as it had since the North Vietnamese stepped up their infiltration in 1964, to about by July 30. Since then, however, the weekly intelligence summaries of the enemy's strength have ranged from to This week the number was lis- ted at In a series of interviews, offi- cials cautioned that it might be too early to determine if this meant that the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese had reached a top limit on the number of men they cduld support in South Viet Nam in the face of relent- less U.S. bombings and heavier battle losses. Talking to newsmen at Presi- dent Johnson's ranch in Texas Saturday, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara said of the enemy, "They continue to infil- trate." But he spoke also of Communist losses of a week. The Pentagon reports deal with net numbers, so it appears that despite the infiltration the enemy has been unable to achieve any net increase in strength. "It's a little early to one official said of the Pentagon figures, adding: "When you begin to sound too optimistic, you can get your knuckles rapped by the public. Lawrence Condition Is Grave PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) avid L. Lawrence, long-time ower in Democratic national tolitics and former governor of ennsylvania, lay near death aturday after a heart seizure. Lawrence's physician, Dr. ampbell Moses, told newsmen e was totally unresponsive to eatment and there was no ope of recovery. Lawrence, 77, whose behind- >ie-scene political moves arned him the sobriquet, maker of col- psed Friday night while >eaking at a party rally. Twice pronounced clinically ead after heart stoppages, he illied after emergency medical eatment and clung to life. Dr. Moses, heading a medical am at Hospital, said Lawrence's ondition had deteriorated a real deal and that he had ex- erienced numerous convulsions of brain damage used by the heart stoppages. Lawrence was stricken at ttsburgh's Syria Mosque as spoke in behalf of the state- ide Democratic ticket headed Milton Shapp of Philadelphia r governor. Shapp entered the auditori- m just as Lawrence collapsed, e cancelled a planned cam- aign tour Saturday and kept a gil at the hospital. "I will not return to the cam- aign trail unless I have assur- nce Gov. Lawrence wil'. recov- Shapp said.
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