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   Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - January 12, 1970, Galveston, Texas                                Underdog KC Chiefs Soar To Super Heights, 23-7 Itestmt Texas' Oldest Newspaper, Established in 1842, Dedicated To The Growth and Progress of Galveston and All of Galveston County Details, Page 11) Gull's Greatest Seafood Restaurant 39th and Beach CLOSED MONDAYS VOL. 128, NO. 270 Associated Press AP Wirephoto Service GALVESTON, TEXAS. MONDAY MORNING, JANUARY 12.1970 The County's Only 7-Day Paper SINGLE COPY We Biafra Crumbles, General Flees U.S. Aid To Biafra Pressed WASHINGTON (APi Presi- dent Nixon marshalled United States help Sunday to bring food and medical supplies to a possi- ble three to (our million Biaf- rans who appear on the verge of being engulfed by Nigeria. White House press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler told reporters the military situation has be- come particularly acute in the last 24 hours and Uicre arc figns of a spreading collapse of Biaf- ran defenses. And, he said, through a series of conferences here, in London and elsewhere in Europe. Nixon has been directing his attention toward the welfare of the vic- tims of the savage civil war. The United States has been advised there are food supplies adequate for 30 days. Ziegler said. And Nixon has ordered eight C130 cargo planes and four helicopters, which these planes can carry, to stand on alert in the United Slates to transport supplies if they are needed. "The President is very much concerned about seeing that we do all that we can do to ease the Ziegler said. The press secretary said the president convened Saturday a Washington special assistance group to develop any additional relief contingency plans thai are needed, with a special task force standing by on a 24-hour basis to follow developments and provide plans and policy guidance for any action. The group is under the direc- tion of presidential assistant Henry A. Kissinger. Nixon called Prime Minister Harold Wilson of Great Britain Saturday night in order to coor- dinate action for expanding re- lief activities in Biafra and strengthening a force of interna- tional observers which is ac- companying Nigerian federal government troops. The observers are under in- struction, Ziegler said, to "re- port on any military excesses." There are representatives from Sweden, Poland, Canada and the United Kingdom on the group. Wilson responded by cable Sunday morning, Ziegler said, to the effect that there had been urgenl consullations with the Mgerian government overnight BIAFRAN REFUGEES FLEEING ADVANCING NIGERIAN TROOPS Enemy Has Pushed In From Practically All Sides ORLU DEFENSES PUSHES BACKED Troops Raced Toward Uli Airstrip POWRelease Purchase Offered During Harlingen Landing Plane Narrowly A verts Disaster I Weather! GALVESTON AREA -Gener- ally fair through Tuesday. A little cooler Monday and Monday night and wanner on Tuesday. High upper 50s OD Island and Mainland, low Monday nignt mid 40s on Island, low 40s Main- land. BOATING Mostly northwes- terly winds 12 to 22 m.p.h., oc- casionally gusty, diminishing by Tuesday. Waters choppy to rough Monday, subsiding Tuesday. Wave heights offshore up to 1 3 feet through Monday and 2 lo 3 feet Tuesday. FISHING Poor. HAKLliTOEN, Tex. (AP) A Texas International DC9 jet, wiili 41 persons including a crew of four aboard, narrowly avert- ed disaster Sunday while at- tempting to land in fog. Witnesses said the low-flying plane took the top out of an 18- foot high tree, knocked down a power line and scattered about 400 feet of heavy telephone ca- ble. A Texas International spokes- man at Houston said the line's Flight 926 "struck several ob- jects on the ground during foggy weather and we don't know what the objects were." The plane was en route from McAllen, 35 miles away, to Har- lingen and Memphis, Tenn.. via Houston, Dallas and Little Rock. Ark. Capt. Jerry Capps, pilot of the plane from Dallas, flew the plane into Houston Internalional Airport and. according to the TI spokesman "landed without in- cident." "There was some damage to the lower the airline spokesman added. Passengers, he said, were transferred to an- other aircrafl so the damaged plane could be inspected. The plane was towed from the air- port runway. Mrs. W. M. Moncus. who lives with her husband near where the attempted landing incident occurred, said the plane scat- tered debris through her yard, in trees and in a field across a highway from her home. Mrs. Moncus said the incident occurred at 6.59 a.m. in fog "so thick you couldn't even see the Galveston's colorful character, JOHNNY JACK NOUNES, is 80 years young today MRS. LAWRENCE KREUZER of Port Bolivar promises it's going to be a real whing ding the oyster supper Saturday given by the Port Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department at the recreation hall. All the delicious oysters you can get for for adults and 75 cents for kids, with proceeds going to purchase a new radio for the emergency ambulance Newlywed PEGGY THRAII.- KILL gels ribbed all the lime for looking like a "12 year old bride" and if you'd see her mother from San Antonio you'd be inclined to believe it. Her husband R. L. has just completed his training at the U.S. Maritime Academy FRED and CAROLE JO CASTILLO are jusl loving playing their roles of mom and dad lo their baby daughter ANGELA FAY born on Dec. 28 at St. Mary's Hospital... WANDA and FERRALL ROSE have a darling two year old son who's sporting the biggest shiner you ever did see CHARLIE ROSENBLOOM is obviously a very avid reader of the Galveston Daily News This is the year of the Horn and JERRY G1LLARD is sporting an orange VW with white interior wonder if he's an alumnus of Texas University? BH.I. and JUDY HELFMAN enjoying the comforts of their new home MRS. BLASA AYALA VARGAS who has lived in Galveston for a half century is now calling San Francisco, Calif., home where she is living with her daughter, MARCEI.INA NIETO RICHARD SKIN- NER of Corpus Chrisli is a patient at John Scaly Hospital Birthday kids arc THO- MAS LEE SCHWARTZ, PI1YL- I.B HILL, 1ZIE PAVION... ByTERRYMicLEOD road." She set the time of the incident by an electric clock that stopped when power and telephone service was knocked out in her home. She said she and her husband walked down the highway until they could find a telephone in service to notify police. Texas International employes who ar- rived at the scene about the same time police came. Mrs. Moncus said, scolded her and her husband for notifying the of- ficers. "I don't know who talked to that woman." commented a lo- cal TI representative later The airline's public informa- tion office said its plane took off at McAllen, 35 miles away, with visibility cut to one-quarter mile. By the time the landing atlempt was made, visibility had dropped to one-eighth mile, the information office said. Galveston GI Killed In Action Pfc. Ricardo L. Serenil, of Galveston. 23. was killed Friday on a combat operation in Vietnam when a hostile force was encountered, according to word received by his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Jose G Serenil, from the Defense Department. Serenil, bad been in the army since June, 1969, and arrived in Vietnam in August. He served there with Co. Dl 6 198th L.I.B., America! Division of tbe U. S. Army. He was born on March 15, 1946. in Edinburg, Texas. A 1964 graduate of Ball High School. Serenil attended Sam Houston Slate before entering the army He was majoring in architecture and government. He had been voted the Best Dressed Man on Campus. He lived at 2109 74th Slreel. Other survivors include two brothers, Joe Manuel and Rene, both of Galvestoa; two sisters, Mrs. Norms Edge of Houston and Edelmii? Serenil of Galveston; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Mangel Serenil of Galveston and Mrs. Camcrina Lopez of Edittburfg. Services are pending at Broadway Funeral Home. Man Gets New Heart HOUSTON. Tex., (AP) A team of surgeons transplanted the heart ot an undisclosed do- nor inlo the body of KoRer K. Burke Jr. of New Castle, Pa., Saturday afternoon al Methodist Hospital. Check These SEARCH widens for pair wanted in abduc- tion of high school girl. PageS. DR. Walter Alvar- ez says many troubles pile up for people af- ter they're divorced. Page 7. Other features: Bridge....... Comics...... Crossword Deaths Earl Wilson Editorials Horoscope Sports TV Listings Want Ads Weather Women's News 13 13 13 4 2 II 2 14-15 Perot Would Some Provisions Controversial Go Up To CO T> 1 Million SS Review High PFC. RICARDOL.SERENIL WASHINGTON (AP) Texas millionaire H. Ross Perot dis- closed Sunday he has offered to buy the release of U.S. service- men held prisoner by North Vietnam. And he saij he would go as high as J100 million if nec- essary. Perot, who tried unsuccessful- ly to fly Christmas gifts and messages to the prisoners, said he has sent a cable to North Vietnam with the offers but has not had tune to receive a reply. The offers were disclosed on the ABC interview program "Is- sues and Answers." "This week I sent another ca- ble lo the prime minister of North Perot said, "and made two offers to him. concurrent offers." "The he said, "is to supply even-thing it takes, food, medicine, other supplies, to run the prisoner-of-war camps, and as an incentive to the North Vietnamese to allow these sup plies to come in on a continuing basis lo supply the same quanti- ty of supplies in addition to the people of North Vietnam to bring relief to them." "The second Perot said, was "to build facilities, supply food, clothing and other non-military items, badly need- ed by the North Vietnamese people in exchange for the re- lease of the prisoners of war." "I outlined this plan to the North he contin- ued, "and then closed by say- ing. 'If the proposal i have out-. is not satisfactory, please outline terms and conditions that would be satisfactory to you that are wilhin the realm of what 1 can do to arrange the re- lease of these men'." Perot declined to say just much he was willing to spend, but said "as a practical matter, we're willing to spend huge See OFFER PAGE 8 On Priority List (AP) Job: Smith and Bill brown reach be- at the same time and retire on Social Security. John's firm has a pension plan Ihat pays him 52.500. Bill has no supplementary pension, so he takes a part time job pay- ing to extend his income. John collects his full Social Security benefit and his full S2.500 pension But Bill's Social Security benefit is reduced by a year, because of the he earns. This example illustrates one ot the most controversial provi- sions of the Social Security law. one of many that will be under congressional review this year. The House Ways and Means Committee conducted hearings in 1969 on the complexities of the Social Security system and on President Nixon's proposals for changes, as well as Nixon's program for sweeping revisions uf the state-federal welfare sys- tem, which also comes under the Social Security law. But. pressed for time with a huge tax bill pending, the committee sim- ply recommended-and Con- gress straight 15 per cent benefit increase for the 25 million persons who receive So- cial Security payments. The committee promised, however, that Social Security revision would be a priority con- cern for 1970. and it will hold its first hearing next Monday, the day Congress reconvenes. Limits on the amount of mon- ey a retired person can earn without taking a cut in Social Security benefits is just one pro- vision that will come under re- view. Here is another example: Bob Green and Man- White have been working for the same See SS HIKE Page 8 Most Deferments Face Axe Draft Procedure Changes Planned WASHINGTON i API Secre- tary of Defense Melvin R. Laird disclosed Sunday that the Nixon administration is planning fur- ther changes in draft proce- dures, including the elimination of most defermenls. "1 would not want to say all deferments." Laird said. "As you know we have medical de- ferments and we have hardship deferments. But 1 am talking in the area of student deferments. Pollution Control Advisory Board Arrives In Houston HOUSTON (AP) President Nixon's Water Pollution Control Advisory Board arrived in Hous- ton Sunday for a four-day meet- ing on .Southeast Texas's water pollution problems. The board will take aenal and motor tours Monday and Tuesday of the Houston-Galves- ton and the Beaumont-Port Ar- thur areas. There will be a public hearing Wednesday and Thursday in Houston The hoard loured the slate two years ago and this trip, al- though it is confined to this area is to compliment what they learned last time. Among the conclusions they drew then were Ihat the Hous- ton Ship Channel was grossly polluted and thai the slate could make better use of its river and basin authorities They also questioned il Texas was facing thti problem of pollulion con- trol as it should. On the Monday lour are Hous- ton. Baytown. Anahuar, Smith Point La Pone, Clear Lake. Kemah. Texas City and Galves- ton Tuesday the board, accom- panied by state officials on their tours, will visit Beaumont. Port Arthur, Orange and Corpus Chrisli. Carl Klein, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Ihe Interior for water quality and research, is expected to the board late Tuesday and con- duct the Wednesday hearing. On hand lo greet ihc federal bosrd Sunday was Ihe Texts Wale' Quality Board. It held a hearing in Houston lor 26 muni- cipal sewage treatment plants in the Clear Ukc watershed. The board authorized Hugh Yanlis. executive secretary of the WQB. lo refer seven of the plants to the attorney general's office for not complying with their present permits The remaining permit holders will be told that their current efforts will not be sufficient in the future to slop pollution After a hearing before an ex- amining officer, each permil holder will be told to submil a timetable for installing a terti- ary, or third stage, treatment plant A tertiary plant takes the phosphates out of the effluent. The hearing coincided with the arrival of President Nixon's Water Pollution Control Adviso- ry Board. The federal agency is lo .spend Monday and Tues- day inspecting the industrial area in Ihe southeast corner of the slate and then hold ,1 public hearing in Houston Wednesday and Thursday. occupational deferments and parental deferments." He said he believes these can be gradually phased out Laird disclosed also that iden- tity of units leaving Vietnam will be announced soon. The secretary was inter- viewed on the CBS television-ra- dio program "Face the Nation." Laird said he believes the re- cently adopted random-selection system has corrected cine of the major mequilies by reducing a registrant's period of uncertain- ty but he continued "The President wants to move so thai all young people are treated equally and fairly. And I believe we will move in the di- rection of eliminating some of the occupational deferments, studenl deferments and other types of deferments Laird said that the U.S. com- mander in Vietnam. Gen Creighton Abrams. will be an- nouncing within 48 hours the units that will be leaving Viet- nam under President Nixon's al- ready announced plans (or the withdrawn! of about 50.000 men "He will be announcing the removal of one Army division from Vielnam, one brigade, one Marine regiment, several air squadrons as well as some Navy support Laird said I-aird said another Army divi- sion will he deactivated as a rc- sull of the new withdrawals Previously deactivated were Ihe Army's 8th Infantry Division and the 5th Marine Division, both aclivat'.'d for Ihe Vietnam war. Bombers Pound Airstrip LAGOS. Nigeria lAPi Gen. C. Odumegwu Ojukwu llew out of Biafra Sunday as his 32- monlh-old secessionist republic crumbled under federal on- slaughts. Bombers pounded LIU airstrip. Biafra's link with the oulside, and its capture appeared likely within two days. Nigeria called on the Biafrans to surrender. Ojukwu said he was going in search of peace and would re- turn soon. Reliable reports said he look his family and white Mercedes staff car with him. He told his army to stand firm and keep fighting. Biafran regulars continued to resist rapid federal advances and there were heavy losses on both sides, military sources said. The crossroads town of Owerri. fell and a gianl force amassing for months moved on the capital of Orlu. near Uli. A radio report from Libreville, Gabon, said Orlu itself had fallen. Federal radio broadcasts urged Ibos. the main tribesmen of Biafra. to stay at home and wait for Mgerian troops to come to feed them and assure their safety. "Your leader has fled." the radio told them. Troops overrunning Owerri raced on toward Uli with heavy artillery. A second drive neared the strip, which is a converted road. It was chaotic at Uli with frightened soldiers 'wing gunr a; the Biafran elite relief workers for scarce air- plant seats, reports irom Gabon said. The iiny Biafran enclave, re- duced by about a third to less than 1.500 square miles since mid-December, was threatened with flank attacks on its strong- est frontline bulwarks. Maj Gen. Vakubu Gowon Nigerian head of state, congrat- ulated his men for taking Ower- ri. He urged them to continue adhering strictly to the code of conduct. He asked that special care be taken of displaced persons Go- won appealed to secessionist troops to stop fighting and re- port to the nearest federal sec- tor commander. Gowon said fu- ture resistance was futile. A federal communique on the fall of Owerri said Gowon "warned all foreign govern- ments, organizations and per- sons to desist forthwith from meddling in the internal affairs of Nigeria so that the suffering of the population in rebel-held enclave should not be pro- longed It added the government was intensifying efforts at rehabili- tation and reconciliation. Relief officials fleeing to Li- breville said Uli airstrip was all but out of action. Federal gun- ners rushed to install 122mm So- viet artillery capable of blasting Uli from 13 miles away Ojukwu. in an address taped earlier and broadcast after his departure, told Biafrs "Once more to show our earnestness. 1 am traveling out of Biafra to explore with our friends all the (new peacei proposals fur- ther and folly 1 know your prayers go with me and ihat God-willing 1 shall be back among you soon The bearded 36-year-old lead- er said that recently "501716 friends of both sides have made some proposals for an arrange- ment with Nigeria to offer to Biafra the security they need in order to secure lasting peace Chief Anthony Enahoro. feder- al information commissioner and chief federal negotiator, said he was surprised by Ojuk- wu's move and added he did not know what peace proposals he meant "No, 1 don't know where he might be going." Enahoro said A dispatch from Libreville said Ojukwu was not there but that other Biafran cabinet mem- bers had arrived There were unconfirmed reports he had flown lo the Portuguese island of Sao Tome, base uss-d by the International lied Cross and various Christian relief agencies lo fly food and medicine lo Biaf- ra Ojukwu ltd the chief of the general staff. Maj. Gen. Philip Eftiong, in charge with the cabi- nei lie said he look only Mi- chael Okpara. (ulilical adviser. Sfr BIAFRA Page 8   

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