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Arkansas City Traveler (Newspaper) - May 11, 1968, Arkansas City, Kansas Showers ninety seventh year number 229 fourteen pages Oculi pails Arkansas City Kansas saturday May la 1968 fourteen pages Price in City to cents 15 trapped miners ride to Freedom \ x j1 Quot Iii i a a a a \ \ a i c Hominy Falls w. apr fifteen stiff and chilled Coal miners Rode a conveyor Belt to Freedom before Dawn today after spending five terrifying Days huddled in a flooded mine. Left behind deep in the Mountain were to of their Fellows for whom All Hope was lost Long ago. It was believed the to were North vie delegates Friendly swept to their death monday noon when a break in the Wall to an adjoining abandoned mine shot millions of Gallons of water through the mine s Wavy passageway. The first Miner came out of the mine Entrance into the Glare of floodlights and the waiting arms of his wife and family at 5 20 . He had spent a total of 118 hours and 20 minutes in the mine since he reported for work at 7 . Monday. The others followed in Quick succession. As each Man stepped off the Belt unaided a Blanket was thrown around his shoulder and he was led to a padded Bench. They were Black from hardhat to Boot and wet from the water they had to Watte services at Cowley mental health unit will double july i v Flowers for Momy Many children in the City will Honor their mothers tomorrow on Mother s Day by giving Flowers. Jimmy and Susie lower above select from rows of geraniums at Mccool s Flower shop Here. Their Mother is mrs. Aline lower Center 227 random Road. Mrs. Lower is the clerk at City court Here. Mrs. Lower was reared in Arkansas City and attended both High school and Junior College Here. Her husband Jim is a sergeant on the City police Force. Jimmie is la years old and Susie is nine. Docking to Complete programs reds stepping up peace talk War Kansas City ran., a gov. Robert Docking said today he is seeking a second term As governor because he wants to Complete important programs which he believes Are vital to Kansas. Quot we have begun Many programs during the past two years in office Many important programs which i believe Are vital to the future of Kansas a Docking said. Quot among them Are revision of the state tax Structure and modernization of government. I wish to see these ideas and plans Docking acknowledged he strongly thought about becoming a candidate for United states senator after considering the National crises in race relations civil disobedience the Economy and education. But the governor said he had come to understand that to manage and control crises of a nation Quot we must begin within our own state in our own counties in our cities and our goals Are that each american and each Kansan should have the Opportunity to Lead a healthful productive and meaningful life the governor said. Quot we must decide where we shall begin. I decided to seek re election As governor of the state of Kansas because i believe we must begin Here in Kansas at our local Docking said he believes it is possible to move away from a period of Federal Power into a new period. Quot it can be a period history will characterize As the rebirth of the state it will mean a new role for the states if the states will reach Forward to their proper place in a cooperative turn to Page 3 weather Saigon . Forces reported today killing 42 North vietnamese troops below the demilitarized zone in renewed Sharp fighting described by some officers As another phase of the enemy s Quot peace talk offensive. In the enemy a seven Day old attack on Saigon the american command reported 50 Viet Cong soldiers killed in fighting in and around the capital. Some guerrillas still were holding out on the Southern fringes despite heavy Allied air attacks. In the Northern War zone . 1st air cavalry division troops rushed in to reinforce Marine units battered in heavy fighting around Dong a where democrats gather to hear governor gov. Robert Docking spoke Here Friday night to about 250 democrats where he told his party members of democratic achievements and state Progress since he took office. The governor spoke of a Quot period of reappraisal and said it is time to Quot tighten the Belt and straighten the posture of this Docking was the featured speaker last night at a fund raising dinner of the Cowley county democratic Central committee held at the sacred heart Church recreation Center. Quot it s so very Good to be Back Home again a he said simply with his usual opening statement when speaking publicly in his Home town. A i think it is very appropriate to return Home tonight before making the official announcement tomorrow a he said. The governor plans to tour five 1,500 enemy soldiers have been reported killed in the last two weeks. The army reinforcements and marines reported killing 442 enemy soldiers in the last 24 hours in five Battles ranging from 5 toll Miles below the demilitarized zone. American casualties were put at 24 killed and 54 wounded. If the . Count is Correct 18 enemy soldiers were killed for every american slain. Many of the enemy dead were claimed from american air strikes and artillery barrages. . Bombers reportedly killed 56 enemy troops Between Dong a and Gio link another Marine Strong Point to the North after a company of Paris apr North Vietnam s delegation to the preliminary peace talks with the United states has launched a friendliness offensive since it arrived in Paris but with Only limited Success. Spearheading the drive to win friends is delegation chief Xuan Thuy a Short Bald Man of 55 with a conservative taste in clothes and a reputation As a Veteran revolutionary. Thuy got a warm Welcome when he arrived at Lebourget Airport even though the Small crowd had to wait three hours for his plane. The first thing people noticed about him at the Airport was Thuy s perpetual smile. It never came off not even when the crowd of Well wishers official greeters photographers and newsmen threatened to crush his ribs As they pressed into the main waiting room. The smile was still there next Day when Thuy and his aides had to push their Way Down the Steps in front of the foreign ministry Between rows of newsmen and photographers. Foreign minister Maurice Couve de Murville watched apprehensively from the door. Thuy smiles even when he tells reporters a in vietnamese that he won t answer questions. He is known to speak excellent French. His aides distributed plentiful copies of his arrival statement plus a capsule biography. The biography said he was bom Quot into a family of on the outskirts of services will double at the Cowley county Community mental health Center Here when a by state agreement with several North Central Oklahoma counties becomes effective july i. Offices in both Arkansas City and Winfield will be open full time five Days a week and psychiatric service rime will be doubled. A psychiatrist is now available Only for one half Day in each City. After the first of july a psychiatrist will then spend one full Day a week at each office. A clinical psychologist will be available two Days a week. The services of a psychologist Are not presently offered at the clinic. Another social worker and Secretary will be hired in order to keep both offices functioning full time. Quot we want to have a real solid organization a said George Merkel chairman of the Board of trustees of the mental health Center. The mental health offices have been open in Cowley county since last january. Merkel said both offices have been Quot full and booking ahead for several the additional services will be made available after the county receives an estimated $20,000 share of Federal staffing Grant of $340,000 recently awarded to the by state mental health foundation. The foundations Headquarters will be in Ponca City where in patient services will be available to Cowley county patients at the Ponca City Hospital. Market stressed that control of the local centers will still remain in Cowley county and will Only operate in conjunction with Oklahoma in the areas of finance and some personnel. Free loading teens found in theater two area teenagers were apprehended Early this morning when a police lieutenant found them sitting in the Balcony of the Burford theater drinking pop and eating Popcorn. The two were held in the City jail overnight for further action by the juvenile authorities. The boys one 15 and one 13, were found in the theater shortly before i . Today. Police were checking doors and found a fire escape door in the Alley open. The Popcorn and pop was valued at about $2.40, and another minor theft was cleared with the apprehension of the boys. They apparently took a flashlight from a parked car in the area to be Able to see in the cities in Kansas today to announce his plans to run for re election. The governor stressed the need to Quot modernize Kansas and outlined past accomplishments and future plans in Many areas including education and Law enforcement. A,.,. A a a now that i am Home i Moss obligation Gentry is highly unusual among infantrymen from the u. S. 199th Light brigade came under patriots enemy Small arms fire and pulled Back. One american was later there was a killed and two wounded. Multi copied English translation of both texts. This kind of press dark and empty theater. Bloodmobile to be Here May 23-24 thank you for your Confidence. Friendship and support Over the is to Hio docs years a the governor told the democrats warmly. He received standing ovations upon his Entrance and at the beginning and end of his speech. May rainfall to 145 betes rainfall was recorded Here this morning for the fifth consecutive Day this month. The total at 8 . Was .23 inches. Precipitation to Date for May now stands at 1.45 inches. Vatican City a Pope Paul i relieved roman catholics in his own diocese in Rome today from the duty of attending mass on sundays and feast Days and made it possible for them to fulfil the obligation on the evening before. In a decree released through his vicar for Rome Angelo Cardinal Dellacqua Pope Paul ruled that evening masses in Rome churches on saturday and on the even of a religious Holiday could be considered of equal value to the sunday mass. In Kansas mostly Clou thunderstorms East West. Highs in 50s. Oklahoma decreasing cloudiness. Scattered showers. Highs 64 to 74. Temperature record sine 3 . Yesterday 8 . 9 . 12 Midnight i . 3 a. In. 4 it . 5 a. In., 6 . .53 i . S a. In. .50 9 . To . .50 .50 .52 12 noon. .50 2 . A highest and lowest highest temperature or this Date in 42 years 91 degrees in 1956. Lowest 36 degrees in 1946. South Viet Armor moves in South government troops earlier this week. Residents vietnamese army tank moves Down an Alley in moved out As the troops and Viet Cong moved the northeastern Corner of Saigon after a Viet in. A wire photo Cong squad moved into the area and harassed representatives of communist governments. The friendliness remained but after a bit the helpfulness began to fade. Reporters could usually find an amiable North vietnamese spokesman. But he proved incapable of answering the most routine questions such As what time Thuy was to meet Couve de Murville. After the first session Between . And North vietnamese representatives Friday a spokesman was pleasant As Ever and even had some information. But he explained he Hadnot attended the meeting. The chief spokesman Nguyen than be held a briefing. But from the viewpoint of most reporters it had two major defects it was held before the meeting and Only reporters from communist newspapers and agencies were admitted. Says Docking has misused sate funds Topeka athe Republican state chairman George e. Nettels jr., declared Friday that gov. Robert Docking has Quot shown callous disregard for the Public interest through his frequent use of state property and government employees few partisan political Nettels declared that Docking Quot has systematically placed his own High priced political advisers on the Public payroll. He has used state funds to pay for the production of his own television the red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Arkansas City May 23 and 24 and blood drive chairman Elbert Bly stresses the fact there is a desperate need for All types of blood. The Bloodmobile will be at the . Building from i or Quot it . To 6 . Thursday May 23, and from 9 . To 2 . Friday May 24. Appointments May be made by calling 442-0601 or 442-0600, but All drop in donors will be welcomed. Mothers Day in Saigon slightly wounded and covered with dirt and blood a South vietnamese Mother sits with her Young son in Saigon forced to flee fighting in the Southern Section of the City. They were caught in crossfire Between the Viet Cong and government troops. A wire photo from Saigon. Through on part of their journey. The lamps on their hats flickered through the gloom. At first the 200 friends and relatives who had waited most of the night around the mine Entrance were silent. Then there was a great wave of laughing and hugging. It was difficult to make out any of the conversations As the scene turned to bedlam. Photographers bulbs went off like harsh fireflies. There also was sadness among relatives of the to missing men crowded to the Entrance in faint Hope. Mine officials had not released a list of those known to be alive and those presumed dead publicly but it was Likely that families had been notified. But they still crowded in Hope. Elwood o Dell was the first Man out. The men appeared dazed by the harsh floodlights and the questions being thrown at them by mine officials and relatives. Only five minutes elapsed Between the. Emergence of the first Man and the last. After a few minutes sitting Down on foam covered benches outside the mine Entrance the men were led to ambulances. But All did not go. One Man who came out of the mine did not get into in ambulance however. A woman had her around his Waist and yelled Quot Here he is a the Miner had gone from the mine Entrance up the opposite slope Over barricade ropes and was greeted by the woman in front of the mine office. Or. Lee b. Todd of Quinwood the mine physician quickly looked Over each Man before he was led to the ambulance. Earlier officials had said that the men had agreed Over the radio Telephone to undergo observation in hospitals at Summersville and Richwood. But there was a change in plans that attested to the men s Good physical condition despite the Long cramped confinement. They were allowed to go Home. Quot they re All in Good shape a said or. Todd. Quot none of them wanted to go to the Hospital. They Are being taken Home by ambulances. Their relatives will the Days of waiting and praying through disappointment after disappointment fell away quickly from the families of the Lucky ones who escaped the Miner s greatest Hazard entrapment. Quot this is really the Bast time a shouted bus. Lonnie Bennett. Quot there s old Lonnie. Good old Lonnie a yelled some of his mining friends. He acknowledged the greeting with a wide Grin. No one talked of it at that moment but the miners will have a healthy paycheck coming an average of about $528�?for 40 hours at straight pay and 73 hours at time and a half. The miners were trapped in three groups separated by a half mile each in the 36-Inch High passageway that is shaped roughly like a printed lower Case the mine Entrance would be at the Bottom of the left leg the Wall break and the Point where the group of to was lost at the Bottom of the right leg but at a much lower level from where the others crouched. Until Friday morning 13 men were in one place. Mine Foreman Frank Davis and Miner Edward Rudd who had rushed into the passage when the water first was noted were together in another. Then when the water level had been lowered by round the clock pumping Davis and Rudd joined the 13. They crawled toward the Entrance Friday afternoon until they encountered a Quot swag a a floor to ceiling trough of water 200 feet Long. Giant pumps forcing out some 15-million Gallons of water in the 5-Day period finally emptied the swag to the Point where the Miner could crawl through

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