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Athens Messenger (Newspaper) - December 27, 1965, Athens, Ohio Holiday deaths total 707 Ohio sets record of 50 by the associated press the nation s three Day Christmas traffic death toll broke All records for Holiday fatalities on the highways. The death toll reached 707 today As late reports were verified. The previous record traffic toll was 706 for a four Day Christmas weekend in 1956. Before the Holiday the National safety Council had estimated deaths would run Between 560 and 660. Ohio followed suit in the death record Pace As late reports of the weekend sent Ohio a toll to an All time record of 50 monday. Victims lost their lives during the 78-hour period that began at 6 . Thursday and ended at Midnight sunday. Safety director Warren c. Nelson said the record 50 surpassed the old Mark of 49 set in 1956, although the weekend just completed was three and a Quarter Days Long and the previous High was recorded in a longer period of four and a Quarter Days. Ohio patrol officials said the toll indicated that traffic deaths for the year might exceed the 2275 figure com pared with 2108 last year. The record number of deaths for a year was set in 1941 when 2458 died on Ohio highways. The Christmas weekend total exceeded a modest prediction by Highway officials of 27 deaths. Three separate accidents claimed a total of nine lives three in each mishap. And there were double fatalities As a result of three other crashes. Two others died in miscellaneous mishaps and three perished in fires rain sleet Snow and freezing temperatures Over much of the nation added to the expected hazards of Long distance travel minimum Daylight and roads jammed with cars. The safety Council said 80 million vehicles were on the Road during the 78-hour period which started at 6 . Thursday and ended at Midnight sunday night. Several accidents accounted for dozens of deaths. The worst Accident happened shortly after the Start of the Holiday period when a bus travelling on icy pavement in Oregon skidded out of control crashed and turned Over. The Accident thursday took 13 lives. The total dead far exceeded the 578 killed Over the 1964 Christmas weekend and the 428 fatalities during a recent non Holiday weekend. That weekend from 6 . Thursday dec. 9 to Midnight sunday dec. 12, was surveyed by the associated press to establish a Tui cons the weather Clearing and colder tonight. Low 10-16 tuesday fair and cold. High 26-32. Exp no. 32b Ohio River Alley Vuu is Ohio monday i iall51 if 27. It it Hocking i Alley tfx . Planes avoid North Viet Nam i or 3rd Day Saigon South Viet Nam a tipi a for the third straight Day the United states kept its planes out of North Viet names skies today but . Marines killed 63 Viet Cong in ground skirmishes after a Short interrupted Christmas truce. The marines reported strikes against the communist during patrols around the big . Air base at Danang 380 Miles Northeast of Saigon. The americans reported taking Light casualties. A squad of leathernecks pounced on about 40 Viet Cong killing 15 at a Hamlet called Quang a no. I. Two hours later a Marine platoon near Quang a no. 2, about two Miles southward was attacked by 75 Viet Cong armed with automatic weapons. The americans called in artillery support tanks and armed helicopters. When the Brief encounter was Over they counted the bodies of 41 communists. Marines in other scattered actions against the reds reported killing seven Viet Cong during the Day. Air attacks w Ere made Only on suspected Viet Cong concentrations in South Viet Nam . Spokesmen said. Beyond confirming the suspension of the Aerial War which steadily had been closing in on the Hanoi Haiphong Industrial Belt. . Officials in Saigon said Only that the orders came from Washington. This raised speculation that the pause was a new invitation to North vietnamese president to Chi minho a regime to come to the peace table. . Officials declined to guess How Long the Lull would last. In the South . Casualty lists grew. A . Army truck carrying soldiers of the . 1st infantry division hit a mine 30 Miles North of Saigon. Casualties w e r e reported heavy. The Viet Cong detonated a mine at a government troop Barracks at a dec 70 Miles Southwest of Saigon just As two vietnamese platoons were starting the work Day. A it killed or Hurt a lot of soldiers a a . Army officer said. An adjacent compound for american advisers escaped a a the Force of the explosion. A second mine was found and disarmed. Twenty Miles Southwest of the Barracks a communist mine blew up a jeep killing two american soldiers and an american civilian. The air Force raised its till of losses to communist missile fire Over North Viet Nam to to planes. A spokesman said an f4-c phantom Jet downed during an assault a a on the Bac can Bridge 85 Miles North of Hanoi dec. 19 had been hit by a soviet built surface to air missile. The Pilot was rescued. Some military commanders were reported concerned by the pause in air attacks since they Felt it gave the communists a Chance to step up the movement of men and supplies toward the to Chi mind Trail leading to the a a lbs mum of Viet fighting Lull Hopes Austin. Tex. A Pic president Johnson reportedly still retained a Glimmer of Hope today that the fighting in Viet Nam will not return to pre Christmas ferocity. The fact that the u n i t cd Stales had not resumed bombings of North Viet Nam even two Days after the end of the cease fire was seen As evidence that Johnson still was seeking a peaceful settlement. When the United states and South Viet Nam were con. Sideling last week a 30-hour Christmas cease fire so Long As their troops were not fired upon Johnson kept aloof from the eventual announcement and publicly the decision making. A that s a matter to be decided in Saigon a said the Texas White House. Johnson made no Public comment on the cease fire even though he normally is Quick to identify hims e i f with Good news. In Many quarters his silence was interpreted As indicating reluctance to associate himself with a move that might go awry. And some observers were convinced after the cease fire failed to hold that this was his reasoning. However one source close to the president cast Johnson a aloofness in a different Light by saying a the is silent because he is the state department announced officially that american troops had been ordered not to fire except in self defense even after the end of the 30-hour cease fire and that the subsequent fight nig was described As the president and i h e first lady attended sunday service at the first Baptist Church in Johnson City. Afterwards Johnson visited his boyhood Home and by coincidence gave his Sec ret service bodyguard a scare just As Johnson drove to the old Homestead an 18 year old Deer Hunter emerged from his grandfathers Home across the Street carrying a Rifle with telescopic sight. At that instant a 12-year-old girl Iii a Yard near by set off a loud firecracker. Ivo los charged w Illi aiding enemy news Naha Okinawa a up a the u. S. Army said today it has charged two Cis with aiding the enemy during two year of Viet Cong imprisonment and is investigating to determine whether they will be put on trial. The two soldiers Are sgt. George e. Smith of Chester w. Va., and spec. 4 Claude Mcc lure of Chattanooga tenn., who were released by the Viet Cong last month. They will remain on Okinawa until a final decision on their cases the spokesman said. After an extensive investigation he said they were charged with preparing furnishing and delivering to the Viet Cong certain documents statements and writings inimical to the interest of the United states. The spokesman said the two special forces men have been provided defense attorneys. In accordance with . Military procedure their cases now Are being studied to determine if they will face a trial by court martial. Smith 27, and Mcclure 25, were captured in november 1963 when guerrillas overran the Hiep Hoa Camp Northeast of Saigon. They were released last nov. 27 at the cambodian Border during a period of demonstrations in the United states against the Viet Nam War. In Iii or end \ own Fri to a a i o r nosh education Chicago a Imp l u c i Baines Johnson s Christ a s present to her father was a Promise that she would try to finish her education after her marriage to airman Pat Nugent 22, of Waukegan 111. Next summer the Chicago Tribune quoted the presidents daughter As saying a right now i have every intention of getting As much education As possible. You never know what is going to happen and i feel every woman should be prep ared. Besides i like to study and i love my Luci who is 18, showed her engagement ring sunday As she and her Fiance left St. Bartholomew a roman Catholic Church in Waukegan after attending noon mass. President Johnson often has expenses a desire that both of his daughters Complete a College education. Luci his younger daughter will have finished her fresh a n year in Georgetown University a school of nursing before she is married. Her sister Lynda Bird flies to Wyoming today where Shell be a guest at the Home of a Young Man she met last summer on a trailer tour of the West. Humphrey begins ear East trip Miller will image strengthening is one Baal seek seat Washington a a a Hubert h. Humphrey wings toward the far East today on his first major overseas trip As vice president. The week Long asian journey to the Philippines Japan South Korea and nationalist China May be largely ceremonial. But the War in Viet Nam Humphrey says will be a prime topic in his private talks with leaders of the four Blaze kills Kotlier. 4 i on testers Uniontown a. Him a a Young Mother and her four children died Early today in a fire that swept their four room Home two Miles East of Uniontown. Firemen said mrs. Martha Garrison about 22, and the children were asleep. Their bodies were found in two Beds. The father Homer about 26, first dashed from the House then tried to get Back in to Rescue his family police said. He was admitted to a Hospital with Burns. Friendly governments. The foreign travel May also help strengthen Humphr e yes image at Home As it did for Richard m. Nixon and Lyndon b. Johnson. Although Johnson travelled to 28 countries when he was vice president Humphreys most talked about trip was the one he did no to make when Johnson sent chief Justice Earl we Arren instead of the vice president to represent the United states at sir Winston Churchill a funeral. Generally Humphrey has been kept on a Short tether Labouring As Liaison Between the White House and Congress and giving speeches within the United states. Coincidentally or otherwise the we Hite House announced the plans for Humphreys asian trip after a Public opinion poll whose findings apparently surprised Humphreys staff. Johnson said he had selected Humphrey As his news Index classified 9, to editorial. 6 obituaries.8 patterns. 9 sports.7, 8 w omen.4, 5 no. 2 Man because he was equipped to be a Good president. But the recent poll showed that the majority of people sampled was not As sold on Humphrey As Johnson said he was. To accompany Humphrey to the far East Johnson is sending one of his own closest advisers presidential aide Jack Valenti. Bio storm cd moves into Northwest by the associated press the Northwestern pail of the nation braced for a major storm today As Gale warnings were posted from the Northern California coast North to puget South. Winds As High As 52 Miles per hour have been reported at Cape Mendocino Calif. The u. S. Weather Bureau expected heavy Rains to fall Over the Oregon and Washington coasts and Over much of California As the storm moved Inland. Cold wave warnings remained in effect today in the Midwest. In Congress n Lancaster a Clarence Miller mayor of Lancaster today announced he would seek the Republican nomination for 10th District congressman in the May primary. The District is composed of Fairfield Hocking Athens Meigs Gallia Lawrence Vinton Jackson Perry Morgan and Washington counties. Miller has served on the Lancaster City Council and has lectured throughout Ohio on government political action and management. He is a member of the legislative committees of the Ohio municipal league and National league of cities the executive committee of the mayor association of Ohio and the Board of the Fairfield county red Cross. Miller is president of the i Ancaster Board of health and a member of the Fairfield county Council for retarded children. He is on the executive committee of the Lancaster Community improvement corp. And is chairman of the Lancaster planning and zoning committee. He has worked for ten years As an electrical Engineer. He and his wife Helen have a son and daughter both of whom Are married. Happy to be Down Cash Tsume Katch left and navigator Susumu Kohno look at a burned and Tom engine housing of a japanese air lines Jet which made an emergency Landing at Oakland. Calif. International Airport minutes after Takeoff for Japan from san Francisco. None of the 31 passengers and eight Crew members was injured. A wire photo. Quot is tie. Girls born in California siamese twins separated have 50-50 Hance los Angeles up a siamese twin girls separated in three hour surgery shortly after birth have a better than even Chance of living their attending paediatrician says. The Mother of the infants when told of the emergency operation took the news Well. The babies were bom Christmas Day with a common bladder and intestines. Sunday As mrs Robin Man Tonya passed her 20th birthday at one Hospital daughters Lisa Marie and Sheila Norine appeared to be holding their own at another. Said their paediatrician 36 hours after surgery a they re both still moving around which is the most important sign to us. Everything is functioning and their color is Good a the doctor added however a there is no Way to Tell what the end result will tile trains together weighing 12 pounds were born by caesarean Section at holy Cross Hospital in suburban san Fernando then rushed to Cedars of Lebanon Hospital where a team of 18 doctors nurses and technicians performed the surgery. Lands High new York up a Woodrow Leone 47, driving his truck across the George Washington Bridge looked in the Mirror and saw an air plane. A moment later the wingtip of the Small plane carrying two men nicked leones truck and landed in the Middle of the Bridge. The two occupants of the plane walked away with minor injuries. Leone from Guttenberg n j., was unhurt. The Pilot Phillip Ippolito 19, of the Bronx told police he was going to land the single engine plane in the Hudson River after the engine failed. But his passenger Joseph Brennan 39, of Hackensack n j., told Ippolito he swim. The damaged plane veered off the truck and came to rest in the two Center lanes of the giant Bridge which connects new York City with new Jersey. The lanes were not being used because of the Light sunday morning traffic. Asks eater lands Columbus him a gov. James a. Rhodes will ask the state controlling Board today to release $3.5 million in Bond Issue Money for a Highway research Center the Center will be built Over 7000 acres of land somewhere in Central Ohio. Seek i Iet Reave Johnson City Tex. Him a nearly too men women and children interrupted their Christmas weekend sunday for a three hour peace Vigil near the lbs ranch urging president Johnson to use the Power of his office to bring peace in Viet Nam. Killed at la All Berun a in a West berliners returning from Christmas reunions in East Berlin watched in horror As East German guards killed at least one Man As he tried to take w Ould be refugees through the communist Wall. Asylum granted Osaka Japan a to my the . Government granted political Asylum today to the Captain and three officers of the cuban freighter Aracelio Iglesias. They were expected to leave shortly for the United states. I Alai i to squeal Washington a up a the Justice department has decided to let convicted murderer Joseph Valachi a the Cosa Nostra hoodlum who broke a blood oath of secrecy a publish his memoirs. Center to open port Gunton a Pic a Job corps Center the first in Northern Ohio will open at nearby Camp Perry next month. Some 112 Volunteer corpsmen Between 16 and 21 years old will begin arriving for classes in about two weeks and the cent i w ill be in operation by tile end of january. They re engaged Luci Baines Johnson and Patrick Nugent leave a Catholic Church in Stonewall Tex. After attending a mass. The presidents 18-year-old daughter will marry Nugent late next summer. Their engagement was announced Christmas eve by the president and mrs. Johnson. A wire photo

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