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Daily Tipton Tribune (Newspaper) - May 27, 1972, Tipton, Indiana ¿DA. //-V' Tank-Led Reds Attack Kontum On Second J)ay The ONLY Ne\vspat>er in the World Dedicated to Serving Tipton County, Indiana 9 9 VOLUME NUMBER 77, NUMBER 126' TIPTON. INDIANA 46072 Saturday, May 27, 1972 15c PER COPY Hoosier Vote Fraud Probe Jury Backed Ice Jam Causes Flood This aerial photo shows an ice jam on the Kuskokwim river at Aniak, Alaska, 300 miles west of Anchorage. It has extensive flooding. The village’s plane runway was under six inches of water and some homes are awash. More than 220 villagers from Oscarville and Napaisksk, along the river, have been evacuated to Bethel by Army helicopters. 'Killer Crossing' Flashers Now Installed But Not Operating New flasher warning signals installed at a so-called “killer crossing” in western Tipton County, won’t be in operation for at least a week, even though they are now in working condition, it was reported today. The flashers w’ere inst Med the intersection of U.S. 31 and the Norfolk and Western Railroad Co. tracks more than two weeks ago. The installation was made by employes and engineers of the Indiana State Highway Department. The signals were tested and worked as expected. How'ever, a legal entanglement arose and until it’s unsnarled, the signal lights can’t be turned on, it was reported. A spokesman for the State Highway Department said that the traffic signal ■installation wiis in three pha.<!es. They are: Phase 1: installation of the signals, already completed. Phase 2: th^ installation of two 2,000 watt incandescent lights -one on each side of the railroad tracks, to illuminate passing trains. Phase 3:    installation blockade-type crossing gates. Phase 4: an engineerings study by use of closed-circuit television. Today’s report doubted the efficiency of the crossing gates. It was that it was broad daylight when seven persons were jn- INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — A state grand jury to investigate election frauds in cases in which local grand juries declined to act and strengthening of the Indiana State Election Board’s powers were among proposals offered to a legislative committee here. These and other proposals came from Sen. Adam Benjamin, EKJary, who was the chief witness before the Election Reform Task Force Friday. Benjamin commented on an incomplete ballot security investigation he and others started in the 1st Congressional District with the May 2 primary. Benjamin said that his concern with voting irregularities, not only in hos home county of I.ake but elsewhere in Indiana, was so great that he had decided he would undertake such an investigation whether he won or lost in the May 2 primary congressional race. Benjamin, a holdover state senator, lost to Rep. Ray Madden, D-Ind., the veteran incumbent congressman of the district, in the Democratic primary. Benjamin testified about notarized statements and other data he is collecting about voters who voted twice ghost voters, intimidation of voters and other election irregularities. He said that the evidence is to be turned over to the Lake County prosecutor’s office and also to the Election Reform Task Force. Some of the material came from poll watchers who had jurTd fatalfty in less'than ii>i^ '    Benjamin    in    advance    of of Wallace Shows Strength ins SILVER SPRING, Md. (UPI) —Gov. George C. Wallace, gaining strength daily, has left his hospital bed and sat in a chair for the first time since he was shot and partially paralyzed 12 days ago. Doctors attending Wallace authorized the increased activity Friday after determining the Governor was showing “a marked overall improvement.” Meanwhile, an estimated 200 FBI and Secret Service agents are attempting to piece together the complicated truvels of Arthur H. Bremer during the six weeks prior to the shooting of Wallace following a campaign speech at a LaUrel, Md. shopping center. Investigators have determined that Bremer, charged with the Wallace assssination áttempt, was in the vdcinity of President Nixon during his state visit to Canada April 13-15. He also has been linked to other campaign appearances by Wallace and Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey in Wisconsin, Michigan and Maryland. Bremer pleaded innocent to state and federal charges at his arraignment Thursday in Baltimore. Agents Round Up Witnesses Federal agents have rounded up several witnesses who claim Weather Forecast: Fair, quite warm toBigfat and Sunday. Low tonight 55-43, high Sunday 8f-93. Precipitation probability per* centages 5 tonight and Sun^y. Ontlook Mo^ay through Wednesday:    Fair Monday, chance of sowers Tuesday and Wednrsday. Quite warm through period, with lows in mid and upper Sis and low üs and Mghs la iN and low fit. toTiave seen Bremer during his alleged joyrneyings. The highlights of the investigation have revealed: —Bremer attended a Humphrey campaign rally at a Milwaukee Athletic Club claimed to have talked with him there. —Bremer registered at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, the same hotel where Humphrey was scheduled to spend the night of April 7. Humphrey canceled his plans at the last minute. —He registered at an Ottawa hotel located three blocks from Parliament Hill where Nixon visited April 13 and 14. A photo purportedly showed Bremer in a Parliament Hill crowd at a time when Nixon was slated to make a public appearance. Attends Wallace Rally —Bremer was seen attending a Wallace rally in Cadillac, Mich., May 10. —A Kalamazoo, Mich., policeman questioned Bremer May 13 after seeing him sitting in his car near the site of a Wallace rally scheduled to be held several hours later. He was identified by several other persons as attending the rally. —Bremer appeared in a crowd picture at a Wallace rally at Wheaton, Md., a few hours before the shooting at LaUrel May 15. The progress Wallace has shown during the past two days was attributed by doctors to minor surgery performed Thursday to drain an abscess at a stomach wound. ‘‘The Governor is now much more comfortable with a marked reduction in abdominal pain,” physicians said in a medical bulletin. months, from September through DecOmber, in 1971. The informant said that the barricades go into place when the train locomotive is about 1,200 feet from the <?rossing. “Those big trucks barrel across there at 65 miles an hour and many of th^m just can’t stop in time. I predict that it will require at least six sets of those barricades a year,” he said. The informant wasn’t definite about how soon the new flashers would g'' jO operation. “When you’re d ing with legal i?iat-ters,” h' aid, “it often t*.kes quite a bn of time.” He said, however, “as soon as we get the OK, tliey’U go ‘into operation.” the primary in trying to curb possible fraud and other statements came from Quentin Smith, Gary, who lost a Republican bid for 1st district nomination in the congressional election May 2, and his backers. Richard Oppman, a poll watcher for Benjamin in East Chicago, testified before the legislative committee about his observations. He told of registering complaints about outright violations of state election laws he witnessed, and of the reaction of the precinct board members to his comments. “They became quite hostile to me. They said I was a troublemaker and I would be taken care of. 1 do not hesitate to say I was scared,” he said. Oppman said one of the persons making such a threat to him was a policemáñ. Oppman said that of the 252 persons who voted in the precinct, 200 were joined in the polling booth by one or both judges under the pretext of “aiding” them to vote. When Oppman pointed out a request for aid must be signed’ by the voter and that both judges are to accompany the voter, he said the board members started signing the affidavits in blank, and getting them signed by the votersm Oppman said a clip had been put on the votiqg machine in such a way that it would not register a vote for Benjamin and that after he discovered it and publicly advised the precinct board sheriff, it was removed.    ® Smith’s affidavits included one from a would-be voter who was told she could not for him and of 17 instances in which his nanrie was left off the ballot on the voting machine. Rep. Doris Dorbecker, R-Indi-anapolis, said that her ownd daughter discovered- that the machine in her precinct in Marion County had a mechanical fault that prevented her from voting for one of her choices for state representative. “She sat there in the booth for 90 minutes until the machine was fixed,” Mrs. Dorbecker said. However, Benjamin said most voters w’ould not go to the trouble or embarrassment of demanding and getting a correction under similar circumstances. “It is not just Lake County,” Benjamin stressed. “Things like this occur in other areas of the state. We as members of the state Legislature must take positive action.” SAIGON (UPI)—Communist troops led by tanks~~attaeked Kontum for the sec^pd^ay in a row today despitedieavy strikes by U.S. warpMmes on the outskirts of the Central Highlands provincial capital. Spokesmen said American helicopters using electronically guided missiles knocked out at least two North Vietnamese tanks less than half a mile from the northern edge of the city and B52s dropped more than 300 tons of bombs around Kontum late Friday and early today. Communist forces had attacked the city Friday, but were beaten back with Üie aid of U.S. helicopters. In other action, one U.S. adviser was killed and another wounded when Communist troops attacked a South Vietnamese position only 23 miles northwest of Saigon Friday evening, spokesmen said. A rocket fired by a U.S. Army helicopter in the same area earlier Friday fell short of a suspected Communist position and landed near an American patrol of the 1st Air Cavalry Division, wounding five GIs. In neighboring Cambodia, Communist forces Friday and today continued to batter the provincial capital of Svay Rieng, five niiles from the South Vietnamese border and 70 miles southeast of Phnom Penh. The South Vietnamese, concerned the fall of Svay Rieng would leave the way open for further Communist infiltration into South Vietnam, provided heavy air support in the fight to hold the city. South Vietnamese commanci spokesmen in Saigon said Communist forces lost at least 316 dead in attacks on the government defense line around Kontum in Friday’s fighting. They put government casualties at 20 dead and 61 woundedm In the town itself, several hundred Communist soldiers apparently remained holed up unside a group of houses, including a school. They had infiltrated Kontum Thursday and so far despite house-to-house fighting apparently remained entrenched, field re ports said. If the North Vietnamese are able to take Kontum they in effect would have cut South Vietnam in two, controlling a strategic area of the Central Highlands 260 miles north of Saigon. Humphrey Facing Financial Troubles Lookina Sidetvays... It’s just a little em-barassing when someone at a party says, “Excuse me, but I’ve forgotten your first and your last name.” LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Hubert H. Humphrey faces financial problems so serious they could undermine his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Unless the money starts rolling in, Humphrey could be outspent better than two-to-one by George S. McGovern in the crucial California primary. “I don’t have the doúgh or the money we need,” Humphrey publicly admits, and the shortage of funds has forced him to race around California to big and small fund-raising dinners. Both candidates in the California primary were expected to go into seclusion for part of the day to begin intensive briefings for the first of their three nationally televised debates Sunday. Campaign in North They both campaigned in the northern part of the state Friday—once coming within half a block of each other in San Francisco without meeting —in their bids for the state’s 271 delegate votes for the Democratic presidential nomination. But Humphrey was running into serious financial problems, only slightly alleviated by an influx of money during the middle of the week. An aide said the pledges of money were in hand but the cash was not. San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto revealed that humphrey was spent $300,000 on the California primary since April Tipton Had 'Hand' In First 500 The first Indianapolis 500 is remembered by at least one Tipton resident, Mrs. Gertrude N. Hobbs, widow of the late Dr. Guy F. Hobbs. This picture taken in 1911 in front of the emergency hospital at the oval brick track shows Or. Hobbs in his derby hat, second from^ the right of the first motorized ambulance. An intern at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital, Dr. Hobbs stands between Dr. Horace ♦ Allen, with cigar, and four nurses from Methodist Hospital. In 1912 Mrs. Hobbs, the former Gertrude Neville, was one of the nurses at the emergency station, and in 1913 the couple were married. Dr. Hobbs* family were among the original settlers of the town of Hobbs. He died in 1940. His two ohildren Phil Hobbs and Mrs. Betty Hobbs Jones are residents of Tipton. Mrs. Hobbs, now 82, resides at 411 Kentucky Ave., ’Tipton. 7. An aide to McGovern said the South Dakota senator has already put out $950,000. * Humphrey’s aides are sure of being able to spend at least $600,000 before June 6, hope for $750,000, and would consider $1 million an optimum amount. Humphrey himself has said that $750,000 in California is a ‘survival budget. Estimates Run High In contrast, estimates for the McGovern campaign run as high as $2 million as the South Dakota senator stakes everything on winning the California primary. As McGovern and Humphrey battled up and down the state in what is considered the crucial primary of the election year, Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yortynbid for the Wallace vote. Wallace is not on the Democratic ballot and California voting laws make write-in campaigns difficult. “I hope these people will vote for me,” Yorty told a Los Angeles news conference. “Not on the basis of my agreeing with Wallace, but on the fact that wd~3b>need some changes in Wasningt^.” Rep./ John > M. Ashbrook, opposing President Nixon in the Republican primary, told a San Diego brunch that the SALT agreememt with the Soviet Union would “absolutely lock the United States of America into an inferior position with Russia and doom the United States to a decade of danger.” Historic Pact Inked, Nixon In Leningrad LENINGRAD    (UPI)—Pres ident Nixon, his visit to the Moscow summit capped by a historic agreement to freeze the nuclear arms race, arrived at this showplace Soviet city today to start two days of rest and sightseeing.    _ Accompanied by his wife Pat, the President flew from Moscow to Leningrad—a place steeped both in czarist history and more recent memories of the nation’s finest hour in holding off Nazi Germany’s forces in World War II. The Nixons left Moscow shortly after 9 a.m. (2 a.m. EDT) and arrived at 10:14 a.m. in Leningrad, north of Moscow near the Baltic Sea and the Finnish border. First on the Nixon’s agenda was the tree-shaded Piskaryev Cemetery holding the remains^ of 470,000 soldiers and civilians killed in the 900-day siege of the city by Hitler’s legions in 1941-44. The Other Part Next came the other part of Leningrad—a city of pink, pale green and yellow with old palaces on Neva River Islands built by Peter the Great in the 18th century. Their hosts arranged lunch for the Nixons at the Czarist Mariinsky Palace with members of the city government, and a visit to the Pavlovsk summer palace, from which Czar Nicholas and his family were plucked by the Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1917. Nixon flew the 300 miles from Moscow following five long days of summit sessions which produced six major agreements, including the long;-awaited one to put the brakes on the East-West arms race. Nixon and Leonid I. Brezhnev, secretary general of the Soviet Communist Party, reached final agreement on the landmark nuclear arms pact at a 2-hour, 25-minute meeting at the Kremlin. Later they signed the accords—a treaty freezing defensive weapons development and a long-term agreement to limit offensive weaponry. It was Nixon s eighth meeting at the summit since his arrival in Moscow Monday—sessions that produced five other treaties in addition to cthe strategic weapons limitation. Earlier agreements were on a joint space mission some time in 1975; a halt to “games of chicken at sea” by the navies of both nations; cooperation in fighting environmental pollution, and in improving health and medical techniques ; and on continued collaboration in science and technology. Nixon and Soviet leaders had hoped álso for an accord on mutual trade, but this became stuck on the issue of how much the Soviet Union still owes the United States on its World War II debt. The two sides agreed to set up a joint commission for further work on this problem, with a first meeting scheduled in Moscow in July. At a dinner prior to the signing of the arms pact, Nixon said the accord was “enormous-I y important’ and hopefully an “indication of what can happen in the future as we work toward peace in the world.” Reply to Toast Soviet Premier Alexei Nm Kosygin said in replying to Nixons toast that the United States and the Soviet Union were “making serious steps” toward peace, but that “everything possible should be done to eliminate the hotbeds of war in Vietnam and in the Middle East.” It was the first time either side had specifically mentioned the Vietnam issue, although it appeared certain that the war came up for discussion during the summit sessions. The missile control agreements were the real prize for which Nix(m came 4,000 miles and entered Ms, name in the record^ as the first U.S. President ever to enter Moscow. Without it, U.S. (Vidals conceded, the string of five prenegotiated agreements signed earlier would have been slender justification for the tr^.

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