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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 22, 1967, Darmstadt, HessePage 2 the stars and stripes Friday december 22, 1967 servicemen loan shark ads Are under Fri new York up rep John m. Murphy d-n.y., accuses the defense department of giving tacit approval to loan Sharks who prey on servicemen and create grave Security Murphy said wednesday that 18 loan shark companies charging As much As 48.5 per cent annual interest Are allowed to place terribly deceiving advertisements in three privately owned military newspapers. He said the army times Nav times and air Force times which he said were distributed ree at Many military installations carry the ads of these financial Teeth it while rejecting he advertisements of reputable Banks and lending Murphy a member of the Commerce and finance subcommittee of the Rouse committee on interstate and foreign com Merce said servicemen in debt to loan Sharks could become Security risks to this country. A serious Security risk is involved when military men in uniform costs allowances to go Down Washington is the Cost of outfitting soldiers sail ors airmen and marines will drop starting Jan. 1 because Mili tary clothing prices have gone Down in recent months the de sense department has announced. The Pentagon also reported monthly clothing maintenance allowances Are also being Cut 30cents for the Basic and 60 cents for the Standard Basic allowance for service men will now be $4.80 and the Standard figure will be $7.20. The women s allowance of $5.70and $8.70 remains unchanged. The Basic allowance is give for those in the sixth through 36tb month of service and the Standard starting. With the 37th month. Up slightly the Pentagon spokesman tues Day also said prices for the wag women Marine and a clothing bags Are going up slightly while the Waves show a Small drop. Following Are the old and the new rates for initial clothing bag allowances enlisted Menold new army $283.65 $266.77navy $219.62 $211.32 Marine corps. $286.53 $247.71air Force. $249.53 enlisted women old army $324.86navy $315.00 Marine corps. $334.21air Force $361.38 $237.02 new$324.97 $314.76$337.13 $366.54 this is the first time Price shave shown a decline since the 1965 Vietnam buildup when the defense Supply Agency was forced to go outside of Norm procurement channels to keep up with increased demands for uni forms according to defense officials. Clothing procurement Isnow Normal they said. Strategic positions Are in Finan Cial difficulty he said. At least two recent military suicide and one espionage Case involved men deeply in debt Tolan Sharks Murphy told a Newt conference. Murphy said servicemen Are easy prey for loan Sharks since they have trouble getting regular Bank credit be cause their pay is just about at poverty level and they must move All the they Are in the clutches of a loan shark they also become easy Marks for foreign agents who look for servicemen indent he said. The congressman a West Point graduate who spent is yearn in the army said he would meet with rep. L. Mendel refers d4 a. Chairman of the House armed services committee to Dacuss reforms. He said he had already asked the defense department to re fuse to distribute any publication that advertises a company with interest rates they deem Murphy said the three military times papers virtual la Sanc theae Fay the defense Ifert ment took and from a fort Worth tex., company which charged 46.5 per cent yearly in Terest Ana an Atlanta. Ga., fir which charged 35.8 per cent. He did not identify the said he could not say with any certainty that the Edi tors of the three papers were conspiring with loan Sharks buttered it strange that they turned Down ads from legitimate lending institutions. Army times categorically denies charge Washington special the army times denied categorically thursday that it publishes advertisements by loan Sharks. A spokesman for the army times publishing co., rejecting a charge by rep John m. Mur Phy d-n.y., issued the follow ing statement army the Courtesy of the stars and stripes in allowing us to reply to the unfortunate state ment of congressman Murphy of new York about the loan advertisements in army times papers. Army times denies categorically that it is publishing any loan shark advertisements. We have exercised careful and responsible supervision of All advertising copy and the companies offering such copy. We Are adhering strip try to Dod directive 1344.7 in Ever respect. The directive recognizes that borrowers of Money Bethey military or civilian pay High rates for Loans but this Isan established business fact Well beyond the control of army times. The Congress under the insistence of senator Hart for instance is studying the whole problem of High rates for Bor rowing of Money and other credit arrangements. It is regretted that Congress Man Murphy did not better in form himself of the fact of the matter before making his state ment. And it is also regrettable that he unfairly singled out army times papers without pointing out that the same loan advertisements to which he referred Are also carried in other leading military and civilian publications available widely to military poll of gop says War top single Issue new York a the Vietnam War is the strongest single Issue the republicans cause against the democrats next year in the 1968 presidential Campaign the Gallup poll said wednesday. But the poll stated that a sur vey of 1,898 local Republican leaders across the country revealed that although the Viet Nam War was mentioned As the strongest single Issue Domestic problems collectively fare stronger than the War As an is sue. Most mention too much government spend ing crime and lawlessness and the High Cost of living were the Domestic issues receiving the most mention said George Gal Lup of the american Institute of Public opinion in Princeton,. The top seven Campaign arguments named by the leaders in order of frequency were the Vietnam War High Cost of living president Johnson s Domestic programs too much govern ment spending too much Power for president Johnson loss of states rights and foreign policy criticisms. Barrier moved 3 plunge to death Cordova Ala. Up pranksters or a careless work Man who pushed aside a Road barricade were sought wednes Day in the deaths of two High school cheerleaders and woman who were killed when their car plunged into River at a Point where an old Bridge had been third cheerleader who survived the tuesday nigh Accident said the mishap occurred in a heavy fog an that it happened so fast that no one screamed the victims were Johnson about 39, her daughter Mandy 17, and Jud Bradford 15. Bonita Mccombs 17, was thrown Clear of the vehicle before it entered the water. The group was on the Way Home from a basketball game with mrs. Johnson at the wheel when the woman took a wrong Road in a heavy fog and the car plunged into the or said the spot had been marked by a Large sign with blinking yellow Light but that someone had pushed aside the warning signal. Authorities said pranksters might be to blame but did not Rule out the possibility that the sign could have been removed by a careless Workman. Reunion cancelled leave mix no puts wife in tears new York a a mid night Telephone Call from the red Cross saying Only that he Soldier husband s leave from combat duty in Vietnam was cancelled caused Mary Lou Cummings to postpone thursday the Hawaii reunion a jewish War veterans Post had arranged. Mrs. Cummings in tears at the Home of her in Laws in White Plains to leave Ken Airport thursday morning. Levy Tuchinsky Post 51, i Brooklyn was paying her Way to meet her husband during his leave. The Soldier spec. 4 James Cummings 20, had been chosen for the Holiday gift by the first sergeant of his company a unit the veterans Post has been Aid ing for two years to show the boys we re behind cum mings had been assigned to combat duty Only 16 Days after his june wedding mrs. Cummings informed Post commander Irving Strass Berg of the news from the red Cross about 12 15 . Strass Berg immediately launched Telephone Effort to find out Why the leave was Cut. He called there Cross in White Plains and Brooklyn then the Pentagon and finally the . Command Headquarters in Saigon. The Call to Saigon authorized by a Pentagon colonel to remade on the army s instantaneous communications links netted one important piece of in formation Cummings was physically said Saigon head quarters was investigating the leave cancellation and he expected information to be relayed from the Pentagon during the veterans Post which has More than 300 members offered to reunite a combat Soldier with his wife during the holidays. The Only conditions it pre scribed were that the Soldier be from new York state and Eligi ble for rest and recreation leave. We Don t know who did it patrolman said but we Hope to find the body of miss Bradfor was found in the car in 30 feet of water. Dragging operation were under Way for the bodies of mrs. Johnson and her crash scene in a Daze. When i came to i was on the River Bank she said. Miss Mccombs was wandering around the tornadoes continued from Page i pushing s t e a d i 1 y eastward showing none of the stagnant tendencies of a storm that inflicted eight Days of wintry punishment on the Southwest. There a massive snowstorm left up to seven feet of Snow scores dead and thousands mostly indians hungry and ill. Thunderstorms grew out of the mid Mississippi Valley Colli Sion of warm and cold air. Thunderstorms left sections of Illinois awash. Chicago s expressways and streets were reported flooding in Low places after More than an Inch of rain fell in less than an hour. Four inches of new Snow Fella Fargo n.d., wednesday leaving a total of seven Inch son the ground a pittance compared with the 78 inches of Snow on the ground at Flagstaff Ariz. Skies were Clear wednesday in much of the Southwest storm area making Rescue and Relief operations possible by air plane and helicopter but raising the fear of a rapid thaw which would produce massive flooding. Lbs continued from Page 1j scored their first major Victory in Vietnam smashing a Viet Cong attack near was More speculation about a visit to Pope Paul the Vatican roman Catholic Church sources said the pontiff will discuss Vietnam and world peace if the president pays Hima Christmas eve visit As speculated. Supreme court refuses Brown free travel Washington a supreme court Justice William o. Douglas refused wednesday to lift a travel ban on h. Rap Brown militant negro spokes Man. Douglas made no comment interning Down Brown s request that he be allowed beyond a restricted area the restrictions were imposed by Feder Al courts when Brown chair Man of the student nonviolent coordinating committee was freed on bail. Brown s attorneys claimed he was being deprived of his right to free speech. They said he had been forced to cancel nearly Al speaking engagements and could be forced to remain silent for months and possibly restricted area Brown is restricted to the Southern District of new York Manhattan the Bronx an nine neighbouring upstate coun ties except for travel i connection with court appearances. The ban was imposed sept. 18by Robert r. Merhige jr., a fed eral judge in Richmond va.,pending the outcome of Brown s Legal fight to avoid extradition to Maryland. The . Circuit court in Richmond upheld theban nov. 28. Brown is charged in Maryland with inciting to riot and arson after demonstrations earlier this year at Cambridge my. He was arrested in Virginia. . Temperatures h l 46 30 albany35 29 Albuquerque 69 38 amarillo72 68 Atlanta 68 62 birmingham07 02 Bismarck 60 37 boston48 26 Buffalo 62 35 chicago64 36 Cincinnati 62 28 Cleveland 36 16 denver66 39 de Moines 46 27 Detroit ""36 10 Duluth 61 38 Al paso19 17 Fairbanks 71 66 it worth77 70 Houston 61 33 Indianapolis 81 61 jacksonville65 49 Kansas City 42 29 Laa vegas65 38 los Angeles 68 36 Louisville h l 71 44 Memphis 78 73 Miami Beach 48 33 Milwaukee 60 31 mils St Paul 80 71 new orleans53 38 new York 22 12 North platte67 50 okla City 54 43 philadelphia50 36 Phoenix 52 30 pittsburgh47 34 Portland me. 28 Portland ore.13 Oft rapid City 31 05 reno62 44 Richmond 67 40 St. Louis25 20 Salt Lake 73 61 san antonio56 45 san Diego 52 40 san francisco34 28 Seattle 80 63 shreveport51 40 Tucson 57 32 Washington

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