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Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 28, 1964, Mason City, Iowa Crash claims 6 lives At west edge of Waterloo WATERLOO AP Six per were reported killed in the collision of a car and a truck Monday afternoon on Highway 20 at the west edge of Waterloo Identities of the dead were not immediately available The car had Polk County license plates A 3yearold boy injured in the accident was hospitalized at Ce dar Falls in critical condition The collision occurred shortly after 1 pm in Waterloo bu near the boundary it shares with Cedar Falls The car landed in the ditcl with the front end of the truck atop the car The dead were believed to have been in the car Authori ties said the victims were four adults a baby and a boy abou 6 years old Viet Cong boast of war gains Guerrillas hold 75 of nation By MALCOLM W BROWNE SAIGON South Viet Nam AP Leaders of the rebel Viet Cong claim the guerrillas fighting the government of South Viet Nam control three fourths of the country and more than half the people as the year nears an end Chairman Nguyen Huu Tho the claim in a statemenl to the ruling Politburo of the Viet Cong Central Committee The statement would be diffi cult to challenge He added that the balance of forces was shifting in favor of the Viet Cong and this too coincides with available in formation on the Saigon side On Dec 20 1960 when the Viet Cong formally organized itself the guerrillas had at most 2000 men under arms opposing national armed forces of some 400000 Today Viet Cong strength is estimated at around 120000 against a government force of some 615000 men under arms including police Although the government still holds the numerical edge its ratio is worse Each time during the past four years that the government has sought to wipe out the guer rillas in some given area Sai gon has bitten off more than it could chew The mobility pro vided US troopcarrying hell copters has helped but not enough Saigon and its Washington ally spent tens of millions of dollars in 1962 on a project called Operation Sunrise aimed at cleaning out a key Viet Cong base area 30 miles north of here The operation was a nearly complete failure and the Viet Cong now is stronger in the area than ever Later in 1962 and 1963 the government and US advisers launched the nationwide stra tegic hamlet program aimed at bringing one community aft er another under government control Until President Ngo Dinh Diem was overthrown in a mili tary coup Nov 1 1963 the sta tistics from this program looked encouraging But US officials found at that point that only a very small fraction of the ham lets supposedly pacified were really in operation Then Premier Nguyen Khanhs pacification plan in February It concentrated on only 13 provinces in the Mekong River Delta But even this con centration proved inadequate Three months ago the area was whittled down to five prov inces all suburbs of Saigon to be pacified under the Hoc Tap cooperation plan To help out most of the 25th Divi sion was pulled out of central Viet Nam for service in the Hoc Tap area Since then central Viet Nam roughly the northern half of the republic has deteriorated at an alarming rate at least partly because of increased Communist infiltration in the area And the delta and suburbs of Saigon the key targets of the new government program show little if any sign of improve ment While the Viet Cong apparent ly has had no difficulty main taining a united drive against the government Saifoo has been beset with constant politi cal upheavals and coups leav ing its base of military resist ance in chaos much of the time By all Appearances the war is being Reds lose 67 men weapons in DAI NGA1 Sooth Viet Nam AP Goverameal forces overran a major Viet Cong posi tiof Swlay killing at least S7 guerrillas and capturing 10 oth ers as wejl as a large stack of weapons Captured weapons included five 50cahber machine guns three recoilless cannons and three mortars It was one of the most signifi cant government successes in the past year US officers be lieved that the position 75 miles southwest of Saigon was a Viet Cong zone command headquar ters The Communists have di vided South Viet Nam into sev en zoaes The government forces suf fered 11 dead and 42 wounded Among the wounded were seven US Army helicopter crewmen hit by smallarms fire Ten other Americans were reported wounded In other ac tions in the Mekong delta Sun day Two were reported in seri ous condition Capt Robert W Butler of Frederick Md who went into action at Dai Kgai said of the government success This is as good a Christmas present as I could have wished for A radio he had carried on his back was smashed by a ma chinegun bullet He wasnt hurL The attack began when mili tiamen in the riceland hamlet beside the Mekong River called for help after exchanging fire with the guerrillas Thirtysix helicopters half of them armed with rockets and heavy machine guns dropped on top of the Viet Cong position discharging two battalions in seven quick waves Air force planes poured bombs and can non fire into the area About 650 government troops took part Viet Cong strength was esti mated at two battalions under the command of a major gener al It was not known whether he was among the dead Government troops were still recovering bodies Monday as sporadic fighting continued The heavy Communist casual ties were attributed partly to a new type of fuse on the govern ments bombs These burst in the air and scatter shrapnel over a wide area Vietnamese officers specu lated that the Communists had been massing for an attack and were caught off guard In the town of Mo Cat 50 miles southwest of Saigon a Viet Cong grenade exploded in a cafe wounded four Americans and 15 Vietnamese and killed a 12yearold Vietnamese girl One of the Americans Van Bucher the son of Jules N Bueher of the US Aid mission in Saigon was reported in criti cal condition Bucher is in hit early 20s Lt Gen Nguyen Khanh com mander of the Vietnamese forces issued a holiday mes sage of thanks to US forces in South Viet Nam The message warmed a little the chilly rela tions between Khanh and US authorities in Saigon The hat makes all North I o wans neighbors Home Edition VOL MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER M 1H4 UOc Coaslfti of Four Auoclated IMS WtTM No rucial stage for Foreign policy priority Under study by President JOHNSON CITY Tex AP President Johnson boosted foreign policy to a top priority spot on his schedule Monday He also planned to get in more work on the federal bud get and his StateoftheUnion message x Associates said Johnson in ends to devote considerable time during the remainder oJ he weektp reviewing US re ations with nations around the world including loans aid and cultural exchanges A source close to Johnson sard ie is closing out the year with a rather optimistic view of most of the world situation despite he problems in Viet Nam and he Congo He is known for example lo feel that relations with the So viet Union are less antagonistic han they have been at times in he past and sees fewer crises than have plagued the world in recent years He feels relations with East have improved and hat the North Atlantic Alliance s in better shape than it has ever been Johnson is known to be pleased about what he regards as improved relations with na ions of the Western Hemi sphere with Fidel Castros Communist dictatorship in Cuba he major fly in the ointment As part of his efforts to bol ter relations with various na ions the President is working on dates for visits from a large number of chiefs of state during the roming months These visits are expected to average about wo a month during the next year o be considering the appoint ment of a large number of new ambassadors It was indicated as many as 15 or 20 posts might e involved The StateoftheUnion mes age the first of the big three essages going to Congress in anuary is pretty well brack ted out a qualified source aid and the actual writing has been started Work also is well along on the mdget but some major deci be made by include the amount of money to be asked or what the President calls his antipoverty program wheth er to propose a pay increase for government civilian workers and the amount of an education lackage CORNELL MCNEIL Pholofax Fighlj results American singer calls Italian hecklers idiots PARMA Italy AP Ameri can baritone Cornell MacNeil and the superintendent of Italys Parma Opera House have agreed that MacNeil will never sing there again The two came to blows after the opera star stormed off the stage Saturday night and forced cancellation of the seasons opener at Parmas Regio Thea ter The Parma audience which las made the city known as the lions pit of opera had heckled MacNeil and his Italian costars tenpr Flaviano Labo ions remain to Johnson These through the first two acts of Verdis Masked Ball Said MacNeil If Parma wants to hear good singing the spectators must learn to be lave I will never sing again at the Regio Theater Said Giuseppe Negri the su perintendent of the opera house MacNeil will never again be allowed to set foot in the theater as long as I am its1 director MacNeil 42 one of Americas leading operatic baritones be came infuriated when a burst of catcalls stopped him and the orchestra at the beginning of his thirdact aria Creitini Idiots he shouted and stalked off the stage The Jans American police struggled with the angry set out after the For 15 minutes shoving crowd that jammed t narrow corridor outside the singers dressing room The police finally escorted MacNeil to his hotel but not before he and Negri tangled inside the dressing room I got to MacNeils dressing room a second before a crowd of spectators had forced their way there to plead with the singer to return to the stage offer apologies to the public and continue the performance Ne gri said He refused He argued Then the baritone in a fit of temper hit me with closed fists on the face and arm although slight ly MacNeil gave a different ver sion Negri barged into my dress ing room insulting me He ac tually punched me once in the stomach and kicked me twice in the shins North Iowa Weather outlook Mostly cloudy and warmer Monday night with 20 to 40 per cent area having occa sional light snow or light freezing drizzle strong south erly winds lows in upper 20s Tuesday cloudy with occasion al light snow or freezing driz zle highs in mid 30s So rag at is new Italian president Socialist in on Red votes ROME fl Minister Giuseppe Saragat Monday was elected fifth president of Italy He became the countrys first Socialist chief of state winning with crucial Communist backing on the 21st ballot of a marathon parliamentary election The 66yearold Saragat founder of the Italian Demo cratic Socialist party also had the official backing of the Christian Democrat party the big losersin the unprecedented 13day election Saragat who had fought com munism for years accepted Red backing to break a dead lock thathad paralyzed parlia ment and strained the four pa r t y centerleft government coalition of Premier Aldo Moro Long before all the ballots were counted in the 21st voting session it became clear that Saragat had won Earlier in the day on the 20th oallot Saragat had slipped to 323 votes 19 less than he receiv ed Sunday But a short time before the new round of voting Saragat is sued a short statement that seemed decisive I have advanced my candi dacy for president for a second time he said I hope that on my name there will be a con fluence of votes of all the Demo cratic and antifascist groups Almost as soon as the two sentence statement was issued the Communists announced their big 250vote bloc would vote for Saragat Deputy Premier Pietro Nennis Socialists with 95 votes said they would do the same Nenni led the 20th ballot with 385 Inside The Globe RUINS OF A TOWN This is downtown Klamath Calif trict showing the total destruction left by the flooded Klamath River Klamath was a town about the size of Belmond Yanks let out of base after antiUS protests JOHN COFFIELD A priest into exile Page 20 MANILA AP American servicemen were allowed out of Clark Air Base Monday after a weekend of restrictions imposed by the US Air Force because of a protest rally in the nearby town of Angeles Some speakers at the rally Sunday urged removal ofUS military bases from the Philip pines and the rec of US Am bassador William McCormick Blair Jr There was no violence The rally attended by about 2000 Filipinos was called to protest the killing of two Fiiipi no trespassers by guards on US bases and Blairs charge that two Filipinos had tried lo bomb an American school at Clark The call for removal of US bases was taken up by several congressmen incSudin Rep Benjamin Ligot a member of President Diosdado Macapa sa Sports news f10 Bowling page Editorials 14 North Iowa news 21 Clear Lake news 7223 Mason City news JJ20 Comics 30 Classified pages 3435 Republicans OK outside audit DES an members of the State Ex ecutive Council agreed Monday o an outside audit of statehouse offices being turned over to Democrats Jan l Gov Harold Hughes only Democrat OB the council for the audit after it war stat ed that although the matter had discussed there was no re quest before the council The audit is to be only a check of cash on hand against Uw books U will not bo a to talled look into operation of the offices The audit will cover offices of the treasurer auditor secre tary of agriculture and secre tary of state No council member had an auditing company in mind to do Ue job but the council finally decided to offer it to aecount ants Ernst and Emit of specified that the audit u to be carried out wily thc attorney fmeral that the council can legally en gage and pay an outside audi tor Auditor C B Akers Republi can member of the council said his office is carrying out the usual audit made when an of fice changeshands Hughes and the four Republi horst Secretary of Agriculture L B Liddy and Treasurer M L Abrahamson In other business the council approved retention of William J Yost as special counsel to represent Iowa before the US Supreme Court in its boundary dispute with Nebraska Yost 50MILUONMILE TRIP WASHINGTONIff Mariner 4 zoomed past the 50million mile mark Monday on its arch ing flight lo Mars but it still has 275 million to go uic jour jiepuoiidispute wiin MeDrasKa Yost cans on the coJncil exchanged has handled the case under out compliments as they wound up their final scheduled meeting Besides Hughes and Akers othet council members are SeC rctary of State Syn going Atty Gen Evan Hultman and the council was told the in coming attorney general Law rence Scalise asked that Yost be retained ANNOUNCING A in Subscription Effective today December 28 the price of your Globe Gazette is 45c Per Week Your carrier salesman will receive a fair share of tfie 5c per week increase The first collection on the new rate will be the week ending January 2 1965 gals Liberal party He recom mended that the United States put a fleet around the Philip pines as it doesaround Formo Justice Secretary Salvador Marino was reported planning to start Saturday on an inves tigation ordered by Presi1 it Macapagal Marino and other has taken the position that no action can be taken until all the facts are known Col Diosdado Garcia provin cial constabulary commander reported Sunday that his inves tigation had confirmed that a World War II Japanese mortar shell was thrown into the Amer ican schoolyard at Clark Base Philippine officials have on Dec 18 but that the shells calm and sobriety Macapagallfuse had been removed Dr Christopherson succumbs at age 45 Dr Joseph E Christopherson 45 Cerro Gordo County mcdica examiner for the last nine years died Monday in a Mason City hospital following an ill ness He had been a resident of Mason City 14 years and made his home at 615 Vermont Dr Christopherson was a member of the Mason City school board six years was a past president of the Cerro Gordo County Medical Society and a past president of the Ma son City Civic Choral Society He was an affiliate of the American Proclologic Society the only North Iowa affiliate of the society at the time he was honored Born March 1 1910 at Vir ginia Minn he attended high school and junior college there and later attended the Univer sity of Minnesota where he re ceived bis M D degree in 1943 His internship was taken at the General Hospital Rochester NY where he was in surgical residence training four and a half years before joining the Park Hospital staff in Mason City Aug 1 1950 Between his Internship and hit residence training he spent 21 months overseas as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the US N Russian deadline Thursday Accord sought before Tuesday UNITED NATIONS N Y Wl made lastminute efforts at the United Nations Monday to resolve t h c crisis over peacekeeping assessments with SecretaryGeneral U Thant taking a leading role The negotiations were at a crucial stage as diplomats sought to head off a SovietUS showdown over the Soviet re fusal to pay for peacekeeping costs for the Congo and Middle East A UN spokesman said Thant would ireturn to his headquar ters office Monday afternoon for the first time since he went to a hospftal Dec 4 for treat ment of a peptic ulcer He was expected to confer with key delegates including Soviet Ambassador Nikolai T Fedorenko and U S Ambassa dor Adlai E Stevenson U N iources said Alex Quaison ackcy of Ghana the assembly president also was active in the alks the sources said QuaisonSackey conferred wUh he representatives of Jordan and Mali in an effort to resolve heir rival candidacies for a se urity council scat that consti uted one hurdle in the crisis The negotiators hoped to work out some agreement before the assemblys next meeting sched uled for Tuesday morning The Security Council cannot function after Thursday New Years Eve unless agreement is reached on the basic issue or unless two disputed council seats are filled without a vote so as to avoid a challenge of the Soviets right to vote The Soviet Union has refused to pay assembly assessments to finance the Congo and Middle East peacekeeping operations because it contends the Security Council alone has the right to start and finance such opera tions It is more than two years behind in its total assessments The United States says that if a vote on anything is called in the assembly the Soviet Union must suffer the penalty set out in Article 19 of the U N Charter DR J E CHRISTOPHERSON Navy He spent his active duty with the 1st Marine Division as battalion surgeon Dr Christopherson joined the Marines at New Britain and was n the Pelcilu Island campaign for which he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in ac tion In the Okinawa campaign he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious action He was certified by the Amer SAME DATEIH3427 can Board of Surgery in 1951 and was a member of the Iowa Academy cf Surgery Dr Christopherion was mar ried to Evelyn M Simonson Two Harbors Minn in July 945 She and their three chil dren survive him Dr Christopherson was a eader in Trinity L u t heran Church was a member of the YMCA board and the Kiwanis Club Arrangements for a memorial service are incomplete The MajorErickson Funeral is in charge Friends of Dr Christopherson tave announced creation of a scholarship fund in hie memory See Page 28 t ;