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Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 26, 1965, Mason City, Iowa of Agena Push plans for GT7 The newspaper that mokes all North lowons neighbors Edition By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY Fla AP The National Aeronautics and Space Administration pushed ahead with plans for the 14day Gemini 7 flight Tuesday while engineering detectives sought the cause of the failure of the Agcna rocket that wrecked the Gemini 6 mission There also was some second guessing on whether the modi fied Agena should have been fired for the first time on a mis sion as important as Gemini 6 The Agena failure wiped out an intended chase across the sky by astronauts Walter M SchirraJr and Thomas P Staf ford They had planned to catch and hook onto the Agena in a vital rehearsal for later manto themoon flights Their launching was called off when the Agena apparently ex ploded or broke apart 6 min utes 10 seconds after launch ing Its a sweet spacecraft save it for me commented a disap pointed Schirra Well have a better go at it next time said Stafford Next time will be at least four months off possibly six Robert Seamans associate director of the space agency and Robert Gilruth head of the Manned Spacecraft Center said the failure would not delay the overall goal of landing the first Americans on the moon in 1969 However additional failures to rendezvous with an Agena hi the Gemini program would be a serious setback The Apollo manned lunar landing program is basedon the ability of two astronauts to rendezvous with another vehicle for return to earth after they have explored the moon With the GeminiAgena flights sidelined temporarily Dr George Mueller NASA asso ciate administrator for manned space flight directed removal of the Gemini 6 spacecraft from its Titan 2 rocket He said it would be replaced by the Gemi ni 7 capsule now undergoing tests at Cape Kennedy Astronauts Frank Borman and James A Lovell Jr are to ride Gemini 7 on the marathon twoweek journey the longest manned flight yet planned Bor man an Air Force lieutenant colonel and Lovell a Navy commander had been sched uled for launching about Dec 10 but sources indicated they tould go as early as Dec 2 The earlier date would be sible because the Titan 2 al ready has been thoroughly checked tor Gemini 6 Plans for the six remaining Gemini shots are scrambled All are to be Agena render vous and docking shots sizing the importance NASA places on perfecting this ma neuver All but Gemini 6 involve walks in space by one of the astronauts A major question raised by the Agena failure was why this relatively new rockethad not undergone a more thorough test program The rocket which failed Mon day was a greatly modified ver sion of an earliermodel Agena which had logged a 90 per cent success rate in placing more than 135 US payloads in space Maj Gen Ben I Funk com mander of the Air Force Space Systems Division which provid ed the Agenafor the launching said the rocket had not been test launched previously because both Air Force and NASA offi cials had confidence in the sys tem However he noted that it was a considerably different rock et than the earlier Agenas Among additions to Mondays Agena was a secondary propul sion system used to help stabil ize the vehicle VOL IK MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY OCTOBER U IMS 10c a Paper Consitti of Kour One AMOclcted Press Full Lcaia Wlrei No 220 r New attacks on Plei Me Rural family of eight left homeless by blaze By DAVE McMILLEN Eight members of a rural Mason City family were left homeless Tuesday morning as fire gutted their twostory farm home The home on the south side of Highway 18 about one mile west of Mason City was occu pied by Mr and Mrs Larry Lawson and their six children Mrs Lawson and the children were routed from the home as the blaze erupted while she was attempting to light a kitchen stove about 7 am Mr Lawson was at home The family lost all its clothing and household goods with the exception a small basket of the childrens school clothes The loss is not covered by in surance Mrs Lawson said Arrangements to provide tlie immediate needs of the Lawson family were being made by the North Iowa Red Cross Chapter The family was being housed temporarily at the home of Mrs Lawsons mother Mrs John Schutter Route 4 The Red Cross and Seventh Day Adventists were cooperat ing in supplying clothing for the family They also were sup plying bedding and other house hold necessities Don Wendell of the Pancake Inn Corp owner of the house saidfood would be provided for the stricken family Red Cross officials also were at the scene of the fire to supply coffee for firemen from Clear Lake and Mason City as they battled the blaze The fire completely destroyed the rear of the farm home and gutted all other portions of the house The house is covered by insurance Firemen were handicapped by being forced to pump water from a nearby creek Sand from the creek bed filtered through the water hoses cutting tlown pressure Airs Lawson said that she had placed wood in a kitchen stove and had poured kerosene on the wood When she attempt ed to light the stove it flared up setting fire to a container of kerosene she was holding She attempted to carry the container outside but dropped it when it burned her hand All but the youngest of the six children Gary 4 were up and preparing for school Gary was snatched from his bed and the family fled ns the fire be gan spreading Mrs Lawson flagged down a passing motor ist who summoned firemen The other Lawson children are Larry 14 Joseph 10 Shirley 9 David 7 and Mark B A truck driver Mr Lawson was last reported en route to Texas However his where abouts Tuesday was unknown Vigorous effort by Commies Fight close to outpost Boy dies whenlung power cut NASHVILLE Tenn AP Audie Barrett 11 died early Tuesday in an iron lung after Nashville Electric Service una ware that he suffered from po lio shut off power because no one was paying the bill A company spokesman said the power was shut off Friday because no bills had been paid since a former occupant moved last June He said no one had contacted the company since the power was discontinued The boy who had suffered from the aftereffects of polio six years died after his mother Helen Barrett tried to operate the respirator by hand Mrs Barrett said her son was not required to be in the iron lung during the day but spent most nights there I was trying to break him from the lung and we kept him out of it a lot of time the dis traught mother said Dr W J Core metropolitan medical examiner was author ized to make an autopsy to de termine the exact cause ol death A company spokesman first said the power had been shut off Monday but later General Man ager J L Sisk said a check of records showed it was turned off Friday Police said Mrs Barrett left the machine for a few minutes and when she returned she real ized the boy was dead We definitely had no idea that the power to that address was being used to power an iron lung said Jack Bucking ham NES customer service representative He said NES shut off power to the home because our rec ords show that the service to that address is not charged to them the Barretts or anyone else and hadnt been for sev eral months Buckingham said there hat been repeated attempts by NE to try to make arrangement for someone to assume respon sibility for the service but ac cording to our records and thats all we can go by at the moment we had not talkec to Mrs Barrett and she hac made no attempt to contact us Dr W J Core metropolitan Something new has been added One of the GlobeGa zette services to its readers the Transport Timetable is being ex panded Starting today it will include the schedule for the Mason City busesThe Trans port Timetable ap pearsdaily at the head of the Classified Ad vertising columns It is on Page 26 of this is sue medical examiner the death to polio North Iowa Weather outlook Clear and mild through Wednesday Lows Tuesday night in mid 30s Highs Wed nesday in mid to upper FIREMEN BATTLE BLAZE AT RURAL MASON CITY FARM HOME Inside The Globe Society news 678 Comics 10 Clear Lake news 12 Farm news 13 Sports 15U Editorials 21 North Iowa news 23 Latest markets 24 Mason City news 2425 Classified pages 2627 Attempts to divert plane KEY WEST Fla AP An armed passenger tried unsuc cessfully Tuesday to divert an airliner in flight to Cuba to pick up refugees the Border Patrol said Officers identified the man as a Cuban exile living in Miami They said he was overcome by the pilot copilot and two pas sengers as the MiamitoKey West National Airlines Flight 209 approached its destination The man was taken from the plane and whisked away by FBI agents The attempted hijacking oc curred as the plane carried 20 passengers stewardesses thepdpt and copilottoward the extremity where Cuban refugees Havebeen drib bling steadily in by boat since Fidel Caitro opened thedoor to exiles from his Treaty may end Rhodesian crisis SALISBURY Rhodesia AP British Prime Minister Har old Wilson and Prime Minister an Smith uncovered Tuesday a way of keeping open the nego lations in the deadlocked Rho desian dispute and possibly even resolving the issue ulti mately Wilson summoned Sir Elwin Jones the British attorney gen eral to fly to Salisbury to dis cuss the implications of a trea ty guaranteeing Rhodesias Af rican majority a firmer consti tutional position Smith had pro posed the treaty Jones was expected to arrive Wednesday to serve as a legal expert for Wilson during discus sions on the treaty Trevor Hughes Wilsons presssecre tary said the summoning of Jones is a constructive step He told reporters that they could take it that the door is not so firmly shut now Wilson arrived Monday night from Londonin an attempt to head off the declaration of in dependence which Smiths gov ernment threatens in an at tempt to preserve white rule in the Central African colony Referring to Smiths threats to declare independence unilat erally rather than guarantee ul timate control to the colonys Negro majority Wilson told ai news conference j I want to do everything pos sible to avert a tragedy if cer tain action were to be taken Wilson has said previously that a declaration of unilateral Indians walk out of UN Security Council session SAME MtMM Traffic hi 24 UNITED NATIONS NY AP a Security Council session highlighted by an Indian walk out the United States and Rus sia Monday night disputed how far SecretaryGeneral U Thant can go to prevent a revival of the IndiaPakistan war Soviet Ambassador Nikolai T Fedorenko charged that Thant had exceeded his mandate by sending extra observers to pat rol the 1000mile ceasefire line between the two nighboring ene mieg Fedorenko said only the Secur ty Council could decide how many observers should be de ployed in thearea and how their mission should be financedHe proposed that a threemonth deadline be set on the UN peace mission to the subconti nent US Ambassador Arthur J Goldberg replied that Thant had followed the spirit and letter of the council request that he ex ert every possible effort to ob tain compliance with its resolu tions calling for a ceasefire and withdrawal of both armies He said the United Stales em phatically rejects any assertion hat Thant should have gotten council authority for his action He said it was up to India and Pakistan now to comply with the declaration of the council He called on both governments to do so in order that peace could be restored India walked out of the council after Pakistan accused the In dians of atrocities in Kashmir reminiscent of Nazi horrors n World War II The council meets again Wednesday to continue the de bate Would sell part of line to Santa Fe CHICAGO AP If the Chi cago and North Western Rail way gains control of the Rock Island Lines it plans to sell parts of the Rock Islands sys tem to the Santa Fe Railway for million A joint announcement of the contingent deal was made Tues day by Ben W Heineman chair man of the North Western and Ernest S Marsh president oi the Santa Fe They pointed out too that the iffy transaction also would hinge upon the Interstate Com merce Commissions judgment that division of the Rock Island between the North Western and Santa Fe would be in the public interest The HeinemanMarsh move was the latest in a series re volving around the Rock Island which runs trains between Chi cago and the Pacific Coast A merger of the Union Pa cific and Rock Island has been approved by directors and shareholders of both companies but the ICC has not yet acted on the merger The North Western operating in the Midwest also seeks to acquire the Rock Island SPORTS BULLETIN CINCINNATI Heff who b e e n a coach with the New York Tuesday wat named manager of the Cincinnati Redlegi succeeding Dick Sisler He was given a 2year contract ndependence would be consid ered an act of rebellion against he crown He refused howev er to tell newsmen what coun er measures his governmeni has in mind He said his firs aim is to break the deadlock in which the recent negotiations with Smith in London ended Outside the airport 6000 Af ricans cheered Wilson and chanted One man one vote They had waited hours in the lot sun to see him A big force of police some with leashec dogs stood by Smith was not at the airport 3ut the two men met Monday night at a government house re ception and dinner Officials said the meeting was a socia occasion A British government spokes man said later there was no in dication yet when Wilson would iet to see African nationals leaders who are held in deten tion Cong shoot at Ted Kennedy CAN THO South Viet Nam UP Viet Cong snipers fired on Sen Edward M Kennedy and three other US lawmakers Tuesday as helicopters were pre aring to land them at a Special Forces camp in the Mekong Delta None of the helicopters was hit and no one was njured The four visitors said they did not notice the sniper fire although they leard and saw armed heli copters escorting them at ack the snipers The incident occurred less han two miles from the Cam bodian border in Klen Phong Province about 50 miles west of Can Tho The other lawmakers were Sen Joseph Tydings D Md and Reps John Culver DIowa and John Tunney DCalif The congressional party wa approaching the Special Force camp at Cai Cai with newsmen in four helicopters escorted by three armed helicopters A pilo1 aboard one of the gunships es timated four or five rounds of sniper fire greeted the party When the firing began the armed helicopters swooped down and made five passes fir ing rockets while the other heli copters hovered overhead The incident lasted about jght minutes The first passen jer helicopter to set down at he camp carried Culver and Tunney and the second Kenne dy and Tydings I wouldnt want to over dramatize this while our boys are out on the front lines Ken nedy said Its routine for traffic at this place to get shot at every day said Capt Arthur Rem ling 27 Houston Tex who is in command of the American detachment at the camp The trip to the Mekong Delta was not on the schedule for the visiting lawmakers but Kenne dy asked for it The four visitors spent about 25 minutes at the camp talking with Special Forces men there while the armed helicopters circled the area The congressional delegation also visited a contested hamlet during the trip to the delta but there were no incidents there The four men ended their tour of provincial areas of South Viet Nam Tuesday Viet doll collection system set DES MOINES state wide system for collecting Viet Nam dolls has been set up in Iowa The dolls collected willbe ex amined by Army demolition ex perts at the Savanna Army De pot at Savanna III There have been reports that some Viet Nammade dolls sent o relatives and friends in this country by service personnel in Viet Nam have been booby rapped by the enemy with eoc plosives But none of those dolls ixamined thus far in this coun try officials said was found to contain explosives Each of the dolls picked up will be tagged with the owners name and address so it may be returned after being examined Officials said that ordinary han dling or jostling of the dolls would not set off the explosive device with which reports say some dolls were equipped Chinese out of conference ALGIERS AP Red China withdrew Tuesday from the Afri can Asian summit conference scheduled to open in Algiers Nov 5 after it failed to keep conference sponsors from invit ng the Soviet Union Informants said Red Chinas delegate read a formal declara ion of nonparticipation to the conference preparatory com mittee after it refused Chinese demands for a delay on grounds that conditions were not suit able for the meeting SAIGON South Viet Nam Cong forces kept hitting at the Plei Me Special Forces camp more heavy air strikes and Vi etnamese ground reinforce ments supported by UStroops Military authorities said after a quiet night at the camp 210 miles northeast of Saigon the Communists launched a vigor ous attack shortly after noon using mortars and recoilless ri fles Military spokesmen said a firefight developed a short dis tance southwest of the camp in the late afternoon They said the Viet Cong were firing from well dttgin positions but they had no additional details Light US casualties were reported during the day at the camp which the Viet Cong have been trying to knock out for a week US and Vietnamese planes flew 39 aircover and closesup port sorties over the area the spokesmen said During the night 375 flares were dropped over the camp while attack craft pounded Viet Cong posi tions The Communists struck from the southwest an area to which a strong US and South Viet namese relief force had not ex tended control after lifting a sevenday siege on the camp Monday night US jets swarmed in and hammered the Viet Cong with bombs and cannon fire The strength of the attacking force was not known An in formant said Monday reports indicated that a regiment of North Vietnamese regulars had been thrown into the fight A US military informant in Plei ku said about 750 of the 1200 man Communist force hadbeen knocked out in the past week of fighting around Plei Me Before the attack Tuesday the relief units had begun patrols to search out any Viet Cong left in the area They had set up posi tions haif a mile to the east and north of the camp Five South Vietnamese battal ions supported by tanks a bat talion of US artillery and troops of the helicopterborne US 1st Cavalry Division were in the vicinity of Plei Me The Viet against Plei Tuesday and Cong offensive Me began last apparently was designed to clear a supply line from Laos and North Viet Nam The camp 25 miles south of the 2nd Army Corps headquarters at Pleiku sits astride a main Viet Cong supply route Capt Harold M Moore 24 of Pekin 111 commander of the American Special Forces advis ers at the camp during the VIETNAM Please turn to Page 2 RELIEVE VLEl ME Vietnamese soldiers atop an armored personnel carrier man a machine gun as troopers of the 1st Cavalry Air Mobile Divi sion assemble at Plei Ya DranSouth Vieb Nam The US soldiers arrived by helicopter to join Vietnamese Rangers in the relief of Plei Me which has been under a Viet Cong1 siege for almost a week ;