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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 27, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire Chuckle A gourmet is a man who a invited for an evening of wine, women and song and asks what kind of wine. Nashua Celeqraph Ntw HompsUrt's Lorgtst Evtnlng Newspaptr... C M Weather Colder Tonight Foir Sunday VOL. 101 NO. 253 Continuing the New Hampshire Telegraph Established October NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1969 Piid 20 PAGES Pric. TEN CENTS Soggy Nashua Digs Out, Bails Out By MAXWELL COOK Nashua area residents today were cleaning up and bailing out in the wake of a 36-hour long massive storm that dumped up to 4H inches of all kinds of precipitation on New England. The rain was still coming down this morning, and it was a case of water, water everywhere and a sheet of ice beneath. Motorists found themselves driving through hub-cap deep puddles down snow rutted streets. At 8 a.m. the weather station the Pennichuck Water Works reported the grab-bag of precipi- tation measured 4.09 inches. This includes inches of snow which fell from early Friday morning until late Friday after- noon, a few hours of sleet and freezing rain and a night-long steady downpour of rain. Storms Predicted And a wet December 8.67 inches of precipitation so far- seemed destined to grow even soggier with the prediction of additional storms next week. Nashua's Public Works Depart- ment plowing crews worked all night, and by dawn had traversed every city street at least once. However, many streets were still deep in slush and water. The workmen were engaged from dawn on by shoveling ice, snow and accumulated blockage from the catch basins to drain water covering the lower-lying areas. Police reported only one traffic accident attributable to the ad- verse driving conditions. At p.m. yesterday, they said, a car being driven by Christine Lang- lots, 26, of Grafton, overturned on Everett Turnpike just north of Route 101A. She was not in- jured. Nashua firemen had a busy night, with calls coming in almost continuously. Most of them in- volved flooded buildings and base- ments. A roof sprung a leak on the Priscilla Tea Room at 153 Main Street, resulting in considerable flooding in the rear of the store. Gregory Papagiotas, president of the establishment, said at 9 a.m. today the damage was being re- paired and he expected to be open Bomb- for business as usual. There was no immediate estimate of dam- age. Firemen Called Nearly all the Fire Depart- ment's calls during the past 24 hours were storm-related. Water problems were common, includ- ing the pumping out of flooded cellars. .A call at 168 West Pearl St., at a.m. involved a sky- light through which water was described as coming through like a waterfall. Other water calls were as fol- lows: Friday at a.m., Mil- ler's Store on Main Street, Cen- tral station; at a.m., Acton St., Lake Street Station; to- day, at a.m., 15B Gilman St., Lake Street Station; at a.m., 623 South Main St., Lake Street Station; at a.m., 153 Main St. (Priscilla Tea Central and Amherst Street Stations; and at a.m., on Coburn Avenue, Airport and Amherst Street Sta- tions. Friday at a.m., a tele- phone pole was snapped off at NASHUA DIGS OUT Page 2 Weekend Edition Stock Lists Teen-Age Page E xtra Comics Laden Ship Explodes, Burns At Sea; Crew Hunted This old plane, apparently headed for a crash, is in reality the replica of a World War I fighter plane being hoisted to a resting place on top of building at Plane from Yesteryear Water Street, New York City. Construc- tion workers wateh the model, weighing three tons and built from scrap metal, as it passes the 25th floor of the building. U.S. Backs Treaties In Asia, Agnew Says By CARL P. LEUBSDORF HONOLULU (AP) Vice President Spiro T. Agnew says the Nixon administration wants Asian nations to "develop an economic balance and self-suffi- ciency so that it will be unneces- sary for the United States to in if things go wrong." But Agnew told reporters as he launched his 10 nation, trip Friday that he plans to emphasize, in bilateral talks with Asian leaders, the in- tention of the United States to stand by its treaty obligations. Agnew spent the night here on the first leg of a transpacific hop that takes him today to Guam and then on to the Philip- pines for Tuesday's inaugura- Flu Cases Produce Emergency LONDON, (AP) London hospitals, jammed by a wave of influenza cases, went on emer- gency status today. Only the most urgent non-flu cases will be given beds in the 200 hospitals in the London area. The hospitals dealt with 186 emergency flu and bronchitis admissions on Christmas Eve and 107 on Christmas Day. Since Dee. 16 hospitals had been on a yellow alert which stopped all tut urgent admis- sions. Today's red warning puts the hospitals-on full emergency basis. The government said 294 per- cons died of the disease in Brit- Bin in the week before Christ- mas and 52 the week before that. Statistics for this week have not been announced. tion of President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Brief Agnew Adm. John S. McCain Jr., commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, and his chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Michael Davidson, planned to brief the vice presi- dent at a breakfast session, the only scheduled event of his 19- hour stay here. Details weren't disclosed. About 20 minutes after the vice president's plane, Air Force Two, took off from Wash- ington on its flight to Hawaii, Agnew visited the rear cabin to chat with newsmen on the politi- cal and diplomatic aspects of his trip. Asked about the Senate's re- jection of the foreign aid bill be- cause it included (54.5 million in unbudgeted and unauthorized funds to buy military jets for Formosa, Agnew said: "It will be my purpose to reassure (Na- tionalist China's President) Chiang Kai-shek that this does not represent any weakening of our treaty commitment." Agnew said the Nixon doc- trine, outlined by the President at Guam on his Asian trip last July, includes a pledge to stand by U.S. commitments, a nuclear shield against threats to Asian nations and the stimulation of economic growth and regional- ism. "We expect them to handle in- surgency within their own bor- ders with their own he said, adding that "in the event we determine that any action against them threatens the gen- eral economy of the Asian hemi- TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH sphere, we will support them with material and other forms of assistance." But he said any decision on whether such aid would include U.S. troops would have to be AGNEW Page i By GEORGE ZTJCKER HONOLULU (AP) A Vietnam-bound cargo ship loaded with bombs and rockets equal to tons of TNT burned in the mid- Pacific Ocean today while a Greek freighter hunted missing crewmen. 14 Picked Up Fourteen of the 39 crewmen aboard the SS Badger State, in- cluding its skipper, Capt. Charles Wilson, were reported picked up within hours by the Greek Freighter Khian Star, the only vessel within range of the stricken ship. "We have nd report of casual- the Navy said, "but we can't say for sure if all the men are accounted for." Capt. Wilson radioed the car- go had broken loose and the mu- nitions ship was Breaking up in 25-foot swells 580 miles north- east of Midway Island Friday morning, and he gave the order to abandon ship. Seventy minutes later an ex- plosion tore a huge hole in the hull of the Badger State. "We don't know what went a Navy spokesman said here. "There was nobody on the ship when she blew." A spokes- man said it was not known if any of the munitions were in- volved. A rescue plane from Hickam Air Force Base remained in the area to drop flares after another U.S. Forces Wage Air, Ground Raids For expert Prescription Service Call 882-3431 LIGGETT REXALL Drug Store Simoneau Plaza, Nashua Abby Anderson Church Classifieds Obituaries Social 5 Sports Comics Crossword Durocher Editorial Financial Horoscope Lawrence 15 2 11 14 7 9 15 Teen Television Theaters Dr. Thosteson 15 Weather Women's Pace By GEORGE ESPER SAIGON (AP) U.S. forces fought their biggest single battle in a month and a half today. The American forces spotted as many as 200 North Viet- namese troops within, two miles of the Cambodian border and 83 miles north of Saigon and at- tacked them with jet bombers, armed helicopters, tanks and armored personnel carriers. The U.S. Command said aeri- al observers counted at least 72 North Vietnamese dead and 40 bunkers smashed. A spokesman said that at last report fighting was still continuing. The spokesman said there were some U.S. casualties but he described them as light. He said it was the biggest bat- tle involving American troops since last Nov. 12 and 13 when U.S. forces reported killing 178 North Vietnamese soldiers in heavy fighting just below the demilitarized zone. Fifteen Americans were killed and 62 wounded then. The spokesman said helicop- ter crewmen of the llth Ar- mored Cavalry regiment spot- ted two companies of North Vietnamese troops nine miles northwest of the district capital of Loc Ninh, near highway 13 leads from Cambodia into South Vietnam. Cease-FIre Ends Elsewhere, battlefield com- muniques indicated only light activity across South Vietnam following the end of the 72-hour Viet Cong cease-fire. 'Enemy troops shelled a town in the Mekong Delta and a South Vietnamese base near the demilitarized zone, communi- ques said. In one attack, two govern- ment soldiers were killed and four were wounded when enemy gunners fired four rockets into their camp at Dong Ha, 11 miles below the demilitarized zone. The other attack took place near My Tho, the principal city in the Mekong Delta. Viet Cong troops fired rocket-propelled grenades at government militia- men and pacification workers and wounded some of them, re- ports said. What little fighting there was Friday took place near Da A JOYOUS "HOLIDAY SHOW" Featuring ACTORSINGERS CHORALIERS GRANITE STATESMEN CHORUS NASHUA CHORAL SOCIETY NASHUA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NASHUA THEATRE GUILD SUNDAY DEC. 28th 1969 P.M. NASHUA SENIOR HIGH AUDITORIUM Gen. Adm. Ret. Section Call Art A Science Center 883-1506 Tickets will be mailed to you, If you Irish. ICourt.ty NASHUA TRUST COMPANY) ARTISTS GIFT SETS SUPPLIES Christmas Special to 20% off Nashua Wallpaper Co. W. Peart St. 88J-MJ1 Mon. thru Sat, U.S. troops from the 196th Bri- gade lost two men killed and 11 wounded in a four-hour fight 23 miles south of the city. Two ene- my were known dead. In two other fights Friday ranging from 20 to 90 miles south of Da Nang, eight enemy soldiers were reported killed. There were no American cas- ualties. B52 bombers kept up their raids against North Vietnamese base camps and staging areas near the Laotian and Cambo- dian borders in efforts to fore- stall a buildup for a possible en- emy 'offensive next month. An unofficial count today showed that at least 12 Ameri- cans and more than 200 enemy were killed during the Viet Cong's three-day Christmas cease-fire. No official count was kept be- cause the allied commands did not observe the enemy stand- down. Instead they stopped op- erations for 24 hours on Christ- mas. NASHUA MALL IS OPEN EVERY NIGHT MONDAY THRU SATURDAY TIL plane had spotted all the life- rafts with dye and smoke mark- ers, the Navy said. The nightlong search was hindered by fears the smoking Badger State might blow up at any moment. The Greek freigh- ter was forced to stay three' miles from it. The Badger State, a Military Sea Transport Service ship, was loaded with rockets and tons of bombs ranging to the 000-pound size. Its combined cargo had an explosive equiva- lent of tons of TNT, the Navy said. Late Friday night, the Navy said winds buffeting the strick- en vessel had increased to 40 knots and the seas were running to 20 feet. The Navy said the big hole in the starboard side of the aft sec- tion was above the water line, "but with the fire and big waves we don't know how long she can stay afloat." The SS Badger picked up its 'cargo at the Bangor ammuni- tion depot near Seattle, Wash., and was bound for Da South Vietnam. Elderly To Pay More In Medicare Coverage WASHINGTON (AP) Pre- miums paid by elderly Ameri- cans for supplementary medi- care coverage will go up to J5.30 per month next July 1, 32.5 per cent-increase- over ilie cms- Robert if. Finch, secretary of health, education and welfare, announced the increase Friday shortly after President Nixon hinted to newsmen that he would sign the tax reform bill which includes a 15 per cent in- crease in Social Security pay- ments effective Jan. 1. Nixon last September recom- mended a 10. per cent Social Se- curity increase, and at that time the President disclosed there would be a substantial jump in the supplementary medicare premiums in 1970....... insurance cost the elderly :only {3 per month when the program was launched in 1965. 19 Million Enrolled More than 19 million Ameri- cans are now covered by medi- care, which 'consists of two voluntary medical in- surance program and the gov- ernment-financed basic hospital insurance. The voluntary pro- gram supplements the basic A Rewarding Day Preston Tingle, 50, a hobo, comes down rope lad- .der at his winter home under the Seventh Street bridge in Los Angeles to accept a reward from Jim Hammett, a freight terminal manager. Earlier this year Tingle watched thieves steal in women's lingerie from a shipment being loaded by Hammett's firm, then told police where the thieves hid the boxes. Detectives also invited Tingle to a Christmas Eve dinner. 70 Chevrolets CARS TRUCKS Daily Rentals as low as per day Gall Dick 888-1121 MacMulldn Chevrolet OM.T FAOTOfiT AUTHORIZED DEALER SKI-DOO Skl-Doo Suits ft Boon Trailers It Stab Accenoriei Putt Nashua Auto Co. Outdoor Recreation to Kiln Street, Nubia, N. H. program by helping pay doctor bills and a variety of other med- ical expenses in and out of the hospital. Those enrolled in the supple- mentary program pay -for half of the cost of their protection, and the government pays the rest. The premium Increase isn't the only added expense awaiting medicare patients in the new year. It was announced pre- viously that as.of Jan. i medi- care beneficiaries will have to pay the first of their own bill for an ordinary hospital stay of up to 60 increase of from the current deductible. The government has blamed escalating medical costs for the increases in costs to medicare patients, and the Nixon adminis- tration has contended the pre- mium boosts should have been made before it took office. But a consumer health organi- zation, the American Patients Association, said Friday that the premium boost itself is in- flationary and contradicts the administration's efforts to hold down price increases. Association president Theo- dore 0. Cron said the Increased premium rate demonstrates that the program is "to be ad- ministered as a benefit primarl- MEDICARE Page I Blaze Kills Mother, 32, 5 Children BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) A mother and five of her nine children died early today when fire swept their apartment in a one-story worn! frame house. Local authorities were in the process of condemn- ing the structure. Mrs. Alfreda Small, 32, and the five children were dead on arrival at Community Memorial Hospital, Toms River. Two other boys were reported living here with relatives, a daughter spent the night at a friend's home and another son was away, visiting relatives in North Carolina. Fire Chief Charles Griffin of the Manitou Park Fire Compa- ny said the fire appeared to have followed the explosion of a kerosene space heater in tin kitchen. All six victims were found jammed against .the front door of their apartment, one of three in the building, police said. The other two apartments were va- cant. Police said the four room apartment wtt being con- demned because of inadequate sanitary facilities. FUEL OIL SAVE MORE With LORDEN OIL CO, INC. ;