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Norwich Evening Sun (Newspaper) - February 26, 1968, Norwich, New York
The weather generally fair tonight and partly Cloudy tuesday. Low temperatures tonight 5 to 15 and highs on tuesday in the 30s to near 40. The e Venia g Chenango county s daily newspaper in vol. 77, no. 242 monday february 26, 168 Norwich . 13815 8c per copy Sun spots a kiss me Kate Quot stars several Well known players Page 5 concert association has largest membership of history Page 3 teen night to be held at Junior High school Page 3marine platoon ambushed by pc state nation world wants restrictions no relevance says Nixon by the associated press Richard m. Nixon says new York gov. Nelson a. Rockefeller a willingness to accept a genuine Republican presidential draft has no relevance for now beyond the new Hampshire primary. Speculation that Rockefeller could become Nixon a chief rival for the gop presidential nomination was heightened by the governors statement in Detroit Over the weekend that head accept a draft. But Nixon told newsmen in Whitefield n. H., sunday the Only current relevance of Rockefeller a statement is the Impact it might have on write in votes for the governor in new Hampshire. Rockefeller continues to say he is not a presidential candidate and expects no draft but supporters Are waging a write in drive for the governor in new Hampshire anyway. Want $2 minimum Miami Beach apr the Al Cio minimum wage of $1.60 per hour is not enough for a worker to support a family and pressed Congress anew to enact a $2 minimum. A the afle Cion a objective of a $2 minimum wage can no longer be regarded As a Long Range goal. It must be reached As soon As possible a a said the executive Council of the 14 million member labor federation. The $1.60 minimum that went into effect this month will fatten the paychecks of More than 7 million lower paid workers by an estimated total of $2 billion a year. Nathaniel Goldfinger chief Al Cio economist said a $2 an hour minimum would put another $6 billion a year into the pockets of workers at the Bottom of the nation s wage scale. Clamp Down lid Saigon. A Gen. William c Westmoreland a Headquarters announced today a Broad new policy to withhold information from the press on some military matters which until now have been made Public. An announcement of a Clampdown on release of news was distributed to correspondents at the daily military briefing and provoked a series of protests and questions from newsmen. A , spokesman said Brig. Gen. Winant sidle chief of information of the . Military command would appear before the correspondents to answer questions on the new directive soon probably tuesday. The command said the aim of the directive signed by sidle is a to withhold information which will be of intelligence value to the Price support necessary Washington apr sen. Gaylord Nelson d-wis., says the Price support for manufacturing milk must be restored to 90 per cent of parity to help keep family Dairy farms in business. Nelson noted in a letter to agriculture Secretary Orville l. Freeman sunday that thousands of Farmers Are leaving Dairying each year causing milk production to drop to its lowest level in 15 years. A the current $4 support Price has proven to be inadequate for Dairy Farmers to meet rapidly escalating production expenses a a the senator argued. urged that the support be returned to approximately $4.27 per hundredweight 46.5 quarts. Otherwise Nelson said corporation farms will take Over and higher consumer prices will result. Romney has troubles Washington apr while gov. George Romney struggles in new Hampshire and Wisconsin to stay in the Republican presidential race embarrassing political trouble is develop ing in his own backyard. Republican conservatives who have Long opposed the governor Are in the midst of a Well Organ. Sized Campaign that could Siphon eight or More Michigan Dele Gates from Romney forcing him to go to the Republican a. Tonal convention without the unanimous endorsement of his own state. Romney battling to reverse his Sharp downswing in National polls can ill afford any appearance of weakness in his principal Power base. Market report at 11 10 a.rn., Continental Telephone corp. Was 26% open and High 26% Low and last . Fishman 13% High Low and last . Grant 31% open 31 Low 31v4 High and last Montgomery Ward 24% open and High 24 Low and last Norwich Pha Macal co. 40% open and Low 40% High and last. Over the counter mid states 7% bid 8 offered Ray. Mond corp. 27 bid 29 offered Victory markets 9vq bid to offered National Bank and Trust co. Of Norwich 54 bid Chen Ango co. National Bank of Norwich 300 bid. Gen. William Westmoreland Hanoi hannahs North vietnamese women Are doing their bit on the Home Frint according to these official communist photos and captions. Girl top writes Home during break in defense duties. Women soldiers above left Plant Rice in spare time but remain armed. Above right a propagandist reads a news Quot to Hanoi factory workers. She uses a makeshift met aph one to amplify her voice. More troops will be needed Westmoreland Saigon apr Gen. William c. Westmoreland says More american troops probably will be needed in Vietnam. A with additional troops a a he says a we could More effectively deny the enemy his objective capitalize on his recent defeats to a greater degree in both time and place and clearly Demon Strate to Hanoi our firm determination to prevent him from taking Over any part of South Westmoreland gave no estimate of How Many More . Troops might be needed above the 525,000 already authorized. Some military sources estimated this May be As Many As 100,000. There Are 500,000 . Troops Here now plus 35,000 men in 7th Fleet ships offshore and another 35,000 in Thailand at air bases from which bombing strikes Are launched against North Viet Nam. Westmoreland the . Com Mander in Vietnam conferred Over the weekend on the troop situation with Gen. Earle g. Wheeler chairman of the . Joint chiefs of staff who was in Saigon. Wheeler left Saigon late sunday to return to Washington. Dispatches from Washington said a decision on whether to Call up thousands of reservists is hanging fire until lie gets Back to the capital. Westmoreland a views on the Vietnam situation were expressed sunday in written answers to questions submitted by the associated press in which he expanded on comments voiced in a two hour informal interview. said he did not believe Hanoi could stand a Long War and he likened the recent communist lunar new year tet offensive to the Battle of the bulge of world War ii in late 1944. That Battle was the last major Offen Sive by the germans before their defeat in 1945. Westmoreland said he underestimated the communist infiltration tactics in their tet offensive but said they nevertheless a suffered a military in his wide ranging replies the 54-year-old commander also said a he had no reason to believe the North vietnamese have changed their plan to attack Khe Sanh. A the North vietnamese had ignored the neutrality of Laos and Cambodia and used these countries to Send men and munitions into South Vietnam. Asks for debate Washington apr sen. J. W. Fulbright urges a full scale congressional debate on any further . Escalation in Vietnam saying dispatch of More american troops to the War would be a a disastrous the Arkansas Democrat chairman of the Striate foreign relations committee and a Long time Arch critic of . Policy in Vietnam said sunday he feels the country deserves a a Are examination of the purposes tile objectives of that policy. The president of South Vietnam and a top . Diplomat turned meanwhile . Secretary general u Thant Scall saturday for an end to american bombing of North Vietnam. In saying the North vietnamese and Viet Cong would Ake military advantage of any bombing halt president Nguyen an Thieu predicted the enemy a Ould grow weaker and weaker his year and added a i believe this is the last year for the pc a the communist guerrillas in South Vietnam. Officers look for Large scale ground attack on Khe Sanh Saigon apr North vietnamese troops ambushed and overwhelmed a . Marine platoon 800 Yards outside the barbed wire of the Khe Sanh combat base today. A second platoon of about 45 men sent to help also suffered casualties. Several Marine officers said they believe the North vietnamese now Are in position and set to launch a Large scale ground attack on Khe Sanh with up to 40,000 men. A correspondent John t. Wheeler reported from the base in the Northwestern Corner of the country that Marine Jet dive bombers dropped bombs and napalm on the communists in efforts to cover the marines trying to get Back into the base. One air observer said lie saw marines lying on the ground and communist soldiers swarming through the area just before the bombs fell. The leathernecks inside the base gave tile survivors cover with tank guns recoilless rifles and machine guns. Marine casualties were not announced under new Security regulations that went into effect today. But they obviously were heavy. The patrol sent out to gather intelligence was hit 800 Yards beyond the outer wire. Senior Marine officers said the Young lieutenant leading the platoon went beyond the distance set for him. A survivor said the patrols Point Man spotted two North vietnamese soldiers and the platoon gave Chase. The two enemy soldiers lured the a tines into the ambush and a a whole Bunch were killed in the very beginning Quot the survivor said. The enemy bombardment of Khe Sanh also continued without setup and several Hundred rounds dropped into the besieged area today. Reporting of the exact number also was barred by the new Security regulations. Air activity around Khe Sanh accelerated As the Monsoon weather lifted slightly. For the first time in a week . Figh ter bombers were Able to Fly strikes close to the base per Inie. Ter. The giant b52 bombers also pounded suspected enemy gun positions and Roop concent a. Tons within three Miles of Khe a nil. Eight marines were killed and wounded Over the weekend by the enemy shelling of Khe Sanh and a Brief firefight involving a Small Marine patrol South of the combat base. An american Heli. Copter was shot Down sunday but the Crew escaped to safety. Communist gunners also blasted Marine Strong Points along the Eastern Section of the demilitarized zone with More than 300 rounds of artillery rockets and mortars sunday. The bulk of them landed on con Thien but there was no immediate report of casualties. Over North Vietnam meanwhile . Bombers followed up their first raid of tile War on a. Noil a red River docks with their closest raid to the Center of Hai Phong in nearly two months sunday. . Navy pilots used radar to Fly their All weather to intruders in Low through Northeast Monsoon Clouds. The Clouds kept them from assessing damage they inflicted against a Railroad Yard 1.7 Miles Northwest of the Center of Haiphong and sat inlay against the clocks 1.8 Miles South of the Center of Hanoi. The Hanoi docks reportedly handle 30 per cent of North Vietnam s Inland water traffic. The Railroad Yard at Haiphong last attacked dec. 15 is on the line Between the port North Viet Nam s biggest and Hanoi. It was the closest attack to the Center of Haiphong since Jan. 4, when president Johnson banned bombing in and around Hanoi and Haiphong with word to the North vietnamese that this was a signal of interest in opening peace talks. Johnson removed the ban slightly More than two weeks ago after the communists lunar new year offensive. Some american officers said the idea in the latest attacks on North Vietnam a two major cities is to let the communist High command know that . Warplanes still Are around despite the monsoons. There Are indications that massive air strikes Are planned As soon As the monsoons ease probably in late March unless new peace efforts develop. Sunken japanese ship blocks Panama canal Panama apr the grounding of a 746-foot japanese ship loaded with 51,806 tons of Iron Ore Midway through the Panama canal blocked traffic both ways sunday and Mav keep the 50 mile waterway closed for several Days. More than 60 ships were held up in the canal and at both ends. The Sho an Maru Lay in 47 feet of water where she settled after scraping a Rocky Channel Bank that gave her a 75-foot Gash in her Hull. Her deck was 12 feet above water. Three tugs and a floating Crane sought to raise the Bow by pumping air into the flooded parts of the vessel. Authorities hoped this would enable tugs to move the disabled vessel out of the 300-foot-wide Galliard Cut the narrowest Point in the Channel. If the Effort fails enough Iron Ore will live to be removed from the hold of the ship to permit it to be towed to a mooring out of the line of traffic. The freighter bound from Peru to France struck the Bank a mile from the Northern end of the nine mile Cut. Water rushed into the Forward ballast tanks and the boat began to Settle at the Bow. The 104-foot-wide ship was stuck about in the Middle of the Channel which is 300 feet wide. Divers said the Gash was 6 feet High and ran just to feet above the Hozan Maruss keel. They said the cargo holds were not damaged. The Galliard Cut with Banks More than 300 feet High at some Points slices through the Continental Divide. Work is under Way to Widen it to 500 feet. Even after the Hozan Maru is freed movement of the backed up traffic will be slow. One set of canal locks is being overhauled putting one of the two navigation lanes out of commission. Ships Are not Able to move in both directions at once in some sections. Proposals far reaching Washington apr president Johnson s proposal to Congress for solving a the crisis of the cities Quot is More far reaching than Many Urban experts had hoped. The urgently worded message issued last thursday included several proposals of potentially great Impact that had not been forecast in the presidents state of the Union or budget messages. Foremost among these a a Means for the nations big industries to enter the Low in come housing Field on a Large scale for the first time. The incentive tax Breaks. A Federal backing for new planned communities to provide american families of All income Levels with an alternative to what Johnson called crowded cities and sprawling suburbs. Urban officials who asked not to be identified called the message the strongest and most important on the problems of big cities Ever issued by an american president. A it Isnit the Moon and the stars Quot said one official a and some people Are going to think he should have gone further. But considering the mood of the country and the mood of Congress this is a stronger message than most of us had calling for 300,000 new or rehabilitated lower income housing units in the coming year and 6 million in the next to years the presidents program is de action expected t Oday on redistricting Albany . Apr the Legislatures leaders moved to Day for Quick passage of their bipartisan plan for redrawing the state s congressional District lines. Speaker Anthony j. Travia said he would ask the Assembly to approve it at this after noon a session. Senate majority Leader Earl w. Brydges said his House would follow suit by tuesday. A a there a no trouble and i done to expect any Quot Travia said. A a in a like to get this out of the Way and move on to other Busi Ness Quot Brydges said. The leaders Confidence that they could dispose swiftly and peacefully of what ordinarily might be a volatile political is sue seemed to be justified. Meanwhile As the Senate and Assembly entered another work week this other business awaited their attention a gov. Rockefeller submitted a Bill that would require licensing of All shops in this state As a device to protect Consumers from Over charges and unnecessary re. Pairs. Travia said he leaned Tow. Re the idea. Brydges said he would like to think about it. A Travia revealed Over the weekend that he and Brydges disagreed on a major Economy Cut in Rockefeller a $115.7-Mil-lion deficiency budget Bill a specifically a $5.million loan to help the new Niagara Frontier transportation authority get into operation. Travia who comes from Brooklyn wants to Cut the loan to $322,000, arguing that tile leg. Slature can decide later whether the rest should be pro. Video. Brydges who represents the Niagara Falls area maintains that the full $5 million is needed right now. The deficiency Bill is submitted annually to cover spending items not anticipated when the main budget was adopted Ute year before. Rockefeller offered the Auto repair Bill As a follow up on a proposal he made in his a state of the state Quot message Early last month. said that while most of the approximately 100,000 repair shops in the state Are honest a a relatively few Quot have been cheating the Public and should be stopped. His Bill would empower the state motor vehicle commissioner a beginning next Jan. I a to set licensing standards invest Gate applicants and discipline those who get out of line. The commissioner could life a License a and thus put a shop out of business a for any one of these reasons a making false statements in t plying for a License. A failing to perform repairs As advertised. A making false or misleading statements about the work per formed. A making unnecessary re pairs. A Billing a customer for work that was not performed. In processing the deficiency budget Bill the Assembly ways and Means committee and the Senate finance committee agreed on cuts totalling nearly $7 million but reflecting the views of Travia and Brydges fell out on the Niagara Money. Among the major agreed cuts Are �?$2.8 million from a$5.1-million request for the pure Waters authority. The committees said they might restore the Money later after getting a bet. Ter appraisal of the Agency a workload. A $1.5 million requested As an Advance for the Adirondack Mountain authority to Complete development of the Prospect Mountain toll Road. The author to has been unable to repay previous advances and the state is thinking of taking Over its operations a a $799,000 from a $1.4-million request for improvements to the it. Vanhoevenber recreation area in the Adirondacks. The committees said the balance would be enough to continue development of the facility. A $330,000 from a $7.3-million request for funds to Aid various Airport. Improvement projects across the state. The commit tees said they denied funds for projects at Canastota Cortland Hornell Monticello and pots dam a because of planning de. but they said this was done a without prejudice a a indicating the Money might be supplied later in the main budget. Signed to wipe out substandard housing in America. The aim of involving private Enterprise on a Large scale would be to draw on its expertise to replace the sub Standard units As quickly As possible. It assumes that business would be Able to develop better less costly Low i Corne housing than could the government. The proposal would permit companies to join in forming what would be called National housing partnerships. Suggested by a presidential commission headed by industrialist Edgar g. Kaiser the arrangement would permit companies investing in Low i Corne housing to share their losses. The firms also could deduct their investments from their total tax Bills much the Way individuals deduct interest on their Home mortgage payments. In addition to pumping Large amounts of new Money into the Low i Corne housing programs the partnerships would be de signed to provide a National resource Center of technical and executive skill. The partnerships could Spon Sor local housing projects on their own or enter joint ventures with local builders developers and investors. To develop new communities the president proposed Federal financial backing for private developers. Few now Are Able to hold out through the Long initial investment period six or seven years before income starts to match outlay. Today a buckle visitors to Las vegas Are advised to get married Early. If it does no to work out they wont have ruined the whole Day. \ a round the around the around the rep. Stratton Schenectady . Apr rep. Samuel s. Stratton of Amsterdam a democratic member of the House armed services committee urges tighter restrictions of front line press coverage of the Vietnam War a in the interest of Stratton told Navy reservists meeting in suburban Niskayuna saturday night that the Vietnam conflict is a the first War americans have Ever fought when we did not impose some kind of restraint on front line combat news a americans like to get the facts first and they deserve to get them a he said. A but not when those facts will thus become available to the enemy. And could Cost american lives and possibly even the loss of american combat
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