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Wednesday, April 3, '1968

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Three

Wednesday, April 3, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three

Czech Judge,
Found Dead
Missing Five Days;
Police Call It Suicide
TYNEC, Czechoslovakia -(P) -
Czechoslovakia's top investigator
of Stalinist crimes was found
hanged from a tree yesterday, five
days after his mysterious disap-
pearance.
Police in this village south of
Prague saidd"we. are 99 per cent
sure" that Dr. Josef Brestansky,
deputy president of the Supreme
Court, was a suicide. A close
friend, talking to reporters before
his death was announced, had
discounted the possibility.
Czech police, detectives and
photographers kept Brestansky's
body from view.
Second Suicide
Brestansky, who was heading an
investigation of persecution dur-
ing Czechoslovakia's decade of
Stalinist repression in the 1950's,
vanished Thursday on his way
from the Supreme Court to the
Justice Ministry in downtown
Prague.
His death comes in the midst
of Czechoslovakia's drive toward
liberalization. Only three weeks
ago, Deputy Vladimir Janko, an
old liner, was found fatally
wounded. Officials called his death
a suicide.
Found in Woods
' Police said a taxi driver identi-
fied a photograph of Brestansky
as that of the man he took to a
crossroads near the village of Ba-
bice, south of Prague, on the same
day.
This spurred a search of , a
wooded lake and resort area in
this region where Brestansky, his
wife and two sons frequently spent
their weekends.
The spokesman said the body
was found shortly before 10 a.m.
by a police search team.
The spokesman said a black
briefcase the Judge carried at the
time of his disappearance had not
been found.

Thieu Foresees

Of U.S.

Troops

Withdrawal
at Year's End
- (Says More

Humphruey s
Candidacy
Undecided

-Associated Press
RIOTING IN RIO
Brazilian armored units took up positions in downtown Rio de Janeiro yesterday after several hours
of clashes between police and demonstrating students. Violence in Rio and four other cities was the
worst since 1964.
FBI PROBE-
aritime Officials Investigated
For Ilegal Political Donations

WASHINGTON (A) - The FBI
launched a criminal investigation
Monday into allegations that high
level employes of the Maritime
Administration were pressured by
their boss to contribute to a Dem-
ocratic party fund raising dinner.
The investigation was requested
by the Criminal Division of the
Justice Department, the Asso-
ciated Press learned yesterday.
A veteran civil servant charged
last week that 79 Maritime Ad-
ministration employes were sum-
moned to a business hours meet-
ing on federal property and pres-
sured to contribute to the dinner.
Pressure Illegal
Such pressure would be a vio-
lation of election laws prohibiting
federal employes from seeking po-
litical contributions from other
federal employes on federal prop-
erty, said a Justice Department
official who confirmed that an
investigation was underway.
The official would not speculate

BURSLEY
BURLESQUE
COMING APRIL 8
Suggested for,
mature audiences

on how long the investigation
might continue.
The Maritime Administration
employe who made the charges
said the employes summoned to
the meeting all were at a GS 15
pay grade, earning $18,400 a year
and up.
The meeting was called, he said,
by James W. Gulick, acting' head
of the Maritime Administration
for 11 a.m. March 21 in a" con-
ference room near Gulick's office
in the General Accounting Office
building.
Gulick was quoted as saying that
contributions to next Thursday's
$250 a plate dinner were not be-
ing sought by arm twisting. But,
the employe said, Gulick added:
"If you want to make sure that
you have a nice, clean file-and
you can be sure that a file is kept
somewhere - you know what to
do."
Denies Charges
Gulick acknowledged that the
March 21 meeting was held and
that a second meeting was held
the next day because "I heard of
the possibility of a misunder-
standing." But he denied making
the "nice, clean file" statement.
"There was no pressure, no so-
licitation, and whatever they
wanted to do was in accordance
with their own circumstances and
their own positions," Gulick said.
"I'm inclined to think that this
is a small minority that wants
to think this way. I'm just at a
loss to understand why."
After the charges were made
public, John J. McCarthy, deputy

general counsel for the Civil Serv-
into," the source added.
ice Commission, said his office
would investigate the matter. The
Justice Department notified him
late last week, McCarthy said yes-
terday, that it would ask the FBI
to take over the investigation.
Dinner for Johnson
All of the employes present at
the meeting had received invita-
tions to the dinner either through
the mail or from supervisors, the
Maritime Administration employe
said.
The dinner is being given by
the House and Senate Democratic
Campaign Committee for Presi-
dent J o h n s o n, Vice President
Humphrey and Democratic con-
gressmen. It will be held as sched-
uled despite Johnson's decision
not to seek re-election.
Gulick denied that he or Davis
made any of the statements at-
tributed to them. One of Gulick's
aides said he felt it was incon-
ceivable that anyone left the
meeting feeling that he had been
pressured.
'Nice Guy'
But the source said, "The tone
of Gulick's remarks was that 'I'm
a nice guy and I'm not going to
do anything to you if you don't
contribute, but .. .'
"I've seen pressure before but
this is the worst I've ever run
He said he knew of at least
one other instance of pressure to
contribute being put on civil ser-
vants in another agency, "but I'm
told they're asking only $25 over
there."

WASHINGTON (01) - A close
associate of Hubert H. Humphrey
said yesterday the vice president
won't decide whether to become a
presidential candidate "for a
couple of weeks or more"
"The vice president is going to
take time to appraise his chances
and he is not going to be hur-
ried," the associate said.
He added that Humphrey, who
was. in Mexico on a diplomatic
mission when President Johnson
announced Sunday night that he
would not seek re-election, has
told his staff he "is not a candi-
date yet."
Key members of the vice presi-
dent's staff are almost unanimous
in urging him to immediately
enter the race for the Democratic
presidential nomination. T h e y
argue that any delay would give
Sen: Robert F. Kennedy of New
York the opportunity to sew up
enough delegate strength to
clinch the nomination.
Breakfast with LBJ
Humphrey, who returned from
Mexico late Monday night, at-
tended, a White House breakfast
with the President and Demo-
cratic congressional leaders Tues-
day morning. It was his first
meeting with Johnson since the
President's dramatic withdrawal.
After the breakfast, Senate
Majority Leader Mike Mansfield
(D-Mont.) told newsmen that no
mention was made at the meeting
of a possible presidential bid by
Humphrey.
Mansfield also said he doesn't
expect the President to take sides
in the contest for the nomination.
"I think he will keep hands off
and let the Democratic conven-
tion decide," Mansfield said.
From Pennsylvania
Mayor James H. J. Tate of
Philadelphia told newsmen Mon-
day that a Humphrey aide indi-
cated to him that the vice presi-
dent would become a candidate.
And from Pittsburgh came
word that the White House has
notified officials of the Pennsyl-
vania AFL-CIO convention that
Humphrey will make an "impor-
tant address" to the convention
Thursday. However, Humphrey's
office in Washington promptly
denied rumors that the important
address might be an announce-
ment of his candidacy.
Humphrey is expected to arrive
in Pittsburgh around noon and
confer with Mayor Joseph Barr, a
strong Johnson supporter, before
going to the convention.
Since Johnson's announcement,
Humphrey has brushed aside all
questions about his future.
Much of the speculation con-
cerninga possible Humphrey can-
didacy has'included the assump-
tion that because of his role as
chief advocate of administration
policies, both at home and in
Vietnam, Humphrey would get
Johnson's support.
The vice president is also con-
sidered the natural heir to much
of the support-such as that of
the leaders of the AFL-CIO-that
had been promised to Johson be-
fore his withdrawal.

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi
Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey
DISILLUSIONMENT:
LIJJ Speech Yields
I w ~7" T 'T1-

Men Needed
SAIGON ()-President Nguyen
Van Thieu said yesterday his gov-
ernment could agree to a gradual
withdrawal of U.S. troops begin-
ning by the end of this year, but
he made clear he would hate to
see them go.
In his first comments on
President Johnson's de-escalation
speech Sunday night, Thieu told
a news conference that only
more troops can hasten the end
of the wvar. He also said if the
United States withdraw from
Vietnam, "they will be avoiding
their responsibility and deserting
the free world."
But when asked by what date
he thought the United States
could begin to withdraw, Thieu
replied: "If the United States re-
quests a withdrawal of its troops,
we can agree to a gradual with-
drawal beginning by the end of
1968. Of course, we will never ask
the United States to go home, but
if the U.S. government wants it,
we can begin to relieve some
American troops with our new
effort to mobilization."
Thieu recently announced the
South- Vietnamese armed forces
would be increased 135,000 men
by the middle of the year and said
general mobilization would be ne-
cessary after that.
Although an aide said earlier
that Thieu had accepted Presi-
dent Johnson's invitation to visit
the United States, Thieu said the
invitation was still under con-
sidefation.
A spokesman for the South Viet-
namese government said earlier
that the date of the visit would
depend on Thieu's schedule and
Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky
would not accompany him.
Thieu told the news conference
the South Vietnamese government
had agreed to the curtailment In
U.S. bombing of North Vietnam,
but "This is the last time we want
to show our good will."
He said if there is no satisfac-
tory response from Hanoi his
government will not delay its gen-
eral mobilization order. "We will
do it now."
Like President Johnson in his
announcement of the bombing
curtailment, Thieu set no dead-
line for Hanoi's response. But the
South Vietnamese leader said: "It
Is a matter of weeks, not a matter
of months."

WHY TAKE A CHANCE WITH AN UNCHARTERED
AIRLINE TO EUROPE?

Varying 1
By MICHAEL GOLDSMITH
Associated Press News Analysis
SAIGON - "Whatever happens
from now on, this war will never
be quite the same again."
This view, privately expressed
by an American official in Sai-
gon, summed up what many felt
after reflecting on President John-
son's speech Sunday.
The President ordered an
open-ended halt to air and sea
attacks on much of North Viet-
nam. He described this as a sub-
stantial and unilateral "first step"
to de-escalate the war and offer-
ed a further de-escalation if
Hanoi responds.
While there have been truces
and bombing halts before, the
President's decision not to seek
re-election somehow underscored
a feeling that the United States
had changed course.
Many American officials and
military men had long argued
that the United States faced de-
feat in Vietnam unless it attack-
ed the North with everything it
has except nuclear weapons.
Many who held this view also
believed that only a noisy minor-
ity of doves and "peaceniks" in
the United States restrained Pres-
ident Johnson from following
such a course. They were certain
he would never ease the pressure
on the enemy without simultan-
eously getting some thing in re-
turn.
The President's speechswas an
emotional shock for these offi-
cials. Two days after Johnson
spoke, there was still atmosphere
of gloom and letdown in some
offices and mess halls.
At the other end of the opinion
scale, those who felt the whole
war was a mistake - and those
who just wanted to go home-
we re rejoicing as though the war
might stop overnight. Their initial
overoptimism brought a letdown,

R(eactions
as doubts arose over how Hanoi.
would respond.
Disillusionment with the war
and skepticism over its progress
increased sharply among young
Vietnamese intellectuals after the
Tet offensive. They welcome the
limited bombing halt. "Escalation
is finished forever," said a Viet-
namese law student. "It may take
years, but we're on the way to
peace at last."
President Nguyen Van Thieu
said he approved the bombing de-
cision, but he stressed that it was
the last time the South Vietna-
meselgovernment would agree to
such a gesture. He rejected any
idea of compromise with the
Communists and pledged that
South Vietnam would pursue the
war vigorously even if the United
States should pull out.
Government sources concede
privately that the Saigon leaders,
were thrown into consternation by
the prospect of Johnson's depar-
ture from the White House.

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By The Associated Press
NEW, YORK - The stock mar-
ket struggled to a small gain yes-
terday as the impact of President
Johnson's surprise Sunday night
announcements waned.
The market staged a booming
rally on record volume Monday
after Johnson limited bombing
of North Vietnam and announced
he will not seek re-election.
The Dow -Jones average of 30
industrials closed yesterday with
a gain of 2.71 points at 836.96
after having been down 3.81
points during the morning. The
average spurted 20.58 points Mon-
day.
* * *
MOSCOW - Lev D. Landau,
one of the world's leading phy-
sicists and winner of the 1962

Nobel Prize for physics, died Mon-
day, the Soviet government an-
nounced yesterday. He was 60.
Landau never returned to re-
search after an automobile acci-
dent six years, ago in which he
suffered brain damage. He re-
mained in a hospital for two years
and nine months, receiving his
Nobel Prize while abed, before re-
turning to limited scientific ac-
tivity and teaching.
He was one of the few Jews to
rise to prominence in Soviet sci-
ence. His work on the supercon-
ductivity of liquids at very low
temperatures is considered basic
to the development of space roc-
kets and data computers.
He had hoped to write. books
on the teaching of physics and
mathematics.

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