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Sunday, September 15, 1968

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Nigerians get UN relief

LAGOS, Nigeria VP) - Ameri-
can pilots who won medals in
Vietnam have joined former
Peace Corps volunteers in an
attempt to launch a million dol-
lar helicopter shuttle to bring
relief to starving refugees of
the Nigerian civil war. '
Under the auspices of the
U.N. Children's Emergency
Fund-UNICEF-the project is
a high-powered American oper-
ation which already has made
an offer to buy 10 helicopters
the Nigerians have hardly used
for lack of parts and pilots since
their war started with the seces-
sionist Biafrans in Eastern
Nigeria 14 months ago.
Former pilots with combat ex-
perience in Vietnam and Korea
have come from civilian jobs to
fly helicopters in southeastern
Nigeria where at least a quarter
of a million refugees have
crowded through lines into fed-
erally held territory.
Two weeks after landing in
Nigeria after recruiting in the
United States, pilots and sup-
port crews await c1e a r a nce
from the Nigerians to fly to Ca-
labar two H 19 helicopters pur-
chased for $50,000 from a used
helicopter lot in Tucson, Ariz.
The two helicopters will shut-
tle at the rate of two round trips
an hour between Calabar and
Uyo, 30 miles west, in the heart
of the refugee concentration,
according to Charles C. Robards,
38, of Dansville, N.Y., head of
the project.
The aircraft will carry 1,500

pounds of food and medicine on
each trip in a parachute hang-
ing from a hook under the belly.
Robards said the pilots will slip
the chute off the hook, drop
it at the destination and then
return to base for another load
without landing.
Eventually he hopes to have
20 helicopters "daisy chaining"
500 feet over the rain forest and
swampland. Hence the offer to
buy 10 Nigerian helicopters,
most of which are old British-
made craft sold to the air force
by Austrians.
But two craft will fly the first
two weeks "just to prove the
concept," said Brandt Berk, 35,
a financial analyst from Old
Lyme, Conn.
If the shuttle works it could
move nearly 15 tons an hour.
Food is now piling up in Cala-
bar, 400 miles east of Lagos in
and area recaptured by the fed-
erals between last October and
Distribution problems have
hampered relief in the hardest
hit area under federal control.
The food is not designed
immediately for Ibo tribesmen
now encircled in Biafra but for
non-Ibo refugees fleeing t h e
Plans for the project started
in August with a conference be-
tween Robards and U.S. State
Department officials. Although
the program is under UNICEF,
most of the money comes from
the United States. In addition
to the cost of the helicopters,

$90,000 was spent to ship them
in a huge "Guppy" Boeing 377
freighter plane. Estimates of
early costs hit a quarter of a
milion dollars.
Most of the pilots volunteered
for the jobs after getting leaves
ob absence. Dick Lewer, 28, of
Long Beach, N.Y., is a pilot for
United Airlines. He won a Dis-
tinguished Flying Cross in Viet-
So did Shepard C. Spink who
is vice president in charge of
operations of the company Ro-
bards created specially for the
venture. Spink temporarily has
left his post as an advertising
salesman for the iew Yorker
The fourth pilot, John Mc-
Laughlin of Springfield, Mass.,
piloted helicopters as an Army
warrant officer in Korea. He is
the only one in the crew who
had flown an H19 before. He
worked for an aviation supply
firm in Windsor Locks, Conn.
The Peace Corps volnnteers
came from UNICEF. John Mc-
Clure, now getting a masters
degree in physics at the Univer-
sity of Maryland, and Tom Mar-
inkovich of Monessen, Pa., both
taught in Eastern Nigeria as
members of the first Peace
Corps group in 1961.
All are being paid for their
work here,
"They're not losing money but
they make a lot more in the
United States for the time
they're putting in," said Ro-
bards who has a contract with

-Associated Press
UNOFFICIAL BACKER-A Chicago police car sporting a "Wallace for President sticker isn't part
of the official campaign, police say. Police officials claim the sign was the work of pranksters
and they aren't officially campaigning for anyone. The squad car, carrying the campaign sign,
patrolled Chicago's streets Friday night.
Wallace draws jeers and praise,
attarcis 'young leftist rotesters

Corner of Huron and Forest


LEXINGTON, Ky. (A')-George
Wallace, pausing from time to
time to scold young hecklers, told
students at the University of Ken-
tucky yesterday that "our system
has fed and clothed people all
over the world and if you don't
like it, what other system would
you use?"
The third party presidential
candidate was cheered repeatedly
by most of the 10,000 students and
a few adults in" Memorial Coli-
seum, but there were some who

Daily Classifieds Ge Results


disagreed with him vigorously and
made no secret of it.,
Wallace poked fun at some of
the hecklers with such jibes as
"you need a haircut," and "I hope
you stay in a good humor until
I get away."
Once when he was interrupted
by catcalls, he retorted. "Alrightl
now, you're not going to get pro-
moted to the second grade if ypu
don't watch out."
One group of students who
called themselves "Hippies for
Wallace" sought to heckle him in
a subtle manner by interrupting
his speech with, chants of "We
want Wallace,"
They carried signs which the
third party candidate could not
see, which made it clear they were
attempting to make fun of him.
One sign read "Get right with
Goa. Go George;" another read
"Down with sin and immorality."
Wallace first told the group,
"You fellows don't know how
many votes you get me every time
you show up at one of my meet-
He is sometims hard of hearing
and apparently was unaware for
the moment that they were chant-
ing "We want Wallace."
When he learned that he re-
marked, "Oh, they're for us. Thank
you fellows."

In the serious portion of his
speech, the Alabaman said, as he
has before, that leaders of the
Democratic and Republican par-
ties, "succumbed to anarchists to
destroy the property ownership
system" by passing a new federal
housing law.
When they do that, he told the
crowd. "they're not fit to lead this
country during the next four
Wallace also continued his de-
fense of the nation's police and
said the Supreme Court decisions
in recent years have made them
"second-class citizens."
He insited again that he is not
a racist and that he has never
said anything against anyone be-
cause'of the color of his skin. "You
couldn't be elected governor in our
state by being against people be-
cause of their race,' he said, "and
you couldn't do it in Kentucky
Wallace told the students that
the United States saved commu-
nist Russia with its materiel in
World War II and added:
"I just want to tell the young
leftists who don't like our mate-
rialistic system that the commu-
nists have never turned down any
of our materiel."

Agnew admits error
in esoft on Reds' talk

CHICAGO UP) - Gov. Spiro T.
Agnew admitted again last night
that his description of Vice Presi-
dent Hubert H. Humphrey as be-
ing "'soft on Communism" was a
"I'd, forgotten about its un-
pleasant connotations," he said.
But the Republican vice presi-
dential nominee defended his com-
parison of Humphrey to former
British Prime Minister Neville
Chamberlain, who is popularly
identified as an appeaser of Nazi
Germany in 1938.
In an hour-long appearance on,
a television talk show, Agnew said
he thinks the comparison between
Humphrey, the Democratic presi-
dential nominee, and Chamberlain
was "an apt comparison, particu-'
larly when I see Vice President
Humphrey attempting to jump'
from the hawk to the dove back to
the hawk position in an apparent
attempt to placate the schism
that exists within the Democratic

Agnew's statements were taped
for airing on last night's Kup's
Show on WMAQ-TV.
He again denied that he had
been ordered by his running mate,
Richard M. Nixon, to abandon his
emphasis on alleged Communist
influences within recent student
disorders and to retract his cri-
ticism of Humphrey.
"He (Nixon) relied on my judg-
ment and felt that if I couldn't
extricate myself from that blunder
unilaterally I was in trouble," the
Maryland governor said.
On other issues, Agnew said he
is opposed to the busing of pupils
to achieve racial balance in
schools, favors some form of gun
legislation, and believes the Sen-
ate should be very cautious about
ratifying a nuclear nonprolifera-
tion treaty.
"Soviet Russia is a party to that
treaty," Agnew said, "and if the
treaty is to be meaningful we
must have confidence in the gen-
uineness of their participation."

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