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Heavy Viet

Rusk Admits Apology to Singapore

SINGAPORE ,)--Secretary of
State Dean Rusk admitted yes-
terday that he sent an official
letter of apology to the Singapore
government after the U.S. gov-
ernment offered Prime Minister
Lee Kuan Yew a $3 million dollar
bribe, in 1961.
The bribe to the Sinapore prime
minister was made so that he
would not reveal that a Central

ties of these officials for disciplin-
ary action."
The State Department's about-
face came after Lee, warned that
he would disclose top-secret in-
formation which would embarrass
"very high circles" if Washington
continued to deny his story.
"If the Americans go on denying
this I will have to disclose further

details which may
James Bond-lurid
tesque," he said.

sound like
and gro-

Lee said he finally released the
CIA operative because "it would
have damaged our relations with
Kuala Lumpur and we wanted
merger with them." The Singa-
pore-Malaya merger went through,
but was dissolved last month.

He said that if the Washington
denials continued, he would name
the intermediary who made the
bribe offer, as he described it.
The State Department confir-
mation of the Rvsk letter came
a few hours later. McCloskey de-
clined to say what, if , any, dis-
ciplinary action resulted from the
review Rusk promised.


Viet Cong Monsoon Offensive Cong Fire
Fails to Materialize: Rain Ends Downs Craft
84 Wounded in Week.

Intelligence Agency operative had GREE ONR N E
been caught trying to buy secret 1~7 ~ ~
information here.
Prime Minister Yew produced-
the letter and the State Depart-
content. The department "*ithg
drew a blanket denial it had made
earlier to the prime minister's L1
charges of an attempt to bribe d e rs

ntine Meets with
Resolve Impasse

Associated Press Special Correspondent
SAIGON-The monsoon season
is almost over in the southern
part of Viet Nam, and for the.
third year in a row the widely
heralded Viet Cong offensive that
is expected to accompany it has
not developed..
Military analysts are asking
themselves if the Viet Cong ever
planned such an offensive in the
first place.
As in other years, forebodings
of torrential rain slicing onto the
battlefields and preventing the use
of preventive air power led U.S.
military authorities to assume
that the monsoon period would be
an ideal time for the Viet Cong to
try for solid military gains.
A series of Viet Cong actions
against Son Be and Dong Xoai,
north of Saigon, and other places,
around May raised fears that the
offensive had started.
In fact, both the Song Be and
Dong Xoai battles were fought un-
der the hot sun.
Much of the thinking about the
Vietnamese monsoon is fallacious.
First of all, it covers only the
southern part of the country.
Da Naig
The highly populated central
coastal area, and the region that
includes Da Nang, are dry now.
And the southern monsoon does
not bring a six-month endless
sheet of rain. There are weeks of
sunshine sprinkled through it,
and the showers don't usually last
more than an hour.

During the height of the ac-
tion around the beleaguered out-
post of Duc Co near Pleiku, there
were three weeks of sunshine.
The monsoon in the central
highlands in particular is fickle.
Rain tends to come sweeping
through the high mountain passes
even in the dry season, and fog
hangs low in the valleys.
Any time is the bad time in the
If the presumption is accepted
that the Viet Cong were plan-
ning a major offensive in the
monsoon season, then it failed.
No Plan
If the Viet Cong were not plan-
ning such an offensive, but were
just steadily escalating their ef-
fort, then this monsoon period
has been an illuminating one.
For example, the Viet - Cong
have slackened off their small.unit
actions considerably. Last year and
in 1963 alnost every night brought
attacks in all four military corps
areas on isolated outposts and
Now a week can go by in a
corps without one Viet Cong at-
Stay Put
What the Viet Gong are doing
is to mass in large groups in one
area, and then attack in force.
They may stay around one area
for months, as at Duc Co and Binh
These seem like campaigns to
destroy district towns and isolate
provincial capitals.
Vietnamese units which moved
in to ,destroy these Viet Cong con-

centraions have been battered Report U.S. Death Toll
badly. These Vietnamese units Now.Stands at 629
move under cover of heavy air
strikes, and head back to base
afte a ew weksSAIGON (A")-United States Air
after a few weeks. Force B-52 jet bombers today
High Casualties pounded a suspected Viet Cong
Viet Cong casualties are presum- :area 20 {miles north-northwest of
ed to be heavy, too. Saigon, a U.S. military spokes-
The Viet Cong have been able man reported.
to retain their grip on the areas: The area hit was in the Ho Bo
where they are campaigning, com- woods in Binh Duong Province.
muniques issued in Saigon show. Under current security restric-
Duc Co camp still comes under tions, the spokesman said only
nightly Viet Cong harassment. that "a number" of the big Stra-
Binh Gia has been cut off by tegic Air Command bombers car-
road since January.,!ied out the d.
American troops in Viet Nam,' In ground action, Vietnamese
sent here initially to guard stra- troops clashed with a Viet Cong
tegic bases and permit Vietnamese company 12 miles south of Quant
units to get out and fight, are Ngai city early today.

33 Million Offer
Lee said the $3-million offer
was made after he told the U.S.
government he would keep quiet
about the alleged CIA incident if
it supplied $33 million for eco-
nomic development.
"I will say. this for President
John F. Kennedy," Lee comment-
ed. "He said no, his government
would give me the money if I

ATHENS (MP)-King Constantine
last night met with leading poli-
ticians at a rare crown council
and appealed to them to aid in
resolving Greece's dangerous poli-
tical impasse.
The king told 11 party leaders
and former premiers that seven
weeks of crisis was causing seri-
ous danger to the Greek economy,

wanted it, publicly, but not be- its international position
cause I had him by the throat." internal situation.
Lee said Tuesday the Sinapore The meeting, in Athe
government had arrested a CIA palace, lasted three and
agent, that Lee offered to keep the hours and then a recess
thing quiet if given the $33 mil- en until this evening. Ni
lion, and that Washington had politicians present gave th
replied through an intermediary to the king, and the .o
it would give Lee and his People's will speak up today.
Action party $3 million to keep Three Failures"

and its
ns' royal
was tak-
ne of the
heir views
ther two

for seven years until 1963, went
into self-imposed exile resigning
in a dispute with another king -
Constantine's father, the late King
Paul. Caramanlis is in Italy.
Uninvited to the meeting was
John Passalides, 80, Moscow-edu-
cated physician who heads the
Communist-line United Democrat-
ic Left party.
The 11 politicians present aver-
aged 70 years of age, almost three
times that of the king. -
The king opened the council
with a statement that implied he
was opposed to elections before the
four-year term of the present
Parliament expires in February,
While the council meeting was
in progress a boisterous crowd of
about 3000 students demonstrated

in support of Papandreou at Ath-
ens University. Strong police ele-
ments were posted in the area
but did not interfere with the
A speaker drew loud cheers from
the crowd when he shouted that
"only the people can bring down
the government-not the palace."
And in the crowd a student wav-
ed a placard declaring "Only one
leader-the people."
Another placard read: "Out
with the Americans."1
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quickly expanding their role to
meet the Viet Cong strategy.
.Chu Lai
The U.S. Marine battle at Chu
Lai was one example. U.S. Army
elements now in Viet Nam, and
those scheduled to arrive soon,
can be expected to take a greater
combat role this year..
The American strategy could
lead to some major battles,ilike
none before in South Viet Nam.
The U.S. forces have mobility that
the French lacked in the '50's.
Future actions are expected to
feature far more Vietnamese, pos-
sibly regular units. The Vietna-
mese high command was report-
edly miffed at being left out of
planning for the Chu Lai action
until the last minute.
And U.S. authorities reason that
this is still a' Vietnamese war, and
that Americans are here only to

SPaistan Defeats Indian Forces
In T Bttles over Kashmir

KARACHI, Pakistan (A)-Pakis-
tan's forces swept into Indian-
held Kashmir Wednesday and
captured two posts while the air
force shot down four Indian
planes, a government spokesman
The fight centered around the
Bhimbar sector in southwest
Kashmir. The spokesman said the
attackers were Pakistani Kashmir
forces backed by Pakistan troops.
He said they seized the Indian
posts of Devaa and Chhamb.
The air force claimed its vic-
tory over the Indian planes in the
Chhamb area, saying they were
trying to cover the retreat of the
Indian army.
In New Delhi, a government,
spokesman said at least 3,000 Pak-
istani regulars, supported by from
45 to 70 U.S.-made. Patton tanks,
attacked after the artillery bar-
rage. He reported, Indian war-
planes struck at the advancing
forces, but made no mention of
any being shot down.
Ten 'Pakistani 'tanks, were de-
stroyed and a number of guns and
vehicles were hit, the spokesman
claimed. He denied the loss of
Devaa and Chhamb.
It appeared that the tivo feud-
ing nations were on the verge of
full-fledged war after 18 years of
quarreling over the Himalayan
state, which is divided by a 'UN
cease-fire line into Indian and
Pakistani sections.
U Thant
At the United Nations in New
York, UN Seci-etary-General U
Thant went into hurried confer-
ences with members of the Secur-
ity Council on the fighting.
He saw U.S. Ambassador Arthur
J. Goldberg and Soviet Ambassa-
dor Planton D. Morozov in quick

Fight Continues
A U.S. military spokesman said
that at 8 a.m. fighting still was
goinghon and that U.S. air sup-
port had been called into aid the
government troops.
There was no immediate report
on casualties.
It also was reported that a one-
day operation 12 miles southeast
of Quang, Ngai ended yesterday
with three Viet Cong killed, 15
persons picked up as suspects and
several weapons seized. U.S. ad-.
visors confirmed the three Viet
Cong killed.
A U.S. helicopter crashed yes-
terday 25 miles northwest of Sai-
gon, apparently under heavy Viet
Cong fire, and four Americans and
one Vietnamese were killed.
A U.S. spokesman, in announc-
ing the crash, said a Vietnamese
army unit recovered the bodies.
Combat losses among U.S. serv-
icemen in the week ending Aug.
28 were officially announced as.
nine dead, 84 wounded and seven
either missing or captured. This
brought the roll of Americans
killed in action so far to 629.
Disclose Loss
There was belated disclosure of
the loss of a U.S. Navy Skyhawk
and its pilot in a raid on North
Viet Nam Aug. 24. The spokes-
man said American rescuecrews
have given up a hunt for the
pilot, who 'was seen parachuting
into an area about 120 miles
south of Hanoi after the Sky-
hawk caught fire.
The New China News Agency
broadcast a Hanoi claim that four
jets were shot down Tuesday dur-
ing widespread raids on North
Viet Nam.
American authorities said they
lost one. This was a U.S. Air Force
F-105 Thunderchief, shot down
during the destruction of a bridge
about 95 miles west of Hanoi. The
pilot parachuted and was rescued
by helicopter.
Quiet on Ground
No major activity was reported
on the ground.
However, the Viet Cong seemed
to be back in the vicinity of the
Duc Co Special Forces camp, 215
miles north of Saigon, where a
Red siege was lifted last month
by a government relief force back-
ed by U.S. infantrymen and para-
Briefing officers said the camp
came under small arms and mor-
tar fire late Tuesday. There was
no report of casualties.
700 Captured
Briefing officers said 700 Viet
Cong were killed or captured last
week against government casual-
ties of 710, including wounded.
There were no estimates of the
guerrilla wounded.
August was reported to have
been the busiest month of the U.S.
Air Force over North Viet Nam
since the raids were launched Feb.
7. Officials said the Air Force
flew 1,172 strike sorties, an aver-
age of more than 37 a day.
U.S. Navy pilots flying from 7th
Fleet carriers handled hundreds
of their sorties and South Viet-
namese pilots 38. A sortie is the
flight mission of a single plane.
Targets in raids Tuesday that
closed out the month included the .
Ban Non Luc barracks, 60 miles
east of Dien Bien Phu; and the
Ban Lau storage facilities, in the
same general area.
Eight F-105's attacked the bar-
racks, and the pilots said they left
them in flames. Four F-105's made
the Ban Lau strike. They were
reported to have damaged 14
Foreign Minister Tran Van Do
wound up a visit to Malaysia,
across the Gulf of Siam, with a
I declaration that a Communist vic-

The Rusk letter, as quoted by
Lee, was dated April 15, 1961, and
"I am deeply distressed to learn
that certain officials of the Unit-
ed States government have been
found by your government to have
been engaged in improper activi-
ties in Singapore.
"I want you to know that I re-
gret very much that this un-
fortunate incident has occurred to
mar the friendly relations that
exist between our governments.
The new administration takes a
very serious view of this matter
and intends to review the activi-

quiet. Constantine called the crown
Links council after three moves to end
He linked President Kennedy the crisis failed. Two men he
with this, but later said the offer named as premiers. were voted
took place just before Kennedy down by the 300-member Parlia-
assumed. office in January 1961. ment. A third man the king asked
The State Department issued to form ay government declined
a denial Tuesday, and. expressed even to try.
regret that Lee had brought up Former, Premier George Papan-
the matter at this time. Then dreou, whose ouster July 15 touch-
Wednesday, Press officer Robert ed off the crisis, said he had, out-
J. McCloskey told Washington re- lined "the well- known. views of
porters that the denial was in the Center Union party" for solu-
error. tion of the crisis-a caretaker.
"Those who were consulted government with elections in 45
within the government on this days.
mattei' were- not fully aware of Papandreou was fired in a dis-
the background," he said. pute with the king over politics
Letter in the armed forces.

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Elias Tsirimokos, currently care-
taker premier, told reporters after
the meeting that he believed it
had been fruitful, and that it.
should help the king decide on his
future action.
Spyrop Markezinis, leader of the
small Progressive party, said he
had proposed a government of na-
tional unity composed of repre-
sentatives of all parties.
Four invited former premiers
did not attend. Two were ill and
were out of Athens. One of them,
Constantine Caramanlis, premier

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The attack hit Indian forces in
their most vulnerable spot-a nar-
row neck in southern Kashmir
through which runs the only road
linking India proper with Kash-
India attacked across the cease-
fire line in August and occupied
several army posts in Pakistan-
held parts of Kashmir but this
was the first Pakistani attack into
the Indian-held sector of the di-
vided Himalayan state.
As the Pakistani forces struck,
President Mohammed Ayub Khan
went on the radio to tell his people
that there is "a threat of war in
Kashmir -Which is being forced
on us by India."

Referring to the Indian attacks
across the UN cease-fire line, he
declared that "these blatant acts
of aggression from India cannot
and shall not be allowed to go
"In this supreme hour of their
trial," he said, "the people of
Pakistan will rise as one man and
give a fitting reply to aggression."
In New Delhi, Prime Minister
Lal Bahadur Shastri was reported
to have decided to pursue India's
course in Kashmir regardless of
whether he gets international sup-
port. There has been growing
anger because the United States,
Britain and other powers have
not publicly condemned Pakistan.

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By The Associated Press
Labor Committee approved 12-3
yesterday the bitterly disputed bill
to repeal Section 14-B of the Taft-
Hartley Law which allows states
to ban the union shop.
Democratic Leader Mike Mans-
field of Montana said the bill will
be considered before Congress ad-

winning humanitarian was bed-
ridden yesterday at his jungle
hospital at Lambarene. Govern-
ment sources said he was suffer-
ing from general fatigue.
* * ' *
BOGALUSA--After a summer
of violent racial turmoil, public
schools in this troubled south-
east Louisiana milltown were in-
tegrated peacefully yesterday. Two1
Negro boys and a girl, arrivipg

WASHINGTON-John Chancel-
lor took charge at the Voice of
America yesterday with a pledge
to broadcast news fast and accur-
ately, to include criticism of U.S.
policy and to present a lively pic-
ture of modern America.
"It is my intent that we swing
a little," Chancellor said in be-
coming head of the U.S. govern-
ment's overseas radio.
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