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Seventy-Four Years of Editorial Freedom


Restoration of 'U' Budget Slash

Assured; Plan Final Vote


Power Struggle in Lansing

-Associated Press
BRITISH COMMONWEALTH PRIME MINISTERS sit during their meeting yesterday in London.
They announced late last night they will send a group to negotiate the Viet Nam situation. Other
problems on the agenda for the conference include majority rule for Rhodesia, increase of Common-
wealth trade, formation of a Commonwealth secretariat, and immigration policies within the member
Commonwealth Asks Viet Peace

LONDON M)-Prime Minister
Harold Wilson will lead a five-
nation group of British Common-
wealth statesmen on a worldwide
mission to try to bring peace to
Viet Nam. President Lyndon B.
Johnson said he is "delighted"
and "they'll have our full coop-
A 21-nation Commonwealth
Summit Conference last night
named a multi-racial team made
up of leaders from Ghana, Niger-
ia, Ceylon and Trinidad-Tobago

to go with Wilson on the mission.
Washington's welcome was as-
sured but there were fears the
Communists would put out no wel-
come mats.
Government spokesmen a n d
mnorning newspapers theorized,
nevertheless, it would be difficult
for Communist Chinese Premier
Chou En-lai and North Vietna-
mese Communist Chief Ho Chi
Minh to snub the Wilson group
which includes President Kwame
Nkrumah of Ghana, Sir Abubakar

Use B-52 Bombers--
First Time in War

States used its B52 intercontin-;
ental bomber in combat for the
* first time yesterday to bomb Viet
Cong concentration in South Viet{
The Defense Department said
-he strike took place in full day-
President To
;confer with
Top Advisors3
WASHINGTON (/P) - President
Lyndon B. Johnson announced
yesterday the cabinet will meet
today to review recent interna-
tional events.
Johnson also disclosed he had
received a private report as re-
cently as June 7 from someone
who had been in direct contact
with officials of North Viet Nam
and had concluded the Hanoi
government still was not interest-
ed in any negotiation of any kind.
Asked about the plan by British
.Commonwealth ministers to estab-
lish a peace-seeking mission,
Johnson said, "They'll have our
full cooperation."
'Thorough Review'
In announcing the cabinet
meeting scheduled for 11 a.m.
EDT today, Johnson said Secre-
tary of State Dean Rusk would
conduct "a thorough review of
the international situation and
U.S. policy."
Rusk, he said, would lead a
cabinet discussion of a dozen or
so diplomatic proposals thatdhave
been circulated or received for
ending the Viet Nam war and
S~would "report on certain other
hopes for peace we are evaluating
and considering."
Johnson did not elaborate on
the nature of these hopes.
New Mandate?
The President was asked wheth-
er he had been considering a pos-
sible request to Congress for a
new and stronger mandate in
support of his policies in Viet
Johnson said he thought the
resolution passed by Congress in
August authorized him to take
"all necessary measures" there.
In one of his opening announce-
ments, Johnson condemned viola-
tions of the ceasefire in the
Dominican Republic and said
Inter-American forces there have
withheld return fire into rebel-
controlled areas for periods of up
to half an hour.
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light Friday, Saigon time. A
spokesman said 30 planes began
the raid but two collided in flight
before reaching the target. An-
other had a malfunction which
kept it from dropping its bombs.°
It marked the first time the
huge Strateiic Air Command jets
have been used in the Viet Nam
war, or anywhere else in fighting.
Viet Cong Grouping
The fleet bombed a Viet Cong
concentration located north of
Ben Cat in Binh Duong province
to break up what was felt to be
an impending attack, the Penta-
gon said.
The jets flew to South Viet Nam
from Guam, where two squadronsj
have been based. There was no
immediate word on whether the
27 striking bombers returned
The Pentagon said a co-pilot of
one of the tanker refueling planes
reported seeing the two B52s col-
One crewman was known to
have been picked up from waters;
off Luzon on the Philippines by.
an amphibious plane, a spokesman,
said, and other survivors were
sighted in the water.
The spokesman said officials
were not absolutely certain what
happened to the second of the
colliding B52s because the fleet
was maintaining radio silence.
It was believed, however, that
the first craft was tracked down
by radar.
In its statement, the Pentagon
"It had become evident in re-
cent months that the Viet Cong
were using a new tactic of con-
centrating forces in uninhabited
areas, concealed under heavy for-
est canopy, prior to launching a
sneak attack against 'a South
Vietnamese district twon or other
civilian population area.
Similar Practice
"The Viet Cong followed this
practice prior to the attacks 10
days ago against Bagia in Quang
Ngai province of central South
Viet Nam and last week in the
attack against Dong Xoai."
The Pentagon statement con-
tinued that several days ago re-
liable intelligence indicated a new
grouping of Viet Cong forces in
an uninhabited region north. of
This area contained a Viet Cong
headquarters and several combat
units, the Pentagon said, and the
forces "evidently were preparing
to launch a surprise attack within
the next day or two" against one
or more South Vietnamese villages
or district towns.
High Explosive Bombs

Tafawa Balewa of Nigeria, Dr.
Erie Williams of Trinidad-Tobago
and Prime Minister Dudley Sen-
anayake of Ceylon.
London Response
The move was highly popular
here and hailed at a midnight ses-
sion of the House by both Con-
servative former Prime Minister
Sir Alec Douglas-Home and left-
wing critics of Wilson's support for
American policy in Viet Nam.
Wilson told the House he hoped
the mission would be received in
Hanoi, Saigon, Moscow, 'eking
and Washington.
Themove by the Commonwealth
leaders was decidedduring a se-
cret discussion on the Viet Nam
crisis that lasted four hours.
Wilson personally put the plan
to his fellow leaders and the word
from his aides was that he is con-
fident President Johnson will en-
dorse it.
A statement issued by the Com-
monwealthcconferees last night
said the peace mission will be sent
"... Make contact with the gov-
ernments principally concerned
with the problem of Viet Nam in
order to ascertain how far there
might be common ground about
the circumstances in which a con-
ference might be held leading to
the establishment of a just and
lasting peace in Viet Nam."
A spokesman for the Common-
wealth leaders, Trevor Lloyd-
Hughes of Britain, told newsmen
the group will leave when an
itinerary can be arranged.
Asked what would happen if the
Chinese Communists or others de-
clined to receive the mission,
Lloyd-Hughes retorted: "If any-
body refuses to receive the mis-
sion it will be their responsibil-
Wilson's reasoning, apparently
accepted by his colleagues, was
that both North Viet Nam and Red
China will find it difficult to re-
fuse to receive a mission repre-
senting the 21-nation Common-
Fifteen members of Britain's
global partnership are Asian and
African nations. Of these at least
12 will be taking part in the sum-
mit meeting of African and Asian
countries in Algiers opening June
29. Presumably the peace mission
will be over by then.

Special To The Daily
LANSING - When the House
restored its $6.3 million slash to
the University's budget yesterday,
the close came to a legislative
power fight that had resulted in a
strategic victory last weekend for
a House committee over one in
the Senate.
The start of the struggle took
placelast Friday night, when the
Senate Appropriations Committee
met to reconsider two measures
long stalled in the group: a $500,-
000 outlay for state scholarships
for colleges and universities and a
$200,000 measure for joint Uni-
versity - Wayne State University
department of gerontology.
Two of the nine committee
members were absent -including
Sen. Gilbert Bursley, who was at
Ann Arbor's Town Club attending
a social gathering sponsored by a
local industrial concern.
Anxious To Act
The committee's members were
very anxious to act on the two
bills-in great part because ear-
lier in the same evening, the
House Ways and Means Commit-
tee had cut $6.3 million from the
University's budget request in re-
taliation for alleged lack of action
on the two bills by the Senate
The reduction was intended to
provide the House committee, and
most particularly its liberal mem-
bers, with bargaining power to
force Lane and his committee to
release bills which they had been
"sitting on" for some time.
Lane is a staunch supporter of
the University's Flint branch,
funds for which were explicitly
eliminated by the House commit-
tee in the slash. Bursley is from
Ann Arbor.
Feeling the pressure of the
House committee cut, but stymied
by Lane's insistence that eight of
its nine members had to be pres-
ent in order to reconsider the
gerontology and scholarship bills,
the Senate committee members
stalled while one of them tried to
reach Bursley in Ann Arbor.
When the committee member
reached Bursley at the town club,
he told him that two bills-the
scholarship and gerontology out-
lays relating to the University-
were being stalled by his absence
from the committee.
He also told Bursley that irate
House committee members had
cut $6.3 million from the Univer-
sity budget as a tactical move to
make sure that several bills in-
cluding the two the Senate com-
mittee was reconsidering, would
be approved.
"If you want to get those two
bills passed and restore the budget
cut," he told Bursley, "you'd bet-
ter get up here right away."
Bursley, who had been unaware
that the two measures were being
reconsidered, was by then thor-
oughly alarmed. He reportedly
said he was willing to drive from
Ann Arbor to the capitol to vote
for the two measures.
But then Lane, for reasons as

Rettinger To Appeal
Convention Verdict

A group of Livingston County
Democrats led by Edward Rettin-
ger of Southfield, the present
chairman, are seeking an injunc-
tion to block Circuit Judge Leo
Bebeau's ruling that would set up
a new Democratic convention un-
der certain rules.
The Rettinger group is seeking
to prevent the re-convention and
is asking for the stay so its at-
torney, Tom Downs of Detroit, can
appeal Bebeau's decision.
Kerr Seeks
Student Code
advocacy, the issue which sparked
student demonstrations ist fall
and winter on the University of
California campus, would be safe-
guarded under a code proposed
yesterday to the University of Cal-
ifornia Regents by President Clark
The demonstrations stemmed
from an attempt to ban on cam-
pus such activities as collection
of funds for civil rights work in
the South.
In the code submitted yester-
day by President Kerr, students
could not be disciplined for an
off-campus violation unless the
violation "affects his suitability
as a student." The code spelled
out that political action could not
be considered as affecting a stu-
dent's suitability.
The code was sent to the Re-
gents' subcommittee and was ex-
pected to be placed before the full
board for approval Friday.

Downs, who has been consult-
ing with the attorney general's
office on the legal complexities
involved, noted recently: "Bebeau
admitted he had no statute to
guide him in making his ruling.
We feel if he went beyond the law
in this instance, he should have
gone beyond the law in every oth-
er issue in the case."
This, Downs declared, will be the
basis for the appeal, which may
go all the way to the State Su-
preme Court.
The usual convention last Sep-
tember was disrupted by a riot
when it began and was never le-
gally completed. The two factions
in the county, Rettinger's and one
led by Martin and .Brian Lavin of
Brighton, split tp after the brawl
and each had a rump convention
of their own.
Judge Bebeau, ruling on May 27
on a lawsuit over who was the le-
gal Democratic county chairman,
said neither rump convention had
been called legally.
In a precedent-making decision,
he ordered the convention to be
completed and for the delegates to
finish voting for the county chair-
Downs, explaining his position,
said he had named several issues
during the trial which Bebeau said
he would not consider in making
his ruling because they were not
within the power of the court:
-Numerous instances of viol-
ence, allegedly started by Lavin
-The "pattern of discrimina-
tion" of the Republican county
clerk .who disqualified Rettinger
convention delegate candidates for
filing their nominating petitions
on an "early" date which the state
elections division had previously
told him was valid-but at the
same time allowed on the ballot
Lavin candidates who, an elections
division report later said, had fil-
ed improper and illegal petitions,
-The larger type in which the
Lavin candidate names appeared
on the September 1 convention
delegate ballot on voting machines
in the county.
"We feel that if the judge goes
beyond the law in one issue, he
should do so for all," Downs said.
On the other hand, Downs added,
if going beyond the law is not
possible, then the law itself pro-
vides that the present county
chairman of a political party
serves until a new one is elected
should an election have miscar-
The riot at the county conven-
tion last fall erupted after Ret-
tinger supporters on the creden-
tials committee refused to seat
most of the Lavin delegates-who
were a majority in the convention
-pending a legal determination
involving the above issues of their

yet unclear, relented and said that
it would not be necessary in this
case to have eight members of his
committee present to reconsider
the two bills. The committee then
passed the bills.
After the passage of the bills,
House members agreed to restore
the funds to the University budget,
which they did yesterday.
The House members did not es-
cape unscathed as a result of their
pressure tactics. Last Saturday,
University P r e s i d e n t Harlan
Hatcher hurled a blast at them,
charging that the University had
become a "whipping boy" in the
power fight.
But the consensus here held
that the overall result was a vic-
tory for the House. As a House
member claimed shortly after the
Senate committee had been pres-
sured into passing the bills, "the
bargaining tactic worked-on both
Lane and the committee."


a Wednesday afternoon Demo-
cratic caucus refused to back a
group within the party which was
fighting to maintain the cutback.
However, sentiment in the
House was not as unanimous a
the actual vote. A leading sup-
porter of the Ways and Mean
committee action, Rep. George
Montgomery Jr. (D-Detroit), saic
that he still couldn't go along
with the $51.2 appropriation, bu
that opposition yesterday morning
would have been "useless blood-
shed" since the battle would hav
to be fought again when the
measure comes to a final vote.
While Montgomery said he wil
support a proposal to keep th
University's appropriation belov
$51.2 million if it is made o
third reading (final vote), he doe
not plan to make such a motio
himself, nor are there any indica
tions that it would come close t
But, observers do expect som
representatives to fight for severa
provisions added to the bill in thi
Ways and Means Committee bu
voted down yesterday. Specifically
they are expected to try to main
tain the committee's proposals fo
additional appropriations of $2.
million for Wayne State Univer
sity, $1 million for Western Mich
igan University and smalle
amounts for Ferris State College
Grand Valley State College, Mich
igan Tech and Michigan Stat
University's Oakland branch.
Conference Committee
Even if the House passes thes
appropriations, however, they ma;
run into trouble in conferenc
committee, since the Senate high
er education 'bill excluded ther
A $51.2 million University budge
matches the Senate bill's provi
sions and hence would be immun
from conference committee ma
Many representatives support
ing the cutback had done so' fo
the explicit intention of forcing
conference committee showdow:
with the Senate on several House
passed spending bills. At leas
some of these, however, hav
switched positions.
But Montgomery yesterday dis
associated himself f r o m thi
group, saying that he believes th
University is getting a larger shar
of state appropriations than i
"We should move in the direc
tion of equal treatment for a:
three big universities in the state,
he said.
Too Harsh
Montgomery, who proposed<
$10 million cutback for the Uni
versity before the Ways and Mean
Committee adopted the $6.3 mil
lion slash, admitted that thes
two proposals are too harsh, bu
said he would still support <
smaller cut.
He went on to blast the Uni
versity administration for its tac
tics last week, alleging that it
efforts focussed on pressurin
legislators rather than presentin
any logical rationale for a highe
He said that the Ways an
Means Committee was simpi
handed a bill, from the Senat
(which had listened to testimon
of University officials before it
Appropriations Committee) an
asked to take action without hav
ing a chance to question repre
sentatives from the school.


Preliminary Actions
Kill Committee Cut
Informal House Session Approves
Flint Funds Provision Unanimously
The House restored $6 3 million to the University's general
funds budget in a unanimous, informal voice voteyesterday morning,
virtually assuring final passage of a $51.2 million University operating
appropriation today.
Also reinserted in the higher education bill was language ex-
pressing legislative intent that the University use $285,000 of the
appropriation to support a freshman class at Flint this fall.
Opposition to restoring the $6.3 million, slashed by a House
Ways and Means Committee amendment last Friday, dwindled after

Excise Cut
Receives OK
In Congress
WASHINGTON (P) - Congress
passed and sent to President Lyn-
don B. Johnson last night the bill
he requested wiping out excise
taxes that cost consumers from
pennies to dollars on products and
services ranging from autos to
Senate passage came on a voice
vote last night.
The House had passed the meas-
ure by voice vote with little dis-
cussion shortly after meeting at
midday. This followed Wednesday
night's agreement by Senate-
House conferees reconciling dif-
ferent versions passed earlier by
the Senate and House.
Weekend Benefits
A quick presidential signature
today, as sponsors hope, would give
shoppers this weekend the bene-
fit of a long list of repeals, some
going into effect the next day
with the air conditioner and part
of the auto tax; being retroactive
to May 15.d m
The Senate cleared the meas-
ure to the White House early, last
night with a long debate triggered
by the conferees action in drop-
ping two major Senate provisions
on the auto tax.
Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D-
Conn) told the Senate it was
tragic that the conferees had
knocked out his provision that
erasing 4 percentage points of the
auto tax would depend on the
auto makers agreeing to install
federally approved safety devices
on all cars.
Auto Lobbyists
Ribicoff rejected what he calls
"meaningless and oft-stated prom-
ises of the automakers, who have
never given the. American people
the safe car they deserve." He
blamed auto lobbyists for defeat
of his amendment.
Sen. Russell B. Long (D-La),
floor manager for the bill in the
Senate, said he hoped Johnson
might sign it today but emphasiz-
ed he had no information on the
Tnno- cair1 it is nnsihl that the

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