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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
'UNBIDDEN VISIT':
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Trade

Contribution
Requested
By Kennedy

LAOS CONFERENCE:
Gromyko Departure Slows Talks

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Senators Oppose Deal
As Setting Precedent
WASHINGTON (JP)-Declaring a
government hands - off policy,
President John F. Kennedy yester-
day urged Americans to contribute
to the $15 million fund to buy
tractors : that Cuban Premier Fi-
del Castro has demanded for re-
lease of Cuban invasion prisoners.
At the same time, the White
House revealed that Kennedy had
helped organize the citizens group
that is spearheading the fund '
drive.
The President's statement made
- it clear he considers there are
no legal blocks to the deal, as
some members of Congress have
7 argued. But he emphasized:
Not Official
"The United States government
has not been and cannot be a
party to these negotiations."
Kennedy added that while the
government is "putting forward
neither obstacles nor assistance to
this wholly private effort, I hope
that all citizens will contribute
what they can.".
Among senators who have lab-
eled Castro's demands as "black-
mail" and decried any official
sanction of the swap there were
expressions of consternation at
Kennedy's actions, although some
had demanded that he take a
stand.
Fulbribht Opposes
Sen. J. William Fulbright (D-
Ark), chairman of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, who
has opposed any government sanc-
tion of the deal, told reporters:
"I didn't realize the President
had taken such a personal inter-
est in this project."
Sen. Homer E. Capehart (R-
Ind) said, "I'm 100 per cent op-
posed to it. I think the President
is wrong. We are setting a prece-
dent for every big and little dic-
tator around the world to black-
mail us whenever he feels like it."
Sen. John J. Williams (R-Del)
said he was disappointed because
"I personally hate to see a cloak
of respectability put on those de-
mands."
"To accept the terms of a dema-
gogue or tyrant is seldom wise,"
said Sen. Leverett Saltonstall (R-
Mass).
Among those who backed Ken-
nedy were Sen. Jacob K. Javits
(R-NY) and Alexander Wiley (R-
Wis).

GENEVA OP)-The conference
on Laos, already slowed by im-
pending summit talks, was further
downgraded yesterday by the de-
parture of another foreign min-
ister, Andrei Gronyko of the So-
viet Union.
Gromyko left the conference for
Paris en route to Moscow and is
expected to accompany Soviet

Premier Nikita Khrushchev to the
Vienna meeting next weekend with
President John F. Kennedy.
The American, British and
French foreign ministers already
have returned to their capitals,
leaving only Red China among the
major powers represented by its
top foreign office official.
Gromyko Cancels
Before leaving Gromyko can-
celled a luncheon date today with
the American delegation leader,
W. Averell Ijarriman.
Gromyko did not attend yester-
day's conference session. Aides
said he was at his villa catching
up with other work.
This afternoon's meeting, high-
lighted by a new Chinese Commu-
nist attack on United States poli-
cy, was adjourned by Soviet Dep-
uty Foreign Minister Georgi Push-
kin, who was presiding.
Pushkin set no date for the next
session but said it would be held
sometime between today and Mon-
day. Meanwhile the delegates will
consult privately on different
plans advanced for peace in Laos.
The pace of the Laotian nego-
tiations has slowed to a marked
degree in the past few days. The
United States delegation has hard-
ly intervened in the conference

ANDREI GROMYKO
... departs Geneva

World News Roundup

By The Assocated Press
WASHINGTON - The. Justice
Department has started an anti-
trust investigation of the giant
American Telephone: and Tele-
graph Co. News of the investiga-
tion, which came m a letter from
the department to the head of a
labor union, caused AT&T stock
to drop on the New York Stock
Exchange.
*~ *,*
WASHINGTON - A veteran
Navy captain said yesterday spec-
ifications and other data on a
revolutionary type plane concept
were destroyed last fall on orders
from his superiors. Capt. Cooper
B. Bright said the project-involv-
ing an inflatable plane that its
backers claim would take off ver-
tically from almost any kind of
surface ship-was squelched be-
cause, he said, certain admirals
feared it might threaten the fu-
ture of carriers.
CAPE CANAVERAL - Second
stage failure yesterday thwarted
an attempt to orbit a "radio
brain" satellite to investigate the

effect of the ionosphere on radio
and television communication.
* *
ELISABETHVILLE - The Ka-
tanga government said it received
word from Coquilhatville yesterday
that President Moise Tshombe is
suffering a serious nervous break-
down.
WASHINGTON -- The House
yesterday authorized a boost of
$126 million in what the nation
will spend in the coming year for
exploring space.
The total budget authorized by
the House by voice vote for the
National Aeronautics and 'pace
Administration for fiscal year 1962
was $1,376,900,000.
MONTEVIDEO-A public sub-
scription campaign was opened
yesterday to finance the purchase
of tractors to be used in exchange
for Cuban rebel prisoners.
The initiative was taken by a
group of Montevideo newspaper
editors who called upon the public
to give generously in order to lib-
erate Cubans captured in the re-
cent invasion.
L.

debate since Secretary of State
Dean Rusk returned to Washing-
ton Saturday.
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei
A. Gromyko was absent from the
marbled Palace of Nations today.
An aide said he stayed at the So-
viet valla to catch up on other
work and would fly tonight to
Paris. It was assumed Gromyko
would go on from the 'French
capital to Moscow.
A Cambodian spokesman said
his country's chief of state, Prince
Norodom Sihanouk, dispatched a
personal appeal to Kennedy and
Khrushchev telling them that "the
Laotian nation would find peace
and settle its own problems much
better if the two great powers
leave the Laotians alone."
Ray Announces
Plan To Renew
Cuba Sabota ge
MIAMI (A')-Cuban underground
leader Manuel Ray announced
yesterday that large scale sabo-
tage will be resumed in Cuba.
At the same time, persons close
to Ray reported that his organi-
zation, the Peoples Revolutionary
Movement, was withdrawing from
the revolutionary council which
spearheaded the unsuccessful Ap-
ril 17 invasion.
Ray was closeted with associates
preparing a statement on the mat-
ter which is expected to be re-
leased today.
Ray, whose group rivals the
more conservative. Democratic
revolutionary front, headed by An-
tonio de Varona, said his organiza-
tion has reestablished contact
Unidad Revolutionaria which di-
rected extensive sabotage inside
Cuba before the invasion.
"We know the structure of the
organization remains in good
shape," Ray said. He disclosed an
MRP coordinator had arrived to
report on the current status of
of the underground.
.Defense Chief
Cites ICBM Lagl
WASHINGTON (A') - Secretary
of Defense Robert S. McNamara
says the United States lags be-
hind Russia now in' interconti-
nental missile strength, probably
trailed last year and may not
close the gap until late 1963.
McNamara was only slightly
less positive that there is no "de-
terrent" or "destruction" gap be-
tween the over-all military power
of the two countries.
The Pentagon chief's views on
the controversial issue were set
forth in House Appropriations
Subcommittee testimony made
public yesterday along with the
more guarded views of Gen. Ly-
man L. Lemnitzer, chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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