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Wednesday, February 24, 1971

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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news briefs
ByThe Associated Press

Calley

admits

mass killing

of

Vietnamese

at

My

St. Vincent de Paul was a Christ-like priest, a warm-h'earted man
with unbounded love for his fellow man, especially the poor, the
sick; the oppressed and the neglected. His life was spent ministering
to their needs. He preached to them, taught them, fed them and
even begged for them. Like Christ, he came not to be served but
to serve.
Today the Vincentians, the sons of St. Vincent, carry on his work.
As a Vincentian, you can ease the misery of the poor and the suf-
fering of the sick. They counsel the troubled and the oppressed.
They teach the young and console the old and enlighten men of all
ages. They try to meet the needs of the Church"wherever they exist.
The Vincentians serve.
For more information on serving Christ as a Vincentian, write to:
Rev. Francis X. Quinn, C.M., Vocation Director
THE VINCENTIANS
Congregation of the Mission, Eastern Province
500 East Chelten Avenue, Room 220
Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
Vincentian Priests and Brothers live by St. Vincent's motto:
He sent me to preach the good news especially to the poor.

THE SUPREME COURT directed federal district courts yester-
day to stop interfering with state prosecutions unless the defendants
are threatened with "irreparable injury."
It carries out a primary principle of Chief Justice Warren Berger,'
and undoubtedly will make it more difficult for individuals who claim
their civil rights are in danger to seek refuge in federal courts.
* * *
AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF JEWS on the plight
of Soviet Jewry opened yesterday in Brussels with a plea to the
Soviet Union to let Jews leave the country if they want to.
The plea was issued by Arthur Goldberg, former U.S. ambassador to
the United Nations.
The conference is due to last three days, and will be addressed bya
prominent Jews from all countries, including former Israeli Premier'
David Ben-Gurion.
AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS will now have to un-
dergo one less day of major testing, the National Merit Scholarship
Corporation and the College Entrance Examination Board an-
nounced Monday.
They will merge the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test and the
Na.tional Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test into one two-hour exam.
The move was welcomed by the National Association of Secondary!
School Principals in Washington as a "major step toward simplification
and improvement of the nation's high school testing structure.
REP. F. EDWARD HEBERT, (D.-La.), chairman of the House
Armed Services Committee proposed yesterday that conscientious-
objector status be given young men willing to demonstrate their
sincerity with three years of nonmilitary service.
Hebert disclosed his suggestion in a prepared statement opening
House hearings on the draft. Scheduled to appear before the Committee
are Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird, Roger Kelley, assistant secre-
tary of manpower, and Selective Service Director Curtis Tarr.
* * *
GOV. WARREN HEARNES (D-Mo.), chairman of the National
Governor's Conference, gave a boost yesterday to the developing
{ Democratic congressional movement for a federal takeover of soar-
ing welfare costs as an alternative to Nixon's revenue-sharing plan.
Hearnes' suggestion that the government assume welfare costsĀ°
drew mixed responses from his colleagues. Nixon made a half hour
visit to the conference to urge the governors to support his revenue-:
sharing and government-reorganization programs.
FEDERAL RELIEF OFFICIALS poured into the Mississippi
Delta yesterday where dozens of tornadoes left 82 dead, hundreds
injured, and 2,350 homeless.
A "major disaster" declaration by Nixon cleared the way for mas-
sive federal assistance to the area, including grants for repairs to public1
facilities, shipments of mobile homes to house the homeless, and low-
cost business and home loans.
* * *
SENATE REFORMERS held little hope yesterday for their sec-'
and try to end the two and a half week filibuster by defenders ofr
the right to filibuster.
Senate Majority leader Mike Mansfield said one and possibly two
more efforts will be made to gain the two-thirds vote necessary to stop
the talkathon and force action on a change in rules.
* * *
BRITAIN'S CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT presented a bill "
toParliament yesterday designed to control immigration from Con-'
monwealth countries. The bill included police registration of most
arrivals.
The bill requires character and English language tests as citizen- ;
ship requirements, and for newcomers to serve only in "approved" em-
ployment during the five-year term required to become British citizens.!

Tornado debris
An Inverness, Mississippi resident probes through the debris of the town Monday after it was almost
leveled by tornadoes on Sunday. The death toll in Mississippi and Louisiana following the rash of
twisters was at least 82.
FEDERAL PROJECTS:
Nixon ift*s regu Ia tion

Lai
FT. BENNING, Ga. A - Lt.
William L. Calley Jr. admitted
yesterday that he directed a
mass execution of Vietnamese
civilians at an irrigation ditch
in My Lai.
Calley claimed that the order to
kill at My Lai came from his com-
pany commander, Capt. Ernest L.
Medina.
Calley said the order came five
times - once at a company brief-
ing the night before the My Lai
assault, once at a platoon leaders'
briefing, the following morning
before the helicopters lifted off,
and twice over the radio while the
troops were in the village.
Calley is charged with killing
102 Vietnamese civilians in t he
hamlet of My Lai 4 - one of sev-
eral numbered My Lai hamlets -
as his company assaulted the sus-
pected Viet Cong stronghold on
March 16, 1968.
On the witness stand he told of
about four people that he killed.
He a 15so admitted firing into a
ditch that was already filled with
dead. But he did not say - and
was not asked - whether he kill-
ed anyone there.
There had been testimony that
Calleyrstood at that ditch, atthe
eastern edge of My Lai, for as
long as one and one-half hours.
Today, Calley said:
"It was a very rapid period of
time to me . . . it seemed only a
matter of a half minute or a min-
ute or both."
When asked what he saw in the
ditch Calley answered "dead peo-
ple." He said that he had ordered
the people into the ditch indirect-
ly, and that his orders were car
ried out by Sgt. Paul Meadlo.
Meadlo testified earlier in the
trialythat he stood at Calley's side
and by his order shot into a group
of 45 Vietnamese men, women and
children. Calley, Meadlo said, had
ordered him to "waste them."
Calley said he left Meadlo, who
was guarding an unspecified num-
ber of people, to go elsewhere to
order Sgt. David Mitchell to set
up a machinegun.
"I came out and Mitchell was
still standing there with the group
of Vietnamese. I yelled at Meadlo
that if he couldn't move all those
people to get rid of them."
Just minutes before, Calley said,
he had received a radio call from
Medina asking him why "I was
disobeying his orders."
"At that time, he told me to
waste the Vietnamese," Calley
said. After giving Meadlo the or-
der, Calley said he heard firing.
Calley said he saw a third ele-
ment coming through the village.
When asked if he fired at those
people he replied, "No, I did not."
Then Calley said he went to Sgt.
Mitchell and told him to get mov-
ing, to get his men on the other
side of the ditch.
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on constructon
WASHINGTON (AP) - President matched t h e highest wages on lu
Nixon yesterday suspended pro- private projects and this meant ha
visions of a federal law requiring that many of the most inflation-
the government to pay prevailing ary local wage settlements in the Ho
wages on federal construction pro- construction industry automat- su
jects. Nixon took the emergency ically were sanctioned and spread lio
measure, aimed at pulling down through government contracts. co
wage and price levels in the build- The suspension of t h e Davis- l
ing industry rather than resorting Bacon Act can once again be real- an
to .wage-price controls which he ized when construction contract- an
has always opposed. ors and labor unions work out so- lo
The President said in a state-

,wages
tions to t h e problems which
ave created the emergency."
Secretary of Labor J a m e s D.
odgson told reporters that the
spension affects about $25 bil-
on in federal and federally aided
nstruction projects.
Hodson also said, "This is not
n. anti-Davis-Bacon action. It's
n action taken to continue as
ng as the emergency exists."

ment that suspension of the Da-
vid-Bacon Act which goes back
to 1931 "puts the construction in-
dustry on the same footing with
other industries that now sell pro-j
ducts to the government."
Under the act, he said, wage
rates on federal projects have been
set artificially by law instead of
by forces operating in the market.
Frequently, he said, these have

Senate

Dems call for

Viet pullout in 2-yar
year
WASHINGTON (P) - Demo- Services Committee, a n d Sen.
cratic senators v o t e d 31 to 8 Henry Jackson (D-Wash.), a
yesterday to seek total w i t h- senior committee member, re-
drawal of U.S. troops from portedly spent much of the two-
Vietnam sometime during the hour caucus debate arguing for
1971-72 session of Congress. deletion of the last four words
Sen. Mike Mansfield, t h e of the resolution that read:
Democratic leader, said the cau- "To end the involvement in
cus resolution w a s flexible, Indochina and to bring about
specifying no date for withdraw- the withdrawal of all U.S. forc-
al, but calling for President es and the release of all prison-
Nixon to act "in a time certain." ers in a time certain."
The Montanan said no im- "It's the Hatfield-McGovern
plemenfing legislation will be amendment all over . again,"
considered in the immediate fu- Jackson said afterward. "I don't
ture. think you can have a date cer-
Sen. John Stennis (D-Miss.), tain and bring this war to an
chairman of the Senate Armed orderly conclusion."

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