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Thursday, May 7, 1970

Hickel critical of Nixon on youth

Cam bodian plantation manager

WASHINGTON (R) - Secretary
of Interior -Walter J. Hickel has
told President Nixon the adminis-
tration is .no t demonstrating
enough concern for the attitude of
'young Americans.
Hickel suggested Vice President
Spiro T. Agnew should let up on
his attacks on campus dissent-
ers, and that the President should
meet with Cabinet members to
discuss ways to alleviate the alie-
nation of youth.
Administration policies appear
"to lack concern for the attitude

of a great mass of Americans - in error if we set out consciously
our young people," Hickel said in to alienate those who could be our
a letter to the President. friends."
The letter, first disclosed yes- As for Agnew, the letter said:
terday in the Washington Even- "I believe the vice president ini-
ing Star, proposed Nixon meet "on tially has answered a deep-seated
an individual and conversational mood of America in h i s public
basis" with Cabinet members con- statements. However, a continued
cerning dissension among the attack on the young - not inI
young. He said conferences should their attitudes so much as their
be held also with college officials. motives - can serve little pur-1
Hickel's letter advised," the pose other than further to cement

"Addressed either politically or
s philosophically, I believe we are

those attitudes to a solidity im-'
possible to penetrate with reason."
The secretary said also the ad-

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ministration "must win mVOI our
philosophical enemies by convinc-
ing them of the wvisdom o~ he
pa we have chosen, rather itn
ignoring the path they pI'0 >
"Today our young people, or at
least a vast segment o them, be-
lieve they have 11 oiportuni f y to
communicate with government.
regardlesb of administration. oth-
er 'thn lehough violent confron-
tation. But I am convinced ce -
and they - hafe the npacity, if
we will have the wi inemess. to
learn from history,""
Hickel said meetinas with col-
lege pr'3sidents might help bridge
the gap between the admaistra-
tion and the young. He said such
conferences should concern "the
situation that is erupting, because
before wi can face and conquer
our enemies, we must identify ,
them, whether those enemies take
physical or philosophical forms."
In the depression, he said "our
youth lst their ability to com-
m tunicate with th Republican
"What is happening today is
not unrlated to what happened
in the '30s," Hickel continued.
"Now being unableato communi-
apparently heading down the road
"oAndaregardless of how I. or
any American, might feel individ-
ually. we have an obligation as
leaders to communicate with our
youth and listen to their ideas
and problems."

SNOUL. Cambodia & - The
l neb manager of a rubber
lntation caught in the fight-
ng here said Wednesday that
h e Not thVietnamese armed
sof 1,600 workers and
too1 them along as they fled
ron U.S. tank and air attacks.
"hey gave guns to the peo-
pie and now they are fighting
ith the Viet Cong," said Jac-
ques Louat de Bort, 47. "I think
they x ould come back and work
if the Americans stayed to pro-
tect them. But the Americans
will not do that."
T h e Americans captured
Snoul Wednesday after reduc-
ing it to rubble with tank guns
and air attacks the day before.
De Bort, who has managed
the 12,3o0-acre Societe de Plan-
t ation de Kratie here for sev-
oral years and weathered two
pitched battles in the past two
weeks. also is leaving.
He and his wife and a few
others sipped champagne over
lunch as they waited out the fi-
nal h o u r s before a company,
plane arrived to fly them out to
Phnom Penh, first leg on the
trip home to Paris.
"We cannot stay," he t o d
visitors who had arrived here
in the 11th Armored Cavalry
Regiment's drive to Snoul. "The
Americans have been here, and
now nobody would ever trust
us again,"
De Bort said the North Viet-
namese had operated freely but

rather unobtrusively in the
Snoul area for some time until
the Cambodians moved a 500-
man garrison into town after
the coup overthrowing chief of
state Prince Norodom Sihanouk
March ,18.
Then, on April 22 the North
Vietnamese attacked and over-
ran the town killing many of
the Cambodians, capturing some
and putting the rest to flight.
De Bort watched f r o m his
bungalow residence on the plan-
tation grounds on the edge of
town as the fighting came to
within 400 yards.
"The North Vietnamese were
very impressive," he said. "They
were well equipped a n d they
gave an impression of extraor-
dinary mobility. There were not
more than 50 or 60 of them but
they moved around and made it
s em as if there wer e many
aterthe North Vietnamese
moved in more troops and re-
sumed proselyting activities
among the town's people and
rubber workers.
A North Vietnamese political

commissar called regularly at
the plantation and even sub-
jected De Bort, his wife and the
other six French supervisory
personnel to propaganda har-
angues lasting several hours.
"But that is one reason why
I would rather have the Ameri-
cans here," De Bort said. "That
is better than to h a v e those
hours of lectures by the com-
The commissar was there
Moi-ay, the day before the
Americans made their DiBbtning
armored thrust up Highway 7
to Snoul.
On that day they saw planes
and helicopters. The commissar
said he didn't think the Ameri-
cans would attack the t o w n
with troops but thought they
would bomb De Bort said.
"He went to hide in the trees
and invited us to come along.
We told him: Thank you we
prefer to stay here," said De
The plantation buildings es-
caped damage in the attacks
Tuesday and yesterday, al-
though fighting again came to

within a f e w hundred yards
and the town itself was destroy-
The people had been told by
tWe North Vietnamese troops to
leave and most did. So did the
rubber workers and thgeir fam-
ilies, about 6,000 people, De
Bort added.
De Bort remarked that t h e
coup that overthrew Sihanouk
was a propaganda bonanza for
the North Vietnamese. They ex-
ploited the fallen prince's pop-
ularity among the workers, who
were about 95 per cent Cam-
De Bort said there was little
sympathy for Premier Lon Nol's
regime among them, adding:
"You can't be taught to like
somebody for years and then
suddenly be expected to turn
against him."
"There is nothing left for us
here," said De Bort. "I h a v e
been liberated f o u r times -
first by the Viet Cong, then by
the Cambodians, then by the
Viet Cong, and now by the
"That is enough for me."


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School of Public Health students
study Ann Arbor air pollution

Five students in the School of
Public Health have begun to test
Ann Arbor for air pollution this
The graduate students in the
Air Pollution Program in Indus-
I trial and Environmental Health
have planned their three 'month
study to develop some bacjk-up
data for use by those concerned
with improving the local environ-

"Increased attention (to kir phur dioxide, carbon monoxide,
quality) in recent months leading suspended particles and total oxi-
to an air pollution ordinance be- dants found In the air. Oxidants

fore the City Council prompted
the students to conduct this sur-
vey," said Prof. Paul Giever, as-
sociate professor of Industrial
Approximately t e n sampling
stations will be set up around the
city to measure wind direction,
velocity, and the amounts of sul-



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are irritants in the air which re-
sult from interaction among sun-
light, various chemicals, and the
"This study will give us an idea
of what Ann Arbor faces and what
steps, based upon a scientific
foundation, may be needed to an-
ticipate the future situation in,,
this area," said Bertram D. Din-
man, M.D., Director of the Insti-
tute of Engineering and Industrial
Health. "This research f i t s in
well with our teaching program
at the University and will benefit
the community as well."
The t w o professors estimated1.
that if the city paid for a similar
three month study by a private
firm, the costs would approximate
"We either have the equipment
already in our department or are
able to borrow it from other de-
partments in the University," said 4p
Dr. Dinman.
The bright blue and gold-letter-
ed sampling stations a r e being
placed in strategic areas around
Ann Arbor. According to Giever,
the units have been positioned in
students' homes, on North Cam-
pus property, in fire stations
around the city and one is on the
Climax-Molybdenum grounds.
The students involved are: Del-
no Malzahn, Grad, Gerald F. Ar-
kin, '71; Louis P. Pocalujka, Grad;
Bertram B. Townsend, '72 and D.
Jeffrey Burton, '72.

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