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THE GUARDIAN, JANUARY 10, 1969 PAGE 13 ConE Fail in Attempts to Recruit Buddhist Monks as Soldiers -- A Viet Cong at- five young Budd- of the Thedavada sect failed when over to the gay- less than 24 hours from their man- all born in South Viet- parents, were press along with d Vietnamese who Years working for the agricultural cadre. are Khmers, a Cam- group. There are about 500,000 Khmers living in South Vietnam along the Cambo- dian border. The aged Vietnamese, Nguyen Van Thai, said the Viet Congasked him to join two years ago and he was afraid to refuse. He was an agricultural agent with the duty of collecting rice or money from the local people. Individual assess- ments in rice or money taxes depended on how much the indi- vidual harvested. For each 880 pounds harvested, the farmer had to give the Viet Cong 176 pounds or the equivalent in money, he said. He claimed he did not know much about the Viet Cong organization in his village or how the VietCong administered it. He did not per- sonally collect the taxes butacted as a sort of tax assessor. He was too old for anything else, he said. According to his story, he rare- ly went out at night, so he did not know anything about Viet Cong troops moving through the village. However, he did see small groups of three or four guerrillas from time to time. Observing a group of five stran- gers hiding weapons, he told his son, who works for the South Vietnamese government, and also showed the local self-defense for- MORRILTON ces where the weapons were hid- den. For this, the government paid him over $8,900 which is ding I f  enough to set him up for life il pict ,, I [ by Vietnames standards. inn Ig ,resiYJt IlaiPde I" *,,1P I | The ministry of open arms at I 00,es00n, ,s resoon00,00,e *or thy S t old man's safety. He seems to y Do think he would like to savor life ! " ' ""'""" Electric : t0, 7 - in the big city before returning .pa to the farm in the Mekong Delta. The five Buddhist monks es- caped in a party of 17 people, d, Here I J Morrillon bringing with them 16 individual weapons, one submachine gun, two s. I Typewriler Company Soviet rifles and 12 German rif- | P.O. BOX 415-- 114 WEST BROADWAY | PHONE: FL 4;3069 les, all issued to them the day FRED HOELZEMAN AGENT MFA Mutual Insurance Co. Countryside Casualty Co. MFA Life Insurance Co. AN ie RKANSAS UCT Bottled by Bottling Co. Morrilton, Ark. before they defected. The youngest is 18 and the oldest 21. They had been in the pagoda for four years and were qualified monks. They claim the Viet Cong "defrocked" them and that they will now have to get permission from the head gas of Morrilton Propane Service for Conway County PHONE FL 4-2536 Box 414 "] Morrilton, Ark. MOBLEY CONSTRUCTION Inc. Ready Mixed Concrete Producer. of Washed tnd Screened SAND AND GRAVEL MORRILTON, ARKANSAS PHONE FL 4-3617  FL 4-4019 Phmb at Ark. Ruuellville, Ark. Ark. Clarendon, Ark. as fighters. One was appointed platoon leader and another his assistant. Given weapons and told to report for training, they de- cided instead to defect. They talked to their friends in the village and told them the story. The head monk meanwhile had con- tacted a friend in the South Viet- nam government who helped them. The monks said they were wor- ried about the villagers. The pa- goda enjoyed a good reputation in the area and the head monk was respected. If the young monks joined the Viet Cong, this act would help the Viet Cong to win over the people, something the monks did not want. The five now hope to rejoin their pagoda and they also hope to become members of the village self-defense forces if they are accepted by the government. MORRILTON i GREER'S Henry Rohlman, Jr. Ed Welter's Quality Merchandise Service Station 115 E. Broadway Morrilton, Arkansas Morrilton A__rka___nsas  i VAN ATKIN$ Quality Department Store , Morrilton, Arkansas of the Thedavada sect to wear the saffron robes again. In October, the Viet Cong came to the pagoda and told the head monk he would have to release all the young monks to them. When Morrilton they were finally taken out, they were told they would be trained m __ "':;;o2 w;:.,,. ,o,,,on00,u00c,es . Plead for Peace sC/.,jj-- - New York (NC)-- Three Chris- lii tian leaders of Egypt have called upon "fellow Christians" of the United States to urge the U. S. government "to press the United Nations with the awful serious- ness" of the Middle East situa- tion and "make a great effort to arrange a settlement based on justice." In a letter to Dr. R. H. Edwin Espy, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, leaders of the Catholic Coptic rite, Coptic Orthodox and Coptic Evangelical Churches in Egypt voiced the fear of imminent war again in the Middle East, bringing with it "further suffering among the innocent of both sides," probably "disaster to the nations of the Middle East," and possible "confrontation between the great powers" and an explosion into a world conflict. WARREN'S CAFE b and APARTMENTS "Since 1921" Arkansas N i i BILL ALLISON MOTORS i "DEPEND ON US FOR PRINTING - OFFICE SUPPLIES" POINDEXTER Printing & Office Supplies PHONE FL 4-2603 MORRILTON, ARK. STERLING STO RE - A COMPLETE JR. DEPT. STORE- MORRIL..TON, ARKANSAS Farms Ranches Retirements Recreational and Business Properties P.A. & RUBYE DOLLAR ,., is,., .,., Representatives 2 miles E. of town-Morrflton, Ark. FL 4-4720 Robert M. Donihi Resigns Post Washington (NC) -- Bishop Jos- eph L. Bernardin, general secre- tary of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the United States Catholic Confer- ence, announced Robert Mills Don- ihi, 53, Director of the USCC Of- rice of Public Information, has resigned to return to the legal profession. We Wonder... . . . whether a priest in the con- fessional could stand the shock if a penitent ever confessed viola- ting the precept of the church that requires supporting one's pastor. Morrilton Packing Company, Inc. QUALITY IS NOT AN ACCIDENT OUR PRODUCTS WILL PROVE THAT PHONE FL 4-2474 Morrilton, Arkansas i ii