South Viet Nam: Smoke, Fire & Welfare

There was an unsettling scent of political smoke, the roar of gunfire, and a search for social progress in the news from Viet Nam last week. The nation's political Buddhists provided the smoke, trying to gain political advantage following the dismissal of General Nguyen Chanh Thi. A rising crackle of Red rifles signaled the growing aggressive ness of Communist troops. And U.S.

Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare John W. Gardner led a 23-expert team on a five-day tour of South Viet Nam probing the war-torn na tion's social needs.

Buddhist Demonstrations. In the Sai gon government's ouster of...