The Manhattan Mercury from Manhattan, Kansas on May 21, 1974 · Page 1
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A2 The Manhattan Mercury Tuesday, May 21, 1974 In Belfast Irish strikers fire on police HALT PROTESTERS—Police hold back a mob of Protestant militants as they try to attack Len Murray, Britain's top trade unionist (next to policeman on right), when he tried to lead a peace-making, back-to- work procession of workers through Belfast today. (APwirephoto) Propose hike in police budget BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP)—Protestant strikers opened fire with automatic weapons today on police who tried to dismantle street barricades blocking the flow of traffic into the city. No injuries were reported in the incident on Connsweter street in East Belfast, the first armed confrontation between police and strikers in a Protestant-led general strike now in its seventh day. In London, Prime Minister Harold Wilson called a special cabinet meeting to discuss the situation in Ulster. A jeering mob of protestant militants, meanwhile, punched and screamed abuse at Britain's top trade unionist, Lionel Murray, as he led a peace-making back-to-work march into the giant Harland and Wolff shipyards, the British province's largest industry. Only about 150 workers joined the march, too few to get the shipyard back into operation. Armed police moved in and hauled some 250 screaming, flailing men and women away from Murray, secretary-general of the powerful British Trades Union Congress, and from several Ulster union leaders marching with him. The strike already has crimped power supplies and has virtually paralyzed commerce and industry in the British province. A 15,500-man British force in Ulster was bolstered by 500 reinforcements from England in preparation for a showdown with militant Protestants manning 95 barricades across Belfast's major roads. Moderate union leaders called on workers to assemble at two points in East Belfast to march under guard to jobs in two industrial areas, one a giant shipyard. But Sammy Smyth, a Protestant extremist leader, told newsmen: "We will keep the barricades up until the country is on its knees." One strike leader said, "We're not backing off another inch." "The government is not seeking a confrontation, but if it is necessary to take action this will be done," the British secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Merlyn Rees, told parliament Monday. Farmers dumped thousands of gallons of milk today for want of transport. The few bread stores open in the capital limited buyers to one small loaf. Fruits and vegetables lay rotting in closed grocery stores. The strike leaders are opposed to an agreement signed last year by Britain, the Belfast government and Ireland to give Dublin a limited voice in Ulster affairs. Many Protestants fear that the Council of Ireland which the three governments agreed to set up would be a move toward unity with the predominantly Roman Catholic republic to the south. The extremists called the strike last week to back demands that the proposed council be put to a vote in Ulster, where they are certain it would be defeated. They also want fresh elections to the national assembly in hopes a new assembly would withdraw from the pact. Britain says, however, the agreement is not negotiable. Terrorist violence reappeared in Belfast, where the body of an unidentified man who had been shot was found near Shaw's Bridge, a regular dumping ground for the victims of assassinations during almost five years of sectarian killing. A bomb wrecked the home of vacationing Catholic family in Bangor, northeast of Belfast. Another bomb wrecked seven stores in Castleberg, a rural market town. In Dublin, the death toll from last Friday's bombing incidents rose to 30 Monday when a 20-year-old woman died of her wounds. Riley County Consolidated Law Enfrocement Agency Board members Monday night heard a proposal for a slightly less than six per cent increase in the Riley County Police Department budget for 1975, the legal percentage jump. The increase, to be outlined in a public meeting June 17, amounted to about $65,000 over the $1,097,000 budget presently in operation for the RCPD. The budget was drawn tentatively by RCPD director W.L. Penhollow and hashed over following Monday night's regular law board meeting. The budget currently is being rewritten to add the modifications made by the board. Although the budget won't become operative until Jan. 1, 1975, the City and County Commissions will need figures soon in order to made their budgets. In other business, the Board approved Penhollow's request to trade in three old cars and the RCPD motorcycle and purchase a four- wheel drive vehicle. The three cars being tradedd have more than 100,000 miles each while the cycle has been with the department since 1968 and is in constant need of repair and becoming a financial burden. A $16,000 miscellaneous expenditures request by the director was approved by the board. The expenditures include cash spent for expenses other than salaries. Penhollow said concerning substations in Riley County that there will be an open house at the Randolph sub-station from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and that there is work underway to refurbish the Ogden station. He said the sub-station in University Park on Tuttle Creek Lake should be moved to the park clubhouse rather that its current location in the park fire station. Penhollow said the sub-station would be better operated from the club house. RCPD's crime solving capacity seems to have skyrocketed from the former two departments of Manhattan police and Riley County Sheiff's offices, Penhollow said as the department has a record of solving 40 per cent of all of the seven major crimes including burglary, rape, auto theft, murder, armed robbery, etc. The state average for solving such crimes is 23 per cent while the. national average is just short of 21 per' cent. Moving from the llth and Poyntz headquarters to the building currently under construction at Sixth and Colorado should begin June 15, according to an RCPD official reporting at the board meeting. The building is nearing completion and should be ready for occupancy that soon. Moving should be finished by July 1, the spokesman s Local News Briefs Waives Preliminary Margaret N. Waddell, Colorado Springs, waived her preliminary hearing Monday in Riley County Court on charges of sale of hashish, and possession of marijuana and an hallucinogenic drug with intent to sell. She is to appear May 31 in Riley County District Court. She was confined at last report in lieu of $30,000 bond. Car Burglarized Mrs. Lee Masters Route 1, told police Monday that while her car was parked at the Manhattan Municipal Airport, it was broken into and about $130 in food, clothing and personal items stolen. Milling Employes Meet Employes of the Manhattan Milling Company met at the farm for a picnic last Wednesday. Laser beam would cut meat costs CHICAGO (AP)—One way to slow the skyrocketing price of food may be to give butchers laser beams instead of knives, says a marketing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "The era of cheap food in America is at an end," Dr. Gordon F. Bloom of MIT said in an interview after addressing a conference on world hunger. He said innovative measures such as cutting meat with laser beams rather than knives may be a few years away, but that such moves designed to increase efficiency in the food industry are fl among the few remaining ways to stem rising food costs. He said attempts to unionize what used to be low-paid, migratory field hands, 15 to 20 per cent increases in retail labor costs and consumer and environmental legislation had combined with increased marketing costs and higher farm income to drive food prices up 20 per cent in 1973. Bloom said supermarkets in particular have been slow to develop new technology to lower labor costs which, he said, take 50 cents of every food dollar spent after the product leaves the farm. Supermarket operations, except for the self-service aspect, are essentially unchanged from the corner grocery store that they began to replace 25 years ago, he said. The average wage rate among employes from cashiers and stock- boys to managers is more than $4 an hour in the supermarket, Bloom said: "People don't realize this is a high- wage industry. In a few years, it's going to be $6. Yet where is the change in technology? The young grocery clerk still loads shelves by hand." Bloom suggested that the industry make a cooperative effort to eliminate inefficiencies such as those he said exist in packaging and shipping. He also suggested new ways of cooperation to stimulate innovative cost-saving ideas. "For example," he said, "Why is it necessary to cut meat from a bone with a knife or a saw? Why can't the butcher use a laser or a sonic beam? "There's no panacea for rising food prices. But there are a lot of little things that could have a cumulative effect. The food business is a business of decimal points and an accumulation of a lot of small things ultimately leads to high prices." Renews fighting at Phom Penh PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP)— Fighting erupted on the outskirts of Phnom Penh today for the first time in two weeks, the Cambodian command reported. The command said Khmer Rouge insurgents attacked a government outpost at Prek Leap, five miles north of the capital on an island at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. The command gave no details of the fighting. On the east bank of the Mekong, a series of attacks was reported around Prek Luong village, Prek Thong, Wat Pun Phnom and Prek Tameak, five to 13 miles northeast of Phnom Penh, the command said. It said government defenders intercepted a Khmer Rouge infiltration unit in the area and pushed back an insurgent night attack. Khmer Rouge forces have moved along the eastern Mekong for five months, inflicting substantial losses on government troops in small but bloody clashes. Elsewhere in Indochina, South Vietnamese forces kept up a major counteroffensive against a North Vietnamese thrust in the strategic "Iron Triangle" 25 miles north of Saigon. Associated Press reporter Huynh Minh Trinh reported from Ben Cat, which is in the center of the fighting, that government warplanes and heavy artillery struck suspected Communist positions in the village of An Dien, IVa miles southwest of Ben Cat, which was captured by the North Vietnames on Friday. Military sources said government relief columns had not moved into An Dien because some civilians were believed to be trapped there, although field officers said most of the village's 2,000 population had movedout. Union charges K.C. Star KANSAS CITY (AP)—A second unfair labor practices charge against The Kansas City Star Co., has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board by Web Printing Pressmen's Union Local 14. Ninety-eight pressmen were fired by the Kansas City, Mo., headquartered newspaper May 3 shortly after one of them was discharged for what company spokesmen said was dereliction of duty. The newspaper said the 98 were released for refusing to return to work. The union said the men launched a spontaneous protest over the dismissal of their colleague. The latest charge, filed with the regional office of the NLRB here, maintains David Bowlen, the pressroom employe whose dismissal prompted the mass firing, was discharged because the union was insisting The Star honor its contract commitments with the pressmen. The first unfair labor practices charge against the newspaper was filed May 8, charging the newspaper had violated the National Labor Relations Act by declaring its contract with the union to be null and void. In a suit filed last Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Mo., the union seeks to have the contract declared valid. To Aid Veterans A representative of the Kansas Veterans' Commission will be at the VFW Post Home, 215 Humboldt, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday to assist veterans and their dependents or survivors with Veterans service work. Ice Stolen Police are investigating the burglary of the Manhattan Ice and Cold Storage Co., 209 Yuma, which resulted in the theft of about $22 in ice. Air Conditioner Stolen Todd R. Jones, 1001 Fremont, told police Monday his air conditioner, valued at $150 was stolen from his home. Riley Girl Wins 10th Nancy Reichert, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reichert, Riley, is 10th prize winner in the national Jersey Youth Production Contest sponsored by the American Jersey Cattle Club, Columbus, Ohio. She will be honored at the All American Junior Banquet in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 5. Baker Gives Degree Baker University has awarded a bachelor's degree to Jill Nedwed, 2850 Oregon Lane at the 116th commencement exercises. She majored in sociology. To Receive Degree DALLAS, Tex.—Ann Elise Bidwell, 905 Thurston, Manhattan was to have received a bachelor of music degree at the 59th annual commencement exercises of Southern Methodist University in Dallas Sunday. Retired Federal Employes to Meet Manhattan Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employes will hold a luncheon at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Elks Dining Room. J. Robert Wilson will speak on holding and transferring, property, joint tenancy, trusts and trasnferring property, and related topics. Births Memorial Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Donald Piper, 1634 W. Osage, a girl, born May 20. Mr. and Mrs. Barry Orleans, 1507 Fairchild, a boy, born May 21. St. Mary Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Edward Noble, Junction City, a girl, born May 21. Mr. and Mrs. Don Brouse, 302 Twykingham, a boy, born May 21. Earns Award Bret Tomasch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Tomasch, 809 Juniper Dr., was presented the John Philip Sousa Band award at Manhattan High School recently. A flutist, Tomasch has been selected for both the band and orchestra the past three years by the Kansas Music Education Association. He is also the holder of six gold medals in state music competition. PWP to Meet Parents Without Partners will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 330 N. Sunset. Dr. Bruce Burdick, Manhattan Psychiatric Clinic, a chapter advisor will speak on "Setting Limits for Children." For further information call 5377211. Obituary David G. Inskeep BELLVILLE—David Gibson Inskeep, 51, died at his home Wednesday. He was born Feb. 19, 1923, in Manhattan. He was a member of the St. Edwards Catholic Church, VFW, American Legion, Elks Lodge and the Eagles Lodge, of Bellville. He is survived by his wife, Ginger Inskeep, of the home; a son, Jerry Inskeep, USAF, Washington D.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Lyle (Jeanne) Dragoo, Tulsa Okla.; four grandchildren and two step-grandchilren. Also his sister, Mrs. Floyd (Mary) Baker, Manhattan. Funeral services were held Saturday with burial in the Bellville Cemetery. Stabbed to death KANSAS CITY (AP)—Police said Helen J. Hansan, 25, was stabbed to death early today on the city's mid- southside. Officers said the victim was found on the street and had suffered multiple stab wounds in the chest and stomach. The death is listed as the 50th hpmicide of the year in Kansas City. Officers said they had not found any motive for the slaying and ruled out robbery as the victim's purse appeared undisturbed. easy, you do-CARPET Blue Hills Shopping Center MONUMENTS MANHATTAN MONUMENT CO. Jo»pphJ. Braudd 2:101 Stagg Hill Road Office 5M-0441 Res. 537-7594 Residential Commercial Pruiett Electric Co. Free Estimate Phone 776-8212 SPOT ADS Are Well Read- You Are Doing So NOW...They Cost Very Little. Call—776-8805 SCHURUE SIGN SERVICE — Plattie g MtOH Slgnt — Sales-Service Richard & Janet Schurle 485-2755 Riley, Ks. Interiors Diversified, Inc. 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