The tragedy of Man: He starts off with a Country—and winds up with a Government! Decision on V.P. due soon WASHINGTON (APV-Pres- ident Ford will'end the 4.0-day vice presidential gues ' '" Hempjfedd Couftfy- VOL. 75—No. 262 2 sections—14 pages of the Bowie Knife Star • '.v Member of the Associated Press . Newspaper Kilter-prise Ass'n. Features HOPE, ARKANSAS MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 1974 Av. net paid circulation 3 months ending March 31.1974—4,080 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. PUICE JOc Ford names administrator U JS. ambassador is this week. Indications are .he may choose someone other thati the two front-runners in speculation, Nelson A. Rockefeller and George Bush. Ford said on Sunday he expects to decide on his vice presidential choice by Tuesday. Congressional confirmation hearings on the nominee won't start before mid-September. Rockefeller is the only possibility Ford has mentioned publicly. He did so in a statement Saturday afternoon amid a flurry of speculation surrounding what the White House said was an effort by "right-wing extremists" to smear the former New York governor and destroy his chances. "President Ford has advised me that former governor Rockefeller has been and remains under consideration for the vice presidential nomination," press secretary Jerald F. terHorst told reporters. However, two knowledgeable Capitol Hill Republican sources told The Associated Press that chances were growing that neither Rockefeller nor Bush, the Republican National Chairman and top choice of many GOP conservatives, would be picked. The sources said those in contention include NATO Ambassador Donald Rumsfeld, a Ford intimate who has been working on the transition from the Nixon administration; Gov. Daniel J. Evans of Washington, a moderate without any connection with Watergate and any other Nixon administration controversies; and three Republican Senators, Lowell P. Weicker Jr. of Connecticut, and -"• Howard H. Baker Jr. and Bill Brock of Tennessee. Both Weicker and Baker served on the Senate Watergate committee, where the Connecticut senator was the most outspoken Nixon critic. One source said background checks on Bush had turned up a potential problem. Newsweek magazine on Sunday said Bush has "slipped badly because of alleged irregularities in the financing of his 1970 Senate race in Texas." The magazine quoted unnamed White House sources as saying there was "potential embarrassment in reports that the Nixon White House had funneled about $10,000 from a secret fund into Bush's losing Senate campaign four years ago." Bush could not be reached immediately for comment. Suspect in murder case hospitalized MORRILTON, Ark. (AP) A Conway County man was sent to the State Hospital Saturday after pleading innocent to a single charge of capital felony murder in the slayings of his sister-in-law and two of her children. The bodies were found early Friday by the woman's husband in the family's mobile home at the Sunnyside community about 20 miles north of here. Charged is Billy Don Tanner, about 45, of the Solgohachia community. At the request of Tanner's court-appointed attorney, Judge Russell Roberts of Conway County Circuit Court ordered that Tanner be sent to the hospital for mental observation for not more than 30 days. No trial date was set during the arraignment. The. victims were Sue Keith, 28; James Randall Keith, 6, and Carolyn Sue Keith, 3. Sheriff Marlin Hawkins of Morrilton said they had been beaten with a blunt instrument — apparently a telephone — and that their throats had been cut. Hawkins declined to comment on a motive for the slayings. Tannner is a log hauler. By FRANCIS LEWINE •Associated Press Writer GP (AP) — President Ford today named his "personal friend-^dhd'former congressional colleague'' Richard I. Roudebush of Indiana to be the new administrator of Veterans Affairs. Ford promised to see that" veterans are "not just a digit in a computer system that sometimes goofs." He warned, however, that with America "fighting for its economic life," he would not hesitate to veto any bill, including the pending veterans education bill to control "in- flatinary excesses." "I am open to conciliation and compromise on the total amount authorized so that we can protect veteran trainees against the rising cost of living," the President said. Ford, making the first trip in his new presidency, came to Chicago to address the 75th annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Ford, who served in the Navy in World War n, pledged to work for more jobs for veterans, better hospital facilities and a humanized and better- run VA administration. Ford reiterated his commitment to a strong national defense, warning that he would "offer no temptations" to potential adversaries who watch U.S. readiness. He pledged that "just as America will maintain its nuclear deterrent strength," we will never fall behind in negotiations to control and hopefuly reduce this threat to mankind." Noting that "peace and security require preparedness and dedication," Ford added, "good will must never be misconstrued as a lack of will." It had been expected that Ford might announce here that he would sign a veterans bill that would provide a 23 per cent increase in monthly payments for veterans attending school under the GI bill. The measure has been approved by Senate-House conferees and Dr. Carolyn Raiford joins U of A staff • Dr. Carolyn A, Raiford, a native of Nashville, is one of four new faculty members appointed in the Department of Speech and Dramatic Arts at the University of Arkansas College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Raiford, an audiologist, received her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and has been an assistant professor at Purdue since 1970. She served as a post-doctoral trainee in a National Institute of Health program at Stanford University from 1968-70. She worked at North Texas State University for four years, at the University of Texas for two years, and in Dallas for one year. Miss your paper? City Subscribers: If you fail to receive your Star please phone 777-3431 between 6 and 6:30 p.m.—Saturday before or by 5 p.m. and a carrier will deliver your paper. was expected to pass both houses this week. Ford's comments here, indicated, however, that he is still looking for some anti-inflationary cuts in Veterans' measures and perhaps in the huge defense budget as well. "If we can send men thousands of miles from home to fight in rice paddies, certainly we can send them back to school and to better jobs at home," the President said. There was a small welcoming crowd at O'Hare International Airport for. the President's arrival. Among several hundred persons on hand were some sign carriers with placards reading, "Welcome President Ford" and "Cook County Republicans welcome President Ford." Ford said Roudebush, his newly named VA adminitrator, a former VFW commander in chief, now deputy VA administrator, is "a man who gets things done." Roudebush will succeed Donald Johnson. Recent criticism of the Nixon administration and Johnson's handling of veterans affairs has included problems over computer breakdowns in sending out VA checks. Ford took off from Washirtg- ton at about the time word was received of the shooting of U.S. Ambassador Rodger Davies in Nicosia, Cyprus, by a mob of Greek Cypriots. A statement issued aboard Air Force One said "The President was shocked and deeply saddened" by 'the tragic incident." White House Press Secretary Jerald F. terHorst said Ford talked with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger at the White House before departing for Chicago. shot by Nicosia mob By The Associated Press The Ameican ambassador to Cyprus, Rodger P. Davies, was shot to death today when a mob of Greek Cypriots attacked the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia to protest American policy in the Cyprus crisis. Cypriot President Glafcos derides announced Davies' death over Cyprus Radio after visiting the embassy. "I de- nounce this terrible crime against Cyprus in the strongest terms and express my deepest sorrow and sympathy," he said. Witnesses said at least some of the shots were fired by men known to be members of EOKA-B, the pro-Greek underground guerrilla group that helped overthrow Cypriot President Makarios last month. A Cypriot woman employe at the embassy was killed and two others working at the embassy were wounded in the attack. Davies, 53, a veteran diplomat, had been deputy assistant, secretary for Near East and Southeast Asian affairs before being assigned to Cyprus on July 10, five days before Makarios was overthrown. Witnesses said the demonstrators fired at the embassy after U.S. Marines threw tear gas to try to disperse the mob, which moments earlier set Davies' black limousine on fire. The limousine exploded like a bomb when flames reached the gas tank, and black billows of smoke were visible halfway across the capital. The Greek Cypriots on the island have become increasingly frustrated over Turkish military advances on the island since the Turks invaded it July 20. Last week a blitz-like Turkish assault left the Turks in solid control of the northern third of the island. The Turks made fresh advances south of Nicosia over the weekend, cutting one of the two major roads between the capital and the south coast and advancing toward the second highway. But a U.N. spokesman said there were no reports of fighting during the night. Clerides broke off a news conference and rushed to the embassy. Witnesses said he appeared pale and stunned as a stretcher bearing Davies was carried from the embassy. "They have shot the ambassador. He is'dead!" exclaimed Andreas Parisanos, permanent secretary to the president-o,f Cyprus! But other Greek Cypfiot officials outside the embassy insisted that Davies was only critically wounded. Witnesses said that Greek Cypriot demonstrators fired at the embassy after U.S. Marines threw tear gas to try to disperse the demonstrators after they set Davies' black limousine on fire. The limousine exploded like a bomb when the flames reached the gas tank, and black billows of smoke were visible halfway across the capital. Davies, 53, a career diplomat, joined the foreign service in 1946. He served much of his career in the Middle East in- cluing assignments in Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Israel. In Washington, a State Department spokesman said, "We've had word that there was an attack on the embassy, but we have no further details for you." Coal miners begin 7-day work stoppage DOGPATCH BEAUTIES — A capacity house looked on as 21-year-old Rowena Meade of Bradenton, Fla., was crowned the new Miss Dogpatch USA last Saturday night at Dogpatch's Convention -Center. Rowena (in center) is five feet, eight inches tall, with blue eyes and dark brown hair. She won the national roller skating championship in Lincoln, Nebr., in 1970, and was a talent winner in the Miss America pageant in 1973. —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Pod Rogers She is shown above with (left to right) Linda Lee Hodges of Savannah, Ga., second place runner-up; Donna Kay Amos of Timpson, Tex., first runner-up; and Donna Ruth Hild, University of Mississippi, fourth runner-up. Third runner-up was Vivian Craig of Stanley, N. Carolina (not shown). Suzanne Lea of Oxford, Miss., won the Little Miss Dogpatch title. By ROGER PETTERSON Associated Press Writer CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — Coal miners began a weeklong work stoppage today at mines producing more than three-quarters of the nation's coal, an action that will deplete already low stockpiles at steel mills and power plants. Union leaders are calling it a memorial period, a device in the current United Mine Workers contract intended to allow the miners mourning periods— without pay—for those killed in mine accidents. But this memorial period, which began at midnight Sunday, comes at a time when coal-using industries would like to be building their stockpiles in preparation for a possible strike when the UMW contract expires on Nov. 12. U.S. Steel, the nation's largest producer of steel and a heavy coal consumer, reported last week that its stockpiles were down to 14 days' supply. Jones & Laughlin, sixth ranked, said its stockpiles were "already too low for the operation levels required by the strong steel market." The National Coal Associ- Alphabet bomber claims responsibility for explosion LOS ANGELES (AP) - A mysterious "alphabet bomber" who has terrorized this city with threats of violence has claimed responsibility for a weekend chemical explosion that leveled a city block in a downtown industrial section. Authorities had said earlier that the massive explosion which destroyed a warehouse and burned several buildings Saturday night was not caused by a bomb but by a chemical ignition. The search continued for the bomber. A thousand extra police assigned to the case have received more than 200 calls on the identity of Isaac Rasim, the foreign-accented man who now claimed responsibility for planting at least three bombs in the Los Angeles area, including the fatal Aug. 6 airport blast that killed three persons and injured 35 others. Rasim and his previously unknown group, "Aliens of America," told the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in a telephone call Sunday that his group was responsible for a chemical blast Saturday in the parking lot of the Interaraerican Star Trucking and Warehouse, Corp. The caller identifying himself as Rasim has frequently contacted the Herald-Examine'r to make pronouncements on his siege of terror. "Our investigators are looking into" Rasim's contention, said Police Cmdr. Peter Hagan. The calm speaking caller, believed of eastern Mediterranean extraction, told the newspaper: "Last night's work at 7th and Mateo is the delinquent leftovers of our activities one week ago. Our promise to keep (inaudible) clear of friends is in effect.-And we want some public reacftdn on Jjfehajlf of public representatives in order not to shorten those few days." Rasim has been nicknamed the alphabet bomber because of his claims that he set off explosives connected with the let- ters of his group's name. He had indicated his next target would have some connnection with the letter "I," the third letter in his organization's name. "I" appears in Inter- american Star Trucking Co. The firm is located only blocks from the Greyhound bus depot where Friday night's bomb was planted. Hoax calls on Sunday forced the closing of the Deltan Hughes and Pacific South West Airways terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, as well as the downtown Greyhound bus depot and the Shrine Auditorium. But no explosives were found. The beefed-up police force of 1,600 officers searched several other locations, including the Watts Summer Festival parade route and a rally for New Vork evangelist Frederick Eikeren- koetter, better known as Reverend Ike. No bombs were found. "A lot of people feel they recognize the voice or know somebody similar who may have some reason to do something like that," said Sgt. Dwight Stewart of the Los Angeles police department's criminal conspiracy division. "Most of the calls are on voice recognition after Listening to a tape from the man on the news." Rasim vowed to "write our name in blood" and said "A" was for airport and "L" was for locker and life. The letter "I" presumably was due for the third explosion. In three tapes delivered to radio stations, Rasim has said his group would explode more bombs, including on Capitol Hill in Washington, unless all immigration laws are repealed, and unless two retired Los Angeles police officers 'are arrested for murder in the 1S70 mistake slayings of two Mexican nationals. Rasim's nationality so far has escaped detection. ation's latest figures show that as of June 1, before the UMW's annual mass two-week vacation period, electric utilities had a 92-day supply. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which gets two-thirds of its coal from UMW mines, reported last week that some of its generating stations were down to as little as 12 days of coal. The stoppage will idle some 120,000 UMW members and close an estimated 1,200 underground and surface mines in about a dozen states. It will cost the nation about nine million tons of coal, according to estimates by the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association, the industry group that negotiates with the UMW, and will cost miners $25 million in lost wages. A side issue—but easily the most volatile one—is a firm UMW drive to establish a union beachhead in eastern Kentucky with a strike against the Brookside Mining Co., a subsidiary of the Duke Power Co. Negotiations for a contract there are deadlocked and the year-long strike has been marked by sporadic violence. Because it would be considered an illegal secondary boycott, the union cannot openly describe the shutdown as putting pressure on the coal industry to support its drive at Brooks ide. While the effect on stockpiles will give the union an obvious advantage during the still-pending contract talks, its openly stated purpose is to dramatize the unsafeness of the mines. UMW President Arnold Miller said more than 100,000 coal miners have died on the job during this century. But Miller's statement also said the shutdown would commemorate "those miners who are victims of company violence designed to prevent them from winning protection of a United Mine Workers contract."
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