Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 16, 1974 · Page 1
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Pfaytf (ovfh&r unkn&wn) —&r§Qi Sp/f It: Halp ma not to criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins. ^^^^La»j|^^^^H ^^^gjajtejMj^_ • gj|mg|ign ^^^^.^ _^j^jjfc|^^ - Hope Hempstead Counfy- of (ho Bowie Knife Star vnt VOLl 98R 19 Dorroa 286 "~ 12 PagCS Member of (he Associated Press Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features »»trAKTc*o ** Av. net paid HreuIaUoti 3 months ending March 31,19?4—4,080 ;* NhAb MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 16, 1974 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject (o audit. PRICE 10c Hope melon goes to Kansas Fair WOP* OF THE WWID'S LAWESl WATERMELON" HEMP. CO. Ford unveils clemency plan Jim Tate (left), first vice-president of the Hope Chamber of Commerce; and Jack Caldwell (far right), second vice-president of the Chamber, are giving Pod Rogers a helping hand in loading one of Hope's giant melons- one that is possibly a record in length (40 in- —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Roger Head ches), with a weight of 140 pounds. Rogers left Saturday afternoon for the world's champion watermelon weigh-in and judging at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. The event is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Child dies in accident A twenty-month-old child was killed instantly Sunday when his step-father accidentally ran over him with a bushhog. According to a spokesman tor the sheriff's department, John Lynn Wright, 20 months, was riding a toy motorcycle when his stepfather, .Charier Peeks Jr., who was operating a bushhogger, came down *an embankment. The stepfather failed to see the child when the child rode the toy into the bushhog. The accident happened at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the parent's residence about eight miles south of Hope. The child was brought to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. THOUGHTS MONDAY "I look to the right and watch, but there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me, no man cares for me." — Psalm 142:4. "Some people are always grumbling; if they had been born in the Garden of Eden, they would have found much to complain of. Others are happy anywhere; they see beauties and blessings all around them." — John Lubbock, English astronomer. Terrorists free 2 hostages THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Japanese terrorists released two women hostages from the French Embassy early today, but continued to hold nine male hostages, including French Ambassador Jac • " . r "We are progressing, but I believe that we are not yet completely in the last hours," French Foreign Minister Jean Sauvagnargues said in Paris. Dutch Premier Joop den Uyl said in a television interview "there are so many uncertain factors in this that I can't tell you concretely. "I have a feeling that in the next 24 hours a series of very difficult decisions will have to be taken by us." He said "a matter of special concern" was that the three terrorists and the hostages were getting tired and edgy. The terrorists seized the embassy late Friday afternoon to gain the release of a Japanese Red Army colleague jailed in France. France flew him to Amsterdam airport that eve- nine. A police spokesman said the release of the two 22-year-old women was the result of negotiations between the three terrorists and the Dutch Justice Ministry. He described the move as a significant step, but he refused to confirm or deny reports from diplomatic sources that a deal for the remaining hostages was imminent. The two women, Bernadine Ccqrling, the embassy tele- Diione operator, and Joyce '•" fur;* Ambassador JaajUi.3 Senard's secretary, were taken away in ambulances. They were reported in "favorable condition considering the circumstances." A police spokesman said the women reported the terrorists had not mistreated any of the hostages. A government spokesman said the terrorists had asked for food and cigarettes. They were given cartons of tomato soup, cheese sandwiches and soft drinks. One weak light gleamed from behind a blind on the top floor, and a heavy mist swirled around the building from time to time. One French source said it was hoped the mist would not interfere with flying, a remark that was taken to indicate likelihood of an agreement soon to free the hostages and fly the terrorists to another country. A news blackout ordered by the Dutch government made it impossible to confirm or deny the reports, which said the terrorists were to be provided a French jetliner with a crew of Dutch volunteers to fly them manded $1 million n cash in "compensation for the arrest and imprisonment of Yutaka Furuya." There was no indication whether.':^ ironoy wouk- and- Yutaka' *lb uruy aj a/ii/?, Japanese arrested in France seven weeks ago, anywhere except Paris. A high official would remain with the gunmen to guarantee them safe passage. A French Boeing 707 arrived at Holland's Schiphol Airport shortly before the two women hostages were released. The three terrorists and Furuya are all members of the Japanese Red Army, the small group of radicals that was responsible for the Tel Aviv airport massacre two years ago in which 26 persons were killed. The Dutch government said the hostages still in the embassy included the ambassador, Iwo members of his staff, an embassy chauffeur, a visiting French businessman, his chauffeur and three unidentified persons. The terrorists' first demand was that Furuya be freed and brought to Holland so that all three of them could be flown to a country of their choice. Furuya was flown to Schiphol on Friday night, but on Sunday the terrorists in the embassy de- Paris police search for grenade killer PARIS (AP) - Paris police are searching for a young man with long hair and a gray jacket who dropped a hand grenade into a crowded drugstore on the 1,6ft Bank, killing two persons and injuring 26 others. Witnesses said the man dropped the grenade from a second-floor balcony on Sunday afternoon and escaped in the confusion after the explosion. He appeared to be about 25, witnesses said. Police Chief Jean Paolini said he was told that the man was completely calm just before he dropped the grenade. A fire brigade spokesman said the grenade rolled under a tobacco counter, and this may have reduced the force of the blast. But persons on the sidewalk outside the store were knocked off their feet. "Women and children ran screaming, blinded by the blood and the dust," said one witness. "One man had his chest ripped open." The store on the Boulevard St. Germain is a honeycomb of lunch counters, boutiques and specialty stands. A movie theater is in the basement, but the only evidence there of the explosion was a muffled thud and some dust falling from the ceiling. An employe calmed the audience, and the film — an erotic hit called "Emanuelle" — continued. The blast left the first-floor area around the tobacco stand in shambles. Firemen swept aside bits of broken wood and torn plaster, looking for victims in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres drugstore. A young boy was blown from the store out onto the sidewalk. WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford proclaimed a clemency program today for thousands of Vietnam war deserters and draft resisters "in furtherance of our national commitment to justice and mercy." A key feature of the program would require deserters and draft evaders to spend up to 24 months in low-paying jobs judged to promote the "national health, safety or interest." There would be no minimum time period for "alternate service jobs" and reductions from .the 24 months service period would be dependent on military service records and "other mitigating factors." All those wanting to accept the amnesty opportunity would have to turn themselves in before Jan. 31. Draft evaders would report to the United States attorney where an offense was committed and deserters would report to appropriate military commanders. Ford also set up a nine-member Presidential Clemency Board to handle the cases of those already convicted of draft evasion or absence from military service. "The board has been instructed to give priority consideration to individuals currently confined," the White House press office said in a fact sheet. "The President also has asked tivit their confinement be sus- pt.nded as soon as possible, pending the board's review." Ford briefed Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress before making details of the clemency program public. is not amnesty," House .-'iran Leader John Rhodes said after the briefing. ''It sets forth a mechanism under which these young men can rehabilitate themselves ..." Senate Republican Whip Robert Griffin of Michigan said most participants in the briefing were pleased with the make-up of the clemency board. However, both Rhodes and Griffin acknowledged that some congressional leaders at the meeting voiced opposition to Ford's action. The President also provided for a new type of military discharge, a clemency discharge, that would go to military personnel who satisfactorily participated in the clemency plan. In a proclamation and accompanying the executive order establishing the program, Ford did not specify the precise kinds of alternate service that would be required. But the White House press office said there would be a ban on jobs "for which there are more numerous qualified applicants than jobs available." The press office also said pay would compare reasonably with that of men or women entering military service. Young Americans who fled to other countries to avoid military service would be granted a 15-day grace period after re-entering the country before they would have to report appropriate authorities. All participants in the program would have to acknowledge allegiance to the United States. Those who shun the program or do not satisfactorily com- plete their part of the clemency offer would be subject to prosecution. Ford, in explaining his move, said in the proclamation: '"In furtherance of our national commitment to justice and mercy these young Americans should have the chance to contribute a share to the rebuilding of peace among ourselves and with all nations. They should be allowed the opportunity to earn return to their country, their communities and their families, upon their agreement to a period of alternate service in the national interest, together with an acknowledg- ement of their allegiance to the country and its Constitution." Ford described desertion in wartime as a "major, serious offense" and draft evasion as "a serious offense." "Reconciliation among our people does not require that these acts be condoned," he added. "Yet, reconciliation calls for an act of mercy to bind the nation's wounds and to heal the scars of devisiveness." Officials said approximately 15,500 draft evaders are potentially eligible for clemency. Of these about 8,700 already have been convicted, an additional 4,350 are under indictment and 2,250 are under investigation. Of those under indictment, 4,060 are listed as fugitives and an estimated 3,000 of them are in Canada. Officials said 130 persons are presently serving prison sentences for draft evasion and presumably are eligible for release pending reviews of their cases by the clemency board. The officials said some 500,000 incidents of desertion falling within the scope of the clemency program were recorded during the Vietnam war. They said approximately 12,500 deserters are still at large with about 1,500 of them in Canada. Murder conviction is upheld LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The state Supreme Court affirmed today the first-degree murder conviction of Bill C. Nelson II in Sebastian County Circuit Court, rejecting six arguments for reversal. Nelson, who had pleaded innocent by reason of insanity, was given a sentence of life in prison for the death of his estranged wife, Virginia, who was shot with a rifle in a Fort Smith apartment. Seven other persons were present when she was slain. The case was one of eight criminal cases ruled on today by the high court. In every case, conviction of the defendant was affirmed. Witnesses testified that Nelson, a former policeman, had argued with his wife just a few days before the shooting. Some said he had threatened to kill her and her ex-husband if they were found together. Some witnesses to the shooting said that after firing the fatal shot, Nelson remarked, "I came, I did what I intended to do," and left. Nelson also had taken out a life insurance policy for $10,000 on his wife with himself as beneficiary. Guy Nelson, her brother-in-law, testified that when the insurance policy transaction was in the works, Mrs. Nelson's husband at one point laughed and said, "Well, I just may kill her and collect the money myself." Among the defense arug- ments rejected by the Supreme Court, was the contention that Judge Paul Wolfe erred by refusing to permit medical librarians to read into the trial record the dates of several brain concussions suffered by Nelson, medication prescribed, final diagnosis and summary of hospitalizations. The Supreme Court said Nelson's purpose was achieved through tne offer to make such records part of the trial evidence and that .every detail in them was not necessarily relevent. Chief Justice Carleton Harris pointed out in the court's opinion that the records were fully discussed by Nelson's parents and by two psychiatrists, one who testified for the defense and one who testified for the state. Other convictions upheld —Louis Norris in Pulaski County Circuit Court on a charge of procuring. A policeman who checked into a Little Rock hotel said he was told by Morris, a bellhop, that a woman would be sent to the officer's room for prostitution. The woman, asking for $50, arrived about 45 minutes later. —Donald Ray Camp in Washington County Circuit Court on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The state contended Camp was driving too fast when his car hit another ve- hiclen killing Marilyn Jean Short, a passenger in the second vehicle. —Gordon Buddy,Williams in Crawford County Circuit Court-~ for maiming Gordon Shipley with a broken wine bottle. Shipley lost an eye. Williams was sentenced to seven years in prison. Ethiopians stage demonstration ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Troops and police armed with machine guns, bayonets and a water cannon today broke up a demonstration by more than 1,000 students calling for civilian rule in Ethiopia within six months. No injuries were reported. It was the first open sign of civilian discontent against the five-day-old military government that deposed Emperor Haile Selassie last Thursday. Only last week students hailed the military as national saviors for arresting feudal aristocrats considered corrupt and oppressive. Police entered the campus of Haile Selassie University and dispersed students into the streets with a water cannon. A dozen jeeps carrying machine guns blocked an attempted student march toward downtown Addis Ababa. Helmeted soldiers with fixed bayonets sealed off the campus. "We are not against the military as such but we are against the military government," a student leader said. "The military are harsh. They are cruel. "We are afraid their government will become permanent and we do not want to exchange one dictator for anoth- er." Many students and teachers want the emperor tried for treason and forced to return billions of dollars he allegedly deposited illegally in other countries. Rumors spread today that the military was planning to exile him and that two countries — Britain and the West African state of Cameroon — had been approached. The emperor was being held-' in a residence within the 4th Infantry Division compound in Addis Ababa, reliable Ethiopian sources said. Saigon office building bombed GOPs choose first woman chairman WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican National Committee today unanimously elected Mrs. Mary ix>uise Smith, a veteran party organizer chosen 12 days ago by President Ford, as the party's first woman national chairman. The 59-year-old Mrs. Smith, who as party co-chairman for the past six months ran a series of GOP grassroots workshops, succeeds George Bush, nsmori tr> head the U.S. liaison office in the People's Republic of China. The election of Mrs. Smith was the major item of business at the committee meeting, which also included a luncheon with addresses by President Ford and Vice President-designate Nelson A. Rockefeller. There was no public opposition to Mrs. Smith, though some RNC members were reported privately annoyed that, once again, their new chairman had been selected by a President without their playing any role besides ratification. Mrs. Smith, who has been Republican national committeewoman from Iowa since 1964, was formally nominated by state GOP Chairman John McDonald. McDonald called her "a skilled diplomat" and a "tough bargainer" and declared that "her knowledge of organization has earned her a reputation as a keen tactician." Bush, in a farewell speech, predicted the Republicans "will do better in the fall elections than many people think — particularly in the Senate." But he said "I am not satisfied at where we stand in strength of numbers of registered voters or in strength of national committee." He defended his national chairmanship, in which he made many speeches defending former President Richard M. Nixon. Bush contended that "all of us wanted to be fair" in defending Nixon's accomplishments while protecting the GOP "from the ugly excesses and the illegalities that became known by one word—Watergate." Showers fall in some areas By The Associated Press Scattered showers in ihe south central states marred an otherwise fair weather picture across the country early today. Showers and thunders tonns were reported from the southern Rockies and plains into the mid-Mississippi Valley. Nearly- half an inch of ram fell at Oklahoma City in six hours but most other areas reported less than .25 inch. Low clouds and fog hung over the Pacific coast, and in parts of the Appalachians from northern Georgia into West Virginia, while scattered showers lingered »i Texas. SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) — Police said Communists bombed a government office today wounding five persons, one day after a man described as a wealthy playboy army captain blew up a South Vietnamese jetliner in the air killing all 71 persons aboard. The office bombing was the first act of terrorism in Saigon attributed to Communists since the January 1973 cease-fire, police said. Police said a man and three women on motorbikes hurled the explosives into a downtown building and the blast wounded two South Vietnamese military officers and three others. Police described the four as "Communist terrorists" without elaborating. They escaped, witnesses said. The Sunday hijacking was the first to result in a large number of deaths and it was the first hijacked plane to be blown up in the air. The officials said the hijacker, 31-year-old Le Due Tan, bypassed security checks Sunday when he boarded the Air Vietnam Boeing 727 at Da Nang for a flight to Saigon. Police in Da Nang were reported questioning Tan's wife, who owns a beauty parlor there, and an air force security sergeant who they said helped Tan evade the security check. Officials said when the airliner was about halfway from Da Nang to Saigon, Tan ordered the pilot to turn back and fly to the North Vietnamese capital. Instead, the pilot prepared to land at Phan Rang, 160 miles northeast of Saigon, and Tan set off two grenades he had brought aboard the plane, the officials said. Eyewitnesses said the plane made one pass over the airfield, circled back and banked sharply as it approached the runway. They said there was an explosion and the plane crashed nose first not far from a minefield. The plane burst into flames when it hit the ground and the fire spread to the minefield, setting off a claymore antipersonnel mine. The eight crew members and 59 of the 63 passengers were Vietnamese, according to the passenger list. The others were two South Koreans, a Filipino and a Frenchman. By nightfall rescue teams searching in the rain through the charred wreckage had recovered 68 bodies, many of them badly mangled, officials said. They also recovered a special tape recorder aboard the plane to record conversations during an emergency. It was the third attempt in two years — all unsuccessful — to hijack a South Vietnamese aircraft to North Vietnam. Air Vietnam reportedly has ordered its pilots to refuse to fly to North Vietnam even under duress. Observers say the airline's security precautions have been lax and haphazard, but one official said security measures were being tightened at all airports. Tan's motive was not known yet. Authorities said he had a bachelor of arts degree in political science, joined the army in 1962 after service in the militia as a commando, married in 1964 and had three children. Although assigned to Dalat, he lived in Da Nang and was known there as a wealthy playboy with a succession of automobiles. Mi§s 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.

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