Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 17, 1974 · Page 1
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Indian Prayer (author unknown) —Great Spirit: Help me not to criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins. Hope Hempstedd Goufify- Home of (he Bowie Knife Member of (he Associated Press VOL. 75—NO. 287 —8 Pages Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features Av. net paid circulation 3months ending March 31,1974—4,080 HOPE. ARKANSAS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1974 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. FlllCK lOc Car workers strike MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) The United Auto Workers have gone out on strike on the first day of American Motor Corporation's scheduled production of 1975 models. The strike idled about 15,000 workers in plants at Milwaukee and Kenosha, Wis., and Brampton, Ont., where picket lines went up with the start of the first shift Monday. Contract talks were due to be resumed here Wednesday morning, and UAW President Leonard Woodcock may join the bargainers then for the first time. The UAW won a major concession when AMC agreed to drop its demand to end a policy which allows employes to reject overtime work, but other unresolved differences led to the UN adds 3 nations UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) — The United Nations General Assembly opens its 29th annual session today with a record number of problems facing a record number of member nations. The first day's agenda included the admission of three new nations: Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan; Grenada, a former British island colony in the Caribbean, and Guinea-Bissau, the first of Portugal's African colonies to get independence. Their admission brings the total membership in the world organization to 138 nations. It Dairymen getting cool shoulder WASHINGTON (AP) - The Ford admfnistratibn is giving a cool shoulder to a delegation of National Farmers Union dairy producers here this week to seek higher government milk price supports. About 100 dairy farmers planned to meet today with congressional members and later at the Agriculture Department to state *heir case for higher supports. But an NFU spokesman said an appointment Wednesday at the White House with an official of the President's Domestic Council was cancelled. And at USDA a spokesman said it was not certain whether Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz would meet with the farmers. "It's a question whether the secretary will be able to meet with them "Steven Laine,newly designated director of public affairs for USDA, told a reporter on Monday. Asked if Butz' schedule conflicted with the meeting, Laine with, "I assumed so." The visit by dairy farmers was announced Sept. 8 by Tony Dechant, NFU president, who said the group would seek a meeting "with President Ford or his personal representative," to seek emergency action, including a boost in government milk price supports to the maximum level set by law. Butz told newsmen in Chicago last Friday that he had no plan to increase milk price supports despite pressure from many farm belt members of Congress, including Rep. W. R. Poage, D-Tex., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. The Farmers Union says that unless government supports are raised from the current level of 80 per cent of parity—the minimum allowed by law—to 90 per cent, rising production costs will force many more farmers out of business and lead to milk shortages. An NFU official said Monday night that considering Butz' attitude about milk supports, it probably would not do any good to meet with him anyway. The department has predicted U.S. milk output will decline this year by about 1.5 per cent, following an even larger reduction in 1973. That would put 1974 milk production at around 113.9 billion pounds, the lowest level since 1948. But the farmers union says this year's milk output is likely to decline even more because of liquidations of cow herds. The main factor is the general cost of production, including much higher feed costs. The Agriculture Department last week said there were 4,000 fewer dairy cows on farms during August than in July- started with 51 in 1945. President Ford planned to appear before the assembly on Wednesday for the first major foreign policy speech of his administration. Secretary- General Kurt Waldheim told a news conference Monday that "the fact that the President is coming here personally... is the best proof of his positive attitude toward our organization." Waldheim said that at his meeting with Ford in Washington last week, the President "expressed to me his desire to cooperate fully with the United Nations, to give us full support." A record 111 items are on the agenda for the three-month assembly session. Many of them are the result of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the energy crisis, the arms race, worldwide inflation and the widening gap between rich and poor nations. Waldheim said many of the problems are of unusual international complexity, demanding a global rather than a national approach. But returning to a theme he has sounded often the past month, he said that in the nearly three years he has been secretary-general, the trend has been "not toward better international cooperation but rather a trend back again to nationalism." He urged governments to show "more give and take" and willingness to "give up some of their selfish interests and be ready to cooperate on an international basis." He said that failure to do this was "the main reason we failed to achieve a breakthrough" at the U.N. conferences on the environment, the law of the sea and population problems. Fifi expected to get mean MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Fifi has become the season's third hurricane with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said today. Conditions favor strengthening during the next 24 hours and Fifi is expected to become a dangerous hurricane sometime Wednesday, the Hurricane Center said. Fifi has slowed to a forward speed of lOm.p.h. while rapidly increasing to minimal hurricane strength, forecasters said. It was earlier predicted that Fifi would remain a tropical storm until tonight. At 6 a.m. EDT, the hurricane was centered about 275 miles east of the Swan Islands in the Caribbean. The projected track of the hurricane should take it a short distance north of Swan Island, forecasters said. However they warned a slightly more southerly track could bring Fifi's eye south of the island. Gale-force winds extend 100 miles lo the north of Fifi's center and 50 miles to the south, forecasters said. Most of the heavy rain was located over water, the Hurricane Center said, but warned that locally heavy showers could bring flooding to Jamaica, ihe Cayman Islands and eastern Cuba. The first hurricane of the season, Becky, swirled harmlessly into the open Atlantic near the end of August. Last week Hurricane Carmen smashed into the Louisiana Gulf Coast before dying over Texas. strike. AMC maintained from the start of the negotiations that the right of its Kenosha and Milwaukee employes to turn down overtime work put it at a competitive disadvantage with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. Employes of the Big Three had to work overtime whenever it was ordered until last fall, when their new contracts made it voluntary after 52 hours a weekm An AMC spokesman said the proposal matched the Big Three contracts and went be-, yond them because AMC was. willing to retain voluntary overtime, drop its proposal to cut relief time and change its plan for increasing the ratio of union stewards to employes. Union negotiators conceded that the wage package was generally equal to those with the other automakers, but said other factors such as starting dates for some benefit programs were different. A total of 9,000 cars was scheduled for production this week. W. Virginia schools to open today .By The Associated Press Schools were to reopen today in Kanawha County, W. Va., where violence surrounding protests over allegedly anti- Christian textbooks had closed classrooms since Friday. Meanwhile in Boston, police were scheduled to be on the streets in force again although city schools made it through the day Monday without any injuries for the first time since court-ordered busing began this year. A sheriff's spokesman in Charleston, W.Va., the area where the allegedly antireligious textbooks are the issue, said, "Our main objective is going to be to see that the buses run." Earlier Kanawha County school officials announced schools would reopen today despite continued picketing and boycotting of classes by Fundamentalists who charge antireligious textbooks are being used in the schools. Boston school officials reported 70 per cent attendance at the city's 200 public schools Monday, up from about 67 per cent when school opened last week under a court-ordered busing program to achieve integration. Although school children avoided injury, five persons on a city bus with a black driver were injured when the bus was stoned on a regular transit run. And 20 persons were arrested, most on disorderly conduct charges, in South Boston where police encountered roving bands of white youths. Classes were conducted without incident although two black juveniles were arrested after rocks hit a bus carrying white students home. But there were no injuries. \»\\ll —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Roger Head MRS. JIM PRUDEN, chairman of the United Fund board for 1975, has announced that George Wright, Jr. (above), 28, has been appointed chairman of the United Fund drive for 1975. Wright, who is the owner of The Colony Shoppe, is a native of Hope. He is a graduate of Hope High School and Arkansas State University. He is married to the former Jan Gaines and has two children, Misty and Trey. No depression ahead Ford assures nation WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford has assured Americans the nation's economy is not headed for a depression, despite steep inflation and sagging industrial production. He promised at his news conference Monday night new measures "to make sure that our economy improves in the months ahead," but he did not outline them. "Let me say very strongly that the United States is not going to have a depression," Ford asserted. The over-all economy is strong and employment remains highn he said. "We do have the problems of inflation. We do have related problems and we're going to come up with some answers that I hope will solve these problems," Ford said. "We are going to work to make sure that our economy improves in the months ahead," he added. Statistics support the view that the United States is nowhere near a depression now. Economists regard a depression as a period of low economic activity marked by mass unemployment, deflation, a decreasing use of resources and a low level of investment. In 1933, the worst of the depression years, there were 14 million Americans out of work, about 25 per cent of the labor force. By contrast, there were 4.9 million Americans unable to find jobs last month, representing 5.4 per cent of the labor force. While industrial production is off this year, it still is only 1.8 per cent below the peak output in November of last year. And the economy shows no hint of deflation, a condition of falling prices. Nevertheless, the nation's top labor leaders warned Ford last week cthat the government's current anti-inflation policies of tight credit and restrained federal spending could plunge the country into a deep recession. But administration economic advisers have maintained these policies are necessary to control inflation over the long-run, even if they produce short-term difficulties. President Ford's limited amnesty plan has created a storm of controversy but apparently has drawn few inquiries from draft evaders or deserters and no early confirmed reports of any takers. The Justice Department said 10 persons identifying themselves as evaders or deserters called seeking information during the first 12 hours after amnesty was announced. Spokeswoman Gloria C. Brown said some of the calls came from persons in Canada who said they had no money for transportation to a U.S. attorney's office. She added five department employes will handle amnesty inquiries. Terrorists prepare to leave Embassy THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Troops in green camouflage and armored cars arrived at Schiphol airfield today as the government made preparations for the departure of three Japanese terrorists holding nine hostages in the French Embassy. A spokesman said the gunmen, who took over the embassy four days ago, were expected to be brought to Schiphol airport some time after 10 a.m. EOT. Bui a police spokesman said it was not certain whether the deal would be carried out. He said: "There has been a development this morning. In an hour's time everything could be back to where it started." He gave no details. Naval helicopters were standing by to transport the gunmen and a spokesman said the airport would be closed briefly when the terrorists arrived. Dutch troops were reinforced at the French Embassy where French Ambassador Jacques Senard was among the hostages. Queen Juliana, opening a new session of the Dutch parliament, said that the country faced "an act of terror which threatens the lives of innocent people." She said the government's primary goal was the release of the hostages unharmed. Premier Joop den Uyl was directing negotiations with the terrorists from the parliament. A Boeing 707 sent from Paris to fly the gunmen out of the Netherlands was moved from a hangar to the tarmac. In Paris, special security police at Orly Airport were placed on alert and the specially trained anticommando brigade working out of the Paris prefecture of police also was standing by. The gunmen released two young women on Monday. Den Uyl kept an emergency committee from his cabinet in session all night. The terrorists of the Japanese Red Army guerrilla group first demanded the release of Senate seats on the line By The Associated Press Nominations for two Senate seats are on the line today in elections in Washington and Oklahoma. In Washington's primary, Democratic Sen. Warren G. Magnuson has only taken opposition from perennial candidate John Patric as the 69-year-old chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee seeks renom- ination to the post he has held for 30 years. In Oklahoma's Democratic primary run-off, former Rep. Ed Edmondson and Charles Nesbitt, chairman of the State Corporation Commission, are matched for the right to meet the GOP Senate nominee, incumbent Henry L. Bellmon, in November. another Red Army member, Yutaka Furuya, who was arrested in France seven weeks ago, and a plane to take all four of them to some other country. Furuya was flown to Schiphol airport on Friday night and a French Boeing 707 manned by a volunteer Dutch-English crew is waiting at the airport. But the French government rejected the terrorists' demand for $1 million. Meanwhile, fog closed Schiphol during the night. And unconfirmed reports said Furuya and the three terrorists are members of different factions in the Red Army, and Furuya was asking to be returned to prison in France. Bloodmobile here The Bloodmobile is here today. More than 100 volunteer workers from many civic and church groups will be on hand to move donors right through the processing line. One hundred ten pints are needed each day for the County to return the 800 pints used in the just concluded fiscal year. If you got a pint of blood this year, Bloodmobile Chairman Haskell Jones urges you to give a pint to replace it. Let's broaden the base of donors in Hempstead County by giving a pint this time. If you have never given before, the Bloodmobile is at the First Baptist Church youth fellowship hall, 3rd and Walnut from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Give so others may live. President's defense fails to still criticism WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford says Richard M. Nixon's acceptance of a pardon could be construed as an admission of guilt, but Ford's unyielding defense of the clemency has failed to still criticism of his decision. Ford also said Monday night there were no secret reasons for the pardon and no secret deals with Nixon. And he disclosed he is moving to allay concern among Watergate prosecutors about safeguarding Nixon tapes as potential evidence. He said Whiu House aides are negotiating with Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski's staff to remove concerns about preserving for possible courtroom use the tape recordings and presidential documents deemed to be Nixon's property. Responding to a barrage of par don-related questions at his second broadcast news conference, Ford declared, "I am absolutely convinced ... I made the right decision in an effort, an honest, conscientious effort, to end the (Watergate) divisions and the turmoil in the United States." Ford maintained that the former president had been "shamed and disgraced" by his resignation. The President also said he had no inside information on Nixon's health at the time of the pardon, and although he was aware of published reports Nixon was ailing, "I was more anxious to heal the nation." A number of congressional Democrats said they were not satisfied by Ford's defense of the pardon. "Tonight, I thought there might be some light," said Rep. Jerome Waldie, D-Calif., a member of the House Judiciary Committee that recommended Chicken feed cheap? Bite your tongue CENTRALIA, 111. (AP) Next time you're about to compare something inexpensive with chicken feed, bite your tongue. Poultry feed prices have come home to roost, and the people who gather eggs for your refrigerator are squawking about it. A grower with a flock of laying hens pays $9.50 for a 100- pound sack of feed, which cost about half that two years ago. While that may not sound like much, consider that chicken farms with 15,000 to 30,000 hens are common, and one rancher here is feeding 55,000 chickens daily. It takes about 4.5 pounds of feed — corn, soybean, wheat and alfalfa meal fortified with vitamins — to produce a dozen eggs. A hen will produce about 20 dozen eggs over her 15 most productive months. At the same time she will consume nearly 100 pounds of feed. The $9.00 or so that the farmer spent on feed for a single hen is more than he paid for her in the first place. Late this summer, a pullet sold for about $2.25. Eighteen months ago, a pullet brought about $1.75. Hatcheries blame the increase on the price of feed. A dozen large eggs sold in Southern Illinois markets this September at about 52 cents. That's a $10.40 return on an investment of $11.25 and you haven't paid the help yet or repaired the coops. Medium eggs? Forty-five cents. Feed producers say the prob- lem is rising grain prices. A spokesman for the Ralston Purina Co. of St. Louis, Mo., which sells more feed than any other company in the United States, says: "The big thing this year is the increased price of corn. Corn now costs more than the protein ingredients — soybeans and so forth. The price has just about doubled in two years. Two years ago, a ton of laying rations was $87. This year it's $168 - wholesale. That's an in- uiduslrywide, average figure." Nixon's impeachment, "but there was none." Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., of the Judiciary Committee said it would have been better had Ford "pursued the judicial process to show that all are treated equally under the law." But Sen. George D. Aikin, R- Vt., said Ford's explanation was "pretty straightforward and will make an impression on a lot of people who didn't agree with the pardon." Reviewing his decision to pardon the former President, Ford went further than ever before in suggesting Nixon was guilty of impeachable offenses if not criminal misconduct. He said the unanimous Judiciary Committee vote for impeachment was "very persuasive evidence" and at another point declared, in response to a question, "the acceptance of a pardon, I think can be construed by many, if not all, as an admission of guilt." If the pardon question dominated the 30-minute news conference, the topic of CIA intervention in the affairs of other countries seemed certain to stir international controversy. Asked about CIA action against the since-overthrown Marxist government of Chile, Ford said the United States did act "to help and assist the preservation of opposition newspapers and electronic media and to preserve opposition political parties." He went on: "I think this is in the best interests of the people of Chile, and certainly in our best interests." In any case, he said he was "informed reliably that Communist nations spend vastly more money than we do for the same kind of purposes." And he said, "our government had no involvement whatsoever" in the coup that toppled the Chilean regime. On other topics, Ford said: —"The United States is not going to have a depression. The over-all economy of the United States is strong. Employment is still high. —Within the next few days, presumably when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, he hopes to announce "a very major decision" involving humanitarian food aid to other countries. 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 b> 5 p.m. and a carrier will deliver your paper.

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