Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 18, 1974 · Page 1
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Indian Prayer (author unknown) — Great Spirit: Help me nit to criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins. Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn Trouble dogs Conway too—on railroad depot For some months this column has been praising Conway as a most progressive city for having purchased the railroad depot which blocks Main Street. "Die city's purpose, as stated in Tuesday's Arkansas Gazette, was reiterated as follows: "The city started negotiations for purchase of the property more than 10 years ago with the idea of removing the building and extending Main Street to relieve the downtown traffic problem." Your editor admired Conway because it had a traffic problem and took action to correct it- while Hope, with the same problem, gives priority to downtown flowerbeds rather than downtown traffic jams. Alas and alack—I spoke too soon. The above-mentioned Gazette news dispatch reported that 846 Conway citizens have signed a petition calling for a referendum in the November general election to keep the Missouri Pacific depot standing as a historical landmark. The objecting organizations are the Faulkner County Historical Society and the Conway Community Arts Association. For what this editor is thinking he could be thrown out of both organizations. We yield to no citizen as being in the front rank of history lovers and a preserver of landmarks. Here, we are battling the lovers of municipal flowerpots-while in Conway the municipal government is plagued with admirers of landmarks, even though the one in question is stifling downtown traffic. I can't vote in the projected general election referendum at Conway—but I have a hunch if the railroad station business yets on the November ballot the voters will order Main Street lo be put through the station site . . . landmark or not. Meeting on CIA issue scheduled By Gaylord SHAW Associated Press Writer President Ford and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will brief five congressional leaders today on the scope of the Central Intelligence Agency's covert operations, Kissinger said today. The White House meeting was prompted by the controversy over CIA funding of what has been described as an effort to destabilize the since- overthrown Marxist government of President Salvador Allende in Chile. Kissinger disclosed the planned meeting as he talked with reporters aboard Ford's jetliner en route to New York where Ford addresses the U.N. General Assembly. He said, "We ... will put it before them in detail ... and ask them, 'What do you want to do.'" 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. Hope HSrhpstecid Counfy- of fhc Bowie Knife Star Member of the Associated Press ' Av - nct P ald circulation 3 months ending March 31.1974-4.080 VOL. 75-No. 288 -12 Pages Newspaper Enterprise Ass'it. Features HOPE, ARKANSAS WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 18, 1974 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. PttlCE lOc Three terrorists consider Syrian offer to surrender DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) Three Japanese terrorists who occupied the French Embassy in The Hague for four days landed in Damascus today. A government spokesman said they were considering a Syria offer to surrender in exchange for safe conduct to any country of their choice. Official sources first said the three terrorists and a comrade whose freedom from a French jail they had obtained with the embassy siege gave themselves up moments after the plane landed. But the government spokesman said later the four Japanese Red Army members were still negotiating with the Syrians. The French Boeing 707 jet that carried the terrorists from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport landed at the heavily guarded Damascus airport at 8 a.m. EOT. The terrorists flew from Amsterdam after releasing their nine remaining hostages. A volunteer crew of two Dutchmen and a Briton flew the Boeing 727. The Japanese Red Army is a small guerrilla outfit based in Europe. Its members massacred 26 people in a raid at Tel Aviv airport in 1972. In The Hague, the French Wilson orders second election in 9 months LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Harold Wilson today called national elections for Oct. 10, the second parliamentary elections to be held in less than nine months. The prime minister ordered the elections in a bid to increase the strength of his minority Labor government. Lack of a clear over-all majority in the House of Commons forced Wilson to hold up key legislation and to compromise on other projects. But recent opinion polls indicate an inconclusive outcome like the Feb. 28 vote that brought Wilson to power. Polls have swayed back and forth with first Wilson's Laborites ahead and then Edward Heath's opposition Conservatives. However, much could happen during the three-week campaign to bring one or the other party out in front. The prime minister's announcement from his office at No. 10 Downing St. ended days of speculation during which all three major parties — Labor, Conservative and third-ranking Liberals — made public their electoral platforms. Once again Wilson and his archrival, Heath, will fight an election battle that could be the culmination of their 10-year struggle for supremacy. The bitter struggle has increasingly become a personal contest between the two 58-year-old men. Few political observers believe the loser of this battle will be able to survive at the head of his party. Jeremy Thorpe, 45-year-old chief of the small Liberal par- ly, has been openly campaigning for weeks to increase the, size of his parly's conlingent in the House of Commons. Wilson's minority government managed lo remain in power only wilh Ihe shifling support of Thorpe's Liberals or Ihe backing of Scottish and Welsh nationalists. PBA opens contracts bids LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The state Public Building Authority opened bids Tuesday on the first three construction contracts in its $75 million plan to build new state office buildings in PulasW County. Meanwhile Tuesday, state Rep. Thomas E. Sparks of Fordyce filed suit in Pulaski County Chancery County to block the PBA project. PBA Chairman Jack Morgan of England said the bids on all three contracts were within the budget. The contracts were to be signed and work orders issued today, he said. Sevier Plumbing and Heating Co. of Conway submitted the low bid of $26,866 for moving sewer lines on the Capitol mall. There were five other bidders. Fif i lashes Honduras MIAMI (AP) — Gale force winds and heavy rains pounded Honduras today as Hurricane Fifi and her winds gusting lo 125 miles per hour moved toward Ihe counlry's northeastern coast. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted the season's third hurricane would come ashore in a sparsely populated area in the vicinity of Ivaguna Caratasca, Honduras. The biggest part of the PBA project is the construction of a new office complex on the mall immediately west of the Capitol. The AAA Excavating Co. of Little Rock submitted the low bid of $185,389 to do grading and related work for a new parking lot west of the state Revenue Department's building. Two other bids were submitted. APT Construction Co. of North Little Rock submitted the low bid of $78,850 for asphalt paving of the parking lot. There were two other bids. ambassador, Jaques Senard, said he and 10 other hostages "lived at gunpoint" during their four days of captivity. "For 60 hours we had no food, no water and no bed. It was a horrible experience," Senard told newsmen today. "In all they shot 25 bullets at the office ceiling and into the floor right next to my shoes," Senard said. The gunmen released their nine remaining hostages unharmed on Tuesday night and look off from Amsterdams air- porl wilh $300,000 ransom. They landed in Aden, the capital of South Yemen, for refueling and Ihen flew to Syria. Dutch Justice Minister Dries van Agt said one of the terrorists was wounded in a gun battle with police Friday, and it was believed he was rapidly getting worse. Van Agt said that was probably why the trio agreed to accept $300,000 instead of the $1 million they demanded. Van Agt also reported that the terrorists made numerous long telephone calls from the embassy to contacts in Europe and the Middle East. He said the lines were tapped, the calls were recorded, and the transcripts should provide useful information about the Red Army network. Japanese security men believe the organization consists of no more than 300 fanatical anarchists. But they say it is working mostly with revolutionaries in Europe and the Middle East rather than in Japan. Its biggi.oi exploit Was the Lod airport massacre in Israel in May 1972 in which 26 people were killed. The three Red Army men who invaded the French embassy in the Dutch capital Friday took Ambassador Jacques Senard, eight other men and two young women employes hostage. They demanded the release of Yutaka Furuya, a Red Army member arrested in France seven weeks before, and a Boeing 707 jet to take the four of them to a destination of their choice. Bulletin DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Three Japanese terrorists who occupied the French Embassy in The Hague for four days landed in Damascus today and gave themselves up to Syrian authorities along with the comrade they freed from a French jail, official sources said. Problems require global strategy, Ford tells U.N. AIM LEADERS Russell Means (above), and Dennis Banks won dismissals Monday in the major test case of the 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, S. D. last year. The dismissal allows the government to appeal within 30 days. UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) — President Ford, pledging increased food shipments abroad, told the United Nations General Assembly today that "a global strategy for food and energy is urgently required." In the text for his first appearance before the world organization, Ford said the alternative to cooperation is confrontation. "Let us not delude ourselves," he said, "failure to cooperate on oil, food and inflation could spell disaster for every nation represented in this room. The United Nations must not and need not allow this to occur. A global strategy for food and energy is urgently required." Discussing what the United States is willing to do to help hungry nations, Ford said food aid abroad would be increased this year by an unspecified amount and the United States is "prepared to join in a world- wide effort to negotiate, establish and maintain an international system of food reserves." The President said the United Stales would "set forth our comprehensive proposals" to meet present and future world needs at the November World Food Conference in Rome. The President set forth four principles which he said should guide a global approach to food and energy problems: "—First, all nations must substantially increase production. Just to maintain the present standards of living the world must almost double its output of food and energy ..." "—Second, all nations must seek to achieve a level of prices which not only provides an incentive to producers but which consumers can afford ... By confronting consumers with production restrictions, artificial pricing and the prospect of ultimate bankruptcy, produc- Oklahoma voters favor Boren OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — David Boren, a young Rhodes scholar with two political upsets behind him, set out today to fulfill his pledge to sweep the old guard out of state politics. Boren, a 33-year-old college professor who was called an underdog four weeks ago, won the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday as party members set a primary runoff voting record. Just three weeks ago he came in second in the first primary, • forcing a runoff and dumping Gov. David Hall, who had hoped to be the state's first two-term governor. If Boren wins the governor's race in November, he will become Oklahoma's youngest chief executive. Oklahoma Democrats completed their slate for the November campaign by picking former congressman Ed Edmondson as their candidate for U.S. senator for the second time in two years and selecting nominees in two congressional districts. With all 3,043 of the stale's precincts reported, Boren had an unofficial 285,751 votes, or 54 per cent of the total, to 248,552, or 46 per cent, for Clem McSpadden, a freshman congressman who gave up his seat to seek the governor's mansion. Democrats cast more lhan 530,000 votes, eclipsing the 1958 runoff record when the late J. Howard Edmondson, Ed Edmondson's brother, won the Democratic nomination for governor. Edmondson's unofficial total with all precincts in was 305,421 votes while Charles Nesbitt, chairman of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, had 216,749. Edmondson, who lost lo Republican Dewey Bartlell in Ihe Senale race two years ago, will go against Republican Henry Bellmon, the state's senior senator, and independent Paul Trent in the general election. Boren, who dramatized his "clean sweep" campaign by having supporters carry and wave brooms, accepted McSpadden's concession of de- feal lale Tuesday night and said he would be out campaigning again early today "after a good night's sleep." His opponent is Republican Jim Inhofe, a Tulsa insurance man who won the August GOP primary. In the Northeast Oklahoma 2nd Districl, which McSpadden vacaled, newspaper publisher Ted Risenhoover of Tahlequah won Ihe parly's nomination over rancher-lawyer Cecil Drummond. Risenhoover will face Republican Ralph Keene in No\ ember. Glenn English, a former stale Democralic party executive, won the nomination in the sprawling western 6th District, now represented' by John N. Happy Camp, the only Republican in the state's House delegation. English defeated former Stale. Rep. David Hutchens. English will run in November against Camp, who was an easy winner in his primary last month, and Bennett L. Basore, an independent. Argentina leader shot BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A rightisl governmenl leader was assassinated today by unidentified men, officials said. Dante Balcanera, 48, a Labor Ministry official, was the sixth person slain in a wave of violence over three days thai included more lhan 100 bombings. Gunmen shol Balcanera wilh machineguns in Quilmes, 10 miles south of Buenos Aires, and fled in a car, officials said. President Isabel Peron, meanwhile, held a top-level meeting of aides to deal with growing violence. Mrs. Peron is in her 10th week in office following the death of her husband, Juan D. Peron. Cabinelofficers, commanders of the three branches of the military, business and labor leaders attended the emergency meeting. crs will eventually become the victims of their own actions. "—Third, all nations must avoid the abuse of man's fundamental needs for the sake of narrow national or bloc advantage. The attempt by any country to use one commodity for political purposes will inevitably tempi oilier countries to use their commodities for their own purposes. "—Fourth, the nations of the world must assure that the poorest among us are not overwhelmed by rising prices of the imports necossary for their survival. The tradilional aid donors and the increasingly wealthy oil producers must join in this effort." Ford, who was accompanied on the trip by his wife Betty and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, told the General Assembly thai "the economy of the world is under unprecedented stress" and new approaches lo inlernalional cooperation are needed. "Energy is required to produce food," he said, "and food to produce energy — and both to provide a decent life for everyone. The problems of food and energy can be resolved on the basis of cooperation — or can be made unmanageable on the basis of confrontation. Runaway inflation, propelled by food and oil price increases, is an early warning signal." Presidents traditionally address the U.N. General Assembly at least once during their terms. The annual session of the assembly also is the occasion for a series of talks, held both in New York and Washington, between American presidents and secretaries of state and visiting foreign leaders. That will be the case again this year, although Ford was not scheduled to hold such sessions today. Ford was to confer privately with U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim before his address and to be the guest of honor at an early afternoon reception and luncheon. The General Assembly's 29th annual session opened Tuesday, and the question of recognizing the Palestine guerrilla movement as a liberation movement instead of a refugee group was building up as a critical issue. • Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was elected president of the session, indicated he was in favor of permitting a representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization to argue their cause before the body for the first time in its history. What's happened to the gasoline shortage? By ROGER HEAD Star Feature Writer Remember back to the .summer of 1973. If motorists were lo think hard enough, they might recall that there was a gasoline shortage. Accompanying this shortage, .heiv came a sharp increase in the price of gasoline. Regular oriaiu 1 gasoline which was selling ai 35 cents a gallon star led spiraling upward. It kc|K climbing until it leveled off a. about 52 cents. Alxnu the only reminders today of i he gasoline shortage tiri- the high prices, bumper slickers saying "Slow Down," a Centennial preview Thursday The public is invited to a Centennial Preview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hope City Hall. The occasion will be a combined meeting of Belles and Beaux and Teens in the auditorium at which time detailed instructions for each event will be given to all members. All will be dressed in Centennial attire and will be driven to the Elm Street entrance in antique autos. George Frazier will introduce all threesome and couples as they approach City Hall. Bleachers will be set up on the City Hall lawn to accommodate about 500 per-' sons. Others are urged to bring lawn chairs. The entrance starts at 7:30 p.m. and should take about 45 minutes. Come join the fun! nation-wide speed limit of 55 miles per hour and a few short TV commercials imploring the American people not lo be "fuelish." On the surface, it appears thai gasoline is now in abundant supply as there are no limits on purchases, and service stations apparently have an ample supply on hand. U.K. Patterson of 505 South Kdgevvood recently returned from a trip to Wyoming. "We went 'here during the Labor Das weekend and had no .rouble ai all in obtaining gasoline. It was on a Sunday and Labor Day and we found scseral gas stations open." Patterson said that his family owned iwo cars and drove approximately 50 miles a week excepting long trips. Asked if he hail am trouble buying gasoline around Hope, Patterson replied, "Several Sundays when we wanted lo take a drive we would have lo go to several stations to find one open." Other than this, Patterson said gas was available in most instances. Concerning the disappearance of the gas shortage, Patterson made this i oiuiuciit about the situation. "Ihis is just my personal (Continued on Page Two) —Hope (Artw.) Star photo by Roger

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