Cmtfr/buted Jae0//y-- Time has no value before it is used—nor after it has bean wasted, Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn Should prosecute students who don't 20 pages Hempsteod County- Horne of the Bowie Knife Stair 2 sections VOL. 75~No, 292 g^g i^S^£ "Lures «OPE. ARKANSAS MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 23, i«74 Av. net paid circulation 3 months ending March 31.1974—4,080 As filed u-ljh Audit Bureau of rirrniatlons, subject to audit. PRICE IOC Deserters begin processing out repay loans A wire report from the General Accounting Office over the week-end estimates that 25 per cent of students who take out federally-insured loans to pay for college or trade-school tuition soon or later default on repayment. Every last one of them should be hounded until the government gets its money—even if it means pursuing them until they are driven off one job after another. The government has three points in its favor: 1. Student loans represent public tax money, and the taxpayers have a right to expect tax money to be handled as rigorously as private funds are. 2. Every time some scamp makes off with an unpaid student loan he reduces the pool of funds which is available to other and more honorable students trying to get a higher education. 3. This point is probably the most important of all: The person who starts off in life by welching on a schooling debt is apt to be misled into thinking this kind of sharp practice is the way the business game is played. Therefore, an education that was supposed to improve his chances of success would merely guarantee his failure in the world of commerce. For many years the Hope Business & Professional Women's Club has been running a student loan fund, and for almost as many years your editor has been making a substantial donation to that fund.-Occasionally I -«k the girls how they are getting along with repayment of loans. At last report they had but two delinquencies. Both persons were making their way in the world, and the club expected eventually to recover its money. For anyone dealing with students the rule should be strict and just. It's a student's good fortune to be able to borrow money for an education, and anyone with a sense of sportsmanship knows that if loans aren't repaid then the opportunity for students coming along after him is definitely reduced. Burglars keep Hope police busy Several burglaries were reported over the weekend by the Hope Police Department. Approximately $100 was laken in a burglary of Country Side Yamaha at 1020 North Hervey last Friday night. Entry was made by breaking a window in a bathroom. Cigarettes and an undetermined amount of change were taken in a burglary at Ed's Place on North Hazel Friday night. Entry was made by breaking a window. H&R Block at 803 East Third, was burglarized sometime between September 7 and September 23. Entry was through a back door. Two adding machines were taken. Porter Implement Company at 1402 West Third had one typewriter, an undetermined amount of change, and snack items taken in a burglary that occurred last Friday night. Police are investigating a burglary of a local residence. 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. CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. (AP) — A military charter flight brings 75 military deserters lo this one-lime Army basic training camp today to begin processing under President Ford's conditional amnesty plan. Atlerbury is to be the central processing point for military deserters seeking amnesty, Officials said another 18 are at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, about 30 miles north in Indianapolis, where the first 27 men to turn themselves in already have been processed. There was no indication where the charter flight was originating, or where the deserters had been collected. Bui a Ft. Harrison spokesman said 75 deserters would arrive today at Indianapolis's Weir Cook Airport and be brought here by bus. The camp, quarters during World War II and the Korean conflict for 250,000 recruits and a mustering-oul facility for about 500,000 after the 194J-45 war, can process 150 men daily. Us presenl capacity is about 5,000 men. Although the deserters will not be incarcerated, some 40 military policemen have been sent here from Fort Knox, Ky. Officials said the men will be free lo come and go as their schedules permit. The deserters will be hustled through aboul four days of processing. Records will be checked to make sure they're eligible for the program. Then they will receive physical examinations and legal counseling. Financial records also will be checked to determine whether they are due back pay. Before leaving here, participants must sign a loyalty oath and will be issued undesirable discharges. After two years of alternative service, the dis- charges may be changed to clemency discharges. After military processing, the Joint Alternative Service Board at Ft. Harrison probably will have decided how much alternative service must be com- pleled for the deserter to earn a "clemency discharge." Officials said the alternative service is not required and the individual may elect to take the undesirable discharge and leave. Some deserters may be allowed to return to active duly, but must enter at the low- est rank and agree to serve for two years. To be eligible, one musl have served in Southeast Asia and have received a deco- ra I ion. In olher amnesty developments, black leaders Roy Wilkins and Ihe Rev. Jesse Jackson proposed on Sunday that other veterans with less than honorable discharges be included in the clemency program. Speaking on ABC's "Issues and Answers," Jackson labeled the program "a middle-class white program," while Wilkins noted that "more than 200,000 blacks have less than honorable discharges." Also on Sunday, the latest Gallup Poll reported that 59 per cent of a nationwide sample of 1,583 adults surveyed the week before President Ford announced this program agreed thai conditional amnesty was the best way to deal with Vietnam war draft-evaders and deserters. Thirty-four per cent favored amnesty without conditions and 7 per cent had no opinion. Kennedy says he won't be candidate BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said today he would not be a candidate for president or vice president in 1976. "I will not accept the nomination. I will not accept a draft," he said, adding: "My primary responsibilities are at home.' The Massachusetts Democrat said his decision was final and Antique cars will be judged tonight RICHARD ROWE is shown with three of his antique autos which were entered in the Four States Fair last week. All three placed in the show. The 1928 Chevrolet on the left won most original, the 1930 Model A Ford, and the 1031 Chevrolet received honorable mention rib- —Hope (Ark.) Star photo bons. There will be a judging of old cars at 7 p.m. Monday at the National Guard armory and the 10 best ones will be displayed at the Third District Livestock. Show after the judging. Fair gates open today The Third District Livestock Show and Rodeo will officially get underway today with the gates opening at 12 noon. The remainder of the week, gates will open at 10 a.m. This year in addition to the two main entrances (the front gate on Park Drive and the back gate on Jones Street), two walk-in gates will be open-one adjacent to K Park and the other on Seventh Street. Admission to the Fair is 50 cents for adults and cars and 25 cents for children. Search conducted for two escapees An intensive search extending from Southwest Arkansas into Oklahoma was under way Monday for two men who sawed their way out of the Nevada County jail at Prescott Saturday. A spokeswoman for the county sheriff's office said authorities had an idea where the escapees were, but she declined to say where the search was being conducted. The escapees, Randy Johnson ot Raymond, Wasn., and Kelly Henry Patrick Durr of San Francisco, were being held on charges of armed robbery and car theft. It was not known how the men got the saw. Officers were out making rounds when the men escaoed early Saturday. The pair apparently stole a Iruck near Prescott and abandoned it in Broken Bow, Okla. Sunday, they reportedly stole a cab in Broken Bow. City spokesmen urge t 1 me escapees, ruuiuy jonnson s«?ie a C3D in tin J0b P r °g ram ^pport oldest convict marks 99th birthday Tuesday WASHINGTON (AP) Spokesmen for the nation's cities urged President Ford today to support a proposed federally funded $4-billion public service jobs program to deal with rising unemployment. The National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors said the type of program discussed earlier this month by Ford "is a far cry" from what is needed to take the sting out of inflation. In a statement prepared for today's state and local government conference on inflation, the two organizations endorsed a proposal first made by Arthur F. Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, for providing 800,000 public service jobs. "Such a program should be advocated by this adminis- Stolen car recovered A 1970 Plymouth belonging to Mike Sinyard, 18, of Hope, was reported stolen Friday night while young Sinyard was attending a football game at Hammons Stadium. The car was recovered about 2:30 a.m. Saturday after a chase off 1-30. A warrant has been issued for the driver of the stolen car. Hempstead County Sheriff's Office was still investigating Monday morning. unconditional. He said, "I would be unable to make a full committment to a campaign for the presidency." Kennedy, 42, brother of the late President John F, Kennedy and the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated, said he made the decision after discussing it with his wife. He made the announcement at a Boston news conference. His wife Joan, who has been in rest homes twice in recent months, was at his side. Kennedy said he expected that he would have been able to win the Democratic nomination if he had decided to seek it. Kennedy said his announcement "will permit others who have been interested in gaining the nomination Ihe chance for exposure during this campaign." He said, "The real question before the people is who's going to come up with some solutions to our economic problems." Asked what effect the Chappaquiddick incident of 1969 had on his decision, Kennedy said: "This decision ... would have been made irrespective of the tragedy that happened in 1969 ... Were I to run, it would have been a factor that would have been raised." Mary Jo Kopechne, a former secretary for Robert Kennedy, was killed when a car driven by Kennedy went off a bridge at Chappaquiddick Island off the Massachusetts coast. Kennedy said "I can live with my testimony" about the Chappaquiddick incident and why Ihere was a delay in reporting Ihe accident and added: "Although I regret the incident I would have been able to focus the campaign on other issues." The senator was reminded that he had earlier said he would not make a decision until the middle of next year and was asked why he had made his announcement earlier. "I had set the middle part of next year as the outside time for a decision," he said, "but J always felt in my own mind that when I made a firm decision I would announce it. During the course of the summer I made a firm decision ..." Saying that he would be unable to give a full commitment to the campaign, he stated: "I s'tnply cannot do that to my wife, children and other members of my family." He said he • made the announcement now "in order to ease the apprehensions of my family." He called his decision, "firm, final and unconditional. There is absolutely no circumstance or event that would alter this decision." Kennedy said he would be a candidate for re-election as senator in 197R Kennedy is the sole surviving son of the late Joseph P. Kennedy and is the guardian of his slain brothers' children. Last November, Kennedy's son, Edward Jr., lost part of a leg because of bone cancer. Kennedy had been considered by many observers a favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination if he sought it, although he has become embroiled in a controversy with some colleagues regarding prod posed campaign reform legislation. He encountered hecklers on a campaign trip to Indiana last week and drew mixed political notices on a visit to California to campaign for congressional candidates. He also got a stormy reception here recently at a meeting involving school busing. Kennedy's major handicap, however, was considered the Chappaquiddick incident and he had said that if he decided to run, he would reveal the details of the accident. Asked loday if his decision nol lo run meant he would not answer questions about Chappaquiddick, Kennedy said no. Blant Jones, well-known rancher, taken by death tration," declared the two organizations, which together represent 15,000 municipalities. The conference is one of a series leading to the economic summit at the White House later this week. The mayors offered a nine- point program for curing the economy. In addition to the jobs program, their proposal included tax reform, expanded urban economic development, increased federal subsidies for public transit and re-enactment of general revenue-sharing programs. They also warned against excessive cuts in the federal budget, saying that "if the knife is employed too freely, there is a strong possibility that the current economic recession will deepen — unemployment will rise, economic output will further decline and profits will be lost." COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Weakened by 48 years in jail and nearly blind, the nation's oldest convict will celebrate his 99th birthday on Tuesday from a bed in the Ohio Penitentiary here. But John Weber, or "Dad" as the nurses call him, is still chipper even though this birthday may be his last. "The years haven't been all that bad," says Weber, who was born in Hungary. "There was a time when I wanted to be free again, but no more. I'm too old and too tired. And there's no place to go," Weber was sentenced to prison for life in 1926 for the shooting death of his 18-month-old daughter. Testimony showed that Weber apparently shot the child accidently during an ar- gument with his wife. S.M. Patterson, superintendent of the correctional medical center, said Weber has not had an outside visitor nor received mail in years. "He did have some relatives, but I guess he's all alone in the world now," Patterson said. Weber's regular bids for commutation and parole were turned down until 1972 when Gov. John J. Gilligan commuted his conviction to second degree murder, making him eligible for release. But by then it was too late. Weber, at 97, was in failing health and had no place to go. The Adult Parole Authority decided the best place for the elderly convict was in prison where he could receive adequate medical care. MEL TILLIS, country and western singer who will appear at the Third District Livestock Show Tuesday night, is a family entertainer and not just a singer, said Royce Pendergrass, Fair manager. Mr. Tillis is a marvelous imitator, Pendergrass said. "He can sound like everything from Johnny Cash to Donald Duck. Parents won't need baby sitters Tuesday if they go to hear Mel Tillis for he is as popular with children as he is with teens and grandparents." Blant Jones, a well-known cattleman and rancher, died Sunday morning in M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. He was associated with the Hope Livestock Commission Company. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Herndon Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Norris Steele officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Marie Jones of Hope; two sons, Ken Jones and Phil Jones of Marshall, Tex.; nis parents, Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Jones; and a sister, Mrs. Otto Allen, all of Hope; and four grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Buddy Boyce, Lynn Montgomery, Arch Wylie, Charles Beyerley, Dale Mayton, Cecil O'Steen, Alvin Reynolds, and Eddie Fry. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Blant Jones Memorial Fiujd,, Branch Hospital, to furnish a room in the new North Park Medical Complex. Wednesday is deadline for Board candidates Wednesday, September 25, is tne deadline for filing for the four positions on the Hope City Board of Directors for the election November 5. Candidates must be qualified voters of the city, at least 30 years of age, and must submit petitions with the signature of 50 or more qualified voters. The petition supporting the candidacy of each candidate to be voted upon at the general or special election shall be filed with the City Clerk not more than 60, and not less than 40 days before the election. DETROIT (AP)-Raising a warning flag for Arab oil producers, President Ford declared today, "Sovereign nations cannot allow their policies to be dictated, or their fates decided by artificial rigging and distortion of world commodity markets." In remarks prepared for the ninth annual World Energy Conference here, Ford said: "It is difficult to discuss the -.^ . •—?"———^^——VBH^HHMMMMHMMMMIBMM Ford issues warning to Arab oil producers laising a energy problem without lapsing ducing nations with a reminder national cooDnratinn m mppt im> .-h,,.,,, -,,™, ... ^-> . . energy problem without lapsing into doomsday language. The danger is clear. It is severe. I am nevertheless optimistic. The advantages of cooperation are as visible as the dangers of confrontation. And that gives me hope as well as optimism." Ford underscored the strongest language yet used by an American president in discussing the consequences of massive price hikes by oil-pro- i nations with a reminder that "throughout history, nations have gone to war over natural advantages such as water, or food, or convenient passages on land or sea." But he said that in the nuclear age war presents unacceptable risks for all mankind because "any local conflict may escalate to global catastrophe." Outlining five principles that he said could guide inter- national cooperation in meeting energy problems, Ford listed this as his final point: "A global strategy must seek to achieve fuel prices which provide a strong incentive to producers but which do not seriously disrupt the economies of the consumers. We recognize the desires of the producers to earn a fair price for their oil as a means of helping to develop their own economies. But ex- orbitant prices can only distort the world economy, run the risk of worldwide depression, and threaten the breakdown of world order and safety." The President welcomed Friday's Brussels agreement by 12 major consuming nations to deal with such emergencies as embargos by sharing available oil, cutting consumption and using reserves equitably. In effect, Ford's address ex- panded on a theme he struck in appearing before the United Nations General Assembly last Wednesday when he linked problems of food, energy and inflation. Ford flew to Detroit from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., following a sun-up breakfast at the home of Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana.
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