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6—A THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 1069 Alaska's Hickel Under Fire Congress Holds Hearings On Nixon Cabinet Choices WASHINGTON (AP)—Richard M. Nixon's Cabinet choices troop to Capitoi Hill this week to take their government entrance examinations, and all but Walter J. Hickel can count on friendly questions and high marks. Hickel, designated secretary of .nterior in the new Republican administration, is in for searching interrogation by conservationists who fear this man from the last frontier scorns their cherished theories of public land uses as a banana peel on the doorstep of progress. There's little chance that conservation-minded senators have enough muscle to deny Senate confirmation of Hickel, now governor of Alaska, to his new post. As a rule, senators incline toward the view that a president has a right to pick his own people. But nickel's opponents have enough questions ready to whip up the biggest controversy over a presidential Cabinet ap- -O- -0- -0- pointee since John F. Kennedy chose brother Robert to be his attorney general eight years ago, an dthey are determined to do it. This week will be a busy one for the 91st Congress, still struggling with organizational problems after devoting its first week to such matters as committee assignments and the Senate's biennial battle over the filibuster rule, still an issue after 16 years of debate. The outgoing administration's last hurrah comes Tuesday at 9 p.m., EST when President Johnson reports on the State of the Union to a joint session. Later in the week, Congress will get Johnson's budget and economic messages, but he'll not deliver them personally. Nonetheless, the budget message is avidly awaited, not so much for what it proposes—Nixon can and undoubtedly will change the figures—but because it will contpin Johnson's solution -o- -o- -o- to the only political problem that has surfaced in the transition of power. The budget message was delayed while Johnson worked to arrange a consensus with Nixon in extending the 10 per cent income surtax, a tax Nixon had advocated junking when the Vietnam war ends. Johnson overcame election year jitters in Congress to win approval of the tax for one year as means of cooling off an inflationary economy, and It w.ll expire in June unless renewed. He is reported to believe that the tax still is needed to combat the rising cost of living, and to have entertained hopes that Nixon would join him in recommending extension because of the $13 billion it produces each year in revenue. The President also must include this money , or make spending cuts he regards as fictional, to present a balanced budget for fiscal 1970. Nixons' silence will force him to -o- -o» choose between the two, a prospect he doesn 't relish. The House has no legislation of consequence up for action, but Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield has said that after Johnson's farewell address the Senate w.U take up the House-approved bill to double the President's salary to $200,000 a year. The bill must be passed before Monday if Nixon is to benefit—his salary can't be raised while he is In office—and some senators have indicated they will fight the bill on the ground that it sets a poor example while inflation is a major problem. Mansfield, however, has said he expects no difficulty in passing the bill, which also will raise congressional salaries. Any debate is likely to be short-lived, especially if it comes on Wednesday, the day that Hickel goes before the Senate Interior Committee. Also scheduled that day is a Foreign Relations Committee hearing -o for Nixon's secretary of state, William P. Rogers, but chairman J. W. Fulbrlght, D-Ark., shattered tradition by ordering a closed-door session. Fulbrlght said he did it so members can uestion Rogers about policy matters, and explained, "I'm trying to alter the deadly tradition of going through empty hearings with no meaning." It's unlikely that Hickel, a self-made millionaire of 49, could have avoided an examination of his views on conservation, simply because he is the foremost exponent of rapid in- dustralization in Alaska. In a state where only 280,000 people inhabit 356 million acres, where most mineral wealth is on land owned by the federal government, where fish and game are in bountiful supply, and where air and water pollution are problems of the remote "lower 48," people are prone to equate (Continued on Page 8-A Col 5) v5 JT"* 2 Other Pirates Succeed Hijacker Foiled By Brave Stewardess OUT OF BUSINESS: The Saturday Evening Post, which dates back to Benjamin Franklin and pro-Revolution days In the United States, will publish for the last time February 8. Huge losses since the heyday of the magazine, in the era shown by this 1029 cover by Norman Rockwell, lead to the decision. (AP Wirephoto) Motr MIAMI (AP)—An attempted hijacking of a Delta AirLnes jet en route to Miami from Detroit was foiled early today when a stewardess disregarded a passenger's shotgun and slammed the cabin door in his face, police said. The attempt came national airline—APSA—was 10 minutes out of Miami when a gun-brandishing man took over Co-pilot Eric Schieber said the hijacker—whose Mexican passport identified him as Jes- um Amaya—told the flight crew: "My life doesn't matter, hours' Neither do the lives of you or after the victims of two weekend hijackings had returned from Cuba. The Dade County sheriff's department said local and federal officers arrested Kenneth Earl McPeek, 31, of Orchard Lake, Mich., when the plane landed at Miami International Airport. His 3-year-old son was taken into protective custody. Officers said they went to the airport after the plane's captain radioed the Miami airport that he had a man aboard with a shotgun. The sheriff's department said McPeek told them he craried the shotgun aboard the plane in a duffel bag. The weapon was found under his seat, unassembled and again in the bag, the officers said. Stewardess Lynne Sargeant of Miami Springs, Fla., told authorities she was accosted by a passenger who placed a shotgun in the pit of her stomach. The passenger told her to tell the captain he was going to Havana. Instead, police said, Miss Sargeant slammed the door of the cockpit and locked it. The would-be hijacker apparently gave up the idea of a forced flight to Havana at that point, officers said. Three times Sunday, airplanes swooped into Miami with victims of Saturday's two airline hijackings. The returning planes carried a band of laughing students, people bleary-eyed from loss of sleep and an airliner crew whose captor insisted on a radio message to "tell Fidel Red is coming." A Convair jet of the Peruvian STOCK UP AT OUR LOW PRICES PRICES MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY We Reserve The Right To Limit EMGE QUALITY - 10 IN A CELLO PKG. — 12 -OZ. Pride of Illinois CORN GOLDEN RIPE Cut .. 303 Cans Any Flavor 19#ISEGO Can 27* LB. Winter Garden (frozen}—9-Oz. Box FRENCH FRIES 10 Show Boat—300 Cans PORK & BEANS 10= This Weeks "Treasure Chest" Is Worth $400.00 Cash This Week the passengers. I want to go to Havana." Schrieber added: "He didn't speak with a Mexican accent. He could have been anything." Capt. George Wagner, 46, of Fompario Beach, Fla., turned the jet toward Havana. But a public address system failure kept him from informing his passengers. The plane carried 110 people, including about eighty 15 to 18-year-old Argentine students en route to this country in an exchange program. "We saw the palm trees and thought it was Miami," Maria Eugenia Gonsebatt, 17, of Entre Rios, Argentina, said. "And then we saw the 'Welcome to Havana' sign. Trude Holier, a 17-year-old Buenos Aires student bound for Long; Beach, Calif., said, "I thought how awful. I thought Miami would be much nicer." Argentines Feted University of Havana students were bused to the airport to mingle with the Argentines. "It was clear they were trying to propagandize us," said David Eduward Kostzer. The 15-year- old from Tucoman, Argentina, will study at La Habra, Calif. The Cuban and Argentne students traveled about Havana in buses then were driven to Varadero, a coastal city, to spend the night in a luxury hotel and await return to Miami aboard a chartered plane sent by the U. S. State Department. A dozen hours after the Peruvian plane landed in Cuba a man with close-cropped red hair boarded a United Air Lines jet at Jacksonville, Fla. Shortly after it roared off toward Miami, he suggested he would like to go to Havana. A stewardess shrugged off the idea. "I thought it was a joke," Pat Overcast of Miami Springs, Fla., related later. "A lot of passengers say that." Tlie man drew a revolver from a briefcase to enforce his request. "We're on our way," Capt. M. D. Guyot of -Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the pilot, said. Guyot said the man was about six feet tall, weighed about 220 pounds and "would go from extreme, friendliness and rage in the same instant." He Instructed the pilot to radio Havana and "tell Fidel Red is coming." At one point the hijacker became convinced the plane was on the ground in Cuba and tried to get the crew "to open tile door at 10,000 feet," Guyot said. In ITavp.no, he popped the door open before stairs were rolled up and dangled from tlie ledge until Cuban militiamen helped him down. Only Sandwiches For Americans The United passengers were bused to Varadero als6, but the Peruvian plane's passengers and their Cuban hosts had filled tlie hotel rooms. And the 13 Americans got coffee and sandwiches instead of tlie steaks offered the Argentines. The Peruvian plane returned to Miami Saturday night. Its passengers came back on two flights Sunday with tlie United group riding the second auv craft. The United Boeing 727 jet also returned Sunday. 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