Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on October 28, 1974 · Page 1
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Th0E<flf0r*oys: It takes a cbuntry boy 20 years to gel to town—and $ 100,000 to get back. Our Daily Bread Hempslead County Sliced Thin by The Editor VOL. ttMVo. 13 Alex. H. Washburn - Member of the Associated Press —12 Pages Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features HOPE, ARKANSAS MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1974 Av. net paid circulation « months ending Sept. 30,1974-4,118 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, sabject tfl audit. PRICE IOC Filth at U, of A. Inflation: Italy Adventure of a dog Our undercovei agent in Fayetteville is angry over the filthy language in the Arkansas Traveler, official campus newspaper—and after reading the five clipped items that were attached to the report we are of the opinion the campus paper should be shut down. All the dirty words you encounter in a paperback Whodunit Jump out at you in this kid sheet. To be specific, what appeared in the Traveler Sept. 6, two items on Sept. 25 and one each on Oct. 4 and Oct. 14 has as much relation to the newspaper profession as the dirty signs that adolescents scrawl on a toilet wall. What puzzles tnis editor is, how the Arkansas Traveler staff expect to apply their gutter language in the business of making a living after they are graduated. The main goal of higher education is supposed to be the improvement of a person's chance in life. But at Fayetteville a bunch of dirty-mouthed kids, who are there only because their parents are picking up the financial tab, are doing an evil job of trying to poison the institution which the taxpayers have provided for them. Close the Arkansas Traveler down. Now. If you think inflation is rough in the U.S.A. you ought to hear Vincent Foster's postcard report from Rome, which I received over the week-end. The Italian lire exchanges with the U.S. dollar at the rate of 665 to 1. Vincent reports that the last dinner he had cost 24,000 lire. Reminds one of the days just before the final collapse of Germany's postwar republic when it took a suitcaseful of marks to buy a cup of coffee. , That's what happens when a government continues over the years to spend more than it collects in taxes. This is Homecoming install phone link with 4 inmates, hostages —Hope (Ark.) photo by Roger Head TONY YOCUM, left, looks on as Mayor Sam Strong signs a proclamation declaring the week of October 28-November 1 as Homecoming Week. Yocum is president of the Student Council at Hope High School. The Hope Bobcats will host the Camden Panthers in the homecoming football game Friday at 7:30 p.m. Hammons Stadium. THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police today installed a field telephone link with a prison chapel where four armed inmates held 17 persons hostage. The Dutch cabinet met in special session on the case, but a lengthy ordeal appeared in prospect. The rebellious convicts, who include a convicted Palestinian airplane hijacker, asked for and were given coffee and a coat for an 11-year-old boy hostage. But the Justice Ministry said there were no real negotiations under way more than 40 hours after the drama began. On Sunday, the four released a man, a woman and three children from the 22 hostages they took when they interrupted a Saturday night Mass at the chapel of Scheveningen Penitentiary. Dutch authorities were holding out on negotiations until the convicts released two more women and the boy, leaving as hostages only male members of a volunteer civilian choir. Prison officials already had delivered food, mattresses, pillows, blankets and three decks of cards into the chapel. They said most of those Inside appeared to have slept until 5 a.m. today, when the convicts asked for the coffee and clothes. A Justice Ministry spokes- Ford says embargo on foreign im may oe necessary Sunday was my lost day. Three of my Canada geese swooped over the "Back 40" fence, two flew back into the game preserve—but the third is still loose. At 10:30 Sunday night while I was writing this column, Hope police 'phoned that he was in my front yard. Whether I can round him up in the dark is mgwy problematical—for unlike other poultry Canada geese don't roost; they prowl all night. This was only part of Sunday's disaster. I mowed the yards for what 1 hoped was the last chore of the season, but the machine konked out in the front yard. It would run, tractor-wise, but the mower had taken out. I put it away in disgust—and forgot to close the gate between the two yards. About noon Sunday I discovered my 9-year- old Boxer dog was missing. That's when I found I had forgotten the gate. He saw his chance and took it. I notified Hope police and Sheriff Henry Sinyard's office, and KXAR radio, offering a reward. Meanwhile, Pod Rogers and I covered south Hope in two cars, with no luck. Just as I walked into The Star office, however, the telephone rang, and it was Mrs. Al Gideon, 115 S. Walnut St. She reported the dog was in a neighbor *s yard. I got there in nothing flat—and made the recovery. Was old Roger glad to see me ? All dogs have poker faces. Apparently he was irked because I was so long finding him. The impudence of him. But all dogs are impudent. That's why we love 'em. Mrs. Gideon gets the reward—and my profound thanks. RAIN ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — President Ford says an embargo on foreign oil imports might be necessary to help solve the nation's energy problems. But he says it would take "an international crisis of major proportions" to convince him that wage and price controls were needed for the economy. To improve national morale, Americans must overcome "self-destruct" feelings, Ford said. "Somehow, we've gotten that attitude, that we're condemning ourselves so much. We're hurting ourselves when we should be doing just the opposite." The President spoke for an hour in an exclusive interview with AP Special Correspondent Saul Pett a week ago tonight on the return trip from his visit to Mexico. In his shirtsleeves, tie loosened, Ford sipped bourbon and water at a table in his private compartment on Air Force One. It was his first interview since taking office 10 weeks ago. The President: —Predicted his wobbly "marriage" with Congress would improve after the elections. "The leaders come from relatively safe districts or they aren't up for election," he said. "Everybody else is, and that makes a hell of a difference." —Answered detailed questions about former President Richard M. Nixon's pardon, and said there was no "conceivable" way — "none whatsoever" — that Nixon's chief of staff could have gotten the im- pression Ford might favor a pardon. —Came close to tears as he described his last, fateful meeting with then President Nixon, who thanked nun "profusely" for defending him. Ford found himself at a loss for words. "He was strong ... What the hell do you say in those circumstances?" Ford discussed energy and the economy in the same context. Q. What would it take in the economy and energy situation to bring on those tougher measures you hinted at? A. In energy we could really put an embargo on foreign imports which would have a much more severe impact on availability and supply. Q. What would it take to do that? A. The failure of the Congress or the public to respond. Congress, if it failed to increase supplies, and the public's failure to conserve. Q. Are vou nhilosoohicallv OD- pused to wage and price controls as something to be used only as a last resort? What would persuade you they were necessary? A. Outside of an international crisis of major proportions ... Q. Vou see no reason to have them? A. It has to be a very major international crisis ... I don't see anything domestically that would precipitate it. He suggested that America's maiaise Has grown out of a vague masochiam, not from the seeds of wrong policy of leaders who misled. "The feeling that does worry me is this ... There is a self- destruct kind of feeling (among Americans). I don't point the finger at the press or anyone. But you look at it. It sort of started when they were giving Jack Kennedy hell. You know, in the last days before the assassination." Q. They? The press? A. Well, no. People in political life. I wouldn't say the press in that case, but there was high criticism of Kennedy. And then it began really in an uphill crescendo toward LBJ and tney drove him out of office, literally. Then, there was sort of a hiatus with Nixon. Then, because of Watergate, it just burst forward ... And that's what we've got to overcome. There is no reason why it should be. I don't blame the press. I don't blame partisanship. Somehow, we've gotten that attitude, that we're condemning ourselves so much. We're hurting ourselves when we should be doing just the opposite. Ford said he was stunned when he learned on Aug. 1 from Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Nixon's chief of staff, about "startling" new Watergate evidence. '"Are you ready to take over the presidency?'" he said Haig asked him bluntly. "I've got to talk to Mrs. Ford," he said he replied. "I think I ought to talk to Jim St. Clair (White House attorney)," who had listened to or read the transcripts of the critical June 23rd tape, he added. But Ford said he was so stunned he couldn't tell his wife immediately. Instead, he went through the charade of looking at furniture with her for the vice president's house. "Then I went back to the office. Then I went home, and while we were changing clothes (for dinner), I said, 'Betty, the probability of us living in that house is very remote.' An I told her what had happened ..." He said he did not consider Haig an emissary from Nixon, nor did he consider Haig's listing of the pardon among other options as a probe or a feeler. Ford said he made no specific response to the pardon option. Q. Was there any kind of spontaneous, off-the-cuff, temporary sort of reaction on your part that could conceivably have left Haig with the impression that you might be favorable to a pardon? A. None whatsoever. Ford declined to characterize how he viewed his predecessor — or to say how he explained Nixon's actions in his own mind. He said that during their last meeting, on Aug. 8, then- President Nixon "was the most controlled person. I wondered how anybody could be that controlled ..." Q. Did you have much to say? A. No ... He thanked me profusely for defending him. Ford struggled through a lengthy pause, seemed close to tears, then said: "He was strong ... What the hell do you say in those circumstances?" Kissinger calls on India to join with nuclear bloc • man said it appeared from radio contacts that relations among the convicts were good despite language difficulties. In addition to the Arab, they are two Dutchmen and an Algerian. The gunmen had complained of poor reception on walkie- talkie radios they took from two captive wardens. At one point, police used a megaphone. They also were supplied with Dutch newspapers. One, De Telegraaf, reported that colleagues of the Rev. Antonius de Bot, 59, a Roman Catholic priest among the hostages, had told a friend some tune ago: "Sooner or later, something horrible Is going to happen." The priest reportedly talked often about discontent among the prisoners. Interior Minister Wlllem de Gaay Fortman said the demands of the convicts were still vague. But one concrete demand was that another Palestinian guerrilla in the prison be allowed to join them. The guerrilla in the chapel, Adnan Ahmed Nuri, and Sami Houssin Tamimah, are serving five-year sentences for hijacking a British airliner last spring and setting it on fire at Amsterdam airport. Both are 23. Tamimah is in the prison hospital recovering from a hunger Sidewalk ^work,ta e :.: continue In a recent news release, the Housing Authority stated that construction of sidewalks in front of retail merchants business would cease from November 1 through January 1. The Housing office has written request from Travis Mitchell and Bud Collier to start and complete as soon as possible the sidewalk in front of their business. Both of these business have back doors that are easy to enter, and they request their customers to use the back doors during the sidewalk work which will begin sometime next week, weather permitting. 3 officials at meeting In Wednesday's issue of The Star, the story and cutline concerning the special revenue sharing funds for Hope said that only one elected city official of Hope was in attendance at the meeting. It was brought to the attention of The Star that two more members of the city Board of Directors were in attendance, Floyd Young and W. L. Tate. Sterling Cockrill acting area director for the Little Rock office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, called for a show of hands of the elected officials, and only Frank Douglas responded. The reporter covering the meeting used this as the basis for reporting the presence of only one official. Hope youth stabbed to NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger called on India today to cooperate with international efforts to block the spread of nuclear weapons. "We take seriously India's affirmation that it has no intention to develop nuclear weapons," he said in a carefully worded speech before the Indian Council of World Affairs. "But India of course has the capability -to export nuclear technology. It, therefore, has an important role in this multilateral endeavor." The Indian government ex- ploded an underground nuclear device May 18, joining Britain, France, China, the United States and the Soviet Union in the exclusive club of nuclear powers. Since then, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi repeatedly has promised India will use its new nuclear power only for peaceful purposes. But her pledges have been greeted with scepticism in many quarters, including Washington. Mrs. Gandhi gave Kissinger a frosty reception at the start of (Continued on Page Two) Glover Walker, l», of Hope was stabbed to death at a local night club Friday night. James Charles Stewart, 18, of Hope, was arrested in connection with the incident and released later to county authorities for prosecution, Police Chief Alvin Willis said Monday. Both men are Negroes. strike. He had been in another prison, apparently felt isolated because no one there spoke Arabic, and quit eating when his request to be reunited with Nuri was not immediately granted. He was transferred last week. Officials said the other convicts in the chapel were Daan de Nie, 26, and Jan Brouwer, 27, both in prison for armed robbery, and Mohammed Ko_- dache, a 22-year-old Algerian who robbed a Rotterdam gun shop. The hostages include a priest, two wardens and members of a volunteer choir from outside the prison. The convicts allowed nine other inmates who were attending the Mass to return to their cells immediately after the takeover, and they reported that the convicts had at least two revolvers. James Ray hearing to resume Tuesday MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A hearing on a request for a new trial is scheduled to be resumed Tuesday for James Earl Ray, the man convicted of murdering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ray took the stand Friday, before U.S. District Court recessed for the long Veterans Day weekend, and began testimony to back up his claim that he was pressured into his 1969 guilty plea. He told of literary contracts between Alabama author William Bradford Huie and Ray's former lawyers, Arthur Hanes Sr. of Birmingham and later Percy Foreman of Houston, Tex. ! Ray said he was not aware of some of the contracts until they were entered into evidence for the hearing. , At .one point,- rne_d.§fejis.e_ questioned Ray about an agreement between Huie and Hanes that provided for Huie to pay $35,000 for rights to material on the case. The material included an exclusive interview with Ray, but with payment to be made only after Kay was returned to the United States from London, where he had been arrested. Ray said he had not been aware of that contract when Hanes a few days later urged him to drop an extradition appeal and return to face the charge of having shot down King on April 4, 1968. , Ray, 46, argues that the contracts between the author and the lawyers constituted a conflict of interest. He testified that after he dismissed Hanes from the case and Hired Foreman, the Texas lawyer became a party to the literary contracts with Huie and Ray. He said Hanes'and Foreman both had been more interested in protecting Huie's book "He '<*—• *^ Dreamer" for their ' 'royalty shares than in defend- * ing him. He said it was Foreman who coerced him into offering the euiltv plea and drawing a 99- year sentence without ttie necessity of a full-scale trial Arabs discuss use of oil weapon again RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Arab ministers discussed using the oil weapon against the West again and "sought to establish a joint position in response to the threats of the oil consuming countries," the official Moroccan news agency said today. No details were disclosed, but officials said the "threats" included recent statements by President Ford and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger that the major oil consumers regard the continued flow of oil from their main sources of supply a vital interest. The oil ministers of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria, Qatar, Bahrein and the United Arab Emirates met Sunday on the sidelines of the Arab summit, which has bogged down over the rival claims of Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization to future control of the west bank of the Jordan River. The summit reconvened today with Jordan and the PLO still at an impasse. "It is either the PLO or Jordan," said spokesmen for King Hussein and guerrilla chieftain Yasir Arafat, using identical words. Both insisted the conference must choose between them. "The PLO rejects the right of Jordan to represent any part of Palestinian territory at any time and under any circumstances, including withdrawal negotiations," PLO spokesman Yasser Abd Rabbo declared. The three day conference was to have ended today, but it may be extended another day. The West banx territory was taken by Jordan in the 1948 Palestine War and held until Israel occupied it in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Hussein demands that it be returned to him if Israel gives, n. up and insists that meanwhile only he can negotiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians living' on both sides of the Jordan. Is-_ rael agrees with this position and refuses to negotiate with the PLO. Arafat and the PLO claim that they are the legitimate representatives of the Palestinian people. But Hussein contends that they only represent the Palestinians in refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria and those who have emigrated to other Arab countries. However, Hussein has pledged to let the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley determine their future in a referendum after Israel relinquishes the West Bank. Hussein also has warned that he will boycott any Arab-Israeli peace talks if the summit meeting designates the PLO spokesman for the West Bank Palestinians. si* nours ot debate behind closed doors Sunday, the tone of the various statements indicated that Israel's stance was helping to build up support for Hussein among the other Arab governments. The dispute postponed confet - ence discussion of Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger's proposal that the next step in the Arab-Israeli peacemaking proc-: ess be individual, bilateral ne-; gotiations between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan for more Israeli troop withdrawals.* 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 wiU deliver your paper.

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