Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on November 2, 1974 · Page 1
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The Ed/tor soys. It takes a country boy 20 years to get to town—and $100,000 to get back, Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn With Other Editors Unpaid Mail To Get Dead Letter Treat Postmaster General E. T. Klassen says that beginning soon all unpaid mail will be returned to the sender if a return address is available. Mail without a return address will be sent to the dead letter office, where letters are opened and there destroyed if there isn't anything inside to identify the sender. . . . So, be sure to put stamps on your letters. Otherwise,, that house payment, insurance premium, utility bill will be directed by the Postal Service to the dead letter office. If that happens you may find yourself without heat, light, water and facing some irate bill collectors from the department store. Sorry about that. But you can lick the problem. -Jackson (Miss.) Daily News Fog, rain contribute to 6 deaths By The Associated Press Arkansas traffic accidents which occurred under foggy, wet road conditions have killed six persons thus far this weekend, the State Police said today. The victims were killed in five separate accidents. Six persons also were injured. The victims were identified as Gail Summers Trice, 23, of Con way; Margaret Watkins, 34, of Stuttgart; Karen Smith, 19, of Greenbrier; Gary Morman, 21, of Rosston in Nevada (bounty; Jimmy'Brown, 72,lJf-Hope; and James Boyce Moore, 18, of Hampton. State Police said the Trice woman and the Watkins woman were killed when one car skidded into another on Arkansas 130 near Stuttgatt Friday night. Trooper Jim Elliott said the Smith woman was killed when she was thrown from her car as it was side-swiped by another vehicle on U.S. 65 near Springhill in Faulkner County Friday night. Morman was killed when he lost control of his car and the vehicle hit a bridge on Arkansas 299 near Prescott early today, State Police said. Trooper Harvey Fullerton said Brown walked into the path of a car on U.S. 67 at Hope early today. Moore was killed when his car collided head-on with another vehicle which had crossed the center line of U.Sm 167 near El Dorado Friday night, State Police said. Star Ballot Amendment No. 54 (For competitive bids on state printing) For Amendment No. 54 Against Amendment No. 54 Amendment No. 55 (To establish commission to fix state officials' salaries) ,—, For Amendment No. 55 \M\ Against Amendment No. 55 HempsJead County- VOL. 76—No. 18 —6 Pages Member of the Associated Press Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features Home of the Bowie Knife HOPE. ARKANSAS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1974 Av. net paid circulation 6 months ending Sept. 30,1974—4,118 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. PRICE IOC Amendment No. 56 (For revision of county government) For Amendment No. 56 Against Amendment No. 56 D Amendment No. 57 (To abolish constitutional ceiling of 10 per cent interest and permit legislature to regulate interest rates) For Amendment No. 57 Against Amendment No. 57 Cancer agents found in chlorinated water • EPA begins investigation • WHAT A DIFFERENCE a year makes in the appearances of some of the principals in the Watergate conspiracy trial currently underway in Washington D.C. Remember the sagging jowls of former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell? Mitchell, (left) has reportedly lost considerable weight since his testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee in June, 1978. But apparently gaining a few pounds from the time her husband testified last year is Maureen Dean, wife of former White House lawyer John Dean. Ex-President Nixon's top aide, H.R. Haldeman (second from right) opted for a more contemporary hair style some months ago after sporting a crewcut during his White House years. Mr. Nixon's other key adviser, John Ehrlichman has also added a few pounds and wears stylish aviator glasses since trading broadsides with Sen. Sam Ervin. Study shows many city churches dying Dismal year is seen for cotton planters WASHINGTON (AP) There is a possibility that chlorination may be producing suspected cancer-causing chemicals in drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency says. While saying there is no immediate cause for alarm, EPA said Friday that it has begun a nationwide investigation to determine how widespread the problem is. Two government studies have found very small concentrations of suspected cancer-causing agents in drinking water in Cincinnati and New Orleans, triggering the national probe, EPA said. "Our scientists are in- vestigating the possibility of certain chemicals showing up in water systems that may be carcinogenic," or cancer-causing, EPA spokesman Marlin FitzwatersaicU "It appears that many of them are getting there as a result of the chlorination process," he said. "We don't feel at this time that there's any need for general alarm," Fitzwater said. "In no case are we urging that the chlorination process be stopped. But it is a problem that needs to be looked into as carefully as possible." However, NBC News reported a memorandum circulated within the EPA warned that the agency should be prepared for "a considerable uproar on the part of the public, water utilities and the states with regard to the demonstration of known carcinogens in public drinking water systems." The EPA studies have found very small concentrations of chloroform and carbon tetrachloride in the chlorinated drinking water of Cincinnati and New Orleans. Gordon C. Robeck, director of the EPA laboratories in Cincinnati, said tests have shown the chemicals can produce liver cancer in rats. But he said it is not known whether the same agents are linked to cancer in humans. NEW YORK (AP) - Many city churches in racially changing neighborhoods have gradually lost membership and finally closed their doors. A new study among Southern Baptists shows that about half the denomination's churches in such areas are dying. The results, drawn from 5,543 metropolitan churches, found that nearly 18 per cent of them, or 989 churches, are situated in "crisis communities," changing from white, middle-class areas either to racially or economically mixed neighborhoods. ..Declines in membership, Sunday school' attendance and receipts indicate that about 50 per cent of them, or nearly 500 churches, will not exist 10 years from now if the trend continues, the study concluded. "The data indicate the bulk of churches facing crisis com- Changes coming to S. Africa Hempstead County Local Option For Liquor Against Liquor JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Pressures at home and abroad are chipping away at South Africa's policies of race separation called apartheid. New government initiatives, best described as "creeping changes," appear to be gradually dismantling some of the nation's most criticized laws and customs. But long-time political observers say that while change is apparent there has been no fundamental shift in policy by the ruling Nationalist party. The changes, they say, are "too little, too late" and amount to window dressing by a regime intent on maintaining white supremacy. South Africa's population comprises about 18 million blacks, 4 million whites, 2 million persons of mixed race and 650,000 Asians. The changes will not give the black majority the vote or create a multiracial society but appear to be aimed at eliminating or silently dropping the harsher aspects of racial separation. Two events — the collapse of the Portuguese empire in Africa and a mounting shortage of skilled white labor inside the country — seem to have sparked much of the new thinking about old problems. The possibility of racial conflict in southern Africa has grown since the sudden collapse of the Portuguese "buffer zone" between independent black Africa and white-ruled South Africa. At home, South Africa's industrial economy finds itself increasingly dependent on black labor to maintain growth. munities are slowly dwindling down until they will cease to exist," says Don Mabry, of the denominational home mission board's survey department. If the same extent of trouble found in the churches in the study is applied to all the de-| nomination's 11,000 metropolitan churches, then 1,936 are in crisis areas and about 1,000 are dying, Mabry said. Meanwhile, the struggles of old, downtown churches throughout the country to survive urban changes and flights of members to the suburbs are described in a new Harper and Row took, "What's, Ahead .for. "Old First Church"."'" Authors Ezra E. Jones and Robert Wilson examine cases in which such churches have sought to survive by using their valuable land for commercial ventures to finance the church — usually unsuccessfully. For the churches to construct high-rise buildings for offices, shops, parking space or apartments, and keep one floor for church activities, takes a lot of debt financing and involves risks churches lack experience to handle, the authors say. In the Southern Baptist study, Mabry says even crisis-area churches with an unusually large number of baptisms and a "strong evangelical thrust" showed little net gain because of the extremely high mobility of the neighborhoods. "These churches are increasing their memberships significantly, but have small net increases because members move out of the communities almost as fast as new members join," he said. MEMPHIS, Term. (AP) - A dismal year is shaping up for Mid-South cotton planters, portending serious economic implications for the whole region, industry officials say. The 1974-1975 Mid-South crop, despite a 29 per cent increase in acreage planted, is expected to be about the same size as last year's crop, which yielded nearly 400,000 fewer bales than the average crops from 19.70 through 1973. "Based on reports being received from growers and gin- ners throughout the Mid-South, most people are of the opinion that production in this area will be reduced,"possibly as much 1 as 10 to 15 per cent less than the' Oct. 1 production of 483 pounds of lint per acre," said Quenton B. Perry, of W. B. Dunavant & Co., the large Memphis cotton merchandising firm. "I think a reasonable estimate of production in our Central Belt would be approximately 3.9 to 4.2 million bales. This is assuming we have good weather during the next four to six weeks," Perry told a delegation of 24 executives of cotton textile companies and trade associations meeting here Thursday. Wet and cool weather hi September reduced the Mid-South crop by an estimated 190,000 bales on Oct. 1. With only 30 per cent of the 1974-1975 crop harvested in this part of the cotton belt, rainy or freezing weather during the next month could produce even greater losses. "What would really hurt is if we got rainy weather so the farmers couldn't get into the fields to harvest," said Donald DeBord, agricultural economist for the National Cotton Council. In addition, cotton prices have dropped to their lowest level since April 1973—reflecting a drastic decline in worldwide cotton demand. Cotton futures were $2.50 a bale lower in late dealings Thursday on the New York Cotton Exchange. Slow demand was cited as a depressant, as was continued concern over cancellation of cotton contracts previously placed by foreign buyers. Banquet Monday A banquet for members of Ducks Unlimited will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Hope Country Club. Tickets are $15 — $5 of which will go for the meal, and $10 to the work of Ducks Unlimited. Purchase of a ticket automatically makes one a member of this nationwide conservation group. Money to Ducks Unlimited is used to purchase breeding grounds for migrant waterfowl in Canada. Tickets are on sale at First National Bank, Citizens National Bank, The Colony Shop, Greening-Ellis Co., and Cox Drug Store. A Remington shotgun will be among the door prizes donated by local merchants. Southwest Two killed near here areas under i n separate accidents storm watch By The Associated Press Winter storm watches were issued Saturday for much of the Southwest, while unseasonably high temperatures continued in the Midwest. Two to four inches of snow are expected in the mountain areas of southern Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona in the next few days. Red River, N.D., had five inches on the ground and International Falls, Minn., was blanketed with two inches. Skies were cloudy from Southeast Texas into New England, but clear over northern Califonia and Southern Oregon. Dense fog spurred travelers advisories in northwest Florida and southwest Alabama. But readings in the 70s still lingered from the Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic Coast. Arkansas river traffic stopped TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Army Engineers ordered a halt Friday to barge operations on the Arkansas River Navigation System because of flood waters from recent heavy rains. A spokesman said operations would be halted only a few days. The Arkansas River was reported to be 2.8 feet above flood stage on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line near Fort Smith. Jim Brown, 72, of Route 4, Hope, was struck and killed about 3 a.m. Saturday while walking on Highway 67 west about one mile west of the weight station, according to State Trooper Harvey Fullerton. Gilbert McAdams, also of Hope, was driving the auto that hit Brown. The area was blanketed by fog at the time of the accident and Brown apparently stepped into the.path of the car, police said. Brown was taken to Memorial Hospital by a Hempstead Counjty ambulance where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Gary Mormon, 21, of Rosston, was killed early Saturday morning in a one-car accident about four miles east of Emmet on Highway 299 when he ap- praently lost control of his vehicle in heavy fog and struck a bridge. State Trooper Phil Straub investigated the 'accident. " v ' Ford ending stump appearances today PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — President Ford says he expects the economy to cool off this winter, but he warns that deficit spending to meet a economic downturn could bring on a doubling of the inflation rate by 1976. As he prepared to swing into his final day of 1974 campaign- ingn Ford was described Friday night by White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen as "very tired, there's no doubt about it." The President moves on from Portland today to speech-making stops on behalf of Republican candidates in Utah, Colorado and Kansas en route back to Washington. Despite Nessen's description -But Wilbur Mills can still smile LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — His trembling hands grip the lectern, his face reddens and perspiration glistens in the blaze of news camera lights, but Wilbur D. Mills still can smile. The 18-term congressman has been intently observed, but only superficially questioned. It appears that he has laughed, joked and apologized his way through whatever political danger may have been posed by the Tidal Basin incident involving a former exotic dancer once billed as "the Argentine Firecracker." Mills' manner seems akin to that of a youngster caught dipping into the cookie jar, not conceding any crime of consequence, but sheepish about it, nonetheless. High school students at Conway grilled him about the incident and hooted at some of his answers, until Mills said he wasn't going to talk about it any more. Most others—generally older, civic-club members—have listened politely to economic talks, then applauded Mills, who has been campaigning here for the past two weeks. "I have been embarrassed beyond words," Mills said at his first post-incident gathering in Arkansas. He appeared before the Little Rock Jaycees, who wisecracked among themselves about the Tidal Basin incident until Mills arrived. Then they applauded and laughed with the congressman. Mills jokingly spoke of the perils of taking out foreign women who like champagne. He said his marriage was untroubled. He apologized. He said he had quaffed bubbly, but done nothing more serious. While the Tidal Basin incident has provided a lot of gossip in Mills' district, most political analysts believe he was hurt more by reports of illegal contributions to his 1972 re-election campaign. As chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, the 65-year-old Democrat also could he hurt by inflation and the tax bite. Still, he is expected- to defeat his Republican opponent, Judy Petty, 30. But his victory margin in Little Rock'a 2nd District could be narrower than in the past. Mills has represented the district since 1938. The Tidal Basin incident involved shapely, 38-year-old Annabel Battistella, a former stripper from Argentina. She left Mills' car and jumped into the Tidal Basin near Washington's Jefferson Memorial after park police stopped the congressman's car at 2 a.m. Oct. 7. Mrs. Battistella was a resident of the apartment building where Mills lives. Her husband lives in Argentina. Mills, Mrs. Battistella and two other women were in the congressman's car, driven by Albert Capaldi, when the police stopped it for operating without lights and for speeding. Police said Mills smelled of alcohol and bled from face cuts. Mills later said he was cut when Mrs. Battistella's elbow hit his glasses as he tried to stop her from leaping from the car. In a statement, Mills said he was with the group because he was giving a bon voyage party for Gloria Sanchez, a cousin of the Battistellas. Mrs. Sanchez was going to return to Argen- tina. During the party, Mrs. Battistella became ill, the statement said. Mills said he, Capaldi and the other women were taking Mrs. Battistella home when police stopped the car. The congressman's wife, Polly, 67, was not with them. The statement said a broken foot kept her at home, but that she insisted Mills take the others to a night spot. The statement said the group went to one "public place," then later to another. Neither place was named. Newsmen have asked Mills' aides how the congressman could be unaware of a number of details about the way he spent the evening of Oct. 6 and the early morning hours of Oct. 7. They said they don't know. Mrs. Battistella reportedly suffered two black eyes in the incident. Mills said he didn't know how that happened. He said that perhaps it occurred in some perfectly understandable way during her rescue. He has denied any romantic link with Mrs. Battistella. Her husband, like Mills, says the two families were simply friends. But Eduardo Battistella also said his wife was on Mills' personal payroll, at $500 a month, for a time. Mills denies that. "I don't have that kind of money," he said. Nevertheless, Mrs. Petty, who originally had pledged not to raise the Tidal Basin incident, now has called for an Internal Revenue Service audit of Mills income tax returns. In a prepared statement, she noted that Mills described himself as a man of "modest means," but had written a $15,000 personal check last year to' Gulf Oil Corp. to pay back a donation illegally made to a "draft Mills" group in connection with Mills' 1972 race for the Democratic presidential nomination. 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. of him as being very tired, Ford expanded a busy Portland schedule Friday night. He attended not only a White House-sponsored conference, a GOP reception and a charity auction which were on his schedule, but he also made appearances at a professional basketball game and an Urban League fund-raising event. It was at the White House Conference on Domestic and Economic Affairs that Ford said: ; "If I were to take the easy \ route of additional pump-priming and deficit spending as the economy cools off this winter, it would really cause trouble. We could see the current inflation rate ... doubled by 1976." The President added an off- the-cuff thought that failure to follow his recently unveiled economic program also could lead to a doubling of the rise in living costs. Aides said, however, that his principal argument was the one in his prepared text — that deficit spending would promote increased inflation. In a report issued last month, the Labor Department said the rate of inflation for the previous 12-month period was 12.1 per cent. Ford sidestepped the use of the term recession but spoke of "a softening economy" at the meeting of businessmen, labor and consumer representatives and environmentalists. Urging support for his economic proposals, Ford said, "The central, absolutely crucial need my program underscores is to control government spending and to finance new outlays with new taxes. Government simply can no longer go on spending beyond its means." Ford, who began a three-day, six-state campaign tour Thursday, was making appearances today in Salt Lake City; Grand Junction, Colo.; and Wichita, Kan. Nessen said this would wind up his stump appearances in advance of the Tuesday election.

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