The Daily News from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on May 31, 1977 · Page 1
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"Opinion Line" Monday -5:30 to 8:30 Phone: 643*4043 THE DAILY NEWS Vol. 56 flHttN CENTS HUNTINGDON, MOUNT UNION and SAXTON TUESDAY, MAY 31, 197? PHONE s 6434040 No, 102 Mjoluccan Gunmen Seeking Mediation 160 Killed Cause Of Tragedy Sought SOUTHGATE, Ky. (UPI) Only one of the once-luxurious 23 party rooms in the Beverly Hills Supper Club remains to be searched by investigators armed with bulldozers and torches hunting for more bodies and clues to the Saturday night fire that killed at least 160 persons. So far, Kentucky State Police Commissioner Ken Brandenburgh said, officials have come across no evidence that arson was behind the smoky blaze, the worst in American history since 1944. But he said it might be a month of digging in the ruins and talking to eyewitnesses before a definite cause is known for the quick-spreading tire that razed the Las Vegas styled "Showplace of the Midwest" in this suburban Cincinnati community. Suspect now is an oil-fueled electrical generator that was located in the basement of the Zebra room, adjacent to the Cabaret Room, the velvet- lined hall packed Saturday night with 3,500 partygoers waiting to hear John Davidson sing. Searchers brought out hunks of melted fibergalss and other material from the basement on a stretcher (Cont'donPagelO) Mead Manager Chairs UW Drive Frank X. DeMar has been chosen by the United Way board of directors to chair Huntingdon County's 1977 - 78 United Way Campaign. DeMar, division manager of Mead Products' Alexandria plant, resides at 617 Warm Springs Avenue, Huntingdon. At Saxton Allison New Head Of Legion Roy Allison of 1101 Church Street, Saxton, was elected commander of the Saxton American Legion Post 169 during a recent meeting of the post held in the VFW Post Home. Allison, who is active in both the Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4129, suceeds Patrick L. Smith of Saxton, who has held the position since 1970. Allison, who is employed by the Saxton Bottling Company, is no stranger to the Legion post, having served as commander in 1952 - 53. A member of the Legion post for 31 years, the new commander has also served as judge advocate and service officer in the post. Also active with the VFW Post for 31 years, Allison served as post commander of the VFW for two terms in 1949 and 1951 and as service officer, the position he now holds. Allison served in the United States Army as a Warrent Officer from 1938 until 1943 of which two and one - half years were spent in the South Pacific during World War II. The new commander and his wife, Alice, are the parents of three children. Other officers elected for (Cont'donPage6) Holiday Toll Tops 400 Mark Warm, sunny weather provided for outdoor relaxation during the long Memorial Day weekend, but helped push the holiday traffic death toll past 400. Millions of drivers jammed the nation's highways, heading to and from picnics, outings and reunions that traditionally mark the first warm-weather holiday of the year. Traffic jams were common in popular parks ajtvd. rejp_rt areas and authorities said the warm weather lured millions more to; the roadways for unplanned jaunts. The National Safety Council had estimated 400 to 500 persons could die in traffic accidents during the holiday period, which began at 6 p.m. local time Friday and ended at midnight local time Monday. The council said 360 persons would die during a similar three-day non-holiday period. A UPI count early today showed 403 persons were killed in traffic mishaps during the holiday period. Late reports were expected to push the final death toll to the middle range of the Safety Council's preholiday projection. A breakdown of accidental deaths: Traffic 403 Drownings 98 Planes 8 Total 509 California reported 38 traffic deaths, Michigan had (Cont'donPageB) DeMar To Lead '77 Campaign Francis X. DeMar, division manager of the Mead Products plant in Alexandria, has been appointed the chairman of the 1977 - 78 Huntingdon County United Way Campaign, the United Way board of directors announced today. WEATHER Showers or thunderstorms likely tonight and Wednesday. Lows tonight low 60s. Highs Wednesday low 70s. 45 Killed In Train Accident NEW DELHI, India (UPI) — The first section of an express train plummeted into a rain-swollen river in eastern India today, killing at least 45 persons. Many more bodies were feared entombed inside the submerged coaches. The national news agency Samachar quoted railway officials as saying a bridge across the Beki River gave way, sending the train's engine and first two coaches into the swirling river. Samachar said 45 persons were confirmed dead and at least 100 injured. A newspaper in Gauhati, near the scene of the accident, quoted officials at the scene as saying the death toll could be as high as 120. A railway spokesman said each of the cars could carry 150 persons when normally loaded and were overcrowded at the time. Officials feared more bodies were trapped in one of the two coaches still submerged in more than 15 feet of water. The swollen state of the river temporarily halted search and recovery operations, a railway spokesman said. A unit of the Indian army aboard the 11-car train reportedly managed to save a number of passengers from drowning. (Cont'donPageS) Board president Charles B. Swigart said, "We are very pleased to have Frank DeMar accept this leadership responsibility. His prior experience in United Way activities in St. Joseph, Mo., will aid all of us in preparing a better campaign." Responded DeMar: "The opportunity to work with the people fl' Ru^rMpnGounly in the import Arif jWbTraising the money to support the work of 13 agencies in the United Way is a pleasure and a challenge. With the cooperation of the people of the county — farmers, businessmen and their em- ployes, factory workers and professional people — we can raise the money necessary for the fiuman services which these agencies provide to our citizens. "All of us, one way or another, are affected by these agencies: the Scouts, the library, the health services, the bloodmobile, the counseling services, child care and development opportunities, education of the disabled and handicapped, the blind, assistance to the needy in time of disaster — you name it and one of our agencies is ready to serve the need. "I am sure that when (Cont'donPage6) At Least Five Persons Drown 20 Killed In Holiday Traffic Across State Traffic accidents in the state killed at least 20 persons, and drowning. Jeffrey Lee Kennedy, 21, Belle Vernon, Westmoreland County, was killed Monday night when his car failed to negotiate a curve on Route 981 ana struck a concrete abutment about one mile east of Belle Vernon. Evelyn Dinant, 61, West Chester, died Sunday when her car was struck by a jeep on Route 220, just north of Port Matilda. In the Carbon County accident, the victims were trapped in their car and burned beyond recognition when the vehicle plunged down an embankment after the collision and burst into flames. Two occupants of the other car were hospitalized with injuries The victims of the during the holiday weekend at least five people died by Perkiomen Creek boating accident were Patricia Hulmes, 43, Harleysville, her son, John, 14, and Jeanne Jenkins, 46, Collegevjlle. Police said there were no witnesses to the accident. The other traffic fatalities: - Harry Stark, 26, Defiance, Ohio, was killed Monday when his motorcycle crashed at a curve in a rural road in Bullskin Twp., Fayette County, north of Conneilsville. Police said Stark, who was visiting relatives in the area, had purchased the motorcycle Sunday. • - Anna Qrwig, 62, Mld- dleburg, Snyder County, and a passenger, Irene Buhl, 80, State College, were killed Sunday in a two-car collision four miles east of Penns Creek in Snyder County. - Robert Kermecy, 18 X Uniontown RD3, was killed Sunday when his motorcycle collided with an automobile on Pa, 21 near Masontown, Fayette County. - Daniel Seibert, 20, Shippensburg RD3, was killed Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a car on Pa. 433 at Orrstown, Franklin County. — Mahlon Morder, 58, Mount Union, Huntingdon County, a passenger in an auto operated by his brother, was killed Saturday night in a collision with another car on U.S. 22. police said the other car (ailed to stop after the accident— Francis Hirst, 79, Ajtoona, and his wife. Edna, 8}, died Saturday when their (Cont'donPageS) Delay In Trial Is Opposed WINCHESTER, Tenn. (UPI) - District Attorney Bill Pope said he would fight any attempt to delay the trial of a defrocked Episcopal priest, accused of taking pornographic movies of youths living at his, home for way ward boys. Defense attorneys have indicated they would seek a delay in the trial of Claudius "Bud" Vermilye, 47, on 16 counts of violating state laws relating to unnatural sex acts, slated to begin today. He is charged with showing the youths obscene films and giving them liquor to loosen them up before taking movies and pictures of them engaging in homosexual activities. Defense attorney Joe Bean said publicity in the case had "tainted the minds" of prospective jurors in this south-central Tennessee town- He said that in filing the delay motion he would cite a recent CBS-TV documentary on nationwide child pornography that mentioned the case. Pope maintains Bean is responsible for much of the publicity. The prosecution has summoned 55 witnesses, including some of the youths and sponsors of the home. '(CoM'donPagelQ) Carter Visiting In Plains ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Oa. (UPI) — Convinced he can go home again, President Carter ordered a sidetrip to Plains, Ga., today for a walk down Main Street and a visit with family before returning to Washington. The President decided to wind up his six-day vacation at this luxurious green island off the coast of Georgia with a stop in Plains, which has become a magnet for tourists since the election. Carter displays irritation at reports that Plains has become a tourist mecca of souvenir shops and other money-making operations that have changed the lives of his family and the neighbors he grew up with. But there is no question the changes are there. Scheduling a five-hour visit to Plains, Carter planned a stroll down Main Street, a stop by his home to "pick up a few things" and lunch at his mother's "Pond House" with Miss Lillian, and brother Billy and his family. The President also planned to look over some family estate property with Billy, who has the first option to buy the Carter peanut business (Cont'donPageS) Pot Found In Baby Carriage ALTOONA, Pa. (UPI) William Geist, 18, and a 16-year-old companion were arrested Sunday night by police when a suspicious looking baby carriage they were pushing was found to contain two bags of freshly cut marijuana. Geist was held in lieu of $2,000 bond. The 16-year-old youth, whose name was withheld, was turned over to juvenile authorities. The youths were arrested by patrolmen William Ellick and Howard Harber of the Altoona City force when they were observed pushing the baby carriage along a city street at 10:30 p.m. Latest Request Is Considered By Crisis Team ASSEN, The Netherlands (UPI) - South Moluccan gunmen holding 60 hostages in a school and a train for nine days today sought mediation for the first time, a government spokeswoman said. Toos Paber, the Justice Ministry spokeswoman, said the request was "under consideration" by the crisis team in Assen which is dealing with the terrorists via field telephone. In Mozambique Rhodesia Destroys 3 Bases SALISBURY, Rhodesia (UPI) — Rhodesia says its -troops and,warplanes struck almost 50 miles into neighboring Mozambique this weekend, destroying three black guerrilla bases and killing 28 insurgents. A Rhodesian military communique said the troops and planes entered Mozambique before dawn Sunday and overran a "major terrorist administrative base" three miles from the border, killing eight defenders. The Rhodesian command said its forces destroyed two more bases Monday, including one said to be a "headquarters and main supply base" controlling all guerrilla incursions into southeast Rhodesia. It said another 20 guerrillas were killed in the attack on the camp, located 47 miles east of the Rhodesian border, and large quantities of weapons, ammunition and explosives were found. The communique said no Rhodesian troops were killed and gave no indication whether the raid still was in progress. (Cont'donPageB) Abel To Retire As USW Chief PITTSBURGH (UPI) - I.W. Abel, who worked in smokey eastern Ohio mills at age 16 and rose to become the mild-mannered president of the United Steelworkers, learned a lesson in labor history 40 years ago on Memorial Day. When 10 workers were shot and killed by police in a violent strike, Abel took the episode as a cue to "find a better way." Abel, 68, retiring Wednesday after a 12-year tenure, leaves a legacy of forging a new cooperative relationship with steel companies, climaxed by the milestone "no strike" agreement to provide guaranteed production and better wages. "I've been through it all," he said. "I know what a In demands made shortly after the hijack of the passenger train and seizure of a nearby elementary school nearby May 23, the gunmen threatened to start killing hostages if authorities made any attempt to interfere. Mrs. Faber said final word on whether the mediation request would be accepted would have to come from government officials, who have been meeting constantly in The Hague since the ordeal began. She said other demands by the estimated 15 gunmen — the release of 21 Moluccan prisoners and a plane to fly both themselves and the prisoners out of the country — were not being discussed today. Authorities said they were negotiating to win release of the remaining hostages, including a pregnant woman in urgent need of medical attention. A government spokesman said Monday the gunmen, pressing for independence for their homeland from Indonesia, no longer are insisting on taking the hostages with them. But Justice Minister Dries Van Agt said, "The problem is how much weight can we attach to what the terrorists say." r '0ur talks with them are sometimes rather emotional," 12 Hanafi Muslims On Trial WASHINGTON (UPI) Tight security measures were in effect today as 12 Hanaf) Muslims went on trial for the murder of a reporter arid holding of 149 hostages in the March 9-11 seizure of three Washington buildings. Hanafi leader Hamaas Abdul Khaalis' trial had to begin today under the speedy trial law because his personal bond was revoked after the government charged he made threats overheard by court- ordered wiretaps. His 11 followers, indicted with Khaalis May 4, could have been tried later, but in a show of unity last week they overrode motions by their court-appointed lawyers that they be tried separately. More motions were planned for the first two days of the trial with jury selection to follow, probably Thursday. Twelve jurors and 12 alternates, to be sequestered throughout the trial, are to be selected from an initial pool of 650 jurors. They will be screened on the basis of their _he. .._sajd.., "A_ splution. 7 :a,c-,, answers to. a questionnaire like in the city of Chicago in 1937, .when.-a strike went four months and was lost, and people were shot down like dogs. "And I know what the last strike we had, in 1959, was'like when we had a half-million people out of work for 116 days. I heard the people say, 'We have to find a better way. We can't live this way." 1 After Lloyd McBride is sworn in as Abel's successor Wednesday, "Abe," as he is known to friends, will reside in Sun City, Ariz ; , away from the noisy, dirty life' of steel mills, (Cent'don Page 2) (Cont'donPageB) (Cont'donPa|elO) Mount Union Has Parade, Program INSIDE THE NEWS Ann Landers 9 Classified Ads 11,14,15 Comics 13 Crossword is Editorial 5 Obituaries 2 Society&Club 12 Sports... 4,5 Meaning Noted Lt. James R. Rough of the U.S. Navy, keynote speaker at the IOOF Cemetery in Mount Union on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, posed the quesion to the large crowd assembled, What is Memorial Day and what is its significance today? Rough gave an inspiring holiday address for Mount Union's successful Memorial Day celebration. Prior to the service at the ————^—^— —— IOOF Cemetery, once again veterans of all wars, the various organizations, The parade and the service clubs, Boy Scouts, etc. par- were arranged jointly by the ticipated in the Memorial Day Blue Juniata Post 5754, parade which to date was the Veterans of Foreign_Wars and largest staged in the borough. It was headed by the National Guard Color Guard. Spectators lined the streets of the parade route to view the many marchers and others participating to honor the Simpson - Hunt Post 107, American Legion. Highlighting the cemetery service was the placing of wreaths of red, white and blue (Cont'donPagee) Mayor Welcomes Keynote Speaker Mayor Robert Zimmerman welcomed Lt James Rough to Mount Union on Monday, Memorial Ray. Rough was the keynote speaker for the service at the IOQF Cemetery to? the borough's Memojai Day Service at U-.QO a.m. 4 large crowd assembled at the cemetery to hear Rough's address. Pictured, left to right, are Mayor 2Unmernxan,Lj. Rough, Jfn Armon Gunnisofl and Fay Vaugtyoj phairmsu ol the, . JUB yjfcggs and Bradley wijttsei were

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