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Thursday, December 31, 1970
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Supported by her husband, Mrs. Biddy, walked unsteadily. Her husband sat by her at the defense'' table, stroking her gloved hand , which he held in both of his." The" hearing was first set routinely" fir the county court, a small courtroom on, the west end of .the second floor. When the roorii . became jammed with spectators a bailiff announced that the : hearing had been moved, to the big circuit cour- troomon the opposite Side of the building. . j Spectators jostled each othar for better position. Several doz en -trial lawyers occupied benches and jury box behind the j bar and -at least 100 people took seats in .the audience section. 1 It was nearly 11 a.m. when Sheriff Fred Thomas came in and made the brief announcement that the hearing would be moved back to the county courtroom and that everyone would be barred except officers of the court. Even members of the Biddy family, including her husband, waited it out in the corridor through the morning session. , PATHOLOGIST CALLED The hearing was recessed at noon. The prosecution called Dr. F. G: Bratley, pathologist who did the autopsy on Mona's uvy, c.iu iu MU.K.C unlives. rhe emotion-charged hearing was the climax of the bizarre case which made headlines all through December. It will prob - ohi ha hn loct ,i0Qwm about 'six weeks, the length of, a- i . i . SJirSS n court ,sofurces calls had been attacked in "SSLffi1 for a:her own yard as she returned psychiatric evaluation. WRIi FERGUSC SON I tNCRAI.'DIRITTORS HIGH Al NOKIIt H'KSf VIRH.T MR. JOSEPH BRICE . FISHER Memphis, Tenn. Services 10:30 a.m. Thursday St Mary's Catholic .. Church Interment . Lakewood Memorial Park V. Rosary 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Wright k Ferguson : Funeral Home . , MR. HENRY M. - McWILLIAMS : Cresent H. Ranch Services: 2 p.m. Thursday St. John's Catholic Church Crystal Springs, Rosary: 8 p.m. Wednesday , Writrht & Ferguson . Funeral Home .. Interment: Lakewood Memorial Park MRS. MATTTE LATIMER McREE , 105 Muriel Drive Clinton. Miss. Services 11 a. m. Friday Wright k Ferguson Chapel Interment Clinton Cemetery 352-3632 wrway, ie. 51, 10 , Arrangements had already been made for Mrs. Biddy's admission to the hospital before she left the courtroom, Judge Barber said. Although evaluations ordered for defendants usually require a wait of 30 days or longer, Judge Barber said women are usually accepted immediately. Thousands of people got involved in the Mona Biddy case when her parents reported to police that she was missing from the family home at 308 Lynnwood Lane on Dec. 2. Volunteer searchers by the hundreds on foot, on horseback, and on motorbikes combed the area around her home for days. Schools turned out while stu- !fpnfs dammed a rrefik hiind her home. It was pumped dry, but searchers found nothing Police Chief Lavell . Tullos ; called the search off after several days but people, touched by the story of the tiny retarded child, continue to hunt for her. . When the body was finally found, Chief Tullos said that "foul play" was responsible for her death. '. The autopsy fixed the proba ble cause of death as suffocation. Although Mona's mother, who lives out-of-state, had custody of the child, Mona came to live with her father and stepmother in the fall so that she could attend the Little Red School for special education. The Biddy's have five other children living with them, one of whom is the natural child of wh r:irnW anj ToH RiHrlu " : r UZ,7 Z "L,, After Mona i s body was found f"u :DTJJv.:" I ; fa deJe d Jn other occasions when they al- ed t0 ?o1 fVha SJ 1 nan rppown rnrpaieninu unune from a neighbor's and that an alleged abduction had been attempted on their two-year-old, the natural daughter of both parents Ted Biddv denied his wife's guilt, describing her as a "won- derful, wonderful" mother to Mona. MINERS Continued From Page 1A to the mine opening was lined with grieving relatives and the curious. Hundreds of persons gathered at the mine site. "Oh, Lord, oh Lord," cried a thin woman as she stood by the fire, her scarf-wrapped head held in her hands. Men stood by the fire, their hands in their pockets against the chill December air. All wore grim expressions. Ambulances were backed to the twin mouths of the mine awaiting removal of the bodies. The first bodies were taken to a shed at the mine entrance but later removed to the Hyden Fish and Game Club, where a temporary morgue was set up. The accident occurred apparently one-half mile from the en trance wnere tne men were working in two separate groups, according to mine inspectors. Rescue teams reported they j encountered heavy concentra-1 tions of lethal carbon monoxide j gco duuui i.yuu Jtti uacit into i . I : i ntLn.. AAA f 1 ' me mine. NEAR SHIFT END The miners who were trapped were less than three hours from !!T3T SUNSHINE BASKET tm titty (ccasiM THE SUNSKIHE SHOP JO.J H STf S?. "JCtf j- T Jf.lLF.UMY M1RK White House Scbrekcepcrs Show President Is Ahead By VICTOR LAWRENCE WASHINGTON White House score-keepers have just seen fit to appraise President Nixon's track record at the half-way mark in his first term in office and they show more wins than losses. Some Democrats looking at the same performance, might view the record far differently. ; It is the President's prerogative, of course, to concentrate on his accomplishments and to ignore his failures. In the main, however, the White House would rather not use the word "failure" and prefers instead to point at the Democratically- controlled Congress as the reason so many more Nixon programs were not permitted to succeed. Mr. Nixon has a right to be proud of some of his accomplishments, resulting as they do in considerable improvements in both domestic and foreign affairs. American participation in the war has taken a heartening turn for the better and this picture should improve further as the U. S. continues to disen gage itself from Southeast Asia. The President deserves credit, too, for bringing about ratification of the nuclear non- proliferation treaty . and launching negotiations with the Soviet Union on limiting strategic nuclear weapons. . In the domestic field long-needed reforms of both the postal system and selective service have been pushed through to fruition. There has ; been some cut-back in crime, notably in the crime-ridden District of Columbia, and there is a lessening of racial tensions. But the President has suffered some setbacks which he must continue to contend with In the new Congress. His welfare reform program, although embraced by many Democrats, is hopelessly snarled in Con gress. It is quite likely . it can never be passed in its present form, not only because of the uncertainly of costs but because it has not been convincinsly put across as the answer to the welfare mess. His campaign pledge to enact a revenue-sharing program, whereby federal taxes would be returned to the cities and States where they are raised and could be used to solve local problems, has met with lukewarm Congressional interest. Although he will push for its enactment in the new Congress with the same Vigor many of the same obsta cles remain. As Chairman Wilbur Mills of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee MAID Continued From Page 1A states across the nation. Cha will Koruo as tint rrvt- ton's goodwill emissary in 1971, motiJl hav firet nhn annoar. ance at the CottoS Bowl in Dal- . . . las Friday. The 1971 maid, , like the 32 others before her, will be fitted with an elaborate cotton wardrobe in New York and then embark on an international tour in behalf of the nation's cctton in dustry. Beauly is only one of the at- i tributes looked for in choosing the maids. Thev are measured ! also for personality, verve, a flair fo' fashion, and breeding. Only the judges glimpse the maid hopefuls in swim suits, a custom that has brought the ccmoetition acclaim as the nation's most sedate beauty pageant. The 20 finalists spend seven hours Wednesday being interviewed by the seven judges. Mrs. Dorothy Roberson, the woman behind the scenes who plans the maid's international itinerary, explained the importance of the interviews this wav: "Whoever is selected will meet thousands of peonle for the first time as she serves as cotton's ambassadress around the world. As she talks with hree pet?ple many of whom will see her only owe she mo?t put forward an im11irent. interested and warm person al'. "The nidges have the burden I of selecting the ce girl from the 20 who can do this best. tu end of thpir shift srhpdnlpd at 2 n m CST r ' ' ' All lived in nearby areas of Leslie and Clay counties and several of the miners were related. ft ! 1 Jll I n has observed, "How can you share revenues that you don't have?" Another strong Nixon proposalcontinuation of development of the supersonic transport plane is also caught in Congressional cross-fire and faces a continuous uphill struggle. Mr. Nixon is more optimistic than pessimistic at this stage in the game. A White House briefing officer, reviewing the Administration's first two years in office, says the President's own view of his position is the same today as in September when he advised Congress: "For a period in the not distant past, it might have seemed that American society .was fal tering. But we have ' steadied now. We are regaining a sense cf balance, of direction and of forward trust." When the Administration came into power, the Nixon CONGRESS Continued From Page 1A . The guarantee was approved 47 to 29 and sent to the White House where President Nixon is expected to sign it shortly. The railroad has said it must have the money to meet January pay. rolls or face a possible shut down. A 69-0 vote completed action on a House-Senate conference report on the bill providing funds for the departments of Labor and Health, Education and Welfare. The report and the final pared-down spending total were calculated to avoid, if possible, a presidential , veto and still retain programs considered vital. The SST, which forces a sec ond House Senate conference on its future, was, for the moment at least, still going nowhere along with the Transportation Department appropriations bill of which it is a part. Several of the conferees at tended the funeral Wednesday for Rep. L. Mendel Rivers, D-S;C., and were not expected to return to the Capitol until MAYOR PREDICTS Continued From Page 1A i erations. The mayor also said he hopes the federal revenue-sharing act will pass, that at least one large new industry will be secured for Jackson, that proposed legislation of the Mississippi Municipal Association will be favorably considered and that there will be a growing realization "on the part of all our people that the success of this city depends on understanding and cooperation between the races in this city." Bills to give financially hard-pressed municipalities a share of state and federal revenues are pending in both the U. S. Congress and the Mississippi Legislature. Davis said there are currently "several really hot prospects" on the industrial horizon for Jackson, and he hopes at least one big industry will choose the city as a location during the year. He had recently indicated that the sewage treatment system the biggest capital undertaking in the city's history was, after years of planning, close to a start by saving the council anticipates calling for construction bids in January or February. The mayor said he didn't know what part of the downtown redevelopment plan would come first, but indicated that the program will be undertaken in sections because the federal contribution comes in increments, "not all at one whack." The council called referen-dums for last June 23 on urban renewal and a $5 million housing project for the elderly and handicapped, but cancelled them June 19 due to tensions arising from violence at Jackson State college in May. Although city officials have been worried over whether there will be enough money in the $10.4 million major street-imDrovement bond issue of three years ago to finance the remaining unfinished projects, Davis said the most recent accounting indicates the funds will be sufficient. Even if they are not. he added, he thinks the city is obligated to come up with thejf money to complete the projects I J 1 TO 35 ACRES COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL LAND AT INTERSTATE 55 &20 CAU IK) HAH 94S.3SSS JOE WILLIAMS ELECTRIC SUPPLY CO. U:KSONMiu.)CULfF0RT ARVIN-HUHTEB tllCTRIC HIATM aide recalled, there were some Americans who expected the government to do things for them that were "totally unrealistic." The Administration, however, made every effort to avoid such promises on which it knew it could not deliver and concentrated instead on trying to reform the federal establishment so that it could produce results more effectively. The Administration's track record on curbing inflation and bringing the economy back in balance has not been noteworthy for its success. Mr. Nixon is still convinced, though, that his economic policies are sound and that they will prove out in the months ahead. The President's dealings with Congress cannot be expected to improve greatly, what with a Presidential election looming in 1972. If anything, his relations with Congress could deteriorate. Wednesday night. There was no guarantee when the conference which this time includes SST's chief foe, Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., among its members-would convene. . . Meanwhile, the clock keeps ticking away minutes against the last minute the. 91st Con gress can do business; noon, Sunday, Jan. 3. . SOCIAL SECURITY Senate Democratic . leader Mike Mansfield of Montana re turned from a meeting with President Nixon to report the White House still wants agreement this session on legislation boosting , Social Security benefits. , ; , But Mansfield said an emer- tegration problems is doomed for this session. It may be possible, however, Mansfield added, for the Senate to quickly cleanup everything else in one way or another-except for the SST and foreign aid. . outlined to voters in the elec- tion. The remaining projects in. elude the widening of Fortifica. tion Street from Interstate 55 to Bailey Avenue and the Fortifi cation overpass over the Illinois Central Railroad tracks (total estimated cost $2,147,430). the widening of Daniel Lake Boule-evard from 1-55 to Terry Road, with a new connection to Cooper Road ($240,200,) extension of South Drive from Dixon Road to Nimitz Street ($80,000), and extension of Mill Street from Pearl Street to Roach Street ($386,000). A few other projects, such as the widening of Terry Road, have been started but are not yet complete. The public housing referred to has already been authorized and federally financed and requires no local vote. The long-delayed central fire station has been snagged again, this time over title problems. Although the council voted to purchase a tract immediately south of the City Auditorium, the deal has run afoul of leases which would delay occupation of the property, and the council is looking around again, once more at the property on the northwest corner of South West and South Streets, Davis said. The city expansion northward was approved in a Dec. 18 decree, but has been delayed by an appeal on which a hearing is expected to be held Thursday. Hearing cf the incorporation-annexation cross-suit by Jackson and a group seeking the separate incorporation of the Forest Hill area was interrupted last summer, but is due to be resumed early in 1971. Both proposed annexations would add substantially to the size, population and assessed evaluation of the city. Davis evcepted the proposed annexation of Pearl from his list of expectations during 1971. reoervice I jcLMERAL DIRECTORS Robinson at Raymond IP Road Phon 372-5623 MR. CHARLES LILES Madison, Miss. Services 11:00 A.M. Thursday Adkins Chapel Interment Flora Cemetary Flora, Mississippi a m 5 U K 13171, 1,1 s irotectn Continued From Page 1A the Federation of Welfare Funds. The President, Schacter said, "manifested a large range of knowledge of the situation. He was very much aware of what is happening today." Wexler reported to the conference that they came away "feeling that everything that can be done through diplomatic channels, is being done." Fischer said Nixon was "very positive and very firm." Asked if Nixon had indicated a strong note of protest would be forwarded to Soviet officials, Schacter replied: "I cannot answer that." Wexler said Ropers had explained "in detail the problems of not making this a Cold War issue." But he quoted the secretary as saying "I am convinced that groups such as yours by their protests can perhaps accomplish as much or more than the government." The meetings were prompted by the sentencing of 11 persons, nine of them Jews, in Leningrad last week fcr plotting to hijack a Soviet airliner to Israel. Two of the Jews were sentenced to death, the other defendants were given prison terms of 4 to 15 years. "We meet today not to plead for mercy but to cry out for jus tice, " former Supreme , Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg told an emergency conference of more than 400 Jewish organization and community leaders. "If these are all crimes, all men are criminals; if these men deserve punishment, no man deserves to be free." Delegations from the conference met with about a dozen senators, with members of the House, and with foreign diplomats at more than a dozen embassies as well as with Rogers and Nixon. "I don't know how much this will help them, but our silence will doom them," said enter tainer Theodore Bikei, one of a The Russian Federation Su preme Court the court of last resort heard the defense argu ment of the hijackers appeal in Moscow Wednesday. The prose cution will present its arguments Tuesday. The unusual swiftness of the appeal before the Supreme Court, some observers said, ap parently stems from the world wide outcry raised over the sentences. There was no on-the-record comment from the White House. But it was understood that Nixon listened sympathetically to the message. The administration has insisted it prefers to make quiet efforts through diplomatic chan nels to appeal for clemency rather than make public pro nouncements that the Soviets might regard as propag'andistic. One delegate group reported it was "received most affirmatively" by Deputy Atty. Gen. Richard Kleindienst, who promised to call Atty. Gen. John Mitchell who is out of the city "to indicate our depth of feel tag." Stanley Lowell, vice president of the American Jewish Congress, said the Italian embassy informed the conference that Italy's ambassador in Moscow had been asked "to relate the concern of the Italian people and ask the Soviet government to reconsider what happened at the Leningrad trial. In mid-afternoon, the confer ence delegates walked to the Soviet Embassy, but were turned back by police. Across the street from the embassy, an official of the In ternational Union of Electric workers raised the Israeli flag in front of the union's building. The offical. David J. Fitzmau-rice was arrested and charged with demonstrating within 500 feet of an embassy. Youth Sports Gain WASHINGTON Both total enrollment and average daily attendance for the National Summer Youth Sports Program showed gains in 1370. More than 45.000 disadvantaged boys and girls . took part part in the program, and daily participation averaged over 30.003. Comparable figures for 1969 were 43,020 and 27,634. .Mann emu Mm 1 mwmm JOB TRAINING Continued From Page 1A key promises first to hire specific numbers of hard-core unemployed workers and train them for permanent jobs within a fixed period of time; and second, to build or lease new or expanded industrial facilities in or near poverty areas. "The thing that was never considered," Ruttenberg said in an interview, "was what would happen if they (the contracting companies) should go into bank ruptcy. I never did, nor did any of my associates, suggest a clause to take care of that even tuality." In addition to Los Angeles and New York, smaller injections of SIP funds went into Gary, Ind., and Cleveland. Several firms in these two cities fell short of their contract pledges and their programs are being phased out, too. During the last 15 months of Ruttenberg's tenure, the Labor Department awarded 16 of the 19 Los Angeles and New York contracts to companies which had. retained these individuals of firms: 1. The now defunct Brokerage house of Dempsey-Tegeler and its vice president in Los Angeles, Harold E. Levitt. A government report says Dempsey-Tegeler earned $338,325 in commissions .. from 12 contractors, an arrangement held to be legal by the General Accounting Office (GAO). ' 2. Stephen Shulman, a Washington attorney who once served as executive assistant to the secretary of labor and later was chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Shulman said he received about $80,000 in legal fees for services rendered 10 contractors. 3. Samuel Ganz, now a New York City consultant who as federal government's deputy manpower administrator served as an assistant to Ruttenberg. Among the agreements reached by the Labor Depart ment were: -A contract worth $800,000 to Monarch Electronics of Los Angeles. Monarch's principals in cluded Meyer "Buck" Price, who pleaded no contest in 1968 to a charge of conspiring to steal U. S. government property, and Leonard Ashbach, who agreed to a Securities & Exchange Commission injunction against the sale of unregistered stock. The contract worth $1 million to Torite Enterprises Inc. of Los Angeles, which had hired only 72 of the 335 employes specified in the agreement when it filed for reorganization. Six months before this contract was granted, Torite and three of its principals had lost a civil suit charging conspiracy to defraud. Torite is now merging with another company, and last month the Labor Department settled for $103,000 a $635,000 claim it had brought under the contract to recover job-training funds. A contract worth $725,000 to Sahagen Industries of Los Angeles, a firm which in 1970 filed for bankruptcy. Less than two years before the Sahagen contract was signed, a company which Sahagen's president ear lier headed tiled for reorganization under the bankruptcy laws. A contract to Bubble Up Corp. of Los Angeles, worth $1 million, and a similar contract to a New York firm, Day Pac Industries, worth $1.25 million. Both firms went into reorgani zation under the bankruptcy laws. Federal and California of-! ficials are investigating Bubble j Up's sale of unregistered stock. ! A $960,000 contract to Saco-! ma of Los Angeles a firm NOTEBOOK ! Continued From Pg. 8A ! "worth four to five times the value of a junked car," he says. With 100 of the machines working around the clock six days weekly, they could handle the 8 million vehicles that will be junked in 1971, according to Rep. Kuykendall. He proposes that the federal government make these machines available to cities and states "as soon as possible", and start making real headway against those auto graveyards which not only pollute the ground they rest on but also do harm to America's natural beauty and environment. Annual Membership Tm Gf Uk4 M Smin . A Ha Wfttk. ft lr Wtk . AN W.tfcna 20 Mri tm Call Pat yZZ-lObb to? iIJ jDpeelaid FUN Brcland Fvncral Hem 3580 Robmien St. Jockvor Phone 922-1071 Kretlond Fwnensl Horn 22! S. librSl. Canton Phon 8S9-366! which the GAO later found was reporting assets of only $10,500 at the time its contract was signed. The program's virtual col-lapse is a cause of bitterness in job-hungry East Los Angeles'. Tt's unbelievable," Al Lugo, a worker in a community-action agency, said of the government's handling of the job-training effort. "They let these things happen and then they turn around and say poor people can't handle money. In Washington, where he is now a private consultant, Ruttenberg recalls that the program was intended to cut red tape "in the hope of getting things done quickly." At that time, in late 1967, major cities throughout the country were still feeling the effects of the massive rioting stilled just months before, and the Johnson administration was looking for new ways to involve the business community in social programs. "I saw an opportunity to bring about the construction of plants in the ghetto and the employment of disadvantaged workers," Ruttenberg said. "I moved quickly, and too quickly, and I did not insist on careful enough review ... "But in concept the idea was a good one and is a good one." "The concept was so simple it was too simple," said one present Labor Department official. "There were no restrictions, no limitations." Direction of the program rested in Washington; regional Labor Department officials in New York and on the West Coast were not involved. Thus, Washington officials concededly unfamiliar of the geography of Los Angeles approved plant locations in the City of Industry, almost 20 miies by freeway from the target area of East Los Angeles a difficult journey for workers lacking transportation. One monument to the failure of the program is the sprawling hulk of the old Lincoln Heights Jail in heavily Mexican-American East Los Angeles. The jail building was to be converted through SIP funds into an industrial center for im poverished Chicanos. Almost two years after four contractors signed $3.3 million in contracts, the building remains idle except for a Negro-owned sausage factory unrelated to the SIP program. The plans to develop what one politician called "this symbol of defeat into a symbol of opportunity" had quickened hopes within the impoverished Mexican-American community. Fading now, though, is the promise of jobs within easy distance of homes and of money flowing into the community instead of out. Chicano leader Ed 1 Bonilla looked up at the empty five-story building with its steel bars glistening in the moonlight and remarked: "You get to the point of asking yourself "don't they know we're here?" Baldwin Funeral Ham PHONE 353-2727 732 Manship Street MR. ALEXANDER ARCHER, JR. 3048 Terry Road Services 10 a.m. Thursday Baldwin Chapel Interment 2 p.m. National Cemetery Natchez, Miss. MRS. CARRIE B. PENN Flora, Miss. Services 2 p.m. Thursday Flora Methodist Church Interment Flora Cemetery Body will be at church 1 hr. prior to services JOHN B. HAWKINS Former Resident 3024 Oxford Street. Services 4:00 p. m. Thursday Graveside Services Cedarlawn Cemetery Baldwin Funeral Hem 4080 Highway 80 East PHONE 93V-611V ' Baldwin Funeral Hamt PHONE 892-1521 Crystal Springs a' :i ii Al! i 24 H Aniwerina Write ' lUAkil aim

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