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Camden, New Jersey
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Saturday, July 21, 1973
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UKIER South Jersey's TOTAL Newspaper VOL. 98 NO. 147 HOlf A Gannett Newspaper EDITION Tr. Per IE rPVrTiC Published Dolly ExceDt Sunday CAMDEN, N. J., SATURDAY, JULY 21, 1973 :-:.:.:.H:.:-:lr PlcirloTlf fnn Tin. SlllinnminnJI ....................... j., v. tjiiuui jl x voillLUL Viiiii mtr. i i iia till irri ifitAJ... w COl POST -The Dollar Dip- ... So Yankees Go Home By RICHARD C. LONGWORT1I United Press International TWO years ago a stein of lager and the oompahpah of a brass band at Munich's Buergerbraukeller Beer Hall cost an American tourist 60 cents in U.S. money. With the price up to $1.16 today, some of the gemutlicheit just isn't there anymore. But that's how it is in Europe. The purchasing power of U.S. money these days has been clobbered by devaluation of the dollar and widespread inflation. Prices have increased 100 per cent or more over five years ago. . "Unhappily, we are getting about 50 per cent fewer American tourists this year than usual," said Francis Dagevil-len, assistant general manager of the Scribe Hotel in Paris. "We consider the dollar devaluation as the cause." "AMERICAN tourism has increasingly become group tourism," said Claudio Meffert, commercial director of the Melia Madrid Hotel, "and the failing dollar has brought canceled bookings and pleas that we absorb part of the losses." In Rome, the price of a double room in the Columbus Hotel near the Vatican has gone up to $22.08 from $11.84. Michael La Mendola, American-born owner of a boutique at the top of the Spanish Steps, lamented that "our sales to Americans have dropped 50 per cent and those who are buying are buying less and complaining more, while German tourists don't question the price of anything." A diner will pay $8.30 for pasta, veal,, salad, cheese, fruit and a pint of wine at the Piazza del Popolo, one of Rome's top restaurants. A similar meal cost $5.84 three years ago. IN PARIS, a double with bath at the Scribe, near the Opera, costs $47.50 today, compared to $24 in 1968. At the Grand Hotel, Manager Mario dell An-tonia said U.S. patronage is down 15 per cent, this year despite a 20 per cent discount offered to all Americans June 15 through Sept. 3. The French National Tourist Office says 10 per cent fewer Americans are visiting France this year. In London, a single with bath at the moderately priced Strand Palace Hotel is $19.75, almost twice the $10 it cost in 1968. "The Americans used to come in the peak summer season," said Sales Director David November. "Now many come in winter, spring and fall, when our rates are less." Sharp as have been price increases in hotel rates and restaurant meals, the erosion of what one gets for the dollar in Europe this summer does not stop there. Whatever one does costs more, from riding London's cabs and buses to buying an ice cream cone in Copenhagen's Tivoli. THOMAS JEFFERSON . . . Released Documents WASHINGTON (UPI) -President Thomas Jefferson in 1807 had a problem similar to President Nixon's. Another branch of government wanted him to turn over documents. Chief Justice John Marshall, who was then presiding at the treason trial of Aaron Burr in Richmond, Va. subpoenaed Jefferson himself but added that the production of certain documents would satisfy the court's needs. Jefferson supplied the material and the matter ended. But meantime, Marshall had established the principle that a President may be subpoenaed. Though the parallel is not exact, the incident has been cited as a precedent for the Senate Watergate committee's request for White House tape recordings of conversations between President Nixon and his associates on the Watergate affair. The main difference is that Jefferson's case involved a request by the judicial branch of government, not the legislative branch. But Watergate committee chairman Sam J. Ervin, D-N.C, has cited the Jefferson case as a precedent in his favor. If Nixon, as his aides indicate he will, refuses to turn over the tapes, Ervin's committee will consider issuing a subpoena. Also, Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox has indicated he wants the tapes for his grand jury investigation, which would be a closer parallel. Jtfferson, incidentally, did not accept the idea that he could be subpoenaed although he did not completely reject it. He said Presidents have more important commitments than ordinary Americans and should not be compelled to submit to every prosecutor's whim. The Supreme Court had occasion to recall the Aaron Burr case only a year ago Continued on Page 32 Col. 3 Watergate Strachan Implicates Halderman WASHINGTON (UPI) -Sandy-haired Gordon Strachan, another of those clean-cut youths in politics, says his Watergate role was only that of a messenger. But one of the messages he delivered to his White House boss, H.R. Haldeman, carried explosive implications. It came from Key Bis-cayne, Fla., where Jeb Stuart Magruder, a young man running the Nixon re-election committee until John N. Mitchell could take over, said Mitchell had approved "a so-phisticated political intelligence gathering system." Presumably that included Watergate. Magruder had just returned from a meeting with Mitchell in Key Bis-cayne, Fla., March 30, 1972. Did Haldeman Tell? If Haldeman was told about Watergate two months before the initial wiretap break-in, did he tell President Nixon? That becomes the crucial question Monday when Strachan undergoes his first public questioning by the Senate Watergate Committee. He has been granted immunity so what he says cannot' be used against him in any future trials. Strachan (pronounced "strawn") got no further than reading his 15-page opening Continued on Page 32 Col. 3 Nixon War Power Limited by Senate UPl-Courler-Post Telefax TELLING Senate Watergate Committee that H. R. Haldeman knew that a' sophisticated political intelligence-gathering system was approved is Gordon Strachan, who testified yesterday. He will return Monday. WASHINGTON (UPI) -The Senate has voted to limit to 30 days the President's authority to wage foreign wars without congressional consent. Meanwhile, t h e Senate Armed Services Committee probed further into the Nixon administration's concealment of bombing raids in Cambodia in 1969 and 1970 from the American public and from most members of Congress. The Senate vote Friday to limit the President's war powers was 71 to 18. The measure would allow the chief executive to dispatch troops overseas only for 30 days in an emergency. Then he would have to obtain congressional approval to continue a war. Faces Veto The Senate measure and one passed Wednesday by the House, setting a 120-day limit, now go to a House-Senate conference to iron out the differences. But the resulting bill faces presidential veto, and there is little prospect that war critics in the House can muster the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. An Eastern liberal, Sen. Jacob K. Javits, R-N.Y., and a Southern conservative, Sen. John C. Stennis, D-Miss., joined in writing the Senate bill. They said the nation must never again, as in Viet-nam, slip into a major foreign war without express consent of the elected representatives of the people. Offered Amendment Opponents of the bill charged that it unconstitutionally crimps the President's ability to meet global responsibilities. Sen. John Towei', R-Tex., offered an amendment to change the title to read: "A bill the United States of America to the status of a second rate power." Meanwhile, Adm. Thomas H, Moorer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met Friday with Sen. Stuart Syming ton. D-Mo,, acting chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to begin spelling out to that committee how the administration covered up the bombing of Cambodia. Court Ruling Paves Way for a Single County Sewer Plan By ANDREA KNOX Courier-Post S(aJ A Superior Court decision yesterday that proclaimed the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority to be a legal entity has cleared the way for further design and planning of the county-wide sewage system. President Drops Taping of Office Talks CAMP DAVID, Md. (UPI) President Nixon is discontinuing the secret taping of this phone calls and office conversations, his aides report. Meanwhile, the President is preparing a strong fight to prevent the Senate Watergate committee from obtaining tapes already made. White House sources say Nixon plans to inform com-tnittee chairman Sam J. Freeholders Vote Selves Ervin Jr., D-N.C, Monday of his "irrevocable" decision not to give the committee the tapes of presidential conversations with Watergate figures which the committee wants. If the committee issues a subpoena for the recordings, the President will refuse, according to aides, setting the stage for a constitutional test which might have to be settled by the Supreme Court. He also is expected to turn down as unnecessary Ervin's request to meet with him personally to seek a way around the impasse over the tapes-a request to which Nixon had agreed a little over a week ago, before he went to the hospital with pneumonia. (The Washington Post said in its Saturday editions that Nixon also is hardening his earlier policy on freely allowing White House employes to testify before the Watergate committee. It said his personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, has been told not to show up for a committee interview and an aide has been told iK to answer questions about comments the President wrote in the margins of news summaries which he receives daily all under the doctrine of "executive privilege.") White House officials said By DENNIS M. CULNAN , CourierPost StaJ ' AS one UPI reporter discovered in June on his return to London for a visit, - t a bus ride that in 1970 cost the equiva- Y 3V HalSe lent of 15 cents now costs 25 cents. J Hamburgers that went for about 35 cents were up to 60-75 cents. A famed British raincoat that was $65 in 1970 cost $92.50 in 1973. A John Locke hat purchased in 1970 for $16 cost $31 this time. At one of London's most ancient shops, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, just Continued on Page S-Col. 1 I Casliyread, f asityt ounrf . . I INSIDE YOUR COURIER-POST 1 I Camden County welfare workers reject new salary contract - Page 7. Robinson's catch In ninth saves victory for Phils as Hank pokes another - Page 28. Three-way tie sets up special playoff Wednesday for South Jersey Amateur golf title page 29. Amusements - 26, 27 Bridge g Churches ---- z Classified .... 33 to 4a Comics . " Crossword Puzzle . 4b Dear Abby 13 Death Notices, Obituaries r! Wllcnn Z7 Editorials - 18 Finan. News 20 to 23 Lost and Found 33 Restaurants, Night Clubs 23 Sports 28 to 31 Weather 2 Women's News, The Way We Live 12 to 15 Your Birthday .... 46 Cnsliwords Puzzle: Pg. 31 WOODBURY - The Glou-c ester County Freeholders yesterday gave themselves a 50 per cent pay raise. The freeholders increased their annual salaries from $6,000 to $9,000 as they approved a resolution making sweeping changes in the county's pay scale schedule. The resolution, which County Administrator John H. Fisher III, said will cost taxpayers $74,648 for the balance of this year, was opposed by Freeholder Raymond Zane. Zane said the salaries of some political appointees would jump by as much as $4,000. "I don't think it's right, in view of the present economic situation," the Democrat freeholder said. Retroactive The new salary scale will be retroactive to July 1 once it is approved by the Cost of Living Council in Washington, D.C. Under the new Phase 4 guidelines pay raises are supposed to comply with a voluntary 5.5 per cent guide. Freeholder - Director William H. Cundey said the salaries would be revised downward if the council rejects the increases. He said he felt the raises Continued on Page 8-Col. 1 UPl-Courier-Post Telefax CHAT with the President is enjoyed by girl scouts on winding mountain road near Thurmont, Md. President Nixon stopped his limousine on way to nearby Camp David to visit with girls. the fact that Nixon's policy of having his conversations recorded for "historical" purposes has become public knowledge prompted him to decide to end the practice. Nixon's as a tough fighter showed through his hospital pallor Friday as he left Bethosda Naval Hospital, talked to aides at the White House and then, with his Continued on Page 32 Col. 4 Egg Hike May Save Producers By PAUL LOANK Courier -V oat Slajf The end of food price controls will allow egg prices to increase significantly but, according to a State Farm Bureau official, it may also save some South Jersey egg producers from going out of business. "It's been rough, really rough for the egg farmers," said Tom Cullinane, chairman of the bureau's Poultry Commission. "If the freeze didn't end when it did, a lot more farms would have gone out of business." Cullinane explained that, more than a week before the guideline prepared by a New York firm indicated that the wholesale price of eggs should have been set at 63 cents a dozen, four cents more than allowed under the price freeze. Distributors followed this guideline, called the Urner-Barry report, by increasing the wholesale price of eggs as soon as controls were lifted Wednesday. Consumers can expect to feel the effects of this increase by next week when supermarket price of eggs will jump about four cents a dozen, Cullinane said. Yet, he added, hardly had The decision, handed down by Judge William Bischoff in Camden, declared that the CCMUA is "legally and properly" constituted. Judge Bischoff ordered that all debts, liabilities and assets of the former Camden (city) Municipal Utilities Authority (CMUA) and the former Camden County Sewage Authority (CCSA) b6 turned over to the CCMUA. This means that CCMUA Is entitled to use, and will have to pay for, the engineering plans drawn up by John G. Reuttcr Associates of Camden. Giant Mains The plans call for three giant sewage mains, or "interceptor lines," along the Cooper River, Newton Creek and Little Timber Creek. The mains, which will eventually serve the entire county, will feed sewage into a single treatment plant in Camden. The treatment facilities will use the existing Camden city sewage plant, at Front and Ferry streets, after enlarging it to accommodate 110 million gallons per day and upgrading the treatment process. Neither CCMUA attorney Samuel L. Supnick nor acting chairman J. Arthur Jones could estimate how much the entire system will cost nor the amount of liabilities the CCMUA will assume under yesterday's decision. Suit Anticipated Among the liabilities is $900,000 owed to Reutter Associates for the design work, originally done for the old CCSA. Josiah E. DuBois Jr., attorney for Reutter, said he plans to file suit Monday in Superior Court, Trenton, to force payment of this debt. Supnick said one reason he could not estimate the total amount of liabilities is that many of them may be subject to negotiation or litigation. One liability is the $1.6 Armstrong Cork site in Gloucester City, purchased by the CCSA for use as a treatment plant site. Although the land was recently sold to Holt Hauling and Warehousing, some government agency will have to assume the responsibility of receiving the mortgage payments and paying off the $1.6 million borrowed from Girard Trust Bank, Philadelphia, for the purchase of the land. Under yesterday's decision, CCMUA could assume responsibility for the property. But Supnick has suggested that the board of freeholders take over the property to span the CCMUA the administrative chores. Among the other liabilities Continued on Page 5 Col. 3 Continued on Page 32 Col. 1

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