The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 18, 1971 · Page 14
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The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas · Page 14

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Quaker Pickets Aim 'Love. Vibes' At White House By PAULA DRANOV WASHINGTON -- Thunderstorms, blistering heat, even Tricia'3 wedding, haven't discouraged a determined group of young Quakers stationed outside of the White House from sending "love vibes" toward President Nixon. ' The Quakers have become a sidewalk fixture in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a scruffy band of pacifists and Vietnam veterans beseeching the President in prayer to end the war. Little Notice "He has driven past a few times," says Peggy Lantier,.a New York college student who gave up her summer vacation to keep the Quaker vigil outside the White House. "But he pays more attention to the Children Prisoners HENSON, Md. (f) - "If a lot of us had had the opportunity to go to camp, the House of Correction wouldn't be as full as it is," says George M. Brown. 23, a prison inmate who helped send four youngsters to summer camp. Brown, George E. Rice, Thomas Weems and Nearl Farabee, inmates at the Mary'.and House of Correction, raised the .money by Belling ..photographs to prisoners' relatives for $1 each. The project netted $300. Brown and Rice were given permission to leave the prison yesterday to visit the camp. "I've gnt four girls I'm cer- lainly going to try to get up here," said Brown, and Rice added (hat he would do the same thing for his 10-year-old daughlcr. Next year the Inmates at (lie House of Correction hope to send 100 children to camp. Brown and Rice each head a self-help group at the slate prison and with the presidents jf s i m i l a r organizations lormed the Inmates Organization Cooperation Committee to finance the camp project. After the money had been raised they selected four children from a list recommended. by the Baltimore Police Department's community relations division. They were Frank Cox, 10, his 9-year-old brother Keith; Christopher ,1 o h n s o n, 13, and Debbie Gantt, 12. Michael Anderson, director of the Children's Fresh Air Society which o p e r a t e s the camp, had high praise for the inmates. "I think it was fantastic that Ibcse guys care enough 16 do something for these kids." tourists than he does to us." The vigil began June 2, the date set for, a court hearing for 150 Quakers who were arrested April 25 when they attempted another vigil on the AVhite House sfdewalk. Since then, it has been kept going around the clock by a handful of young people, who sit or stand in prayer for up to 14 hours a day each. They are joined by volunteers, either Quakers passing through town, or those who make a special pilgrimage to Washington, .to put in a few days on the sidewalk. Steve Mager, a Chapel Hill, N.C., carpenter, decided to spend his week or summer vacation with the White House group. "It's good staying Out here a large amount of time," he says. "It gives me a chance to just sit and think about what I'm doing as a person to create peace hi my own life . . . It's a valuable 'experience from that point of view." Tourist Joins This week a young tourist from Indiana joined the vigil for a day "because when I saw it here, I realized it was more important to do something like this than to sightsee." The only White House recognition of the presence of the vigil came June 12 when officials tried to get a court order preventing the Quakers from manning theft- post on Tricia Nixon's wedding day. ' They volunteered to move across the street to Lafayette Park, and that was the end of that. Then there was the time a four-star general leaving the White House smartly saluted a young Vietnam veteran with the vigil. . And the national spelling champion, 12-year-old Jonathan Kniesley, a Quaker himself, stopped by after being greeted inside the executive mansion by Mrs. Nixon. "We've gotten to know the police pretty well," Miss Lantier says. "One of them sometimes holds the sign for us at night when we get too tired to stand up. And they help keep us awake . . . We share our food with them and they share theirs with us." Vigil's Sponsor The vigil is sponsored by the New York yearly meeting of Quakers, which set aside funds to help house,and feed the participants. It will continue to support the effort until September, when Miss Lantier and English professor Dick Hathaway, leaders of the vigil, return to college in New York. "We hope someone else will take it up when we leave," Miss Lantier says. "I would hate to see it end." Meanwhile, every night, the group concentrates on getting its peace message over the fence, past the Secret Service to the' "birthright" Quaker who lives inside: "Now I wonder if Richard Nixon feels this vibe," they chant, "sent with love from the Quaker tribe; "Twenty-four hours a day, Lord, twenty-four hours a day." New Housing Starts Set Record in July WASHINGTON OB -- The rate of private housing starts reached a new record in July and was 10 per cent above the June rate, the Commerce Department says. The record rate of 2,180,000 dwelling units was seasonally adjusted and counted the number of starts that would take place this year if the July pace held all year. The previous record annual rate of new construction was 2,120,000 in August, 1050. For the six-month period ending in July the rate of private housing starts was 18 per cent, above the average for the previous six-month period and 45 per cent above the corresponding six-month period of 1970. The rate for July alone was 38 per, cent over the l.fiOS.GOO rate of July, 1970, the department said yesterday. Starts of privately owned single-family structures i n July totaled 1,777,000 on a seasonally adjjusted annual rate basis; structures with five or more units accounted for 909,000 units; and buildings with two to four units accounted for 132,000 of the dwellings. OPENING OF ST. MARTIN'S SCHOOL ST. MARTIN'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL AND DAY CARE CENTER LOCATED AT 4301 CLIFF MAUS ROAD, ACROSS FROM THE KENNEDY "ELEM E N T A R Y SCHOOL,,WILL OPEN ON AUGUST 23, 1971. R E G I S T R A - TIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR CHILDREN AGES 2',i TO 6 YEARS OLD. ALL CHILDREN ARE ACCEPTED WITHOUT REGARD FOR RACE, COLOR, CREED, RELIGION, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN. REGISTRATIONS ARE ACCEPTED AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE MONDAY'THROUGH FRIDAY BETWEEN THE HOURS 8:00 A.M. AND 4:00 P.M. THE SCHOOL WILL BEGIN IN A NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING. SOME OF THE MOST MODERN METHODS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION WILL BE USED THIS YEAR, ALONG WITH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND SUPERVISED PLAY, TO BETTER PREPARE THE CHILD FOR ENTRANCE INTO THE FIRST GRADE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL PROVIDES A MID-MORNING SNACK AND A HOT MEAL FOR LUNCH. INSTRUCTIONS ARE GIVEN BOTH IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH TO ENABLE .THE CHILD TO LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE, AS WELL AS DEVELOPS AN UNDERSTANDING, RESPECT, AND APPRECIATION OF OTHER GROUPS AND CULTURES. 1 ' PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN IMMEDIATELY IN ORDER TO RESERVE A PLACE IN THE PROGRAM AT ST. MARTIN'S FOR THEM. A LIMITED AMOUNT OF ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS. " .*· The Rev. Mllbrew Davis Headmaster St. Martin'* EpT«cbp«il School CORPUSCHRISTI TIMES, Wed., Aug. 18, 1971 1 5A Reaction Awaited - ' ' j To Floating Dollar Exchange Limited An American tourist cautiously read a notice at a Tokyo hotel exchange counter yesterday before converting her dollars for yen. The hotel set a $10 limit on the amount a guest could exchange. This limit was observed by some other hotels in Tokyo while others suspended exchange altogether in the wake of President Nixon's newly announced economic measures. (AP Wirephoto) By SPENCER DAVIS WASHINGTON KB -- In what could be a frown of disapproval, the International Monetary Fund has yet to react to removal of the U.S. dollar from its free convertibility to gold. A spokesman for the IS-nation organization said its 20- member executive board still is considering the action President Nixon took Sunday. The board met twice Monday but failed to meet again yesterday, indicating differences among members checking with home governments. No further meetings have been scheduled. When West Germany floated its mark on the world monetary markets two years ago and again this year to relieve pressure by speculators, the IMF did not approve the action because it violated technical agreements of members to maintain the par value of their currencies. The IMF, created along with the World Bank after World War II, oversees monetary relations in the non-Communist world. IMF sources said-the United States can buy or sell-either .gold or other currencies to support the value of the dollar. Since Nixon suspended gold transactions to support the dollar, the IMF apparently feels the United States should purchase foreign currencies such as the mark or the Japanese yen. But this is contrary to the U.S. Treasury directive which seeks to improve the competitive position of U.S. exports in terms of foreign currencies. Asian diplomats here representing countries with heavy U.S. dollar reserves instead of gold to back their currency expect a new alignment of currency more flexible than the prftSient IMF system perhaps with a 5-per-cent fluctuation. P r e s e n t l y , a nation is obliged to buy dollars if its currency varies more than 1 per cent upward or downward from the fixed relation to the U.S. dollar,. . Such countries, as Japan the Philippines and Thailand with reserves in U.S. dollars rather than in gold are resisting changes in the present par value of the dollar. The United States is seeking an improvement in the dollar's purchasing power, preferably by an upward revaluation of the yen. Meanwhile, Treasury Undersecretary Paul Volcker said last night there has been no agreement among the non- Communist world's 10 leading industrial nations on whether they should meet to discuss international monetary reform, as requested by Nixon. Volcker, returning from a two-day trip to London and Paris to explain Nixon's new economic package, told newsmen Western Europeans "welcome the indication that the United States has moved in a comprehensive way against problems they have recognized and in fact urged us to move on.," He said he expects no retaliation against the 10-per-cent import surcharge levied by Nixon, although, he said, concern has been voiced. On Your Choice Of Spanish, ,__ . · - Jaw Early American or Contemporary Sofa and Matching Chair Spanish 2 Piece Suite Love Seat Elegant Woven outline Quilted Brocade, in Spanish Sunset Red on Olive, Reversible Seats and backs, hand carved arm ends, scotchguarded. Reg.'!69« Now S U3!1 Save MOO Reg. $ 399" Now *299 95 ry 2 Piece Suite Save ?1OO...Reg. Now $ 299 95 Extra Heavy Reinforced Vinyl, in Ginger or W Avocado, Reversible seats and backs, all foam Construction over spring base. 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