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uniciAy UDdittON POSSIBLE RAIN INDEX OF SECTIONS A General Newt D Editorial, Newt B Sportt Comict C Focut-Family Family Weekly Supplement Map. details on Page O-l) AP, UPI, Newspaper Enterprise Assn., Los Angeles Times, Washington Post Vol. XCI-No. 72 Alexandria-Pineville, La., Sunday, May 27, 1973 Seven Sections Eighty-Four Pages Price 20 Cents The community of Keefeton, Okla., was almost wiped off the map Saturday afternoon when a large tornado moved directly across the town. Building in right back Testimony by WASHINGTON (UPI) -Former Presidential aide John D. Ehrlichman has sworn he learned some weeks ago that John N. Mitchell and other key officials secretly discussed a specific proposal for bugging the Democrats' Watergate offices early in 1972, authoritative sources said Saturday. The sources said Ehrlichman testified that he was told the plan for electronic surveillance at the Watergate Shifting about the Good morning, For extra fun and a Washington cabdrivers are Watergate." The jokes and the wisecracks in the nation's capital reflect the broad effects of the scandal. A special feature m today s Editorial Section has the details. Too Many Weapons? The Vietnam War is over and relations between the U.S. and Russia and China are improving. World War III seems less than imminent. The U.S. is continuing to purchase weapons on a high-priority basis. Is the U.S. buying what it needs? This question is discussed in a story on page A-12. Limit Everybody's Terms? They are still low-key, but suggestions are being heard that Louisiana legislators and other elected officials besides the governor be limited as to the number of terms they can serve. Adras LaBorde reports on the arguments in favor of such a limitation in his column in today's Editorial Section. Edwards Talks About Lottery Gov. Edwin Edwards doesn't think there'd be anything immoral about Louisiana conducting a lottery, and he believes the state's voters would prefer it over a tax increase. The lottery, as Edwards sees it, would solve the problem of pay raises for school teachers. The governor talks about lottery vs. taxes in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press. The story is on Page B-ll. Bike Boom Continues A lot has been written and said of late about the shortgage of gasoline and the use of bicycles as an alternate to gasoline-engine vehicles, Staff Writer Billy Hathorn reports today that some bicycles are being supplied to area dealers on a quarterly allotment basis because of growing demands for bikes. This and other aspects of bicycling are discussed on Page B-13. Head, Hide and All Texas rancher Terry Hollan believes the middlemen are responsible for high meat prices. So he's selling beef directly to the consumer. He'll sell you a calf on the hoof for 49 cents a pound. If you don't want to take your beef away alive, he'll sell you a dressed carcass for 51 cents a pound, or you can have the beef packaged and delivered for 56 cents a pound. Hollan talks about his unique approach in a UPI interview on Page D-5. Who Uses Food Stamps, By Elizabeth Roberts (Town Talk Staff Writer) Everybody has a favorite food stamp story. Hardly a shopping trip passes that someone doesn't return home with another complaint about food stamp recipients. They complain about; The woman in the checkout line who bought nothing but choice cuts of beef, paid for them in stamps and then drove off in a Cadillac. The woman who bought 50 pounds of shrimp and paid for them with stamps. The woman who was told by ground in this picture was a grocery store. Four persons were killed in Keefeton. (UPI Telephoto) Ehrlichman was brought up at the last of a series of three or four meetings arranged to discuss campaign intelligence gathering. The first of these meetings was said to have taken place late in December, 1971, or early in January, 1972, and to have been attended by Mitchell, then attorney general; White House counsel John W. Dean; Jeb S. Magruder, the deputy manager of President Nixon's re-election campaign; and G. Gordon Liddy, little extra fare some drive by the offering "a a cashier that she couldn't buy cat food with food stamps so she put the cans back on the shelf and bought chicken livers instead! The complaints are endless and usually boil down to the fact that the food stamp recipient is buying something the cash customers cannot justify for their grocery list. This is apparently a matter of budgeting. Once a food stamp allotment is spent, that is all there is until the next issuing date. If the recipient wants to spend stamps on prime cuts of meat instead of Revealed a former White House aide. Some or all of these four persons were said to have been present at the later meetings and Ehrlichman said he was told Mitchell definitely was at the one where the Watergate bugging proposal was discussed in February or March of 1972. The sources said they could not positively say who Ehrlichman had identified as the source for his information, but that they thought he said it had come mainly from Magruder. The sources said H. R. Hal-deman, who resigned April 30 as White House chief of staff, was said to have testified separately along the same lines. For their part, Haldeman and Ehrlichman both denied that they themselves had any advance knowledge of the Watergate conspiracy. Agent Killed MIAMI (AP) - A helicop-,ter carrying seven Secret Service agents assigned to President Nixon crashed in the Atlantic off Grand Cay, Bahamas, Saturday night, killing one agent, the White House reported. Neither Nixon nor any member of his family was aboard the helicopter. P'ville Woman A Pineville woman was killed and her husband and child slightly injured in a four-car crash Saturday morning. Dead is Mrs. Beverly Ann Barger Forest, 28, who was thrown through the windshield of the car driven by her husband. The accident occurred at 11 a.m. on U. S. Hwy. 61 near Sorrento. Injured were Allen F. Forest, husband of the victim, and their son, Randall Allen Forest, 3, all of Pineville. According to State Police Troop A, the four-car crash occurred in the north-bound lanes of the four-lane highway. One vehicle reportedly pulled into the lane of traffic at a slow speed and the driver of a second vehicle No. 2 applied his brakes to keep from hitting the first car. Forest, who was driving the third car in the lane, reported that he saw what was happening and applied his brakes but they lock What They conserving them by shopping more wisely, that is his or her privilege. Complaints also cite the fact that the food stamp recipient is driving a fancy car but receiving what they call "public assistance." Those receiving stamps are allowed to have one car "no questions asked." A second vehicle must be income-producing. With the exception of special stamps granted to persons in disaster areas, ' all stamps are bought by the recipient with the cost "depending on the amount of Twisters United Press International Killer tornadoes swooped out of stormy skies over Oklahoma and Florida Saturday. Memorial Day weekend twisters also tore at Arkansas, Georgia and Kansas. At least five persons were killed and more than two dozen others injured by the' whirling funnel clouds. The tiny community of Keefeton, Okla., was almost blown off the map. The four Umbrella for Skylab HOUSTON (UPI) - The Skylab 1 astronauts successfully unfurled a giant parasol over America's first space station Saturday night in a crucial attempt to shelter the hot, dry workshop from the sun. They reported with initial frustration that the fabric of the orange and silver umbrella was so wrinkled it had failed to unfold properly, and worried it might not provide enough shade. But mission control assured them engineers on the ground were satisfied. Raising the 22-by-24-foot parasol was the highest priority task assigned to Charles "Pete" Conrad, Joseph P. Kerwin and Paul J. Weitz, the first crew to visit the station. NASA officials had chosen the device as the primary method for salvaging America's $2.6 billion Skylab program. Jack Kinzler, chief of technical services at Houston's Johnson Space Center and the inventor of the parasol, predicted the sun would warm the wrinkled plastic and nylon fabric and allow it to spread out fully. Engineers said it would be sometime Sunday before they could tell how much the parasol would cool Skylab. But less than two hours after it was erected, temperatures in the 118-foot-long research station had already begun to , drop a little. The big, lopsided umbrella was an emergency replacement for Skylab's main shield against solar heat, which tore off during launch May 14 and rendered the then-unmanned station uninhabitable. Without the sunshield, air temperatures inside Sky-lab's cabin soared to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Conrad, who entered the cabin for the first time Saturday afternoon, said he had to wear Dies in Crash ed and he pulled to the left. As he entered the other lane of traffic, he struck another car, veered back to the right and flipped over the second vehicle involved. It was that impact that shattered the windshield and threw Mrs. Forest out. Mrs. Forest is also survived by two half brothers, Wade Scroggs and Lonnie Scroggs, both of Pineville; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Scroggs of Kolin; her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Barger of Missouri; and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Carrie McGraw of Pineville. Funeral held at 2 Sacred Church in services will be p.m. Monday in Heart Catholic Pineville. Burial will be in Hopewell cemetery at Ccnterpoint. Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today in the chapel of Ilixson Bros. Funeral Home, rincville. Buy money coming into the household and its size, according to J. D. Peterson Jr., director of the Rapides Parish Dept. of Welfare. A check at grocery stores here indicate you cannot tell by a person's appearance or his shopping list if he pays cash or food stamps. For example, at a Bolton Avenue grocery store, four people checked out. Who paid cash and who used stamps? (Non-food items have been excluded. Stamps may not be used to pay for them.) Woman A: Ten pounds of (Turn to Page A-6) dead and at least 15 injured were found among a rubble of broken propane tanks, gas pumps and dead horses. "There is probably not a building left that is not damaged," said John L. Stone, managing editor of the Muskogee Phoenix, who arrived shortly after the storm hit Keefeton, a community of 300. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol immediately cor special gloves to keep from burning his hands. He called it "the fiery workshop." "It must have been 120 (degrees) in there today," the veteran mission commander said. Asked by mission control how he felt about working in the space station Sunday, he replied: "If you can bring it down 20 degrees, we'll be Columnist Says Nixon Kept Russia and China at Peace NEW YORK (UPI) - President Nixon has helped maintain peace between Russia and China by "firmly" telling Communist Party Chairman Leonid Brezhnev that a Sino-' Soviet war would be against America's best interests, columnist Jack Anderson said Saturday. Anderson, reached by telephone at his Washington home, said Nixon told Brezhnev during their summit meeting last year that "a war between China and Russia' would be against the national interests of the United States" and would "threaten world peace." ,- "This seemed to have a sobering influence upon Brezhnev and may have contributed to keeping a policy of Sales Tax and Bond Issues Approved by Bunkie Voters (Special to the Town Talk) BUNKIE, La. - All six propositions in the Bunkie sales tax-bond election were apparently passed by voters Saturday. The proposals approved were: a one percent sales tax dedicated to major street improvements; $615,000 in bonds secured by the sales tax; $175,000 in bonds for construction of city waterworks extensions and improvements; $120,000 in bonds for a new fire station; revenue bonds of $490,000 for waterworks improvements in 1976-78; and a five-mill property tax for maintenance of fire stations. Texas Crash Kills Kolin Man Leonard Hockersmith of Kolin was killed and his wife and five children were seriously hurt Saturday in a two-vehicle crash a half mile east of Chilton in Central Texas. Hockersmith was in the maintenance department of Pineville Kraft Corp. Two men in the second vehicle, Michael Browder and Jerry Gaskin, both of Lorcna, Tex., were severely burned and taken to the Brooke Army Medical Burn Ccntcj near San Antonio, Tex. The six members of the Hockersmith family were treated at Torbett, Hutchins, Smith Hospital in Marlin, Tex. The wife, Jo Ann, was in critical condition, but the children, Sonja, Brett, Ex-State Senator Is Slain BATON ROUGE, La. (UPI) - H. Alva Brumficld, former state senator and prominent Baton Rouge attorney, was found murdered in his fashionable home Saturday. Sheriff Al Amiss said Brumficld, 60, was found lying on his stomach in a hallway of his home with both hands tied behind his back. He had been shot in the back of the head. Amiss said no motive had been established for the killing, but a back door of Brumfiold's home appeared Kilt Five doned off the town, 10 miles south of Muskogee, Okla., because of broken and leaking gas lines. One man was killed and his wife injured when a twister overturned his mobile home at Crestview, Fla. The town was one of a half-dozen Florida Panhandle communities hit by twisters Saturday. An undetermined number of persons were injured at Montene, Ark., when a tor- Unfurled 'Okay." Capsule communicator Henry Hartsfield told the crew it looked like the temperatures would fall below 100 degrees in the next several hours. The goal was to get it down to 69 or 70 degrees. "I'd just like to say that you guys did a tremendous job," Hartsfield said. peace between those two countries," Anderson said. The columnist said he did not know if Nixon used similar language in summit talks with Chinese leaders last year, but added: "I know that the message was passed to the ' Chinese about how he felt, and that this apparently was done by Henry Kissinger." Anderson said at one point Brezhnev "responded rather sharply, although not angrily, as to why the United States should want to interfere in a dispute between two Communist Countries." He said the President "replied firmly and made perfectly clear that an attack by the Soviet Union would be against U.S. interests." The unofficial votes on the issues in the order listed above were: 1 514, for, 260 against; 2 477 for, 285 against; 3 463 for, 297 against; 4 432 for, 295 against; 5 454 for, 296 against; 6 408 for, 341 against. The street project includes extensive resurfacing of all streets in the city which need the repair, construction of sidewalks in some areas, renovations of bridges, and correction of culverts. The new fire station is to be built on the east side of the railroad tracks in an effort to maintain the present fire insurance rating. Bruce, Brent and a boy the Hockersmiths were guardians for, Harvey Bryant, were not considered to be seriously hurt. The Hockersmiths were traveling west on Texas Highway 7 and the Browder pickup was heading south on a crossing road. Authorities said Browder apparently did not see the Hockersmiths because he pulled out in front of them. Officials said Harvey Bryant said the family was traveling to a livestock auction in Texas, but he did not know where it was to be held. No information on funeral arrangements of Hockersmith was available Saturday night. to have been tampered with. The bedroom nearest where the body was found was in shambles, Amiss said. Brumfield's son discovered the body Saturday morning. Brumficld was at home when his maid left late Friday. Brumficld was elected to the Louisiana Senate in 1944 and served for eight years. He was elected chairman of the Louisiana Revenue Code Commission, which studied the tax laws of the state. He had practiced law since 1938. 1 n nado hit a trailer park late Saturday. Police in nearby Rogers, Ark., said the extent of damage and injuries could not be immediately assessed because of live lines torn down by the twister. A tornado near Valdosta, Ga., smashed windows in a motel office and injured four persons. The same twister damaged a service station and restaurant and another one hit at Twin Lakes, Ga., 10 Sf u 4 ROMANCE DENIED - Rev. Philip Berrigan, a Catholic priest, denied as "absurd and untrue" Saturday a report in Time magazine that he plans to wed Sister Elizabeth McAlistcr, a Catholic nun. Both were anti-war activists and were co-defendants in the Harrisburg Seven case. They were acquitted of charges they plotted to kidnap Henry Kissinger. Time said the couple planned to be married in the New York City area. (AP Wirephoto) HUD Aides to Confer Here On Plans for City Projects Officials of the Department of Housing and Urban Development will confer this week or next with incoming Alexandria City Council members on a plan for federally-funded projects here. The HUD representatives will discuss preparation of an "annual arrangements" plan which the city must file by June 30 in order to be eligible for funds which may become available in the fiscal year which begins July 1. Annual arrangements is a plan in which cities submit a list of a half-dozen or so priority needs for federal funds. Solons Question Snow Job BATON ROUGE, La. (UPI) The Louisiana Legislature said Saturday it wanted to know why this deep South state spent more money for snow removal in 1970 than did the state of Alaska. Rep. Richard Baker of Baton Rouge called on Louisiana Highways Director W. T. Taylor to explain federal figures which showed Louisiana spent more than $3 million on snow removal in 1970. A Preview of the News Here are some of the events that will make this week's news: CENLA The city Charter Commission meets at 4 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday, the Rapides Police Jury will promulgate the vote on the courthouse bond issue. A revenue sharing workshop for area officials will be held at Hotel Bentley Wednesday, the Charter Commission will meet again, and Memorial services will be held at Mrs. Elaine Edwards will be guest speaker at the Red Cross' annual meeting Thursday. Friday will be the deadline for the School Board's, reply to the latest federal court order on desegregation,: and on that day the Louisiana Lions will open their state convention here. ELSEWHERE The Louisiana Senate will re-convene today and the House Monday for the third week of the 30-day fiscal session, with the $2 billion appropriations bill and the $89 million revenue sharing bill awaiting House action. Committee hearings Monday include Senate Judiciary B and Senate Finance, both in the Senate lounge. Meanwhile, the Constitutional Convention has committee and subcommittee hearings scheduled on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Wall Street stockbroker John L. Loeb is scheduled to be arraigned in New York Tuesday on eight counts of concealing contributions to Hubert Humphries' campaign to win the Democratic presidential nomination. On Thursday, President Nixon and French President George Pompidou will begin two days of talks in Iceland. On the same day Canada will decide whether to continue participation in the four-nation Vietnam ceasefire com- The Senate Watergate continue its public hearings. Sout miles south of Valdosta. Tornadoes also were reported at Waycross and two locations in Brooks County, Ga. Seven persons were injured and at least four homes destroyed by a tornado in Holley, Fla., on the southeast side of Pensacola Bay. Police in Panama City, Fla., said a tornado hit the town's business district, smashing plate glass windows in several (Turn to Page A-6) If the funds become available through Congressional appropriation or release of impounded monies by the Nixon administration, those cities with annual arrangements plans submitted and approved are given first consideration to receive funds. Mike DeKeyzer, with the Rapides Area Planning Com mission, said .annual arrang-ments in essence gives the city a jump on others which do not qualify for the program. The priority list can include such things as waste and wa-t e r treatment projects, Turn in DfifYA A C iuiii mj i age n-u f The request came as the legislators, meeting as a com mittee of the whole. SDent their second day on the $1.9 billion general appropriations bill submitted by Gov. tiQwrn w. ruwaius. Taylor said that he did not know offhand why the 1970 figures were so high, but he assumed the problem simply stemmed from a computer coding error. Investigative Committee will

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