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Hutchinson News Tuesday, Sept. 14,1971 Page 3 Prison Negotiators Were Drained, Physically and Emotionally (Editor's Note: New York Times oolumnist Tom Wicker was one of the members of Ibe citizen "observers" group summoned to Attica by the prisoners and airthorized by state authorities to try to find a peaceful solution to the siege.) By TOM WICKER (C) 1971 N.Y. Times News Service A -mCA, N.Y. - At 9:43:28 Monday morning the power went off in the small, littered Stewart's Room on the second floor of the Attica correctional facility administration building.. The hands of an electric clock on the wall pouited to that second for almost two hours, while state policemen and other officers put a bloody end to a massive uprising by about 1.500 imuates — mostly black and Puerto Rican. To the 17 men in the room, the handls marked the moment of truth — the second when the end came for four days of emotional and exhausting effort to avoid the bloodshed that every one of them had feared from the beginning. For 28 of the prisoners with whom they bad vainly "negotiated" and for nine of the hostages the prisoners had been hold- uig, death had been signaled. At 9:48 a.m., five minutes after the lights went out, armed troopers moved behind fire hoses down the littered, gasoline-smelling corridor the 17 men and their colleagues had used! in a series of harrowtig visits to the prisoners' stronghold in Cell Block D and its exercise yard. Other assaulting forces came over the walls that surrounded tlie exercise yard. By about 11 a.m., the prison authorities said that tlie institution was virtually ''56010^," although some Cell Block areas remained to be finally cleared. Active resistance had ceased. Hoped To The Last Some members of the unusual gi'oup of citizen "observers," simmioned by the prisoners and authorized by state authorities to try to find a peaceful solution, liad believed all along that none could be devised. Others had hoped to tlie last. All had drained tliemselves emotionally and physically, when faihire put an end to their efforts and to the lives of 37 men. Gazing out the window of tlie Steward's Room at the heimet- ed troopers and the drifts of gas floating across the prison grounds, two members of tlie citizens group. Rep. Herman Badillo of New York and this correspondent, assured each other tliat they had done all they could — and each saw in the other's eyes that tlie assurance was needed. Tom dicker "There's always time to die." Badillo said. "I don't know what the rush was." Behind hun, at another window, a young lawyer and penologist named Julian Tcp- per said m a flat, tired voice: "I can see eight bodies on the ground dead." Tliere were a few moments of silence. Tlien: "You know," said Bill Gaiter, a bearded, eloquent black who heads the BUILD community action organization in- Buffalo, "I was amazed at Kent State . . .shocked by Jackson Slate . . .but this ... to see a decision being formulated that leads to so many deaths. . .1 don't believe I'U ever be able to forget this." This is the story—at least a first attempt to tell it— of a strange, interracial, uiterfaith, ad lioc, semiofficial, semipoliti- cal. always desperate effort to achieve .some oUier decision, and of the more than 20 men wlio failed in that effort. (Tlier?. was never a precise roster of members of the so-called observers' committee.) Summoned By Priisoners The core membership of the committee was simimoned by the rebellious prisoners tlioni- selves. Soon after they had seiz­ ed Cell Block D and ;i8 ho.^t- ages, they issued a preliminavy list of 15 demands and appended a roster of persons they wished to have participate in negotiations for a settlement. Individuals listed, who later participated, were W i 11 i a m Kunstlei-. the left-wing "movement" attorney: as.semblyniaa Arthur 0. Eve of Buffalo: "ci ;ir- ence Jones. Editor and Publisher of the Amsterdam News in New York; Tom Wicicer of the New York Times: Richard Rotli of the Buffalo EOvening News, cUid Jim Ingram of the Michigan Journal. Organizatioiis from which rejv rescjitatives were asked were the Solidarity Prison Committee and tlie Yoimg Lords party. Several other indtriduals, none of whom proved able to take part in the committee. %\-ere Hsted. They iiuiudcd Hiiey P. Newton, the Black Panther leader, and minister John B. X. of the Black Muslims. Ai-ound tliis core group, state officials — summoning some members tlnemselves, as in tlie ca.se of Badillo —• allowed a much larger group to form. Some apparently wcie s e 1 f- nominated; others came from interested groups, such as Gaiter's BUILD: still others were appealed to by close associates or friends who were already serving on the committee. The prison uprising began Thursday moniuig; by P'riday afternoon, most of Uie menv bers liad readied Attica and had been led through bands of heavily anned guards and troopers into the tei\se atmosplierc' of the prison builduigs. I^iitc that aftemoon, the group entered the exercise yard of Cell Block D to confer with the prisoners. They returned late that night for still another session. Saturday night, accoufi- panied by the Black Panther leader, Bobby Seale, they made another trip into the yard. Situation Worsens On Sunday, as tlia situation grew more tense and correction coinmissioner Russell G. Oswald grew more concerned for the committee's safety, a sub- coiranittee of six men conferred with a prisoner leader -Richard Clarke, known to the committee as "Brother Rich- ai-d" — with a steel-barred gate tetween them. As a result of tliat conversation, late Sunday aftemoon a nine-man group entered Block D again — as it happened, for the last conference between the prisoners and the committee. Death s (More deaths, page 11) E. Harry Vann MEADE — E. Harry Vann, 78, died Friday at Albuquerque, N. M., after a sudden illness. Born Sept. 20, 1892, in Michigan Valley, Kan., he married Nellie Nugent Jan. 1, 1918, in Ensign. She died April 25, 1962. He married Gea-aldiiie Spurgom, April 10, 1963, in Brownfield, Tex. He was a retired Meade farmer. He Uved m Meade for 38 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church; Meade; Masonic Lodge, Ensign. Survivors mclude the widow; sons: Elwin, Fowler; Martin, Lakm; daughters; Mrs. Ike Comelson, Laverae, Okla.; Mi-s. Alvin Becker, Albuquerque, N. M.; brother: James, Topeka; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church; Rev. James Little. Burial will be m Ensign Cemetery. Tlie family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association in cai-e of the First National Bank, Meade. Jesse B. Blackburn ASHLAND — Jesse (Ben) Benjamin Blackburn, 83, died Monday night at the AsWand District Hospital after along illness. Bom Aug. 13, 1888, at Ashgrove, Mo., he married Georgia Ethel Smith. She died Jan.. 11, 1963. A retired farmer, he moved here from Oklahoma about 1930. He was a member of the Assembly of God Cluu-ch, Ashland. Sun'ivors include sons; Eldon, Merced, Calif.; Dr. Carl, Eugene, Ore.; daughters: Mrs. Vance Markland, Ashland; Mrs. Martha Alice Smith, S c o 11 s- dale, Ariz.; sister: Mrs. Laura Mimdell, Ashland; 22 grandcliil- dren; 40 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren, Mrs. John F. Penuer NEWTON - Mi-s. Laura A. Penner, 52, died Monday at Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Newton, after a long illness, Bora Aug. 21, 1919, in Buhler, slie was married to John F. Penner March 28, 1942, in Newton. She lived in Newton since 1936. She was a member of tlie First Mennonite Church, Newton. Survivors include the widower; daughters; Mrs. Lorene Grochowsky, Mesa, Ariz.; Breakthrough On Water? WASHINGTON fAP) - Two chemists reported Monday de- \-elopment of a new sy.stem of water treatment which they said may prove to be "the greatest breakthrough in water- treatment technology of this centm^'." Dr. A. I^. Black, University of Florida consulting engineer, and Dr. C. G. Thompson, consulting engmeer of Montgom- ei7. Ala., said the new pro­ cess—wliich uses mapesium carlwnate in place of traditionally employed alum to soften or clarify water—should enable some of the nation's largest cities to reduce substantially the costs of water treatment. It should enable them also to simultaneously alleviate their sludge-disposal problems, the chemists said. They told about it in reports to the 162nd national meetuig of the American Chemical Society, declaruig the process is the result of more than ten years of research and evolved from Black's partial solution of a sIudge<lisposal problem first posed by Dayton, Ohio, city water engineers in 1958. Cherj'l Penner, Newton; sons: Mar low, Emporia; Lyndal, Tempe, Aiiz.; sisters: Mrs. Waldo Hanns, Wiitewater; iVIrs. .A.rtliur Kaiser, Newton; Mrs. Roy Terry, Wichita; brothers: Eldo Nachtigal, Buhler; Harlow Nachtigal, Kimball, Neb. Funeral mil be 2 p.m. Wednesday at tlie church; Rev. Albert Epp. Burial will be ui Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call until sendee time at the Petersen Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society. MyrI Emery Crissman GOODLAND — Myrl Emery Crissman, 76, died Monday at a Lai-ned hospital after a long ilhiess. Bom July 9, 1895, m Rosedale, he maiTied Vera Taylor. He was a retired International Harvester employe in Goodland. He lived in Goodland since 1948. He was a member of the VFW, Goodknd. Sun'ivoi-s include the widow; daughters: Mrs. Dorothy Klepper, Goodland; Mrs. Betty Norman, Idledale, Colo.; brother: Glenn, Rocky ford, Colo.; sister Mrs. Clare Watson, St. Jolm; 11 grandchildren seven gi-eat- grandcliildren. William H. Ricksecker NICKERSON — William H. Ricksecker, 82, died Monday at South Hoi4 >ital after a heart attack. Bom Sept. 28, 1888, in Reno County, he married Ruby Eisiminger June 18, 1913. in rural Nickerson. She died Jan. 15, 1964. He was a farmer in mrai Nickerson and lived in Nickerson all of his life. Survivors uiclude a son: Jack, 1913 East 30th, Hutchinson daughters; Mrs. Jime Spaniel, Casper, Wyo.; Mrs. Vu-ginia Innes, Topeka; si-ster: Mrs. Harold Powell, Nickerson; 11 grandchildren; 13 great - grand-! children. Harlan E. Huber MCPHERSON — Harlan E. Hubei", 40, died Sunday at the V. A. Hospital, Wichita, after a long illness. Bom May 7, 1931, in Collyer, he married Dorothy A. Lauver Jan. 9, 1955, m McPherson. He was a foreman for the Northwest Welding Co., Whittier, Calif. He had lived in McPherson only a few days. He was a member of the Valley View Community Oiurch of Bretliren, Whittier, Calif. Sur\ivors include the widow; daughters: Jeanette. Jeannie and Janelle, of the home; mother: Mrs. Lillian Huber, Quinter; brothers: Howard, Peculiar, Mo.; Clayton, Port Orchard, Wash.; sisters: Mrs. Norma Surprise. Fairfax, Okla.; Mrs. Janice Gagnon, Mission. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ball and Son Clxapel. McPherson; Rev. Burton Melzler. Burial wll be in McPherson Cemetery with military rites. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to an education fund in care of the funeral home. Mrs. Charles Hemry DODGE CITY — Mrs. E .s- tacliia (Sue) Hemry, 62, died Monday at St. Antliony Hospital, •Dodge City, after a short illness. Bom Nov. 22, 1908, in McComb, Mo., she was married to Charles Hemry Sept. 21, 1934, at Lyons. She lived in Dodge aty since 1962. She was a member of the Southwest Art Association. Survivors include the wictow- er; brothers: Filbert and Dewey Durliam, Wichita; Owen Durham, Haven; Max Durham, 1112 East 9th, Hutchinson; Frank Durham, CaUforaia; sister: Mrss. Leona Clary, Wichita. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Crawford - Miller Mortuary, Lyons. Burial will be in Lyons Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Khrushchev Lauded J\ews NOT TOO CROWDED — Ada Thomas (left) and Erin Soucel couldn't complain of sardine-like conditions Monday as they were picked up at Douglas School in San Francisco for a ride to Muir. It was (Hutchinson News-UPI Telopholo) the first day of court-ordered busing for San Francisco's elementary school students, and parents kept an estimated 44 per cent of the pupils away from class. U.S. Seeks to Void Election of Boyle WASHINGTON (AP) - The secretary-treasurer of the United Mhie Workers told a federal court Monday Uiat he could not furnish insurgent mine leader Joseph A. "Jock" Yablonski with a list of polling places because he did not have it liimself. John Owens, who is in charge of UMW elections, defended union procedures during the opening day of a trial in which the Labor Department hopes to set aside the 1969 election of UMW President W. A. "Tony" Boyle. Labor Dep.artment lawyers charge that Boyle supporters bought votes, intunidated dissenters, refused to allow neutral pollhig place observers and committed other violations of tlie Landrum-Griffin Act. Wants Re-run Tlie government has asked District Judge Willian\ B. Byrant for a re-run of the election with federal supervised observers. Yablonski ran again.st in- County Home Needs Vew Sewage Pump An apparent error in the planning of the new adult care fa- ciUty at Broadacres, the county home for the aged .southwest of town, has forced the county to purchase a new sewage pump lift .station. Commissioners said the existing lift station, which liandles sewage from both the new facility and the old Broadacres building, is in working order. But the Unes which bring sewage from the new facility come into the station so low that there is not an adequate reserve area. The station, which cannot discharge and receive sewage at the same time, is then unable to hanifle the sewage, and it ha."! backed up ui the lines on mmiemis occasions. Chairman John Sutton said the jiroblem is apparently the result of the new facility bchig built at too low an elevation. If the facility had been on a higher elevation, the lines could have had "proper fall" and entered the station higher. Commissioners said they plan to di.scu.ss the problem with architect Norman Mann, who designed tlie building. The problem became apparent not long after tlie new facility opened for occupancy in September of 1970. Lines Blocked Fortunately, a shop foreman with the county road department has been able to block the lines, Sutton .said. The new lift station will cost $5,427. The installation and hookup LS expected to run another .$700 to $800. Sutton said each lift station mu.st be designed to individual specifications, and delivery is not expected for five to six weeks, An estimated four days will be needed for iastallation. Different Action Tlie new .station "will be set deeper in the ground and will have a different action than the original pump," said Sutton. "It will be able to mtake and discharge sewage at the same time, which makes it much more efficient." The new .station will be set immediately .south of the old one. Commissioners said tlie existing .station would be u.sed as a reserve station. W. A. (Tony) Boyle cumbent Boyle on Dec. 9, 1069. Boyle claimed a vieU)r>' to a seajnd five-year term, saying he polled over 80,000 votes to Yablon.ski's 45,000. Yablonski, his wife and daughter were slain in their Clarksville, Pa., home several weeks after the election. Asked for List Owen.s testified Yablon.ski asked for a list of polling places wiiich had been .set up for the 1964 elections. But Owens told the court he did not have .such infonnatbn becau.se each of the 1,298 locals established their own polling places at mine locations as well as the times when the polls would be open. He .said the UMW constitution only fijc&s the date for elections. Hurl JVear Anthony HARPER - A 52-year-oId Anthony woman was Iio.spitalized here Morolay night after the car she was driving went off the roadway and roiled over two or three times. Tlie Kansa-s Highway Patrol said Ruth B. Patterson lost I control of the vehicle. The mishap occurred three miles west of the junction of K49 on K242. Fatal Wreck Vear Healy HEAl.Y - Mrs. Margaret M. Kerklioff, 81, Dighton, died a few hours alter a one-car accident near here Saturday, it was learned Monday. l^ane County sheriff's officer.s said Mrs. Kcrklioff Wtis traveling on a county road a mile .south of Healy about 9 n.in. when the car careened off the road, rolled in the ditch and came to rest in a field. She died at the Scott County Hospital. Outdoor An Show Set at Garden City GARDEN CITY ~ The .second annual outdoor art show of the Sand HilLs Art Associiatioii of Southwest Kansas will l)c held liere Saturday in Stevens Park. Exhibitors uiterested in show ing their paintuig.s, sculptures, potlciy and crafts may obtain space at the time of tlie event. The show i-uns Irom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. La.st year, despite bad wenth- er, the show drew 45 exliibitors. 2 Cyclists Tossed Through Big Win(h)AV GREAT BEND - Two Great Bend residents were hospitalized Sunday when they w e r e tlu-own off a motorc7clc and through a plate glass window. Police said Jack G. Jetikiii.s, 24, the driver, and Vickie Kas- slcman, 25, were thrown alter tho cycle struck a dw/r frame at the Force Tire Co. Police said Jenkins apparently lost control when he hit a curbmg. Jenkins told police lie was foroetl to swerve whan a motorist changed lanes. Station Back on Air DODGE CITY - KGNO-FM, Dodge City radio station, returned to the air Sunday morning after being off the air three days last week becau.se of transmitter trouble. At Simple Fuueral MOSCOW (;\P) -- ''Tliere wei-e few iieople wlio were iu- (lilferciit to him. 'nicre were many who loved hun. Tliere were many who hated him. But few could pass hun by without looking his way."' With tlio.se words Rpokcn by Ills son. Nikita S. Khrushchev was laid to rest on Monday in a simple grave at Novodevidiy Cemet.ci7 next to an old monastery' in Mo ,S (^ow. AlMut ;500 mourners looked on. Absent v.'as the pomp that Khrushchev commanded during his 11 ycar.s as premier of the S<n-iet Union and chief of its Oimnnuiist pai'ty. Prncticnlly Ignored The man wlio.se word wa.s once law in the Krcnilui was buried in a wooden coffin and practically ignored by the men wlio toppled him from ixiwcr seven year.s ago. The only official acknowledgments of Khrushchev's death on Saturday were a one-paragraph announcement on the front page of Monday's Pravda and a funeral wreath .sent by the Coamnunist Party Central Committee and the Cxiimcil of Ministers. 'Done by History' In his brief graveside eulogy, IChnushchev's son, Sci-gci, an engineer, also told the monn-- ners; "We will not speak of a gi-eat .statesman, 1 should not be tile one to evaluate the contribution—whatever it wa.s— made by my father Nikita Scr- geyevich. I have no riglit to do that. This is being done by his- toiy." TIK widow. Nina Petrovna, wearing a gray coat and a black lace sl«iwl over her head, .sobbed .softly as her son delivered his remarks from a mound of eartli beside the grave. Daughters Yclena, Rada and Julia, also sobbing, tried to comfort Mrs. Khnishohcv. 'He is Ours' "We know liJin in different ways, but he is ours," .said .Sergei Khnishchcv, %. "He Ls in our hearts, lie remains in our hearts, in tlie hearts of his nu- nierou.s friends, and we do not wish to give our hearts away. "Speecli is meaningless. But there is one thing I'd like to .say. l^Yom u.s has departed a lX !r.soii who had the right to be called a man. Unfortunately, there are so few real men." Calley Not Forced to Take Stand FT. MCPHERSON, Ga. (AP) -- A military judge refused Monday to compel Lt. William L. Callcy .Ir., the convicted murderer of My Lai civilians, to take the stand as a defense witness in the murder trial of Capt. Ernest L. Medina, his former commander. The defen.se did not press the mutter and opened its case by calling as a witness an ex-GI who admitted shooting a boy whose death was charged to Medina. Briefs Lacks the Funds TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov, Robert Docking said the emphasis during his adminis-:.' t;ration in the field of penal re- fonn has been on rehabilitating-, the offender so he can rejoiu^.- .society. That effort, (he govemor- noted, has been hampered by lack of funds, like many other- state programs. Dockuig'a assessment of jlis administration's work in this nai field came in a statement prepared for introduction Tue .'j- day at the national goveniora conference in San Juan, Puerto Rioo. Docking did not speak on the subject, but presented tlie Kansas position paper for a discussion of i>ena1 reform conducted by the governors. Profits Arc *Goo(l' SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP). —- Vice President Spiro T. Ag-. new told the nation's governors Monday that rising coi-porate profits are good for the average and poor American and should not be limited under the Nixon administration's proposals to spur the economy. Callcy Medina C-alley, flown here from Fi. Bcnning, Ga., where he has been confined to quarters .since his conviction last spring, waited in a witness room wiiile lawyers stated liis position. Would Take 5th George Latimer of Salt Lake City told the judge tliat beyond identifying himself as a platoon leader under Medina's command, Calley would invoke the Fifth Amer/lmcni and refuse to Ixistil'y. "I must concede," said Medina's lawyer, F. l/ce Bailey, "that the statements we seek would bo incriminatory if U. Callcy has a retrial. These statements cfnild l)e used again.st him. "I don't want to parade him in here and enibaiTa .s.s him," said Bailey. (Hutchinson Nowj-UPI Telijpholo) SHK'S DYING — Mary Sue Dujka, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs, Rudolph Dujka, CIrcstwood, III., is the last of three children, and is dyi'ig of a bone cancer. Her brother Kobert died of Injuries suffered in a car accident la.st year, and an 11 - month - old baby died of spinal nicningills. Sue now spends most of her time watching TV, unable to go to seliool. A benefit concert is planned for her and a fund ha.s been set up. Told of Killings FT. MEADE, Md. (AP) - • Col. Oran K. Henderson's former radio-telephone operator testified Monday tliat only hour.<5 after the My Lai a-ssault he was told at Henderson's brigade headquarters that 160 per- .SOILS, Hicluding women and children, had been killed in the operation. Agrees With Docking TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - U.S. Rep. William Roy said late Monday he agrees •with Gov. Robert Docking that welfare re- fonn at the federal level Is urgently needed, and pledged to do ail ho can to gain prompt, effective welfare reform. Earlier Monday, Docking's office had made public a letter from the governor to Roy CT:p r e s i n g Docking's disappointment that President Nixon's new economic policies had been accompanied by a decision by the President to delay welfare reform by about a year. Find Base Camp SAIGON (AP^ — South Viet- nanu\<5C jungle troops pushed lo within li.'ilf a mile of the Laos border Monday in their week- old dri \e below the demilila-; ri/ed /one. Iliey uncovered a N 0 r ( h Vietnamese operations base .'iiul large amounts of war; material. Tlie prize find consisted of three big .Soviet artilleiy pieces which, along with the other arms and supplies, were left behind by Hanoi's forces when they hastily pulled back into Laos under incessant pounding by U.S. B52 bombers. Suspend 3r(l Cop KANSAS cm'. Kan. .(AP).,rf' / A third policeman ha.s bjBfjlj',- suspended foi- misconduct; ^'Ih; connection wilh an im'es )li0a-; / tion into illegal activities conducted by the police depit^t-: ment here. Police Chief Johii;?. • Donnelly made the announce-: ment. •;; : Tlie suspended officer is A1-; fred Fon-est of the tuufomipd' division, a departnaent member since June, 1969.

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