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Hutchlnson News Tuesday, Sept. 14,1971 Page 3 Prison Negotiators Were Drained, Physically and Emotionally (Editor's Note: New York Times columnist Tom Wicker was one of the members of <fte citizen "observers" group summoned to Attica by the prisoners and authorized by state authorities to try to find a peaceful solution to the siege.) By TOM WICKER (C) 1971 N.Y. Times News Service ATTICA, 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 dock on the wall pointed 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 inmates — mostly black and Puerto Rican. To the 17 men in the room, the hands 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 had vainly "negotiated" and for nine of the hostages the prisoners had been holding, 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 usedl in a series of harrowing visits to the prisoners' stronghold in Cell Block D and its exercise yard. Other assaulting forces came over the walls that surrounded the exercise yard. By about 11 a.m., the prison authorities said that the institution was virtually "secure," although some Cell Block areas remained to be finally cleared. Active resistance had ceased. Hoped To The Last Some members of the unusual group of citizen "observers," summoned by the prisoners and authorized by state authorities to try to find a peaceful solution, had believed all along that none could be devised. Others had hoped to the last. All had drained themselves emotionally and physically, when failure put an end to their efforts and to tha lives of 37 men. Gazing out the window of the Steward's Room at the helmeted troopers and the drifts of gas floating across the prison grounds, two members of the citizens group, Rep. Herman Badillo of New York and this correspondent, assured each other that they had done all they could — and each saw in the other's eyes that the assurance was needed. Tom Wicker "There's always time to die," Badillo said. "I don't know what the rush was." Behind him, at another window, a young lawyer and penologist named Julian Tepper said in a flat, tired voice: "I can see eight bodies on the ground dead." There were a few moments of silence. Then: "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 State . . .but this ... to see a decision being formulated that leads to so many deaths. . .1 don't believe I'll ever be able to forget this." This is the story—at least a first attempt to tell it—of a strange, interracial, interfaith, ad hoc, semiofficial, semipoliti- cal, always desperate effort to achieve some other decision., and of the more than 20 men who failed in that effort. (There was never a precise roster of members of the so-called observers' committee.) Summoned By Prisoners Tlie core membership of the committee was summoned by the rebellious prisoners themselves. Soon after they had seiz- ed Cell Block D and 38 hostages, they issued a preliminary 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 in Kunstlcr, the left-wing "movement" attorney: assemblyman Arthur 0. Eve of Buffalo: Clarence Jones. Editor and Publisher of the Amsterdam News in New York; Tom Wicker of the New York Times; Richard Roth of the Buffalo Evening News, and Jim Ingram of the Michigan Journal. Organizations from which representatives were asked were the Solidarity Prison Committee and the Young Lords party. Several other individuals, none of whom proved able to take part in the committee, were listed. They included Huey P. Newton, the Black Panther leader, and minister John B. X. of the Black Muslims. Around this core group, state officials — summoning some members themselves, as in the case of Badillo — allowed a much larger group to form. Some apparently were s e 1 fnominated: 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 morning; by Friday afternoon, most of the members had readied Attica and had been led through bands of heavily armed guards and troopers into the tense atmosphere: of the prison buildings. Late that afternoon, the group entered the exercise yard o f Cell Block D to confer with the prisoners. They returned late that night for still another session. Saturday night, accompanied by the Black Panther leader, Bobby Seale, they made another trip into the yard. Situation Worsens On Sunday, as the situation grew more tense and correction commissioner Russell G. Oswald grew more concerned for the committee's safety, a subcommittee of six men conferred with a prisoner leader — Richard Clarke, known to the committee as "Brother Richard" — with a steel-barred gate between them. As a result of mat conversation, late Sunday afternoon 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 bert Epp. Valley, Kan., he married Nellie Greenwood Nugent Jan. 1, 1918, in Ensign. She died April 25, 1962. He married Geraldine Spurgorn, April 10, 1963, in Brownfield, Tex. He was a retired Meade farmer. He lived in Meade for 38 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church; Meade; Masonic Lodge, Ensign. Survivors include the widow; sons: Elwin, Fowler; Martin, Lakin; daughters: Mrs. Ike Cornelson, Laverne, Okla.; Mrs 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 in Ensign Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association in care of the First National Bank, Meade. Cheryl Penner, Newton; sons: Mar low, Emporia; Lyndal, Tempe, Ariz.; sisters: Mrs. Waldo Harms, Whitewater; Mrs. Arthur Kaiser, Newton; Mrs. y Terry, Wichita; brothers: Eldo Nachtigal, Buhler; Harlow Nachtigal, Kimball, Neb. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church; Rev. Al- Burial will be in Cemetery. Friends Jesse B. Blackburn ASHLAND — Jesse (Ben) Benjamin Blackburn, 83, died Monday night! at the Ashland District Hospital after along illness. Born 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 Church, Ashland. Survivors 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 Mundell, Ashland; 22 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 3 greatrgreat grandchildren. Mrs. John F. Penner NEWTON - Mrs. Laura A. Penner, 52, died Monday at may call until service time at the Petersen Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society. Myrl Emery Crissman GOODLAND — Myrl Emery Crissman, 76, died Monday at a Larned hospital after a long illness. Born July 9, 1895, in Rosedale, he married Vera Taylor. He was a retired International Harvester employe in Goodland. He lived in Goodland since 1948. He was a member of the VFW Goodland. Survivors include the widow; daughters: Mrs. Dorothy Klepper, Goodland; Mrs. Betty Norman, Idledale, Colo.: brother: Glenn, Rockyford, Colo.; sister Mrs. Clare Watson, St. John; 11 grandchildren seven great- grandchildren. William H. Ricksecker NICKERSON - William H. Ricksecker 82, died Monday at Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Newton, after a long illness. Born Aug. 21, 1919, in Buhler, she was married to John F. Penner March 28, 1942, in Newton. She lived in Newton since 1936. She was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Newton. Survivors include the widower; daughters: Mrs. Lorene Grochowsky, Mesa, Ariz.; South Hospital after a heart attack. Born Sept. 28, 1888, in R.eno County, he married Ruby Eisiminger June 18, 1913. in rural Nickerson. She died Jan. 15, 1964. He was a farmer in rural Nickerson and lived in Nickerson all of his life. Survivors include a son: Jack. 1913 East ' 30th, Hutchinscm daughters: Mrs. June Spaniol, Casper, Wyo.; Mrs. Virginia Innes, Topeka; sister: Mrs. Harold Powell, Nickerson; 11 grandchildren; 13 great - grandchildren. Harlan E. Huber McPHERSON — Harlan E. Huber, 40, died Sunday at the V. A, Hospital, Wichita, after i long illness. Born May 7, 931, in Collyer, he married Dorothy A. Lauver Jan. 9, 1955, ui McPherson. He was a foreman for the Northwest Welding Khrushchev Lauded At Simple Funeral 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 (Hutchlnson Nowi-UPI Tclophoto) 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. Breakthrough On Water? WASHINGTON (AP) - Two chemists reported Monday development of a new system of water treatment which they said may prove to be "the greatest breakthrough in water treatment technology of this century." Dr. A. P 1 . Black, University o Florida consulting engineer and Dr. C. G. Thompson, consulting engineer of Montgomery, Ala., said the new process—which uses magnesium carbonate 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 U.S. Seeks to Void Election of Boyle Co., Whittier, Calif. He had lived 'in McPherson only a few days. He was a member of the Valey View Community Church of Brethren, Whittier, Calif. Survivors include the widow; daughters: Jeanette, Jeannie and Janelle, of the home; mother: Mrs. Lillian Huber, Quin- fcer; brothers: Howard, Peculiar, VTo.; Clayton, Port Orchard, Wash.; sisters: Mrs. Nor ma Surprise. Fairfax, Okla.; Mrs. Janice Gagnon, Mission. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ball and Son Chapel, McPherson; Rev. Burton Metzler. Burial will 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. WASHINGTON (AP) — The s e c r e t a r y-treasurer of the United Mine Workers told a federal court Monday that he could not furnish insurgent mine leader • Joseph A. "Jock" Yablonski with a list of polling places because he did not have it himself. John Owens, who is in charge of UMW elections, defended union procedures during the opening day of a trial in which the abor Department hopes to set iside the 1969 election of UMW simultaneously sludge-disposal chemists said. alleviate their problems, the They told about it in reports to the 162nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, declaring the process is the result of more than ten years of research and evolved from Black's partial solution of a sludge-disposal problem first posed by Dayton, Ohio, city water engineers in 1958. Mrs. Charles Hemry DODGE CITY — Mrs. Es- tachia (Sue) Hemry, 62, died Monday at St. Anthony Hospital Dodge City, after a short ill ness. Born Nov. 22, 1908, in McComb, Mo., she was rnar ried to Charles Hemry Sept. 21 1934, at Lyons. She lived i n Dodge City since 1962. She was a member of th* Southwest Art Association. Survivors include the widow er; brothers: Elbert and Dewej Durham, Wichita; Owen Dur ham, Haven; Max Durham, 111 East 9th, Hutchinson; Fran Durham, California; sister Mrs. Leona Clary, Wichita. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thurs day at the Crawford - Mille Mortuary, Lyons. Burial will be in Lyons Cemetery. Friend may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wed nesday at the mortuary. President W. A. "Tony" Boyle. Labor Department lawyers charge tliat Boyle supporters bought votes, intimidated dissenters, refused to allow neutral polling place observers and committed other violations cf the Landrum-Griffin Act. Wants Re-run The government has asked District Judge William B. Byrant for a re-run of the election with federal supervised observers. Yablonski ran against in- County Home Needs New Sewage Pump An apparent error in the plan- ling of the new adult care fa- ility at Broadacres, the county home for the aged southwest of own, has forced the county to purchase a new sewage pump ift station. Commissioners said the existing lift station, which handles sewage from both the new facility and the old Broadacres wilding, is in working order. architect Norman Mann, who designed the building. The problem became W. A. (Tony) Boyle cumbent Boyle on Dec. 9, 1969 Boyle claimed a victory to second five-year term, sayini Fatal Wreck Near Healy HEALY — Mrs. Margaret M. Kerkhoff, 81, Dighton, died a ew hours after a one-car accident near here Saturday, it was learned Monday. I^ane County sheriff's officers said Mrs. Kerkhoff was travcl- .ng on a county road a mile south of Healy about 9 a.m. 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 Art Show Set at Garden City GARDEN CITY ~ The second annual outdoor art show of the Sand Hills Art Association of Southwest Kansas will be held here Saturday in Stevens Park. Exhibitors interested in showing their paintings, sculptures, pottery and crafts may obtain MOSCOW (AP) — "There were few people who were indifferent to liim. There were many who loved him. There were many who hated him. But few could pass him by without looking his way.'' With those words spoken by his son, Nikita S. Khrushchev was laid to rest on Monday in a simple grave at Novodevichy Cemetery next to an old monastery in Moscow. About 300 mourners looked on. Absent was the pomp that Khrushchev commanded during his 11 years as premier of the Soviet Union and chief of its Communist party. Practically Ignored The man whose word was once low in the Kremlin was buried in a wooden coffin and practically ignored by the men who toppled him from power seven years 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 Communist Party Centra 1 Committee and the Council o1 Ministers. 'Done by History' In his brief graveside eulogy Khrushchev's son, Sergei, ar engineer, also told the mourners: "We will not speak of great statesman, I should no' be tlie one to evaluate the contribution—whatever it was— made by my father Nikita Ser geyevich. 1 have no right to d< that. This is being done by history." Tire widow, Nina Petrovna wearing a gray coat and black lace shawl over her head sobbed softly as her son deliv ered his remarks from mound of earth beside th grave. Daughters Yelena, Rad. and Julia, also sobbing, tried tc comfort Mrs. Khrushchev. •He is Ours' "We know him in diffcrer ways, but he is ours," said Sei gei Khrushchev, 36. "He is i our hearts. lie remains in on hearts, in live hearts of his m merous friends, and we do no wish to give our hearts away. "Speech is ineaiiingles.s. Bu there is one thing I'd like to say. From us has departed a person 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. Calley Jr., the conyictec murderer of My Lai civilians > take the stand as a defense itness in the murder trial o n • /• rfnefs apt. Ernest L. Medina, his ormcr commander. The defense did not. press the nutter and opened its case by ailing as a witness an cx-G Lacks the Funds TOPEKA, Kaa (AP) - Gov,, Robert Docking said the emphasis during his admtais-.:r nration in the field of penal reform has been on rehabilitating-, he offender so he can rejoin.- society. .- •.-, That effort, the governor:., noted, has been hampered by 'a.; ack of funds, like many othsE-- state programs. Docking's assessment of jfe administration's work in theVj&e- field came in a statement >repared for introduction TU«?day at, the national governors conference in San Juan, Puerto Elico. Docking did not speak oh :he subject, but presented the Kansas position paper for a discussion of penal reform con- vho admitted shooting a bov vhose death was charged t Medina. Calley Medina Galley, flown here from Ft. Benning, Ga., where he has been confined to quarters since liis 'conviction last spring, waited in a witness room while lawyers stated his position. Would Take 5th George Lalimer of Salt Lake City told the judge that beyond identifying himself as a platoon leader under Medina's command, Calley would Invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to testify. "I must concede," said Medina's lawyer, F. Lee Bailey, "that the statements we seek would be incriminatory if Lt. Calley lias a retrial. These statements could Ire used against him. "I don't want lo parade him in here and embarrass him," said Bailey. ent not long after the new fa-| Yablonski, cility 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 hook- the polled over 80,000 votes to ^ at lhe Umc of lhe cvenl . -'V.hi^Ks 45,000. j The show nms fram o a-m- Uj But the lines which bring up is expected to run another sewage from the new facility)$700 to $800. 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 handle the sewage, and it has backed up in the lines on numerous occasions. Chairman John Sutton said the problem is apparently the result of the new facility being 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 discuss the problem with Sutton said each lift station must be designed to individual specifications, and delivery is not expected for five to six weeks. An estimated four days will be needed for installation. Different Action The new station "will be set deeper in the ground and will have a different action than (lie original pump," said' SuHon. "It will be able to intake and discharge sewage at the same time, which makes it much more efficient." The new station will be se* immediately south of the old one. his wife and daughter were slain in their Clarksville, Pa., home several weeks after the election. j Asked for List i Owens testified Yablonski asked for a list of polling places which had been set up or the 1964 elections. But Owens told the court he did not lave such information because fach 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 fixes the date for elections. 5 p.m. Last year, despite bad weath- 45 exhibitors. Hurt Near Anthony HARPER A , 52-year-old Anthony woman was hospitalized here Monday night after the car she was driving went off the roadway and rolled over two or three times. The Kansas Highway Patrol said Ruth B. Patterson lost Commissioners said live ex-|control of the vehicle. The mis- isting station would be used as hap occurred three miles west a reserve station. of the junction of K49 on K242. 2 Cyclists Tossed Through Big Window GREAT BEND - Two Great Bend residents were hospitalized Sunday when they were thrown off a motorcycle and through a plate glass window. Police said Jack G. Jenkins, 24, the driver, and Vickie Kas- sJeman, 25, were thrown after tho cycle struck a.door frame at the Force Tire Co. Police said Jenkins apparently lost control when he hit a curbing. Jenkins told police he was forced to swerve when 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 because of transmitter trouble. ducted by the governors. Profits Are'Good' SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP). — Vice President Spiro T. -.Ag- . new told the nation's governors Monday that rising corporate profits are good for the average and poor American and should not be limited under the Nixon administration's proposals to spur the economy. Told of Killings FT. MEADE, Md. (AP) - ; Col. Oran K. Henderson's former radio-telephone operator testified Monday that only; hours after the My Lai assault he was told at Henderson's brigade headquarters that 160 per- : sons, including 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 reform at the federal level is urgently needed, and pledged to do all he can to gain prompt, effective welfare reform. Earlier Monday, Docking's office had made public a letter from the governor to Roy expressing 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 Vietnamese jungle troops pushed to within h.'ilf a mile of the Laos border Monday in their week-; old drive below the demilita- : ri/ecl /one. They uncovered a; North Vietnamese operations base and large amounts of war; material. ; The prix-e find consisted of" three big Soviet artillery 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 3rd Cop \ (Hotchlnson News-UPI T«l»pholo)' SHE'S DYING — Mary Sue Dujka, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Dujka, Crestwood, 111., is the last of three children, and is dying of a bone cancer. Her brother Robert died of injuries suffered In a car accident last year, and an 11-month-old baby died of spinal meningitis. Sue now spends most of her time watching TV, unable to go to school. A benefit concert is planned for her and a fund has been set up. KANSAS CITY, Kan. A third policeman has i • suspended for/ connection with an tion into illegal activities conducted by the police depict-: ment here. Police Chief Johtt : ;3.- Donnelly made the annoini^-: ment. :? : The suspended officer is $J- ; fred Forrest of tive umfonn|d; division, a department member since June, 1969. . ;**,j

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