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ews Briefs Ambush Convoy SAIGON (AP) — North Vietnamese troops ambushed a supply convoy Sunday and battled Saigon forces on both sides of South Vietnam's border with Cambodia. The frontier fighting entered its third week. One vehicle was destroyed and two were damaged in the ambush on Highway 22 between Fire Base Tran Hung Dao and Thien Ngon, about 8 miles south of the Cambodian border and 75 miles northwest of Saigon. • • • Great Justices WASHINGTON (AP) - Earl Warren, Hugo L. Black and Felix Frankfurter are ranked as three of the 12 "great" Justices in Supreme Court history in a poll of 65 "academic experts' conducted for Life Magazine. Four other current or recent members of the court, including Abe Fortas, are rated "near-great," with Fortas having the best chance at greatness had not a question of ethics forced him to resign in 1969. • • • Hunter Killed CARL JUNCTION, Mo. (AP) — Dennis Neal Rowden, 20, Carl Junction, was killed Sunday in an apparent hunting accident near this southwest Missouri community, the Jasper County sheriff's office said. Sheriff's officers said Rowden was hunting with another man when he was struck in the right temple by a bullet. The other man, who was not identified, was taken to a Webb City, Mo., hospital and treated for shock, officers reported. Minister Helps Many Ex-Convicts By EVELYN STEIMEL selling stocks and securities and DODGE CITY - "To many other gambling "ventures, people a convict is someone with »i really lived a rich life for a big scar down the side of his face, who talks out the side of his mouth," said Rev. Ralph Wright The prison missionary spent three days here, visiting schools, a prison, and helping preach at the thirteenth anniversary celebration of the Bible Baptist Church on Sunday, with Pastor Bill Wamsganss. The 43-year -old, 350-pound minister who looks more like an amiable Santa Claus than this classic description of a convict, travels cross-country to urge prison reform. He calls for compassion of the Christian for his fallen fellowman who must make it on the outside against impossible odds.. He knows how hard it is for the convict, for Rev. Wright is an ex-convict, having spent nine years in the federal pene- tentiary at Atlanta, Ga., for fraudulent use of the mails in a while," said the ordained Baptist minister who started shin ing shoes at the age of eight in a bookie parlor and by 16 had graduated into gambling activi ties. "By the time I was finally convicted, I was living in a $150, 000 house in Florida, shipping stolen cars out of the country and was actually involved in organized crime. He also had a "clean" wholesale automobile dealership, he said. Violated Release Terms Twice he was released on good behavior, but each time he violated the terms of the release and returned to the federal prison. Finally, while being treated at the federal medical center at Springfield, Mo., he began reading the Bible, and through the encouragement of a correctional officer and others, found the "peace" he sought and a new direction for his life. He entered the Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta under the vocational rehabilita­ tion program, determined to be a prison chaplain. Ordained in July, 1971, he decided instead to become a travel ing missionary and he and his wife, Donna, have covered 100, 000 miles this year in their "Gospel Caravan." They park the van in church lots, testifying in churches and schools along the way, visiting prisons, and "trusting in the Lord" to supply their needs. His program, "The Third Cross," is designed to help other ex-prisoners find a way to stay out of jail. He uses the example of the Lord, who forgave the good thief, and promises help to any convict who contacts him. Through a network of ministers throughout the country, he helps provide employment and encouragement for ex- felons. "I have helped 300 this year, he maintains, adding that not one has returned to prison. "No one I have contacted has refused to help," he said of the ministers he calls upon. Even if an ex-convict has the finest college education, what can he do? He can not go into a profession, medicine, law, or accounting. When he applies for a job, the first question on an application is, "Were you ever convicted of a felony?" Recidivism Rate The Reverend Wright shrugged and went on to describe the rate of recidivism saying that 70% of all prisoners released return within three years . . . that 80% of all crime is commit- -ted by ex-cons, according to FBI figures. "I know that most men leave prison planning never to return. But outside they are cofronted by so many problems in their own community, they are almost forced back to crime for lack of employment or even encouragement," said the minister in explaining the reasons for his! ministry. • He spoke of Attica with sorrow for the 43 deaths lost there and the failure of authorities to negotiate longer to avoid the loss of life, both that of guards'and prisoners. Prison reform is a necessity, he says, for we are sitting on a "powder keg in this country and Attica was just a kick-off." "Do you know that some prisons in this country were built before the inauguration of George Washington? That, three years ago the largest federal women's prison had no toilet facilities? That out of every dollar spent on prisons, 95% goes for guards, bars, and weapons, and only 5% goes to prisoner's food, medicine, clothing, rehabilitation and education?" There has been some reform, he admits, but politicians and civic organizations are doing very little about prisons generally, he feels. "I suppose it will nave to be up to Christians to do what must be done. We tend to forget Christ's message because it encumbers us with something we would rather forget," he muses. 'I would like people to write to me if they have a family member who needs help, he said. He may be contacted through P. O. Box 465, Springfield, Mo. REV. WRIGHT urges prison reform. How They Voted Socialists Win VIENNA (AP) - Chancellor Bruno Kreisky's ruling Socialist party won the biggest victory in its history Sunday in Austria's parliamentary elections. The electoral success was re garded as a personal triumph for Kreisky, 60, and his liberal policies. Interior Minister Otto Roesch said the party apparently had won a majority in the new parliament. Major Damage in Cherryvale Fire CHERRYVALE, Kan. (AP) — A fire in the downtown section of this southeast Kansas community caused extensive damage to at least three businesses Sunday, authorities reported. The fire chief's office at Independence, Kan., one of several nearby towns providing assistance, said the blaze borke out Sunday afternoon at the Char- loma Fiberglasing, Inc., plant and spread to a drug store. Gene Wantland, Cherryvale's assistant chief of police, said the plant was "a complete loss," and that the drug store and a machine shop had also been damaged. There were no reports of injuries. Men and equipment were called in from Sycamore and Coffeyville as well as Independence to help battle the flames. WASHINGTON-How Kansas members of Congress voted on roll calls last week: SENATE Resolution to override the President's executive order delaying a pay raise for federal employees from January to July of next year — rejected, 32 to 51. Against — Pearson and Dole, Kansas Republicans. Amendment of Montoya (D- N.M.) to bar funds for activities of U. S. forces in South Vietnam after the date established for withdrawal of such forces by the so-called end the war amendment—rejected, 25 to 60. Against — Pearson and Dole. Amendment of Gravel (D- Alaska) providing for cessation of bombing and other air attacks in Indo-China—rejected, 17 to 60. Against — Pearson, Dole. Amendment of Allott (R- Colo.) providing additional pay increases for military personnel in the junior officer and junior enlisted grades — adopted, 65 to 4. For — Pearson. Absent — Dole. Amendment of Symington (D- Mo.) limiting to $350 million funds that may be expended this fiscal year on all programs being carried out in Laos, except combat air operations — adopted, 67 to 11. For — Pearson, Dole. HOUSE Resolution to override the President's delay in the pay raise for federal employees — rejected, 174 to 207. For — Roy (D-Kan.), Winn (R-Kan.) Against — All others from Kansas. re- Rogers Would Decline WASHINGTON (AP) - Sec retary of State William P. Rogers indicated Sunday that President Nixon had not offered him appointment to the Su preme Court, and said he would not be interested. "I have made it clear over the years that I have no interest," Rogers said in a television interview. He appeared on the CBS program "Face the Nation." On other subjects, Rogers said: —The time has never been more favorable for a Middle East settlement. Israel's public opposition to the latest U.S. peace proposals was not fleeted in private talks. —The reelection of South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu "probably does represent the will of the people, but you can't tell because you didn't have a contested election." Will Vote With U.S. —The U.S. effort to prevent expulsion of Natfonlist China from the United Nations is "a horse race." Some nations which were reported in the press to have favored expulsion have privately told him they will vote with the United States. "I can't think of anything more destructive to the U.N." than expulsion of Nationalist China, Rogers said. If expulsion succeeds, he said, Albania might claim that all the activities of the Security Council since its inception were illegal. He denied that the Nixon administration had threatened to cut off U.S. funds for the U.N. if Nationalist China is expelled, but he said it is true that it would be more difficult to get Congress to vote them. ' Kansas Legislators See Delay in Voting On Health Care Plan TOPEKA - A political action workshop group — including doctors, their wives and guests — was told here Sunday that a new national health care plan probably will not be voted on in Congress this year. Guest speakers Sen. James Pearson, Second District Rep. Bill Roy, D-Topeka, and Rep. Don Brotzman, R-Colo., all agreed that brqadbased medical health care plan probably will not be enacted until 1972. All did say, however, that some specific programs, such as aid to families that are being wiped out by medical bills brought on by catastrophic illness or accidents, may be passed in the meantime. Brotzman, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said the catastrophic illness aid is a feature in all the many hundreds of medical care plans pending in Congress. "It's winner," in public opinion polls, he said. 'New Revolution' In an afternoon session, State Sen. Harold Herd told the doctors participating in the workshop that all professional people are caught up "in a new Kansas Medical Society's Political Action Committee revolution going on in this country." Herd said that medical care has grown up on the basis of whether a man could "fight his way up financially to the right! of beine able to afford it." Trial on Screen NEW YORK (AP) - Release of "Sacco and Vanzetti" is scheduled for October in the United States and Canada under the UMC Pictures banner, It's about the famous trial of Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco and was an award winning film at the recent Cannes Film Festival. "We said, 'You are entitled to all the medical care you can afford to purchase'," Herd said. The Coldwater attorney said the same attitude prevailed in the field of law. "All that has changed. People are going to assert their new rights. They are going to demand medical care for every human being in this country and the best solution will come from you (the doctors)," Herd told the group. Later in the discus-sion, State Sen. Tom VanSickle, R-Fort Scott, who helped engineer an effort in the Legislature to cut the recommended state welfare budget, and thus cut payments to doctors, said "the man in the street" agrees with that cut, even if it means some will go without medical care. "I'm not talking about the doctors and the lawayers or the welfare recipient. I'm talking about the man in the street. He likes what we did," VanSickle said. He said attorneys defending indigent clients have had a cut i fees, too, noting that a recent fee he look for defending an indigent was cut by 40 per cent. House Speaker Cal Strowig, R-Abilene, outlined for the doctors most of the bills pending in the Legislature that will affect the medical profession. Paramedic laws, malpractice laws, the quest for a medical school at Wichita State University, and welfare cuts led the list. Earlier the group heard from a group of newsmen an a panel moderated by Whitley Austin, president of the Salina Journal Depot Open House BLOOM — The population of this Ford County community swelled from its usual 50 people to nearly 800 Sunday when Mrs. Annie E. Scott held an open house in "The Depot." Friends and relatives, former residents and old-timers of this community and southern Ford County came to see the former Rock Island depot which Mrs. Scott has renovated into a home. The depot was built in 1887 when the Rock Island came to Bloom, and was put up for sale in 1970. For sentimental reasons, Mrs. Scott's children purchased the building for $50, since their mother lived there as a child, while her father worked as section fore* Fire Tips Win Contest Prizes It was a hot week in The News tip contest, with tips on fires winning all three prizes. James Snyder, 223 Central in Harper won the $10 first prize with his prompt tip on a downtown fire in that city. Virgil Bengston, RFD 2, McPherson, tipped The News on a fire at the Groveland elevator and gained the $5 second prize. The $3 third prize went to Doug Green, 817 East Sherman, who told The News of the fire that injured former mayor Merl Sellers. Honorable Mention Honorable mentions for the week went to Lawrence L. Keenan, Great Bend; Mrs. David Wilkes, 2702 North Monroe; Laura Curtice, Syracuse; Ron Howell, Garden City, Mrs. Ralph Hurley, Sterling; Marvin Ward, 2005 Cone; Judy Clothier, 718 Buchanan; Mrs. Fred Stoss, 8 Harvest Lane; Clara Durr, Dodge City; Mrs. C. C. Mears, McPherson; Lester Conover, 407 West Sherman; Mrs. Freda Gumbir, 1705 Park; Pat O'Riley, 616 East 4th; Alice Bragg, 905 West 21st; Barbara Gumbir, Great Bend and Edith Carr, Harper. The News tip contest is on again and you could win some of the $18 in prizes offered weekly. If you see or hear of news happening just call The News collect at MO 2-3311 or write to The News, 300 West 2nd. Black Panther Killed man. The 19x16 foot building was remodeled into living quarters, but the waiting room and ticket windows are intact. The exterior was painted its original railroad red and a platform encircles the building as in turn of the century days. "It's been a wonderful day —such a big crowd," said the 82-year-old Mrs. Scott. "Everyone should have a day like this. I hear people say they hadn't seen this many hometown folk in 20 years," said her daughter, Mrs. Josephine Swenson, Lamar, Colo. DENVER (AP) - An expelled member of the Black Panther Party was shot and killed by police Saturday night after he reportedly stabbed three women, knocked down one officer with a panel truck and exchanged shots with officers. He was identified as James A. Young, 30, of Denver, listed by police as early as 1965 as "dangerous ... especially to law enforcement officers." Young was expelled by the Black Panthers in 1969 for what Panther leaders said was a series of violations of party doctrines. Former Mental Patient Files show Young was a former mental patient with a police record extending as far back as 1953, when he was tabbed an incorrigible in school. It included charges of resistance to and interference with police and assault on a police officer. Saturday night 's incident began directly across the street from where Denver Policeman Merle Nading was shot and killed Oct. 3. Patrons of a night club told two off-duty police officers inside there was a fight in progress, Police Lt. Robert Shaughnessy said. Four women, including Young's wife, were involved in the disturbance and three were stabbed by Young, Shaughnessy said. Page a The Hutchinson Newt Monday, Oct. 11,1971 Senator Scores Nixon NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., said Sunday he would disregard a call by Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield to hold back on criticism of President Nixon's Phase 2 economic plan until details are known. And he scored the Nixon administration for harboring "an obsession about high wages and about inflation" while failing to recognize the problem of unemployment. "He's had 2Vfe years to work out an answer to inflation and the problems of unemployment," McGovern said of Nixon. "Time is running out ... I have very grave misgivings about the President's new economic game plan and I intend to express them." McGovern gave his views on ABC's "Issues and Answers." "Now, the President has an obsession about high wages and inflation, but what about the fact that we have perhaps as many as nine or ten million people in this country who can't find jobs?" McGovern said. No. 1 Problem "That's the No. 1 problem, and I don't find anything in the President 's economic game plan that 's going to put those people back to work." Coyote Hunters Killed CARMEN, Okla. (AP) - Twc coyote hunters were killed Sunday when their light plane crashed and burned as it pulled out of a low level glide five miles southeast of Carmen, Okla., in Alfalfa County. The pilot of the plane, Robert Melroy, 38, of Derby, Kan., and his passenger, George Quinn, 53, of Midwest City, Okla., died when the plane burst into flames on impact. Marvin Melrose, of Wichita, Kan., the pilot's brother-in-law, was watching from the ground. He said the plane did not appear to be in any trouble before the crash. He said Melroy and Quinn were part of a party of about 15 hunters who had been getting together for several years for coyote hunts. The ground hunters had been out about two-and-one-half hours when the crash occured at about 9:40 a.m. (Hutchinson Telepholo) ROYAL FAMILIES — Emperor Hirohito of Japan received the worst welcome of his European tour wer the weekend from Dutch demonstratoiv who urfied'Hirohitler go home,' and threw burning Japanese flags at his car. Queen Juliana. Prince Claus, Emperor Hirohito, Princess Beatrix, Empress Nagako, Princess Margriet and husband Pieter Van Vol- lenhoven (left to right), stand on the terrace of the Soetdljk Palace in Amsterdam where the Emperor lunched with the Queen. Deaths (More deaths, page 9) Mrs. Emma S. Pearson WINDOM - Mrs. Emma S. Pearson, 85, Windom, died Sunday at McPherson County Hospital after a month's illness. She was born June 24, 1886, in Smolan, Sweden, and came to McPherson County from Sweden in 1906. She was a member of the Andover Lutheran Church, Windom. Survivors include sons, Albert, Moundridge; Carl, Lubbock, Tex.; daughters, Mrs. Tillie Myers, Healdton, Okla.; Mrs. Hilda Barstow, McPherson; Mrs. Effie Demoret, Wichita; sisters, Mrs. Edith Carlson, Windom; Mrs. Ruth Lundberg, McPherson; Mrs. Esther Erickson, Lindsborg; Mrs. Elvira McPherson, Wichita; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at the church, Rev. David Nelson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Quiring-Glidden Funeral Home McPherson from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. The family suggests memorials to the church building fund. Divorce Rate Double for Those Who Marry Young Extensive Damage in Overland Park Fire OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Fire officials in Overland Park are seeking to determine the cause of a two-alarm blaze Sunday morning which destroyed 20 units of an apartment complex in that city. Officials say the blaze at the Montecello apartments was the worst residential fire in Overland Park since 1913. Three firemen, three residents and one Salvation Army worker were treated at Shawnee Mission hospital for minor injuries and released. , . .... Mrs. Stephanie Hoobler and ! «P«* <f *!£• „ , .. say, is its showing of the mag her small daughter were umn-; riuK , e of ^ e phenomenon ...u n -• » * -' (C) 1971 N.Y. Times News Service. WASHINGTON - The Census Bureau has released striking statistical evidence that mother knows best: people who marry young are twice as likely to be divorced as are somewhat older couples. According to a new analysis, the bureau found that within 20 years of marriage, 28 per cent of men who married before the age of 22 had been divorced This compared with only 13 per cent among men who married when they were older. The figures were nearly identical for women. Among those who married before their 20th birthday, 27 per cent had been divorced, compared with 14 per cent of those who married after. Census bureau analysis acknowledge that it is conventional wisdom that young marriages are more likely to end in divorce. But the striking jured when they jumped from a third-floor window to escape the blaze. The blaze was discovered about 5 a.m. It was believed to have started in the basement of the complex. It was still smoul­ dering nearly eight hours later. No damage estimate was available, but it was expected to run high since 19 of the 20 units were occupied Unlike other studies, which measure the number of marriages and divorces in a given year, the census bureau study is regarded as unusual because it covered the whole adult lifetime of those surveyed. Based on 1967 Survey The analysis recently completed, is based on a 1967 survey of 28,000 households in 701 select counties encompassing every state. Other findings include the following: — The divorce rate for young marriages is even higher among black couples than white. Within 20 years, divorce resulted in 46 per cent of marriages in volving black men under 22 and 47 per cent of those involving black women under 20. — A white single woman's probability of getting married reached a peak between the ages of 22 and 24. At those ages, 26 of every 100 single women surveyed were wed each year. After age 24, the probability drops sharply. Among black women, the chances were about the same for all ages between 20 and 29. — During the first two years of marriage, the presence of a child doubled the chances of divorce — probably because many such, children followed premarital pregnancies and the consequent ''weakness of the marriage ties." — The chances of divorce were twice as high among men who made less than $8,000 than among those who made more. Similarly, the chances of remarriage improved proportionately with higher income. — Men were more than twice as likely to remarry during the first five years following divorce than later. Overall, according- ing to other census-data, about three-fourths of all divorced men and three-fifths of divorced women eventually remarry. — Men were somewhat more likely to remarry than women in any given year. The odds for men were about 17 in 100, for women 13 to 100. Remarriage Odds The study found that the odds of remarriage were particularly low among men who were poorest and who had been divorced for more than five years. Among this group, the odda of remarriage in a given year were 3 in 100. Meanwhile, among men who earned $8,000 or more, and who had been more recently divorced, the odds of remarriage were 10 times more favorable. The authors of the census report calculated that there were, at the time of the 1M7 study, 51,1014)00 women and 43,657,000 men between the ages of 14 and 68 who bad ever been married. The difference in the totals is explained by the fact that women marry younger and live longer than mea The study showed that shout 15 per cent of the men and about 17 per cent of the women had been divorced. Among blacks, the figures were 28 per cent for men and 31 per cent for women. About 12 per cent of all men and 14 per cent of all women had been married twice; about 1 per cent of either set had been married three times.

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