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f 2 El Dorado (Ark.) New» Times — Wednesday, October 16, 1974 Cat trainer’s code: Stay alive! Q What is hoarfrost? A. Hoarfrost, or ice crystals, is formed when air is cooled to freezing temperatures, and the moisture in it condenses on trees, plants and other objects, it is often seen on windows. Hoarfrost differs from ordinary frost in that the ice crystals are long and needleshaped. Capsule Across the nation PIEDMONT, Mo. (AP) Clearwater High School Principal Kdwin Thompson was ab jucted Tuesday morning by s 16-year-old pupil who had rob bed the school office while holding three school officials at gunpoint. Thompson, 42, was found unharmed a short time later, and the youth, who was not identified, was taken into custody, police said The pupil went into the gymnasium of the high school in Piedmont and forced coach Reggie Hone at gunpoint to accompany him to the principal’s office, police said There he held a 22-caliher pistol on the coach, the principal and Ronnie McCormick, district superintendent, and forced them to open the school’s vault. The youth, a high school sophomore, took a quantity of cash, held the cocked pistol to Thompson’s head and forced him into a car belonging to another student, police said. Thompson was found unharmed a short time later close to where the car was abandoned near the small Iron County community of Des Arc, about 10 miles north of Piedmont The youth was arrested when he emerged from a wood­ ed section nearby, police said Police said a handgun and $447 were recovered The boy was turned over to Wayne County juvenile authorities who said charges of violating the juvenile code would be filed against the teen-ager. He was taken to the Reynolds County detention facility at Ellington, police said. Piedmont is about 120 miles south of St. liOuis. By JANK h VIclNTVRK "1 mostly try to keep them from eating me and I've been pretty successful so lar I can run faster than the lions and tigers," said Dave Hoover, cat trainer with the Clyde Beatty- Cole Brothers Circus. Hoover has been training lions and tigers for 20 years He said that he handles five tigers and five lions in the ring at one time. The cats are trained to jump through lire, stretch on their hind legs, jump hurdles and roll across the ring He said training of the animals lx*gins when they are around one and a hall years old and it takes approximately two years fully to train a cat. ‘if you start to train them when they are younger than 18 months," Hoover said, “they are too young and all they want to do is play They mature when they are between four and five years old and they retire from the ring when they are atx>ut 20 years old,” he said "The animals very rarely get sick," Hoover told, “because they are watched very closely. We re with them all the time,” he continued “and they get the very best meat Their cages are cleaned every day.” Hoover said that, "Animal training is based on animal psychology.” He said that a mature lion, because of instinct, will kill another lion. “I’ve got to keep the lions from killing the other lions, the lions Irom killing the tigers, and both of them from killing me,” he laughed "I’m just a referee." Hoover explained that to train a new lion, he first puts them in the cage. He said that at first they are scared of the cage because it is bigger than the one they are accustomed to. ‘‘1 take my cigar and crossword puzzles and sit on a chair in there for a few days,” Hoover said, "until the lion lays down and is not bothered anymore by my presence.” Hoover said that he has a six- foot long stick that he puts a piece of meat on to coax the lion over to the stand. "He might take the meat off the stand and walk away,”he said, "but within two or three days, he will put his front legs on the stand.” Hoover said that he then puts meat on a higher stand and the cat has to get up on the first stand to get the meat. "I use the word seat’ and he associates the stand with the word seat,’ ” Hoover told. Hoover said that to make a lion jump through a burning hoop, a gun is fired and the word hoop’ is called out. "If the gun fails to go off," he laughed, “the lion will go around the hoop " Another animal trainer with the circus is Fred Logan, elephant superintendent. Logan said that the elephants are trained to work in the show and pull the trucks. “It takes about six months to train them,” he said. “We have 11 elephants,” Logan said, "and we start training them when they are young. We have three elephants that are two years old. When elephants are born," he said, “they weigh from 250-300 pounds. “Elephants will live to be 60 or 70 years old if they are taken care of," Logan told. “The oldest elephant here is about 40 years old,” he said. Logan has been training elephants for 30 years and said that the elephants recognize him by sight. “I train them to lay down, sit up, waltz together and obey commands. An elephant remembers what you tell him to do," he added. A circus wouldn't be complete without the trained horses. Horse trainer for the circus. John Herriott, said the circus presently has eight trained horses that perform in the ring. He said they have one American Saddle Horse who is a dancing horse and six horses that perform in the “Liberty Group." He said that the horses do a military formation and rear up and walk on their hind legs. "It takes about six months to prepare the horses for the ring," Herriott said. "They learn to take voice commands and know by the tone of my voice what to do." Herriott explained that his father was a horse trainer and that he worked with his father when he was young. “I worked with my father and other trainers, he said, “so I had a pretty thorough education about training horses." This is the first year for all of these horses except the American Saddle Horse, he said. "The horses should last for 15 years,” he said. "I know one circus horse that is 35 years old." he told. Herriott said that he usually trains horses when they are between five and seven years old. "I don’t like to train a horse under five years old,” he said, “Because they are not developed physically or mentally. i’ve never been hurt by a horse," he said. “We watch how we go around them. The horses we have here are handled so much that they are not dangerous. They are pretty intelligent,” he added. Nixon accused of deceit Lawyer makes charge at cover-up trial CURTISS, Wis. (AP) Farmers angered by low cattle prices slaughtered 658 calves Tuesday and shoved the bodies into freshly dug pits. All but 22 of the calves were killed here by members of the National Farmers Organization. The animals were shot or had their throats slit, then were buried in trenches dug a few hours earlier. At times as many as 150 persons watched. The other calves were killed by members of the Buena Vista Beef Growers Association about 60 miles southeast of Curtiss. The farmers claim inflation has driven up the costs of feed grain and other overhead so it costs more to raise an animal than they get for it at the market. In the state By DONALD M. KOTHBKRG Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - John D. Ehrlichman’s lawyer portrayed the onetime White House aide Tuesday as a victim of the deceit of former President Richard M. Nixon and John W. Dean III. “Richard Nixon deceived misled, lied to and used John Ehrlichman to cover up his own knowledge and his own ac tivities,” said William Frates in his opening argument at the Watergate cover-up trial. Frates said Nixon was “covering up to save his own neck.” Frates was the first defense attorney to make an opening statement in the trial of five former Nixon administration and campaign aides charged with conspiring to block the investigation of the break-in at Democratic national headquarters in the Watergate building on June 17, 1972. David G. Bress, attorney for former Asst. Atty. Gen. Robert C. Mardian, followed Frates and described his client as “very minimally involved in the evidence in this case.” The other three defendants are former White House staff chief H. R. Haldeman, former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell and Kenneth W. Parkinson, onetime attofney for Nixon’s reelection committee. Richard Ben-Veniste, an assistant special Watergate prosecutor, outlined the government’s case in a long opening statement on Monday. All five defendants are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice. All but Mardian also are charged with obstruction of justice. Frates said that in the spring of 1973 Dean, then White House counsel, realized “the house of cards was falling in on him.” It was then, said Frates, that Dean went to his lawyers and they started bargaining with the prosecutors in an effort to obtain immunity from prosecution for their client. But the prosecutors wanted worthwhile information, Frates said, and Dean offered them Ehrlichman. In reality, according to Frates, Dean had done on his own, acts which he told the prosecutors Ehrlichman had ordered him to do. “Remember,” Frates told the jury of nine women and three men, “Dean was working as the President’s lawyer under the President’s direction.” Frates said Ehrlichman never ordered Dean to destroy evidence, never attempted to obtain cover-up funds from the Central Intelligence Agency and never suggested using money to buy the silence of the break-in defendants. While Frates spoke Ehrlichman was facing the jury. Formerly one of Nixon’s closest aides, Ehrlichman showed no emotion when his attorney attacked the former president. Frate said that on April 30, 1973, Ehrlichman submitted his resignation to Nixon. “They called it a resignation but it was a forced resignation,” he said. Frates promised to present evidence that in an unrecorded conversation on that day Nixon told Ehrlichmar., “John, you’ve been my conscience but I didn’t follow your advice. It’s all my fault. If I’d only followed your PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) About 200 employes of the Central-Maloney plant walked off the job about 1 p.m. Tuesday, a plant official said. Walter H. Krysowaty, a vice president, confirmed that a walkout had taken place, but he said production at the plant continued. The plant manufacturers traasformers. Officials said the walkout followed a meeting of plant em­ ployes who belong to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. There was no immediate union comment on the situation. The 200 workers make up about half of the work force at the plant. PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — The appeal by former Pine Bluff fireman Grady May, who was dismissed by the Civil Service Commission June 10, is to resume in Jefferson County Circuit Court Oct. 23. Judge Gene Baim told lawyers for both sides Tuesday to return on that date for cross- examination of rebuttal witnesses. A day-long hearing was held Tuesday. Two Fire Department officials, Assistant Chief Clyde Rush and ('apt. Dudley Taylor, said morale in the department dropped significantly after May wrote letters to the Pine Bluff Commercial critical of Fire Chief W. R. “Ray” Jacks. The commission dismissed May for what it called insubordination and engaging in political activities by endorsing a political candidate. However, May contended that those actions were taken by him in his role as president of the local firefighters union and not as a fireman. LITTLE uuc’K (AP) - Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark., was absent from Capitol Hill for the eighth consecutive day Tuesday, as the House narrowly upheld a presidential veto of a measure zhat would have cut off aid to Turkev. Mills, House Ways and Means Committee chairman, has not been seen publically since he was involved in an embar- assing incident with an ex-stripper and Washington Park Police on Oct. 7. The congressman is scheduled to make several appear- i nces in Arkansas later this week. His aide, Gene Goss, said he thought Mills would speak to the Little Rock Jaycees Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at the Sam Peck Hotel. “I haven’t been told otherwise,” Goss said. “As far as I know, he will give the speech.” Goss was asked about a report that he might give the speech for Mills. House upholds Ford in veto on aid bill By JIM ADAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford won his first foreign policy showdown with Congress Tuesday when the House sustained his veto of a bill cutting off military aid to Turkey. The vote was 233 to 135, 16 votes short of the two thirds necessary to override the veto. Less than an hour later, the House overwhelmingly overrode Ford’s veto of a railroad pension bill 360 to 12, sending the measure to the Senate. That bill would put a $7.1 billion tax on the Treasury to help >ave the railroad pension sys- iem from predicted bank) uptcy. The vote on Turkish aid also killed an emergency funding resolution for a variety of federal programs. Afterward, Ford called on Congress to take prompt action to provide funding for the programs. He asked that the resolution be passed “without encumbering restrictions,” a reference to the Turkey cutoff amendment attached to the original bill. Ford said the House action would help maintain “the strength of our vital security relationships in the eastern Mediterranean.” Opponents of the Turkish aid, House leaders and White House officials immediately began trying to work out a new funding resolution with some sort of Turkish aid cutoff compromise that could be put quickly through Congress. House Republican Leader John J. Rhodes indicated a proposed compromise might delay the effective date of the Turkish aid cutoff until Dec. 10 or 15. The Senate approved a similar 60-day delay last week that Ford said he would veto. The House rejected it by a narrow 187 to 171. Hold the line Happy birthday wishes go out today to Sammy Miles from the bookkeeping department at Union Memorial. THE CITY COUNCIL of Parent-Teacher Associations will meet Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Administrative Office of the El Dorado School District, 700 Columbia. THE SENIOR CITIZENS will meet Thursday at 9 a.m. at the TAC House. A sack lunch will be served at noon and a Bible study will be held from at 1:30 p.m. A singing program will be from 2 to 3 p.m. with birthdays at 3 p.m. THE VFW will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Post home on Industrial Rd. THE MUSIC COTERIE will meet tonight at 7:30 in the home of Mrs. Ora Mae Greer at 1017 Van St. Happy birthday wishes go out today to Rufus Hicks of Strong from his mother, Mrs. Shirley Hicks. Wishing Earnestine Candley a speedy recovery are her husband, J. C. and the children, Shirley, James, Lonnie and Gloria. Best wishes for a 32nd wedding anniversary go out today for Woody and Pat Miller, Rt. 4, El Dorado, from their daughter and son-in- law, Sharon and Charlie Johnson. (Continued from page 1) said, adding that people want less government. At the press conference, Pryor indicated that he would not support legislation setting state turnback funds to cities and counties on a percentage basis. Such a bill will likely be introduced when the legislature convenes in January. A similar measure was introduced in the last legislative session and was passed by both the House and Senate before being vetoed by Gov. Bumpers. “I would have strong reservations about a percentage formula which would be a dangerous fiscal precedent. Cities and counties must have more money since this is where most of the services are rendered. And they must have additional revenue not only for inflation but because people are asking for more services,” said Pryor. He said, however, that there is no way to know what revenue into the state will be, and that turnback must be flexible by handling it on a year-to-year basis. When asked if he has any suggestions on how cities can increase their sources of revenue, Pryor said “we’ve got to realize that cities right now art hamstrung under the 1874 Constitution. We really missed a chance in 1970 when voters turned down a new constitution which would have allowed greater flexibility on the city level to find their own sources of income.” As an alternative, Pryor said, the state must realize an additional commitment to cities and counties by increasing revenue to them. Before concluding the news conference, Pryor remarked that his posture remains the same as it was in the Spring campaign which was to “make no promises except to do my best. I’m not going to be any miracle worker -- I’ll just be out there trying to work within the framework of our system. There’ll be many times when we take a few steps forward and one step backward. It will be slow and we’ll have to be very careful not to find ourselves in a monetary bind.” advice we wouldn’t be in this situation.” ‘‘He (Ehrlichman) was forced to resign so the heat would be taken off the President ... and the President standing there knowing it was he who was covering up,” Frates said. The Miami, Fla., defense attorney described Ehrlichman as consistently recommending that everything he knew about Watergate should be turned over to investigators. Prosecutor (Continued from page 1) more success than rehabilitation measures in the penitentiary. Since 1972, we’ve probated 19 and have had three to violate their probation. Two of these have been sent to the penitentary and the other had his probation extended and made more severe,” Anthony said. The prosecutor said he didn’t feel the public was reluctant to accept that a drug problem exists. “Educational workshops were held in School District 15.1 felt they were well attended and this showed me that the public wanted to be educated on drug problems. Armed with information supplied at the workshops, the public was able to make a better determination for themselves on whether El Dorado has a drug problem,” he said. Anthony said drug problem rates in El Dorado are below drug problems of comparable towns in Arkansas. "The investigation of illegal drug traffic is one of the most difficult areas that police have. Past history has shown the most successful drug investigations have utilized undercover agents. Every agent that has worked in Union County has done so at my request. Because of personnel problems with the Arkansas State Police, we lost two undercover agents that worked in Union County at various times in the past year. From a law enforcement standpoint, if the state cannot provide undercover agents the cities and counties will have to do it themselves," he continued. Secondly, another problem facing drug investigation is a U. S. Supreme Court-made exclusionary rule whereby illegal drugs found on a defendant are not allowed into evidence because some judge says police violated the defendants s right as to search and seizure. The law permits the guilty party to go free and provides no penalty against the person who violated the defendant’s so-called constitutions right,” he commented. “The U. S. is the only nation in the world that uses the exclusionary rule. It is one of the most crippling rules that prosecutors must overcome to gain convictions. It either needs abolishing outright or severe restrictions in its application. There is a bill pending in congress to change the exclusionary rule in federal cases and this rule is under sharp attack across the nation by leading criminal law scholars,” Anthony said. "The present philosophy of the prosecuting attorney’s office will be to present those drug cases where there is sufficient fact before a jury instead of allowing defendant’s to plead guilty,” he concluded. EHS ruler Karen Cobb will reign as queen over the 1974-75 homecoming festivities, Nov^m^r 8. ALC hears revised pay plan proposal LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Richard R. Heath, director of the state Finance and Adminis tration Department, described to the Legislative Council Tuesday a revised pay plan for state employes aimed at reducing turnovers in state government. Heath said the plan would place executive personnel in a separate category and would allow other employes to receive step raises more quickly Although Heath did not have an estimate of the cost of the plan, Rep. Lacy Landers said it would cost about $12 million the first year but was not certain of the cost after that. The council instructed its personnel committee to study the plan and make a recommendation in 10 days. Heath told lawmakers that the turnover rate for key, executive personnel was about 35 per cent because they found they could make more money in private industry. Therefore, he said the state had the expense of training new employes for important positions. Another problem related to turnovers, Heath said, was that replacement personnel were not always fully trained and sometimes made costly mistakes. Heath said one such employe made a mistake that cost the taxpayers about $400,000. He said the cost of the new pay plan would be more than offset by the savings to the state from retaining key people. About 1,000 to 1,500 employes are considered to be in the executive or professional category, Heath said, and they are expected to complete a job regardless of the time involved. Some weeks they may work 80 hours and others they may work 20 hours, he explained. Heath said that if the state revised the pay plan along the lines he proposed, it might be able to successfully defend itself against a lawsuit by the Labor Department to compel the state to pay overtime to such employes if the Labor Department decided to attack the state on the issue. The existing pay plan has 26 grades, each of which contains eight steps on the pay scale for state empoyes. Heath said that the lower 14 grades comprise most of the jobs — about 10,500 to 11,000 — which are covered by federal wage, hours and overtime statutes. The upper grades of the existing plan contain most of the positions which would be considered executive or managerial jobs and which would be lumped into the new pay concept. EL DORADO NEWS-TIMES 86th Year — No. 9] — Wednesday, October 16, 1974 CLYDE PALMER, 1176 1957 WALTER E.HUSSMAN EDITOR AND PUBLISHER Telephone 862 n . 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