OPINION PAGE WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 1974 Fifty years ago — 1 924 HIMB^H^HI^HBHHM Ku Klux Klan convenes here (from the Daily Journal for May 27-June 2,1924) EditoritK written OY J«mn Grjy *od Charles Editorial Comment, Spring calls for specia emphasis on safety Safety experts strive the year around to impress upon the public the need for safety, but spring with all its related activities calls for special emphasis. In some cases there are laws that need attention, for instance in boating and cycling. In most situations dangers can be eliminated by simple precautions. Power mowers, for example, can be lethal or at least hold the potential for chopping off a toe or a finger. People should be kept far enough away so they wiU not be hit by a thrown stone or bit of wire. Operators should be sure of firm footing with protective shoes. Electrical equipment should not be used in the rain or when the operator is standing in water. It should be turned off when untended. Chain saws call for special precautions and it's not wise to work alone with one. No-smoking rules should be observed when tanks are being filled. Advice for gardeners includes using tools that are in good working order, following directions for all tools and pesticides, wearing suitable clothing and keeping one's mind on the job at hand. Gardening tools can be recreational devices but • they can be something else in the hands of children. Other forms of recreation call for safety, too. A new boating law requires rowboats, canoes and sailboats to carry lifesaving devices. And wearing them may be the best way to carry them, particularly for non- swimmers in rough or cold water. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission cites the clangers that lurk in containers and their contents. It's estimated more than 68,000 injuries involving self-contained openers, such as pop-top and zip-open cans, were treated in hospital emergency rooms in 1973. Children were over-represented in lacerations to hands and fingers. Cleaning agents, such as sanitizing compounds, caustics, drain cleaners and household ammonia, sent over 22,000 persons to emergency room treatment. Nearly 12,000 injuries were associated with paints and solvents. People overly conscious of all the existing hazards perhaps could spend the summer worrying. But there are fundamental rules of common sense that need attention and constant reminding if the outdoor season is to be the joy that was anticipated. The wooded and grassy slopes of the Fowser farm just east of the Hoot Lake backwater was a busy place Sunday. It was the scene of district meeting and picnic of the Ku Klux Klan. People came from eight counties and there were eight tents including one that could seat 350. It was estimated about 500 cars and 2,600 people visited the grounds with over 4,000 in the evening. Music included an orchestra from Fergus Falls and a 16-piece band from Aurdal. Guards, robed and masked, on horseback and on foot, checked on all who sought to enter. An auto load of Negroes were among those turned back. About 9 p.m. a hundred Klansmen came marching up the slope carrying calcium torches to the speaker's stand where a 50-foot cross had been erected. Fiery emblems were touched off and fireworks followed. MEMORIAL BUILDING EQUIPPED The Phoebe Lyons Welch memorial building at the state hospital, promoted by women's clubs of Minnesota, now is equipped for occupational training for patients. Director Julia H. Bradley has eight women and a man under her direction. Mrs. Welch, husband G.O. Welch, superintendent, pioneered in occupational work for patients. WIRING RATED POOR A.E. Strudwick, who has been in charge of fire inspection work here, says electric wiring in the city is the poorest he has ever found, He said the new fire engine came up splendidly in the test. He found basements and back alleys very clean. MRS. WISNAES IN RECITAL Lulia Glimme Wisnaes, head of the piano department at Park Region Luther College, will appear in a recital at the First English Lutheran Church Monday. She studied piano in England and Berlin and in Canada with Percy Grainger. JHG •Merry-Go-Roi>nd« More postal back-scratching By Jack Anderson Strictly Personali Gift not easy for teenager By Sydney H.Harris Tomorrow is my middle daughter's 17th birthday, and like most muddled fathers I foolishly waited until the last minute to pick up a present for her. It gets harder even' year. Not just because as a child gets older he or she grows out of a lot of toys and games, but also because young people today — and especially girls — are far less "thingy" than we used to be. In my day, girls her age used to purr over Angora sweaters and sets of pearl necklaces .(fake, of course), and all sorts of sartorial goodies. Today, like most of her peers, she buys her favorite attire from Good Will and the Salvation Army, and her wardrobe looks like something left over from the Gold Rush of 1848. What do you get for a girl who wants nothing that costs more than 50 cents and can't be bought at the Flea Market? Give these kids a guitar and a cassette recorder (which most of them already have) and they're perfectly happy wandering about barefoot in a tattered costume that makes St. Francis look like Beau Brummell. As for the esoterica that is sold in all the little hole-in-the- wall boutiques, no one over 30 would have the slightest notion of what her generation would consider heavenly or beneath contempt. Books and records and cash are the old standbys — but even these are fraught with peril as the years advance. If the book doesn't instruct one on how to live in a Vermont lean-to on $36 a year by tapping your own maple trees, or if the record is in any way "gross" (a term applied to last year's favorite group), your gift is a dead pigeon presented to a vegetarian. As for cash, money in itself means nothing to most of these kids — which is not wholly a bad thing when one recalls how greedy my contemporaries were for the old mazuma — but they have a curiously inverted sense of values. They can live for a dollar a month, munching on stale soybeans, and then calmly expect $300 for airplane far to take a weekend skiing trip. H's all too mind-boggling for a Depression-bred man like me. What to get, what to get? Clothes are out. Jewelry is a joke, unless it's been fabricated in a Laotian leper colony and is obscenely ugly enough to scare a witch-doctor out of a year's growth. Audio equipment is bound to be rejected, if it hasn't received the approval of the dean of acoustics at M.I.T. A fig-leaf for streaking, maybe? Right now, daddy is headed deep for the bowels in the basement of a decaying department store, hoping against hope that something will turn up that is old enough, frayed enough, cheap enough, and authentically smelly enough to fill my little girl's heart with organic rapture. Disturbance inside jail KANSAS CITY i AP) - Three guards at Jackson County Jail were taken hostage by inmates Tuesday night and a county official described the situation as "very grave." George Lehr, county executive, told newsmen the guards were "very solidly' 1 under the control of inmates in a tank containing 46 prisoners. Lehr said the inmates were armed with hammers, chains and oxygen tanks that could be used as firebombs. He said he had solicited all possible help from officials at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., and Kansas City police. The inmates demanded a meeting with news media representatives but were told no such arrangements would be made until they free the hostages. Lehr said. The jail, with 280 prisoners, occupies the llth through Hth floors of the courthouse. Police circled the building and were stationed in flanks at each doorwav on the street level. WASHINGTON — As part of our continuing investigation of the Postal Service, we have uncovered a secret, back- scratching relationship between postal authorities and the giant Ernst and Ernst accounting firm. The firm was second highest of eight bidders for the lucrative postal auditing contract in 1971. Yet Assistant Postmaster General James Hargrove, now retired, ignored six lower bids ami overrode the recommendations of the professional staff to give the contract to Ernst and Ernst. Not long afterwards, Hargrove instructed the accounting firm over the telephone to recruit two top postal executives. The firm billed the postal service $20,000 for recruiting assistant Postmaster General Richard F. Gould and financial officer John R. Bowen. Now the same two men who were hired by Ernst and Ernst are in a position to repay the favor. For they help oversee the firm's auditing of the mail system.' Indeed, Gould has repeatedly urged the Postal Service to renew the firm's contract without bothering to seek other bids and Bowen has certified the contract each time it has been renewed. In 1972, for example, Gould wTOte a memo, intended for the eyes only of his supervisors, recommending: "From our point of view, we think it is undesirable to enter into solicitation of bids again .... "It is our opinion that Ernst and Ernst has developed considerable understanding of many of our problems. We see no point to repeating the learning process and ask for your approval as we continue to work out an extension of the Ernst and Ernst contract." Again in 1973, Gould sought another renewal of the Ernst and Ernst contract without competitive bidding. He didn't even want to bother with formality of acquiring a financial statement from the firm. Reports one Internal memo: "On Dec. 19, 1973, (Assistant Postmaster General Robert) McCutcheon called and advised that Mr. Gould had raised the question of the necessity of obtaining financial statements of Ernst and Ernst, as he had been requested, in connection with the renewal of the contract for accounting services." McCutcheon agreed it wouldn't be necessary. The Ernst and Ernst contract contributed $88,000 to President Nixon's re-election campaign. This fascinating fact was found on the White House list of secret contributors which the President's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, kept. Footnote: An Ernst and Ernst spokesman denied that the Nixon contribution had anything to do with the firm's postal contracts. He confirmed that the firm received $20,000 for recruiting Gould and Bowen but rejected an inference that they showed their gratitude thereafter by seeking to renew the company's contract. A Postal Service spokesman denied that the recruiting of Gould and Bowen was done under the table. He pointed out that the two employes do not have final authority over the Ernst and Ernst contract. He denied, therefore, that they had a conflict of interest. ANOTHER ZIEGLERISM: White House falsehoods, like chickens, come home to roost. On Feb. 7, 1973, we reported bluntly: "The word has gone out from the White House to 'nail' Jack Anderson and the Washington Post. This language was used, according to the sources who heard it, by President Nixon's crewcut chief of staff H. R. Haldeman .. FERGUS JOURNAL COMPANY Established 1873 Charles Underwood, Publisher George Marotteck, Business Mgr.-James Gray. News Ed. Glenn E.Olson, Advertising Mgr. Pfc-c^>, ,-oi.rrai Co a' * !, drx j MO: oa,s Sptc^d ci VEV6ESO •H JIM Prns ter • t.ea *KI U I . this ne*soap?r aswr-1 as A i V>- $653* a s v -.-! ~a ' - A3,d'<f V-.r«SC*d 1 vf .\'tX 1 yf S;iCtt 6rrcs,S'?0; 3^01.i?K "SSOiI tTEDP^ESS T TC "e K«etc< retwt -cat on ot a:- 10*51 rw TFLEPHOSf iOvtrt s.nq lit 7511 Personal 8. Soc.a: The President, we added, has been "heard, in reference to the Washington Post, to explode angrily: 'We've got to take care of those people'." This story brought an anguished response from the President's spokesman, Ron Ziegler, who insisted it was "wrong, wrong, wrong!." The White House transcripts now show who was "wrong, wrong, wrong!" An exchange, which the White House deleted from the transcripts, has now come to light. This quotes the President as telling Haldeman and John Dean on Sept. 15, 1972: "Main thing is the (Washington) Post is going to have damnable problems out of this one." As added evidence of the President's vindictiveness, the transcripts show he also instructed Dean: "1 want the most comprehensive notes on all those who tried to do us in. . . We have not used the Bureau (the FBI) and we have not used the Justice Department but things are going to change now." At another juncture, the President snorted: "Well, one hell of a lot of people don't give one damn about this issue of suppression of the press, et cetera . . . ." Less than four months later, four challenges suddenly were filed against the Washington Post's TV stations in Jacksonville, and Miami, Fla. And my associate Les Whitten was arrested on the street by eight FBI agents who had been expecting me. His notes were ripped out of his hands while he was covering a story for this column and he was clapped in jail. A grand jury subsequently refused to indict him for any crime and the Justice Department was compelled to drop all charges. Probation will change WASHINGTON i.AP) - G. Gordon Liddy says that it just isn't possible for him to avoid consorting with known criminals —one of the rules of a suspended prison sentence. Liddy currently is serving a sentence for refusing to testify before a Watergate grand jury and still has a 6-20-year term pending for the Watergate break-in. U.S. District Court Judge John H. Pratt also sentenced Liddy to a pair of six-month jail terms on May 10 on a charge of refusing to testify before a House subcommittee. He suspended sentence, meaning Liddy would serve no extra time at all. But rules state that when a sentence is suspended, the defendant is placed on probation-which carries conditions such as not consorting with known criminals. Liddy asked in a petition how he could avoid consorting with the 750 known criminals in the District of Columbia jail. The judge agreed to change the conditions of Liddy s probation. Letters to the Editor Contributors to cancer drive thanked To the Editor: We would like to thank all who contributed to the April Cancer Crusade. A special thanks goes to the area captains, block workers, and businessmen for their extra effort. Through the community's combined efforts, $3,117.80 was raised to help the American Cancer Society in their three- way program of education, research and service. The door- to-door residential crusade made it possible to put lifesaving information into all hands. Mrs. Dick Werner Mrs. Doug Hovland, Residential Cochairman Dan Troupe, Business Chairman Ducks, geese appreciated To the Editor: There have been articles attacking the noise and filth of the ducks and geese that make their home on the Otter Tail River. From where we sit on East Cavour we see the other side of the picture and I feel I must speak up in their defense. Granted they leave some filth in their tracks, but one can look beyond that and receive a most valuable lesson from their seeming tranquility, humbleness, peace, faith and trust. It should be a comfort to anyone to know that the God who watches over them is the same one who offers us life most secure. They are beautiful neighbors when you understand their language. Hazel Helseth STAND* IT ON IT$ NOSE ANt> MAKE IT A SLA members left clues SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a trail of cluttered nesting places, the Symbionese Liberation Army left behind signs of a squalid and increasingly spartan existence fed by revolutionary dreams. For six SLA members, the trail of their hideouts began, and ended, in flames. The search began after two alleged SLA "soldiers" were arrested Jan. 10 for the murder of a schools superintendent. Police say the small terrorist group tried unsuccessfully to burn down a nearby bungalow in suburban Concord that night. In the smoke-damaged rooms, authorities found a cache of clues about the mysterious group which had claimed responsibility for killing Oakland Schools Supt. Marcus Foster last Nov. 6. Judging by documents in the house, police say, the SLA had kept busy making surveillance reports on Foster, writing com- muniques and compiling dossiers on prominent local businessmen for kidnaping warrants. One name found on papers there was that of Patricia Hearst, a college sophomore in nearby Berkeley. Doors and windows in the house were reinforced with plywood, and baled newspapers were kept nearby for quick barricading. Revolutionary posters adorned many walls. Beneath a mantle full of books on guerrilla warfare, weaponry and Marxism, the occupants evidently constructed pipebombs and practiced shooting a wall target with an air pistol. Gas masks were kept next to their beds; heavier ammunition was scattered all around. For recreation, they apparently played rock music on the stereo, and sipped beer or wine. An empty case of plum wine, which the SLA's late leader Donald DeFreeze reportedly favored, was found along with several Molotov cocktails made with the empties. The cupboards and refrigerator were well stocked with staples and health foods from a Berkeley store. But stacks of dirty dishes overflowed the sink, and bags of garbage spilled across the floor. Their clothing — mainly Levis, Army fatigue jackets and other military surplus — was haphazardly stored in drawers and closets, or tossed in a corner. "They didn't seem to care much about their material possessions," said Oakland Homicide Sgt. John Agler. Six days later, on Jan. 16, po- Wheat estimate still stands By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Agriculture Department is sticking to an earlier prediction of a record wheat crop this year, and reports of dry weather in parts of the nation's breadbasket are causing only mild alarm among government grain watchers. No revision of 1974 wheat production estimates will be issued by USDA until June 10 when the Crop Reporting Board makes new estimates for a variety of crops. Meanwhile, a weekly weather report showed Tuesday that "hot, windy weather lowered topsoil moisture to a short sup- ply" in many areas of the central and southern Great Plains. That is the region where winter wheat, planted last fall, is moving rapidly into harvest pipelines. Nixon administration officials arc counting heavily on a record wheat crop this year to help cool off food prices by making more grain available for export and domestic use. A record corn crop also is predicted, but actual field estimates will not be ready until August. Another report on Monday, a summary of a forthcoming wheat situation analysis, reiterated earlier optimism. It also noted that wheat prices They'll Do It Every Time 16 IT BOWUN6, THE CHARLESTON, Oft THE TWIST? EVERYBODY USES A LITTLE 80CV ViTUS WHATAYA TRYING TO PO-KlCK NOW I <>JOW WHERE BUT VITUS Grv£S ^SGOT HIS 6UMPS AN GRINP6.' A BALLET SCHOOL. have dropped sharply, mainly in anticipation of the big harvest expected this summer. Further market flurries occurred Tuesday, with Kansas City cash wheat dropping to the $3.40 to ?3.75 per bushel range. That represented a big decline from a peak of $6.20 per bushel for winter wheat delivered to Kansas City last Feb. 25. The weekly report said winter wheat was in satisfactory condition in central and eastern Kansas, but added that topsoil moisture — needed for final development — was short in the western one-third of the state. On May 8, the department estimated the 1974 winter wheat crop at a record of more than 1.6 billion bushels, up 27 per cent from last year. The Kansas crop, which normally accounts for one-fifth or more of total U.S. production, was estimated at a record 406.8 million bushels. The Kansas estimate has been protested by some authorities in the state as being much too high in view of poor growing conditions in major parts of the area. But USDA officials say no revision will be made, if any, until the June 10 report is ready. Officials said in this week's weather summary that the Kansas wheat crop as of last weekend had developed ahead of last year, with 75 per cent of it headed, compared with 25 per cent at the same time in 1973. Wheat harvest usually starts in south central Kansas in early June. The report also said wheat and oat harvest in Texas gained momentum and that the first cuttings had been reported in Oklahoma. Wheat in Nebraska was in "good to excellent" shape as of the weekend, the report said, although moisture was short in the western half of the slate. lice reported discovery of a second SLA hideout. The third story Oakland apartment was rented from September through November by a woman calling herself Lynn I^edworth. Police believed her to be the late SLA member Nancy Ijng Perry. Less than six blocks from the Foster assassination site, the apartment was an ideal spot to plot and launch the murder, as well as a good sanctuary later, police said. The SLA vanished after the Feb. 4 kidnaping of Miss Hearst, reappearing into known public view with the newspaper heiress on April 15 during a $10,690 bank robbery. During that period, police say SLA members had moved into a rundown apartment building on the edge of .San Francisco's Western Addition, a predominantly black neighborhood about l',4 miles from the FBI office here. During that two-month span, there is evidence that SLA members regularly walked or drove several blocks in the neighborhood to shop at the New Laguna Grocery store. "Practically all of them were in and out of here, but 1 didn't know who they were," said Mrs. E. G. Jamerson, the owner. "The girl I thought was Patty was thin and pretty. Beautiful. "Once I asked her, 'Are you Patty?' but she just smiled and said, 'A lot of folks think that. 1 "They all were very warm and friendly, even the man who asked me for plum wine," she said. "I said, 'Plum wine? I never heard of such a thing.' So he just walked away." Neighbors, who had been bothered by loud noises from the apartment, said the young occupants departed at the end of April, carrying boxes and clothing on hangers to a station wagon. In the cockroach-infested apartment, the SLA's seven- headed cobra was emblazoned on the walls along with a revolutionary slogan signed "Tania," Miss Hearst's adopted SLA name. Documents and a key to the bank robbery getaway car soaked in acid in the bathtub, while piles of clothing, wigs, dresses, women's underwear, gallon wine bottles and a bicycle were strewn about. Again, the FBI was one step behind. Two days later, in the largely black Bayview District, authorities say the SLA next took shelter in a faded brown stucco building near industrial yards. It was just one block from one of the distribution sites for a $2 million food program set up to help secure Miss Hearst's release. On May 1, a black woman using the name "M. Jackson" paid $375 cash to rent the place. Neighbors said, however, that three black men in Army jackets also were seen entering. When FBI agents kicked in the door on Monday, they found five dirty mattresses, plum wine bottles, clothing, wigs and beauty aids. Old newspapers indicated at least some persons had stayed until last Friday, the day six members died in a fiery las Angeles gun battle.
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