The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 23, 1974 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Thursday, May 23, 1974
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Daily Journal lOlstYEAR NO. 122 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA 56537 THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1974 SINGLE COPY IQc Memorial Day plans announced Plans for observance of Memorial Day in Fergus Falls have been announced by Dave Johnson, president of the Fergus Falls Veterans Council. As was the case last year, there will be no parade. A ceremony at the Cascade Street Bridge is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. followed by services at Oak Grove Cemetery at 11 a.m. Mayor Barbara Donoho will be the speaker. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct memorial services at the cemetery. The Fergus Falls National Guard company will provide color guard and firing squad. The Barbershop Belles will provide music. In case of rain there will be no bridge ceremony and the cemetery service will be held at the Fergus Theatre. Johnson said members of veterans organizations will decorate veterans' graves in outlying areas Saturday and at Oak Grove Cemetery Sunday. Veterans willing to participate are asked to meet at the VFW Club at 1:30 p.m. both days. The veterans council, Johnson said, is urging families of deceased veterans to check to see if veterans' markers are missing in cemeteries. They may contact Johnson at 6-2269 or Veterans Service at the courthouse. Agreement on health plan seen WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy says there are broad areas of agreement between the Nixon administration and Congress on the essentials of a national health insurance plan. He told the nation in a radio address Wednesday "a new spirit of compromise and progress is in the air" that may make it possible to enact such a program this year. Kennedy, D-Mass., said the health insurance bill he is sponsoring with Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark., is better in many respects than the Nixon proposal. Kennedy's speech was delivered as the Democratic congressional majority's reply to an address on the same subject by Nixon Monday. The President spoke of com- 'promise, too, but said he would not yield on the basic principles of his plan. One of the principles, he said, was that the program must operate through private insurance companies and not "a costly, federal-dominated structure." The Kennedy-Mills plan would be financed through and operated by the Social Security system. The senator said among its advantages, including elimination of what he described as large profits made by the private companies, coverage of the individual from job to job or between jobs or when he was retired, and a tax that would be higher for persons well-off and lower for the poor. Continued 011 page 16 Past Nixon subordinates seek papers SCHOOL PATROL PICNIC—The traditional Fergus Falls school patrol picnic yesterday, sponsored by Kiwanis, drew 290 elementary students to Roosevelt Park. Fran Conito, school patrol director, left, found the drawing for prizes as big an attraction as the refreshments. Winners included Keith Streeter, Eisenhower School. Brian Flynn, Cleveland School, pays attention to his hotdog. (Journal photos by Harley Oyloe) WASHINGTON (AP) - New subpoenas for Watergate evidence have been fired at the White House, this time by two former members of President Nixon's inner circle. The subpoenas were signed by U.S. District Court Judge Gerhard Gesell at the request of lawyers for John D. Ehrlichman, formerly Nixon's chief domestic adviser, and Charles W. Colson, ex-presidential counselor. Gesell gave the White House until 2 p.m. Friday to respond and said he would grant no more time. He added that the case might have to be dismissed if the government refuses to turn over evidence deemed necessary for the trial. "If the court rules that material is relevant to the defense of anyone charged" in the case and are not produced, "the prosecution ends," Gesell said. The subpoenas include a demand for top secret documents connected with the 1971 Pentagon papers case. They also ask for personal papers left at the White House by Colson and Ehrlichman. The latest subpoenas were issued in connection with the plumbers case, scheduled for trial in Gesell's court Sept. 9. Ehrlichman, Colson and three other defendants are charged in the break-in at the California offices of Dr. Fielding, psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon papers on U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war. Among the subpoenaed papers was a damage assessment submitted under seal to the Supreme Court in the Pentagon papers case. Top secret portions of these files have never been publicly disclosed. Earlier Wednesday, Gesell had said he would not allow the government to withhold material from the trial on a claim of executive privilege. The White House has retained some of the papers of staffers who left during the Watergate controversy and referred to them as presidential papers. Ehrlichman and Colson had complained that preparation of their defense was hindered by the fact that access to their papers still at the White House was limited. "I don't recognize any executive privilege," Gesell said in a hearing on pretrial motions in the case. If anything is relevant and material, it is going to be produced by the United States. "There is not going to be executive privilege or national security," the judge said. "We must proceed with what is relevant in this case. I am not going to start having a secret trial of public matters." Nixon has under appeal an order that he turn over tapes subpoenaed by the Watergate Nixon's tape refusal provides new grounds for possible impeachment special prosecutor's office for the Watergate cover-up trial .scheduled to start in another court here Sept. 9. The subpoena signed at Ehrlichman's request Wednesday asks for his personal papers from January 1971 through April 30, 1973, the date he resigned from the White House staff in the heat of rising Watergate scandals. A separate subpoena requested by Colson asks for his handwritten notes covering conversations he had with Nixon June 14,1971, and Sept. 15, 1971. The Fielding break-in occurred Sent. 4, 1971. In another development at Wednesday's hearings, defense lawyer Daniel Schultz read into the record a memo written by David Young, a top lieutenant in the plumbers unit, in which he said Ehrlichman told him: "You don't want to address the question of whether I discussed this (the break-in] with the President." The plumbers unit was created at the White House to end leaks of defense secrets. Schultz, attorney for Bernard L. Barker and Eugenic A. Martinez, quoted the memo in arguing his right to plead his clients acted legally because the break-in was ordered by Nixon in the name of national security. Nixon has denied any prior knowledge of the breakin. Bulletin WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon's refusal to comply with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for 11 Watergate tapes is providing new •grounds for'impeachment 'in the view of some members. "It means the cover-up continues," said Rep. George Danielson, D-Calif., after Nixon notified the committee Wednesday he would not comply with the subpoena or any other it issues for Watergate material. "It's hurting him with the committee," said Rep. Tom Railsbnck, R-I11., one of a number of Republicans who expressed disappointment at Nixon's action. Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., calling Nixon's refusal "a very grave matter," scheduled a committee meeting for next week to deal with it. There was some talk of citing Nixon for contempt of Congress and of seeking court enforcement of the subpoena, but a majority appeared to favor taking the President's action into account when considering whether he should be impeached. The committee staff has advised ttiat it is proper to infer that anyone possessing and refusing to provide subpoenaed evidence is withholding material that could be incriminating. In a letter to Rodino saying he would not produce the tapes, Nixon said the committee's request, and others it is getting ready to make, amount to "a No longer as kidnap victim Patty Hearst now hunted as suspect 1,08 ANGELES (AP) - Patricia Hearst faces the possibility of life in prison as she is hunted as kidnap suspect rather than kidnap victim. In a further dramatic turnabout since her kidnaping by the Symbionese Liberation Army Feb. 4, IAS Angeles County Dist. Atty. Joseph Busch lodged 19 felony charges against her Wednesday. "She faces life imprisonment," Busch said. "In our opinion, Miss Hearst was acting on her own free will," he said in outlining the charges, which included four counts of robbery, five of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit murder and two of kidnaping. They were filed against Miss Hearst and William and Emily Harris. Busch called again on the three to surrender, but expressed doubt that they would and said there would be "no deal." He said he believed it was the first time a kidnap victim had become a kidnap suspect. Miss Hearst, 20-year-old coed and heiress to a publishing fortune, and the Harrises, a white couple who police say comprise the remnants of the SM, were charged with 18 counts each. A 19th charge, of aiding and abetting assault, was filed against Miss Hearst, and it raised the possibility that police believe she may not be with the Harrises. The assault charge accuses Miss Hearst of being with two black men who tried unsuccessfully to slash a Los Angeles landlady last Sunday when she denied the three a room. Some of the other alleged "sightings" of Miss Hearst have placed her with persons other than the Harrises, and an 18-year-old youth says he saw her leave a ix>s Angeles house last Thursday with two black men. It was that house where six SLA members died in a fiery Shootout last Friday. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, a grand jury prepared to hear testimony today about an SLA bank robbery there and the kid- naping of Miss Hearst. Witnesses were said to include Tom Dean Matthews; Patty's mother, Catherine; and Steven Weed, the 27-year-old tutor she Survivors of boating accident discuss avid fisherman's death By PHILIP HAGE City Editor "John was crazy about fishing. He went every year. He liked to fish at I-ake Anne and along the (Otter Tail) river. We went quite a few limes last year." Joe Glud, Foxhome, and his father, Willard, 317 N. Court, discussed the death of John Johnson, Willard's father, in a boating accident May 18. "We were trying to find a quiet place to fish," Joe recalled, "trying to get away from the current. The level of the river was very high and the current was swift. We were trying to get out of the wind." The three were fishing from a 14-foot aluminum fishing boat. The day had started out sunny and warm but grey clouds now covered the sky. It had turned colder in the wind when the sun disappeared. They started at Schmidt's Bridge where County Road 3 crosses the river, and trolled as far as the Waterstreet Bridge, several miles east along the river, near County Road 43. "We turned around at the Waterstreet Bridge," Joe recalled, "and stopped to fish in a shallow area, but the propeller became entangled in the weeds. Then we decided to return to Schmidt's Bridge." The three traveled slowly west, to a wide spot in the river. Joe guesses the river was 400 feet wide at this point, but their boat was close to shore. All the men were sitting down; none was fishing. Another fishing boat with two persons in it passed by. The wake of the second boat rocked Glud's boat. "The wake caught us off balance. It didn't swamp the boat but caused it to rock, Willard said. "John lost his balance and fell to the side of the boat. He couldn't catch himself," Willard remembered. "When John fell, I lost my balance and fell to the same side." The boat overturned, spilling Joe and Willard free from the boat but trapping John underneath. "I don't remember if the water was cold," Willard said. "All I could think about was getting air." Joe Glud tried to free John from underneath the boat. "His head was under six inches of water and his arm was trapped in the boat." Joe finally jerked John's arm free and started to Continued on page 16 fell in love with in high school and was to marry this summer. Matthews, 18, reportedly told FBI agents that Miss Hearst said she fired 30 rifle shots during a getaway from a sporting goods store last week. He said she and the Harrises kidnaped him, and said Miss Hearst told him she had willingly taken part in the bank robbery and had joined the SI,A of her own free will. The search for the three fugitives continued to center on Los Angeles, but FBI agents declined to be specific about leads. Appeals mounted for them to surrender. In the charges filed \Vcdnes- day, the FBI alleges it was Miss Hearst who sprayed automatic rifle fire into a los Angeles sporting goods store last Thursday as the Harrises made a getaway from an abortive shoplifting attempt. Bail on the district attorney's charges was set at 550,000 for each of the three. Bail is 10 times greater - 5500,000 — on federal firearms charges filed against the three because of the sporting goods store episode. In another development, lx>s Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley said the city would pay an estimated $50,000 in damage to houses near the scene of the Shootout where the six SI^\ members died last Friday night. The families of those six — four young white women, a white man and SI .A leader <'<mtinued<>npagel6 massive invasion into the confidentiality of presidential conversations." "More fundamentally, continuing ad infinitum the process of yielding up additional conversations in response to an endless series of demands would fatally weaken this office, not only in this administration but for future presidencies as well," Nixon added. Rodino rejected Nixon's argument, saying the committee's requests were narrowly drawn and related specifically to the impeachment inquiry: "There is no way the presidency will be weakened by the constitutional process wer are conducting. The republic will be strengthened." Rodino said the committee will issue more subpoenas if it decides the White House is withholding evidence it needs. The next one likely will deal with the dairy funds and ITT controversies. The committee has requested tapes of 66 conversations in these two areas and Nixon's lawyer, James D. St. Clair, told it Wednesday it would get only one partial transcript. The committee delved deeper into the crucial March 21, 1973, stage of the Watergate cover-up Wednesday, adding secret grand jury evidence to its tapes of Nixon's conversations dealing with hush money payments. grand jury said a $75,000 payment was made to the lawyer for convicted Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt Jr. the night of March 21. In a taped conversation earlier that day, Nixon appeared to be ordering his former counsel, John W. Dean III, to make the payment. There is some dispute as to whether the $75,000 actually was paid that night, but several committee members said the evidence presented Wednesday made it clear that it was. The committee also heard a tape of a March 22 conversation t'liiUinufd on page lf> WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Court of Appeals turned down the Senate Watergate committee's long-standing demand for five White House Watergate tapes Thursday, ruling that the material would be "merely cumulative." The committee, chaired by Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr., D-N.C., has been trying to get the tapes since last July 23. The court, in a unanimous opinion, said "we have been shown no evidence indicating that Congress itself attaches any particular value" to having both the Senate Committee and the House Judiciary Committee scrutinize the five conversations simultaneously. Possible old to South V/et given setback In a report accompanying indictments returned against seven former White House and Nixon re-election campaign aides March 1, the Watergate WASHINGTON (AP) — President Nixon's effort to boost military aid to South Vietnam has lost what may be its last hope in Congress. The House refused Wednesday cither to raise or lower present Vietnam aid in a ?22.6- billion weapons authorization bill it passed 358 to 37 and sent to the Senate. A similar bill awaiting Senate action would cut the present $1.126 billion Vietnam aid to $900 million. At Ihesamc time, House-Senate conferees reported out a separate S7G9 million supple- Means discusses role of the SLA NANCY NESS Strieker reviews natural gas dilemma. Page 2 On the local scene. Page 3 Area happenings. Page 11 MINNEAPOLIS. Minn. lAPi — American Indian Movement leader Russell Means drew a parallel between the recent deaths of Symbionese Liberation Army i SI A) members in ]jos Angeles and the American Indian Movement iAlM) Wednesday at a rally on the University of Minnesota campus. Between 500 and 600 students attended the rally to hear speakers supporting Means and Dennis Banks, defendants in the Wounded Knee trial. ••The establishment law enforcement bodies and the FBI maneuver the establishment press to justify massacres." said Means. "People's psyches are worked on to such a degree that they refuse to do anything about the murder of those people." Means characterized the Sl_\ as "people who hadn't physically harmed anyone and were trying to feed poor people." The SI .A has taken credit for the murder of the Oakland. Calif., school superintendent last year. "And look at us." Means said of AIM and its takeover of Wounded Knee last year. "We harmed no one. yet the establishment press continues to psych up the people of America to think lh;il we're nothing but a bunch of terrorists and destroyers of property." Means contended the real stfuy of Wounded never .cot out because the news media got its information from daily news conferences run by the government. During the rally Means asked the students to do all they can to aid AIM in its attempt to block tourism in South Dakota this \e;ir. • 'We want to hit the white m;in where it hurls the most, in his pocketbook." said Means. "We're asking you to help us stop that $255 million in tourist dollars In South Dakota." mental military bill recommending rejection of the Pentagon's request to increase Vietnam aid by $266 million through a bookkeeping transfer. The House also rejected amendments to phase out 100.000 U.S. troops overseas and to cut the $22.6 billion weapons bill by $733 million across the bojrd. An amendment by Rep. Robert L. Leggett, D-Calif., to cut the Vietnam aid to $1 billion was rejected 211 to 190. But Chairman F. Edward Hebert, D-I,a., abandoned his House Armed Services Committee's proposal to boost the aid to $1.4 billion because of heavy House opposition and moved instead to keep the aid at the present level. Hebert's motion was approved by voice vote. The amendment to phase out 100.000 of the 435,000 U.S. ground troops overseas in 18 months was proposed by House IX^nocratic leader Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. and rejected 240 to 163 after a debate that split Democratic leaders. WEATHER FERGUS FAILS AREA Partly cloudy and cooler tonight with lows in the low and imd 3fls. becoming mostly fair Friday with hi^hs in the 50s. Hii;li Wednesday 59. Overnight Low 42. At 3 a.m. 44. At noon 51 Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today trace. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 73. Minimum 51.

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