The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 29, 1974 · Page 1
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Israel, Syria agree on disengagement NURSERY SCHOOL — George Funuce, above right, pott* with members of the Claire Ann Sbover Nursery School, 522 W. Spruce, in front of the school's new front gate. Faunce is retiring after 10 years of bus driving for the school. A retirement ceremony for Fanwe win be held in coijmctkw with graduation ceremonies and an open house at the school today. Pictured with Faunce on the right are John and Joe Greeoagel; to the left are John Rose, Jane Berg and Amy Spies. (Journal photo by Philip Hage) WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon announced today that Israel and Syria have reached agreement on disengagement of their forces, and called it a stride toward a permanent peace settlement for the entire Mideast. "What was a major roadblock to any qermanent settlement has now been removed," Nixon said in a nationally televised statement from the White House. Nixon said prospects for a permanent Middle East peace now are "better than they have been at any time over the past 25 years." The President announced that Israeli and Syrian representatives will sign the disengagement agreement Friday in Geneva. The announcement he delivered was being released also in Jerusalem and Damascus. Nixon praised Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger who worked for the settlement in a month of shuttle diplomacy between the capitals involved. The President said also that he has sent messages to the Israeli and Syrian governments praising their statesmanship. Nixon said the agreement, together with the earlier disengagement settlement by Israel and Egypt, pave the way for progress in Geneva talks seeking permanent peace. "... As far as the United States in concerned, we shall continue our diplomatic initiatives," Nixon said. JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel and Syria agreed today to separate their armies on the Golan Heights front after Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger won a major Israeli concession on Palestinian guerrilla attacks. The announcement on the DalluJournal lOlstYEAR NO. 126 FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA56537 WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 1974 SINGLE COPY lOc Protestant leaders call off strike in N. Ire/and BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Protestant extremist Ulster Workers' Council called off today a 15- day general strike which paralyzed Northern Ireland's economy and brought down the British province's moderate government. The UWC announced that it was asking workers to drift back to .their jobs, with heavy industry resuming production' probably on Monday. The announcement came as Prime Minister Harold Wilson called a meeting in London with his cabinet to discuss ways to solve the crisis in the province prompted by the resignation on Tuesday of Protestant members of Chief Minister Brian Faulkner's Executive, the provincial government. Leaders of the walkout gave no immediate reason for calling it off. The move reversed early extremist pledges not to .return •to'work 1 until Wflson made liis : announcement on the provincial administration. Strike leaders wanted an end to Northern Ireland's first attempt at sharing power between its Protestant majority and its Roman Catholic minority. They got it, at least temporarily. Catholic members of the Executive refused to resign, but a British government statement said the provincial administration could not function without Protestants. In London, political sources said Prime Minister Harold Wilson was desperately anxious that power-sharing should continue in the embattled province. High court proposal disputed WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon's Watergate lawyer says the Supreme Court should not intervene in the legal battle over White House tapes. James D. St. Clair said Tuesday that the dispute over tapes subpoenaed by special prosecutor Leon Jaworski should be decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals before any involvement of the Supreme Court, which Jaworski has sought. Meanwhile, Jaworski said there is evidence that Nixon probably discussed with aides use of the Internal Revenue Service to audit and harass political enemies, and he asked U.S. District Court Judge John Sirica to give him a White House tape which he believes contains that conversation. Discussing Jaworski's Supreme Court request with reporters, St. Clair said: "Cases that are concerned with constitutional issues ought to be carefully considered by the courts, and I think it would be appropriate that these matters not be short-cutted." He said he would so advise the court on Thursday. A U.S. District Court has ruled that Nixon must surren- der the tapes and St Clair asked the appeals court last Friday to overturn the ruling. On the same day, Jaworski asked the Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction, which would mean bypassing the appeals court. In papers filed with U.S. District Court, Jaworski said there is evidence that the White House presented lists of individuals to the Internal Revenue Service for harassment and that "the White House unlawfully attempted to have the IRS investigate" former Democratic party chairman Lawrence F. O'Brien. Jaworski asked Sirica to reconsider an earlier order allowing the White House to withhold part of the tape of a Sept. 15, 1972, conversation involving Nixon and former aides H. R. Haldeman and John W. Dean HI. Jaworski said both Dean and Haldeman testified before the Senate Watergate committee that the IRS was discussed at the meeting. In other Watergate developments: —Francis X. Carroll, former Continued on page 14 He called a meeting of senior ministers to consider a way out of the crisis. When the coalition took office Jan. 1, it was heralded as a political organ to end centuries of feuding between Catholics and Protestants in the six counties. Politicians saw its downfall as a major and perhaps fatal setback to Britain's elaborate peace plan. One solution available to Wilson under the Constitution Act of 1973 would be for Britain to nominate a caretaker government of politicians willing to serve along with senior civil servants, businessmen and labor union leaders. This seemed unlikely to satisfy Protestant militants, however, demanding new elections to the Provincial Assembly, which they believe would reim- pose Protestant rule in the province. A spokesman for the Ulster Workers' Council, key group behind the strike, said the protest would continue until assurances are given of new elections. Nevertheless, the strikers backed off their threat completely to shut down essential services. They restored household gas supplies today, said electric power supplies would be kept at a safe level and sent men back to operate water and sewage systems. Bakeries and dairies were told to resume normal deliveries. But the militants' grip on industry continued unabated. Faulkner's departure set off a big victory celebration in hard-line Protestant areas of Belfast and other towns. The strikers viewed coalition with the Catholics as a concession to the guerrilla gunmen of the Irish Republican Army, which for years has waged a bombing campaign intended to break the province's links with Britain. More than 1,030 people have died in almost five years of riots and bombing. During the strike the IRA has been unusually quiet. Liam Cosgrave, the Irish Republic's prime minister, bitterly denounced the IRA as responsible for the collapse of the power-sharing system in the north. disengagement, made simultaneously in Washington, Jerusalem and Damascus, came on the 32nd day of Kissinger's current peace mission. Sources said Israel originally insisted that Syria committ itself on paper to restrain the guerrillas, but Kissinger couldn't get the Syrians to do this. The sources said the Israelis then agreed they would settle for a letter in which the United States expressed its understanding as to why Israel would react forcibly to terrorist attacks. President Nixon said in Washington that "what was a major roadblock to any permanent settlement has now been removed." He said prospects for a permanent Middle East peace now are "better than they have been at any time over the past 25 years." Israeli and Syrian commanders will sign the pact in Geneva on Friday,and the fighting, now in its 79th day, is to stop and prisoners on both sides freed at that time. Premier Golda Meir was expected to make an announcement on the agreement tonight. Israeli and Syrian commanders will sign the pact in Geneva within a few days. At the United Nations in New York, a U.N. spokesman said the United States had informed the world body that Israel and Syria had agreed to disengage their forces on the Golan Heights front. U.S. Ambassador John A. Scali informed Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim of the agreement. Unofficial Israeli informants said 1,250 U.N. troops would set up the buffer and that it would be one to four miles wide. They said it would stretch from Mt. Hermon along the Golan Heights, including the abandoned Golan capital of Quneitra and a strip 300 yards west of the wrecked town. They said on each side of the buffer the armies would be reduced in two corridors, each six miles wide. In the front line corridor, troops would be limited to 6,000, with 75 tanks and 36 short-range cannon. In the deeper zone, each side would be restricted to 450 tanks, with no long-range artillery or antiaircraft missiles, they said. Despite the lack of official confirmation, newsmen were invited to Mrs. Meir's office to drink a toast with Kissinger. "It's all wrapped up," said one source close to Kissinger's negotiations. "It only needs the cabinet to ratify it and that is a formality." Israel's state radio said the disengagement pact would be signed by Israeli and Syrian delegates in Geneva at the end of this week. Mrs. Meir's cabinet met early this morning to discuss the pact, then scheduled an afternoon session during which it would decide "yes or no," according to an Israeli government communique. It said the decision would be final. Information Minister Shimon Peres told newsmen he expected the announcement would be in "very general terms." Meanwhile, Israeli officials said Mrs. Meir may quit office in the next 24 hours and turn over the government to Premier-Designate Yitzhak Rabin. Rabin won approval for a new coalition cabinet Tuesday night from Mrs. Meir's Labor party. He announced .to President Ephraim Katzir that he was ready to take over with a new government that left out Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and some of Israel's most familiar faces. Mrs. Meir, who wants to retire too a communal settlement in the Negev desert, remains in power as caretaker premier until the parliament votes confidence in Israel's new lead- Continued on page 14 Board hears concern about kindergarten class size By JAMES GRAY Enrollment in the Fergus Falls public schools may be declining but parents are concerned about the number of kindergarten pupils enrolled at Adams School for next fall. Figures show there will be 31 pupils in each of two sections. "We feel that's too many for kindergarten," Mrs. Wallace Pearson told the board last night. She presented signatures of 26 parents concerned about the number. She suggested 20 to 25 as a more ideal class size. Supt. Richard Baker said the administration is concerned, too. According to present board policy when class size reaches 30 parents can request transfer. Supreme court rules in Otter Tail case The United States Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court decision that Otter Tail Power Company violated antitrust law by using litigation to prevent establishment of some municipal electric systems in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota. Ralph Johnson, director of public relations for Otter Tail, Bumpers defeats William Fulbright By DON McLEOD AP Political Writer Fast-rising political newcomer Dale Bumpers ran away with the Arkansas Democratic senatorial nomination and ended the 30-year career of J. W. Fidbright, one of the leading powers in American foreign policy. The two-term Arkansas governor ran up almost a 2-to-l victory margin Tuesday over Fulbright, who has been chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 15 years. At the same time, 73-year-old Wayne Morse was winning the Democratic senatorial nomination f..i •; -'i'.ical comeback in Oregon. Morse, who like Fulbright was a leading Senate critic of U.S. Vietnam policy, will meet Sen. Robert Packwood in the fall. Pfi<-k\vood. who ousted Morse after 24 years in the Senate in 1968, was unopposed for the Republican nomination. In Kentucky, another of the Democratic new faces, Gov. Wendell Ford, won the party's nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Marlow Cook in November. Both scored easy victories over token primary opposition. Just four years ago, Bumpers was a school board member and city attorney in Charleston, Ark., a town of 1,500. But in 1970 he upset former six-term Gov. Orval E. Faubus in the Democratic primary and went on to oust incumbent Republican Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller. He won re-election in 1972. Both Fulbright and Bumpers said they were surprised at the size of Bumpers' win. Bumpers, 48, had called for new leadership in Washington Continued on page 14 said that the decision was the last of the issues in the case which was begun in 1969. "We believed we acted legally and in good faith to protect the business," he said. "However, since the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise, even though we may not agree with the decision it is the law of the land and we will abide by it." The high court ruled that Otter Tail cannot institute litigation if a town wants to go into the electric business. In the suit, the government claimed that Otter Tail used its monopoly power to foreclose competition or gain a competitive advantage or to destroy a competitor, all in violation of the antitrust laws. The government claimed the monopoly because Otter Tail refused to sell power at wholesale rates to proposed municipal systems, refused to transmit power from other wholesale suppliers to proposed municipal systems and was engaged in other activities the government said were designed to block attempts by towns to establish their own electric- power facilities. Main Street bridge to be replaced soon City's last iron bridge doomed Off Page One On the local scene. Page 8 Couple to celebrate 60th wedding anniversary. Page 8 Rev. C. K. Preus, First Lutheran pastor since 1947, to retire. Page 11 Fergus Falls will soon lose the last of the old style iron truss bridges that have spanned the Otter Tail River. The bridge on Main Street, more commonly referred to as the Mt. Faith bridge, near Guttenberg Heights, is to be replaced shortly by a new bridge. The present bridge, records indicate, was built in 1910. The previous one was wrecked when the city dam, known now as Broken Down Dam, went out Sept. 24, 1909. At that time the council decided it was inadvisable to try to repair it since a new one had been planned for construction in 1910 anyway. The damaged bridge was closed to teams and a footbridge was ordered erected. That river crossing has been spanned by a bridge at least since 1886. The council that year advertised for bids for a Guttenberg Heights bridge. Three other old iron truss bridges have been replaced in the city in the last 20 years. They include the Cascade Street, East Lincoln and Concord Street bridges. According to Roy A. Baker's history of Fergus Fplls, George B. Wright built the first Cascade Street bridge in 1871. That same year Ernest Buse directed the erection of the Union Avenue bridge which was built by Railing Brothers. Buse said later that the actual cost of the bridge was 75 cents in money and five gallons of whiskey. The new Main Street bridge will cost almost $88,000. If class size reaches 35 the board is obligated to make transfers. But parents, Baker said, are inclined to show less concern about class size than about transfer, so no switches have been made in the last year or so. In the past it was rural children who got transferred to other schools because it involved bussing. Now, however, in-city bus transportation will be provided and transferring city youngsters will be as easy. But the policy would be to transfer all the children from one family. Estimated kindergarten enrollment for next fall is 265 and the size of sections by school range from 31 at Adams to 29 at Lincoln and 22 at other schools. If the class size is limited to 20 that will mean 12 sections instead of the 10 planned. James Langlie, elementary director, said there are three alternatives to the problem — change the policy, add a teacher or add aides for kindergarten. He was asked to plan on a recommendation for the next board meeting June 11. The board accepted the resignations of Patricia Blume, a teacher at the Dalton School, and Kathryn Olson, half-time fourth grade teacher at Jefferson. The board granted a year's leave of absence to Thomas Uvaas, junior high physical education teacher and assistant swimming coach. He plans to attend the University of Indiana where he has been granted an assistantship. • Baker advised the board that granting leaves of absence to Continued on page 14 WEATHER FERGUS FALLS 1RFA Fair and cooler tonight, lows in low to mid 40s. Increasing cloudiness Thursday with a chance of a shower or thundershower west and south. Highs Thursday mid and upper fids. Chance of rain Thursday 20 per cent northeast to 40 per cent southwest. High Tuesday 76. Overnight I/»w 53. At 8 a.m. 55. At noon 65. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today .16. Temperatures One Year Ago Maximum 77. Minimum 47.

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