The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on September 9, 1974 · Page 7
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 7

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Monday, September 9, 1974
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Ford acted swiftly in pardon WASHINGTON (AP) - II was a process shrouded in secrecy, 10 days of deliberations and negotiations that spanned the continent. It ended when President Ford signed wilh a felt-tip pen a proclamation pardoning Richard M. Nixon "for all offenses against tin; United States" during the 04 years of his presidency. Ford had set the pardon machinery in motion on Aug. ,!0 when he asked White House counsel Philip Biicheri to i let ermine the answers In two questions: Was there any precedent for granting pardon in advance of any indictmenl or conviction; and how long would any criminal proceedings against Nixon continue'' Huchen worked through the Ijabor Day weekend, researching the law on the precedent question and conferring with Special Prosecutor I.eon Jaworski about the duration of any proceedings. Jaworski. who directed the grand jury thai already had named Nixon as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Watergate cover-up, res]x>nded with a memo suggesting that jury selection in any Nixon Irial. assuming the grand jury eventually indicted the former president, would be delayed for "nijK 1 months to a year and perhaps longer" txx-ause of unprecedented publicity in the case. The memo was sent to Ford, who never talked directly to Ja- wuj'ski, according to Buchen. Jawurski said later lie was not consulted specifically about the pardon decision. lust two days before Ford ordered Buclien to gear up the pardon machinery, the President had told his first White House news conference that uhile he shared "the general view and |x>int of view of the American people" that Nixon be spared prosecution, he had made no decision on the pardon possibility. It is unclear what led Ford to change his mind so completely ami so quickly. White House officials weren't saying. Hnwever, some Ford aides say the President's concern grew about Nixon's health as Since you cant go around saying yo/re terrific, let our dothes do it for you Adding it up. Special separates, all Solo's by Country Set, adding up to an impoitant fall look. Sweater set • o( black textured knit cardigan and pullover; pull-on pants in black; ' eye-catching shid in black newspaper print. reports circulated that the threat of prosecution was gradually eating away at the former President's peace of mind as he sought tranquilily at his San Clemente, Calif, estate. In addition, there were suggestions that Ford had Ix'come concerned that action on a paidnn might be more difficult and controversial if delayed. Ford expressed concern about Nixon's health when he made his dramatic pardon announcement. One source said the White House Mas sufficiently disturbed about Nixmi's health that former press secretary lionald I. XiegliT, with Nixon in San Clemente, was contacted last week and asked about Nixon's .situation. The source quoted Xiegler as saying there had U'Cii no change in Nixon's health. On the other hand, a man who iias seen Nixon in the last four days described |n"> as having aged considerably since his resignation. Whatever inspired Ford's decision, the execution was swift in coming. Uist Thursday, Ford tentatively decided to grant a pardon and he dispatched Washington attorney Benton Becker to San Clemente to relay the news. Becker also was to complete negotiations for an agreement insuring access to Nixon's White House files during the next three years for possible use in Watergate prosecutions. While House officials later insisted that the pardon was not connected with the agreement or with any statement of contrition on Nixon's part. But one official conceded that Ford knew "in a general way" what Nixon would say after the pardon was signed. Becker, a partner in the law firm that handles Ford's personal legal work, flew to San Clemente Thursday night were lie met with Herbert .J. Miller Jr., another Washington law- yer, who recently was retained as iN'ixon's defense counsel. Decker carried a draft of the pardon and, after first conferring with Xiegler, he met Friday with Nixon and showed him the draft. Becker later described Nixon as "friendly and courteous and thoughtful." By Saturday, Ford had made a firm decision to grant pardon and he assigned his speech writers to begin work on the pardon proclamation. He also informed his press secretary, Jerald F. terHorst, to make arrangements for the Sunday announcement. TerHorst said word of the pardon was kept from him until Saturday. 4J5 a*i I uj XI I Z *Pardon Continued from page 1 Democrats led the parade of congressmen disagreeing with Ford's action, and they were joined by some Republicans. "... A serious mistake," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D- Mass. "H raises very real questions ... about whether we have a double standard of justice in this country." "... A dangerous precedent," said Sen. Walter F. Mondalc, D- Minn. Several Senate Republcans joined in the criticism, among them Charles McC. Mathias of Maryland, Lowell P. Weicker of Connecticut. Clifford P. Case of New Jersey and Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania. Bui some prominent Democrats, notably -Sens. John C. Stenni.s and James 0. F.astland of Mississippi, said Ford took the correct action. And leading Republicans rallied to his defense. "It was a courageous decision." said Senate dOP Leader Hugh Scott. "... It was the only decent and prudent course to follow," said Sen. Barry Goldwatcr of Arizona. Four 4-H'ers from West Otter Tail County will participate in the Slate 4-H Horse Show at the State fairgrounds in St. Paul beginning at 'J a.m. Sept. 1C. The two-day event will he held concurrently with the Market Livestock Show and will Iw held in the Hippodrome. Those participating in the Stale Horse Slioiv are; Katliy Chrislophcrson, Fergus Falls Route 1; Darlenc Stigen, 'M K. Vasa, Fergus Falls; Jane Sch- warzwaltcr, Fergus Falls Route 4; Cathy Vanish, Pelican Kapids Route 3. Some 300 4-H'ers will participate in halter showmanship, horsemanship, barrel racing, reining, egg and spoon contests, pole weaving and western and English pleasure classes at the show. The evening horse show, beginning at 7 p.m. will feature several attractions. The show begins with a Grand Entry Parade of county riders. Egg and Spoon, Barrel Racing and l»le weaving finalists will vie for trophies. The top five rciners from the afternoon and a jumping demonstration will round out an exciting program of top riders. The Dan Patch Trophy, awarded to the top 4-H Horse project member in the state, will be presented along with awards for the top judging teams from the afternoon horse judging contest as well as other awards. Some 35 4-H judging teams will be involved in a horse- judging contest Monday afternoon. The 4-H'ers will judge six classes of horses. All 4-H members participating in the horse show are at least 11 years of age and arc currently enrolled in the 4-H horse project. They represent more than 6,000 horse project members throughout the state. * terHorst (.unturned from page 1 him it was unfair for Nixon to be pardoned while liis former subordinates continue to he prosecuted for Watergate-related crimes. "Mercy, like justice, must also be even-handed," lerllorsl said. Some Watergate figures are already in jail, others are under indictment and "their reputations and families also have been injured," he said. "I knew my credibility would Ije difficult to sustain ..'. in the absence uf a like decision to grant mercy to persons of lesser stations in life," terHorst said. Ford issued a statement saying "I appreciate the fact that good people will differ with me on this very difficult decision. "1 deeply regret Jerry ter- Ilorst's resignation," Ford said. "I understand his position." During his tenure as press secretary, terHorst won the praise of White House newsmen for speaking in simple declarative sentences and attempting to give rejwrlers regular access to Ford's staff. When Ford ]>ersuaded ter- Horst to turn in his press card and become at least an interim press secretary, the (Irand Rapids, Mich., native was Washington bureau chief of the News. He was then about to start the final chapter of a biography of Ford, a book soon to he published. TerHorst has said he was on leave of absence from the News and had not made a final break from ill years as a newspaperman. Area [happenings Art gallery to open WAHPETON - "The Gallery," Wahpeton's first art gallery, will open Sept. 15 with an exhibit featuring woodcuts and watercolors by Charles Beck of Fergus Falls. Other art includes woodcutsby James O'Kourke and silkscreens by Dennis Navrat. These artists will be special guests Sept. 14 from 6:30 • 8;30 p.m. at the gallery. 'Hie Gallery, located in the old Methodist Church in Wahpeton, was established by the Vertin-O'Rourke Foundation for the Arts. Car leaves road in county An automobile driven by Gaile Bolstad, 17, Fergus Falls Route 4, left a county road and went into a ditch about 9; 30 a.m. Saturday, at the intersection of County Highways 47 and 12, seven miles east of Dalton. Passengers in the vehicle, Mike Bolstad, 13, and Arnold Bolstad, 15, were not seriously injured. All were taken to Lake Region Hospital where they were treated and released. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department reported the vehicle was destroyed. Energy meeting set A public meeting to discuss the possibility of energy shortages and review emergency plans for allocation and conservation in case of an extreme shortage will be held at the Fergus Falls Community College auditorium Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be one of several scheduled in Minnesota by the state Energy Agency. They will be conducted by John D. Peterson, director of the agency's division of Conservation and planning. Fergus Falls (Mn.) Joirul Mon., Sept. 9,1974 14 Bomb scares reported BISMARCK, N.D. (API - A Northwest Airlines jetliner was searched for about two hours Sunday at Bismarck following a throat' there was a bomb on board, authorities said. Northwest authorities said the airline received a call in Hillings, Mont., that there was a bomb on Iward one of its jets. There were four planes in Billings at the time. Another plane was searched when it arrived at Fargo. Airline officials said no bomb was found on any of the planes. Aides Continued from page 1 Watergate defense lawyers were divided in their evaluation of the pardon's impact on the trial. One said he doubts any jury can convict any of the defendants when the "leader of the so- called Watergate has been relieved of any responsibility for his acts." Another lawyer said: "He's iNixon) been named as an unindicted co-conspirator and he's been let off. The jury is going to know that before the trial...(and] during the trial... I think it's going to be favorable to the defendants." But a third attorney said: "I can't think of any way it's going to help. To me, it's just not in the books." PERM EVENT HALF PRICE PERM EVE NT Reg. $20.00 MAGIC CURL lO.oo REG. 25.00 GLAMOUR CURL 12.50 Sol: :.iG:r<\..- • i.-is '.'"P.\ ro'd and ho!:l At ii •-v ! -;-y o'-c.^.< vrr.j Twelve West Otter Tail 4- U'ers arc busy preparing their prize-winning livestock for the Slith annual State 4-H Market Livestock Show. Beef steer exhibitors are: Tim, D;ivid and Bruce Moore, Underwood 4-H; Karl Meyer. Dane Prairie 4-H. Barrow exhibitors are: Tom Kasmussen, Dane Prairie 4-H: Bill Kiestenberg, Goodwin Kjestad. Carlisle 4-H; Dnn Brause, Bradley Brause. Western 4-H. Market lamb exhibitors are Robert and Naomi Nord ol Norwegian Grove 4-H. Market poultry exhibitor is Marcia Riugquist. Wolf I,nke 4- II. The Market Show is scheduled fur Sept. lf>, 17, and 18 at the Stale Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Knlry day is Monday. Sept. 1(1 i-ITers will view the'State 4- II Horse Show Monday evening lield in unijunction with the market show. Sheep and swine judging starts at 8:;)0 a.m. Tuesday. (Irand champion lamb and barrow selections will be made at 1:15 p.m. Beef judging starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The grand rhampinn steer will be selected at 2:'M p.m All 4-HVrs exhibiting in the event will take in educational activities, indudinj! a livestock evalualimi clinic scheduled for the University of Minnesota's new Meats Science l-'ilxiratory. All annuals entered in the sli'iu will Ix' suld following the si',-. 1 .'.. Premiums will be allncaled b\ combining the animal's live placing score, c arcass score, and rate of gain IxTiormance data to give an nveratl score Special Savings REG. 35.00 Enzymatic BIOPERM 19.50 Snert'c n.v.iral'y C'gan:c protein sys;e r n gives :anias::c iO"a las: r -a •os^is Ccnclil o^s and acids body. Call ~cr.v 'or ar. DIAL 736-721 1 for your next oppointment Royal Arch Masons mm MEETING Tuesday, Sept. 10 8:00 p.m. Lunch John Good, K. FUTURA sew ing machine AND CABINET OFF REG. 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