The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on September 28, 1974 · Page 1
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lOlstYEAR NO. 228 DailuJournal FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA 56537 SATURDAY, SEPT. 28, 1974 SINGLE COPY lOc Terrorists hold U.S. diplomat NEW YORK (AP)-A woman hostage being held by leftist commandos in the Venzuelan Consulate in Santo Domingo said in a telephone call today that if the terrorists demands are not met immediately, "we will all die, in a matter of minutes ... of seconds." There was a sound of desperation in her voice. SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Terrorists holding a U.S. woman diplomat and others hostage in the Venezuelan Consulate said today they will take "drastic measures" unless they get a doctor to treat a wounded person. They also demanded food, water, and removal of troops from around the building. The terrorists, who have already threatened to kill one hostage every two hours and blow up the building by noon unless they get $1 million and freedom for Dominican political prisoners, did not say who the wounded person was. Nor did they specify what "drastic measures" they would take. "We have a person who is seriously wounded and we need a surgeon who can treat the person inside the consulate," spokesmen for the guerrillas told The Associated Press by phone. "The hostages are well, calm and acting normally." In a subsequent phone call from New York, the guerrillas told The AP that the person wounded was not in serious condition. The guerrilla spokesmen said in addition to U.S. Information Service chief Barbara Hutchison, they were holding nine other persons hostage, including the Venezuelan consul and vice consul. Earlier reports said there were eight hostages in all, including a 9-year-old girl, but she was released Friday night. In addition to the $1 million, the terrorists are seeking the release of 38 political prisoners. Diplomatic sources said Venezuela had agreed to pay the ransom if the Dominican Republic freed the prisoners. The terrorists demanded the ransom be paid by the U.S. government, which would require a departure from previous U.S. policy of rejecting all kidnap ransom demands. The American hostage was Barbara Hutchison, 47-year-old chief of the U.S. Information Service in the Dominican Republic. She was seized by five armed men at about 11:30 a.m. Friday outside her office and driven the eight blocks to the Venezuelan consulate. Continued on page 10 Ford plans help in housing new WASHINGTON IAD ['resident Ford's economic plan will include a new program of subsidies to reduce 1 the cost of home mortgages, administration sources say. The effect will be to make it possible for people to obtain home mortgages at a lower interest rate than they otherwise would have to pay. Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary James T. l.ynn said he could support a program of up to $8 billion in mortgage subsidies, with $3 billion to be spent in the first stage. Lynn indicated to newsmen ;it the economic summit conference Friday he favored such a program, but stopped short of predicting it would be recom- mended by the administration. An informed source, however, confirmed such a program was in the works to aid the depressed housing industry and to encourage home- buying. The housing industry has been hard-hit by the record high interest rates in the economy which have discouraged both home-building and home- buying. Housing starts in August were only slightly more than half the total of a year earlier. Sen. Edward Brooke, R- Mass., told the economic summit conference Friday he favored a mortgage subsidy program of $10 billion, with $5 bil- Onitinued on page 10 Leaders argue budget cuts at conference Autumn at Maplewood ( Journal photo by Bill Bank) Betty Ford undergoes surgery WASHINGTON (AP) - Doctors proceeded to remove the right breast of First Lady Betty Ford today after finding it cancerous. After nearly four hours there was no official word on the outcome of the surgery. A White House spokesman said Mrs. Ford was still in the operating room at 11:30 a.m., about 3V4 hours after the surgery began. But the spokesman, Larry Speaks, said it was not clear on whether the operation was still under way or whether she was recovering in the operating room. President Ford flew by helicopter to Bethesda Naval Hospital shortly before 11 a.m. Speaks said Ford would remain Senators' Cuba visit may ease tensions HAVANA, Cuba (AP) - Two members of the U.S. Senate have begun a four-day tour of Cuba in what could be an historic step toward easing tensions between the United States and this Communist-led Caribbean island. "We are here to look, listen and bring back to our colleagues whatever information we can," Sen. Jacob K. Javits, R-N.Y., said Friday after he and Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.L, stepped from a twin-engine seaplane that had flown them from Homestead Air Force Base, Fla. Javits and Pell, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, received a low-key reception at Jose Marti Airport as they were met by Cuban protocol officers. They planned to meet this weekend with Premier Fidel Castro and other top officials. A chartered plane carrying 29 U.S. news media representatives had arrived a short time earlier. Javits and Pell toured a Havana department store and met with officials of the Cuban Public Health Ministry. Havana Radio first mentioned the visit just before midnight Friday. The broadcast, monitored in Miami, said the senators stated a wish to visit Cuba to know the real situation there. The senators are the first members of Congress to visit Cuba since diplomatic relations were severed with the island nation in 1961. The Javits-Pell visit marked some other firsts as well. Their plane and the press flight were the first U.S. aircraft to land in Cuba since 1961, aside from refugee flights and the more than 80 commercial airliners hijacked to here. And it was the first time since then that American newsmen have been admitted to Cuba as a group. American officials have compared the Javits-Pell visit with the "ping-pong diplomacy" of 1971 in which a visit to the People's Republic of China by an American table tennis team presaged a new era of U.S.- China relations. But these officials cautioned that the thaw with Cuba may be a protracted affair. The Javits-Pell visit comes on an important weekend for the Castro regime. It is the 14th anniversary of the founding of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, and Castro plans to deliver a major address tonight. until his wife regained consciousness. The decision to proceed with removal of Mrs. Ford's breast was made on the basis of a biopsy which disclosed that there was malignancy, a spokesman said. Ford planned to return to the White House after his hospital visit and to make his scheduled speech to the Economic Summit Conference, aides said. A White House spokesman announced the physicians' findings. "The results of the biopsy performed on Mrs. Ford were unfavorable. An operation to remove her right breast is now under way," said spokesman William Roberts at 9 a.m. Roberts said that by saying the results were unfavorable, he meant that there was a malignancy. The surgery began shortly after 8 a.m. Navy Capt. William Fouty, chief of surgery at Bethesda Medical Center, headed the operating team. The schedule called for removal of a small nodule in the breast to determine whether or not it was cancerous. An examination of a section of tissue was made immediately. Shortly after 9 a.m., Roberts, an assistant White House press secretary issued his brief statement to reporters. "We have great faith ... that everything is okay," the President said after visiting his 56- year-old wife in the VIP suite at Bethesda, Md., Naval Hospital on Friday night. Mrs. Ford entered the hospital Friday evening and the White House press secretary told newsmon the surgery scheduied for this morning "is to determine through a biopsy whether the nodule (in her right breast) is benign or malignant. Should it prove to be malignant, surgery would be performed to remove the right breast." The nodule was detected Thursday morning in what White House spokesman Ron Nessen described as "a regular medical checkup." Ford told newsmen after visiting his wife that they had decided "to just carry on today as though nothing had happened and we would hope for the very best on Saturday as we have great faith will be the case ... We as a family ... will have faith that everything is okay." On the eye of the surgery, aides described Mrs. Ford as "in very good spirits," but the President appeared tired and concerned as he left the hospital Friday night with daughter Susan, 18, son Michael, 24, and his wife Gail. White House officials said the •• Pelican youth dies in accident A 17-year-old Pelican Rapids youth died in a two-car accident early Saturday morning three miles north of Pelican Rapids. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department reported that Mark E. Albright died after an automobile he was driving collided head-on with one driven by Richard T. Bakken, 20, Pelican Rapids, on County Highway 9, about 1:30 a.m. Bakken was taken to the Pelican Valley Health Center in Pelican Rapids where he is listed in good condition with lacerations. Two passengers in Albright's car, Robert Dean Barr, and Cari Erickson, both 17, from Pelican Rapids, were also injured. Barr is listed in good condition at Pelican Valley Health Center. Miss Erickson was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo where she is listed in serious condition with multiple injuries. Albright was southbound on Highway 9 and Bakken was driving north when the accident occurred. The sheriff's office said both cars were totally damaged. President's schedule for today was "placed on hold" until results of the biopsy are known. The schedule had called for an early morning breakfast with the French foreign minister and for the President to preside at a four-hour windup session of his economic summit conference. The chief of surgery at the hospital, Capt. William Fouty, was scheduled to perform the surgery, assisted by a civilian consultant, Dr. }. Richard Thistlethwaite, with the chief White House physician, Dr. William Ijikash, in attendance. Five hours before she entered the hospital, Mrs. Ford joined the President in dedicating a memorial grove to the late President Lyndon B. Johnson across the Potomac River from Washington. Later, she had tea at the White House with Lady Bird Johnson, the former President's widow, before driving to the hospital with Dr. Lukash and her chief assistant, Nancy Howe. White House officials said Mrs. Ford had no history of cancer and did not know of the nodule until it was detected in the Thursday check-up. They said she had experienced no pain or discomfort. WASHINGTON (AP) - Participants in President Ford's Economic Summit Conference argued today over which programs should be slashed as the government cuts back spending to fight inflation. Ford, meanwhile, missed the opening session of the summit's final day while his wife underwent surgery. Budget Director Roy Ash, apparently reacting to earlier demands that social programs not be made the main target of budget cuts, said the goal was "stringent but realistic restraint." The Defense Department put in a strong bid to be spared further reductions. But two congressional spokesmen, one from each party, took exception. "Were we not to act now," Inflation fight suggestions vary WASHINGTON (AP) - Suggestions given to President Ford at the economic summit conference Friday on how to fight inflation ranged from raising your own vegetables to government generation of 500,000 new jobs. Principal suggestions offered include: —Reductions in federal spending, although several speakers said belt tightening alone was not enough. —Loosening of the tight money policy which has raised interest rates to record levels. —Rationing of credit to channel money to necessary uses such as housing and away from inflationary uses. —Tax reform, closing loopholes and giving relief to low and middle income families. —Tax credits and incentives to encourage activity from industrial expansion to more money in savings accounts. —As many as 500,000 public service jobs to cut unemployment and provide services, such as building needed housing. -Some kind of restraint on prices, although there was little support for wage-price controls. —Energy conservation and an accelerated program to in- Continued on page 10 PEP FEST — Fergus Fills cheerleaders lead a crowd of more than 290 persons in a pep rally downtown FrMay afternoon. The rally followed a parade composed of several floats and Iwo marching bands, In preparation for the Oilers' 1974 homecoming football game against Bemidji. Fergus suffered a 2W» defeat. (Journal photo by Philip Hage) Ash said of budget-cutting, "this year's nearly 10 per cent growth in federal expenditures would inevitably be followed by even larger growth next year and the year after." Ash said he was not suggesting any drastic slashes in important program. Later the Defense Department said it could stand no further cuts in its funding. "At the pre-summit conferences, we found sentiment generally for budget restraint, and certainly not for drastic slashes in all programs," Ash said. He told the 800 delegates: "We must be mindful of those suffering disproportionately from inflation and recognize that effects differ in different programs and try for equity." Several speakers in Friday's sessions — particularly labor leaders, congressional Democrats and consumer and poor people's advocates — had said budget restraints alone would not solve inflation and would penalize those already suffering the most. Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger said the Pentagon's belt already was pulled tight and that the defense establishment was suffering from eroded purchasing power as much as industries or individuals. "Further reductions cannot be made in the defense budget without drastic effect on the worldwide role of the United States," Schlesinger said. Sen. Edmund S. Muskie, D- Maine, followed Schlesinger with the assertion that "the defense budget is one budget that represents a substantial increase over the 1974 fiscal year budget." At Friday's opening session, Ford heard blunt advice that he come up with new policies and a fresh economic team. Easing some of the sting of criticism from Democrats, labor, young people, women, the poor, and consumer representatives were occasional expressions of thanks that the President had taken the trouble to hold the Continued on page 10 WEATHER FERGUS FALLS AREA Partial clearing today. Considerable cloudiness tonight and Sunday. Cool. High today in the low or mid 50s. Ix>w tonfghl in low 30s. High Sundnv in mid 50s. High Friday 67. Overnight low 35. At 8 a.m. 37. At noon 53. Precipitation 24 hours ending 8 a.m. today, none. Temperatures One Year ARD Maximum 70. Minimum 15

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