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CITY EDITION GAZETTE -MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, Sunday Morning, July 6, 1975 WEATHER OUTLOOK - Cloudy, with showers likely. Highs in the 80s aod lows in the 60s. Details on Page 6A. 35 cents A N D W O R L D ' S i E S T C O M I C S False 4 Spy Sub' Crash Reports Said Ordered By Seymour Hersh (C) New York Time* Service WASHINGTON - The commander of a Navy submarine on an intelligence patrol inside Soviet waters was ordered to file a series of falsified reports in late 1969 after an at-sea collision with a Soviet submarine, according to former crew members. The American submarine, the USS Gato, was on a highly classified reconnaissance mission as part of what the Navy called the Holystone program when she struck the Soviet submarine about 15 to 25 miles off the entrance to the White Sea, in the Barents Sea in northern Russia, the crew members said. During the patrol, they added, the Gato had been as close as one mile off the Soviet coast. The Holystone operation, which more recently has carried the code names Pinnacle and Bollard, involves the use of specially equipped electronic submarines to spy inside the waters of the Soviet Union and other nations. The intelligence-gathering operation was initiated in the early 1960s. The former crew members of the Gato said that a few days after the collison, their commanding officer was ordered by the Navy's Atlantic Fleet command in Norfolk, Va., to prepare 25 copies of a top- secret after-action report alleging that the submarine had broken off its patrols two days before the date of the collision because of a propeller shaft malfunction. to's commanding officer at the time of the collision, is now serving at the Pentagon with the Navy's Bureau of Personnel. Through an aide, he refused to discuss any aspect of the 1969 patrol because of its classified nature. Navy officials and high-ranking former members of the Defense Department acknowledged in interviews that the collision, as cited by crew members of the Gato, did occur. The officials also acknowledged that some falsified reports of the incident may have been prepared. But the officials insisted that the collision had been properly reported to the National Security Council and the 40 Committee, the high-level review group headed by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger that approved the Gato mission. "I don't know where that particular order (to falsify reports) camejrom'," one former Pentagon official s'Hlf'"But the honest reports went to the 40 Committee. "The people who had an absolute need to know about it," the official added. A spokesman for the Navy similarly provided assurances, after checking with the Atlantic Fleet Command, that appropriate officials of the 40 Committee had received written reports of the collision. But dozens of interviews during the last month with intelligence officials who had (Turn to Page 6A, Col. 5) Give Up Canal Hold, U.S. Told AGUA AZUL, Mexico - (ft President Luis Echeverria and Panama's chief of state, Gen. Omar Torrijos, on Saturday urged the United States to give up its hold on the Panama Canal. The appeal was in a joint commu- nique issued at a press conference after Echeverria and Torrijos held talks near here. Echeverria said that "Latin America is impatient because it recognizes the sovereignty of Panama" regarding the Panama Canal Zone. In a television interview, Torrijos said that Mexico's support is a moral force that will put pressure on world public opinion. Panamanian Foreign Minister Juan Antonio Tack said that U. S. negotiator Ellsworth Bunker has promised to return within 15 days to continue negotiations in Panama. A tame deer steps from between members of an honor guard during departure ceremonies Saturday for Indonesian President Suhar- to at Camp David, Md. President Ford met the Indonesian leader, at Camp David. (AP Wirephoto) IN ADDITION, the crew members said, the Gato commander was told to prepare six accurate reports describing the collision and the events immediately after the collison, and to hand-deliver those to a unit of the Atlantic Fleet command after re- turjiing to the East Coast. Capt. Lawrence Burkhardt, III, the Ga- Out of Line Crackdown Explosions Kill 30, Injure 60 At Moslem Training Camp Gun Control Bill « Prepared by Ford In India Hits Labor NEW DELHI, India UPl - Prime Minister Indira Gandhi extended her emergency crackdown to India's labor movement Saturday and warned union leaders against strikes. See Related Story on Page 11A A call for "fullest cooperation" by labor marked a new phase in Mrs. Gandhi's crackdown, previously directed only at her opponents. India's two main trade union federations support her government and have backed her 10-day-old crisis tactics. In a meeting with union chiefs, Mrs. Gandhi demanded that they refrain from "any. agitation or strike or go-slow" while the crisis legislation remains in effect. "This is not the time," she added. Since suspending civil liberties, Mrs. Gandhi's government has launched a discipline drive among government em- ployes. Tardy employes are being penalized, many for the first time in their careers, and department heads are ordering quicker disposition of pending files. In a separate development, authorities in Bihar state ordered Mary Tyler, a, 32-year-old British woman imprisoned since 1970 on political terrorism charges, released and deported from India. No reason was given for the action, but her long imprisonment without being brought to trial had provoked criticism from abroad. Mrs. Gandhi's no-strike order reflected concern over production lost because of labor agitation. She has complained that more than 1.5 million man-days were lost to the economy last year because of strikes. In a nation where 70 per cent of the work force is in agriculture, trade unions boast a membership of fewer than 10 million. But they have organized key sectors of the economy such as banks, government and rails and wield considerable power. The prime minister told the union chiefs their task is to persuade workers to contribute to a stronger economy. They should avoid "policies of the trade unions in capitalist countries" where labor's aim is to benefit one segment at the expense of others, she said. Spotlight The Auociated Preu Explosions ripped through a private Moslem training camp on Mount Lebanon Saturday, killing at least 30 militiamen who were practicing how to plant and remove land mines, Lebanese police said. They said 60 others were wounded in the blasts at Ein Beniyeh Camp, which was being used for mountain warfare training by hundreds of followers of Shiite Moslem leader Imam Mousa Sadr. THE CAMP IS LOCATED near the an- preserve an atmosphere of calm "to give a sense of confidence to foreigners." In Jerusalem, riot police used a water cannon to beat back several hundred stone-throwing Israelies who tried to take reprisals on Arabs for a terrorist bomb that killed 13 persons... THE RIOTERS SMASHED several police car windows and a few policemen received bruises and cuts from the hail of rocks, but no arrests were reported. The Israelis tried to invade a row of Arab watermelon stands on the old border concessions, take a step towards peace." "Israel does have a problem in the sense that it is giving up territory, while it is getting in return some assurances," he added. Asked what he would say to the.people of Israel on the eve of a cabinet meeting there to discuss peace settlement problems, Kissinger said that "all roads are difficult . . . But we also feel that they must take a chance on making progress towards peace because any other approach is going to lead to war sooner or later..." (C) N.Y. Time* Service . WASHINGTON-The Ford administration is preparing a gun control bill that seeks to limit the proliferation of handguns through changes in laws affecting gun dealers. Administration sources said that the measure would probably be introduced soon, possibly this week, when Congress returned from the July 4 recess. The bill would change laws on issuance of licenses to gun dealers, drastically limiting the number issued each year. The administration hopes to reduce to 40,000 from 156,000 the number of persons who can sell guns to weed out those who do not carefully check the credentials of gun purchasers. +· FEDERAL LICENSES now are issued automatically upon application and payment of a fee.. The thrust of the administration's bill was outlined in the president's crime message last month. Ford, however, focused then on banning the manufacture and sale of cheap handguns, the so-called Saturday night specials. Saturday night specials make up about one-quarter of the two million handguns manufactured in this country each year and an unknown portion of the estimated 40 million handguns owned by private citizens. Whether control of Saturday night spe rials is the most important aspect of con trolling guns is in dispute. A bill banning them passed the Senate in 1972 but was not acted on by the House. An administration source said of the current bill: "The centerpiece of the bill is a ban on the production and sale of Saturday night specials, but the most substantive impact would be a series of minor amendments to the current law that should allow government to enforce the existing law better." The Gun Control Act of 1968, passed shortly after the assissinations of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., banned the mail order sale of guns to certain types of people, such as felons and mentally ill persons. daughter-were killed in the bomb expk. 1 Ull.\,V- WM«* «-"""J » "an isolated accident" and gave no further information. Earlier, Lebanese Premier Rashid Karami sought to reassure foreign businessmen that his country is secure following months of street fighting between leftists, .rightists, Moslems and Christians that left 900 dead. "We have emerged from these troubles successfully which proves once again the Lebanese miracle," he told foreign newsmen in Beirut, the commercial center of- the Middle East. Karami promised foreign companies in Lebanon his government would do everything in its power to Plastics Firms Hire Ex-EP A Head (Q IVeic York Times Service WASHINGTON - The giant polyvinyl chloride industry has hired William D. Ruckelshaus, former head of the Environemn- tal Protection Administration, to influence the agency in writing a regulation to control the cancer-causing chemical in I polyvinyl chloride. i Legal experts agree I that the widespread prac- , tice of former govern- I ment officials represent; clients before their ator and left in front of a toy store on Jerusalem's busiest street. Seventy-two persons were injured in the explosion, the worst in the Holy City in recent memory. A Palestinian guerrilla group in Lebanon claimed credit for it. MEANWHILE, ISRAEL'S leaders prepared for a crucial ca^net session which could decide Israel's stance on peace negotiations. The Israeli ambassador to Washington, Simcha Dinitz, briefed Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Yigal Allon his talks with American leaders on Egyptian proposals for another interim settlement in the Sinai Desert. The cabinet meets today to debate Israel's response to Egyptian demands for withdrawal from two strategic Sinai passes, but was seeking clarifications both from the Americans and from the Egyptians before making a decision. Dinitz was reported to be carrying some of the answers to Isareli questions, but it was not known if the cabinet would decide the Israeli position today or postpone a decision until more information was available. KISSINGER, meanwhile, said Israel must take a chance on making progress towards peace. . In an ABC News interview Kissinger said the United States "is attempting to find a formula in which both sides, making The Elegant EastEnd Link to Past Endangered ·m. -«-' (VHUfceisuaus ."t -------- . . , ' . ,o former agencies does not violate federal Always on Sunday - ........................... »* laws OJ . ^ of professional ethics now » ft Business News Building News »-*" :ZriB 6 lD-3D Affairs ....... ............... - ...... ID ........ ............. 2D Home Famiiy ......... '.".".'.".'.'.'..'.... 1C-9C, 14C {Sine ....... .............. 1M-28M Xtoaries" ............. .............. 9E SSs'ite" .......... ".I". ................. 3D X« ........ -IE ftwirrrZrr/ZrZTM. .:...»M Your Bridgework ............................... 6B BUT A NUMBER of lawyers and scien- fists said they believed such represent* «on did pose serious problems for any agency trying to develop regulations in a fair and even-handed way. In addit ' on ' some o{ fr* 6 fan " liar the case expressed surprise that a man withRucheishaus' reputation for mtegn- ty woaU accept as a client the trade group (Tin » P«ge «A, (ML I) Charleston Pawtacket 3 I By Rosalie Earle The homes along the wide, tree-lined streets of Charleston's East End stir the imagination and arouse the emotions. They provide a glimpse of the city's founding and growth. For many, the elegant homes elicit memories of a way of life that is missed. Sandwiched between the downtown and the expanding Capitol complex, the residences have become an endangered species. Lately, the plight of the East End has created much interest. Residents have begun to organize in an effort to halt the erosion of the old residential section. Tired of seeing the houses turned into offices, residents have recently been successful in blocking several zoning changes. To other people, however, their actions are postponing progress -- the inevitable. The Municipal Planning Commission, the Charleston Housing Council, the Kanawha Valley Bicentennial Commission and other groups have become involved. The Citizens Committee to Revise the Comprehensive Plan will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the West Virginia Education Assn. building. The meeting and this series will discuss the question -What's going to happen to the East End? FOR THE MOST part, the early history of the East End is the story of the Ruf fner family. Joseph Ruffner, who settled here in 1795. owned more than 1.000 acres of bottom land from the Elk River to beyond the Capitol. When he died eight years later, his wife Anne and Daniel, his fifth son. inherited the land now known as the East End. Monuments of the Ruffners still stand along the Kanawna Boulevard. Charleston's oldest existing residence. Holly Grove, was built by Daniel in 1815. The. stately, three-story home is located near the Governor's Mansion. The lawn of Holly Grove sloped lo the river and the surrounding plantation extended to Piedmont Road, according to historian Ruth Woods Dayton in her book "Pioneer Families and their Homes on the Upper Kanawha." Heavy bricks were imported from Eng- land to make the 18-inch-thick interior walls. The walls were undamaged in a fire in 1832 that destroyed most of the interior woodwork. Wide, folding doors, separat- (Turn to Page 8A, Col. 4) _S'af« o By F ran* Wil \r- Cannonball Comes With MacFarland House Gvil War Shot Damaged House Built in 1836

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