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GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia,. Sunday Morning. June 6, 1976 CITY EDITION WEATHER OUTLOOK-Clear and sunny today, with highs near 80s. Clear tonight. Details on Pago 12A. 35 cents W A G A Z I N E S A N D W O R L D ' S B E S T C O M I C S «. Death of 150 In Idaho Dam reak Feared -- APWircphotQ Water Fans Out From the Missing North Third of, the Teton Dam Saturday Areas Near the River Had to Be Evacuated After a Section of the Structure Broke Away Announces Deputy Found ji ·/ .WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Carl Albert, twice propelled to next-in-line for the presidency by Republican scandal, said Saturday he will retire from Congress at the end of the year. A l b e r t ' s decision means that three of the five ranking congressional leaders are retiring this year. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield. D-Mont., and Senate M i n o r i t y Leader Hugh Scott. R-Pa.. are not seeking reflection. Albert Additional StarJet on Pnges 3A and 4A In a written statement, the 68-year-old Democrat said. "During my early years in the House, I decided I should not serve beyond my 70th year. For my part, that is jjlong enough." Albert said. ALBERT, AFFECTIONATELY known -as the "little giant" because of his 5-feet-4 f.inch height, replaced Rep. John McCormack of Massachusetts as speaker in 1971. House Majority Leader Thomas P. O'Neill D-Mass.. is expected to succeed Al- iert as speaker. House Minority Leader iohn Rhodes. R-Ariz.. also is running for e-election. (Turn on Page 12A, Col. 2) LONDON (AP) - J. Paul Getty, an American oil magnate and one of the world's richest men, died early Sunday at his mansion 30 miles from London, a spokesman at the home reported. He was 83. The cause of death was given as cardiac failure. Getty often said he would rather be a California beachcomber than a billionaire, yet he spent his final years in an English manor at Guildford, surrounded by fences and chill, gray weather. The Minneapolis-born oilman's business career fascinated him so much that in his last decade he was still working 10 hours a day. WHAT HE REALLY WANTED, he once said, was a happy marriage to look back on instead of five divorces. Getty gave millions of dollars to charities but installed a pay phone in his mansion for his guests. He was publicity-shy, but delighted in glittering gatherings of the rich and famous. Getty professed not to know whether he was the world's wealthiest man or the size of his fortune, variously estimated at between $2 billion and S4 billion. "If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars," he said once. As for the richest-man title, he told another interviewer, "I have no way of knowing how much wealth other individuals possess. Anyhow, discussion of one's wealth is rather vulgar." Some acquaintances said the size of his wealth gave Getty great satisfaction. Pressed by one interviewer to admit he couldn't take it with him. Getty wryly answered: "Yes, it would be quite a load, wouldn't it?" Harold E. Berg, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Getty Oil Co .. said that directors will elect a successor to Getty as president of the company at the next meeting of the board. Berg said the directors had provided earlier for the delegation of authority. GETTY IS SURVIVED by three sons, J. Ronald Getty, J. Paul Getty Jr., and Gordon Peter Getty, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A spokesman at Getty's home told The Associated Press of the death. It meant Getty had failed to achieve one final ambition he had made known to retire to his ranch at Malibu, Calif., where he had a S20 million museum that was opened 18 months ago for his art collection worth an estimated S200 million. WELCH-A McDowell County deputy sheriff who had been missing for 24 hours was found unharmed Saturday night. The deputy. Paul Lee Walker. 50. of Premier, had last been seen at 6 p.m. Friday. He was in uniform. His wife turned in a missing persons report, on him Saturday and the sheriff's department, state police and React, a citizens band radio group, began a search of the county. Asked about the incident, a county jailer said: "One of them stories. I reckon." IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP)-An unconfirmed report late Saturday night estimated 150 people had been killed when the newly constructed Teton Dam burst, sending a 15-foot high wave of muddy water roaring downstream, engulfing several communities and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. John Hough, an administrative aide in the governor's o f f i c e , said "We have heard a figure of 150 dead from a sheriff in eastern Idaho but that number is unconfirmed." A spokesman at the Bonneville County sheriff's office said there had been no confirmed dead but the sheriff had heard the 150 estimate from one of his officers. From the air, at least 25 square miles of land appeared to be under water, including the small farming community of Sugar City and most of Rexburg. Robert Wolz. a pilot who flew over the area, said the flood was seven miles wide near St. Anthony. »- "SUGAR CITY WAS completely underwater. The houses are sticking up and 1 guess there was bout seven to eight feet of water average." he said. Keith Wright, a St. Anthony resident, said he saw only a couple of hundred cattle escape as the water poured into a feedlot holding 6.000. "You can't believe the debris. Trees, houses and animals trying to get out of the water, dirty, dirty water." he said. "Ted Austin said he was standing at the dam when it burst, sending cars, bulldozers and earth movers down a river. He said workmen at the dam told him there was apparently a shift in the rock at the base that caused the hole. An eyewitness to the dam's destruction said it'started with a 10 foot hole at the base and grew until the whole side of the 3.000 foot long earthen dam was gone. A power and pumping station was destroyed, said Austin, a radio station operator. By 7 p.m.. the muddy, debris-filled water had reached the Snake River. The $55 million dam, just completed last December, broke at around 3 p.m. The Bureau of Reclamation dam is between St. Anthony and Tetonia, about 40 miles northeast of Idaho Falls. The 17-mile-long reservoir was nearly filled to its capacity, bureau officials said. (Turn to Page 12A, Col. 3) Reagan Demands Ford Withdraw Commercials LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ronald Reagan's California campaign director on Saturday demanded that President Ford withdraw a series of commercials which say Ronald Reagan could start a war if elected. Lyn Nofziger, California director of Citizens for Reagan, called the commercials "dirty tricks" and appealed to the Federal Communications Commission and all broadcast stations to bar them. Nofziger said the commercials are "libelous and untrue" and said: "We think it's the kind of dirty tricks that we thought had been thrown out of the White House. It smacks of dishonesty and desperation and unethical conduct." There was no immediate response from Ford. The President's California press secretary, Larry Peck, declined to comment on Nofziger's "dirty tricks" charge and said the commercials would not be withdrawn. He said they were being delivered Saturday for immediate broadcast by 24 television stations and 75 radio stations, mostly in the San Francisco. Los Angeles and San Diego areas. or Convention Major Democratic presidential contenders concentrated on Ohio and New Jersey during the weekend with the exception of Charleston 3 Toledo ° HAMLIN. W.VA. ( A P ) - State police said a 16-year-old Lincoln County girl was killed Saturday while riding her bicycle on W.Va. 34 about four miles from her home. She was identified as Helena Park of Hamlin. Police said she was struck by a car driven by Mrs. Minnie Cook. 66, of Hanover in Wyoming County. Officers said no charges had been filed in the case as of Saturday night. The accident was still under investigation. Oil Situation Explored Is there a shortage of oil? That's a question to which no two people can give the same answer. Today, this is explored in a review of the book. "Making Democracy Safe for Oil." on Page 3F The review is written IDV the publi^-r of The Charleston Gazette, W.E. Chilton III. Also, on Page IF.-3L. a UK o spectrum of opinion is offered by L.T. Anderson. Fanny Seller ami Herhlock. Editorials and features also appear on those pages. »· OX PAGE 2B TODAY, the Sunday Gazette-Mail introduces a new tea- ture'-a health page featuring a mental health series. "Open Minds plus the Health and The Human Condition. This package of mental and physical health news will be a regular feature of your Sunday paper. f I'rcn, .V.I'. TimiM On the GOP side. President Ford remained in Washington but planned to leave Sunday for Ohio and Ronald Reagan was en route to that state for some last-minute vote seeking before final primaries Tuesday. A total of 540 Democratic and 331 Republican national delegates are at stake in Ohio. New Jersey and California contests - the last primaries before the 'national conventions. JIMMY CARTER currently leads the Democrats with 906 of the 1,505 delegates needed for the nomination. Rep. Morris K. lldall of Arizona is in second place with 308.5 national delegate votes. Ford leads the Republican contest with 805 of 1,130 delegates required for nomination, and Reagan has 655. R e p u b l i c a n state committees met in Virginia to select 21 at-large delegates and in Louisiana to choose 17 on Saturday. Sev- ,lrMili«nn .Vforiri on /'"«' «,,,. II nvnr Hnvx /.r,'! »/.r//n.f Amrrimn political fifim- In phila,,- ,r. «,,/ ,,;«»v ,,!/.· «l/,,-r* '"»·'' """""-'"'I '" ''"' " rr "" r " '"'""' "" By Lee Byrd WASHINGTON (AP)-So while the public trusted, a congressman trusted. What else is new? The spice of extracurricular sex is sprinkled throughout the annals of the Republic The accounts include some of the Founding Fathers, several of the presidents and who-knows-how-many members of Congress. And the women range from sleep-and-tell striptease artists to eenuinelv lovestruck paramours. Benjamin Franklin rollicked with the whores of London long before the nation was born. ;; And historians are still | wondering not so much * where George Washington slept, but with whom. There are t h e o r i e s aplenty that politicians are more likely-or more vulnerable-to bed outside t h e i r m a r r i a g e . Some presume a lust for Franklin power, a need for con- Quest. Others poinl the pressures of campaigning and public life and the thirst for diversion. Then, too, there is the element of star quality-politicians, like rock stars, have their groupies or "vultures, as more than one political wife has called them. BUT WHETHER public officials are indeed any less faithful, on the whole, than the average man or woman, it should at least be noted that some of the most beautiful stories of faith and commitment have emerged from politics. Former House Speaker John McCormack rarely dined apart from his be- 1 loved wife Harriet, and never slept without her. And John and Abigail j Adams, though separated for years while he served the young America, con- sitituted one of the most fabled romances since Washington Adam and Eve. But, to be sure, pienty have strayed. "Oid mistresses never die," according to a Capitol aide quoted in Myra MacPherson's recent book. "The Power Lovers," on the family lives of politicians. "They just fade away to the mimeograph room." By Elizabeth Ray's account, that's about how Rep. Wayne Hays of Ohio handled her. except the office was a little fancier and the work a lot less. If that was the case, and Hays denies it, the taxpayers _ paid the cost. And while Wayne Hays, at age 65, was no pioneer in twisting the ,"-^ meaning of the affairs of ,/ /- * state, it must be said that ;) I few have had the whistle I blown upon them in such * spectacular fashion. History abounds with mistresses for whom the glitterbug of power was lured, in the end, to the sticky, sweet and often more profitable glory of publicity. But it usually does not happen until the king has died, or at least fallen from the throne. Thus^it was years before chroniclers zeroec^onto Franklin Delano Roosev- elt's liaison with Lucy Mercer, Dwight 1). Eisenhower's dalliance with Kay Sum- mersby, his WAC driver, or even the multiple revelries of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. And nothing, but nothing, takes the edge off a sex scandal like time, both in dimming detail and straining credibility. So Liz Ray managed something of a breakthrough, what with her reporter friends listening on a telephone extension, an imminent topless photo in Playboy, and copious notes for an i m p e n d i n g book. Whatever qualities she offered Wayne Hays, she came up with one for the media that was just as irresistible-immediacy. Not that Hays himself d i d n ' t aid and abet the eventual uncovering of his uncov- erings. "The Power Lovers" states that certain rules apply in the political sex game. "On the Hill you are not very bright if you run with a girl in your own office," the author says. "You are also not very bright if you are especially blatant about your womanizing." By that measure, Wayne Hays simply was not very bright. Not only did he put Miss Ray on a subcommittee payroll, but he did it when he had plenty of cause to believe hi} days were numbered. The wafting flags had long been up for the Ohio Democrat. Social Washington was h o - h u m m i n g abuzz {fftjgT 1 ' . for years over his ex/^ ·'·· ploits, and there had even ej been stories, however r. ,,**. obtuse, in print before. The Wall Street Journal, for example, wrote nine years ago that Hays "took his 26-year-old secretary to Bermuda for an i n f o r m a l meeting with British parliamentarians. He chose the same young lady to join another Hays-headed delegation for 20 days in Europe. Then, having spent $6,589-enough to make him congressional travel champ-Hays came home to head a House subcommittee that investigated and denounced Adam Clayton Powell's female-accompanied private pleasure jaunts at taxpayer expense." But here, too, neither Wayne Hays nor the late congressman Powell were innovators in making discretion the lesser part of ardor, though Powell surely must rank as one of the most blatant womanizers of the modern political era. It should be noted that the Harlem congressman's constituents were not. on balance, all that both- I^Turn to Page 2A, Col. 1) en Democratic at-large delegates were chosen in Kansas. West Virginia picked eight delegates Saturday. (See story on Page IB). Carter and Udal! have campaigned hardest in Ohio. Both spent much of the last two weeks in the state and were campaigning there right up to election eve. Sen. Frank Church of Idaho escalated his Ohio campaign last week against Carter and Udall. Democratic Sen. Henry M. Jackson of Washington and Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace are also on the Ohio ballot, but Jackson, who has suspended active campaigning for the nomination, has not been to the state at all and Wallace has visited only once, In Cleveland on Saturday, Udall continued to level charges that Carter is fuzzy on the issues, saying the Georgian "uses carefully crafted phrases to woo voters" by offering different promises in different parts of the country. "In Iowa, Carter favored breaking up the giant oil companies," lldall said. "But down in Houston. Tex., he said that he was the only Democratic candidate who hadn't called for breaking them up." He said Carter was against the Bl bomber in Massachusetts but supported it in Omaha, headquarters of the Strategic Air Command. UDALL BEGAN his day in Cleveland, touring an open air market on the city's west side where a vendor presented him with a Georgia peach. (Turn to Page 12A, Col. 1) Always on Sunday IB Building News 9D Business News 12D Chess 12C Classified Ads 5E-11E Columnists 1B-1E-3E Current Affairs IE Editorials 2E Home, Family 1C-10C, 14C Magazine 1M-28M Obituaries 14D-15D Page Opposite 3E Sports 1D-8D Travel..., , ^JM-27M Your Bri(, b *work .V......12C

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