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GAZETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, Sunday Morning, May 26,1974 W EST V I H G I N I A ' S M O S T C I T Y E D I T I O . N STATE FORECAST - Partly cloudy and. cool. Highs in the 60s. Details on Page 8A. Inquiry Denied Audits Saxbe Says No, But Nixon May By Don McLeod « WASHINGTON - (AP) Atty. Gen. William B. Saxbe ruled Saturday that the Internal Revenue Service may not turn over President Nixon's tax returns and audits to the House Judiciary Committee, but the White House said Nixon was willing to work out a compromise. Saxbe issued his opinion in response to requests by the judiciary committee for Nixon tax information for use in its impeachment inquiry. In Key Biscayne, Fla., where Nixon is spending the M e m o r i a l D a y w e e k e n d , Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said Nixon will direct his lawyers to consult with counsel for the committee in an effort to make the data available "under appropriate safeguards." ZIEGLER pointed out that matters relating to Nixon's taxes "have already been exhaustively reviewed" and that Nixon had taken "the unprecedented step" of making his tax returns public when questions were raised about them. However, the committee also seeks additional information heretofore unpublicized on IRS investigations and tax audits, including one which resulted in a ruling earlier this year that Nixon owes more than $400,000 in back taxes. !?. --Ziegler added that the IRS after extensive investigation ."found no fraudulent conduct by the President," x "The President, in an effort ';to expedite:the:inquiry of the House Judiciary Committee, will nevertheless direct his ."counsel to consult with counsel to the judiciary committee in an effort to assist in making available to the committee under appropriate safeguards the information which the committee believes it needs," Ziegler said. Nixon to Visit Mideast; Eyes EconomyRise Pensive One of the more thoughtful outdoorsmen at Logan County's Camp Holiday was 11-year-old Paul Perdue. The youngster isn't entirely somber. Witnesses at a camp picnic report he managed to polish off 10 slices of watermelon. Also see story and more pictures on Page ID. (Staff Photo by Leo Chabot) r '1 or 2 Decisions' Away From Mideast Pact (c) New York Time* Service TEL AVIV - Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, after City Woman, Dad Reunited A L B A N Y , N . Y . ( A P ) Charles Decker was reunited Saturday with his 29-year-old son and his 27-year-old daughter, whom he thought were dead for 25 years. The son, also n a m e d Charles, but called Chuck, travel ed from Wilmington, N.C. The daughter, Nancy, came from Charleston, W. '. Va., to the Albany suburb of Latham for the reunion. ,., Decker was at a loss for words and. cried when his .-daughter arrived. Later, he said, "the first thing I did was cry and hugged her. That's '·about all I could t h i n k of doing." .- A couple hours later, his son arrived and the scene was repeated. The report of the children's Fugitive Captured In City A fugitive from an April 17 j a i l b r e a k at the McDowell County j a i l was captured without incident Saturday in Charleston, city police said. Randy Tackett, 24 of Char-, leston, was arrested at the home of a friend on Glenwood A v e n u e about. 11:30 a . m . Tackett was one of six men to dig his way to f r e e d o m through a wall of the Welch jail last month. Three of the McDowell inmates remain at large. The former Charleston man was lodged in the Welch facility while awaiting an appeal hearing on an armed robbery charge. He had been serving a sentence at the West Virginia Stale Penitentiary at Jgounds- ville. death came, to Decker in a letter from his divorced wife, now deceased. He learned the children were alive when Chuck's wife, Reba, telephoned him after a months- long effort to track him down. Reba explained, "When I get a bug. I'm just bugged until I get the answer," when asked how she tracked him down. She started her effort four years ago but ran into a dead- end when Social Security personnel refused to give any information on Decker. Reba found an old family Bible that Decker had left with his ex-wife. It contained names and addresses, including that of Decker's brother, Cecil, who lives in Latham. She began making calls and found Cecil's. A feeling of disbelief was a p p a r e n t a t t h e r e u n i o n . Chuck said, "It always happens to other guy, or in the movies." Nancy said her grandmother never told them anything, "she just said you were divorced." Decker, a parttime truck driver living in nearby Waterford, had remarried and is the father of six other children. The reunion at Cecil Decker's home turned quickly to questions that only a parent could answer. again narrowing differences between Syria and Israel, agreed Saturday n i g h t to make another attempt today to bring about a troop separation agreement on the Golan Heights before returning to Washington. After five hours of extensive talks in Damascus with President Hafez Al-Assad, des- cirbed in advance as a "make- or-break session," Kissinger was described as convinced that the negotiations were at a critical point where "one or two decisions can do it." Newsmen aboard Kissinger's aircraft returning to Tel Aviv Saturday night said the Secretary had dropped his earlier plan to call for a recess in the negotiations if he could not resolve all the substantive details Saturday night in Damascus. A senior official said that "to leave it at this point would be wrong," since Syria and Israel were now tantalizingly close to agreement. Yet, the o f f i c i a l s said, a f t e r f o u r weeks of negotiating Kissinger would not be willing to bet that the full agreement could be achieved before he leaves the area, probably sometime Monday. »· TWO OF Kissinger's top aides, Alfred L. Atherton, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, and Carlyle E. Maw, the legal adviser, remained in Damascus Saturday to clear up details of documents already generally agreed upon: the basic texts of the disengagement accord, the provisions for the U.N. forces that will supervise the agreement, regulations for the civil administration of the area being returned to Syrian control and other matters. The main substantive issue remaining was the thinning out of Syrian and Israeli forces in the areas adjacent to the neutral buffer zone. In addition, the two sides have not yet agreed upon the size of the United Nations force. After landing at Ben-Gurion Airport here, Kissinger drove to Jerusalem for the night. He will meet with Premier Golda Meir and other Israeli officials today to discuss some new ideas about thinning out of forces proposed by Assad Saturday. Kissinger hopes that on this issue he can finally work out a compromise that will be form a l l y s u b m i t t e d as an "American plan." · A SENIOR American official said that one of the major uncertainties was whether either Syria or Israel could make any more concessions to the other. Both antagonists have told Kissinger that they have gone as far as they could toward a compromise. The question now is whether Kissinger can prod either or both of them to make the additional concessions necessary to bridge the gap. Kissinger will fly to Damascus this afternoon and will either remain overnight or return to Israel. He still plans to depart for the United States on Monday, but officials acknowledge that if a half day more would complete the task here, Kissinger would continue shuttling back and forth as he has done for most of the last month. Payoff Authorization Evidence Claimed Charleston 3 Tidewater 2 By James M. Naughton New York Times Service W A S H I N G T O N - The House Judiciary Committee has what its investigators believe is conclusive evidence that a hush money payment of $75,000 to E. Howard Hunt Jr. was initiated on March 21, 1973, a few hours after President Nixon told John W. Dean III that such a payment would "keep the cap on the bottle" of the Watergate scandal. The evidence, pinpointing the date of the payment to Hunt, a convicted Watergate conspirator, is based on the travel records of Sherman E. Unger, a Cincinnati lawyer and former Nixon administration official. Informed of the contents of this article, Ronald L. Ziegler, press secretary to Preside^ Nixon, charged that the infoP mation had been "leaked to create a negative inference against the President," who, he said, had never authorized such a payment. *· UNGER CONFIRMED, in a t e l e p h o n e i n t e r v i e w this weekend, that he was the so- called "mystery witness" whose dinner engagement in Washington on March 21 was, unwittingly, the crucial clue to determining the date of the payment to Hunt. Unger's testimony about the dinner party, along with his travel records substantiating the date of the dinner, were central elements of evidence that led a federal grand jury here to indict seven former associates of the President on March 1 for allegedly obstructing the Watergate investigation. More important, the travel records -- receipts for an airline flight from Cincinnati to New York and a New York hotel bill, along with Unger's pocket appointment book -represent the key to a potential article of impeachment charging President Nixon with obstruction of justice. The records were turned over to the judiciary committee last March 25 by the grand jury and were examined at a closed impeachment hearing last week. THE RECORDS rebut a major White House defense of the President -- that the date of the payment to Hunt was unclear and that the Senate Watergate committee initially fixed the date at March,20, one dayJjefore Nixon said he (Turffto Page 8A, Col. 1) AP, N.Y. Times President Nixon will visit the Middle East "at some point in the near future," a White House spokesman said Saturday, shortly after Nixon told the American people that hope of economic progress is encouraging. The statement, by presidential press secretary Ronald Ziegler, was vague on an approximate time of Nixon's visit. »· THIS WAS taken as a solid indication-that Nixon is planning to visit Israel, Egypt, Syria and perhaps other Middle East countries before he journeys to Moscow in late June for summit talks with Soviet leaders. But senior officials cautioned that a final decision had not been made on the timing of a Middle East trip. In a nationwide radio address, the President said that the material quality of life in this country had been maintained at an "unparalleled level" despite inflation and unemployment and there are "encouraging signs that the worst is behind us." In related matters: "Nixon appointed his former law school professor, Kenneth Rush, as Cabinet-level coordinator of domestic and international economic polices. He becomes the No. 2 man in the State Department. *The President called on Americans to observe Memorial Day on Monday "as a day of p r a y e r for p e r m a n e n t peace." Nixon's announced plans to visit the Mideast come at a time when Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is pressing ahead with his efforts to obtain a settlement between Israeli and Syrian forces. ». ON THE economic front, Nixon will send Congress a report on the state of the economy and would hold a series of meetings with business and labor representatives. The Florida White House said the report would go to Capitol Hill on Tuesday and would deal with a review of the inflation situation and measures necessary to deal with it. A ranking Nixon adviser said, however, t h a t no changes will be proposed in the administration's economic game plan. In his 18-minute radio address, Nixon told the nation: "We are b e g i n n i n g to emerge from a very difficult period in the history of our economy. We are not completely through this difficulty, but all the economic indicators prove that we are making encouraging progress. "The weeks ahead will still require restraint and sacrifice. But the ultimate goal of prosperity in peacetime is one which is worthy of sacrifice. It is attainable." The President said: "The requirements for full economic recovery may sound like harsh medicine -- budgetary restraint, no tax cut, tight money -- but there is no alternative." He singled out suggestions for a general tax cut as "possibly the gravest danger to the economy today." "However popular that may be, nothing could be more ir- Holiday Wrecks Kill 2 in State At least two persons died following accidents on West Virginia highways during the early part of Memorial Day weekend, according to state police. A 23-year-old Moundsville man died in a headon collision on W. Va. 2 in Marshall County Friday night. Troopers said the victim, John Russell McGreevy, was a passenger in a car driven by Dennis E. Kidd when it collided with a vehicle operated by R i c h a r d M. Burke, also of Moundsville. *· NO SERIOUS injuries were received by Burke or Kidd. Carnie Lively, 68, of Crab ·Orchard in Raleigh County, died Saturday in Greebrier Valley Hospital at Ronceverte, six hours after he was injured near Alderson in Gree- brier County. Troopers have not completed an investigation of that accident. Lively's wife, Irene, a passenger in the car, escaped serious injury. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons, Gene of Crab Orchard, Marvin of Beckley; daughters, Mrs. Ladene Norris of Crab Orchard, Mrs. Loretta Trimble of Roanoke, Va.; brothers, Arlee of Mount Hope, Moss of Arizona; sister, Mrs. Inez Hodge of Arizona; nine grandchildren. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday in Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope, with the Rev. George Saunders officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today. P^GAZETTE - MAIL Alcohol: Young's Drug of Choice -- Page 1C State Track Meet Complete Details Always on Sunday IB Building News 7C Business News 8C Classified Ads 9C-15C Columnists 1C-3C Current Affairs 1C Editorials .^ 2C -- Page ID Home, Family 1E-9E Magazine 1M-32M Obituaries 6C Page Opposite 3C Sports 1D-9D Travel 26M-31M Your Bridgework 5B responsible than to cut taxes in the present inflationary situation," he said, repeating his opposition to Democratic proposals for a cut. "Another temptation we must avoid." said Nixon, "is the call for cheap money by means of monetary expansion. This will only speed up the rate of inflation and increase the cost of borrowing money." Rush, his new economic coordinator, will hold the rank as counselor to the President and "will serve as the President's chief economic adviser," the White House said. Rush will preside at the daily morning meeting of such Nixon economic adversers as (Turn to Page 8A, Col. 3) Police Probe Death An apparent shooting-suicide incident in St. Albans Saturday resulted in death to a 38-year-old Kanawha County woman. Dead on arrival at Thomas Memorial Hospital with a bullet in her chest was Laquetta June Spence of 1014A Sixth Ave., St. Albans. Treated and released from Thomas Memorial after receiving a bullet wound in the back during the incident was Joseph Philpott of 409 Drew St., St. Albans, A c c o r d i n g to K a n a w h a County Coroner Al Shepard, a preliminary investigation of the incident indicated that the Spence woman shot Philpott in the back before turning the pistol on herself. The shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m. at Mrs. Spence's home. The incident still is under investigation by St. Albans police. MRS. SPENCE WAS an em- ploye of the W. Va. Department of Health, South Charleston office, and a member of Judson Baptist Church at Bills Creek. A native of Kimberly, Fayette County, she was a graduate of Winfield High School. S u r v i v i n g : son, R o n a l d Ray; daughters, Terry and Victoria, all at home; father, Ralph J. Mack of South Charleston; brothers, 0.0. Mack of Winfield, Eddie Mack of Nitro; sisters, Mrs. Crystal Hartwell of South Charleston, Mrs. Freda O'Brien of Kimberly. Friends may call at Cooke- Pauley Funeral Home in Nitro after 6 p.m. Monday. Wilson Rakes Strikers (C) The Washington Post BELFAST--Prime Minister Harold Wilson charged Saturday that Ulster's militant Protestants are seeking "a sect a r i a n a n d u n d e m o c r a t i c state" that would freeze out the province's 500,000 Catho 1 ics. In a televised address to the nation Wilson denounced as "thugs and bullies" the hard- line strikers who have crippled life here for 11 days. As forecast, Wilson announced no new measures to break the stoppage. B r i t i s h policy precludes the use of soldiers in strikers' jobs unless there is peril to human life. So far, the Ulster Workers Council (UWC), the strike organizer, has stepped back from t h i s b r i n k a n d a l i m i t e d amount of electricity is flowing here. The UWC has threatened an immediate power blackout if soldiers are called in to break the strike.

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