Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 16, 1974 · Page 14
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 14

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 16, 1974
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14% jtt»c 16.1*1 ILLEGAL Chinese-Thai Timber Smugglers Robbing Laotians of Badly Needed Exchange Cash GEORGE WALLACE Quotes President Wallace Quotes Nixon BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Gov. George C. Wallace quoted President Nixon Saturday as telling him on a recent trip to Alabama that the people of this state "represent the conscience of America." 'Then Wallace told the Alabama Democratic Executive Committee: "Not that everything the President says is 100 per cent correct. I agree with him on that statement but probably no further." The governor also noted that he had prepared some tapes to be shown on a Democratic fund-raising telethon June 29-30 and had sent a check to the national party. ·"But I told them that if they didn't get the party back to the middle, back in the mainstream, I wanted my check back." he said. By David VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) Diplomatic sources say a major scandal is brewing in Laos over what they claim is an illegal logging racket depriving this impoverished kingdom of badly needed foreign exchange earnings. They also claim the logging operation is depleting acres of centuries-old teak and mahogany forests. The illegal logging, together with a government assessment formula which undervalues the country's tin exports, is costing Laos around $5 million each year in lost foreign exchange, these sources say. "It's an international scandal," said one Western diplomat. "This country will barely earn $5 million this year for its entire exports and yet here it is letting another $5 million slip through its fingers like that." Laos' trade deficit for 1974 will run to an estimated $24 million. If the unauthorized logging were stopped and an efficient tin valuation scheme introduced, diplomats say, Laos could double its foreign exchange earnings overnight. And that would mean that the five donor nations now keeping the Lao currency afloat to the tune of $27 million a year slask tfceir v»n\ CM- tri»uti*» by almtst 21 per ceil. The utitts are the United States, Britain, Fraiee, Australia «ri Japaa. Sources say Laos is exporting about $7 million worth of timber a year but that only half of that amount shows up on government books. The rest, they say, is smuggled across the Mekong River into Thailand by Chinese-Thai timber interests who bribe Lao officials. At the same time, the sources say, the country is losing around JiVz million every year from its tin exports because the government undervalues the output of two rich French-run mines in central Laos. Officials of the coalition government connected with the nation's economy were not available for comment on the claims. "The country west of Houei Sai (northwest Laos) has been stripped of every last stick of timber," claimed one Western source. "When you fly up there it's like flying over a war zone, although there never was any fighting in that region. The Thais have gone in and cleared out every piece of teak and other hardwood they could find. Whole hillsides are barren and denuded. And yet you look across to the Thai side of the river and there are beautiful virgin forests that no one would dare to touch." * * * A MAN WHO travels frequently to southern Laos said: "Timber is streaming across the river to Thailand at an alarming rate. The Thais tend to look on this area as their back yard. They iarm the trees mercilessly and the fact that they are operating in another country doesn't bother them much.'' Economists say that it isn't so much that Laos is missing out on the export duty on the Book Expresses Stops Scheduled FAYETTEV1LLE - The Fayette County bookmobile will visit these communities this week: Monday -- Ansted, 9:30 a.m. to noon: Hico, 12:30 to 1 p.m.; Lookout, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday -- Powellton, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.: Kimberly, noon to 1 p.m.: Smithers. 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday -- No run. Thursday - No Run - West V i r g i n i a Day- -- l i b r a r y closed. Friday -- No run. wood -- although there is $500,000 for a start - but that the country is being cheated of the foreign exchange it so desperately needs. "They get the hard currency back to pay for their imports," said one source. "They are terribly short of foreign exchange but none of that money is coming back into tiie Lao economy . . . It's going straight into the pockets of Thai businessmen." Economists admit that evei if Laos' made the most of its timber and tin cartings it wwM still be bemad in its foreign exchange needs. But, (hey say, it would be twice as strong as it is now and that would be ai encouraging sign that the contry was getting to a stage where it could start to look after itself.' The pro-Communist Pathet Lao, who were reincorporated into the Royal Lao government two months ago, have set themselves up as "the protectors of the Lao forests," said one source, and introduced strict self-supervision on lumbering in the SO per cent of country under their control. But, said the source, all illegal logging was being carried on inside the 20 per cent of territory under the control of the former Vientiane government and the Pathet Lao ministers in the new coalition had apparently had no time yet to raise the matter. "The Pathet Lao military commander on the edge of the Vientiane plain has issued an order that the next tree felled illegally will have a Pathet Lao bullet in it," said one source, "and that's a healthy sign." DOWNTOWN DOLLAR DAYS JUNE 17-18 BASEMENT STORE VALUES Men's Polyester Cotton Tank Tops JL Ford* 199 Each Men's Polyester Cotton Walk Shorts NELSON TRANSFER CO. HEAVY HAULING P.O. Box 70S Charleston, W.Va. 25323 Phone 342-3101 State Wide Service I · ONCE IN A LIFETIME A VALUE SO GREAT... SO UNUSUAL.. YOU ALMOST HAVE TO BUY- WHETHER YOU NEED IT OR NOT!!! For 3.99 Each A. Polyester cotton walk shorts, permanently-pressed. Solids, plaids or checks in blue, brown, green or gray, white or red! Sizes 29-42. Slightly irregular. B. Polyester cotton tank tops in stripes or solids. Blue, green, white or yellow. Sizes S, M, L, XL. Men's Nylon jackets Sizes C /\A S-M-L D.UU Zip front nylon jacket with zip-in hood. Solid color gold, green, blue or navy. Sizes S-M-L. WOMEN'S ARNEL" TRIACETATE 6.00 PANT SETS .... REGl LARLY 12.99 BROKKN SIZES Solid Pull-on Pant with print short sleeve top. Blue, Navy or Lavender JUNIOR GIRLS COTTON LO-RISE JEANS, 2. REGULARLY A 4.99 VALUE Flare legs. Sizes 7 to 15. Brown, Navy, Purple or Burgundy. JUNIOR GIRLS' COTTON KNIT PULL-OVER TOPS Sizes 3.99 Values 1.00 Zip front, sleeveless sizes 5-11. Solid colors, red, white or blue. WOMEN'S NYLON STOCKINGS Now you can afford lovely Mediterranean family room furniture. Cushioned with comfortable molded urethane foam and carefully upholstered in a high sheen black reinforced vinyl ... you can't help but agree it is a sensational buy for the size and quality we offer. TWO DAYS ONLY... SUNDAY AND MONDAY. 4 ^ 1.00 3 pr./l. Sizes 8 V2-11. Taupe, Navy, Brown, Black, Tan or Coffee. MEN'S ORLON ACRYLIC STRETCH NYLON TUBE SOCKS NOTICE CUSTOMERS WILL BE LIMITED TO ONE OF EACH ITEM. PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 10 DAYS FOR DELIVERY. POSITIVELY NO DEALERS! YOUR CHOKE Reg. 1.29 LOO SOFA LOVESEAT CHAIR OTTOMAN-^ One size stretch. Solid white with colorful stripes around top. WOMEN'S POLYESTER COTTON 2 JAMAICAS 1.00 PAIR FOR 1.99 EACH CMtitwSMft nm.JT.w. II.MWSMK HfchS*. APPLIANCE DISCOUNT Six Ways TolwyAtFAD tcia ·UTIWIT ·Mwmcin ··ism erne fflfUTTI FAD Guarantees the Lowest Price! for (dirty dcys o ller jwr purcho * ol F AD. H 700 find trie woe item Cor less under tre some condhionsof sole wt"B write yoo o the* !or tSie difference end pojr yov o 10% penofrjr for your trouble, HITS cppfes to fwiwrore, opptonces, bttt'f). wWw, Isrflfa... onylSngwe lei.Tfcbncofcd"Tcymiit onifnSne" BECAUSE *of j ihe way we oftnflt 01 MO. Sizes 10-18. Solids or Prints. Green, Ton, Blue or Yellow. MEN'S NYLON SWIMSUITS FOR O · 2.99 EACH Sizes S-M-L Solids, stripes, or checks. Blue, green, yellow block, red. BASEMENT--Charleston Store

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