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August 10, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 15

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lAZETfE-MAIL Stuufov, Aitfuti Jtf, 1975. ECOISD RONT Page IB Ex-Garnet Student Gives Husband Tour Nancy and Don Lef tridge of Fairmont Three Former Garnet Students Discuss Annual Reunion They Are (From Left) Louyse P. Tuffin of Detroit, Mich., Minnie S. Brown of Charleston and Jeanne Shaffer Collins of Eatontown, N. J. Garnet Reunion 'Biggest Ever' Airport May Save $127,000 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Tri- State Airport Authority will save $127,000 if missing 24-year-pld bonds believed sold to racketeers remain lost, J'We're hoping they never turn up," Paul W. McCreight, authority secretary, said. However, he added, the airport cannot spend the money ready for another 14 years, in case the owner materializes. Cincinnati investment counselor Neil Ransick, whose Charles A: Hinsch Co. firm handled the bond sale for the airport, in 1968 traced the bonds' odyssey from their sale in 1951 to a New York firm. · The firm, Gregory Harrington Co., sold 1 some of the bonds to the treasurer of the Ladies International Garment Workers Union in New York. That man sold some of-the bonds to the union, Ransick said. All those bonds have been accounted for. * * * BUT, RANSICK SAID, .the remaining bonds -30 due in 1976 and 34 due in 1979 for a.total of $64,000 -- were sold to racketeers and disappeared. V ~ Each bond has coupons that can be presented twice a year for interest payments. To date, none of the coupons from those bonds has been presented. Ransick told the authority he believes the person who bought the bonds has been killed or is afraid to indicate he has them. "Ransick is of the firm opinion that our missing bonds will never be presented for payment, either for interest or principal," McCreight said last week. The $64,000 principal will come due in 1976 and 1979 and the interest over the years would total about $63,000. But. the authority must keep the'money handy for 10 years after the bond due date passes, McCreight said. Authority President Charles F. Dodrill said last week he hopes the authority will refuse payment if the missing bonds are presented. "I don't want our money going into the hands of criminals," he said. Coal Firm Asks to Move Old Cemetery ECCLES, W.Va. (AP) - A coal firm says it wants to move a cemetery here containing bodies of miners killed in 1914 and 1926 explosions because it's too expensive to maintain. Westmoreland Coal Co. asked the Raleigh County Circuit Court for permission to rebury the bodies at another site owned by the firm near here. In its request, filed last week, the Philadelphia firm contended it "does not have adequate facilities to maintain the graveyard, and while it has used its best efforts to preserve the premises, it is impossible to do so without great expense." The bodies interred in mass graves at the cemetery include those of miners killed in the April 28,1914, explosion at Eccles No. 5 and No.6 mines, when the fatality count was 181: and miners killed March 8,1926, when 19 died. The firm believes 150 persons "may or may not have been buried" in the cemetery, located in the middle of a gob pile area and reachable only by crossing the coal refuse area. Westmoreland says it will establish a "marker or memorial to the victims of the 1914 and 1926 Eccles mine explosions for those unknown persons buried in the graveyard in questii** " By Tony Bristow Mr. Bristow is a Pittsburgh resident and was in Charleston Saturday to attend the Garnet reunion with a friend. He is a former employe of United Press International. Black doctors, lawyers, educators and other graduates from across the country are among the more than 1,000 alumni of the former Garnet High School gathered here for a reunion. Mrs. Zylphia Banks Johnson, president of the Garnet Alumni Assn., called the turnout "the biggest we've ever had." The weekend of activities will culminate today with a picnic at Coonskin Park. Other eveijts have included a reception on Fri- day at the Heart-0-Town Motor Inn and a champagne brunch and gala dinner-dance, both held Saturday at the Civic Center. THE FIRST INDEPENDENT black high school in West Virginia, Garnet High was established in 1904. With the advent of integration in 1954, the three-story facility, which is located at 422 Dickinson St., was turned into an adult vocational training school. Asked how she feels about the reunion, Mrs. Mary Kimbrough, 97, the schools's first graduate, said "I think it's remarkable. I thought the turnout was splendid." "The committee's to be congratulated for the work it has perpetuated," she added. Noting the large number of alumni returning from other cities, Mrs. Inez Strickland, a 1917 graduate, said "I wish all these graduates had had the opportunities for getting jobs at home so they would be living here now. "When my children graduated they had to leave Charleston and go elsewhere to find a job," she elaborated. "One of my sons is a doctor. He couldn't get started here when he came out but now he could." "But I don't have any regrets," Mrs. Strickland added, "because the future is very bright for us here now." - Staff Photos by Lawrence Pierce Garnet Reunion Program Examined By Former Students Norma J. Hollinshed of New York and Hazel Glover of 1703 Kemp Ave. Ritual of Recriminations Obscures Basic Disagreement The Instant It Happened There's a long, long trail to Washington. Adlai kept on traveling, telling the na- Shaking all those hands, talking all those tion he was not soft on communism; yes, words, eating all that chicken, and, oh, there might be something of a mess in those achin' feet. Harry Truman's Washington and yes, he In fact, Adlai Stevenson, governor of II- h'ked Ike, too,' but as for the Republican linois, had been dragging his feet all year, platform, " pi While Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee of eels." was running like a jack rabbit for the The 52-year-old diplomat-lawyer-news- Democratic presidential nomination in man-politician was destined to be 1952, Stevenson was saying no no, a thou- swamped by Gen. Eisenhower in the 1952 sand times no. " election, but he brought a rare eloquence In April. "I cannot accept the nomina- to the political scene, an eloquence swee- tion to any other office this summer." tened with wit. In July: "I am temperamentally, physi- But now on September 2, in Flint, Mich., cally and mentally unfit" for the presiden- Adlai is seated with Gov. G. Mennen Wiley Hams making last minute revisions for a And what would he do if the convention Labor Day speech. He is for repeal of la- drafted him? "Shoot myself. I guess." bor's bete noire, the Taft-Hartley Act, "a He pessed wrong. recap job with reclaimed Republican rub- In his acceptance speech, after winning her." the nomination by 617% votes to Kefau- Okay, Governor, but speaking about re- ver's 275%, Stevenson pledged: "I will cap jobs. . . fight to win with all my heart and soul . . . Bill Gallagher of the Flint Journal was a I ask of you all you have. I will give to you bit miffed. He had to work Labor Day. It all I have " was m ' s ty-" the kind of day you want to And so he set off on the long journey that be some place else, and I was working for would cover more than 30,000 miles. 100 a Republican paper . . ." But he spotted speeches in Denver and Kasson, Minn., K snoe and thought the shot had pros- arid Cheyenne and Bridgeport and Kansas P^ 15 - II did and when he was awarded the City and Los Angeles and New Orleans and P»»'fcer Prize for the picture, Stevenson wherever the train stopped, the plane wired. "Glad to hear you won with a hole landed or the motorcade paused. ' £ ' n °" e -' By Herb Little The Associated Press The ritual of public recriminations between Republican Governor and Democratic legislative leaders in the special session aftermath obscures a basic disagreement over the legislature's proper role. Always present to some extent, the disagreement has become a wide gulf during the six years and seven months of the tenure of Gov. Moore. His get-things-done zeal has led him to make greater use than any recent predecessor of his power to call extraordinary sessions. By inference from his performance, Moore's view of the legislature's responsibility can be simply stated: *Be available just about any time to act on those matters of public business that the Governor deems important. Nothing in this view concedes anything close to a limitation of special sessions to emergency matters. The Democratic leadership view, clearly stated in numerous public exchanges with Moore, is something quite different: »-The legislative branch in West Virginia is constitutionally based as essentially a part-time body. Its primary duty is discharged in the 60-day regular sessions starting every January. Special sessions should be restricted to matters that, if not outright emergencies, at least are so pressing they shouldn't be deferred until the following January. As a theoretical proposition, this view even finds some favor in the Senate and House of Delegates Republican minorities, but it is overridden by their loyalty to their leader in the executive branch. As far as explicit provisions are concerned, Moore is wholly right in saying the State Constitution in no-way restricts when he may call a special session or what business he may place on the agenda. But there are constitutional provisions that can be read as implying some restraint should be exercised in calling and laying out the business of special sessions. Two sections of the constitution cover the governor's power to call extraordinary sessions. One, in the article covering the governor's powers generally, says that "on extraordinary occasions" he may convene the legislature by proclamation and it may take up no business "except that stated in the proclamation by which it was called together." The definition of "extraordinary occasions" is left up to the governor. The other applicable section, in the Constitution's legislative article, says the governor may convene the legislature by proclamation "whenever, in his opinion, the public safety or welfare shall require it." Again, it is the governor who defines the requirements of "the public safety or welfare." Moore's working definition is almost Umitless. Another inference toward restraint on special sessions can be drawn from constitutional provisions for paying legislators. The fact that these provide annual salaries plus per diem payments for special sessions seem to suggest the salaries are supposed to cover the primary duty of attending the 60-day regular sessions. Garently, the salary is $4,800 a year and the additional payment for special ses- Statehouse' Note Book LITTLE sions is $35 a day. Under the Constitution, these are set by the legislature within limits fixed by the recommendations of the Citizens Legislative Compensation Commission. » WHEN THE SPECIAL session adjourned last week until Nov. 1, leaving untouched most of the business on the agen- da issued by Moore, muchbut by no means allof the unsuccessful opposition to adjournment came from younger legislators. Some are single. Some are in jobs, such as teaching, which don't require their presence in the summer. It is no reflection on their dedication or motives to suggest they might be better equipped to stick it out indefinitely on $35 a day than legislators with families, businesses, professions or factory jobs where leave from work is not unlimited. Much of the business Moore put on the special session agenda consisted of proposals he has made unsuccessfully one or more times before, as recently as the regular session last winter in several cases. A governor can hardly be faulted for dogged persistence with proposals he deems important to the state. Nor is the legislature necessarily derelict in disagreeing about their merit or urgency. Without passing judgment on whether the legislature acted wisely in putting off nearly everything until fall, it can be said that it took an undue amount of time deciding on that course of inaction-at considerable expense to the taxpayers. Two Polish Rejects Always on Sunday By B.S. Palausky Once upon a very long time ago, every time Lithuania managed to put a pretty good king on the throne, the Polish would screw it all up by luring him away to be their king. Oh sure, they'd say he could be king of both countries with no sweat. Of course, they'd fix him up with a better castle, salary, clothes and all the other fringe benefits and fripperies they could think of. The Lithuanian kings ate it up. Pretty soon they weren't even writing home and as a matter of fact even quit speaking Lithuanian. Little by little, once-mighty Lithuania went down the old tubes. The process was called Polonization. If you don't believe me, go look it up. I mention all of this for a reason. For one thing, Our President (the pardoner of Richard ML Nixon) on his trip to Helsinki signed away the dream of freedom for the people of Estonia. Latvia and Lithuania. That's part of the Helsinki agreement--that no signer will interfere with Russia's hold on these countries. How does this involve all of us in West Virginia? Well. I find it significant that both Our President and Our Governor were in Poland this summer. Both were wined and dined and apparently given the once-over by the Poles. Neither was hired as king of Poland. »· "HAVE Y'ALL SEEN 'Jowls' yet?" That question was asked recently by a Southern West Virginia semi-Dixie Belle and it opens up whole new vistas for the movie people who want to cash in on the suss of "Jaws.'' I can see it now: The statewide baton- twirling and majorette queen title-holder, Dreama-Antoinette Smith-Jones is on the outskirts of Huntington picking blackberries and may-apple roots--in the nude. There is a stirring in the foliage. Some snorts. Some huffing and puffing. Then the air is torn by the 13-year-old's agonized scream. "Jowls." It is her last word. She is attacked and devoured by a pack of once-docile hogs. The hogs, maddened by- success, go on to take over the whole state. If the movie makers want the rest of it. they know where they can find me. *· WANT TO MAKE a fast S100? All you've got to do is help Sgt. G.G. Spaulding. security guard at the State Capitol, put the arm on whoever it was who beat six of the statehouse squirrels to death. You'll notice that there have been no reports of anyone around here trying to mess around with those bears people have been seeing. I think that if Spaulding does capture the jerks who killed the squirrels, the culprit should be required to go barehanded into Kanawha State Forest and punch a bear out. I don't guess I should enter the squirrel case. Seems I don't get very good results. However, if I were to get into it, I'd check out a few things: *Who says those are really statehouse squirrels? Could they have been battered elsewhere and then dumped up there near the dome? ··Were there any fire truck tracks at the , se?

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