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2 The Boston Globe Friday, November 24, 1978 NATION The major news Carter orders improvement in CIA reports. P. 1. 4 mysterious plane crashes in Daytona. P. 6. . Nominee for arms control job draws fire. P. 11. US weighing profit guidelines. P. 46. V In brief Peace Corps chief's denial WASHINGTON Peace Corps director Carolyn Payton denied yesterday that she has resigned and said she does not "wish to" despite friction with her boss, presidential adviser Sam Brown. But the ' question is "will she?" and Brown's office says "yes." The departure of Payton, the only woman and the only black to head the volunteer foreign service agency founded by John F. Kennedy, would like- ' ' ly create a stir among womens' rights and minority interest groups if it took on the : character of an ouster as it seemed to be doing yesterday. Mandel faces fraud suit ' BALTIMORE A $15-million suit al-" leging stock fraud in the sale of the Marl-" boro Race Track has been filed against , suspended Gov. Marvin Mandel and seven .' other men. The suit was filed in US Dis-' trict Court here by James Francis O'Hara 3d and Michael Patrick O'Hara, whose family sold the now-closed half-mile track in 1971. It alleges that a conspiracy existed between January 1969 and May 1971 to buy controlling interest in the track but that the defendants concealed their intention. Carter criticized on KRA , WASHINGTON An official of the ,. American Conservative Union has accused President Jimmy Carter of advocating "flagrant misuse of federal tax money" in government support of the , equal rights amendment. Rep. Robert Bauman (R-Md.) said Carter sent a July 20 memo to federal department heads in which the President said the government ,, would use "every resource" to aid passage . of ERA. "The use of tax dollars to lobby for a controversial issue such as ERA is unfair," Bauman said. ; US says 'stings' curb I lief t,s WASHINGTON A federal report says crimes of theft appear to be falling as a result, of the government's widely her-1 aided "sting" operations fake fencing rings set up to snare thieves. The LEAA said robberies fell 2 percent, burglaries 1 . percent, larcenies 4 percent and vehicle thefts 1 percent in cities of 50.000 persons or more in the first half of 1978. But eight cities with successful "sting" operations last year saw robberies drop 11.5 percent, WORLD The major news ' Dayan says US favored Egypt in talks. P. 1. How Is-raeli people view the treaty. P. 1. Preamble of treaty reported. P. 10. Nicaraguan troops, guerrillas clash. P. 7. Corrupt Iran officials may lose property. P. 8. - Ethiopian troops smash 3:year siege of port. P. 8. Callaghan seeks all-party Rhodesia talks. P. 13. In brief -Egyptian ministers indicted . CAIRO - Two former Egyptian Cabi- net ministers and three other former offi-; cials were committed for trial yesterday on bribery and gross negligence charges in connection with the $35 million purchase of civilian jet planes from Boeing in 1972. The indictment accused' a former adviser to the minister of civil aviation of .having received $125,000 in bribes from Boeing to help clinch the deal "at inflated ) prices and on unfair financing condi-" tions." The prosecutor said Egypt's losses on the deal to October 1977 amounted to $13.2 million. Miners seek 10 Sf hike LONDON Union leaders of Britain's - 260,000 coal miners yesterday demanded a 40 percent pay hike for coal-face workers, j. increasing wages for miners doing the ' toughest work in British mines from i $156.88 a week to $220. They want the ; minimum rate for surface workers in pits Traised by just over 20 percent, from ; $109.72 a week to $132. The Labor government has urged wage hikes -te held to 5 7 percent " i Witness sold his storv If! MINEHEAD, England - Former Lib-?.eral Party leader Jeremy Thorpe's chief 5 accuser testified yesterday he was heavily i in debt and signed a $100,000 contract to j serialize his story about Thorpe's alleged J plot to kill a former male lover. Peter Bes-? sell, formerly a Liberal member of Parlia-1: ment and close friend of Thorpe, said he "sold rights o the story to London's Sun burglaries 5.4 percent, larcenies 10.8 percent and vehicle thefts 8.1 percent in the same period. Airline charged with bias WASHINGTON - The Labor Department charged yesterday that American Airlines violated a federal antidiscrimination law by failing to find another job for an employee handicapped ,by epilepsy. The departmentysaid the airline fired the employee, whom it did not identify, in June 1977 from his job at Philadelphia International Airport because of a "general unwillingness to employ an epileptic." US attorney in hiding SAN ANTONIO - A federal prosecutor who thwarted apparent assassins by ducking below his car's dashboard has been spirited out of his San Antonio hospital room under heavy guard to a hideaway. Assistant US Attorney James W. Kerr was the target of the attack, but federal marshals extended their protection to US District Judge John H. Wood Jr. Kerr was chief prosecutor in Wood's court, and the two had a reputation for being tough with narcotics dealers. Judge won't bar filfii CHICAGO A judge says he will not prohibit the showing in Illinois of the 'television movie "Dummy," based on the life of a Chicago deaf mute charged with two murders. "I do not believe in book burning or film burning," Circuit Judge Joseph Schneider said Wednesday in ruling on a petition by lawyers for Donald Lang, 32. Lang was sent to a mental institution after being accused of a 1965 murder. After his release in 1971, he was convicted of killing a prostitute, but the conviction was reversed on grounds he could not communicate with his lawyers. i Alabama walkout ends HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A six-day walkout by municipal workers here apparently ended yesterday when striking firefighters and policemen began returning to their jobs. Mayor Joe Davis said 15 to 20 city workers who participated in the strike will face disciplinary action or criminal prosecution for damaging property or for endangering other city employees by participating in the walkout.. day Telegraph newspaper in September. Bessell also alleged that he and Thorpe devised a plan to get a $500,000 bribe from a Bahamas-based businessman. Brezhnev warns Britain LONDON Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev has advised Britain not to sell, arms to China. A British government spokesman reported Brezhnev wrote a note this week to Prime Minister James Callaghan warning of "consequences" of any arms deal with Peking.. The Soviet message follows a visit to Britain by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Chen, who reportedly came to purchase 80-90 Harrier vertical takeoff jet fighters. 11 soldiers detained SIDON, Lebanon Palestinians and Lebanese leftists seized 11 French soldiers of the UN peace-keeping force yesterday but freed them after talks between the two sides, local residents said. Both sides put their men on alert but talks between UN and leftist-Palestinian officers ended with the Frenchmen being freed. LS missionaries injured MANILA A two American missionaries were hospitalized Wednesday night after police shot and killed four death-row convicts holding them and two other missionaries hostage in an escape attempt. Becky Riggle, 25, was shot in the hip and her husband, Steven, 30, was stabbed in an exchange between the escapees and police after the missionaries were seized while holding services in the jail. i 1 " npwi r-3iYl ? 4-3' ILissis -- JT rr- '-7 . A . n Shipping container with the body of People's Temple leader Jim Jones is stacked u By Leonard Downie Jr. Washington Post GEORGETOWN, Guyana - US officials supervising the airlift of the bodies of the 408 Americans who died in Jonestown have raised doubts about whether there really were 300 to 400 more Jonestown residents who disappeared into the surrounding rain forest. Under pressure from newsmen, who asked why US military aircraft and personnel were not being used to help the Guyana Defense Force search the dense forest for missing Americans, a spokesman said the US military personnel here doubted there were many missing people. "The evaluation that we have made," US Army Ma j. Richard T. Helmling told reporters, "is simply that there were not Woman, 76, slept through mass suicide Associated Press GEORGETOWN, Guyana - An arthritic 76-year-old California woman who slept through the Jonestown mass suicide said yesterday she spent two days trying to awaken her dead sister before rescuers insisted she leave. Hyacinth Thrush, one of the few people known to have surivived the weekend of death, said in an interview she awakened Sunday morning in her room thinking residents of the Peoples Temple settlement were sleeping. Thrush said she dragged herself from her cottage to the elderly people part of the meeting pavilion and discovered "everyone very still. Some were sitting up with their eyes closed. Others were lying down. I saw my sister, I walked over and touched her to wake her up. She was very cold" The frail woman appeared frightened as she sat on her bed and told her grim Thrush, crippled with arthritisr said she went to sleep and heard nothing dur- 1 Jones' body identified through fingerprints Reuter DOVER, Del.-FBI agents last night positively identified one of the bodies found at the Peoples Temple commune at Jonestown, Guyana, as that of the cult's leader, Jim Jones, a US Air Force spokesman said. The agents confirmed the identity through fingerprint records, Maj. Bob Groom said. . Some of Jones' followers had been insisting Jones was still alive and that the body tentatively identified as his was that of a double. 10th stabbing death in a month Associated Press LOS ANGELES - A middle-aged derelict was found stabbed to death yesterday near a fountain in the Los Angeles Civic Center. He was believed to be the 10th victim of the man police call' the "Skid Row Stabber." The unidentified man, said to be about 50, was the 10th to die since the string of aouBts many are missing many more people in Jonestown at the time of the suicide. "We cannot find hard evidence that people did go off into the jungle, more than what have already returned. This is not to say that there aren't more out there somewhere, but if there are, they are a long way from Jonestown.'' No more survivors have been found in the last two days. Meanwhile, in Memphis, Mark Lane, attorney for the cult, said that there were 800 adults present at a meeting the night before the mass suicide, according to United Press International. Asked how many people he believed fled into the surrounding jungle, he replied "probably more than 400." Four-hundred and eight bodies have been found in the Jonestown agricultural HYACINTH THRUSH . . . heard nothing ing the night Saturday. When she awakened Sunday morning, she said, she was surprised not to hear the usual grunting of the camp's pet gorilla, Mr. Muggs. She said she went outside about 11 a.m. Sunday because she was hungry. "Not a living soul was in view. I struggled along the path to the pavillion and was surprised no one was around. "I was looking for the senior citizens center and I managed to pull myself up the stairs. It was then that I saw all my people," she said. The verification checks were made after the body arrived at the air base in Dover aboard a plane carrying a second batch of the more than 400 corpses of Americans found at Jonestown. Many of the bodies being flown to the Dover basev which houses the largest military mortuary on the East Coast are badly decomposed after lying under the tropical sun for four days. Six flights are planned and could last until Saturday afternoon. The aluminum caskets containing the 82 bodies were unloaded from the C141 transport and then taken to the morgue for positive identification checks. knife attacks began Oct 23. Two men have survived stabbings. The body was found at 6:45 a.m. on a plaza across from City Hall, and investigators were "handling it like it might be connected to the other stabbing deaths,", police Sgt. Bob Kurth said. A special task force is investigating .the killings. The victims were stabbed in with other, containers in Georgetown, Guyana. Story below community in remote northwestern Guyana, the victims of Saturday's mass suicide led by Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple cult. Three persons, including Jones, died of gunshot wounds, and the rest took poison. By late yesterday afternoon, 177 of the bodies, including one tentatively identified as Jim Jones, had been brought by helicopter from Jonestown to Timehri international airport in Georgetown, and many of them had been transferred to military cargo planes for transportation to the US Air Force base at Dover, Del. Newsmen and lawyers who went into Jonestown with Rep. Leo Ryan of California, killed with four others in an ambush Saturday, said they believed they saw about 800 people there, although they did not count them. The rite of suicide as old United Press International The suicide of 408 members of the Peoples Temple in the jungles of Guyana stunned the world. But in history there have been greater numbers involved in mass suicides, including 20,000 Russians who killed themselves in the 1670s because of rumors the world was coming to an end. One of the more famous mass suicides came in AD 73 atop Mount Masada, a barren mountaintop fortress overlooking the Dead Sea where 960 Jews turned to mass suicide rather than surrendering to the Romans, who had besieged them for' three years. Swordsmen were chosen to behead the men, women and children; the swordsmen in turn killed themselves. Some of the more famous suicides of recent history were the hundreds of Japanese Kamikaze pilots who flew their bomb-laden planes against US Navy ships in the Pacific in the dying days of World War II. Hundreds of Japanese civilians killed themselves by throwing themselves off cliffs as US troops captured the island of Okinawa. And there are legends in India of the moguls of yore who time after time ordered units of as many as 400 soldiers to march themselves over cliffs to their deaths so the Indian rulers could demonstrate the unflinching loyalty of the troops to visiting dignitaries. - The Russian incident began in the 1660s when the Patriarch Nikon instituted a set of reforms to purify the Russian Orthodox Church to bring it in line with the Greek Orthodox Church. He believed , all departures from Greek norms were corrupt and moved to eliminate them. Conservatives and nationalists disagreed, arguing the Russian Orthodox Church was purer because the Greek church had merged with Rome after the Council of Florence in 1439. Nikon, however, had the complete backing of Czar Alexis. He forced through many of his changes, altering the manner blamed on Skid the chest and the attacks took place in the downtown area, most of them on Skid Row. The victims have generally been men with no money, who slept outdoors on the streets or in alleys or parking lots. - Police have released a composite sketch of a suspect He is a pigeon-toed black man, about 6-2, in his late 20s or early 30s. (AP photo) Guyanese and US military personnel found 789 passports in a trunk in Jonestown. Those passports were turned over yesterday to US embassy officials here, who are counting them again and comparing them to the lists of known Jonestown dead and survivors. Questions have been raised about whether there was a live person in Jonestown for each passport, especially because so many older people had been brought there by Jones and their Social Security checks confiscated. But military spokesmen said they had no information on whether any graves have been found in Jonestown. There also may not be passports for each of the small children in Jonestown, some of whom were born in this country. as man of making the sign of the cross, pronouncing the credo and painting ikons. Further, he tried to create a "true Christian community" by regulating life. No cards, cursing, drinking or sexual license were allowed. In 1666 Alexis called another synod which ruled the czar was the supreme power with the right to rule all subjects from patriarch on down. The synod sustained Nikon's reforms. The clergy fell in line. The rank and file began to defect. In the 1670s rumors spread that the end of the world was approaching. Entire communities of old believers fled into the forests, closing themselves into coffins or burning themselves to death. Some 20,000 are believed to have died in the outpouring of famaticism, according to "Russia Under The Old Regime" by Richard Pipers. The Masada (the Hebrew word for fortress) was built atop a barren mountain-top overlooking the Dead Sea where King Herod had built a palace. It was the last Jewish stronghold that held out against the Romans during an unsuccessful .revolt that, according to Roman historian Tacitus, began in AD 66. The 960 rebels who fortified themselves on Mount Masada under the command of Eli Ezer Ben-Yair were all fugitives from Jerusalem, which was captured and destroyed by the Romans in AD 70. The Romans laid siege to Masadas but never managed to capture it. But at the end of a three-year siege, Jhe defenders, realizing food was dwindling and there was no way out, decided to commit suicide rather than fall into enemj hands. This happened in AD 73. Jewish historian Josephus Flavius, in his "Wars of the Jews," describes the scene as follows: "they, then chose ten men by lot out of them to slay all the rest, every one of whom lay himself down by his wife and children on the ground, and threw his arms about them, and they offered their necks to the stroke." Row slasher The attacks have spread terror among the down-and-outers on Skid Row. Ray , Knowles, an official of the Union Rescue Mission, said fear of sleeping outdoors has filled the mission recently. Wednesday night, there were 158 men sleeping in the -mission's beds and 336 others sought refuge in the mission chapeL

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