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1 • ^ • 1. 1 1973 The Very Essence of Woman!" 1 Excellence r We are indebted to H. L. Stevenson, editor of United Press Internationa^, for ^mpillng some of t in Illinois ilories which crop up periodically and never seem, to fade away completely. Such as ^e one current in Galesburg a few years 4go to the.effect that a collection of red itrips from cigaret packages could bfe redeemed for a seeing-eye dog for the blind. One of the most ingenious authors of 4hese little prevarications was Willis B. I 'owell, an ihinoisan who edited a weekly :^ewspaper at Lacon long before the turn %f the century when editors often refused |o let facts stahd in the way of a good ^^tory. With tongue in cheek, Mr. Powell were skinned. ^'We feed the rats to the cats and the cats to the rats^ and we get the cat skins for nothing," the Illinois editor solemnly reported. Another of the good-humored hoax writers was L. T. Stone of Winsted, Conn. Ite was a young reporter at Winsted in the 18905 when he started sending short, offbeat and fictitious it^s to New York lilies. Included were ta^es of a farmer who plucked his h^ns cleaner, a hen that laid buUdog squirrel m lolenuily reported that Lacon i cat ranch would produce 5,000 Ft jielts each c ilO,000. The ivould be bi owner's shoes with its tail, and a man who painted a spider on his bald head to scare away flies. There are others whose authors weren't recorded or maybe never known. Rem^ber the one about the woman who fainted when she discovered a dead cat in a shopping another Tliere * discourse e fed the carcasses of cats after the cats except maybe that Illinois liars are hard to surpass. ^ Fraternities Are 'In" Again ; Undemocratic, infantile, insular—those L kre adjectives often used to (^escribe the typical college fraternity. Hardly the sort 4)f organization today's college student ^ould want to join, right? Wrong. Whether ^because of nosta^ia for the 1950s, or what- At the University of Detroit, members of campus fraternities and sororities last academic body 1 .ever, those campus greek-letter societies ^ith their pledging, hazing, and Hell Week Rituals are socially acceptable again. To a large extent, the new popularity ^f fraternities reflects weariness with the ^upheaval and group-think of the Sixties. 7*There's a great big energy void out there," «ays Dick Benson, the University of Texas whole. Kenneth Lill, first executive director of the university's Council of Fraternal Organizations, offered this analysis: "Now don't get me wrong: We have a good time i ( ibers body • III y seems volcanic change of the The mass enercv nonls som^ pretty good students who have de* cided that joining a fraternity or sorority... isn't all bad." 1 Some observers assert that fraternities provide the vital "rites of passage'' from adolescence to adulthood. In a book-lehffth j |ust aren't there for any more demon €trations." TTiere is some evidence that fraternities are sheddiiig their 0I4 party-party image • L r Timely Quotes Tile's no problem in the ski business which a 14-inch snowstorm won't solve. --Gal Oonlff, maiiager of a Matachusseti sU resort. Associate fessor Thomas A. Leemon Columbia University's Teachers College wrote that when pledges have dinner with their **big brothers," it is ''an incorporative rite." And when a pledge is forced to swallow an unpalatable mixture of gunk and then spit tion. undergoes "a symboji regurgitation." Tb« point is I didn't kill anybody in m ainpaign, Ididn't bomb anybody, I dldn teal spy money and none of my top ai(te /ere arrested for wiretapping. . George McGovem. Every child in the United States, ah of 7 per pent or 8 per cent bom witl biological deficit, is capable basically tering the school skills. Prof, Jmm K^gan* Harvard gist, iffMHrtiif studias whlcb showed thai mmai retarAitloo caused by the eiviroun^nt is reversible. It represents impeachable economic policy and Werale social policy. 4 H|HK CMnin, eeoMpic adviser to President J «lwiM> o» WimiM Nixon's dis* 9m^M C^«at Smkiy agencies. Most colleges have ended the hazing rituals that freshmen once had to endure, notes Landon Y. Jones, editor of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. He adds: "But have new ones risen to take their places?. . .The first pot party with one's roommates? The first demonstration? Sex? Or did the stu- 1960s ovm sage, thus making inevitable the swing the ties? Those questions are difficult, maybe mi that most students still aspire to qualify lor membei'ship in the nation's oldest and most exclusive fraternity: Phi Beta Kappa. Impact Now that L. Patrick Otay has withdrawn his nomination to the DlNCtorMip o( tht Ved« f ^al fiuTMtt of Investigation, l)« can he chalked up as one imre victim of tha Watergate Cai^er. He contributed to the deinise of his FBI career by letting himself be used by Presiden'^ tial counsel John Dean and White House chief of staff Ik. Haldeman in their efforts to frustrate any real investiga* tion <tf (he ramlficatidns of the Watergate Case. Arid he did himself no good by unwisely and hastily allowing the Senate Judiciary Committee to see FBI raw files--^ something his predecessor, the late J. Edgar Hoover, would never have done. But Gray was tainted from the start by his connection with operational gauleiters at the White House who are politicians first and arms of the Presidency second. From now on in, every White House appointment which requires Senate confirmation will be carefully examined by the appropriate committee to determine what asso- cifition, if any, he had with the "political intelligence" unit Haldeman now adUnits he set up and controlled. Under other circumstances, it is reasonably certain that Mr. Nixon would have sent the Senate the name of Assistant At- orney General Henry Peterson as his choice for FBI Director, now that Gray is out of the running. But^ Peterson, other­ wise known as an independent spirit, mil not be Jtidfed for his ellid^ in heading (he Jus* tidi mpartmenra (Mmiaai Di* vision. What stands out Jn his recotd today is «letter he wrote the members of.the Home Banking and Currency Cofnmlt* tee which, under Chairman Wright Patman, had planned to investigate Watergate and (he Haldeman ''{iolitical inleiU* gence" operatton. IMs, it should be remembered, was before the 1072 election, when the White House gauleiters were moving heaven and earth to stifle the story, IN THIS LETTER, Peterson asked the committee to call off its hearings. "The public inter^ est in a prompt and successful tyroseeution may be imperiled, by widely, publicized hearings at, this time,'^ Peterson wrote. ''And the basic tights of the defendants to a ^edy, fair, and impartial trial may be jeopardized . • The Patman Committee, however, was not interested in the Watergate defehdants. It wanted to know the degree of involvement of former Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans, of former Attorney General John Mitchell, and of Haldeman and periiaps others 4n the White House hierarchy. Peterson, it is true, had a point. The hearings projected by Representative P a t m a n might have been highly sensational and could have jeopard- Ponder Problems '<WeU at least I caUed the police!" The young mother screamed at the uniformed police captam. "You called the police," the captam leaned toward her in- creduously. ''Like that was a big deal * or something. You called the police," he s^id again, quietly shaking his head. "A baby lying over there half dead," he exploded suddenly, ''and you're telUng me it's a big deal because you called the police!" He pointed in the general direction of St. Mary's Hospital. "You saw how bad that baby was hurt, and you knew there would be a po^ lice investigation, didn't you?' He was in pursuit now. "Yes!" the woman screamed back, "I knew that! But a lot of girls maybe wouldn't have done anything at all!" The lanky captain sat back and cahnly lit a cigaret. He inhaled deeply and blew the smoke toward the ceiluig. (Mcay," he said, quietly again. Let's go through your story again. Four men broke into your apartment, grabbed your baby out of the crib and just beat the hell out of it, right?" "Yes, right." she responded impatiently. "I don't think you believe me." "YOU'RE RIGHT, I don't," the captain answered. "I've been telling you all morning I didn't believe it." The call had come in to Galesburg police at 7:27 p.m. the previous evening. The young woman told officers she was asleep when she heard glass breaMng in a downstairs door, and four young men — two black and two white — dashed into her apartment. The two white men came to her bed and told her to stay there while one of the black men yanked her 9-month-old daughter out of the crib. The two black men began hitting the baby, she said, then threw the infant to flie floor. She had never seen the men before, she maintamed^ and they did not tell her why they were beating up the baby. "Did you try to stop them? Did you fight?" a detective asked her as he read a report on the incident. He didn't look up. • n • "Well, they told me to sit there on the edge of the bed. I was scared they might have guns or knives or something," she explained. 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HM fir )r uMiitloii 6f Watwgatt, imtld eeijiptoittlit hii ehanew «f eon- flnHiUttn. Mi fhtNhf tfHn/tbH tun iiMtfiir vlelifii «f tha Ad* minlilritiMi'i tt^iiMii. ized the civil rights of those apprehended at Democratic National headquarter! fussing with telephone taps and the like. But. Congress has never shirked Us duty or Us fun by contemplating such facts — yet the Patman Committee inquiry was quashed after high-pressure Administration lobbying, with the aid Of six committee Democrats, to their subsequent advantage. There was nothing reprehensi* ble or precedent-shattering in Peterson's arguments. But his letter linked him to efforts by the Administration to sweep the Watergate Case under the rug. If he were to aiq;>ear before a Senate conunittee as a candidate for the nation's highest in- everyont biit ih« Admlitlitratloik •eknowledgM ^ thiitlie Impict of th« Watergate Case is groW' ing iteadiiy greater. When the case first broke in the, riews* papers, some of tis felt that it merely represented the Isolated acts ot a few people forking for the reelection of Pre^dent Nixon. But now we are aaked to believe by Haldeman and others that though the <iapef was part of an over*all ope^ ation, those in diarge never knew wliat was going on. If this is accepted, then a corollary goes with it - that Haldeman is uninformed and cannot control his staff. On that basis alone; the {Resident would have sufficient catise to fire his chief of staff. And every day that goes by with Haldeman remaining as the keeper of the keys, the completely unjustified suspicion that Mr. Nixon knew what was going on gains credence. This is hurtful to the President and to the country. National News-Research Syndicate of Little Children toward the front of the resi< dence. She wasn't very upset didn't show much emotion at a))," one of the patrolmen said later. She showed the officers where the baby was lying on the floor in an empty room, bleeding from its nose and mouth. Bruises were beginning to form on the infant's face and head. Police sunmioned an ambulance and the baby was nis^ed to the hospital and ac&hitt^. According to the mother's story, the four men rushed up a back stairs in the house and came in through the kitchen. Investigators found a thick coat of dust on the stqMt an4 one set of footprints — those of a small barefoot person. The glass in the door was broken as the mother claimed, but detectives said it appeared to have been broken for some time and tlie pieces were on the ground outside the house. The door the men were to have used was closed, and clothing and garbage bags were stacked against it. The stuff had to be moved before the door would open. THE DETECTIVE dropped the report on his desk, got up and walked over to the coffee pot in the opposite comer of the room. Then he carried the cup into an adjoining room ' where a newspaper reporter sat smoking and listemng to the conversation being carried on out of sight around the corner. "That's a cold, lying woman," the detective said, looking back through the door. "The baby was probably crying and someone just beat on it until it stopped," he told the newspaperman. "Got to get her on a lie detector," he added. "If she didn't do it, she knows who did," he concluded. The detective was a young, well-dressed man who has three children of his own. The oldest is 9 and the youngest less than four months. He was angry this morning. It would be difficult to say how old the woman in the other room was. Her blond hair was stringy and unwashed, her sicin blotched and unhealthy looking. She wore faded blue jeans, a pull-over shirt and Indian style moccasins. She was nervous now, and hostile. She is not married, and the baby's father, naturally, does not live with her. A middle-aged couple walked into the room, a little sad and frightened. The young woman looked away from them and they stood there watching helplessly as the captain questioned her. ? "You the parents?'^ a patrol* man asked. The man nodded. The patrolman gestered toward the door; "Like to speak to you, mister," he said softly and they left the room. The man's wife, the baby's grandmother, was escorted into another room, where another police captain sat talk* ing oil a telephone, and the door closed behlJiid her ^ "You're making a big scene out of this," the young woman accused. "Upsetting my folks. You don't have to make such a big deal out of it," she told the captain who stood up and went after a cup of coffee. "It's not a big deal, huh?" he turned back toward her. "Let me tell you something, you are in trouble." He waved a coffee cup at her. "How bad is the baby?" the reporter asked the detective. "Few fractures, cuts, bruises, maybe a bruised lung. Doctor says she'll be all right, though," he responded. "She's lucky." . "Says she hasn't seen her boyfriend since March 25, but that's bull," the detective went on. "He'll be up here pretty soon, and we'll get his side of it." "I don't know if I want to take that (lie detector) test or not, I may not," the mother was saying. "What if I don't?" she asked contemptuously. "They'll think you're guilty, won't they?" the captain replied from the adjoining room as he paced back and forth. "It's up to you though,'* he added. The reporter was thinking now about his own children. He had a baby daughter at home too, almost exactly the same age as the battered infant over there in a hospital crib. He was thinking about how helpless babies are and suddenly he wanted to rush out of the police station and not hear any more of this. DOES ANYONE besides the cops care about this baby, he was thinking. 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