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Home Pap«f of 70 C6ffimuAlti«s Thuftderstdrms Lo^ Tonight (SO's Rain Sunday High 75-80 VOLUME LXXXII -95 GALESBUR6, ILL 61401 — SATURDAY, APRIL 2l/ 1973 PRICE TEN CENTS Mitchell: Vetoed WASHINGTON (UPl) - "I nev6r appr6ved any bugging plans during any period during th^ campaign," former attorney general and onetime Nixon campaign manager John N. Mitchell declared Friday. Beyond that, Mitchell, who has been one of President Nixon's closest political advisers, gave newsmen Indications Friday that he had discussed —but vetoed—proposals to bug Democratic headquarters. But in a thrust»and' parry news conference he was anything but specific on that issue. Asked about such discussions, Mitchell said, "I have heard discussions of such things. They have always been cut off at all times and I would like to know who it was that kept bringing them back and back and back." Mitchell's attorney, William Hundley, was more specific. "He knew that certain people had an intelligence plan that Included bugging," Hundley said. "But he cut it off on all occasions. He never ratified it. He shut it off." Other Developmenta Hundley indicated that Mitch' ell said substantially this to the Watergate grand jury during % hours of testimony Friday. The Washington Post reported today that Mitchell testified he approved payments out of campaign funds to aid in the defense of the seven Waterggte conspirators after they were arrested June 17.. The Post said the information came from an unidentified "Mitchell associate." Accordbg to the newspaper, Mitchell maintained under oath the money was intended to pay legal fees, not to buy the conspirators silence. Amid continuing indications that more indictments and possibly high-level resipations were in the offing, there were these other Watergate developments: —Convicted Watergate con­ spirator James W. McCord Jr. filed a $1.5 million civil suit Friday against Nixon's campaign committee. Though McCord asked damages for "mental anguish" his suit appeared designed to force the issues to trial. —The Democratic National Committee moved out of the Watergate offices where it was bugged. Deputy Chairman Mary Lou Burg said, "We are looking forward to moving into bright new offices and into bright new oppohunities." —CBS news reported Friday night that John J. Wilson, a Washington attorney, had been hired to "consult" with presidential advisers H. R. Haldeman and John J. Ehrlichman about references to them in the media in connection with Watergate.. —Sen. Sam J. Ervin, D-N. C, said his select committee still plans to begin its Watergate investigation in May, but that testimony of some key wit­ nesses might be postponed they are indicted. —The FBI launched an inquiry into the source of leaks of grand jury minutes which turned up in Jack Anderson's column. —White House Press Secre tary Ronald L.,Ziegler said the President instructed "everyone in the administration, everyone in the White House, everyone in the goverment to cooperate with the.ongoing investigation and the grand jury." Nixon met with his Cabinet on the Watergate case Friday, then left for Easter weekend in Key Biscayne, Fla. Mitchell's questioning by newsmen after his closed testimony went like this: Did he tell the grand jury he had no prior knowledge of the bugging incident?" "I have done that twice and I did today. I testified fully and freely and openly. That's about the story." Were plans to bug the Watergate ever discussed in his presence? Mitchell first declined to answer. Then, when pressed, he said: "Let me put it this way for you, that I never approved any bugging plans during any period during the campaign." When did he learn about the Watergate bugging? "On June 17." (The day the conspirators were arrested inside Democratic headquarters.) He was pressed again wheth* er bugging was ever discussed in his presence. "Let me say that I will repeat it, what I have said before—that no such operations were ever approved by me at any time under any circumstances." Was he involved in payment of money to Watergate defendants to remain silent? "I have never met any of the defendants. I have never met any of their counsel, I have never handled any money." John Mitchell: Vetoed Bugging \ixon Sad, Angry About Watergate KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (UPI) — President Nixon, described by some close observers as sad and angered over the Watergate bugging scandal, settled down at his bayside ^illa today to \ spend Easter with his family. the President flew here after a Cabinet meeting during which he instructed all administration officials to "cooperate fully" with the federal grand jury and Senate committee, investigations. "He's sad," said one close observer about the President's mood. Other sources said he was "enraged" at the unfolding developments in the Watergate probe. Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said the President told the Cabinet, "The objective is to develop facts and the entire truth of the matter." White House Counsel John W. Dean angered Nixon aides when he issued a statement Thursday saying he was not going to be made the "scapegoat" for the bugging of the Democratic Party head- quartersv "Idon't want to go over that diaiogte again,"^ Ziegler replied, referring to his answers Thursday when he said that Dean was still on the staff but made it clear that he was no longer part of the inner circle. Ziegler also denied reports that H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's chief of staff, may resign his powerful White House position. Both Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman, the President's chief domestic adviser, were orirginally scheduled to travel with Nixon to Florida, as they usually do at holiday time. But they did not accompany the President. Ziegler said they wanted to spend Easter with their families. When asked, Ziegler said Nixon had not been in touch in recent days with former Attorney General John N. Mitchell, his close friend, who testified before the grand jury Friday on the Watergate bugging. Where to Find It 2 SECTIONS 20 PAGES Abingdon 8 Amusement 5 Bushnell 8 Churches 6-7 Classified Ads lS-16-17 -18-19 Comics-Radio 13 Editorial 4 Galva ^ .... 8 Hospital Notes 9 Knoxville 8 Markets . 20 Monmouth ..... 8 Obituary 9 Sports > 11-12 Weather . 2 Women In 1%e News • - 3 Egypt Readies Troops CAIRO (UPI) - Declaring that Egypt has no alternative but to fight Israel, the government submitted to parliament today a program calling for the "full and complete" mobilization of the nation's material and human resources. Arab chiefs of staff met in Cairo to coordinate Arab military efforts against Israel, 'diplomatic sources said. The meeting, chaired by Egyptian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Saaduddin Shezli, met at Arab League headquarters, the Middle >;J5ast,News Agency said. Shezli is also assistant secretary general for military affairs of the Arab League. The program of President Anwar Sadat's cabinet was outlined to the House by Vice Premier Mohammed Abdel Kader Hatem. The statement was broadcast live by all radio and television networks. Sadat assumed personal command of a new 36-man cabinet March 27i declaring that an era of "total confrontation" against Israel has started. The cabinet's program described the Current period as a "phase of destiny, a phase of life or death. We have no alternative bi^t to carry weapons to defend our rights and our^:.r99pon$ibititiea toyfjard.-^our honieland and the Arab iiiattoh. "The government's program for the battle calls for the full and complete mobilization of all the material and human resources," Hatem said. Egypt's War Minister Gen. Ahmed Ismail called on the officers to take serious resolutions to meet the aspirations of the Arab people. 'The Arab people—and the whole world—is watching what will come out of this conference. We as military men have no other aim than to clear our (occupied) lands and win back the rights of our people," Ismail said. He said in the event of a resumption , of. hostilities "all Arab countries will be drawn into it, and not Just those bordering Israel." The meeting of the Arab military leaders comes shortly | after Egypt's President Anwar Sadat said a new Middle East war was "inevitable." (In Paris, the newspaper Le Monde reported today that the first contingent of Moroccan troops promised by King Hassan II to help Arab nations in the conflict with Israel have embarked for Syria aboard Soviet vessels. Citing "reliable sources" in Oran, Algeria, the newspaper said the troops left several days ago aboard two Soviet warships and 'probably arrived today in Syria. Le Monde said the number of troops in the first group was not known. Hassan promised last February to commit Moroccan units to the "battlefront" areas for the first time.) McCord Files Suit, Asks $1.5 Million WASHINGTON (UPI) - Contending that his actions had "previously been approved and sanctioned" by top committee officials, convicted Watergate conspirator James W. McCord Jr. has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against President Nixon's re-election campaign organization. McCord charged in his suit filed Friday that the re-election committee, former White House aide Jeb Stuart Magruder and fellow consph-ators G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt had damaged his reputation and caused him "intense mental anguish." He also alleged that all his actions as the committee's security coordinator- including the burglary and headquarters June 17—had the advance knowledge and approval of Mauric^ H. Stans and Hugh W. Sloan Jr. Magruder, Liddy and Hunt were named as co-defendants. Stans, who was Nixon's chief fund raiser during the 1972 presidential campaign, and Sloan, who served as campaign treasurer until McCord and four other men were arrested inside the Watergate, were not listed in the suit. The suit was filed as a cross- complaint to the Democrats $06.4 million damage suit against McCord and the reelection committee. The action apparently was taken to force the case to trial and scuttle any attempts at an bugging of Democratic Party i out-of-court settlement between the Democrats and the re-election group. McCord said Magruder and Liddy "hired, directed and controlled his actions as the campaign committee security chief, a job he said he had been assured was "lawful, necessary and within the scope" of the terms of his employment. According to the suit, McCord and his company' "have been damaged in their reputation in the sum of $1 million." It also asked for $500,000 in damages from the defendants because McCord "has been caused by the intentional acts of defendants—to undergo severe physical, mental and emotional strain and has suifered intense mental anguish." Luxury Liner Docks Safely U.S. Says Undermine Violations Viet Peace Security Guard A security guard checks a disembarking passenger with a metal detector after the liner Queen Elizabeth II docked today. Passengers boarded air conditioned buses and were rushed off to Jerusalem, where Christians were observing Holy Saturday and Jews were celebrating Passover. UNIFAX ASHDOD, Israel (UPI) The luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2, carrying 620 mostly American Jewish passengers, arrived safely Saturday after a tense but uneventful voyage from Southampton, England. The charter cruise, to mark Israel's 25th birthday, had generated widespread publicity because of fears of terrorist attempts by Palestinian guerrillas. Blacked out for the last night of its six-day journey, the sleek luxury liner appeared out of the early morning Mediterranean haze shadowed by an Israeli patrol boat and a British Royal Air Force plane. Its horn blaring, she steamed into Ashdod port, dropped anchor and spewing black and then white smoke, let three tugboats push her backwards into a berth whose dock was 100 feet too short. Israeli Transport Minister Shimon Peress said in welcoming ceremonies that the threat of attack by Arab guerrillas was overplayed in the news media, but nevertheless policemen and soldiers armed with pistols and submachineguns mingled with the crowd as a youth band burst into "Yankee Clipper" and "When the Saints Come Marching In." Staff Capt, Douglas Ridely said the ship, aswarm with British and Israeli security men and equipped with metal detectors and closed circuit television, had purposely avoided the coasts of Libya and Egypt as a precautionary measure. By NICHOLAS DANILOFF WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Unitejl States today was expected to warn the International Conference on Vietnam that Hanoi's violations of the Vietnam cease-fire agreements are undermining peace in Indochina. State Department officials said the U.S. government was forwarding a stern diplomatic note to the conference parties denying North Vietnamese allegations of American violations and detailing violations by the North Vietnamese in Cambodia and Laos. The administration has adopt- Charles W. Bray Friday called attention to Article eo* of the Convention of the Law of Treaties of 1969. This international agreement states that a "material breech" of an international agreement by one party entitles the other party to suspend operation of the agreement in whole or in part. The United States was in direct contact through diplomatic channels with North Vietnam, Poland, Hungary, and possibly the Soviet Union and China to persuade Hanoi to respect the agreements. Administration spokesmen said the United States wants to secure observance of the all its m ed the attitude that extensive North Vietnamese violations'Vietnam agreement have relieved the United States!parts. of it's responsibilities to ob-j "But there have been a serve all parts of the Vietnam I major series of huge viola- accords, itions," one official said. "It| State Department spokesman | calls into deep question the | Vietnam peace agreement. intentions of the North Vietnamese." The parties to the Vietnam conference—to whom the U.S. note is addressed—are the Soviet Union, China, North Vietnam, the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam, South Vietnam, Poland, Hungary, Indochina, Canada, Great Britain, and France. The conference convened in Paris in February to guarantee the Vietnam cease­ fire agreement signed in January between the United States and North Vietnam. Both the State and Defense departments Friday strongly indicated, without explicitly acknowledging, that the United States had resumed intelligence fligiits over North Vietnam on Thursday. This would be a violation of Article II of the Cambodian Army Advances Despite Heavy Bombing By United Press International Cambodian rebel forces made advances on several fronts today despite heavy bombing by U.S. B52s and jet fighters, according to field.reports from Cambodia. In Honolulu, the U.S. Pacific Forces Command Friday reported the loss of a second U.S. plane during a raid over Cambodia. It said the plane, a F4 Phantom, disappeared Wednesday. Its two crewmen are missing, the command said. In South Vietnam, military activity was at a generally low level today with just enough begun despite an almost three- month-old peace treaty. Lt. Col. Le Trung Hien, a South Vietnamese command spokesman, said 17,521 Communists have been killed since the Paris agreement went mto effect on Jan. 28. He said 4,800 South Vietnamese, including 665 civilians, also have died and another 22,007 have been wounded. The heaviest fighting Friday and today was in Binh Dinh province, a Communist stronghold along the central coast about 300 miles north of Saigon. Hien said 12 Communists died fighting to serve as a reminder j in a fight at dawn near Hoai An that a cease-fire has not yet in Binh Dinh province today. casualties South Vietnamese were four wounded. Communist gunners on Friday fired 225 mortar shells into government positions southwest of Hue, 400 miles north of Saigon, wounding nine Saigon soldiers. That was only half the number of rounds fired at the troopers the previous day. Hien said 17 civilians were; wounded in a mortar atatck on the An Dinh hamlet neat Tinh Israeli Kaid Condemned By United Nations By BRUCE W. MUNN UNITED NATIONS (UPI) The U.N. Security Council i today condemned Israel's raid on Lebanon 11 days ago and "all other acts of violence" in the Middle East, but did not mention Arab guerrilla activities. The vote on the resolution was 11-0. The United States, Soviet Union, China and Guinea abstained. The resolution, sponsored by Britain and France, was sharply watered down after extensive consultations between U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Scali and the British and French representatives. The originar resolution had been much more strongly anti-Israel. > The resolution condemned "all acts of violence which endanger or take innocent human lives" and "repeated military attacks" by Israel against Lebanon. It called upon the Israelis to "desist forthwith" from all such activities. Israeli Ambassador Yyosef Tekoah said the resolution "demonstrated once more that the Security Council, like other U.N. organs, cannot, because of its structure and composition, its voting procedure and their predetermined results, deal equitably with questions pertaining to the Middle East sources and field reports said'question." Communist forces advanced! Opposition to the weakened toward the Tuol Leap In Cambodia, military resolution failed to produce any counter-resolution, which appeared to be a likely development on Friday, apparently I because such a resolution could muster enough votes for region only 12 miles west of Phnom Penh, while other forces pushed government forces back from the shattered town of Siem not Reap, 16 miles south of capital. Military sources also oaiu ..^K 1 rL„„ u;„L ,,o session —unanimous agreement Bien. about 115 miles west o^Z^ Ss ^^nll^f:^^^^^^^^^^^ ^"'1 Saigon on the Cambodian today, nine miles south oi''^^ ^^.Jf'^^^^^ border. Seven other civilians I Phnom Penli. A ''critical!^" ,^,J„f^f'"^ °" were wounded when five!situation" also was reixirted mZtT^L^ ^^^^^f, ^J!, 122mm rockets hit Hong Ngu, parts of Kompong Chhnang P'.fb". JX^^^ 85 miles west of Saigon. Both Province northwest of Phnom' incidents occurred on Friday. IPenh. i (Continued on Page 9) passage. Only one tangible result ., emerged from Friday's council peace

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