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1,.. -V • :i- 'V.' Home PipK of 19 CottUBUnltiei Cloudy Tonight Lo#40's Partly Cloudy Friday HighSihW VOLUME LXXXII — 99 GALESBURG, ILL 61401 ^ THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 1973 PRICE TEN CENTS Dean Implicates Top Aides In Hush-Up of Watergate Colamoiit Jaek Anderson WASHINGTON (UPlJ - John W. Dean, White House legal counsel, gave federal prosetiu* tors information two weeks ago suggOsUng thM both H ;R. Haldeman and Jdui D. Eairlich* man knew of dforts to cover up the Watergate bugging, columnist Jack Andersm said today. Dean "made accusations" against the two top assistants to President Nixon after being confronted by Ehrlichman with allegations that Dean knew of the bugging and tiien tried to cover it up, Anderson wrote in his column. Principal Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl J. Silbert, who prosecuted seven men previously indicted in the case, refused a request by Dean for j immunity from prosecution, Anderson said. Anderson said that Dean also made accusations about former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and Jeb S. Magruder, the director and deputy director of the 1972 NiXon re-election organization, and that Magruder was called in by the prosecutors and told of Dean's charges. 'This broke down Magruder who also confessed his role in the conspiracy," Anderson wrote. Secret Source Anderson did not identify the source of his information. He today stopped use of testimony given to the Watergate grand jury after saying the prosecutors convinced him the publication of the secret material was. hampering their investigation. Anderson has refused to divulge his source for the verbatim transcripts of the testimony and federal judges ordered an investigation of the leak. In today's column, Anderson said Dean went to the prosecutors April 14 after he "put together some documents he had been savbig, which indicated both H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman had knowledge of the Watergate cover-up." Anderson said Dean's action came a day after Ehrlichman confronted Dean with "information that (1) Dean had advance knowledge of the Watergate bugging; (2) Dean had ordered Hunt (E. Howard Hunt, who subsequently pleaded guilty as a conspirator) out of the country; and (3) Dean had authorized payments to the Watergate conspirators to keep their mouths shut." Faith Wavered Nixon originally assigned Dean to investigate whether any White House aides had a part in the Watergate plot. Anderson said that by mid- March, "the President's faith in Dean began to waver" and he instructed him to go to Camp David and prepare a written report on his investigation. "After a few days at the presidential retreat, Dean reported back to the President that he simply couldn't write a report," Anderson wrote. "Angrily Mr. Nixon took Dean off the Watergate case." It was learned that the Nixon campaign spent at least $8,400 in 1972 to give a "distorted" impression that the American people supported the mining of Haiphong harbor in May. The expenditures were authorized Agnew Keeping the Faith 1 jplijl VicePresidlnr^ew WASHINGTON (UPI) - Vice President Spiro T. Agnew has disavowed published reports that he was displeased with White House handling of the Watergate case. He expressed "full confidence" in President Nixon's determination to resolve the scandal. "Recently I have noticed a number of reports that unnamed 'associates' and 'ad- V i s e r s' of mine have commented about my reaction to the Watergate matter," Agnew said. "Let me emphasize that I do not speak through such unidentified sources. When-^ever I have sonwthing to say, ; 1 will say it directly-^just as I am doing now." ^ Agnew made the remarks in a two-minute television statement Wednesday—his first public comment on the case. Some Nixon aides criticized Agnew for what they saw as a self-serving publicity effort after the Los Angeles Times April 13 quoted an unnamed Agnew associate as saying the vice president was displeased with the handling of the Watergate case. The Los Angeles Times said today it "stands behind that story." "At the outset, I want to make it very clear that I have full confidence in the integrity of President NixoA and in his determination and ability to resolve the Watergate matter to the full satisfaction of the American people," Agnew said. He said much of the Watergate case is still "rumor, hearsay, grand jury leaks, speculation and statements from undisclosed sources." "It is entirely possible," Agnew said, "that some of this may be proven later to be accurate and if it is, it must be confronted forthrightiy at, that time. But the problem is that presently it is virtually impossible to separate fact from fiction." He said Republican office holders from the President on down are under pressure to say something "if only to make certain that the public understands that one does not condone illegal conduct." ^... • President Searches for Haldeman Resignation Expected WASHINGTON (UPI) President Nixon is "sorting out" the impact of the Watergate scandal on the White House and moving toward decisions on a major overhaul of his staff, informed administration sources said today. They said the President was searching for answers and consulting former high government officials on what many now regard as the worst crisis of his presidency. Speculation centered on possible dismissal or resignation of H. R. Haldeman, Nixon's chief of staff, who has been the power centet" of the White House for the past four years under Nixon's authority. Sources said they expected Haldeman, who has incurred more enemies than friends in this job, to turn in his resignation as a result of the Watergate case. Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler, however, played down any significance in the fact that Haldeman no longer presides at early morning meetings with top presidential staffers. The practice was abandoned a couple of weeks ago. Ziegler insisted "no resignations" have been submitted to the President. He-said there "is no change" in the status of the staff. He has refused to say whether resignations were requested by Nixon. Haldeman was expected to fly to Meridian, Miss., Friday with Nixon to dedicate a More West Point Cheating - WEST POINT, NY. (UPI) Two more cadets at the U.S. Military Academy have been found guilty of cheating in their studies, the academy^ said Wednesday. That brought to 11 the number of cadets involved in West Point's latest cheating scandal. A spokesman for the academy said the Cadet Honor Committee has recommended dismissal for all 11 cadets who violated the 51-year-«ld honor code instituted by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Five of the cadets involved have appealed their cases to a review board of officers. None of the cadets so far has been identified and none has resigned. Where to Find It 4 SECTIONS Abingdon r- 27 Amusement 6 Bushneli - 9 Business News ^- 10 Classified Ads . 36-37-38-39 Comics-Radio ......... 28 Editorial ............ 4 Galva 9 40 PAGES Hospital Notes 11 Knoxviile 27 Markets ...... 30 Monmouth 29 Obitulary 11 Sports -33-34 Weather 2 Women in the News 13-14-15 training complex at the Naval Air Base there in honor of Sen. John Stennis, D-Miss, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who is recovering from bullet wounds received in a holdup. Ziegler declined to identify a secret visitor who met with Nixon at the Florida White House over the Easter holidays. But apparently the mystery guest was only one of many friends with whom Nixon is now seeking counsel. . Ziegler, though his credibility has been called into question as a result of 10 months of steady denials of White House involvement in the Watergate case, plans to remain in his job. Reporters still have not been Me to pinpoint when Nixon first learned of possible involvement of his high level aides in the Watergate bugging and the subsequent cover-up. However, Ziegler denied that Nixon was warned in August, 1972, of the dimensions of the still unfolding scandal. "Any suggestion that the President had knowledge or was warned at that time is not correct," Ziegler said. He explained Nixon's failure to recognize the proportion of the scandal on grounds that the President was preoccupied with summit planning and Vietnam negotiations throughout most of last year. Nixon remained out of the public eye Wednesday. He presumably was occupied with Watergate matters. At the White House, the nation's business was proceeding at a slow pace as new developments were awaited. Sign setys it all. Stories on page 3, 'Eat Spaghetti, Not Horses' OAKLYN, N.J. (UPI) Leone's Meat Market had a successful opening day Wednesday selling equine steaks and chops, despite a group of protesters who rode their horses outside the shop. "It's an indication of moral degradation," said protest organizer Ken Carver of Westmont, as he reined his stallion outside the market. "It's a sickening practice." While some of the 40 demonstrators, some with 'horses, called out, "Eat spaghetti, not horses," co - owner James Leone and three workers handled a steady stream of customers intent on buying a variety of chuck and cube steaks and sirloin and T-bones I at prices advertised as cheaper I than similar beef cuts. "I'm offering customers a service," said Leone as he carried a slab of horsemeat from a refrigerated truck parked outside into the recently converted pizza parlor. The meat, purchased from Plainfield Packing Co., of Plainfield, Conn., is certified for human consumption. Leone estimated that as long as beef prices remain high, he may be able to sell as much as 30,000 pounds of horsemeat a week. "I might as well try it," said customer William Gould as he carried home a shopping bag of 23 pounds of horsemeat costing $20. "There isn't any reason why it shouldn't taste good." (Continued on page 35) Welfare Cuts Take Effect On July First WASHINGTON (UPI) - The administration announced today final regulations on federally financed welfare services that drastically reduce federal participation in day care, mentally retarded and other social services for welfare recipients. Most of the new federal regulations take effect July 1. "Today I am announcing our final regulattons governing social services, a series of programs developed to get {amilies oft the welfare rolls and oh to the job rolls and keep them there," Secretary Caspar W. Wemberger of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare told a news conference. The final rules represented minor concessions to critics of administration proposals fu-st published Feb. 16 for services to children, poor families, the aged, handicapped and other needy persons. Weinberger denied that the original proposal would have reduced the amount of day care programs available to needy families. "These regulations will provide more, and not less, child day care for these families," Weinberger said. "These regulations will not force any low income family back onto welfare because of child day care expenses," he added in response to another frequent charge from critics of the proposal. Weinberger said the regulations "carry out both the Intent of the Congress and the directions of the President that federally supported social service programs shall be focused directly on those most in need." Other changes from the proposal will continue some aid for mentally retarded children that would have been eUmi- nated; allow states to continue using, "with certain safeguards," private donated funds as part of the local matching funds necessary to get federal aid, and liberalize slightly the income levels persons must have to be eligible for services. Airport Shelle d, Government Troops Gassed in Cambodia PHNOM PENH (UPI) Cambodian Communist gunners attacked the Phnom Penh airport with rockets early Joday, killing 21 persons and wounding 62 others. At the same time, the high command said rebel troops had used toxic gas against government troops Wednesday in fighting 21 miles below Phnom Penh. Cambodian troops using navy landing ships made an amphibious assault against the Mekong River from Phnom Penh late today to try to ease the threat to the capital from the rebels who brought then- offensive to within two miles of the heart of Phnom Penh. The rebels were reported in control of a three- mile stretch of land opposite the capital. Heavy ground fighting was reported in areas six, nine and 11 miles from Phnom Penh as the (Communists slowly tried to close a noose on the city. The military situation was reported as "critical" in some of these outer defense areas. U.S. fighter-bombers and B52s heavily bomfcted the Communist-held area Wednesday and again this morning in the 50;h consecutive day of such attacks while thousands of Phnom Penh residents watched from the river bank. The bombing ceased in the afternoon as about 180 government troops crossed the river from Phnom Penh and hundreds of refugees fled to the city in a fleet of sampans to escape the expected ground fighting. Western diplomatic sources expressed concern during the day over the presence of rebels virtually within sight of Phnom Penh,' although refugees said the infiltrators were in bands of as few as 10 men. A high command spokesmen said the Communist use of poison gas came Wednesday when they fired "toxic gas shells" at government forces at Koki Thorn, on Highway 1 about 21 miles southeast of Phnom Penh. The command said at least 50 government troops "were affected by the gas." Refugees said some of the Conununist rebel troops opposite Plmom Penh were wearing green fatigue uniforms with red scarves and Ho Chi Minh sandals made from old automobile tires. Some simply took over the homes of villagers and drove them away, the refugees said. An American OVIO "Bronco" armed reconnaissance plane fired white phosphorous shells into suspected rebel positions during the afternoon but no other air strikes could be seen as dusk fell on the capital. Heavy fighting flared Wednesday night around Cambodian positions at Prek Tapao, 11 miles south of Phnom Penh, other field reports said. Rebel troops launched at least three assaults on government units within 300 yards of the Highway 21 town and the situation was termed "critical." Military sources meanwhile reported that rebel activity around the province capital of Taiceo, 05 miles south of Phnom Penh, had become so critical that helicopters were unable to land there today. The sources said fighting had spread almost to the city itself and heavy American air strikes, including B52 bomber raids, were continuing around the encu-cled province capital. The Cambodian high conunand in Phnom Penh descrit>ed fighting around Takeo as "violent." Commercial airlines Thursday overflew Phnom Penh, apparently because of the overnight barrage of rockets fired into and around Pochen- tong airport. It was the first such attack on Pochentong since Jan 4. Only minor damage resulted at the airfield itself with most of the casualties civilians living in two nearby villages. Most of the shells struck two villages about 100 yards from the nulitary side of the aurfield, destroying at least eight shanty-like dwellings near a crowded market place that serves the two hamlets. An entire family of eight was killed when one of the rockets made a direct hit on a shanty. Bodies covered with white sheets lay in front of the ruined shacks. One victim was a schoolboy whose books and pencils were scattered next to his body.

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