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Home Paptr o* .*x III COfDfflUflltlCI Clearing Tonight LOW 50 Sunny Saturday HlghM -74 i4 Bmit Nmtpepe* VOLUME LXXXII — 112 » imtnftn V GALESBURG, ILLINOIS 61401 — FRIDAY, MAY 11, 1973 •imr-ii -i mi, •»• PRICE TEN CENTS Links to Watergate Case '*!!' 1 :; f Jin * . ,. "• 'iiif i I- 1 u iililH<IIM!ltili ii;ii!i!||i v " 'J i /pi* WASHINGTON (UPI) - Former Attorney General John N. Mitchell, already indicted in connection with a secret $200,000 contribution received while he was President Nixon's campaign chief, now has been linked in sworn testimony to both the Watergate break-in and a short-lived plot to steal "blackmail" information on a Democratic presidential con" tender. Convicted Watergate conspirator James W. McCord. Jr. said in a 383-page sworn statement released Thursday that he was told that Mitchell ordered the June 17 break-in at the Democrats' W a t e r gate headquarters because he was pleased with the results of a earlier burglary there. McCord said he also was told that Mitchell received reports on conversations monitored on tapped telephone lines of high- level Democrats; approved a $250,000-plus budget for political espionage, and asked his political agents to get the blackmail material from a Las Vegas, Nov., newspaper office. He said the material concerned a Democratic presidential candidate, whom he did not name. But he indicated it "might possibly" have been Sen. Edmund S. Muskie, D- Maine. Information from Liddy McCord, who was serving as security chief for Nixoh's campaign when he was arrested in the June 17 break-in, said all his information about Mitchell came from co-conspirator G. Gordon Liddy, former campaign finance council. Liddy has refused to testify. Mitchell was indicted in New York Thursday along with former Secretary of Commerce Maurice H. Stans on charges of obstructing a federal investigation — "by deceit, craft, trickery and means that are dishonest" —in exchange for a secret campaign donation from financier Robert L. Vesco. Starts also served as Nixon's chief campaign fund-raiser. Mitchell Questioned Describing the indictments as "irresponsible," Mitchell spent Vh hours under questioning, by the staff of \ the Senate Watergate investigating committee ' Thursday. Asked by a woman reporter if he also expects to be indicted on charges directly related to the Watergate affair, he replied: "Honey, I h§ve had a lot of thoughts about that and they all come to 'no.'" Said Mitchell Approved McCord said Liddy told him Mitchell "approved, discussed, reviewed" the espionage plan while he was still attorney general. McCord said he joined the project because Mitchell's approval made it seem legal. Mitchell, who left the Justice Department in March 1972 to head up Nixon's campaign and resigned that job shortly after See'McCord'- (Continued:on Page 7) if" James McCord Hotel Fire Dutch Treat A 200-year-old windmill imported from Holland and colorful tulips make a romantic setting. At least that's what 2- year -oid Jeremy McDonnell seems to think as he steals a kiss from Melissa Williams. The children are among thousands of costumed-youngsters who will participate in the; famous Holland Tulip Festival in Holland, Mich., May 1W»;UNIFAX icions WASHINGTON (UPI) Time has run out in Congress on President Nixon's policies in Indochina. For the first time since the war began, both houses now appear to have solid majorities demanding an end to U.S involvement in the conflict. The House reversed its eight-year stand of unwavering support for the war and voted 219 to 188 Thursday to block funding for the bombing of Cambodia. Cheers went up as the electronic scoreboard clock clicked off the final seconds of the vote handing President Nixon a major foreign policy setback. "Give them a. little more time," pleaded Chairman George Mahon of the House Appropriations Committee, his lanky Texas frame leaning over a lectern in the well as he faced nearly 100 of his colleagues and urged that Nixon be given a few more weeks to obtain compliance with the Jan. 28 cease-fire accords. But the old arguments did not go down. The House rose up in a roar and passed an amendment by Rep. Joseph Addabbo, D-N.Y., to block a $430 million {shortages Pentagon created by the war's continuing drain of resources That action was followed minutes later by approval of another amendment to the.$2.8 billion catch-all>supplemental appropriations bill by ; Rep Clarence D. Long, D-Md., barring use of any of funds in the bill to "support directly or indirectly combat activities in, over or from the shores ot Cambodia by United States forces." A subdued House Republican Leader Gerald Ford, shaken by the day's events, said afterwards it was "a sad day in the House of Representatives." He spoke of "cringing and crumbling" in the body that had formerly backed Nixon to the hilt. The votes themselves, even if they become law, in no way mandate an end to the war. Defense Secretary Elliot Richardson made it clear beforehand that the bombing of Cambodia would continue regardless of the action on the Addabbo amendment. The Long amendment applies only to the money in the supplemental bill and does not specifically forbid the use of other appropriated funds transfer 'o relieve budget funds to run the war. Where to Find It 4 SECTIONS Abingdon 14 Amusement 6 BushneM 5 Churches 10 Classified Ads . 28-29-30-31 Comics-Radio 18 Editorial 4 Galva 5 32 PAGES Hospital Notes 7 Knoxville — 14 Markets 22 Monmouth —— 21 Obituary - 7 Sports 25-26 TV 19-20 Women in the News 9 Chief Says BROCKTON, Mass. (UPI) At least five persons were killed today when a fire of suspicious origin roared through the- old Ardmore Hotel, a four-story wooden structure in the downtown section. One of the victims, Nicholas" Bryant, 50, leaped to his death. Officials at Brockton Hospital said Bryant, a resident at the hotel, died of severe spinal injuries and a skull fracture shortly after he was brought in. The other dead were not identified immediately. There were 15 known survivors. Authorities said the entire center of the structure collapsed at the height of the blaze and it was feared that additional victims might be trapped in the rubble. Firefighters began searching through the debris shortly after daybreak. Police said there was no accurate count on how many persons were staying at the 54- room hotel. At least 30 were believed registered. Area hospitals reported treating six persons, including one fireman. Fire chief Edward H. Burrell said the blaze, which began in the front entrance to the building, was "definitely of suspicious origin." Police said they were working with fire officials to investigate the blaze. The blaze was first reported at 2:55 a.m., firemen said, and by the time they arrived "the building was fully involved and people were hanging out windows." A spokesman for the fire department said at least a dozen persons were rescued by ladder and a few others escaped by using knotted ropes. One .fireman said the blaze apparently "mushroomed through the hotel's 54 rooms within minutes." He said itj spread to the upper floors through an elevator shaft. Senate Votes Out Prexy Impounding Of Needed Funds i J?' POW Dog Becomes 'Citizen' Lt. Commander Edward Davis, Lecola, Pa., holds his dog, MaCo, as Lester Young, left, makes the dog a naturalized American "citizen" by presenting her with a dog license. Davis, held as a POW for seven and a half years, smuggled MaCo home when he was released Feb. 2. UNIFAX WASHINGTON (UPI) - Four times this year federal courts have ruled President Nixon violated the Constitution when he decided last December not to spend more than $12 billion appropriated by Congress, «some of it over his veto. Thursday, the Senate voted, 66-24, to try to make it illegal for any president to impound funds in that manner unless Congress ratifies the impound ment within 60 days. At the same time, it voted, 86-4, to spend even less than Nixon proposed in his budget for fiscal 1974, which starts July 1. The budget called for spending $268.7 billion. The Senate voted to hold spending to a ) ceiling $700 million below that figure. If it appropriates over the ceiling, all programs would be cut back proportionately. The bill was sent to the House, where the Rules Committee is working on similar legislation. But anything Congress passes in this field is likely to be vetoed. Thursday's Senate vote was slightly larger than the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. Since Nixon's December impoundments—which he said were in the interest of economy, fighting inflation and reversing Congress* spending priorities—federal courts in St. Louis, Minnesota and the District of Columbia have ruled he acted illegally. Their decisions, if upheld, would free impounded funds for highways, disaster loans, water pollution arid the Office of Economic. Opportunity, which Nixon sought to put out of business until a court said he could not override congressional lawmaking power. Sen. Sam J. Ervin, D-N.C, said his anti-impoundment bill is designed to protect something which is more valuable to the people of the United States than money—that is the Constitution. "There is not a syllable in the Constitution which gjves a president any power . to impound any money," he said. Ellsberg Elated: Dismissal Likely LOS ANGELES (UPI) - One of his defense attorneys grabbed Daniel Ellsberg's hand and exclaimed in delight won't be long now." Ellsberg and his lawyers appeared elated, convinced that the revelation Thursday of yet another government transgression—a wiretap toy the FBI, all records of which have mysteriously disappeared—drove the final nail into the coffin of the prosecution's case in the Pentagon Papers trial. "I think this is going to be the camel (sic) that broke the camel's back," exulted Ellsberg, emerging from the courthouse. U.S. District Court Judge Matt Byrne ordered attorneys to return to court today ready "It to argue a motion to dismiss all charges against Ellsberg and his codefendant, Anthony Russo, as a result of the disclosure that the FBI overheard a conversation by Ellsberg. Agents Tap Phone It was overheard while agents were tapping the phone of Morton H. Halperin, former deputy assistant secretary of defense and adviser to Henry A. Kissinger. "I do not intend to delay past tomorrow morning," the judge warned Justice Department attorneys. Byrne made it clear he was inclined to dismiss charges because of the revelation. The judge has had the Justice Department under orders for a year to reveal any wiretapping against Ellsberg or the defense team. Halperin is a consultant to the defense team, and was an important defense witness. The prosecution has maintained throughout the trial that there were no such wiretaps. A wiretap issue caused a mistrial earlier in the case. The wiretap revelation came at the beginning of Thursday's session, when Byrne was scheduled to hear arguments on a motion for a judgment of acquittal. Although the defense previously has asked for a dismissal, attorney Leonard Boudin said now the defense would prefer an order of acquittal to "remove any stain" from Ellsberg and Russo. Au Insufficient Remedy "To have the case disappear because of the extreme wrongdoing of the government would be an insufficient remedy for the defendants, as individuals accused of a crime," Boudin said. However, Byrne said the wiretap matter had taken 1 and he would appropriate President Abolishes 'Super Secretary' System WASHINGTON (UPI) - In the staff shakeup brought on by Watergate, President Nixon has abolished a system of "super secretaries" which critics said shielded him from the public, the press and even members of his own Cabinet. In a series of moves Thursday, Nixon shifted CIA Director James R. Schlesinger over to head the Defense Department; promoted one of Schlesinger's deputies, William F. Colby, to head the Central Intelligence Agency, and brought former Treasury Secre­ tary John B. Connally back into the White House as a special, part-time adviser on both foreign and domestic matters. Buzhardt to Temporary Post He also named J. Fred Buzhardt Jr., the Defense Department's chief lawyer, to the temporary post of special assistant to handle matters relating to the Watergate case from White House standpoint and to help develop proposals for new laws to prevent shady campaign practices in the future. Nixon disclosed the changes in an hour and a half Cabinet session in which he also announced he was abolishing a four-month-old system under which three Cabinet members held super secretary status and settled disputes among the various departments before they ever got to the President. Nixon's decision was announced by his spokesman, Ronald L. Ziegler, who said the President told his department heads he wanted a "more direct line of communication with them." This following the departure of the chief White House gate keepers—H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman—apparently signaled dismantling of the "Berlin Wall" which critics said isolated the President from his subordinates. Connally, the only Democrat to serve in the Nixon Cabinet before his departure last summer, recently switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party. Connally To Be "Available" Ziegler said Connally would have an office in the Executive Office Building next door to the White House and "be available when the President wants to call on him, and we assume it will be frequent." He will receive no compensation for his advice and will continue practicing law in Houston, Tex., but Ziegler said he expected Connally to be in Washington two or three days a week. Ziegler said the President saw no conflict of interest in having Connally as an adviser while he continues to practice law because he will "not have operational responsibility." Schlesinger, 44, with a doctorate in economics from Harvard is a veteran of the first Nixon administration. He first came into the White House as the assistant budget director, then moved to the Atomic Energy Commission as chairman in 1971 and became CIA director last February. If confirmed by the Senate, he will succeed Elliot L. Richardson who was shifted last week to the attorney general's job to head the Watergate investigation. precedence "follow the procedure." Byrne announced that he had received from the government a memorandum from acting FBI director William Ruckel- shaus indicating that Ruckel- shaus learned of the wiretap on May 8. The FBI memo said it had maintained records of the taps, but that they were now missing. "If there are no logs and records I want to know why not," the judge told the prosecutors. "If they are gone, I want to know where." Wood Appointed To Court Post WASHINGTON (UPI)- President Nixon today named Harlington Wood Jr., assistant attorney general in charge of the civil division of the Justice Department, to be a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Illinois. If Wood is confirmed by the Senate for the judiciary post hia departure from the Justice Department will produce another high level vacancy in the administration. A number of other top jobs remain open, some of them as a direct or indirect result of the Watergate scandal. Wood, 53, is a legal resident of Springfield, 111.

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