Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on May 14, 1973 · Page 1
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Home Paper of 70 Communities Qalesburg Register-Mail Fair, Cold Tonight Low Mid-30's Sunny Tuesday High 60'3 A Better lSete»paper VOLUME LXXXII — 114 GALESBURG, ILLINOIS 61401 — MONDAY, MAY 14, 1973 PRICE TEN CENTS Lawyers To See Watergate Papers WASHINGTON (U P I) Judge John J. Sirica ruled today that both government prosecutors and the Senate's special Watergate committee were entitled to see secret papers that ousted White House aide John W. Dean locked in a bank safety deposit box. Sirica, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, instructed the court clerk to take possession of the papers and to provide certified copies to the federal prosecutors and to the Senate Skylab Flight Plan The flight plan for the first of the Skylab mission by two others, each spending 56 days in space station over covers 28 days. The first three-man crew will be followed an eight-month period. UNIFAX Skylab Space Station Starts Journey CAPE KENNEDY (UPI) While the Skylab 1 astronauts watched from the ground, their space station rocketed into space today to push back the Related Story On Page 3 frontier of manned orbital endurance and cash in on the promise of spaceflight. Moonwalk veteran Charles "Pete" Conrad, Dr. Joseph P. Kerwin, America's first space physician, and aeronautical engineer Paul J. Weitz will take off 23% hours later and spend a record 28 days in orbit aboard the Skylab. Their space lab, an eight- room assembly as spacious as a three-bedroom house, began its eight-month voyage around earth on a 33-story Saturn 5 rocket left over from the moon program. It was the start of the nation's fourth manned space­ flight project in 12 years. The 6 .2 million pound space machine took off on time at 1:30 p.m. EDT on the 7.6 million pound push of a long, orange spear of- hot gases. It was the last of the big Saturn 5s scheduled to fly. Conrad, Kerwin and Weitz watched from a secluded viewing site about 3Ms miles away as the black and white rocket accelerated over the Atlantic. Police said the crowd watching the first half of the space doubleheader j was only about onententh as large as those that had watched the big Apollo moon shots. Cloudy skies obscured the view one minute after launch for thousands of spectators. Skylab, weighing a record 84 tons when it left earth, had its sensitive sun watching instruments and solar panels folded under a white nose cone as it climbed through the earth's atmosphere. It was loaded with more than a ton of food and other provisions to support men for 140 days in space. After the Skylab 1 pilots return to earth, the next two crews each will stay up for eight weeks. Weather was the only potential problem today. The skies were mostly cloudy and forecasters watched a band of thunderstorms to the west. NASA said there was some concern the bad weather might move into the launch area in the afternoon. Spaceflight meteorologist Ernest Amman said that at sunrise the thunderstorms were located just east of Tampa and were heading this way. He said chances were they would not interfere with the launch, "but jwe havs to be aware of them." Numerous thunderstorms were forecast for the late afternoon. The final hours of the countdown began at 7 a. m. EDT when the 700-man launch team started pumping, thousands of gallons of supercold liquid oxygen into the second stage of Skylab's ' 33-story Saturn 5 rocket. The astronauts' smaller Saturn IB stood 8,700 feet away. Skylab must operate untended in orbit for more than a day. But its most critical orbital operations are during the first hour when it swings its solar observatory into place and unfolds the six huge winglike panels that will convert sunlight into electricity for eight months of service. Conrad, Kerwin and Weitz plan to dock their modified moonship to Skylab seven" hours, 40 minutes after their launch Tuesday. They are to enter the 118-foot station Wednesday morning and spend the next two days turning it into America's first base in space. NASA considers Skylab a bridge to the future. It marks a. Where To Find It 2 SECTIONS 28 PAGES Abingdon 10 Amusement 6 Building 21 Bushnell 11 Classified Ads ..24-25-26-27 Comics-Radio 20 Editorial 4 Galva 11 Hospital Notes 23 Knoxviile.— 10 Markets 22 Monmouth _— 14 Obituary 15 Sports 18-19 Weather 2 Women in the News ..8-9 Gold Rush Is Linked To Watergate LONDON (UPI) - Gold new era in the nation's mannedj soared above $100 an ounce in spaceflight efforts—the switch early trading in Europe today from lunar exploration to the!for the first time in history, exploitation of space closer the earth. Elhberg, Russo Now Anti-Nixon LOS ANGELES (UPI) Daniel Ellsberg hopes "never to think" about President Nixon again. His codefendant in the Pentagon Papers trial, Anthony J. Russo, intends to organize a movement to impeach the President. Russo said he is flying to Chicago this week to set up the movement and establish "impeachment information centers" throughout the nation. Ellsberg said he has no plans to take part in the impeachment drive and will retire to a private life, for the time being, with his wife. "I've been thinking about Richard Nixon for several years," Ellsberg said. "I've thought enough about him. I hope never to think about him again. Charges of espionage, conspiracy and theft were dropped against the two Friday by U.S. District Judge Matt Byrne, who cited government misconduct in his decision. At a weekend news conference, Leonard Boudin, an attorney for Ellsbsrg, said a damage suit would be filed in Washington against Nixon administration officials to recover part of the estimated $900,000 spent by the defense in the case. Boudin did not say who specifically the suit would be filed against. During the trial, however, he said that former Attorney General John Mitchell; former White House aides John Ehrlichman and H. R. Haldeman; former Presidential aide John Dean; former FBI acting director L. Patrick Gray; and a host of other Nixon aides Should be called to testify. "The evidence against the President is substantial but curcumstantial," Boudin said. Dealers linked the stampede for the metal to the Watergate scandal. The gold rush sent the dollar skidding on European money markets as speculators and multi-national companies unloaded U.S. currency for the precious yellow metal. U.S tourists joined the stampede to buy gold. "People with surplus dollars are getting out of the currency into gold," said Dennis Selby, chief bullion dealer for the London gold brokerage firm of Johnson Matthey, Ltd. "Watergate has left the political situation shaky in the States and this has put pressure on the dollar." committee which also is investigating the scandal. "Everybody wins," Sirica announcing his decision following a 25-minute hearing on the so-called Dean Papers, possibly bearing on the Watergate case. Dean, himself was at the hearing, appearing under heavy strain and looking haggard. He told Sirica the papers were classified "top secret." Asked by the judge where they came from, Dean said, "A combination of several agencies including the FBI and other national security agencies." Dean took the papers from White House files shortly before President Nixon fired him April 30. Expressing fear the documents might be destroyed or stolen, he asked the court in a letter to take possession of them. The administration asked that they be returned to the White House since Dean described them as classified documents. Sirica had first asked a lawyer for Dean, Charles N. Shaffer, what type of classification the documents carried— noting that the law provides for "confidential," "secret," and •'top secret" categories. "They've got something better than 'top secret' now," Shaffer said. "I don't know what they call it but that's what these documents are." Dean then rose to say the documents were classified "top secret, handled via commit channels." He did not say what the classification meant. After the hearing, Dean was followed by reporters into an elevator, but Dean refused to answer any questions. He would not comment on a Newsweek magazine article quoting him as saying he never prepared a report on investigation of the Watergate for President Nixon and had been pressured to take the entire blame for an alleged White House cover-up of the affair. Neither Shaffer nor the head of the U.S. attorney's office team that has investigated Watergate, Earl J. Silbert, said he had any idea what was in the Dean papers. Sirica asked Dean only how the documents might affect national security. "The fact it has a classification on it indicates those who did the classifying felt it had something to do with the national security," Dean replied. The Washington Post said today the late J. Edgar Hoover's temporary successor at the FBI, L. Patrick Gray, was told several weeks after the Watergate burglary that there appeared to be an administration cover-up of the extent of the affair. The Post quoted reliable sources as saying Gray declined to follow a suggestion by sudordinates that he advise Nixon of the alleged cover-up on grounds he felt it would be improper and appear that he was seeking presidential guidance in the FBI investigation of the plot. Senate Asks Cook About Vesco Money WASHINGTON (UPI) - G. Bradford Cook, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, faces Senate questioning today about whether he bowed to Republican pressures in the performance of his duties. The New York grand jury that indicted former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice H. Stans on charges, of perjury, conspiring to obstruct justice and to defraud the United States made the accusation against Cook, but did not indict him. It alleged that Cook, while general counsel of the SEC before President Nixon elevated him to chairman last winter, bowed-to Stans' persuasion and dropped reference in a SEC lawsuit to a secret $250,000 cash contribution to President Nixon's re-election campaign. Alleged Donation from Vesco The contribution allegedly came from Robert L. Vesco, who is one of 42 defendants charged in the SEC suit with having "looted" $224 million from four, mutual funds. On May 1, Cook was asked by Sen. William Proxmire, chairman of the Senate appropria- t i o n s subcommittee which oversees the SEC budget, G. Bradford Cook whether anyone in the administration had approached him in connection with the SEC's investigation into the Vesco case. He replied, according to Proxmire, that he had received only one inquiry, from Stans. He said it came after the SEC had filed its complaint against Vesco. He altered his answer in correcting the transcript and last Wednesday, the day before the New York indictments were handed down, returned the corrected version to Proxmire. Lightning Strikes Baseball Player Pitcher killed instuntly by lightning bolt LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (UPI)-A bolt of lightning described as a column of fire two feet wide, hit a baseball pitcher "like a bomb" Sunday afternoon as he was winding up for a pitch in his team's season opener. The bolt killed pitcher John Wade, 19, instantly then forked out, knocking every player in the infield and outfield off his feet. At least seven persons were injured. Two of them, second baseman Herbert Nove, 21, and shortstop Bob Hormann, 33, were reported in critical condition at Lake Havasu Community Hospital. "It was like in one of those science faction films where someone from outer space would shoot a ray of light at someone and he would disintegrate," said Glen Baker, a volunteer fireman who was watching the game. "A cylinder of light came down and engulfed the pitcher," he said. "It looked like his whole body was just one big flash." "It just vaporized the kid's clothing and what was left was in shreds," said an ambulance operator. Then, according to witnesses, the lightning leaped from the mound like a star shell, first into the infield and then into the outfield, knocking everyone off their feet, and sending clouds of dust 100 feet into the air. Wade's sister witnessed the tragedy from the bleachers and raced to the mound where her brother lay, screaming, "My God, my God, my brother." She attempted to give him mouth to mouth resuscitation but he was already dead. Wade's father was the base umpire and was standing near first base when the lightning struck. He was knocked to the ground but was not injured. The other injured Lake Havasu players were third baseman Roger Lambert, 37; catcher Fred Grover Jr., 19; James Mitchell, 30, and John J. Chagdes, 39, an umpire. Hospital officials said no one on the opposing team was injured.

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