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Home Paper 0/ 70 Communities fegister-Mail Fair Tonight Low 48-55 Partly Cloud? Safarday '* High Upper m A Better Nempaper VOLUME LXXXII — 124 GALESBURG, ILLINOIS 61401 — FRIDAY, MAY 25, 1973 PRICE TEN CENTS 1 * Hi^''^' .« '"."'I 1 * .,„ Sky lab Repair Crewmen Say 'We Fix Anything' That Sinking Feeling Skylab commander Pete Conrad looks like rad, 5 feet 6% inches tall, is the shortest of he's falling out of his space suit as he slumps the three Skylab astronauts. UNIFAX down during suit up for today's launch. Con- White House Welcomes Returned Prisoners of War CAPE KENNEDY (Upl) Three astro-repairmen, promising "we fix anything," were launched into pursuit of their crippled Skylab today in a daring attempt to salvage the space station and make it liveable for nine men this year. $2.9 Billion Program Riding on their efforts was the fete of the $2.6 billion research program to put space to practical use for man on earth. Mission Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad, space physician Joseph P. Kerwin and aeronautical engineer Paul J. Weitz took off on time at 9 a.m. EDT and rode their modified Apollo command ship into orbit 10 minutes later. "Skylab II, Houston, We fix any thing," cracked Conrad as the big rocket blasted away from Florida. "Boy, is that a smooth ride,"Conrad shouted as the rocket climbed out of sight into the clouds, its eight engines pushing it toward orbit and man's first space repair mission. Conrad reported a "nice staging" as the first stage of the Saturn 1 rocket fell away on schedule. Moments later he reported the launch escape tower jettisoned without problems. "We're go here, Houston," Conrad said, his voice reflecting his obvious delight to be spaceborne for the fourth time. The pilot is a veteran of two Gemini Earth-orbital missions and one Apollo moon landing. "It looks good in here," he reported. The first stage dropped away as planned Vh minutes after liftoff and the rocket's second stage took over, accelerating the Apollo to the 16,850 mile an hour orbital speed. Almost seven minutes after launch, the crew was 101 miles into space and 416 miles downrange from Cape Kennedy. The astronauts were traveling almost parallel to the east coast of the United States, "the most northerly powered flight for astronauts thus far," mission control reported. Conrad's on-board computer showed, the spacecraft had achieved an orbit ranging 217 to 211 miles above Earth. Mission control confirmed his figures and said everything was going as planned.. Skylab was about 750 miles ahead of Apollo in its 157th orbit around the earth when the astronauts began their mission. "Coming up over Europe," reported Conrad on the first circuit. "I've never seen so many contrails in my life down there." Radio Contact A radio relay aircraft was supposed to provide communications between the spacecraft and ground at the time Apollo achieved orbit, but failed to do so. A few minutes later, however, radio contact was established and Conrad reported a smooth separation and said he'd gotton "a good look at the booster." Skylab, damaged by a launch accident 11 days ago, was 750 miles to the northeast when the g astronauts took off in pursuit in I a modified Apollo command I ship. The roomy house-in-space * was 271 miles high and on its 157th orbit at the time. Repairs Tonight The unprecedented repair operations will start tonight and the pilots will enter Skylab Saturday morning. When they open the hatch to the main J living and work area, it will be like opening the door of a closed car that has been sitting in the hot sun for days. Sky-lab's air conditioning system can't cope with the heat of over 120 degrees but the astronauts expect to cool the 118-foot station by raising a 22- by-24-fopt umbrella to shade it from the searing rays of the sun. The all-Navy crew took off 10 [ *** days behind schedule on a Saturn 1 IB rocket built six years ago. The pilots plan to leave America's first space station and return to earth in their Apollo on or about June 22. WASHINGTON . (UPI) President Nixon scored a social triumph Thursday night When he hosted a star-studded welcome home dinner on the White House lawn for hundreds the former Vietnam prisoners of war and their guests. Judging by the standing ovations, bravos, cheers and wild applause, Nixon was the smash hit of the evening with the uniformed crowd who presented him with a plaque inscribe to "Richard the Lionhearted." * Several kisses were planted on his cheek from wives who said: "Thank you for bringing my husband home." Henry A. Kissinger, Nixon's national security affairs adviser and the architect of the Vietnam cease-fire, also was surrounded by admirers, and appeared to love every minute of it. The dinner under a giant red and yellow tent capped a day of Nixon Offers Dating Advice WASHINGTON (UP I) President Nixon had some advice today for former POW Lt. Col. John Dramesi, divorced and unescorted on a visit to Washington: "Watch out for some of the dogs they have you sit by" at Washington parties. But.apparently realizing some women might take his remark too seriously, Nixon added, "No, they're very nice." Nixon made the remark when Dramesi,. of Blackwood, N.J., came to his Oval Office to present him an American flag he had made while a captive in North Vietnam. Dramesi told Nixon, in response to a question from the President, that his wife divorced him in 1969 while he was in a prison camp. Nixon then told the dark-haired 40- year-old Air Force officer he did not look his age, and indicated Dramesi would be a popular bachelor in demand at Washington dinner parties- warning him to "watch out for some of those dogs they have you sit by." festivities the President and Mrs. Nixon had promised the POWs. A heavy dpWnppur throughout the day failed to daunt the spirits of the 1,300 guests, including 680 ex-POWs. For one evening, the White House belonged to the men in uniform. They had the run of the executive mansion and, with their wives, they wandered wide - eyed.. Nixon ,was so buoyed by an enthusiastic reception from the POWs earlier in the day that he put in an impromptu appearance at the cocktail party, prior to the dinner, drawing scores of worshipful couples to his side. All the patriotic stops were pulled out for the occasion. But the presentation of the colors with a homemade American flag the POWs made and flew over the "Hanoi Hilton" brought down the house. Comedian Bob Hope, who entertained the troops in Vietnam for the past 12 years, then «took over as master of ceremonies of a star-studded show. He drew good-natured boos from the guests when he called them a "captive" audience. Freight Train Explodes •BENSON, Ariz. (UPI )-tA Southern Pacific freight train, 12 of its 107 cars believed loaded with bombs, exploded in "mushroom clouds" for (two hours near here Thursday in ranch land 40 miiles before it would have rolled (through downtown Tucson. Two railroad men were slightly injured when they jumped from toe moving train, but two other team hands |||, escaped unharmied,,jaccording to Southern Pacific apokes- m man, Al Bradshaw. Bradshaw said the explosions stooped late Thursday night, but no attempt would be made to inspect the area until morning. Witnesses said (the train was still on fire. The blasts were "throwing metal a half mile down the track and starting fires," said rancrer Lloyd Adams, on whose property the train was located. "There were Several oars that looked like they just disappeared and several others were burning.'' Bradshaw said trainmen Felton Parnish, 57, and Kenneth Ball, 22, both of Tucson, "apparently realized something was wrong" and jumped ifrom the caboose. He did not know if ithey abandoned the train before or after the explosions started. Parnish and Ball suffered multiple contusions and abrasions. The faain, which started Ifirom St. [Louis, was loaded with bombs of an unknown size in McAIester, Okla., and was bound Cor Fort Chicago, Calif., a deepwafter port near San Francisco, according to Bradshaw. The explosives were from the McAIester Naval Ammunition Depot, which manufactures naval weapons, including M<ght bombs and torpedoes. The explosions, which occurred every tew minutes were centered about 20 cars from the front, Bradshaw said. AttorneyGeneral Sworn In Today Lift Off WASHINGTON (UPI) - In an unusually elaborate setting at the White House, Elliot L. Richardson was sworn in as attorney : . general today—his third Cabinet post in four months. Chief Justice Warren E. Burger administered the oath of office to Richardson in the ceremony arranged by President Nixon in the East Room scene usually of only major diplomatic and other formal functions—with about 200 persons invited. Cabinet members normally are sworn in at fairly routine ceremonies, witnessed mainly by family members and friends. This time, assorted members of Congress and the legal profession as well as government officials were invited for the early afternoon oath- taking. Presumably, Nixon wanted to attract maximum attention to the event in the midst of the Watergate scandal, inasmuch as he put Richardson in over-all command of the federal investigation almost a month before he became the nation's top legal officer. Richardson has turned over control # of the Watergate investigation to Archibald Cox, his former professor at Harvard Law School and a Democrat who served as a top government legal officer in the Johnson and Kennedy administrations. Swearing in of Cox was arranged for later today in the office of the U.S. solicitor general, the job he had before returning to Harvard in 1965. Richardson moves over to the Justice Department from the Defense Department, where he took over as secretary of defense Jan. 30. Before that, he was secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. As Richardson became attorney general, Richard G. Kleindienst's resignation from the job took effect. His resignation was announced by the White House on April 30, the same day as those by three top Nixon assistants whose names had been mentioned in Watergate disclosures. The Galesburg ^ Register-Mail Will Not Be Published Monday, Memorial Day Where To Fiiid It 2 SECTIONS 28 PAGES Abingdon — _ 22 Amusement 6 Busbnell 7 Churches 12 Classified Ads 23-24-25-26-27 Comics-Radio 14 Editorial 4 Galva 7 Hospital Notes 15 Knoxvilie 22 Markets 20 Monmouth 13 Obituary _. — 15 Sports 18-19 TV 9-10 Weather ~ 2 Women in the News 11 Vesco Extradition To Be Delayed SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (UPI) — President Jose Figueres, accompanied by the Soviet ambassador, said Thursday night that he fears the Watergate scandal weakens President Nixon's role as leader of the Western world. He appealed to the American press to "call it quits" in devoting extensive coverage to Watergate and urged the- Senate special Watergate committee to end the televised hearings of their investigation. Figueres voiced specific concern that Watergate might affect Nixon's position in his forthcoming Washington talks with Soviet Communist party chief Leonid Brezhnev. Hailing Nixon's "great leadership" in working for world peace, Figueres said he was "dismayed" at suggestions in the United States that Nixon should resign or face impeachment. "May that never hap­ pen," he said. Figueres met newsmen in the company of Soviet Ambassador Vladimir Kozimirov, who watched silently as Figueres expressed concern about Nixon's status in the West as a result of Watergate. Figueres also said he will not act on any U.S. request for the extradition of Robert L. Vesco, a fugitive New Jersey financier wanted by authorities in New York and Washington. Figueres said any such decision was a matter only for Costa Rican courts. "It would automatically be a court-to-court matter," he said, because under Costa Rican law, he has no legal power in such matters. Figueres, who encouraged Vesco to invest millions of dollars in this Central American country, said he could not say if Vesco was taking refuge in Costa Rica. .•Mi 3 :f Senator: Narrow Scope of Probe WASHINGTON (UPI) - Sen. Herman Talmadge, D-Gta., has urged fellow members of the Senate Watergate committee to narrow the focus of the hearing directly on the question of whether President Nixon was involved, an aide to Talmadge said today. Talmadge made the proposal during a closed session of the committee Thursday morning preceding the fifth day of public, televised hearings, his assistant said. Talmadge was not available for immediate, direct comment. Pace Accelerated The committee did not adopt the Talmadge proposal at die meeting, the Talmadge spokesman said, but did agree to one of his suggestions—that the pace of the hearings be accelerated where possible. It was announced at the outset of Thursday's public session that three more hearing days had been added —June 5, 6 and 7. A spokesman for Chairman Sam J. Ervin, D-N.C, said Ervin disagreed with a Talmadge suggestion to reorder the planned schedule for hearing witnesses in order to concentrate on trying to resolve any questions about presidential involvement. Ervin was said to feel a record should be developed gradually, first through testimony of lesser figures. Nixon Knowledge Talmadge has stressed' in public statements that he knows nothing to indicate Nixon had anything to do with the Watergate plot. But the Talmadge aide, who asked not to be identified, said the senator was concerned over the danger of leaving an essential question unanswered. Syndicated columnist Joseph Alsop first reported Talmadge's feelings, quoting the senator about the Senate investigation so far: "You can't tell how long this thing is going to go on, any more than you can tell how long it will take to unroll a ball of string. But one thing any damn fool can tell, it will be had for the country—in fact, it can be really dangerous for the country—to go on much longer {without knowing the truth about the President." Magruder, 38, is former deputy director of the Nixon reelection organization and before that was a White House employe. III. ill! Ill IP '" ill iffff' ^\ WW 111111 POW Flag An Armed Services honor guard presents the POW flag at the White House gala for returned prisoners of war Thursday. The flag was made by Air Force Lt. Col. John A. Dramesi while he was a captive. It is on a white handkerchief with red stripes made from underwear, white stripes and stars from string off Red Cross packages and blue from threads unravelled from jackets.

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