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1 « f f * ft IT * Come as You Are Party i J 1 4. * « I 1 \ I i A mayor's lot is unhappier than that When Mayors Meet nomina at his command. When crime worsens, the public points a collective finger at His Honor, And so it is when problems arise with, respect to taxes, pollution, garbage' collection, transportation — you name it. 'Contrary to the o^i saw, you can fight city hall. Just ask John Lindsay, Jerome Cavanagh, Carl Stokes, or any other of the quondam saviors of our nation's cities. Another old saw holds that misery loyes company. There will be plenty of commiserating when representatives of the American Annual ference of Mayors. Two major plenary sessions are planned — one on the question of the \evei of public expenditures needed {o support a prosperous private economy, and the other on criminal justice in a democratic society. The long shadow of Watergate promises to hang over the conference, "A seemingly endless spread of scandals of political espionage, sabotage and campaign funds handling has slowed decisions and consideration of programs of immediate concern to city governments," the conference's newsletter recently asserted. These programs include summer employment for young people, public service jobs, and manpower reform, among others. On the other hand, the nation's mayors generally welcomed President Nixon's announcement on May 3 that Vice President Agnew would have an increased role in domestic policy, As supervisor of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations until December 1972, Agnew was regarded by local officials as an effective spokesman for their cause at the White House. Of primary concern to the mayors' conference is the fate of the administration's proposed Better Communities Act. Describing the legislation in a message to Congress on March 8, the President had this to say: "Not long ago we became accustomed to the constant rhetorical drumbeat of the 'crisis of our cities.' Problems r were multiplying so rapidly for our larger urban areas that some observers said our • r cities were doomed as centers of culture, of commerce, and of constructive change. Many of these problems still persist, but I believe we have made sufficient progress in recent years that fears of doom are no longer justified." Local officials no doubt welcomed that expression of confidence, and they were further cheered when Nixon submitted his bill to Congress on April 19. It would combine seven categorical programs— urban renewal, model cities, water and sewer, open space, rehabilitation loans, public facility loans, neighborhood facility grants into one block community development program. Mayors have griped for years about the present system of narrow grant categories with endless federal review of each transaction. But the mayors voiced anger and dismay when they learned that the total amount of aid available under the block grant approach would be considerably less than under existing arrangements. They sought, but did not receive, reassurance about the "transition period" between cutoffs in categorical grant programs and the start of urban revenue sharing. And now, with all thoughts turned to Watergate, they probably are more apprehensive than ever. The Venerable Bede When Sen. George S. McGovern, D-S.D., began his campaign for the presidency, less than half of the American people had ever heard of him. Even then, he was way ahead of the Venerable Bede, The Venerable i Bede is the sort of historical figure whose ; name rings a very distant memory bell i j and then fades. He obviously did some- j thing, but not on the scale of Alexander 1 the Great, Charlemagne, NapoI<eon or even H. R. Haldeman. Still, he will be honored in a number of Venerable Bede celebrations in Britain, beginning on Sunday, May 27, and extending through June 29, 1974. The occasion is the 1300th birthday anniversary of the English historian and scholar. Of course, there's no proof that the Venerable 3ede was born on May 27, 673, And perhaps it is not very important except to a few scholarly chroniclers. Often referred to as the father of English history, Bede is best known for Jus Ecclesiastical History of the English People. On (he basis of this work, he is generally acknowledged as the greatest historian from the fall of the Roman Empire until the Renaissance. Without him, it is said, early English history would have remained obscure or unknown. The age of Bede was an age of faith, and Bede spent most of his life in a Benedictine monastery where he taught himself Latin, Greek, Hebrew, astronomy, mathematics, grammar, rhetoric and music. But as a historian, Bede did not allow his rather orthodox religious views to interfere with his critical and objective recording of events. His writing is characterized by lucidity, lack of prejudice, and scholarship. He was one of the first writers to cite the sources of his information. In Faith and Scholars (1962), David Knowles, regius professor of history at Cambridge University, compared Bede to the Greek historian Herodotus. According to Knowles, Bede *'wrote of the wonders worked by others, but none are recorded of him. He described the conversion of England, but he probably never preached to anyone outside his monastery. Bede had, undoubtedly, a mind of extraordinary grasp and he was perhaps the most learned man of his age/' Filling The WASHINGTON (NEA) Of course it is paramount to learn tall we can about the nature md degree of President N i Kon 's in vol vem&i t in the Watergate affair. But evein that knowledge would leave vital gaps in the story. It is important to fill these gaps foV more reasons than simply establishing the roles, responsibilities, activities and possible degrees of guilt of various individuals in or associated with the White House. We need the big portrait to get fche widest possible understanding of the perils inherent in the inbred, self-centered use cl the presidency's enormous powers. Despite all talk, these are unlikely to be diminished in an eira when a premium rests on quick action and visible leadership. The key is how the powers tarn used, end in this instance we still know far too little. We don't really know who ordered and directed the bugging eff the Democrats' 1972 Watergate headquarters. There are veiled but significant suggestions from some Treasure sources that, in its full scope, the administration's p|an of espionage-sabotage against the Democrats was an incredibly ugly business aimed at seriously besmirching the character of any Democraiic presidential rival who might become a real threat to Mr. Nixon's re-election. Probably the basic evidence rests in the eight oartoms and other materials removed from the office of oooivicted Watergate participant E. Howard Hunt. We have only hints of their contents. We meed to know much more. The discovery of Watergate interrupted the great pkwi. What would have been done had that disclosure not occurred? Would the undercutting activity have been worse against a stronger candidate than Sen. George McGovern? In a private meeting, with key Republican House members weeks ago, top presidential aide H. R. Haldeman (resigned) took personal responsibility for setting up wihat some members said he called the "surveillance" plan. of Sierra WASHINGTON A desert stash of old Mexican gold ingots worth tens of millions has been reported to skeptical authorities who fear it may be a hoax. The king's ransom in ancient bullion and Aztec-era artifacts was desribed to lawyer F. Lee Bailey by a mysterious middleman three months ago. He told Bailey the gold had been carted north perhaps hundreds of years ago and hidden in a cave on what is now the White Sands proving grounds in New Mexico. Now the gold has been rediscovered, claimed the middleman. He was authorized by -a consortium, he said, to try through Bailey to gain legal possession to the treasure. The middleman, a business executive, said the consortium would deliver the gold to the government. The consortium promised to pay taxes on the tons of gold, which might come to 50 per pent of its value, and sell the rest for their own profit. IF THIS " treasure of the Sierra Madre" turned out to be stolen and the rightful owners established a valid claim, then the consortium would agree to give up the entire trove. Skeptical, Bailey flew secretly in his Lear Jet to El Paso, Tex., supposedly near where the cache is located. But once he met with his new clients, they thwarted his efforts to visit the treasure cave. They feared Bailey's entry to the White Sands government reservation might be an illegal act which, because he was their lawyer, would jeopardize their case. Bailey took his story to Tod Hullin, a White House aide, who wanted some proof of the tale. Obligingly, Bailey's clients sent him a gleaming gold-colored bar about 3% inches long, and promised him hundreds more to prove to the government their offer was no hoax. With this in hand, Bailey was referred to the Treasury Department. Treasury experts assayed the bar at 60 per cent pure, much less than is possible with modern refining. But gome ancient ingots had this low gold content. The bar, at least, was no hoax. BUT THE TALKS have bogged down. Treasury officials recsoned that if there were gold on White Sands, then it already ster-Mail Office 140 South Prairie Street Galeiburg, Illinois, S14Q1 TELEPHONE NUMBER RegUter-Mall Exchange 343-7181 Entered ai Second Clots Matter at the Post Office at Galeiburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Pay and Veterans Da SUBSCRIPTION HATES By Carrier in City of Galeiburg SUc a Week By RFD mail in our reUil tradin* zone: 1 Year $16,00 3 Month* W 25 0 Months | 9.00 1 Month »2.0U Ethel Custer Prltchard, publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Kobert Harrison, managing editor; Michael Johnson, assistant to the editor; Jam a ft OCon- i\Mi, ii»fc}htant managing editor. No mail subscriptions accepted In towns where there is established newspaper boy delivery service. By Carrier in retail trading zone outside City of Gaiesburg 50c a Week Naiioniil Advertising Represent* • lives; Ward Griffith Co.. Inc., New Y ojk , ChK -jgo, I>etroit. Los Angek-i. San Kranclsco, Atlanta, Min- lithijtjlu. Pittsburgh, Boston, Char* Jon* By mail outsld« retail trading zone in Illinois, Jowa and Missouri and by motor route in retail trading zone: 1 Vear $22 00 3 Months *6 00 6 Months fl2.ou l Month $2.00 By mall outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: 3 Year f 26.00 3 Months I7.W 0 Months fU .&U 1 Month $3.otf M£MB£J< AUDIT BUREAU OJf CIRCULATION Vital Yes, it Is important to know if orders from the President set that in motion. But it is also crucial to know how responsibility for various parts of the plan — the Watergate bugging, the watch on radicals, the dirt- digging on key Democrats, the planned disruption of Democratic activities — was parceled out. The notion d a w<M<Mordi- nated conspiracy probably is an illusion. Sources #ay overlap was Mi and bitter jockeying for power md presidential favor 1 a consfjamt dfriag. The inter-play of animosities among mch top Nixon aides as Haldeman, John Mitchell, John Bhrliahman, Ohariete Oolson and others seems intense enough to resemble the power struggles in some modern-day dictatorships. The fumes of mutual distrust swirled ©round Mr* Nixon's isolation booth. Men claimed access to ham who never had it. Some often deceitfully spoke — and issued orders in — his name. Leaving out Henry Kissinger, it's often said Haldeman, Bhr- liahroain, (Mitchell and Colson were the only ones having "direct -access," We don*.t know if that's true, or tow irequcntly and under what contort they may have men the mm Ooteon is 3 pifflAto MVa probed; He hlted did friend Hunt, Is on the "access"' list, was very busy. Doing what? (Newmrner EnterorJise Assn.) Madre Rediscovered belonged to the government, Under present international agreements, the gold could not be used in world trade or sold by the Treasury for hard cash, As one official told us, "there was all this secrecy and tedium about the deal. Besides, it's an unbelievable story." On May 17, the Treasury Department returned the ingot and told Bailey in a brusque private letter that "the Treasury has no interest in proceeding further with this matter." BAILEY HAS had no more success with the Army, which cuntrols 'entry to White Sands. Army Installations Deputy George Brazier told us that missile research is going on which "cannot be interrupted every- time somebody comes to us with a gold gleam in his eye." Numerous similar stories are brought to the Army and so far no one hss produced gold, he said. Bailey, meanwhile, argues that the government has nothing to Jose by making a deal And, he points out, the only way to find' out whether the • gold treasure is a hoax is for someone to snip through the red tape, GLORIFYING WEINBERGER: The Department of Health, Education and Welfare is hiring new hands to glorify Secretary Caspar Weinberger even as he jslices deeply into the services for the poor and sick. In recent months, HEW has hired Scott Peters, a former public affairs man from the Committee to Reelect the President, plus other publicity consultants at $138, $120 and $100 a day. The hir- ings came even as Weinberger fired or transferred several public affairs oHicera who were not certified Republicans. INDIAN TIMBER: We recently described how the Agriculture Department is trying to chop down 11.8 billion board feet of our national forests without taking proper fire precautions. Now, we can report from Interior Department documents thflt millions of board feet will a:ro be slashed from.forests, under its control. Not surprisingly, Interior would like to increase cutting on Indian lands by 105 million board feet a year. One internal document points out the Indians' timber should not be cu^ without "intensifying fire ptotection capabilities." While the various tribes own the timber lands, negotiations are generally handled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs which usually fav* ors the timber barons over the Indians. NAVY;SHUFFLE: Th? Navy tried to' transfer two highly- trained petty officers out of the country In the middle of their federal suit against the Navy, The petty officers, Nicholas Lnrionoff and Paul Bpudrgau, sued the Navy, claiming they were bilked of promised re-en- Jistment bonuses totaling between $2,800 .and $3,400. The Navy contested' the case but, meanwhile, ordered Laripnoff to Iceland and Boudreau to Puerto Rico where their suit would be difficult to press. After our query to the Navy, both transfers were postponed, (Copyright, 1973, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) The Almanac By United Press International Today is Monday, June 4, the 155th day of 1973 with 2)0 to follow. + The moon is approaching its first quarter. The morning stars are Mars and Jupiter. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus and Saturn. Those born on this date aro under the sign of Gemini. Crossword Puzzle Trifles ACROSS I Small entities 5 cent 8 Small piece cUpped oli 12 Algerian harbor 13 Former nam© of Tokyo 14 Set in motion 15 Insane (coll.) 16 Cravat 17 North Caucasian language 18 Implore 20 Thick board 31 Numerical prefix 22 Unit of reluctance 23 Drink ilowly 26 Meddle 31 Feminine appellation 33 City in Ohio 34 Livtly (music) 37 Length measure 38TrifJe 41 In the middle (comb, form; var.) 42 Body of water 43 Winglike part 45 farthing 48 Whipperaaap* per Si Jacob'* «on (Bib.) • 53 Zodiac sign 54 French river 55 Solar disk 56 Auricle 57 Food leavings 58 Ice formation 50 ExUt 90 Pipe jointt DOWN 1 Tree trunk 2 Heavy me^al 3 Diplomacy 4 Nasal noise 5 Keep 6 Blucpencil 7 Female hare 8 Young one (2 wds.) 9 "New" star 10 Russian tsar 11 Jaunty 10 Son of Gad (Bib.) 20 Father (Fr.) 22 Oppositionist (coil.) 23 Concrete paving block 24 Scottish island 25 Conceited ggwtt /JUH mmu* jaiHiaiixi www lairaraiai person 27 Instrument 28 Biblical country 29 Laugh (Fr.) 30 Terminations 32 Accumulating 35 Philippine swectsop 36 Social event 30 Pakistan city 40 Samuel's teacher (Bib.) 44 Astir 45 Reveal secret* 46 Network (anat<) 47 Avouch 48 Consume by U6ti 40 Arsonist's specialty 50 Italian city 51 d'Uber- ville 53 Pastureland (NIWIMPfg fMTimiSI ASSN.) 1 t

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