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Home Paper 0/ 70 Communities Galesburg Register-Mail Partly Cloudy Today Lotf 50's Fail" Wednesday High 70's VOLUME LXXXI A Better Newspaper GALESBURG, ILLINOIS 61401 — TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 1973 PRICE TEN CENTS Secretary Says Magruder Til •II* XV T i i T Paid for Watergate Logs Japanese Dragon Children climb over a friendly dragon in a Tokyo amusement park. The fierce-looking toy is made completely out of old tires. UNIFAX Where to Find It 2 SECTIONS Abingdon 21 Amusement — 6 Bushnell 7 Classified Ads 21-22-23-24-25 Comics-Radio 18 Editorial — 4 Galva — 7 Hospital Notes 21 26 PAGES Knoxville 21 Markets 19 Monmouth 20 Obituary — 13 Sports 16-17 Weather 2 Women in the News — 8-9 Liddy Made Death Threat: Ehrlichman WASHINGTON (UPI) - Convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy once threatened to kill Jeb S. Magruder, former deputy manager of the Nixon re-election campaign, testimony by ex-presidential aide John D. Ehrlichman revealed today." Ehriichman said Magruder informed him of the threat. He did not elaborate on the circumstances or the date, but apparently was referring to ; somc point before last June 17 because his lawyer did not let hiim testify about events prior to the break-in at the Democrats' Watergate headquarters. "Mr. Magruder old me Mr. Liddy had threatened him — had threatened his life," said Ehrlichmain, who resigned April 30 as Nixon's top adviser on domestic affairs. The Ehrlichman testimony made public today was given recently as a deposition in the Democratic National Committee's $6.4 million suit against the Coirnimittee for the Reelection of the President resulting from the Watergate break-in and bugging. Earlier testimony from several witnesses had established bad blood between Magruder and Liddy, who both were White House staffers transferred to the campaign committee to organize for the 1972 presidential campaign. WASHINGTON (UPI) - Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy's former secretary testified foday that Jeb Stuart Magruder —after the Watergate break-in —authorized payment of a bill for the "Gemstone" s t a t i onery on which she typed the logs of tapped telephone conversations. It was the first lime that the name of Magruder, who was President Nixon's deputy campaign, manager, was cited directly in the Senate committee's public hearings into the Watergate break-in and other political espionage during the 1972 presidential campaign. Request Denied Unanimously brushing off a request by the government's special prosecutor that the public hearings be postponed in the name of justice, the committee questioned Sally Jackson Harmony, Liddy's former secretary, about "clandestine" activities carried out in Nixon's re-election campaign. Mrs. Harmony testified that after the June 17 Watergate break-in, a foill came to the Committee for the Re-Election of the President for the "Gemstone" stationery that she said Liddy had ordered printed. Because Liddy already had left the committee under the cloud of Watergate, "I took the bill for Gemstone to Magruder," Mrs. Harmony said. "He (Magruder) authorized payment to H. A. Post Associates, and signed Jeb S. Magruder to it." Mrs. Harmony said she then disposed of the bill in a papershredder. Pressed by Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., R-Tenn., as to why she gave the invoice to Magruder instead of to the] office manager, Mrs. Harmony said "I thought he would know more about it." She said she could not elaborate. Asked later why she had shredded the Gemstone invoice, Mrs. Harmony said Magruder had asked her to. "Mr. Magruder asked me to destroy it," she said. "He didn't have to tell me why." "Then I'd like to know why," Baker said. "Because Mr. Liddy had foeen discharged from the committee; because it had the word Gemstone on it and I was familiar with Gemstone and the way I had used it," Mrs. Harmony replied. "I assumed that a lot of members of the committee were not aware of it." The hearing —the sixth since the committee began its public sessions May 17 —began 15 minutes late because members held a dosed meeting to consider a formal request from the special Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, to postpone the hearings three months. Cox said the hearings posed a "grave danger" to prosecution of the case. But Sen. Sam J. Ervin, D-N.C, the chairman, said in a brief statement as the hearing began that the committee had unanimously rejected Cox's request. He said it did not believe "that the courts will permit guilty parties to go unwhipped to justice simply because the Senate committee exercises the constitutional rights and obligations of the Senate to inform he Congress and the American people about the truth in respect to the Watergate affair." Sally Jackson Harmony Nixon Weighing Press Meeting WASHINGTON (U P I) President Nixon is weighing several possible ways of meeting with the press to discuss Watergate, White House sources said today. There were conflicting reports on how long the President's press secretary, Ronald L. Ziegler, will remain in his job. Some said a talent search for a replacement was going on. Other sources said Nixon continues to hold Ziegler in high esteem and noted that Ziegler has. become a much more important adviser to Nixon since top aides H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were, forced out by Watergate. Nixon has not held a full question-and-answer news conference since March 15. The bulk of the Watergate allegations effecting the White House did not begin until March 23, when Federal Judge John J. Sirica made public • a letter from convicted bugging conspirator James W. McCord charging that persons higher up were involved. The President has been under pressure from both reporters and politicians to submit to questioning on Watergate in news conferences. Last Sunday, Virginia Gov. Linwood- Holton, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and Robert Strauss, Democratic national chairman, urged this publicly. Holton said he doubted the President could., be called before a grand jury or Senate inquiry and therefore the proper forum for him to tell his story and be "cross examined" would be a series of news conferences. One idea put to the President by his staff is an interview with one TV commentator. Another suggestion is that the President be interviewed for one hour by the anchormen of the three main TV networks. Still another staff suggestion is that Nixon permit five selected White House reporters to question him. A fu'Mscale news conference was viewed with some unease by aides who fear the cross- examination would be so intense as to sound like a trial. Astronauts Study Space walk Procedures Ellsberg Burglary Jury Begins Probe LOS ANGELES (UPI) - The cast consists of now familiar names—Daniel Ellsberg, E. Howard Hunt, John Ehrlichman, Egil "Bud" Krogh, Charles Colson, John W. Dean III and others. Even as the Senate's Watergate hearing resumes in Washington today, a county grand jury here opens its "Watergate West" inquiry. The grand jury is looking into a break-in at the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist by members of the White House "plumber's squad," later arrested in the Watergate bugging. Ellsberg was reportedly to be among the witnesses at today's session. The burglary of the psychiatrist's office was one of the chief elements in the decision of a federal court judge to dismiss all charges against Ellsberg and Anthony Russo in the Pentagon Papers trial on grounds of "pervasive govern- j ment misconduct." Three con-' victed Watergate conspirators- 1 Hunt, Bernard L. Barker and! Eugenio Martinez—arrived at the county jail here Monday,; transferred from the federal penitentkuy at Danbury, Conn., to tell of their roles in the break-in. I Hunt has told Watergate; investigators in Washington' that he and G. Gordon Liddy! planned the break-in at the office of Dr. I/ewis Fielding in Beverly Hills on Labor l)ay ; weekend in 197J. ; The actual entry was alleged-1 ly performed by Barker, Martinez and Felipe de Diego of Miami. Hunt and the three Cubans have all been promised immunity from prosecution in return for their testimony. They are expected to testify Wednesday. The hearing is scheduled to last four days. District Attorney Joseph Busch said Monday that "Due to the secret nature of the grand jury proceedings, witnesses will not be announced in advance of their appearances and the district attorney and his assistants will not comment cn the proceedings." Krogh and. Colson, former White House aides who were in charge of the effort to trace security leaks that led to the break-in, agreed to appear voluntarily, without being promised immunity. Krogh, in his letter of resignation to President Nixon, said it was his "overriding desire to accept full responsibility" for the burglary, which was intended to obtain information for a psychiatric profile on Ellsberg. A National Security Matter Colson, according to published reports, told FBI agents lliat Ehrlichman and Dean told him the break-in was "a national security matter" and warned him not to discuss it with anyone. The district attorney's office lias said that Ehrlichman, Dean and others have indicated a "willingness to appear before the grand jury but had made no firm commitment to do so. HOUSTON (UPI) - Skylab's astronauts were told today how to perform a risky spacewalk to cut open a snagged power wing Thursday but NASA ruled out an extension of their planned 28-day mission. Project director William C. Schneider said a review of the problems and potentials of the earth-orbiting lab "has resulted in the conclusion that there is no justification for any extension of the mission at this time." Officials had considered lengthening it 10 days. Charles "Pete" Conrad, Joseph P. Kerwin and Paul J. Weitz received permission late Monday to proceed with the bold spacewalk. They welcomed the news by saying it would break the monotony of space station life. The astronauts offered to give up two days off to make up for the experiment time lost by the repair work. After awakening the astronauts were told that some members of Congress had sent the space agency a congratulatory message for the way the mission of Skylab had been handled so far. The hand-over-hand excursion down a 25-foot long makeshift handrail at the side of the crippled space station was more dangerous than any spacewalk yet attempted by Americans. But project officials said the potential gain outweighs the hazards. NASA said all spacewalks involve risks because a man only has one spacesuit to protect him from the vacuum of space. Thursday's repair operation is even more hazardous because the pilots have not rehearsed it on the ground, their handholds are makeshift and they will be moving over a damaged surface. Conrad, described by Schneider as "a pretty smooth and cool cat," will lead the extraordinary attempt to repair Skylab and boost its failing power supply. The extra electricity is needed if Skylab is to be able to support two full 56-day missions later this year. Flight directors sent step-by- step procedures for the repair operation up to ithe crewmen early today via a radio teleprinter aboard Skylab. They will review them with the ground tonight and hold a three-hour inside rehearsal Wednesday. • Flight Director Charles Lewis said the spacewalk was tentatively scheduled to start about noon EDT Thursday and last as long as four hours, He said Kerwin will assist Conrad while Weitz remains inside to monitor Skylab systems. The astronauts in the meantime turned to more scientific work today. Their schedule included a photographic sweep over the southwest United States, more than 2V2 hours of solar observation, plus addition­ al medical tests on how man withstands weightlessness. It was concern for the possible dangers of prolonged exposure to the lack of gravity that made unlikely an extension of the Skylab 1 flight by 10 days to make up for the experiments canceled because of the power shortage. Dr. John F. Zicglschmid, deputy chief of health services at the Johnson Space Center,, said he thought "it's more prudent, conservative and cautious to just go for 28 days. "From all we can tell, the crew is in extremely excellent health through the 11th day now," he told reporters Monday night. "We expect this trend to continue. Money Markets Dump the Dollar LONDON (UPI) - The dollar nosedived in Paris today to its second lowest price there since the end of World War II. Dealers predicted there would be more record high gold prices on European markets by day's end. It was the third major setback for the dollar in less than 24 hours. Monday, banks in South Africa and Finland abandoned the lowest agreed price for the U.S. currency and one London banker said a dump-the-dollar campaign was under way because "everyone fears instability in Washington." A Paris bank official said today that continuing disclosures in the Watergate affair were bringing heavy pressure against the dollar on the two- tiered French money market. The French financial dollar, used by tourists, speculators and dollar-paid persons living abroad, sank to between 4.14 and 4.16 francs in early morning trading. Since France's recovery after World War II, only once has the dollar fallen lower—a plunge to 3.50 briefly in 1957. Closing Price Monday Monday's closing price was 4.25 francs. Today's development means the dollar thus has lost 24 :i /'» per cent of its value in France since President Nixon first devalued the U.S. currency in August of 1971. "The longer Watergate drags on and the more revelations crop up," a spokesman for the London merchant bank N. M. Rothschild and Sons Ltd. said, "the more the dollar is likely to come under pressure." Millions of dollars were dumped Monday, with their prices tumbling to new lows in Frankfurt, Zurich and Brussels. In Tokyo today, the dollar fell to its lowest level in three weeks. At the same time, gold prices went above $120 an ounce for the first time in I/>ndon, Zurich and Frankfurt, hitting figures almost three times the $42.22 price set by Washington. In London, which generally governs world gold trading, the price was pegged by dealers at a record $123.50 an ounce. In Cape Town, the South African finance minister said his government would no longer guarantee the minimum agreed price of the dollar against the rand as agreed early this year when the dollar was devalued for a second time. In Helsinki, the national bank abandoned its rate of 3.81 Finn marks for the dollar, a move that would let the dollar find its own value. Tourist Dollar Plummets Tourists gather near the cash windows at the American Express office just off Paris' Place da l'Opera. In background, at the left, is the day's currency exchange rate, posted on a bulletin board. The U. S. dollar fell to the second weakest price since World War II—and American Express was offering tourists just 4.09 French francs for their dollar travelers' checks and 4.05 francs for cash dollars. UNIFAX

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