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Home Paper o* Communities Fair, Cool Tonight Low 54 * 60 Sunny, Warms? Thursday High 80 - 8S 'A Better Newspaper VOLUME LXXXII 133 GALESBURG, ILLINOIS 61401 — WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 1973 PRICE TEN CENTS J WASHINGTON (UPI) Former Nixon campaign treasurer Hugh W. Sloan Jr. testified today he was told "you don't want do know*' whon he asked why former Attorney General John N. Mitchell approved funncling huge sums of cash to Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy last spring. Sloan, calmly describing for the Senate Watergate Committee how he disbursed more than $1 million in cash to various Nixn compaign aides and Whilte House staffers in the months preceding the bugging of Democratic headquarters, said he generally didn't question what the money was for. But he said he finally balked when Liddy —then finance counsel for the campaign — casually showed him a $250,000 budget and said he would be dropping by soon to pick up an initial $83,000 in cash. Sloan, reciting the same story before nationwide television cameras that he has told investigators in private, said he went to former Commerce Secretary Maurice H. Stans, then the campaign finance chief, and complained that this request was "totally out of line with anything (we've done before." Questioned Closely Sloan said he asked Stans if Liddy was right when he said his authority to draw the cash had come from Jeb Stuart Magruder, then deputy c am- paign manager under Mitchell. "I requested that he reconfirm this to me," Sloan testified. "He indicated to me that he would take the matter up with Mr. Mitchell. He returned and confirmed that Mr. Magruder continued to have that authority and that I stfiould pay the funds. "And with regard to my question as to purpose, he (Stans) replied: 'I do not want ot know and you do not want to know.'" Sloan was questioned closely about the cash disbursements of $1.7 million in campaign funds before the April 7, 1972, deadline. That was the date a new law went into effect requiring full disclosure of all financial transactions, both contributions and disbursements. Refuses to testify Altogether, he said, he dispensed $199,000 in cash to Liddy —who was convicted in January of conspiracy, burglary, bugging and wiretapping in connection with the Watergate raid. Ho said most of the cash.doled to Liddy and nearly a dozen other Nixon aides was in $1.00 bills. "But at one point, it may even have included some $1,000 bills," he said. Stans is refusing to testify before the special aeven- membcr Senate Watergate committee barring prior dismissal of an indictment that could send him to prison for 40 years. Stans had been scheduled to follow Sloan to the witness table the ornate today in marble hearing room. But his lawyers wrote to the committee Tuesday saying he wouldn't be there unless conspiracy and perjury charges pending against him in New York relative to a $200,000 Nixon Maurice Stans 4 camipapgin contribution are dropped. Robert Kennedy Memorial Where to Find It Ethel Kennedy, kneeling with her children, and Sen. Edward Kennedy, standing right, with family and friends, bow their heads and say a rosary at the Arlington National Cemetery graveside of Robert F. Kennedy. Today is the fifth anniversary of his assassination. UNIFAX 2 SECTIONS 36 PAGES To Talk Hearing Abingdon 31 Amusement 6 Bushnell 5 Classified Ads 31-32-33-34-35 Comics-Radio _ 16 Editorial 4 Food Section 19-28 Galva 5 + Hospital Notes 9 Knoxville .„ 31 Markets 15 Monmouth _ 8 Obituary 9 Sports 29-30 Weather „ 2 Women in the News 11-12-13 Nixon Laird WASHINGTON (U P I) Staff Back Revised On Job Nixon associate, announced hisinently mentioned as another President Nixon announced tnrfav Melvin R. Laird would shattered staff. adminis temporary .ppointment domestic adviser and Tetkement. will take that and elsewhere since LOS ANGELES (UPI) John Ehrlichman has agreed to testify voluntarily at the "Watergate West" grand jury hearing, which Daniel Ellsberg said is aimed at getting "the highetrups" behind the rifling of files at his psychiatrist's office. A lawyer for Ehrlichman, President Nixon's top domestic affairs aide until he resigned in the Watergate scandal, notified the district attorney's office Tuesday that Ehrlichman "will voluntarily come in to testify." Ehrlichman hais not been promised immunity from prosecution, said the lawyer, Joseph Ball. Ellsberg was the leadoff witness at the opening of the grand jury probe Tuesday. Following instructions to all witnesses, he refused to discuss his specific testimony to the secret hearing, but told reporters he thinks District Attorney Joseph Busch "is going after the higherups" responsible for the break-in. He noted that "immunity has been granted to almost everyone who actually participated in the burglary," and thus the remaining t air -gets for indictment aire* not the men who carried it out, but those who ordered it. Ehrlichman has acknowledged that, aft Nixon's instruction, he set up the special White House squad to plug security leaks. Members of the squad directed the break-in at the office of Dr. Lewis Fielding, Ellsberg's psychiatrist, on Labor Day Weekend, 1971, to look for material that would help in drawing up a psychiatric assessment of Ellsberg, who had been revealed as the source of the Pentagon Papers' leak. Ehrlichman has said that he found out about the burgTary only after it had taken place, from convicted Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt. Ehrlichman said he told Hunt "not to do it again." + m L A Nation of Finks ? Army to j Ehrlichman returning to govern- J J be a presidential assistant. After federal narcotics agents, acting on a bum tip, terrorized two innocent families earlier this spring in Col- White ignations linsville, 111., a reporter familiar with the case summed result of Watergate disclosures, up what happened this way: "We're becoming a nation of finks." And, asks a Washington civil liberties attorney, "What the hell kind of government asks its people to spy on each other? Hitler did it. Now Nixon does it." Tom Tiede explores the use of the "informer system" in America today. See page 17. 4 mernt after leaving at the end of shake-up of thefadministration aides deluding j Nixon's first administration. decimated! Nixon's staff chief, H.R. "Bob"! Laird served as Pentagon chief for four years, resigning last January as he said he intended from the start, and Haig, who SSL" aff leS- H~s I. was rtjta**. that ho wanted to tial assistant. Ziegler will continue to hold the title of press secretary, but also will have two other titles assistant to the President and director of communications. Herbert G. Klein, longtime stated (specifically that Haig would now become chief of staff on a permanent basis, but informed sources said that was highly probable. rlow. a former White House steer clear of politics for a while. As a former Wisconsin J Republican congressman, Laird 'has maintained good relations with Congress, including both Democrats and Republicans. ^ Astronauts Spacewalk Watergate Committee May Subpoena Presidential Logs HOUSTON their (UPI) station With WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Senate Watergate Committee is expected to issue a subpoena for a list of President Nixon's conversations with fired White House counsel John W. Dean III. However, a White House spokesman says the logs of the President's telephone conversations and face-to-face meetings are not subject to subpoena. The confrontation could develop into a major clash with the courts deciding the issue. The government's Watergate prosecutors are also known to be seeking the records. Dean was quoted in published accounts as having told Senate investigators and federal prosecutors that he discussed aspects of the Watergate covcrup on at least 35 occasions with the President since Janua- saying the stories appeared to space station power supply slowly deteriorating, Skylab's astro-repairmen today rehearsed in the safety of the lab the tricky spacewalk planned Thursday to fix a vital solar electric generator. Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jobe an effort by an individual or seph P> Kerwin and Paul J. Weitz worked in the cavernous The White House issued a statement denying the report, individuals to prosecute a case against the President in the press using. "innuendo, distortion of fact and outright falsehood." Samuel Dash, chief counsel for the Senate committee, told reporters Tuesday a subpoena for the logs would be served "very soon" on Leonard Garment who succeeded Dean as presidential counsel. workshop portion of Skylab, discussing the makeshift procedures with backup commander Russell L. Schweickart on the ground. They put together a 25-foot handrail from five poles they carried up to rig an outside sunshade, and they had along- handled bolt cutter and an assortment of other tools, ropes and space station odds and ends for the attempt to open the power wing. All three astronauts fired question after question at Scheweickart, who worked out the procedures during underwater simulations. "We've got a lot of info we plan on passing up to you," Schweickart said. In addition to the spacewalk preparations, the astronauts were asked to photograph the first Pacific Ocean hurricane of the season, Ava, off the west coast of Mexico, thi9 afternoon. Three hours were set aside this morning to practice the repair operation inside the barn-like forward work area of the world's largest spaceship. Engineers scheduled 16 minutes of the exercise on live television to help the pilots follow intricate (techniques radioed to them Tuesday. Spacewalk is Needed The spacewalk is needed to save Skylab from an electrical power system that appears to be deteriorating. Before the pilots went to sleep, mission control told them one of the station's 16 remaining good battery circuits seemed to be in trouble. Two already have failed. "We'll be keeping our eye on it," said communicator Henry Hartsfield. Today's rehearsal was the first time astronauts were able to practice a spacewalk in a real weightless environment where handholds and other restraints are essential to success. Ensuring Peace Goal of Talks Former Ball Player Makes Extortion Threat on Liner LOS ANGELES (UPI) The FBI arrested a former major league baseball player Tuesday on charges of trying to extort $250,000 from a steamship line with a threat that bombs were aboard a passenger liner at sea. Officers on the Island Princess said they searched and found suspicious packages on the bridge and in the engine room and threw Ihojn overboard, the FBI reported. Gerald E. Priddy, 53, former second baseman for the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees and other teams, was arrested when he tried to pick up the|passengers and 325 crewmen, said a spokesman for Princess Cruises steamship lines. An extortionist made captain of the Island Princess reported that "two live bombs were located aboard the vessel and disposed of at sea." Later a spokesman said it was not certain whether the packages contained explosives or not. The FBI could not say what information the report of "live bombs" was based on. Plane Keeps Watch The liner was last reported sailing southward off the coast off Baja California, Mexico, about 300 miles south of San Diego, Calif., with a Coast Guard plane keeping watch overhead. It carries about 525 series of calls—four or five or more" to the line's office here Tuesday, demanding the money in return for information on the whereabouts of the explosives, the spokesman said. FBI Notified Immediately The FBI was notified immediately, and an open circuit established between the FBI bureau in Los Angeles and the captain of the Island Princess Eric Bjurstedt. The Princess sJiips are based in the United States but registered in Norway and sail with Norwegian operating crews and Italian service personnel. The liner turned toward the PARIS (UPI) - Henry A. Kissinger and Hanoi politburo member Le Due Tho talked for five and a half hours today about ensuring certain peace in Indochina and agreed to meet again Thursday. There were handshakes and smiles all around but no word on progress. "We have gone over all the clauses of the accord," said North Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach. Thach is the principal aide to Tho, who led the Communist side in the talks with the U.S. at a presidential adviser Communist villa in suburban Gif-Sur-Yvotte. Kissinger, accompanied U.S. Deputy Assistant tary of State William by Secre- Thach announced Thursday's meeting would start at 10.30 a.m. at an American-owned villa in another Paris suburb, Saint Nom La Breteche. Reporters asked if the talks made progress and whether Thursday's meeting would be the last. Thach replied "There is nothing else. We don't know yet." Today's meeting—the first in a new round of negotiations which Kissinger said might see the problems disposed of—was preceded and followed by handshakes and smiles. When the two sides went into North Viet- the house, two and Western camera namese teams went with them. "If we continue the progress and the cooperative spirit that 11. i was shown last time, then the ransom money ait a drop, the FBI said. According to the FBI, the it. Sullivan and White House Press prospects are reasonably good Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler, I that we might conclude in this Mexican coast so it would be made no comment as he lei'tjround," Kissinger told news- c loser to shore in case of an the villa after shaking hands (men when he arrived from Willi Tho. a j emergency Washington. Kissinger, le Due Tho Meet

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