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Home Paper 0/ Communities Qalesburg Register-Mail Showers Tonight bout eo** Partly Cioudy Tuesday High 90 A Better Newspaper VOLUME LXXXII — 149 GALES BURG, ILLINOIS 61401 — MONDAY, JUNE 25, 1973 PRICE TEN CENTS Dean: Nixon Involved in Watergate l&rvin Administers Oath to Dean Skylab Astronauts Home With Wives WASHINGTON (UPI) - For-I mcr White House counsel John W. Dean said today that President Nixon "was Involved" in the Watergate affair, but that Nixon did not realize the implications of his involvement. In opening remarks at the nationally televised Senate Watergate hearings just prior to reading his lengthy public statement, Dean said it was difficult for him to implicate many men whom he respected and admired. He then turned his attention to the President. "It is my honest belief that while the President was involved, he did not realize or appreciate the implication of his involvement," Dean said, "and I think that when the facts come out I hope the President will be forgiven. He did not elaborate, instead going straight into his prepared statement. However, he was certain to be asked numerous questions about any possible presidential involvement over the next few days. Committee Chairman Sam Ervin, prior to Dean's testimony, emphasized for public consumption what had been discussed extensively in closed Two Leaders sessions —that Dean was testifying under subpoena, involuntarily, and that he had been granted limited immunity for anything he might say before the committee. Early in his testimony, Dean said he would skip parts of his statement to keep within the timetable set by the committee. But Ervin suggested that he read the.entire statement since Dean thought it was "important enough to write it." Dean said he would. "It's a very difficult thing for me to testify about other people. It's far more easy for me to explain my own involvement in this matter; the fact that I was involved in obstruction of justice; the fact that I assisted another in purjured testimony; the fact that I made personal use of funds that were in my custody; It's far easier to talk about these things myself than to talk about what others did. "Some of, these people I'll be referring to are friends, some are men I greatly admire and respect...and particularly with reference to the President of the United States...I'd like to say this: "It is my honest belief that while the President was involved, he did not realize or appreciate at any time the implications of his involvement and I think that when the facts come out, I hope the President is forgiven." Dean said the scandal grew out of the Nixon administration's "insatiable appetite for political intelligence." ' Dean, who claims personal knowledge of the depth of Nixon's involvement in the burglary and wiretapping of Democratic national headquarters in Juno 1972, made the characterization of the "climate" in Nixon's White House at the start of his televised testimony before the Senate Waitergate Committee. A 98-page segment of his prepared statement—he was expected to fill the entire hearing day reading it—was given reporters in advance. Said Dean: "To one who was in the White House and became somewhat familiar with its interworkings, the Watergate matter was an inevitable outgrowth of a climate of excessive concern over the political impact of demonstrators, excessive con­ cern over leaks, am lnsatiabUo appetite for political intelligence, all, coupled with a do-it- yourself White House staff regardless of the law. "However, the fact that many* of the elements of (this climate culminated with the creation of a covert intelligence operation as a part of the President's reelection committee was not by conscious designs, rather an accident of fate." In the first few pages of his statement, Dean sketched a portmait of a President and a White House staff nearly obsessed With gathering intelligence on opponents •—political and ideological. In May, 1971, when Vietnam Veterans Against the War were demonstrating in Washington and just hefore a massive antiwar rally, Nixon asked Dean for close intelligence. "Accordingly, we prepared hourly status reports and sent them to the President," he said. Dean said he was told of this and had the Secret Service talk to the National Park Police who "convinced" the man to move his sign out of the President's viewing range. HOUSTON (UPI) - The Skylab 1 astronauts, after a rousing hero's welcome, spent some time at J home yith their wives today for the firsMime in two months. •••[::,..\. CharletJ'^jRigU ^oiMiidd 'i Joseph P. ( Kerwih.^dlPaul. J„ Weitz were greeted '^Stinday night- at EllirigWP ss VtfF*V>Brce Base by their joyful wives and a cheering crowd of 2,500, where Conrad predicted their 28-day endurance record would be doubled by the next space station crew. The homecoming in a drizzling rain followed an earlier meeting with President Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev at the Western White House at San Clemente, Calif. The pilots spent most of today in technical debriefing sessions about their orbital research trip in the largest spaceship ever flown. The next Skylab crew, Alan L. Bean, Oweti ^IC^ai ?r1btt ^nd-Jack R. Lousma, will take off in late (July for an eight-week stay in the space station. "I'm glad to turn it over to Capt. Bean and as far as I'm concerned he's go for 56 days," said a beaming Conrad. Calls Space Beautiful Kerwin, the only one of the three to have much difficulty readapting to the earth's gravity after four weeks in weightlessness, said despite his problems, "space is beautiful. "If this is the worst that space can do, then all your efforts have not been wasted We're up there to stay," said Kerwin, the first U.S. astronaut physician, hugging his wife to him. "Space is kind to people. Space is beautiful. It's sunny and pleasant up there." The healthy looking crew spent a long day Sunday in ceremonies aboard their recovery ship, the USS Ticonderoga, in San Diego, and at the Western White House. They! were picked up by the aging! carrier Friday morning after a pinpoint splashdown. The President himself drove the Soviet leader in a golf cart to a helicopter pad on the San Clemente compound, where the all Navy crew, decked out in ^summer dress whites^ saluted |smartly as thepair approSched. With Nixon standing aside, Brezhnev held an animated conversation with Conrad, Kerwin and Weitz, calling ' their mission "a great achievement in science and an achievement for the people of the world. "You are very, very brave men," Brezhnev said through an interpreter. "I am happy for your safe mission." Congress To Act on U.S. Bombing WASHINGTON (UPI) - With the Soviet-American summit meeting over, Congress returned today to the business of legislating an end to the U.S. bombing of Cambodia. President Nixon may be forced to decide within 10 days whether to accept the congressional verdict or fight back with a veto. A crucial House vote on the war issue—postponed while President Nixon and Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev met— was set for this afternoon. Funds Cut Off Legislation cutting off funds for further U.S. military action "in, over or from the shores of Cambodia," which passed the Senate 63 to 19 May SI, will come up as part of a $3.3 billion supplemental appropriations bill. The House Appropriations Committee met this morning to deal with an even stronger war amendment, by Rep. Joseph Addabbo, D-Conn., to cut off funds not only for the Cambodia bombing but for any further U.S. military action in North Vietnam, South Vietnam and Laos. The House was already on record in opposition to the bombing by votes of 224 to 172 and 219 to 188 on more limited anti-bombing amendments approved on the floor May 10. House Approval House approval of the Senate amendment today, followed by routine Senate approval of the compromise supplemental bill, would send the measure and its antiwar rider to the President. It would represent the first time in the history of the Vietnam War that Congress unequivocally used its power of the purse to stop a military action in progress. Nixon has indicated he will veto the hill. A two-thirds Senate majority probably can be mustered to override him, but the President's policies still may have enough residual House support to sustain the veto. Today's action topped a stack of antiwar votes slated for House action this week. The Addabbo amendment forbidding any further U.S. military operations in Indochina should be ready for floor action this week. Issue Joint Communique SAN CLEMENTE, CaLf. (UPI) — Hailing their summit talks as a milestone toward peaceful U.S.-Soviet relations, President Nixon and Communist leader Leorad I. Brezhnev today agreed that prospects are favorable ifor reaching i permanent treaty to clamp 3 lid on their nuclear arsenals. Talks Scheduled In a 17-page joint com­ munique, the two leadens also settled on next Oct. 30 as the date to begin talks on the withdrawal of U.S. arid Soviet troops from Europe, and set a goal of $2 billion (to $3 billion in trade expansion between the two countries during the next three years. Nixon and Breshnev also said they expected the European Security Conference, starting July 3 in Helsinki, will be successfully concluded with an East-West heads of state summit meeting. The conference will seek to natify postwar boundaries of Europe and the permanent division of Germany. And both sides also agreed that a world disarmament conference could play a role in ending the arms race "at an appropriate time." Leaders Exchange Communiques Soviet party leader Leonid Brezhnev and President Nixon exchange copies of the com­ munique signed by them which calls for an end to cold war policies and more friendships The Brezhnev-Nixon summit, the statement said, centered on ways "nations could work toward removing the danger of war, particularly nuclear war, between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. and between either party and other countries...and the prospects for reaching a perma- through trade and commerce. Brezhnev left the Western White House for a one day stay in Washington prior to leaving the United States for Paris, France. UNIFAX nent agreement on more complete measures limiting strategic offensive armaments are favorable." Where to Find It 2 SECTIONS Abingdon 12 Amusement 6 Building 21 Bushncll 6 Classified Ads ..24-25-26-27 Comics-Radio 20 Editorial 4 Galva 6 28 PAGES Hospital Notes 15 Knoxville 12 Markets 22 Monmouth 14 Obituary 15 Sports 18-19 Weather 2 Women in the News 8-9-10 29 Killed in New Orleans Fire, Authorities Say Arson Suspected NEW ORLEANS (UPI) - A flash fire raced through a small upstairs bar in New Orleans' famed French Quarter Sunday night, killing 29 persons. Authorities said today there was some evidence of arson. Fifteen persons escaped death by bolting through a second story window, but they were all injured in the plunge. Another five or six persons perohed on a window ledge or a fire escape until they were rescued by firemen. "The detective bureau is investigating witnesses, looking Mo the possibility of arson," said Frank Hayward, Information officer for the Now Orleans Police Department. William J. McCrossen, New Orleans fire superintendent, said the blaze began on one .side of Hie second floor lounge, a bar about lite size of a living room. A bathroom-<and the only exit—were located on the side where the fire started. The bar, known as The Upstairs, was one of two drinking lounges in the three story, cement walled building. The Jimani occupied the ground floor and the third floor was used for renting rooms to transients. A sign on the shabby building said: "Four rooms for rent." The fire was confined to the second floor. Fire Moved Rapidly "It was a rapidly moving fire," McCrossen said. "We are checking several reports that some people smelled something that smieiled like gasoline." The four alarm blaze was reported at 7:56 p.m. and was brought under control 16 minutes later. In that time 29 persons died, all but a handful clustered at the base of windows on Uie opposite side of the room from the exit. The bodies of the other victims were found in the bathroom. Tlio survivors crashed through thin plywood panels, which hoarded the windows. "Fifteen persons were able to leap from the second story of the building and firemen were able to rescue albout five or six other people standing on a window ledge and a fire escape," Hayward said. Six Seriously Hurt Six of those who jumped were seriously injured. The others were reported in good or fair condition at Charity Hospital. "1 heard all the commotion and ran into the street,t' said (Jena Davis, the owner of a bar two doors down Uie street. "There was Luther Boggs—I cash chocks for him—dancing at the window wtUi his clothes on lire. We told him, 'Jump! Jump!' He did, and they took him away to the hospital." Gary Williamson, 19, of Alexandria, La., said he and a friend went to the lounge minutes before the blaze and left because an argument was going on. Williamson said minutes after leaving he saw flames pouring from the three- story building. Firemen and crews from the Orleans Parish coroner's office worked for more than four hours after the blaze, lifting the charred bodies onto a 65-foot snorkel truck and down to a waiting line of ambulances. Each ambulance carried three or four bodies covered in green vinyl bags. One witness, a resident of a hotel two 'blocks away, said lie saw three persons jump. Another witness said one of the injured ran screaming down the street and had to be stopped by firemen. Culled French Quarter liar

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