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Home Paper oii 70 Cofflmunltie* VOLUME LXXXII Qalesburg Register-Mail A Better PJempaper GALESBURG, ILLINOIS67401 — TUESDAY; JUNE26, 1973 Thunderstorms Tonight Low 65-70 Partly Cloudy Wednesday High 85-00 PRICE TEN GENTS Dean Says Nixon Kept Scandal Quiet Catamaran Racers Stephanie Whitcomb drags her pigtails in the waters of Lake George during catamaran sailboat races while trying to keep the boat upright. Sailors from all over the eastern ,U. S. compete in an attempt to qualify for the world championships to be held at Key Biscayne, Fla. Stephanie's husband Chip skippers the craft. The Whitcombs are from South Burlington, Vt. UNIFAX WASHINGTON (UPI) - John W. Dean III testified today he was sure that President Nixon not only knew about the Watergate cover-up as early as last fall but also helped try to keep the scandal quiet. Outwardly calm, his voice hoarse after reading a 65,000- word statement to the Senate Watergate Committee Monday detailing his own knowledge and participation in the plot, Dean answered "That is correct" several times when asked if he was charging Nixon with complicity in a massive White House effort to cover up the Watergate scandal. He said he became sure of the President's involvement Sept. 15, the day seven men — none of them White House officials —were indicted for the Watergate bugging, when the President called him in to congratulate him for his handling of the case. "Did you have any doubt in your mind what the President was talking about?" asked Samuel Dash, the chief committee counsel. No, I did not," Dean replied. "Therefore, Mr. Dean, whatever doubt you may have had prior to Sept. 15 about the President's involvement in the cover-up, did you have any doubts with yourself about this after Sept. 15?" Dash asked. "No, I did not," Dean replied. While Dean conceded he had actively participated in the cover-up himself — which he said involved perjury, payoffs to the original Watergate defendants to keep them quiet and impeding the FBI investigation—he denied that he was implicating Nixon in an effort to gain immunity from criminal prosecution. "Mr. Dash, I have been asked to give testimony," Dean said. "That testimony happens to involve the President of the United States. I have no motive of using that testimony to John Dean III obtain immunity from prosecution." Dean has been granted immunity for what he tells the Senate investigating committee. But federal prosecutors have rejected his efforts to gain a promise Bombing Decision Rests With Nixon WASHINGTON (UPI) - The word to the President is plain: Congress wants the bombing in Cambodia stopped. Whether the President will follow congressional wishes, however, is still open to question. The House Monday by voice vote joined'' the Senate, in demanding that the bombing be stopped. The White House said Presi- denit Nixon "regrets the .results" of the House vote Monday and will decide whether to veto the legislation. The fund cutoff cleared the House following a 204 to 204 tie that defeated a move to permit the bombing to continue two more months. The measure, part of a $3.3 billion supplemental appropriation bill, passed the Senate 63 to 19 on May 19. Following the House volte, the supplemental bill went back to the Senate for what' was expected to be routine final approval before being sent to the White House; The President has 10 days to act on the bill after it lands on his desk. The ltkiay period allotted by the Constitution will probably expire when Congress is in a week's recess for the Independence Day holiday. Whether Nixon can use that week-long congressional vacation to pocket veto the bill is a constitutional question that has not been resolved by the courts. If he does, it would deprive Congress| appropriated under this act or of the opportunity to override [heretofore appropriated under lxis veto. i The White House said Nixon would make his diacision after consuming Republican congressional leaders. The spokesman said the President felt "such actions seriously undermine, prospects for achieving a settlement in Cambodia and endanger the viability of the structure of peiace achieved in Vietnam and Laos at such great sacrifice." Eagleton Amendment The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton, D-Mo., declares: None of the funds herein any other act may be expended to support directly or indirectly combat activities in, over or m from the shores of Cambodia or in or over Laos by United States forces." ..Should Nixon veto the,bill, many administration agencies may face severe budget cutbacks, since they would be denied access to any funds in the supplemental bill. If he signs it, he would be prohibited from that moment on from bombing Cambodia unless Congress has voted in the meantime to give (him the money. Middlemen's Charges Up, Food Costs Now Higher WASHINGTON (UPI) - The annual cost of a typical family food market basket rose .9 per cent to a record $1,493 in May largely because of another increase in middlemen's charges, an Agriculture Department report showed today. The hike in prices paid by consumers compared with an advance of 1.6 per cent in April and was the smallest since the current burst of food inflation began five months ago. For the second consecutive month, the boost in consumer food bills was due more to higher middlemen's charges which rose 1.2 per cent in May than to higher farm returns which rose only .4 per cent. Until April, most of the food inflation which began last December had been attributed to skyrocketing farm prices. Beef Prices Steady The market basket report showed retail beef prices in May held steady at a record average of $1.36 a pound for choice grade cuts. Returns to farmers for 2.28 pounds of live cattle (equal to one retail pound) edged up 1.5 per cent to 92.7 cents a pound and supermarket margins widened 1.9 per cent to 37 cents a pound, but these gains were offset when the meat packer's margin was slashed 25 per cent to 6.3 cents a pound. Retail pork prices in May edged down to a fraction overj $1.02 a pound and were .3 per cent below April. As in the case of beef, returns to farmers and supermarkets rose, but packers narrowed their margins enough to more than offset the other gains. Average Household The market basket report covers a collection of domestically produced farm foods needed for a hypothetical average household of 3.2 persons. The $1,493 annual rate cost in May was .9 per cent, or $13, above the $1,480 rate in April; 11.6 per cent, or $155 above last December's rate of $1,338; and 15.4 per cent, or $198 on an annual basis, above the May, 1972 rate of $1,295. Where To Find It 2 SECTIONS 28 PAGES Abingdon 23 Amusement ~ 6 Bushnell .„ 11 Classified Ads ..24-25-26-27 Comics-Radio 20, Editorial 4 Galva 11 Hospital Notes 15 Knoxville 23 Markets 22 Monmouth 21 Obituary 15 Sports - 18-19 Weather 2 Women in the News ..12-13 Japanese Fish Contaminated A housewife examines a display of fish in Tokyo after the Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry issued a warning against eating more than one pound of fish per week due to dangerous mercury poisoning. A sign in this shop says no fish in the market are from the contaminated areas. UNIFAX that ho will not be prosecuted at all, and ho is known to be a target of the grand jury that is investigating Watergate. Sen. Herman Talmadgc, D- Ga., told Dean that his testimony contained "very strong charges against the President of the United States involving him in criminal Offenses," and asked: "What makes you think that your credibility is greater than that of the President, who denies what you have said?" "Well, Senator, I have been asked to come up here and tell the truth," Dean replied. "I've told it exactly the way I know it. I dont say that I —you're asking me a public relations question, reailly in a sense, why I would have greater credibility than the President of the United States —I'm tedling you what I know. I'm telling it just as I know it." Leaning forward in his chair as television cameras zoomed in, Dean listened intently as Dash attempted to summarize Dean's lengthy opening statement in which he implicated not only Nixon but the President's two closest advisers, H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman. Asked why he waited until April to tell federal investigators what he knew, Dean said it was because all along he was "hopeful that the President himself would step forward and tell of his involvement in some of these things." And he agreed with Dash that the chief concern at the Whtie House over Watergate was that the spy squad "had been caught, not that they had broken in" to Democratic party headquarters. Dean said Haldeman, the White House chief of staff who ' resigned with him and Ehrlichman on April 30, spent more time with the President" than any other aide and that he believed Haldeman had been fully briefed on the bugging plans in advance and "would have reported" them to the President. Dean took more than six hours Monday to read his 65,000-word account.. Nixon Watching in Silence SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (UPI) — President Nixon, apparently digging in to endure John Dean's Watergate testimony in silence, remained mute and in seclusion today. The President does not watch the proceedings himself, a spokesman said, but is kept informed of Dean's testimony. Hearings Summarized White House aides monitor the broadcasts and prepare daily summaries of the contents, the spokesman said. The Army Signal Corps tapes them for replay later if the President wants to see them. Nixon himself huddled with his key advisers, including Gen. Alexander M. Haig Jr. and Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler, for several hours Monday afternoon as Dean's statement stunned official Washington. There were no indications that Nixon was prepared to defend himself immediately against the changes by Dean. Ziegler told reporters "We do not plan to have a comment as the Ervin Committee proceeds." No Conferences Planned Ziegler said that Nixon planned no press conferences "at this time" to answer Dean's accusations that Nixon played a role in the scandal cover up. The President has not had a news conference since March 15. Ziegler said several weeks ago that Nixon was planning to meet reporters "very soon." After a temporary reprieve of one week, during the visit of Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezh­ nev, Watergate was again engulfing the White House. The President and Brezhnev held their week-long summit in a remarkably amiable atmosphere that made the Cold War a thing of the past. Their joint communique, issued as Brezhnev departed the United States Monday, pledged that both countries would push ahead on nuclear arms curbs, troop reductions in Europe and trade expansion. Brezhnev, Pompidou Begin Talks RAMBOUILLET, France (UPI) — Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev and President Georges Pompidou began two days of talks today aimed at relieving European fears of American-Soviet domination of the world. The two heads of state opened their six hours of private talks less than a day after the Soviet JeadeA left the United States at the end of a week-long summit with President Nixon. Discuss Events The talks, which will wind up at noon Wednesday, provide an opportunity for Brezhnev and Pompidou to discuss the entire range of world events against the background of agreements reached by Brezhnev last week in his summit meeting with Nixon. Various aspects of the American-Soviet accords, especially the two superpowers' pledge to maintain world peace, have sparked criticism in Paris and other European capitals that Moscow and Washington are seeking to decide the future of the world between them. Brezhnev arrived from Washington a few minutes after midnight and looked tired when he met Pompidou today at a state-owned castle 35 miles west of Paris. The Soviet leader sat on Pompidou's right, wearing a light gray summer suit with two gleaming medals on his left lapel. Pompidou, who was forced by ill health to cut down his political activities recently, seemed in good spirits as lie spoke in the salon with Brezhnev through interpreters. Cabinet ministers from both sides talked in adjoining rooms on economic and political issues. Suspicious Attitude Despite American and Soviet expressions of progress toward relaxation of tensions, a French government spokesman took a suspicious attitude toward the Brezhnev summit meeting with President Nixon, stressing to newsmen that there was little prior consultation with the French. France considers itself a leader in the movement to make the Soviot Union part of the European community, it was hurt that Moscow failed to give any hints of its plans to draw closer to Washington, diplomatic sources said. Government officials emphasized that the set of international accords signed by firczlmev ;md Nixon were not binding on France. BrezhneV'Pompidou Summit Soviet party loader Leonid Brezhnev, left, and French President Georges Pompidou exchange handshakes and smiles prior to the start of two days of talks between the two leaders at Kamhouiliet Castle outside Paris. Brezhnev and Pompidou discussed European fears of Soviet-U. S. world domination while their foreign ministers expressed optimism about the forthcoming European Security Conference. UNIFAX

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