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Home Paper 6! 70 Communitiej ; Fait, Mild Tonight LOW %m Clear, Warmer* Thursday High 90 A Better fteu>»paper VOLUME LXXXII — 162 GALESBURG, ILLINOIS 61401 — WEDNESDAY, JULY 11,1973 PRICE TEN CENTS \ Mitchell President To Protect Election Chances Fountain for Fun A Kansas City, Mo. fountain features 49 jets placed in a floor of flat stones and there are no Walls barring entrance. In fact, the owner-developer, Hallmark Cards, invites the public to i make full use of the fountain. Chris AUman, 10, took them at their word and rode his bike through the jets of water. UNIFAX Florida's Taking WASHINGTON (UPI) - John N. Mitchell testified today he shielded President Nixon from the Watergate scandal because he feared even worse "White House horrors" would be uncovered to endanger Nixon's re-election chances and his second term. The former attorney general, appearing for a second day before the Senate Watergate Committee, said he was "not about to countenance anything to stand in the way" of Nixon's re-election last November. "Anything at all?" asked Sen. Howard H. Baker, R-Tenn., the committee vice chairman. "Well...," Mitchell replied, "I'm sure that if it had to involve treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors that related to the office (of the 11 President), that there would have been a very definite breaking point." Not Watergate Alone But Mitchell, Nixon's campaign manager at the time of the June 17, . 1972, bugging arrests at the Democratic National Headquarters at the FBI Arrests Securities Plot Mastermind Watergate, said he was not concerned about the Watergate alone when he decided not to tell Nixon about the involvement of high White House aides in the plot. "It was not the break-in at the Watergate that was the concern," he said. "It was what we've referred to as 'the White House horrors.'" Mitchell said he was sure the President, had he known about Watergate, would have taken action that "would start to unravel" a host of unsavory White House activities — including the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist; the forging of cables to implicate President Kennedy in the 1963 assassination of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, and proposals for burglaries in the name of national security. "To me, these things were a great deal more damaging than Watergate," Mitchell said. "Watergate was already out. It was an issue. The White House horror stories were not out." "Wouldn't it have been infinitely preferable to line up everybody on the south lawn of the White House and have the President find out on June 17 everything that had happened?" asked Baker. . : "It would have been a lot simpler to have shot them all —and it would have created less of a problem than has been created since," Mitchell said wryly. He said he did not go to Nixon after his landslide re­ election victory in November to lay out the full story because lie assumed tihe impending "iHHisecloaning" Nixon had in mind for his staff would rid the White House of the men involved. 'Take Care of Itself "I did not feel it was necessary at that time for these matters to come out to the detriment of his second term," Mitchell said. "I felt that with the reorientation of the White House, this matter would take care of itself." Now, he said, "we arc at the point where these stories should be fully explored and those involved should be fully identified and appropriate action should be taken." Mitchell said in response to Baker's questioning that he hoped Nixon would respond to the committee's questions when all the testimony of witnesses was completed. "I think he will," Mitchell said, adding he has not discussed the matter with the President. Nixon said last weekend he would not appear before the committee either voluntarily or by subpoena. He also said he would not permit the committee access to Watcrgate^lated presidential papers. The committee plans to meet Thursday to decide whether to subpoena the documents. KEY WEST, Fla. (UPI) The state of Florida has taken custody of the first portion of an estimated $400 million treasure found aboard a sunken Spanish galleon. But for the treasure hunters, the first haul means only that they're breaking about even. Mel Fisher, president of Treasure Salvors, the firm which made the find Monday, estimates his company 's search for the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha which went down in 1622 has cost $700,000. 700 Gold Coins One blackened sliver bar and over 700 gold coins have an estimated value of about three- quarters of a million dollars. But Fisher and his colleagues hope the first load will be followed by salvage of more than 47 tons of silver and 27 tons of gold aboard the galleon when it was lost in a hurricane.) The salvage operation today officially went under the Florida Department of Archives, History and Record Management to insure the state's 25 per cent cut of the treasure, as prescribed by state law. The first load of treasure has been stored in a Key West bank vault under armed guard, and the state says it will stay there until claims are processed. The exact value of such a load of fine silver and gold coins on today's inflated market is unknown, but estimates have mostly been at the $400 million figure, with some as high as $600 million. If the entire shipment of silver, or a substantial part of it, is recovered, then Treasure Salvors will have accomplished what searchers have not been able to do for over three centuries. Markers Destroyed Spanish ships had located the wrecks of the Atocha, and its sister ship La Margarita two weeks after the storm, but the markers they left were destroyed in another storm. They had left Havana Sept. 5, 1622, as part of an armada of 27 vessels bound for Spain with treasures from the New World. Preston Shoup of the salvage company said "The Atocha is probably the biggest find in Florida history. It's everybody's rainbow wreck." NEW YORK (UPI) - A 44- yearrold NeW Jersey man was arrested by FBI agents today for allegedly masterminding a scheme to dispose of more than $18 million in stolen and counterfeit securities in California and abroad. An FBI spokesman identified the suspect as Peter Raia of North Bergen, N.J. The arrest, the FBI said, was the result of an indictment | returned July 10 by a federal grand jury in Manhattan in which Raia and 15 others- including seven Europeans- were charged with conspiring to dispose of more than $18 million in stolen and counterfeit securities in Belgium, California, Italy, Panama and Switzerland. Among the charges against Raia were conspiracy and interstate transportation of stolen property. FBI agents also arrested in Florida, Dominick Mantell, 55, of Emerald Hills, Hollywood, Fla., and in California, Jerry Marc Jacobs, 29, of Arcadia, Calif., Evelynn Jacobs, Los Angeles, and Louis Gittleman, 67, also Los Angeles. The spokesman said arrests were the culmination of a major securities investigation with "international ramifications" by the FBI. He said the FBI was aided in the investigation by the Justice Department's joint strike force against organized crime. Where To Find It 4 SECTIONS 40 PAGES Abingdon 35 Amusement — 6 Buahnell 8 Classified Ads ..36-37-38-3I Comics-Radio .. 18 Editorial .... .. 4 Food Section 22-30 Galva 8 Hospital Notes 11 Knoxville 35 Markets — 30 . Monmouth — .. 16 Obituary — 11 Sports 33-34 Weather .. 2 Women in the News 13-14-15 POW's Being Retrained The Air Force has begun {^qualification flight training for former POW's who have been medically cleared and choose to continue their military careers. Major Jon A. Reynolds performs a pre-flight check on a T-38 trainer as his instruc­ tor, Capt. Ron Heisel, watches. Maj. Reynolds is in the group undergoing reorientation at Randolph AFB, Texas training session will take 20 weeks. UNIFAX first . The 117 Killed In Paris Jet Crash PARIS (UPI) - A Boeing 707 jetliner of Brazil's Varig Airlines crashed short of the Orly Airport runway in Paris today and French radio said all 117 persons aboard were killed. The plane was reported en route from Sao Paolo to Paris when it faltered on its approach to the Paris airport and crashed. A spokesman for Air France said, "The plane looked to be in trouble in the air. It tried a landing but crashed five or six kilometers (three miles) short of the runway." Orly Airport was immediately closed to all traffic. The plane, flight 820 from Sao Paolo, crashed into a valley near the village of Champlan, 30 miles from Paris. There were no reports of any persons on the ground being hurt. President Briefs Cabinet On Phase IV Controls WASHINGTON (UPI) President Nixon is expected to reveal his Phase IV wage-price control program in a matter of days, administration sources said today. , The President called his Cabinet to the White House today for a briefing on the plan, which will replace the price freeze imposed June 13. The President has not given the go-ahead on any part of the new program, according to administration officials close to Phase IV planning. However, a series of meetings in the past two weeks between stabilization officials and business, labor and consumer representatives in Washington and around the country has produced ideas and helped narrow the range of options. Friday marks the halfway point in the maximum 60-day freeze. Officials have been hoping to get at least some of the Phase IV machinery in place by ithe 30-day mark in an attempt to keep the freeze as short as possible, because it has caused hardships in some food producing industries. A select group of business and union leaders Tuesday offered Nixon some especially succinct advice—get rid of all controls by the end of the year. The suggestion came from the Labor-Management Advisory Committee, an arm of the Cost of Living Council, whose HO members include AFL-CIO President George Meany, United Auto Workers President Leonard Woodcock and James Roach, former chairman of the board of General Motors Corp. Controls Incompatible "Continuing wage and price controls are incompatible with the best interests of the people of the United States," the committee said in a statement. "They impede responsible collective bargaining . . . they are not responsive to the needs of our citizens ... "We believe all wage and price controls should be eliminated as soon as possible this year in the belief that all segments of the economy will cooperate in such a way as to make the further extension of the Economic Stabilization Act unnecessary." Other Clues Other clues to the President's thinking came after a meeting Monday between Nixon and 18 Republican congressional leaders. Senate GOP leader Hugh Scott told reporters after the session that "Phase IV will have the means of keeping adequate supplies of food; putting the housewife first ahead of exporting food." Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz told tho National Association of Famm Broadcasters Tuesday thiat "we are in a tough battle right now to prevent Phase IV from leading this nation into serious food shortages." Meanwhile, CLC Deputy Director James W. McLane predicted that "food prices are going to go up and they will go up at a moderate rate" in Phase IV. Pair Adrift 42 Days Tell of Survival GRAND ISLE, La. (UPI) A man who drifted 42 days through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico with his pregnant fiancee and two dogs on board a 50-foot boat talked Tuesday about living on a diet of fresh fish, dried fish, rainwater and vitamin pills. "Keep your head," he said he told himself. "You can panic and kill yourself. Keep your head and work things out. And pray to your favorite God." William C. Hoadley, 36, of Deland, Fla., and Debbie Blocker, 20, of Gary, N.C., left the Spanish Honduras May 27 on their 50-foot diesel driven boat, the Tahoma. The only other passengers were a pair of dogs—Moses and Poco. The Tahoma became disabled 80 miles south of Cuba on May 29 and the boat drifted helplessly through the Carib- itoean and into the Gulf of Mexico. The tugboat Mary St. Phillip spotted Hoadley's last distress flare Monday 60 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Doctors said Hoadley, Miss I Blocker, Moses and Poco appeared to be in good shape. "You pass patches of seaweed when you are drifting," he said. "The fish come to you because you are a big object. We caught dolphin and small dark tuna in schools. We had plenty to eat as far as fish went. We used to eat half of a fish and then salt the other half for a rainy day. We had no flour or fresh vegetables, but we did have plenty of vitamin pills." Hoadley said his biggest concern was his fiance's pregnancy. "I didn't know what I was going to do with Debbie," he said. "I was worried about her having the baby, that was what was worrying me." He Saw Other Ships Hoadley said he saw and signaled other ships during his ordeal. "Off the Alabama coast about 100 miles I thought I saw a Russian trawler, a mile or two off. I kept shooting flares but they wouldn't pay any attention. That's when I got mad, that's when I thought of abandoning the Tahoma and sailing to land in our 14-foot dinghy." Then, he said, he "started to think ahead. I thought how our water tank might spring a leak, so I put some of the water in other containers. I built a stove to burn diesel fuel in case our bottled gas for the stove ran out. I thought about making a still to make drinking water from the sea. Hoadley said he was working in Honduras without a permit and the government gave him 48 hours to leave. "So we left." He said the fuel line on the ship clogged, and when he cleared it his batteries were too weak to start the engine again. He juryrigged sails out of bed- sheets and hoisted them on posts fashioned from oars and other poles. He said he calculated he drifted 1,500 miles. Royal Composure Prince Charles of England, right, sits calmly as Gov. and Lady John Paul struggle to free themselves from awning cables. The awning covering a speakers' stand fell during independence ceremonies in Nassau, Bahamas, an end to British rule. No one was hurt in which marked the incident.

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