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Horns Paper of 70 CommunJtiei Galesburg Register-Mail Clear Tonight Low 60'3 PafOjH Cloudjf Friday HigUM ^ Better Nempapet \ VOLUME LXXXII — 163 GALESBURG, ILLINOIS 61401 — THURSDAY, JULY 12, 1973 PRICE TEN CENTS Mitchell Insists Aides Hid Truth From Nixon Award Winner Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, D-Minn., presents President Nixon with a certificate and medal from the Capitol Historical Society. Humphrey, vice president of the society, made the presentation in the Oval office of the White House in appreciation of the President's support of historical programs. Nixon Keeps Silent Vigil WASHINGTON (U P I) President Nixon has remained silent about the Watergate investigation this week, keeping to his*decision not to speak out until the current phase of the Senate probe Is concluded in early August. Nixon has gone about his business at the White House since he returned Monday from an extended stay in California, spending much of his time working on his 'Phase IV economic program. Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L. Warren ruled out an announcement on the new economic controls this week, but said he expected a presidential statement "relatively soon." If he follows his pattern Nixon may head for his Camp David, Md., mountaintop retreat this weekend where he may make his decisions on curbing inflation in solitude- While Nixon's personal in volvement was playe$ down, he had at his command a team of six lawyers, headed by Leonard Garment and J. Fred Buzhardt, who were handling all legal aspects of White House involvement in Watergate. Warren disclosed Wednesday that former presidential aides under investigation in the Watergate affair are no longer permitted to copy documents they worked on while they were at the White House. He said that the new order against copying the documents went into effect May 23. "They can come in and peruse papers on which they worked but they can't copy in any way," Warren said. The new rule, Warren said, was to protect the confidential ity of presidential documents. It directly affected ousted White House counsel John W. Dean III and former aides H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman. The files of the three were placed under FBI guard April 30 but up to May 23 they had been allowed to copy papers needed for their appearances before the federal grand jury, and Watergate committee. WASHINGTON (UPI) - John N. Mitchell testified today that former presidential advisers H. R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were among those who had an "active concern" last year in hiding the truth about Watergate and other criminal acts. The former attorney general, during a third day of questioning by the Senate Watergate Committee, said he believed that both campaign and White House officials helped shield President Nixon from the full story of the "horrors" involving his subordinates. "Is it your impression that the President was being misled by that (White House) group just as you were misleading the P r e s i d e n t?" asked Samuel Dash, the chief committee counsel. "I believe that would be, would certainly be, the impression I would have," Mitchell replied. Mitchell, Nixon's campaign manager until two weeks after the June 17, 1972 bugging arrests at Democratic headquarters at the Watergate, said he had discussed the situation fully with Haldeman and Ehrlichman sometime last year, although he said he could not give a date. Both Deny Knowledge Both men—Nixon's closest confidantes until their resigna tions from the White House staff April 30—have denied any Martha Calls Again WASHINGTON (UPI) - Martha Mitchell said today she still believes everything she has said about President Nixon and the Watergate scandal even though her husband has sworn Nixon was kept in the dark about the scope of the scandal. Mrs. Mitchell Hold UPI in a telephone conversation—as her husband John was starting his third day of testimony before the Senate Watergate committee—Mat "I stand on everything I've said previously." In previous interviews, Mrs. Mitchell said the President should resign because of Watergate and asserted that "if John knew about it, then Nixon knew about it." Mrs. Mitchell said she was calling today from somewhere in the South because she wanted to deny calling UPI's Washington bureau early Wednesday. "I haven't talked to a damned soul," she said. A woman claiming to be Mrs. Mitchell told a UPI reporter Wednesday: "I want you to know that my husband is absolutely correct in all of his testimony. He is completely honest. I'm standing completely beside him because I know he is telling the truth." The former alttorney general insisted repeatedly in his Senate testimony that he never told Nixon what he knew about the cover-up and that he was sure the President had no knowledge of the extent of it until last March. Secret Location Mrs. Mitchell declined to say exactly where she was, revealing only that the location was in the Central Time Zone. Otherwise, she said only she was "down South running around, seeing old friends and getting a ban." Asked why she chose not to attend the Senate hearings, Mrs. Mitchell indicated that she feared her presence in Washington now v/oulid cause too much of a commotion and that she would not have had enough protection. knowledge of the affair until this past spring "You did speak to Haldeman and Ehrlichman in 1972?" Dash asked Mitchell. "That is correct," he replied "And those discussions concerned how to keep the lid on?" "There is no question we did discuss problems that would arise if those parties in the White House who were involved in some of these activities would come forward ... with all the information they had," Mitchell replied. "And there is no doubt in your mind that Haldeman and Ehrlichman were taking an active role themselves in attempting to keep the lid on?" Dash asked. "They had a very active concern just as I did," Mitchell replied, contending that he didn't know in "what ways they participated in implementing it." The committee, in its sixth week of hearings, met privately this morning to discuss whether to subpoena Watergate-related documents from the White House — documents that Nixon has said he will not provide. Further discussion on the subpoena question was postponed until the hearings recessed for lunch. Contrary to the sworn tes- investigation for the President. "Did you ever ask him?" asked Dash. "I'm not sure I put it in the form of that type of question," Mitchell replied. "We did have such a discussion and he said he had been in discussions with Haldeman and Ehrlichman but had not made a direct report to the President. He was going through Haldeman or Ehrlichman —one or the other, I don't recall which." Last Aug. 29, Nixon announced that an investigation by Dean made at his request had indicated that no one in the White House or his administration had been involved in the Watergate affair. The White House later acknowledged there had been no such Dean report., At the outset of continuation of Mitchell's testimony, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, questioned the former attorney general further about his insistence that he told President Nixon nothing of what he knew about the Watergate cover-up despite his closeness to the chief executive. White House troubleshooter Richard A. Moore, who in high schoo\ played ice hockey with Mitchell, was summoned to follow Mitchell to the witness table. John W. Dean III, former presidential counsel, testified timony earlier of ousted White last month that Moore would House Counsel John W. Dean and could verify Dean's allega- III, Mitchell said he' believed tions that he notified Nixon Dean did conduct a Watergate about the cover-up. Requests $2.8 Million Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to request $2.8 million to press his investigation of the Watergate scandal. He said he would conduct a careful, thorough investigation of any case where campaign contributions from big business might have influenced governmental action. UNIFAX Divers To Explore Sunken Ocean Liner LOS ANGELES (UPI) Ever since the liner Andrea Doria plunged to the bottom of the Atlantic after a collision off the coast of Rhode Island, it "has been called the Mt. Everest for professional divers," Donald Rodocker, a former Navy aquanaut, said Wednesday. That's one reason Rodocker and Christopher DeLucchi, another ex-aquanaut, plan to spend 10 days living in a steel chamber on the ocean bottom in an ambitious attempt to recover $2 million worth of cash and valuables from the wreck. Rodocker, 27 and DeLucchi, 22, were to leave today for New York. Their underwater home, Where to Find It 4 SECTIONS Abingdon 31 Amusement 6 Bushnell 7 Business News 16 Classified Ads ..32-33-34-35 Comics-Radio --- 24 Editorial — 4 36 PAGES Hospital Notes 9 Knoxville 31 Markets 26 Monmouth 25 Obituary 9 Sports - 2930 Weather 2 Galva 7 Women in the News 11-12-13 nicknamed "Mother," left Wednesday. Because of the pressurized gases they must breathe at such depths, divers risk getting the bends—painful and sometimes fatal bubbles of nitrogen blocking blood vessels—if they do not ascend slowly, exhaling the gases from their systems. DeLucchi and Rodocker plan to get around that problem by living in "Mother," which will be moored to the wrecked ship, and setting out each day for an 8-hour work period. They will have to decompress only once, when they finally surface. Their goals include the recovery of $1.1 million in cash, which was reportedly in the liner's four safes when it went down in 1956, bronze propellers worth $35,000 each, a $250,000 silver plaque, a $10,000 anchor, the silver and china settings, a $100,000 Chrysler "idea car," a Rolls-Royce, a Mercedes and art works sealed in marine shipping containers. However, said Rodocker, "It's the adventure, that's what we're mainly after. For all these years, the Andrea Doria has been called the Mt. Everest for professional divers. After all, the tax man will get most of the money." The Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm, a freighter, about 45 miles south of Nantucket, R.I., on July 25, 1956. The Swedish ship's bow knifed into the Italian passenger liner's side, opening a gash 40 feet wide at the top and running down through seven of the Andrea Doria's 11 decks. Fifty-four persons died and 1,661 were rescued. The ship now lies on its side under 240 feet of water. Numerous attempts at salvage operations have failed. A support team will be aboard the 83-foot Narragan- sctt, a salvage and research vessel. If the umbilical lines to the underwater habitat are severed, the chamber can operate independently for about 96 hours, DeLucchi said. They plan to begin their descent next Wednesday, DeLucchi said, becauso "there arc only about two weeks in July when this stormy area of the Atlantic is relatively calm. It was imperative we make the dive this month or wait until next year." Food Industry Problems Mounting WASHINGTON (UPI) Today's record food prices are really "deceptively low," and consumers will be shocked when the food industry finally passes on the increases it has been absorbing during the temporary price freeze, a leading industry executive has warned Congress. C. W. Cook, chairman of General Foods Corp., in a wire sent to all members of Congress July 3 and made public Wednesday, warned the lawmakers not to foe misled by rosy hopes growing out of Agriculture Department reports this week that farm production may set new records this year. Prices Below Cost Cook said that because ofjin. past and present control systems, current retail food prices are based on raw farm product prices far below the actual current cost of raw products. "When sharp commodity price increases are reflected at retail, as ultimately they must be, the resultant rise in food costs is certain to shock consumers ... Even excellent crop prospects this year will not be suficient to curb this spiralj significantly," Cook warned. "...We believe the consuming public should be made aware of this distasteful prospect now because we fear many consumers expect food prices to hold steady or possibly decline once new crop estimates are hours with his Cabinet Wednesday on plans for a Phase IV anti-inflation program to follow the temporary freeze. A spokesman said the new plan will be announced "relatively soon," although no final decisions have yet been made on it. Agriculture Department officials said they expected some further increase in food prices after ceilings are relaxed, but the potential big harvest of grains and soybeans would ease the situation by spurring increases in livestock and poultry production beginning in the fall. The National Association of Food Chains, meanwhile, told the Cost of Living Council that a list of developing food shortages, reportedly caused by the 60-day price freeze, is growing longer. It said retailers "are receiving an increasing number of notices from their suppliers that deliveries of various products will no longer be made until prices can be raised to cover costs." The Agriculture Department, meanwhile, said in a report that milk production in June fell 2.5 per cent below a year earlier as the ratio between feed costs and farmers' returns for milk fell to the most unfavorable level since 1955. The Agriculture Department said Wednesday that the Soviet Union has bought 7.854 million tons of American grain for delivery between now and next summer. Government Records Destroyed A helicopter hovers over a fire raging through the fifth and personnel records have been destroyed in the fire that has sixth floors of the U. S. Military Personnel Records Center, extensively damaged the two-block long storagehouse for St. Louis, early today. Hundreds of thousands of military government documents. (Story on Page 21.) UNIFAX

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