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Wednesday, August 8, 1973
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Homt Piptt of CofflfflttnltiM Partly Ctoudy HiamUy High 8540 VOLUME LXXXII 186 GALESBURG, ILLINOIS 61401 — WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 1973 PRICE TEN CENTS ! ,1 4» ' s - Steam Engi Not all steam engines power vehicles as Lotus Alexander, Columbus, Ind., shows with this Reeves stationary steam engine made about 1911-15 at Columbus. Ind. Behind e a 1918 International Mogul 1902 Hired Man he restored Inidana Pioneer UNIFAX Engineers Club show. White 4 - new WASHINGTON White (UPI) A House spokesman has declined to say whether President Nixon still l»s cwrfidenofe in Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in light of news Agnew is being • investigated over allegations of a kickback scandal in Maryland. Gerald L. Warren, the White House deputy press secretary, also would not say Tuesday when Nixon and Agnew had met last. Warren was questioned intensely by reporters who ed to know if Nixon still confidence in Agnew, who has said in response to the allegations that he is "innocent of any wrongdoing."; But Wari-di &id^ ••Listen, I am not saying jkhat the President is unwilling to say anything today about whether he has confidence or not. I am saying that the White House has no comment on this matter and that the vice president issued a statement last (Monday) night. Then he said, "I have nothing to-add." With the first phase of the Senate Watergate hearings now concluded, Nixon is preparing a statement to the nation on the r scandal. His aides said it would WASHINGTON (UPI) - Vice President Spiro T. Agnew called a news conference today to respond to allegations that he was part of a kickback scandal in his home state of Maryland. The meeting with newsmen was set for 3 p.m. EDT in the Old Executive Office Building next to the White House. Agnew's press secretary, Marsh Thomson, said in announcing the news conference that "we presume it's going to deal with the alleged charges in Baltimore." He offered no further details. Other informants said it would deal with the investigation involving Agnew. To previous inquiries, Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L. Warned had held a steady "no comment" on Nixon's attitude. But at middlay, he said: "The fact /that this investigation is under way is no reason for the President to change his confidence or attitude toward the Vice President. Newspaper Report Knight Newspapers published a report Tuesday that Agnew allegedly received $1,000 a week from contractors when to was a Maryland government official and that he got a 160,000 Ifimp sum after becoming Vice President in 1969. Other private fiims and politicians in Che state were said to be involved. The Los Angeles Times, be a point-by-point refutation of testimony by key witnesses, particularly former White House counsel John W. Dean III, who implicated Nixon in the cover-up. White Paper In addition to his speech, Nixon's team of lawyers are reported to have neatly completed work on his "white paper" which will be a more in- depth supplement on the whole subject, of Watergate. quoting a source close to the] investigation, said government Attorneys expert to present tax fraud evidence against Agnew to a federal grand jury in Baltimore witihin weeks. The source was quoted by the Times^ that action on a proposed indictment would come "within weeks —not days or months, but weeks." Agnew, former Maryland governor and Baltimore county executive, announced Monday night thtat he was under investigation by federal authorities for "possible violations of the criminal statutes." At that time, the Vice President said he was innocent of any wrongdoing and confident he would be vindicated. > No Public Statements The U.S. District Attorney's office in Baltimore is handling the probe, and its officials have made no public statements. The Washington Post reported today that District Attorney George Beall met for an hour in Washington Tuesday -with Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and was told he should proceed with the probe and promised the Justice Department would not interfere. The Post also reported the investigation was centered on allegations that during both Agnew's terms as Vice President and Maryland governor private engineering and architectural firms were improjh erly awarded federal or state contracts in Maryland. 1 The Washington newspaper also said the scope of the investigation had mushroomed to fdcus, in addition to Agnew, on prominent politicians in both hiajor parties, at least two Maryland county executives, political fund • raisers, and private firms in both Maryland the the District of Columbia. Quoting sources, the Post said investigators are trying to tie Agnew to an alleged scheme in which prominent Republicans influenced the awarding of federal contracts in exchange for kickbacks or political contributions. t in The New York Times said 'ay the probe involved allegations of 5 per cent kickbacks.. Knight newspapers said that investigators "with help of at least one close friend and former aide" of Agnew were following "three strands of an investigation into allegations of bribery and kickbacks said to have been paid by contractors to Agnew." The story said: "—One strand involves alle- .000 was tunneled to Agnew from presidential staff, leaving that contractors when he was position in 1970. Wolff, accord- Baltimore County executive ing to the night dispatch, was (1962-66), governor of Maryland instrumental in the award of "a (196749). The payments possi- huge contract in 1967 to the J. bly continued after he became E. Greiner Co. to build the $130 Vice President. also a sum million Chesapeake Bay have bridge." Shortly after leaving of the Vice President 's offce, the And investigators are looking into information that leading campaign fund-raisers for Agnew sought contributions from contractors in exchange for state and federal contracts. Some of the contributions, according to one source, may have been out to "—Prosecutors information that $50,000 in cash was paid by a slor y said > Wolff went to work contractor, in 1970 or 1971, for ioT Greiner, past and possibly future favors. On June 29 Knight Newspapers reported that Wolff "was desperately seeking immunity from prosecution and could implicate Agnew." But the account said Wolff was not granted immunity and "decided to talk anyway after receiving verbal assurances" from District Attorney Beall that he would take Wolff's cooperation into consideration in any future prosecution. The report said another target of the investigation was Lester Matz, partner in a Baltimore engineering firm. "Federal investigators probing the records of Matz and his firm have found evidence that he borrowed about $50,000 from several sources, which allegedly was passed on to Agnew in 1970 or 1971" the newspaper put to personal, rather than political use, by Agnew." Reporter Saul Friedman said in the Knight dispatch that at least one close friend and former Agnew aide, Jerome B. Wolff, 55, a Baltimore contractor, "has given federal prosecutors details of alleged payments to Agnew amounting to $1,000 a week." Wolff was Maryland State Roads Commission chairman while Agnew was governor and later worked on Agnew's vice I group said. n On 1 Where to Find It nsidering Acti Vatergate Latvyers 4 SECTIONS Abingdon 39 Amusement S Bushnell 19 Classified Ads „40-41-4243 Comics-Radio 37 Editorial 4 Food Section 24-34 Galva 19 44 PAGES Hospital Notes 11 Knoxville 39 Markets 38 Monmouth 25 Obituary 11 Sports 35-36 Weather 2 Women in the News 13-14-15 \ Latvye WASHINGTON (UPI) In I hink it's its rush to join vacationing members of Congress, ttie Senate Watergate Committee brushed aside explosive testimony by a tough-talking government lawyer who complained the Watergate probe was "snaitched" away from the Justice Department Related Story on Page 21 Henry E. Petersen, assistant general in charge of Hie criminal division, testified Tuesday he deeply resented the appointment of a special Watergate prosecutor because it delayed indictments and was an indication by the Senate that (he Justice Department could not be trusted. and a the "Damn, reflection on me Department of Justice," exclaimed Petersen. "We would have broken that case wide open." He joined Tuesday's other witness, iformtetr Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst, in praising the department's efforts on the case. Special Prosecutor Petersen's dissatisfaction with the Senate's insistence on the appointment of a special prosecutor by the President surfaced during just two hours and 46 minutes of questioning as the seven-member panel hurried to (adjourn for the summer recess. Kleindienst was interviewed a little longer. The ex -Marine, who worked his way through Justice Department ranks to head the criminal division during the Watergate probe, also told how on April 15 he recommended the firing of former presidential aides H. R. Haddeman and John D. Ehrlichman because of the embarrassment their involvement in the scandal would cause for the Nixon administration. Petersen, who seemed to welcome the opportunity to tell the committee about what he considered was a thorough Watergate probe, also revealed how the President told him to stick with the Watergate probe and not become involved in the break-in of the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. He said the warning, which troubled him greatly, was given him by Nixon at a face-to-face meeting shortly after Petersen was told of the Sept. 3, 1971, break-in by principal Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl J. Silbert. The President said on May 22 he was informed by Kleindienst of the White House-ordered break-in on April 25, a full week after Petersen said he met with Nixon to tell him of the burglary w*hich the President has said he did not authorize. At his April 18 session with the President, Petersen said he was told that national security reasons precluded his becoming involved, WASHINGTON (UPI) - The American Bar Association (ABA) is considering what tc do about the tarnish some sag has been plaiced on the lega profession by lawyers involvec in the Watergate affair. A resolution introduced earl] in the 96th annual ABA Convention referred to "shocking, shameful conduct" on the part of such lawyers and suggested (hat ABA recommend that those whb have admitted guilt be disbarred summarily. But a later version by the association's drafting committee toned down (the language to omit the 44 shocked dismay" and instead merely cited 4 'alleged instances of professional misconduct." Unethical Action Hie resolution denounced "any uncthical action which might cast aspersions upon the integrity, of the prdfcseioci" and railed for "prompt and vigor ous disciplinary Investigate and appropriate action." Boith ABA President Robert W. Meserve of Boston and President - elect Chesterfield Staith of Lakeland, Fla., have depftared (he involvement of so many lawyers in Watergate- related matters. But they say discipline can come only from state bars and courts. Nevertheless, ABA is establishing a new National Center for Disciplinary Enforcement to ass&t state and local bars in their disciplinary act! The resolution must fa on first—possibly in the entire revised ABA (form—by Assembly and then by the AB/ House of Delegates, a smaller )licy-making At hearings assembly resolutions committee Tuesday, the only opponent ol any resolution whatsoever on this subject was Sen. J.M. Hernandez - Sanchez of San Juan, who said the association should not involve itself "in a political issue.!' The assembly resolutions committee was asked by James W. Hewitt of Lincoln, Neb., to recommend that (the ABA withdraw its approval of a uniform probate code which has already been enacted in modified form in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Jkteho and North Dakota, with other states about to act. Tho code provides a simplified method of settlement of estates. It was prepared by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State before the Laws. Skylab Mission ally 9 HOUSTON (UPI) - The Skylab 2 astronauts train their powerful earth resources cameras on the western United States and Latin America today, but their thoughts seem to be about much more domestic matters. Commander Alan L. Bean told Mission Control Tuesday he and his crew have found that trying to keep the cavernous, 118-foot space station clean makes one "really appreciate your wife. It's just fantastic the total amount of housekeeping you do." After breakfast today, Bean told Mission Control the pilots had found most of the hundreds of items stowed in different lockers around the station. "So far, the only other stowage item we're a little bit mystified by, we found everything except- the other two bottles of vitamin pills," said Bean. "Nobody's seen the other two." The astronauts conducted a fire drill in the station. They practiced locating the source of a fire and either extinguishing it or moving to Skylab's airlock and quickly depressurizing the craft to remove oxygen and stop the burning. "We just had a fire drill up here and that came off okay," Bean reported to Mission Control. "That seems a worthwhile thing to do because it's different here than in the trainer." Bean talked about some of the things he's learned since the start of the two-month voyage. "The living up here has been a lot different than I first imagined," the Apollo 12 moonwalker said. "It's been a lot more fun. I've personally had more fun on this thing than on the lunar mission. It 's Really a Bail "Flying around inside this workshop is really a ball." Bean, Owen K. Garriott and Jack R* Lousma also planned to turn their solar observation toward the "We were feeling awful poor for about three days," he said, referring to the queasy stomachs all three astronauts Garriott, with a doctorate in engineering and books on solar physics to his credit, is helping scientists learn experienced as they adapted to zero gravity. "But we knew itjhave ground-based more about the sun than they in years of research, was bound to get over with and [using the battery of instruments above earth's atmos- it did. We're having a ball." Garriott spent his first full day manning the Skylab solar cameras, after he and Lousma put fresh film in them during the space walk. 1 'I think we got the best timed history of the development of that thing we've had before or should ever expect because we'd been sitting on it phere. Flight director Milton Windier expressed confidence the 100-ton space machine was maintaining its health, despite the multitude of problems that have worried the crew and ground controllers and threatened to end the mission earty. It may seem strange to say, instruments towara tne sun again and do more biomedical!for an orbit or so," he said of^but you get more optimistic," experiments to test their adaption after 11 days of living Fish Story in weightlessness. the eruption. "We were sitting he said. 4 i say that because we right square on the spot at theikeep having problems and time of the event." (solving them. Here's one solution to the meat shortage . . . a 5£pound striped bass. Glenn Ryan takes a look at the mammoth fish that is almost bigger than he is. It was caught by his father, Kenneth Ryan, off the Hough's Neck section of Quincy, Mass. UNIFAX \ r r \ -A

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