Weather Outlook Partly Cloudy (Details On Page 10) JOURNAL-STANDARD Freeport, Illinois, Friday, July 11, 1975 Lightning Hits iaiJriching Pad; IS(6|Harm Done CAPEliCANAVERAL, Fla. (UPI) Lightning struck the Apollo launch pad twice during a severe thunderstorm but new ground cables shielded the delicate electronic systems in the spaceship from harm, the space agency reported today. j The thunderstorm, packing winds up to 42 miles per hour and heavy rains, swept across the oceariside launch complex around 8:30 p^rrLCDT Thursday. It was part of a bad weather system that spawned a tornado in nearby Titusville which overturned .two mobile homes and downed power lines; '; The countdown work proceeded today without interruption toward the Tuesday afternoon launch of Thomas P, Stafford, Vance D. Brand and Donald K. "Deke" Slayton to rendezvous with two Russians in orbit. Soviet engineers in the hot desert of the Baikonur launch site were to be mating *the Soyuz spaceship to its rocket, today, but there has been no late word qri the status of preparations there. A scheduled news briefing at the Soyuz news center in Moscow did not occur this morning. At the American firing site, lightning monitors recorded two strikes on the new half-inch steel cables running from the top of a lightning mast on Apollo's service tower to grounds 1,000 feet away from the .pad. .Engineers tested the Apollo and Saturn 1 rocket early today and found no evidence of damage. y ''There was no effect on the space cle or ground support equipment," said Paul Donnelly/ associate director ' of launch operations. In Houston, Stafford, Brand and Slayton were undergoing their final launch simulation in an Apollo trainer. 15 Cents Henry, Gromyko Converse In Bar GENEVA (UPI) - Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko met in a hotel penthouse bar today and completed their talks on the Middle East and nuclear disarmament. On the Middle East, it was chiefly a case of Kissinger briefing Gromyko on American progress toward arranging an Israeli-Egyptian interim peace settlement. On disarmament, the American pressed the Russian for enough progress to make more likely the agreement on a treaty limiting strategic offensive nuclear weapons systems. Kissinger reported some progress on Thursday. A senior U.S. official said the proposed Washington visit this fall by Soviet Communist party General Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev depended to some extent on whether the treaty would be signed by him and President Ford. Kissinger was flying to Bonn later today for talks with West German leaders tonight, and a conference Saturday morning with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin. A Kissinger-Grdmyko communique was expected around 6 p.m. (1 p.m. EOT). The two diplomats met seven hours Thursday night in the suburban Soviet mission, the only estate in this center of global peacemaking that is surrounded by a barbed wire and spiked fence. Following diplomatic custom Kissinger and Gromyko today met at the American's headquarters, the 18th and top floor of the Intercontinental Hotel. Because only the Carnaval Bar on the 18th floor was big enough, secure enough and air conditioned, Kissinger played host in the bar. "With respect to SALT, we had extensive discussions...and progress was made," Kissinger said on emerging at midnight Thursday from seven hours of talks. Reporters asked Kissinger if progress was made toward settling the major stumbling block to a new SALT pact - verification. "I cannot go into the details of a discussion that is still going on, but as I pointed out progress has been made," Kissinger replied. But he said nothing about talks toward a treaty limiting nuclear tests to blasts of up to 150 kilotons. A senior U.S. official indicated on-site inspections could help police peaceful blasts. President Ford and Soviet Communist leader Leonid Brezhnev agreed last November in Vladivostok to limit each country to 2,400 nuclear missiles and planes, including 1,320 missiles with multiple warheads. Today's talks were expected to also include Kissinger's efforts to get Israel and Egypt to agree to an interim Middle East peace pact. Aides explained the bar was the only spot in Kissinger's headquarters hotel that was both air-conditioned and easily protected by bodyguards, Kissinger was scheduled to confer with Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Bonn on Saturday, a day after talks with West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Egypt has demanded the return of the Abu Rudeis oil fields and Gidi and Mitla passes in the Sinai Desert. Israel has pressed for Egyptian political concessions and U.S. guarantees against treaty violations. THE SATURN 18 ROCKET is surrounded by its service tower (right) and the umbilical tower today waiting for the final countdown to begin for the launch of America's last manned space shot until the space shuttle, presently scheduled for 1979. The Apollo is slated to blast off Tuesday for a 44 hour rendezvous with the Russian's Soyuz spacecraft. - UPI Photo. , ••.,.".'• Panel Probes Infiltration Beirut Food Distribution Starts • .. /• '''.-: .'•'."'. ' In Attempt To Free (Sol. Morgan BEIRUT (UPI) - Officials today bei gan distributing food to residents o"f a Moslem slum area in an apparent first step towards:meeting the ransom demands of left-wing kidnapers of Ariieri- can (Sol. Ernest R. Morgan, threatened with death by a firing squad on Saturday. •.,. :. ; ;.' : -.".' •'..„••. ..-...;,. „ Morgan, 4,3, qf Petersburg, Va.,,was -•kidnaped;'.last^Sundayt^by^lef>tistivguerr'-.^ the Unife'd ^Hatfes did Hot give vast supplies of food and other aid to a Moslem suburb devastated by the recent battles between Moslem and Christian militias. He was first sentenced to die on Wednesday but the kidnapers gave him a final stay) of execution until 9 p.m. Saturday (1 p.rii. CDT). Morgan, a black, appealed to the United States to meet his captors' demands and not abandon him because of race. 3 Sources close to the Morgan case said the food 'was being distributed through community leaders in Karan- tina-Al Maslakh, a surburban slum area that the kidnapers have told the United Stajes to supply, with, food and clothing in return for Morgan's 're"' Morgan said Thursday. "I believe that this will be my last chance." ' The 43 : y ear-old Petersburg, Va., officer said "my government should protect me in time of hardship!' in view of his 23 years of military service. "I should not be abandoned because , of my race or color i j '? Morgan s;aid jn a tape-recorded message to the y.S. em- ^bass^mBeiru ~ 'v^- : " : ' " 'Neither the U.S. Embassy nor Lebanese government spokesmen would comment on the distribution. However, they did not deny it and witnesses confirmed that supplies of food were being brought into the area by trucks and turned over to local community leaders for distribution. "I ask my government to release me from the pressure which is weighing on me and my family," Army Col. Ernest WASHINGTON (UPI) - A Senate panel investigating the CIA resumed its questioning of witnesses today while its House counterpart hastily called a hearing to probe allegations of CIA infiltration of the White House staff during the Nixon administration. The select Senate Committee on Intelligence heard McGeorge Bundy, former national security adviser, during its early morning session and was scheduled to interview former Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara later. The subject was assassination plots involving the Central Intelligence Agengy. The 10-member House Select Committee on Intelligence, whjcli has been paralyzed for months by a dispute involving chairman Lucien Nedzi, D- Mich., called a surprise hearing this morning to hear allegations of top- level White Hfluse , Store Profits Not Up From High Food Prices (c) 1975 Washington Star WASHINGTO^ - A Federal Trade ComrrussiOri staff report released today showed 1 that food chains have not increased their profits as a result of soaring fpod prices. x Frederick M. Scrierer, head of the Bureau of Economics of the FTC, said that "what we have shown is that profits declined below historical levels and then returned.?' The report, which featured food chain profit trends since the Korean War, stated that chains added higher mark-ups as; they passed increased wholesale prices along to consumers, but that higher operating costs consumed most of the increase in the mark-ups. Since 1965, the report said, the chains had profits of about 1.5 per cent of sales. . , The report's author, Russell C. Parker, said, "Food price increase between 1972 and 1974 are in sharp contrast to the trend since World War II. Perhaps they mark an end to an era." Scherer said he considered food chain profits, as compared with those in other industriesmoderately high. He said the ransom demands of his kidnapers ''will riot exceed the price of a few Phantom jets, which America gives, Israel almost every day ," . ... "I am aware of the policy of the U.S.. not to pay ransoms and yet I seek that the demands be met," he said. The kidnapers granted Morgan a "final stay of execution' 1 Thursday and gave the United States until Saturday night to .begin a massive relief program for a Moslem suburb devastated by last month's religious warfare. In a message to the U.S. embassy accompanying Morgan's tape, the abductors threatened to execute the colonel "by firing squad" unless the United States meets their demands. Lebanon was believed tOjbe opposed to the United States paying the ransom - 200 tons of food, 600 tons of building supplies and clothing for 3,000 persons - for fear such a move would encourage more kidnapings. A group of gunmen took Morgan from a taxi in a Palestinian-controlled suburb of Beirut June 29 during a stopover on a trip frOm Pakistan to Turkey. ' \ The Palestine Liberation Organization has accused two splinter guerrilla . groups of kidnaping the American officer and turning down PLO calls for bis .: release. CIA. .It was the panel's firsT^itness. Retired ; Air Force Cot ': : ^Fletcher Prouty, who said he served as'liaison between the Air Force and the CIA for nine years, said today Alexander M. Butterfield was a CIA "contact officer" when he served as a key member of Richard M. Nixon's staff. Butterfield, who recently resigned as head of the Federal Aviation Administration, was the man who disclosed the existence two years ago of the secret White House taping system, Prouty said.,he learned of Butterfield's CIA connection from E. Howard Hunt, himself a former CIA agent and one of the original Watergate defendants. The hearing before the House panel was ironic because the House Rules Committee Thursday recommended to the House that it abolish the committee and immediately form a new one. One member of the Senate committee said Thursday that Cuban Premier Fidel Castro - a reported target , of CIA assassination attempts -. be asked what he knew about the CIA. Sen. Barry'Gpldwater, R-Ariz., a member of the Senate's Select Com- nijlittee pn Intelligence, suggested Thursday the panel question Ca"stro-ei-~ ther in Cuba Or the United States. "I believe the way to get to the heart of this matter is to go directly to the man who has allegedly been the target of a CIA plot," Goldwater said. "After we hear his story we can weigh it in light of all the information the Select Committee has received." One committee source said: "How the hell could they ask Castro to come here?" But he sidestepped as "something else" the question whether the committee might send a mission to Cuba to talk, to Castro. Committee Chairman Frank Church, D-Idaho, presided over closed hearings Thursday at which the witnesses included former Secretary of State Dean Rusk; Thomas Parrott, a former CIA official and a national security advisr to Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy; Richard Goodwin, Kennedy's speechwriter; and William Attwood, former ambassador to Guinea and Kenya and now president and publisher of Newsday, Long Island, N.Y. Church said next week the panel has summoned Attorney General Edward Levi and FBI Director Clarency Kelley to testify on alleged FBI political abuses and surveillance, wiretapping and file-keeping on American citizens for noncriminal reasons. Church complained In a letter to Levi that he had asked the FBI for related material two months ago and lack of response was holding up the committee's work. The President Flies To Midwest WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Ford's weekend Midwestern trip gives him a chance to test his new candidacy against its twin threats of economic recession and Ronald Reagan conservatism. Ford and the First Lady were flying today to Traverse City, Mich., the" first stop of an action-jammed three days in his home state and Chicago. The White House said .the trip was non-political. But it included a Saturday breakfast meeting with top Illinois Republicans and was Ford's first venture into the countryside since formally announcing his candidacy for the presidency three days ago. Reagan, a possible opponent of Ford for the 1976 GOP nomination, is a native of Illinois, went to Eureka College there and is married to the daughter of a Chicago physician. His brand of conservatism is popular in Illinois, particularly downstate. "If he wants to make mischief for Gerald Ford, the place to do it is Illinois," a key Illinois Republican told UPI. Michigan, particularly Detroit-Flint and Ford's home town of Grand Rapids, has been economically depressed. One GOP party leader there told UPI the state's natural pride in the President has been tempered by the condition of the economy. Ford planned to ride in the 49th annual National Cherry Festival Cherry Royale parade in Traverse City today and meet the community's two most prominent politicians - Sen."Robert Griffin, R-Mich., an old colleague in the House, and Gov. William Milliken. Hi I Is Reg rets Ca 11 i ng Amin 'Village Tyrant' LONDON (UPI) - British lecturer Dennis Hills, freed after three months in a Ugandan prison, says he's sorry he called President Idi Amin,"a village tyrant." Hills told reporters on arriving in London Thursday he had been unaware of negotiations to. obtain his release and added, "I am a little bit bewildered by this sudden change in my fortunes." Amin dramatically freed Hills earlier in the day. during a meeting with British Foreign Secretary James Callaghan in Kampala, capital of the East African nation. '• Y .'' : '.':'';; .'• ... ' ': , : . ' - " v ; ••.. • A Ugandan military court had sentenced the 61-year-old lecturer to death for referring to Amin in an unpublished manuscript as "a village tyrant." Asked if he regretted the remark, Hills replied, "Well, that was unparliamen- tary language. I regret it now and I have expressed my regrets in writing." Hills spoke in a low, almost inaudible voice. He appeared nervous and read from notes he had prepared in the plane on the way to London. "In military custody I was treated in accordance with military law." he said. "It would be wrong to make any complaints." , "I am very happy to be back.'But I was also happy in Uganda. I like it very much and it wouldn't be fair to' make any unfriendly statement." In Kampala, Uganda Radio today broadcast a letter written by Hills to Amin July 4 praising achievements'in Uganda and urging the recruitment of more Britons to work there. In the letter, Hills said reporters should visit v Uganda "to dispel their prejudices...and see the creation of a new middle class, the achievements of the farmers, the high standard of discipline in the army arid the friendliness of the people." Asked if he ever believed his life would be spared, Hills said, "Hope springs eternal. But I accepted the death sentence and, now that it has been revoked, I am adjusting to a new situation. I have accepted that too." "I haven't known what has been going on at all," he said. "Now I realize the debt of gratitude I owe to the British government and to all those who helped me get out of this predicament for which I take full r< sponsibility." ' Callaghan told the news conference he obtained. Hills' release without concessions or bargains. But/he said, "I agreed to send out a team of British officials to discuss compensation for former Uganda Asians who were expelled to Britain, credits and prospects for future trade." "I also discussed with President Amin the question of .the British community. He made it clear to me he wishes it to stay there and that he values it and that he wants British citizens'to continue to go to Uganda to work there." BRITAIN'S FOREIGN SECRETARY JAMES CALLAGHAN (right), hands a passport to lecturer Dennis Hills after the two men bad arrived at London's Heathrow Airport late Thursday from Kampala.'Hills had Just been released by Uganda's President Amin after being held under sentence of death. - UPI Photo. Ford will speak In Chicago tonight to the Mid-American Committee, a group of business executives. Mayor Richard Daley, one of the nation's most powerful Democrats, said he was too busy to meet Ford. "Presidents come in and out," Daley said. "I unfortunately just have other commitments." Ford will have breakfast with the Illinois Republican leaders, hold a regionally televised news conference in Chicago Saturday morning and give the commencement addresss at Chicago State University. Then he flies back to Traverse City to play nine holes of golf in the Walter Hagen tournament. He will speak at the Interlochen Arts Academy at the invitation of its chairman, insurance magnate W. Clement Stone, who was Richard Nixon's biggest contributor in 1972. He will return to Washington Sunday night. New Hampshire GOP Boss Will Tell Ford- Stay Out Of Primary CONCORD, N.H. (UPI) - The chairman of the New Hampshire Republican party says he will suggest President Ford stay away from the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Gerald Carmen said Thursday he will meet July 15 with Ford campaign aides in Washington and suggest Republicans back Gov. Meldrim Thomson. as a favorite son in the March 2,1976, primary. Carmen, 44, an auto parts dealer from Manchester, was Thomson's choice as chairman and was elected to the party post this year by a narrow margin over a backer of Ford. In his meetings in Washington, Carmen said, he would recommend a harmony slate of party delegates run in the primary to avert the chronic divisions between moderates and conservatives that have damaged the state party in the past. The party has been sharply divided since Thomson unseated GOP Gov. Walter Peterson in 1972 to ^become governor. "Anything that reduces the level of friction in our party, I'd be for," Carmen said. Thomson, in his secflhd term, heads the Virginia-based Conservative Caucus, a nationwide organization threatening to bolt the GOP in 1976 to form a third party. Thomson has said he will challenge Ford in the primary here if no other conservative does.
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