Butterfield Denies CIA Charges WASHINGTON (UPI) - Alexander Butterfield, who was accused of being a CIA "contact officer" while a top- level White House aide, said today he considers the allegation "tantamount to a charge of perjury." Butterfield said he had never been a "contact officer" and in fact never had any connection with the Central Intelligence Agency at all. "If I was their contact man, I was a hell of a poor one, because I had no contact whatsoever with the CIA," Butterfield said in a weekend television interview. Retired Air Force Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, a former Pentagon intelligence officer, said last week that Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt told him in 1971 that Butterfield was a White House contact for the Central Intelligence Agency. In a statement read in a telephone conversation today, Butterfield said "Prouty's initial public statements about me were sufficient to lead reporters to allege in my case a spy motive, to allege infiltration, in other words to suggest that while at the White House I served two masters. "Those serious allegations are wholly false and defamatory," Butterfield said. "In that I stated my White House duties in full under oath to the Senate Watergate Committee and other high level investigative bodies, Fletcher Prouty's allegations are tantamount to a charge of perjury and the damage has been done. In my opinion, it is irreparable." Butterfield, who headed the Federal Aviation Administration until he resigned in March, also said he has never met or even seen Hunt and had never heard of Prouty until recently. "From my observations over a 27- year period in the'federal government, the CIA is a very fine, highly professional organization and one which is' terribly important and certainly of great value to our national security," Butterfield said. "So under any normal set of circumstances I wouldn't mind at all being associated with it but the fact of the matter is that I am not assigned or attached or serving as a designated contact man, nor have I ever been." The Prouty allegations drew immediate denials from the White House and the CIA. Congressional investigators probing the CIA's activities said they have no such information but would look into the matter. . In a televised interview Sunday night (CBS, "60 Minutes"), Butterfield also denied any contact with the CIA. Of Hunt, a former CIA official who was working parttime at the White House at the time of the Watergate breakrin, Butterfield said his "presence in the White House staff was kept from me. It was purposely kept off the rolls and I had the official roll of all members of the White House staff in my capacity as Head of Administration." Israel, U.S. Have Agreed \ On More Aid - TEL AVIV (UPI) - Israel and the United States have agreed Washington would provide up to $1.8 billion in eco, nomic aid to Israel if a new interim peace accord is concluded with Egypt, ;. an Israeli newspaper said today. • The newspaper Ha'aretz said this ^understanding was reached by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Secretary ; ; of State Henry A. Kissinger when they ;" met in Bonn Saturday. Rabin and his top negotiators met in 1 Jerusalem Sunday to draw up Israel's : latest proposals for a new accord with : Egypt in the Sinai Desert. During its regular meeting Sunday, _ the cabinet authorized the government •to go ahead with its negotiations on the basis of the Rabin-Kissinger meeting. Ha'aretz said it had learned that the main subject of discussion between Rabin and Kissinger was the level of guarantees and commitments Washington would give Israel in any new Sinai agreement. "In the economic sphere it seems • that there was understanding reached , that the United States would give Is; rael economic aid of $1.7 to $1.8 billion ; and that additionally the United States •.would 'carry the expense of supplying oil to Israel for a three-year period," the newspaper said. "Following the Kissinger meeting the chances for an agreement have increased but there are still large question marks and it is too early to speak of Kissinger visiting the area," • Ha'aretz said. Rabin told newsmen on his return 'from Bonn Sunday that a new Sinai accord might be as much as a year away. Mayor Declines To Attend Function For 'Men Only' FORT SMITH, Ark. (UPI) - The mayor of Mansfield was invited by the -mayor of Fort Smith to attend a "Prayer Breakfast for Men." She declined. Mayor Jean Deloise Allen of Mansfield said Sunday she agreed men needed to pray, but added, "Women also need to eat breakfast." : Mayor Jack Freeze of Fort Smith said his annual breakfasts have traditionally been all male because they are sponsored by the Christian Business Men's Committee. However, Freeze said, "If any women show up, they won't be turned away." The theme of this year's breakfast •Friday is "Pray for Those in Authority." Insurance executive Ted DeMoss of Chattanooga, Tenn., will be guest speaker Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Monday, July 14, 1975 Page 15 THE LOOK OF 1857 IS RETURNING to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C, Statuary Hall, which was the House Chamber back then, has new drapes Installed as part of a program to restore the hall to its appearance when It was used by the House. One of the new drapes frames a group of tourists viewing the Hall. UPI Photo. Missouri Synod Moderates Face Possible Crackdown ST. LOUIS (UPI) - About 2,000 sympathizers of the moderate faction of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod were told Sunday their church is giving them the choice to "capitulate or face removal." The Rev. Dr. John H. Tietjen, moderate leader, said actions by the synod's biennial convention last week at Anaheim, Calif., amounted to telling the dissidents to give in or be expelled. He advised his followers to "stand up for what we believe and not give in." Tietjen spoke at a rally called by the dissident Evangelical Lutherans in Third Time Charm For Elgin Woman To Legally Say 'I Do' ELGIN, 111. (UPI) - Mary Campbell had to say "I do" three times at three different wedding ceremonies before she finally became Mrs. Randy Peterson. Friends said the first two ceremonies were beautiful-but, alas, illegal. The couple took out their marriage license in Kane County and made all the arrangements for their wedding at the Smyrna Free Will Baptist Church in Ontarioviille on Saturday. "It was a simply beautiful wedding," said one guest. But the church was in Du Page County, not Kane County, and didn't count, they were told. They packed up the wedding party and moved on to Lord's Park on the eastern edge of Elgin. Brother Bobby Thompson married the couple a second time in the tree-shaded park with its quaint bridge over a quiet lagoon. A sharp-eyed copy editor at the Elgin Daily Courier-News was reading a report on the wedding when he noticed another problem. The park is in Cook County, 200 feet from the Kane County line. The third ceremony later Saturday took place in the newsroom of the Courier-News, a good mile inside Kane County. Mary and Randy were finally married in the eyes of the law. Mary's father has two more daughters. "I hope next time they elope," he said. Mission to report on the convention of the 2.8 million member church, the country's seventh largest Protestant denomination. The convention had been clearly dominated by the conservatives, who authorized a crackdown on the moderates. "Many at the convention heard the death knell sound for the Missouri Synod," Tietjen said softly to his hushed audience. "Many, many people at the convention stated that the Missouri Synod is through. The church we knew is no more. The Missouri Synod is in the process of destroying itself." He said dissenters from the conservative viewpoint "were served notice they have the choice to capitulate or face removal." The synod's conservative hierarchy last year ousted Tietjen as president of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis for allegedly teaching false doctrine. Most faculty members and students left Concordia with Tietjen to form the ' Seminary in Exile, known as Seminex. The Anaheim convention authorized the Rev. Jacob A.O. Preus, conservative president of the synod, to remove district presidents - the equivalent of bishops - who permit the ordination of Seminex graduates. Nine of the 40 district presidents have said they would defy the ban. Church conservatives say the argument is over the authority of the Bible and whether the synod should adhere to a literal interpretation of Scripture. Moderates, who make up about a fourth of the membership, believe the biblical authority issue is a smokescreen to hide a power grab by the conservative faction led by Preus. They say the conservatives want to reverse the traditional Lutheran position of congregational autonomy by centralizing power in the synod president. Tietjen stopped short of calling for moderates to break away from the synod, but he said a schism appears inevitable. He said because district presidents are not about to back down, Preus "will have to use that power to remove." "What do you suppose those district congregations that have affirmed their support for their district president are going to do if their president is removed?" he asked. Kissinger's Schedule Takes Him To Midwest WASHINGTON (UPI) - Henry Kissinger is in Washington. That's where the secretary of state's home and office are. But between Wednesday and Saturday night the world traveler has visited: - The Elysee Palace in Paris to confer with French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing. - Geneva to see Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. - The Castle Gymnich outside Bonn to confer on the Middle East situation with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. - Bonn to see West German Chan. cellor Helmut Schmidt. - London for talks with British Foreign Secretary James Callaghan. - The White House Sunday night to brief President Ford on his travels. Today he leaves for speaking engagements in Minneapolis and Milwaukee, where Tuesday he will throw out the first ball at baseball's All-Star game. It was a performance that typified the debate between his supporters and detractors: Does Kissinger accomplish more during the hectic and exhausting travel than if he stayed at home minding the store?. Kissinger and Rabin Saturday discussed a possible Israeli-Egyptian peace plan involving stationing some U.S. troops in the Sinai desert, a senior U.S. official aboard Kissinger's plane said. They met for almost four hours and Rabin said he was satisfied enough to fly home to see if his cabinet would approve such an interim peace plan. No decisions were reached after a five- hour session Sunday. The senior U.S. official said one matter discussed with Rabin was the use of American technology, probably including a small number of men, to provide an early warning system in the Sinai desert between Egyptian and Israeli forces. Rabin, upon his return to Tel Aviv, said Israel will not agree to a peace agreement with Egypt unless the United States guarantees its oil supplies. After Kissinger returns from the baseball game, he will be watching the Organization of American States meeting and its expected vote to lift hemispheric sanctions against Cuba. In the coming days he will have to plan a possible summit meeting this month in Helsinki with President Ford, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and European heads of state subscribing to a European security conference. After Helsinki, Kissinger must be back in Washington in early August for the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Miki. : DRAPERY •I DECORATOR ! FOLD FINISHING ! SERVICE No Shrink! : No Fade! Sanitary : CLEANERS AND LAUNDRY i 120-180 B. Exchange St, I 232-5116 Ford Shows Effectiveness As Campaigner During Midwest Trip WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Ford, in his first trip since becoming a candidate, showed this weekend he may be an effective campaigner among diverse groups in Middle America and - by his own assessment "made a lot of friends." Whether speaking about economic "moderation and restraint" to corporate executives in Chicago, or dropping in on a band concert in his home state of Michigan, Ford received abundant cheers. At a regionally televised news conference in Chicago, Ford again criticized Congress' inaction on his energy program. The effect was not missed by politi- , cal pros. The President met with a group of Illinois GOP leaders in Chicago Saturday and with Michigan Republicans Sunday. Political sources in Illinois say Ford's handling of the Mayaguez incident and his use of the veto already are helping disarm a threat to his support there from former California Gov. Ronald Reagan. Michigan Gov. William Milliken, who joined Ford through his visit to the state, and state GOP chairman William McLaughlin are firm backers of Nelson Rockefeller. Michigan is considered likely to provide support for Ford's vice president. White House press secretary Ron Ncssen stressed the trip was non-political, saying: "He's just out there being President of all the people." "While it wasn't a political trip, the fact he was able to show such solid support in his home state was a good omen," another weekend companion, Sen. Robert Griffin, R-Mich., said. He added, "The fella's got to start somewhere." Ford rode along a parade route lined by 250,000 persons at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Mich., and spoke to 500 executives and their wives in Chicago Friday night. The effect was the same - cheers. He addressed a commencement audience of 3,000 at Chicago State University Saturday and heard a high school band concert at Interlochcn Arts Academy in Michigan. The predominantly black audience in Chicago applauded politely; the high schoolers, cream of the nation's young musicians, jumped up, sang happy birthday - he is 62 today --and provided the most enthusiastic cheers of thc-wcekend. 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