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14-A—lUJIOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL—Friday Morning. April 4, 1975 ford Pledges U.S. To Stand By Allies ;,'-,. . . . • ;,^i^- . $':•.••'.••'• • . ' ' • v ' ' ' ' ''"'' ^^ " • ' ' ' STAR WITNESS-Jake Jacobsen, the government's star witness in former Texas Gov. JJohn, Connally's bribery trial, leaves U.S. District Court in Washington Thursday. Jacobsen testified that he gave Connally $10,000 while he was Secretary of the Treasury after Connally asked "Why don't they raise money for me." (AP Wirephoto) Connally's Payment Cited By Jacobsen (Continued From Page One) culture Department 'decision to keep the milk price supports at 54.66 per hundredweight to tell him of the difficult time dairy farmers were having. Dairy Commitment "I pointed out that I represented a large group of farmers," Jacobsen said. He said he brought up that the dairy farmers had made an extensive commitment to contribute money to Nixon in the 1972 presidential campaign. "You said you made extensive commitments, did you mention the amount," asked chief trial prosecutor Frank M. Tuerkheimer. "Yes, I did," safd Jacobsen. ''Two million dollars.'* Jacobsen said that Connally promised to help. Jacobsen said he then talked with Harold S. Nelson, general manager of AMPI, and sug- Lockney C-C Group Hears Dallas Pastor By GORDON ZEIGLER Avalanche-journal Staff 'LOCKNEY—Alluding to Watergate and other political scandals in America, Dr. Thomas J. Shipp said it is ironic that a country could make such strides then see them blemished by an act of cheating. The pastor of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas said, "We had made the greatest strides ever known, even to the moon, and the people of the world discovered we had cheated and had been beaten by our own default." Speaking at the annual Lockney Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday night, Dr. Shipp said in a more humorous vein he had been asked many times where the well-known Dallas street Lovers Lane got its name. Still Want Them "It was for Lie obvious reason, and 'we're still trying to get them to come back and park," the minister said. His message for the night was to "make champions and not losers of the people around us.' Shipp, an authority on alcoholism, told of a man driven from his community as the ''town drunk." The man later became the leader in a church, staying sober 18 years. "You never know what's going to change a life jn your town," Dr. Shipp said. Woman of the year honors came as a surprise to Mrs. Lucille Frizzell, whose daughter had invited her to the banquet. Introduces Mother When Jackie Lou Holt, last year's woman honoree, stepped forward she introduced her mother as the outstanding personality. Man of the year is C.L. Record, a Lockney school em- ploye, who drives the band bus to all school activities. Incoming president Joe Cunyas presented the outgoing plaque to Eddie Foster. Entertainment was provided by the Lockney High Band directed Lusk. School Stage by Raymond .•estcd, "We give to Secretary Connally a little present." Jacobsen said he got the $10,00 from Bob A. Lilly, a milk producer official and on May 14 delivered 55,000 to Connally jersonally in the Secretary of Treasury's office and that Connally said, "Thank you very much." "I did say there's more vhere this came from," Jacobsen related. The second payment, Jacobsen said, was made on Sept. 24, again in the Secretary's office. "Why did you split it up?' he prosecutor asked, referring o the two payments. "To get more credit for it, said Jacobsen. ConnalJy's defense is that he tvas offered the money for his use for congressional campaign committees, but that he did not accept it. His lawyer, Edward Bennett Williams, said in his opening statement that Jacoben embezzled the money which he got from AMPI. Meetings Confirmed Another witness Thursday, Mrs. Rose Cicala, one of Ccn- nally's secretaries when he was n the Cabinet, identified logs of nis meetings Li 1971. They bowed that Connally met with Jacobsen on the days -that the ;overnment alleges that Connally took the payoffs. In the White House tape of he March 23 meeting, Connally old Nixon that aside from the economics, "as far as the poli- ics are concerned, looking to 1972," the President should raise the milk price supports. "These dairymen are organ- zed, they're adamant," Connally said. "They are militant they're amassing an enormous amount of money that they're going to put into political activities, very frank- y." Nixon Assured Connally told Nixon that the dairy farmers have a legitimate cause, that "I wouldn't recommend that you do any- .hing that didn't have any mcr- t to it." Connally told Nixon that if he raised the support, prices the dairy farmers would "be more oyal to you ... They're going to spend a Jot of money this year n vanious congressional and senatorial races ail over this United States." He wairned Nixon that Confess would get the advantage 'f he didn't act. Nixon agreed and said, "U you don't do it, they're going to do it anyway" and said later: Passage Predicted "My political judgment is that the Congress is going to pass it. I could not veto it. ... It would be just turning down the vhole damn Middle America where we need support. Under .he circumstances I think the best thing to do is just relax and enjoy it." Connally urged the President to get zn agreement from the milk producers that they would not come back the following year asking for higher prices again and the President replied, "All right. Make the "best deal that you can." The government charges thai Connally gave the $10,000 back to Jacobsen tp put into a safe deposit box with a claim that i had been there all along. Pan American To Cut Routes WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Civil Aeronautics Board gave Pan American World Airways the go-ahead Thursday to discontinue most of its Caribbean flights for up to two years". U. S. cities served by ths flights Pan Am will drop Include Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New Orleans. Frwa P»««OM) security, said: "At the moment I do not anticipate the fall of South Vietnam. And I greatly, respect and admire the tremendous ight that the government and the people of Cambodia are putting up against the insurgents who are trying to take over ... . 'I believe that in any case Where the United States doesn't live up to its moral and treaty Jbligataons, it can't help but lave an adverse impapt on other allies we have around the worid," he said. "We read in European papers to the effect :hat Western Europe ought to have some questions. Let me say to our Western European allies —we're going to stand behind our commitments to NATO and we're going to stand behind our commitments to other allies around the world. "Stand By Allies" "But there has to be in the minds of some people a feeling that maybe the tragedy in Indochina might- affect our relations to their country. I repeat —the United States is going to continue its leadership and stand by its allies." Ford announced .the United States would accept 2,000 orphans and was exploring the possibility of welcoming other refugees. He appealed to the United Nations to help those who wanted to flee. Ford refused to rule out the possibility of sending U..S. miilitary forces into Saigon to pick up Americans if they become trapped there. He said he believed the new War Powers Act —limiting what a President can do militarily without a declaration of war — would permit at least that. Declines Blame The President declined to assess blame for the sudden deterioration of the Saigon government's position in the last two weeks. He noted, however, it started with the "unilateral decision' of South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thdeu to withdraw from some northern provinces in the Central Highlands. The decision to withdraw, he said, "•created a chaofic situation." He was asked if he would call on Thieu to resign if he felt that would help save the situation. No, said Ford, "I don' believe its my prerogative to :ell a head of statfr— elected by the people—to leave office." Congress Chided Ford said it was unfortunate ihat legislation adopted by Congress over the past two years has made it impossible for him to even threaten to reintroduce American military might in an attempt to halt the Communist advance. "There are no plans whatsoever for U.S. military involvement in Vietnam," he said. "On the other hand, history doe. prove that if a chief executive has a potential (to threaten reprisal), it is at least i deterrent against aggression." Ford accused Hanoi of "massively" violating the Paris accord which led to America's withdrawal. He then he went into detail to outline how Congress refused to appropriate enough to provide Saigon with arms to replace those that il lost. H» saW the administration had sought $1,4 bilKon and Congress had appropriated $700 miHion —half that ajnount. "Its up to the people to pus judgment 'over who was at fault and who was to bU*toe, In response to a question, ForjJ said events will tell r the 55.000 American lost in Vietnam were lost in'vain. ^"-1- dpn't think they were ' providiag the UaH«d solemn commitments made in Paris at the time American figMing was stopped in South Vietnam," '••'< But Ford had already said the United States did,not fulfill, its commitment to South on a onerfor-one basis tad that this had contributed to the crumbling o( Saigon's position, "If we had carried out the commitments that were made at that time, the tragic sacrifices that were mad*' by many —those who were killed, those who .were wounded — would not have been in vain," ' "But when, I «ee us not carry ing through, then it raises a quite different question.' Then Ford said he stilt felt there was an opportunity to salvage the situation. HEART AWARD—Dr. William' Gordon Sr., left, received the second annual "Bless Your Heart" award from the Lubbock division of the American Heart Association Thursday. Mrs. Tommie Smith received congratulations from Mayor -Roy .Bass,, for ;her ."distinguished service" award presented at the an- annual award, dinner.' Dr. Gordon's award was for alerting the public on heart risks. (Staff Photo fyy Terry Davis) Heart Workers Get Awards By CELESTE LOUCKS • Avalanche-Journal Staff Honored for his contribution to the Lubbock community and to the state, Dr. William H. Gordon Sr. was presented the second annual '"Bless Your Heart" award Thursday. The award, presented by the; Lubbock division of the American Heart Association, was made for Dr. Gordon's unselfish service in alerting the public to risk factors of heart disease. LCC To Host 4-AAAA TJIL District Literary Contests Aproximately 250 high school students are expected at Lubbock Christian College Saturday for the District 4-AAAA University Interscholastic League (UIL) literary contests. The UIL one act play competition, in separate activities, will be held Friday at Estacado High School. LCC will host competition in journalism, ready writing, spelling, typewriting, shorthand, number sense, slide rule, science, debate, informative .and persuasive speaking, poetry interpretation and prose reading. All journalism contests will be held in the Mabce American schools. Heritage Building. The business competition will be in the Administration Building and the science and math will be in the Mabee Agriculture-Science Lab. Debate will be housed in the C.L. Kay Christian Development Center while informative and persuasive speaking students will gather in the Administration Building. Poetry and prose contests will be in the Maddox-Pugh Educational Center/ '• Participating in the competition will be representatives from Monterey, Coronado and Lubbock high schools here, and Hereford and Plainview high Communists Massing Troops Only 45 Miles From Saigon (Continued From Pago One) airlift Vietnamese orphans to the Uniteo. States from South Vietnam, now three-quarters controlled by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, appealed to the U.S. government for an airlift of jumbo jets. The director of one adoption agency said Vietnamese mothers were flocking to his offer to give up their children for adoption in the United States and safety. "I don't want my babies to die." wailed one of the mothers, Nguyen Thi Licm. In other Indochina developments : —The Viet Cong issued a 10- point policy to normalize life in "newly liberated areas" South Vietnam and said of the "lives and property of foreign residents are protected." The statement, released by Hanoi's Vietnam News Agency, guaranteed religious freedom, urged businessmen and workers to continue at their jobs and offered work to soldiers and civil servants who "come to the liberated zone." —Retired Army Gen. Maxwell Taylor, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, said he did not believe the South Vietnamese army could pull itself together to defend Saigon or the Mekong Delta. "I hope I'm wrong," Taylor said in an interview With the Westinghouse Broadcasting Co. —Saigon's representatives at the United Nations said the American people had closed their eyes, ears and conscience to the plight of South Vietnam, but appealed to Americans not to close their hearts to the "human tragedy." —Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., in a television appearance in Washington, called for a temporary cease-fire in South Vietnam to provide relief for thousands of refugees and urged President Ford to send an envoy to try to negotiate a new truce. In Saigon, a militant Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Thanh called on his folowers to "close ranks with- the army" and overthrow .Thieu in the next two or three days. He claimed Saigon will Vietnamese fall to the and Viet North Cong within three weeks if Thieu remains in power, and if that happens, "we shall all surely Father peatedly Thanh, called who for has rc- Thieu's o'jsler claimed in recent a group of months, generals met earlier Thursday and have decided to "dethrone" Thieu. He said the report came from "an officer friend." There was no independent verification of his claim. The priest made the statements during an anti-Thieu rally held in the courtyard of a suburban church which was the frequent site of similar rallies last fall. About 2,000 followers attended the rally, one of six- held at Catholic churches in the area to generate public support for his procoup position. "It is obvious President Thieu is not going to listen to reason any longer," Father Thanh said after the rally in reference to appeals from the Senate and Saigon Archbishop Nguyen Van Binh that Thieu resign. "We arc now going to pu&h for his ouster ir a military coup. 1 ' KXILE PROTESTED MOSCOW (AP) — Eighteen Moscow. Jews held a silent demonstration Thursday in front of the Lenin Library to protest five-year exile sentences given to two Jewish activists. The distinguished service award was presented to Mrs. Tommie Smith for her emphasis on public education. Addi tional service awards' were made to J. C. Rickman and Dr Betty Tevis. Certificates of appreciation Freeman, went to Mrs. Kay Carl Cannon, Russ Wilkinson and J. Q. Warnick. Dr. Robert Faust was elected the 1975-1976 president for the Lubbock division. Serving with him will O'Brien, Pierce, Scim. be vice Dr. Larry president; Jo secretary; and David E m ma 1 e n e Chatman was elected chairman of the board and Russ Wilkinson will be the vice chairman. In accepting the new job, Dr Faust outlined general goals ..for his term, including.organization to involve the community in tft fight, against heart disease strides to increase the program audience by 25 per cent and increase'giving to 25 cents per capita (last year amounted t 21 cents per capita); and prov ide more programming for mi norities. Dr. O. Brandon Hull, speaker for the event, reminisced about early cardiac care in Lubbock, when there were only "three EKG machines in town—and one of those didn't work," and traced rapid progress in that area. Israeli Arms Aid Parley Cancelled Presenting slides of cardiac care facilities in Methodist Hospital, Dr. Hull showed closed circuit televisions and heart monitoring equipment currently used. "We're not seeing the critically ill patient like we used to," he commented and said cardi- ogenic shock is more the "exception than the rule." He said perhaps patients are "coming in earlier" for cardiac care. In the past year, he said, 867 cases were monitored and "now we're saving 50 per cent of the patients" who develop arrhythmia (irregular heart action caused by disturbances; in discharge of cardiac impulses). Ten years ago, he said, the patient fretjcently died with the same condition. He attributed much of the progress to nurses becoming adept at monitoring, and to "money, research. . .public education and continuing education." Rickman reported the county exceeded its 1974-1975 heart fund goal by more than 52,000. He said more than 45,000 educational leaflets were distributed during the drive. Standing committee chairmen chosen for the 1975-1976 term are: Dr. Tevis for public education; Lorenz Lutherer, profes- hiona) education; Mildred Montgomery, public relations: Karen Raines, community service; and Bill Pittman, campaign. WASHINGTON (AP) — The ?*ord administration has canceled a planned visit to Washington by Israeli Defense Minis- er Shimon Peres while the Jnited States reassesses its Middle East policy, .State Department officials said Thursday. Peres-wanted to meet with J.S. leaders to discuss new arms aid for his government, xit.was told late last week not to'come. .Meantime, other adminis- ratipn , sources acknowledged ;hat negotiations with Israel on providing the'Jewish state with r sophisticated missile system and F15 jet-fighters'have been suspended. / Talks Galled Off These talks also were called >ff • because of the administration's Middle East policy study, the official said. That reassessment is now expected to end about 'April 10. These developments came as reports continued .that President < Ford and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger are pressuring Israel t 0 ease its stand concerning negotiations with Egypt and other Arab countries. State .Department officials de nied the cancellation of Peres' visit or the suspension of the arms talks were part of any pressure tactics. Rather, they said, these matters have been put aside pend ing the policy review announced early last week. System Sought Israel is seeking the Lance missile system, which uses a weapon equipped with a con ventional warhead with a range of over 150 miles. The United States had a) ready submitted a letter of offer for the F15s and negotia lions had been under way'for some time when the talks were suspended. Israel wants the F15s to replace its fleet of aging Phantom fighters. Accounts vary concerning Peres' visit. State Departmen sources said the meeting had been agreed to tentatively wel before the collapse last month of Kissinger's step-by-step negotiating effort . When Kissinger failed to ob tain new progress toward fur ther Israeli-Egyptian disengage ment, Israel was told the Peres visit would have to be resched uled after the policy review. Denial Issued State Department officials de nied this -had anything direct!j to do with the Israeli arms aid request. • •However, diplomatic source- say Israel suggested'Jast week that Perez fly to Washington tc clarify the situation regarding Israel's request for $1.5 billion in aid for the next fiscal year. Israel reportedly was alarmed by reports that the Ford admin istration was considering a re duction in the arms aid program because of alleged Israeli itubbornness in the last negotiating round. When Peres was told to stay lorne, Israel suggested that •"oreign Minister Yigal AUon come : instead. That suggestion also -was turned down. Kissinger spent an hour Phursday afternoon with former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayin. Following the meeting, Dayan met briefly witti newsmen but refused to discuss the substance of his talks with Kissinger. Simon Sees Jobless Rate Rising 'WASHINGTON (UP I) — Treasury Secretry William E. Simon predicted Thursday the unemployment rate will reach 3 per .-cent this year' but said recovery from the recession is coming on strong and fast. His outlook contrasting with the heavy official gloom of two months ago, Simon said: "We are more, certain abqut the were any recovery 1 than we time in the past." Simon disavowed the administration's own projections in President Ford's Feb. 3 budget of high unemployment, inflation and industrial idleness through the 1970s. He dismissed those figures as "simplistic arithmetic." Highest Forecast But his unemployment forecast was the highest yet issued by the administration. A month ago, a "peak" rate of 8.5 per cent was predicted. Unemployment hasn't been as high as 9 per cent since the-1930s. Joblessness stood at 8.2 per cent in January and February. The March rate, expected to go up; is to be-announced Friday. .President Ford, meeting with news executives in San Diego Thursday, apparently referred to the Friday report when he told them "some discouraging unemployment figures" are forthcoming. •However,. Simon said joblessness, would be declining by the end of the ; year. Lags Economy Since employers usually are reluctant to call back furloughed workers until business is strong, unemployment often lags behind other factors in a recovery. ;So there was no inconsistency between Simon's new forecasts of higher unemployment and a stronger recovery than had been anticipated. He said economic growth —at a standstill since January. 3974 —will resume in the fourth quarter of this year. Wholesale Prices Fall Fourth Straight Month (Continued From Page One) quarter of 1975 have declined at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.7 per cent, a dramatic turn-around from increases .of 13.4 per cent in the.fourth.quar- ter of 1974 and 35.2 per cent in the third quarter. "This confirms our expectation of a further moderation in the nation's inflation rate." said James L, Pate, assistant commerce secretary for economic affairs. The Ford administration has predicted inflation will drop to about 6 per cent by the end of the year, about half the rate of 1974. . Despite the recent declines, wholesale prices last month were, still 12.5 per cent higher than a year ago. This is because of the big increases late last year. Over the year, industrial commodities were, up 18.6 per cent; processed foods and feeds, up 8.8 per cent, and farm products, down 13.1 per cent. Deep Throat,' Other Porno Films Available To 'Select Few' (Continued From Page One) gan two days later. "Deep Throat," however, isn't the only film in which the district attorney's office has expressed critical interest. The property- room records show that former Asst. Criminal Dist. Atty. Wayne Reaud has an interest in the movie industry, too. According to the rccorrl, Rcaud checked out a reel of selected shorts, a one-reeler named "Week at a Country Jail," another film entitled "Wanton . Nymph," and two reels of an unnamed film. Reaud explained that he checked the films out of the property room because they were confiscated at the Flick Theater at the same time "Deep Throat." was taken. He said he secured the films to show to a defense lawyer repre- senting Castro. But the attorney subsequently decided he didn't need to see them. Interest in the art of motion pictures, however, isn't confined to the district attorney's office. At the police department, there's been a rush on "Nick . . »t ' *Sgt. F. C. "Butch" Hargrave borrowed it on two occasions; Cpl. Teddy Daniels checked it out three times, and Capt. Wayne Love settled for one check-out. "I sure don't, haye any idea what they are talking about," Hargrave said when asked why he borrowed the film. He added that he may have checked the film out in preparation for a trial. • Daniels said he recalled checking the film out for a defense lawyer to view. Back over at the courthouse, however, there may be a bit of consternation on the part of film-lovers. That copy of "Deep Throat" checked out for Castro's March 20-21 trial still hadn't been returned by prosectors last week and won't until possibilities of appeal are exhausted. Consumer prices have eased somewhat in recent months but have not fully reflected the declines at wholesale. This is partly because of the usual time lags, increased costs in processing, and efforts by middlemen and retailers to maintain or widen profit margins. .Citing the March wholesale price report. Pate said: "We may just now be starting to see improvements in the nonfood area" resulting from steady declines in raw material prices and the recession's impact, which has-curbed consumer demand. Industrial prices last month rose only two-tenths of a per cent, after increases of five- tenths in both January and February and more than three times that rate through most of 1974. Other Increase Chemicals, transportation equipment, machinery and fuels led the March increase, the government said. The index of processed foods and feeds fell 2.9 per cent in March, largely because of decreases for sugar and confectionery and manufactured animal feeds. At the farm level, prices fell 2 per cent, reflecting falling prices for grains, oilseeds and'vegetables. • Prices for' consumer foods — those ready for sale on grocery shelve* — declined 1.6 per cent; white non-food finished items TDK three-tenths of a per cent. The over-all Wholesale Price Index in March stood at 170.4, meaning that it cost J170.40 U> buy at wholesale a variety of goods that cost $100 in 1967. :

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