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Is There, Indeed, 'Some Awful Curse' on the Kennedys? Des Moin« Register By Chalmers M. Roberts <5> The Waihlngton Post WASHINGTON, D.C. - "Just as I went into politics because Joe died,", said John F. Kennedy 10 years ago, "if anything happened to me tomorrow, Bobby would run for my seat in the Senate. And if Bobby died, our young brother Ted would take over for him." There have been American political dynasties before, in and out of the Senate — the Adamses, the Harrisons, the Tafts, the two branches of the Roosevelts, the Lodges, others of lesser note. But none has been so tragedy-ridden as the Kennedy clan. Money, Good Looks Blessed with money, good looks and political charisma which both attracted and repelled, but left few neutral, the Kennedy successes have been shadowed by tragedy: Joseph, jr., lost in the war; John F. assassinated as President; Robert F. murdered as senator and presidential candidate; and now Edward M. —Ted— the last surviving son. Is there, indeed, as Senator Ted himself suggested Friday night, "some awful curse" which hangs over the Kennedys? Edward Moore (Ted) Kennedy suffered some of the famil- iar pain of being the youngest son. But he built his career on being a Kennedy and It paid off. "Teddy, If your name was Edward Moore, with your qualifications yonr caadtdacy would be a joke. But your name Is Edward Moon Kennedy," he was told to his face in a television debate In INI by his opponent for the Democratic senatorial nomination, Edward J. Mc^ormack, Jr., nephew of House Speaker John W. McCormack (Dem., Mass.). It was in that campaign that Ted owned up to a cheating episode in his Harvard days. During the second half of his freshman year "I made a mistake," he said. "I was having difficulty in one course, a foreign language (Spanish). I became so apprehensive that I arranged for a fellow freshman friend to take the examination for me in that course." Both were asked to leave Harvard. Ted enlisted in the Army, served two years in Europe, returned to be readmitted to Harvard and to graduate. Slashing Attack Neither McCormack's slashing attack nor the confession about cheating made any difference. Ted's elder brother, John F., by then was in the White House and the voters of Massachusetts gave him the President's old Senate seat in November, 1982, with a thumping 284,942 margin over his Republican opponent. That opponent was George Cabot Lodge, Son of Henry Cabot Lodge whom John P. had himself busted from the Senate and who Is now the chief Vietnam peace negotiator in Paris. Ted Kennedy had barely turned 30, the minimum constitutional age, when he came to Washington in January, 1963, as the youngest of the 100 senators. Ted had a law degree from the University of Virginia. Yet there, too, he had had his troubles. The records show that he was convicted of at least four moving traffic violations during his school days In Charlottesvllle, Involving speeding, reckless driving and failing to stop at a traffic light. Probably no freshman senator ever came to Washington with so many so ready to pounce on his first mistake. But Ted Kennedy surprised friend and foe alike. John F. had been bored by the Senate and Robert F., when he got there, was never ar senator's senator. ' Ted Kennedy/nowever, was. Indeed, he became a member of the Senate Club, that inner group which wields enormous behind-the-scenes power. He did his legislative homework, learned to handle bills on the floor effectively, attended committee hearings no matter how boring, was deferential to his elders — in short, he played the Senate game. Paid Off It was to pay off six years later when Ted won a surprising vote to oust veteran Senator Russell Long from the No. 2 Democratic post in the Senate, that of majority whip. But in between was to be tragedy, yet also opportunity. On Nov. 22, 1963, Ted was presiding over the Senate, a chore which falls chiefly, to new senators in the absence of the vice-president. A Senate aide rushed up to him to say: "Sen- er President Kennedy's assassination, Ted himself was nearly killed in a plane crash. Flying to a Massachusetts political meeting with Democratic Senator and Mrs. Birch Bayh of Indiana, their twin-engine plane smashed into the ground, killing the pilot and a Kennedy aide. Kennedy's back was broken, but Bayh managed to grasp his arm and pull him out. Ted was still hospitalized by election time that fall of 1964. Ted had first been elected for the two remaining years of President Kennedy's senate term. Now he was up for a full term, and though he did not campaign except via some radio broadcasts, he took more than 74 per cent of the vote to win by a margin of 1,129,244. First hobbling on a cane, then without it but with a back brace he still must wear, Ted attended to Senate business, lie . , f_ . CU.LV.lll.lv.*! iv/ U^IIUIV, L/IOJM n-.J.i. • -v. ator, your brother, the Presi- wofke(i hard for , hc intercs(s of dent, has been shot. Massachusetts and he took up Ted's body tensed, he grabbed up the papers in front of him and rushed from the chamber, first to home, then to the White House. Whatever his feeling about Lyndon Johnson's ascension to the presidency, Ted Kennedy never let it show publicly, the way his brother Robert did. Less than seven months aft- Ted's Vital First Step Out oi Crisis By David S. Broder © The Washington Pott WASHINGTON, D.C. _ With his emotional appeal to the voters of his home state for an immediate judgment on his fitness for continued public service, Massachusetts Senator Ed-ward M. Kennedy Friday night took what most politicians regarded as a vital first step toward recovery from the biggest .crisis so far to imperil his promising political career. A quick sampling of reaction among strategists of both parties produced a near-unanimous judgment that Kennedy would win an overwhelming vote of confidence from his Massachusetts constituents to complete the remaining 18 months of his Senate term. Less Agreement Most politicians said they ass u m e d Kennedy would be strongly favored for re-election next year if, as he implied, he sought to continue his Senate service. There was less agreement — or certainty — as to the effect of this latest tragedy involving the Kennedy family on the Senator's chances for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972 or some later year. A Republican official close to President Nixon, who has often doubled as a speechwriter himself, called Kennedy's nation- the liberal cudgel on a host of causes: more equitable immigration laws, an end to the pdll tax, fair reapportionment of the House of Representatives, a switch to a draft lottery, gun control, help for the ghettos, a better deal for migrant labor. The press flocked to hear his views on any subject. More recently he has opposed the anti-ballistic missile system proposed by President. Nixon and has called for moving toward recognition of Communist! China. He sandwiched in travels to all parts of the world, including Vietnam. Ted Kennedy's interest in Vietnam for a long time ccn- : tered on the plight of the war's' refugees and his prodding forced the Johnson adminis-i (ration to pay more attention to, 1 them. He was much slower than brother Bob in coming to the conclusion that the American effort was fruitless and he never uttered brother Bob's bitter words about its wrongness. Ted was there on June 8, ItW, when Robert Kennedy died from another assassin's ballet. Now he was alone, the last surviving brother. And, because his father long had . been sidelined by age and a stroke, he became the male head of a family of women and many children. None who heard- him^= and they were in the millions -will ever forget his fight for self control in St. Patrick's Cathedral as he spoke the eulogy for his brother Robert: "My brother need not he idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered sirtHply as a I good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw STUDY AFRICAN Niccum Took Back Gun GAME HABITAT The Da y After Sla y in * SUIT— By Martin Meredith Continued from Page One iSi The London Observer LUSAKA, ZAMBIA - Scien-: passing bad checks and steal- tists are to start work in Zam- ing more than $50, the petition WIREPHOTSiAP) Fringe Benefit bia this- year on a project which will turn the country's remote Luangwa valley game reserve into a vast laboratory thousands of square miles in states. He also had been arrested before, had been fired by two previous employers for thievery in Des Moines, and "was known s i ze : to have a violent temper and to For three years the scientists ; have been malicious and dan- will study the habits and move-'gerous in this actions," the pe- menjs of wildlife in the valley tition, states, and make a detailed survey of ! Per Mar "recklessly and with the area to plan for the even-' heedless disregard for the con- tual control and management j sequences, wilfully and want- of all the game there. They'on'y f a' lcfl to investigate sakl aim to produce a blueprint | application of Michael Charles mapping out how wildlife can \ Niccum or to in any other way bestbe ''farmed' 1 commercially — to provide meat learn of his character disposition and dangerous propen- Working underground looking for and repairing leaky pipes may not be a particularly exciting job, but Oscar Collard, a worker for the Welland, Ontario, Canada, Water Commission, finds the job does have its benefits. One such benefit is admiring the city's more attractive sights from leg-level. ally television address "a damn Hubert H. Humphrey criticized aspects of the speech, but said he guessed "the public reaction will be very good, particularly in Massachusetts." He and others noted that in performance" dieted the mail would be "overwhelmingly in his favor." A leading Democrat aligned with former Vice-President : ^dressing his appeal to the voters of his home state — even on national television — Kennedy was "throwing himself on the mercy of a jury" that had already rendered sev- i future presidential campaign — eral verdicts in his favor. | if they were taken as a, symp- In his first Senate campaign, j torn of instability under ex- when his opponent accused ! treme conditions of stress. Kennedy of trading on his fami- "i think," said one Republi- and' skins and revenue tourists and hunters. The project is sponsored by the United Nations development . program. It is indicative of the end of an age when Africa's game could roam freely across the plains and valleys of the continent. Most wildlife f rorn !sities," the petition states. Niccum received a badge, uniform and revolver from the firm along with a permit to carry the gun as a concealed weapon, the petition states. "At approximately 6:30 p.m. on the evening of Nov. 20, 1968, Michael Charles Niccum en- prospect to be President of the United States. And there was the old Kennedy machine, with many new adherents, ready and willing, and able, too, to start yet another Kennedy presidential campaign as soon as Ted would say the word. Ted was looking forward first to a massive third election victory in November of next year. True, he had done no more than had brother John to reform the'Democratic Party in Massachusetts but that he could have another term was beyond question. The Republicans would have to look for a sacrificial victim to oppose him. Once Again And then sometime just before midnight on Friday, July 18, the car he was driving , plunged off a narrow bridge on a small island in Massachusetts, carrying to her death an attractive young Kennedy political devotee. It was tragedy once again for the Kennedys. Friday night Senator Edward Moore Kennedy threw himself on the mercy of the court of first'resort, the people of his own Massachusetts. Beyond 1 that lies the judgment of his j party and of the people of the nation. Withdraw Bid To End Train WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The Southern Pacific Co. withdrew Friday an application to discontinue its "City of San Francisco" passenger rail service between Chicago and the West Coast. No reason was given for the move to the Interstate Comm e r c e Commission, which Thursday was asked by the Southern Pacific for authority to trim its "cascade" service between Portland, Ore., and Oakland, Calif., to three days a week. Officials of the road have indicated they will attempt to cut back on other passenger service, instead of abandoning the trains entirely, tn an effort to reduce deficits. 2nd Murder Trial Ends in Deadlock HATTIESBURG, MISS. (AP) A Forrest County Circuit , Court Jury of eight whites and TROY, N.Y. (AP) - From four Negroes reported it was across the country, former, hopelessly deadlocked Friday campaign workers for the late night in " the murt j e r trial of Senator Robert F. Kennedy Samuel Holloway Bowers, jr.. suffering and tried to heal itj saw war and tried to stop it." After thts third loss of a brother, many of Ted's friends counseled retirement from politics. Others felt simply thnt to go on was to tempt fate too much. But aftor the mourning period, Ted would go on. Bloodly Streets Before that came Chicago and the Democratic National, Convention, politically riven in! convention hall and bloodied in the streets. Hubert Humphrey wanted Ted Kennedy for his vice-presidential running mate, i But Ted put an end ,to the vice-presidential boom with a declaration that "for. me, this year, it is impossible" for "purely personal" reasons. • Y o t the prospects were bright. Tod Kennedy was young. He could pick 1972 or, if he fell President Nixon wore ' too strong in a re-election bid, . he could wait for 197(i when he iTvoTilcl be "only "44",rfiafely" 'IT war older than brother John at his 1 election as president. In January. 1969, he became the Senate majority i whip. "E.M.K. in '72" buttons were visible. The Nixon White House was zeroing in on Ted as a prospective opponent. More and more he was being introduced as n certain Arliss L. Boothe Gir/'s Father Campaign People Join to Aid Ted Linda Lea Boothe worked as a I „ *i" " c",, " F , " Konne -!„!,* „!„..!, .. u,_ _ 4i<! _ to kec P Senator fcdwar " Kenne " night clerk states. "Niccum was armed with the i and seeking high without visible qualification, ,, C g n (.u p ' Ccln ' " e n. more than mwie limn r~ , be , r =rx ft'Stfr.'ME ewaarjaiS £S£ss future game will only be able !•»"•*» •»=> Rnntho «/nrtoH ** = i . _ „. ... wisaiu, .aim .juu e t to survive in reserves or parks where it can be controlled and protected from man's continual encroachment. Already in some game parks to him (by Per Mar), and he in Africa there is serious over-1 entered with the intention and| ai workcrs wcre ca ii c d into lcafior areas have! pan to kidnap, rape, and kill'^ n carllcr this wcek in antic . trees, shrubs! (Miss Boothe). th not'!' ni tu "^^^ —"••»— — uui-Kii cu a mistrial. in e peuuon, (|y from rcs j gn j ng n j s Senate Bowers, on trial for the sec- seat, oiid time for murder, is ac- The chairman of the group, cuse( | O f the 1966 Vernon , , . , . . .: IIIC 1'llillljllclll "I un- h 1 uu l'i .revolver which had been issued IMrs Nina wi , 22 of Bal]ston in him / rtir Dot* An «i«* \ nn^J Lisi t .. ... bany, saidthe cam-a HatU bu g area . J M " " ""llK-auuiJ, ai ea been stripped the voters .reacUon was a wavej nwn he need have. His own state- ipation of Senator . ___««i__j_ u., .,«:«nic. ;„ ,,.T. r .... . . and grasslands by animals in: "Niccum forced M.ss Boothe statement over nationwide tele- . searcn of food . The g a me, as , t into the back of Me estab- i vision Friday night. Workers of sympathy that carried theiments confirm a very dam- j becomes increasingly hemmed jjishment with the gun, and as .from as far away as the Mid- son youthful candidate to victory. I aging kind of criticism." m by man, his farms,_ roads, | s he began to scream, Niccum ' wes t and California atte Bowers' first trial for murder Kennedy's' rcsu |f CC | j fl a mistrial when the Bid by ABM Foes to Delay Senate Vote, Tell New Data WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Opponents of the Safeguard antiballistic missile (ABM) system sought Friday to delay voting so they can present secret data they indicate will show the ABM's radars could be knocked out by radiation from a nuclear attack. Senators Albert Gore (Dem., Tenn.), and J. W. Ful bright (Dem., Ark.), joined in urging no votes until after next week. Their move sparked some sharp exchanges between the Arkansas Democrat and Senator John C. Stennis (Dem., Miss), the chairmen respectively of the Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees. These frictions developed as Stennis was agreeing with Senators Philip A. Hart (Dem., Mich) and John Sherman Cooper (Rep., Ky.), sponsors of the key amendment to block ABM deployment, that they should discuss Monday the possibility of voting on it later next week. Other Amendments But Fulbright said votes should be delayed until President Nixon returns next weekend from Asia and Europe, a position taken earlier by Gore Fulbright said voting should start instead on other amendments to the $20-billion military procurement authorization bill. Besides, Fulbright said, he had been talking to "a fellow" about the effect radiation could have on the ABM. "This fellow said all you to do to knock out ABM would be to send over what he called a precourser and it wil" knock out radar," Fulbrigh said. This information is^believed contained in new secret reports which Gore's disarmament sub* committee plans to study next Wednesday. He said the data are 'impressive to me" in strengthening the case against the ABM. He may seek another secret session to present the reports. "Think Tank" Gore implied some of it was developed by the President's Science Advisory Board and the Institute for Defense Analysis, a Pentagon "think tank." Gore called it "somewhat remarkable" that no studies have been received supporting the ABM from such groups. Stennis demanded — and received — an apology from Fulbright after the Arkansan noted opposition to the ABM among the Senate's freshmen and said they "are not interested in being .stooges of the military." When Stennis challenged him, Fulbright promptly conceded "1 overspoke myself" by using the word stooge. But he added: "For 25 years, this Senate has never challenged anything that the military establishment has ever asked for of any consequence. The military-industrial complex is a tremendous influence in this country." He asked Stennis: "You won't challenge that?" "I'll challenge your whole remarks," the Mississippi Democrat said. "No one should come here and impute bad motives, sinister influence ... and go un challenged." Get-Well Card In 1964, when Kennedy was immobilized and prevented from campaigning by the injuries suffered in an airplane crash, the voters sent him a huge get-well card in the form of an elected landslide. "Given all those mystical Irishmen up there," said one possibly cynical Democrat, "I don't see how an appeal like his could fail to be persuasive." Pro-Kennedy Democrats were quick to voice their praise for the speech. "It was a terribly honest statement," said Representative Thomas M. Rees of California, an early supporter of John and Robert Kennedy's presidential bids. "I don't think anybody who saw it could doubt that." Other Democrats, who de- to voice public criti- A pro-Humphrey Democrat said he was put off by Kennedy's call for a plebiscite on his remaining in the Senate. "That's a device," he said, "it's not genuine. He would have been more plausible if he had said he was weighing whether to run again; it is obvious he is not going to resign." towns and development'began to beat her ... Niccum schemes, is no longer able to migrate to fresh pastures and insure that grazing land has a periodic rest and can recov-' er. attended. not agree on a ver- also tried for ar- in state court and conspiracy in federal court — both she said a nucleus of 150 cnarges stemming from the continued to beat the decedent; Robert Kennedy workers will Da hmer death - and each severely and maliciously about: se t up nationwide post office timc there were m j st rials. the head. Returned Gun The next day, according off several thousand head buffalo, elephant and hippo to! T »e P etltlon seeks $500,000 boxes and solicit statements of support for Senator Kennedy in 5>61Z6 their respective states. self The Senator Kennedy in Public Life, and will be known as KEKP. , give the.remaining wildlife pop-jdamages for Miss Boothe's es « » f f remors : ' a te, $10000 for her fath Ka OT I r « mor This Democrat said he ulation in the valley a better ! . tate - $ 10 . 000 for her father for Cache of LSD SANTA ROSA, CALIF. (AP) — The largest cache of LSD ever found in California was confiscated by law enforcement officers in a raid on a rural thought Kennedy's chances for chance of survival. the 1972 nomination "were hurt; badly by everything that hap-; pened this past week, but he's! certainly not out of national poli- '• tics. If he continues to make a i record in the Senate, as he has, j » and if he ran for President in 1976, say anybody who brought; llke "Only an immediate reduction of elephant, buffalo and hippo can prevent or forestall a possible disaster and loss of animals," says one ecologist. An emergency removal program is now required." Many scientists believe that loss of her services and $2,500 Central Peril Tola home near here Friday, narcot- Twenty villages were cut off by for medical, hospital and funer- LIMA, PERU (REUTERS) — ics officials said. They asked for a jury trial. 7 Believe It,' Says Muskie NEW ALBANY, IND. — Senator Edmund S Muskie to run in 1972 and let him come j g™ ^^fo™^^\ of Maine said Senator Edward back in 1976, when his chances slaught j r o{ game can prov ide|M. Kennedy's televised state- jwhole incident might give Ken- , .„, cism, expressed private nedy « a very good excuse not « natural oaiance doubts that the expected first '•« —•- :- in"« --j i-» k!«™ wave of sympathy and support for the senator would al expenses. , Twenty villages were cut off by Thirty-five gallons of the hal- Attorneys for Boothe are floods and dozens of houses and lucinogenic drug and a sophis- James P. Hayes and Clair E. two bridges collapsed following t i c a t e d LSD manufacturing Hamilton, both of Iowa City. | earth tremors in central Peru plant were discovered, said in the past 48 hours, according Jerry Van Raam, field super- to reports reach! ig here Fri- visor for the California Narcot- day. The reports said 17 earth ic Bureau, tremors of varying strengths | Van Raam, who led the raid, were registered in the region j said the LSD might be worth around the city of Huancayo, | more than $1 million on the il- f AP) i 188 miles south of Lima. licit drug market. prevent serious questions about his behavior from being raised in the weeks, months,, or even years to come. "I feel nothing but com- might be better anyhow." Chief j Backs Kennedy a regular source of meat sup| ply, and this aspect of the use ! of wildlife is becoming increasingly important. In their three-year survey, the scientists will attempt to "I feel nothing but com-, WASHINGTON DC (AP^ - UIC OV;1 .' ;|1 " OVO "f" ""-•••»" -" nassinn for him " said one con- o WA " 11N rL 1U ' U '.V' ( ™'. determine to optimum levels of passion tor mm, saia one con |Senate Democratic Leader _„ ™™,i 0 tL, e ,,,hioh «,« merit Friday night "was a straightforward story. I believe • it." Muskie added, "I think it was gressional Democrat, "but I still don't think the full story was told. I wanted to hear a his favor — and I don't think I got it." Those politicians who argued that the speech would not by itself be sufficient to restore Kennedy's previously bright prospects for the next Demo- Mike Mansfield of Montana said Friday night he hopes Senator Edward M. Kennedy will the story of a man of integrity, of character, and I would ex- game populations which the|pect the people of Massachu- A Sound Idea Luangwa valley can carry — particularly of the big game. ate and resume his duties as assistant leader. "He has my full confidence | and support," Mansfield said,'. adding that Kennedy had been target the game static. populations kept setts to give him full support." Muskie, the Democratic vice- presidential candidate »!• the; last presidential election, _ was in New Albany for a fund-raising appearance. the target of slander, in cratic presidential nomination i nuendo and sly charges" by criticized both the content and' those who opposed him. Mans- the tone of his talk. ! field said he thought the Mas- Some noted apparent omis- sachusetts senator had an- sions in his chronicle of events i swered all of his critics by his on .the night Mary Jo Kopechne | statement on television about drowned in the wreckage of the! last Friday's automobile acci- car he had been driving and | dent. seeming discrepancies with the account he first gave police. 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