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"fhef* are but two power i in the world, the iword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the mine." -Napoleon Bonapartt (The ; r ' •' • • • ' ' t •- r ' ** N0UTS Serving The Top 0' Texas II Years WEATHER Partly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms through Friday. High in low Ms, low in low Ms. Forty per cent chance of rain through Friday. Yesterday's ligh, II. Today's low, 63. Moisture: .03inch. VOL.II~NO.II Clrcililion Certified by ABC Audit THE PAMPA DAILY NEWS THURSDAY, JUNE 22,1972 118 Pages Today) •WH» tuft Nt PAST AND PRESENT meet in Rome on Italy's Armed Forces Day. A contingent of crack troops on the double double races by the ancient Colosseum. 11 Killed, Many Left Homeless As Agnes Hits 5 East States By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Flash floods fueled by torrential rains of northward-bound tropical storm Agnes struck wide areas of Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York on Wednesday, leaving thousands homeless and as many as 11 persons dead or missing. Civil defense officials in Richmond, Va., said at least six persons were believed dead in that state, and that three other unconfirmed deaths had been reported. The victims included two adults and two children who drowned when their car was swept up by floodwaters from the James River in Buchanan County, authorities said. Another man drowned after a small earth dam burst near Manassa, 6 DIE, 6 WOUNDED N.J. Gunman Identified And Undergoing Surgery CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) Police say they are baffled as they search for a motive for the shooting rampage by a gunman who entered an office building armed with two sawed- off rifles and methodically pumped bullets into any man he encountered. Six men died, six were wounded. Officials identified the gunman as Edwin C. Grace, 33. a uniformed off-duty guard for a •ecurity agency. He was hospitalized with what police said were self-inflicted gunshot wounds in the neck and head. Doctors said he had a good chance of pulling through. A witness said the gunman kept reloading the .22-caliber rifles and that nearly 100 bullets were fired as he ordered women to get out of his way. A worker in an employment office in the building, Heritage House, James Ashen, 24, of Black wood, said: "This guy walked in. He was a complete stranger. I never saw him before and he shot my boss in the head and he hit the floor. He shot the guy sitting in front of me a couple of times in the back. "The other three of us grabbed chairs and crowded into the corner of a small room. begging him not to shoot us, but he kept firing and he kept saying, 'Don't move, don't move.' He was a maniac." Three of the wounded men were in Critical condition and a seventh man was injured seriously when he leaped through a window attempting to avoid the gunman. Victims interviewed by police said they did not know Grace and had not seen him previously. The gunfire erupted about 3 p.m., and police said the gunman terrorized the building for several minutes. About 40 policemen surrounded it after being alerted by a wounded man who escaped. Public Safety Director Wallace Lapeters said the officers fired tear gas cannisters into the building and that several policemen entered, but that no shots were exchanged with the gunman. Several women who encountered the gunman told police he ordered them to get out of the way. Six women scrambled to safety from the GMA Co. office, and another seven who confronted the gunman as they cowered in a basement also were unharmed. Carried from the building on a stretcher was Grace, a Pinkerton guard from the Trenton, N.J.. office of the detective agency. Supreme Court Against Segregated Jury Selection WASHINGTON (AP) - Convictions of white defendants are invalid if Negroes were systematically excluded from the jury, the Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 today. Over the years the court has struck down guilty judgments returned against black defendants by juries from which blacks were pointedly excluded. Today's ruling was the first ever involving a white defendant. Justice Thurgood Marshall, in (he main opinion, said "when a grand or petit jury has been selected on an impermissible basis, the existence of a constitutional violation does not depend on the circumstances of the person making the claim." The jury case came from Georgia where Dean Rene Peters, was convicted of burglary in Muscogee County and sentenced to 10 years in prison, long after the 1966 trial he asked federal courts to set aside the judgment because the juries were drawn from racially segregated tax rolls and no Negroes served at his trial. Marshall said if Peters can prove the systematic exclusion of blacks his conviction must fall Most state courts have come 10 an opposite view: That a defendant can upset his con- viction on the basis of discriminatory jury selection only when the defendant and the people kept off the jury were of the same race. Justices William 0. Douglas and Potter Stewart backed' Marshall's position that the "due process" provisions of the Constitution bar conviction of any defendant by a jury from which a particular race was systematically excluded. Israelis Follow Up Raids Against Lebanese Village By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israel followed up its attack on villages and guerrilla camps in southeast Lebanon Wednesday with artillery attacks on two border villages today, Lebanese in the area reported. There was no confirmation from Israel, and the Lebanese barred Western newsmen from the area. There were also un- confimed reports that Israeli tanks had crossed the border again today in the Mt. Hermon area that was attacked Wednesday. Israeli patrols were active along Israel's side of the border today. and the sixth victim drowned in Nelson County, authorities said. In southwestern New York, where two persons were known dead and at least 2,500 were forced to evacuate their homes. State Police Sgt. Elton B. Ingalls described the scene as "absolute, complete destruction." Flood warnings were posted throughout New York State as the sluggish storm system, downgraded from a hurricane but still packing a punch, inched northward on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Throughout the Atlantic .seaboard, the picture was the same—entire towns inundated by water, families forced to leave their homes and hundreds of motorist left stranded in their cars on highways. Men To Be Drafted Given 'Fresh Chance' WASHINGTON (AP) - Men ordered drafted in early July were given a fresh chance today to beat the draft by joining the Reserves or National Guard. They also were offered another chance to enlist in the regular forces for two years, instead of the usual three or more, and gain a wider choice of assignments than draftees. Today's announcements reflect Selective Service moves to implement two new policies, one permitting men to opt for the Guard or Reserves after getting their draft notices, and the other permitting the shorter enlistment period. The new rule says a man may not join a unit or enlist for less than three years within 10 days of his induction date. That would have left out most of those ordered to report early next month, but today Acting Draft Director Byron V. Pepitone eased the rule. Pepitone authorized draft boards to grant a 15-day delay for men with reporting dates between July 1 and July 15 if they are actively being processed for Reserve or Guard appointment or two-year enlistment. Council Considers Action To Halt Food Price Hike House To OK Aid Bill WASHINGTON (AP) - A $5.3-billion-a-year program of federal aid to states and cities appears poised for easy passage in the House. The opposition broke Wednesday when it was unable to force the bill open for amendments. The vote was 223 to 185 and the margin for passage later today is expected to be greater. One of the opposition leaders, Rep. John W. Byrnes, R-Wis., said the procedural vote "pretty well decided the question.'' "I'm not going to kid myself that anything I say is going to change the situation," Byrnes told the House later. Although it is uncertain when the Senate will take ap the measure, Chairman Russell B. Long, D-La., of the Finance Committee said he will try to begin hearings before the July 10 Democratic convention. Long predicted the bill will easily win Senate approval, though probably with some changes. It would distribute initially $1.8 billion a year to the states, $3.5 billion to cities and other local governments. The state share would be increased over the five-year life of the program. Tax effort, especially state income tax, would be the key element in dividing the states' share. The,local governments would get their apportionments under a more complicated formula taking into account population, urban concentration and poverty. The bill would provide also, on an optional basis, for joint collection of state and federal income taxes. JUDGE GETS SWCD WORK PLAN--Gray County Judge Don Cain goes over his copy of the program of work of the Gray County Soil and Water Conservation District with directors of the district at their regular meeting Wednesday. From the left, Milton Carpenter; Curtis Schaffer, chairman; Judge Cain and Sam Bowers. Present but out of the picture were Robert Sailor and Tony Smitherman. Judge Don Cain Briefed On County Water Plan By RAY BAXTER Members of the Gray County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors met with County Judge Don Cain Wednesday to apprise him of their plan of work. As a legal subdivision of state government the district is under the aegis of the county judge and commissioners court. Even though the county may not be responsible financially for the program, the authority of the court sometimes is necessary to .qualify for other help -in th»v work of the district. The governing board of directors of; the district is comprised of five duly elected landowners. Currently the board is made up of Curtis Schaffer, chairman; Sam Bowers; Milton Carpenter; Democrat Criticizes Price For Committee Attendance A ranking Democrat member of Congress has criticized Republican Rep. Bob Price of Pampa for a poor attendance record at meetings of the House Science and Astronautics Committee and two of its subcommittees. Rep. Olin E. Teague, a fellow Texan, reported Price had missed 58 per cent of the committee and subcommittee meetings. league's criticism of Price's committee attendance came after Price mailed a newsletter dated June 13 that contained the attendance records of all Texas congressmen on roll calls in the House. Teague inserted Price's attendance record for the space committee and two of its subcommittees into the Congressional Record, which was distributed Wednesday. As of June 13, the committees had held 85 meetings. Price attended 36 meetings and was absent at 49. Teague said. Teague, of Bryan, is in line to become chairman of the full committee next year if Democrats retain control of the House. George P. Miller of California, the present chairman, was defeated in a primary contest. Price is the author of a bill establishing rules to expell any member of congress who misses more than 70 per cent of the House roll calls. The bill does not mention House committee meetings. Chairman of one of the space subcommittees, Teague said the committee system is the heart of Congress. He feels most of the work of a congressman is carried on within the committees. Robert Sailor and Tony Smitherman. The plan of work has been set forth in a 20-page bound book replete with pictures, maps and graphs of the county. The directors passed on the final form of the program in December, 1971. Perhaps the most important and ambitious undertaking of the district is the three-pronged watershed project. This is the development of the McClellan Creek, Red Deer Creek and Sweetwater Creek • watersheds The Red Deer Creek project should be completed his year. The other two are being held up by the state of Oklahoma. The Texas agency involved has already assigned a priority to the Sweetwater Creek watershed which begins in Gray County, runs into Wheeler County then into Oklahoma. Work cannot begin until the state of Oklahoma assigns a priority and a simultaeaous effort is begun. The McClellan Creek watershed work was planned in concert with Donley and Carson counties and was approved by the commissioners courts of those entities. It was then forwarded to Washington where further action has been impeded by members of the national congress from Oklahoma. According to the directors of the local district, the objection was raised alleging a loss of water to Oklahoma's -Lake Altus. It was stated at Wednesday's meeting that the corps of engineers had gone on record as saying this was not the case since Lake Altus had silted in and the dam would have to be raised befoe it would have the capacity for enough water to carry out the original hopes of an irrigation project. NO DEATHS REPORTED Tornadoes And Thunderstorms Whip Panhandle-Plains Sector By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Savage tornadoes and thunderstorms battered the Texas Panhandle-Plains sector during the night and this morning, and the violent weather spread into central and east parts of the state this morning. Two of the twisters struck in Amarillo and one ripped the top floor off the Rodeway Inn in the southwest part of the city, injuring a woman slightly. Another tornado laid waste the airport at Dumas, 37 miles north of Amarillo, while straight winds which by police account gusted up to 90 miles per hour did considerable damage in the town itself. A woman also was injured in Dumas. While there was considerable destruction, no deaths were reported. Four hospitals in Amarillo and one in Dumas received 23 persons injured in the storms, none seriously. Five remained under treatment today. Authorities said the wind hit 100 m.p.h.—well above minimum hurricane force—in Amarillo, where the roof sailed off the Rodeway Inn onto a restaurant and loss was estimated at $150,000. There also was damage to the Travelodge motel nearby. Twenty trailer houses were wrecked and two airplanes were destroyed at Dumas, and two motels were among other places battered by the winds. Besides the Dumas and Amarillo tornadoes, the National Weather Service reported funnel clouds sighted at or near Stinnett, Panhandle, Hereford, Tulia, Groom, Silverton, Clarendon and Goodnight. As the unruly weather persisted into this morning, menacing thunderstorms kept portions of North Central and Northeast Texas under siege. Skies were generally clear over the rest of the state except for almost clear conditions near the Rio Grande. At the height of the storms, hurricane force winds were forced in several areas—up to 90 miles per hour at Dumas and 85 m.p.h. at a point between Groom and Clarendon, peace officers said. Dumas' civil defense director . Al Trimble said the only tornado in that area was one which nearly demolished the airport two miles west of town but damage from the mighty winds was extensive inside the city limits. "We checked trailer houses first and they have been heavily damaged in every section of town," a Dumas police dispatcher said. "Some business buildings have been heavily damaged by the high winds and hail." State police reported one of their patrol cars was blown off a highway near Dumas, and high water for a time blocked U.S. 287 in that vicinity. At one juncture, funnel cloud sightings caused the National Weather Service to issue tornado warnings for 26 counties. In the course of the night it also posted tornado watches for 41 counties, plus numerous severe thunderstorm warnings. By early today, a cool front contributing to the turbulence lay stalled along a line linking Lufkin, Waco and Midland, with a band of thunderstorms extending east and west to the north of the frontal system. The worst storms developed in moist, unstable air at the end of a day which saw temperatures top 100 degrees in places for a second straight day. The latest polemics in this controversy came over the application of a private rain-making organization for a permit to seed clouds over Texas. A number of Gray County citizens forwarded written objections to the state agency involved. They were told by that agency positive proof of resulting damage would have to be furnished before they would refuse the permit. The "damage" would be loss of potential moisture from the clouds which would bypass Texas lands through the undeveloped watershed of McClellan Creek to fill Lake Altus. Judge Cain pointed out to the, members of the board Wednesday that the chief opponent to the project in Washington, Oklahoma Senator Fred Harris, is a "lame duck" and there might be relief in another direction. In considering the total program of work encompassed in the plans of the district, Judge Cain was told that cooperation of land owners in Gray County was almost 100 per cent despite the fact that there is no coercion at any point to get them into the district. The Gray County SWCD has a working agreement with the Soil Conservation Service of the U. S. Deparment of Agriculture. This has been invaluable in the survey of soils, conservation planning and in the watershed projects. Underlying all other reasons for being of the district is the growing value of land and water resources in the county. The districts hopes, by its plan of work, to conserve and develop them. City Gets .03 Inch Of Rain From Storm While tornadoes and violent thunderstorms hit parts of the Panhandle last night, Pampa received only .03 inch of rain from a storm which spread over the city about 9 p.m. last night. Clouds rolled over the city with lightning and thunder and wind, but only intermittent rain fell before the storm passed over. No damages were reported in Pampa. The moisture from last night's storm pushed the total moisture for the year over the seven inch mark. The total reached seven inches from a rain that struck Pampa on Sunday and left .54 inch moisture total. The total is now 7.03 inches for the year, with 1.35 inches falling in June to date. Inside Today's NeWS Pages Abby 10 Classified 17 Comic* 12 Crossword II Editorial 18 Food Page 13 Sports U-15 Women's News 13 Ag Goods May Face Controls WASHINGTON (AP) - The Cost of Living Council today begins considering the Price Commission's call for "firm and immediate action" to halt rising food prices by broadening President Nixon's controls on agricultural products. After a day-long meeting Wednesday, the commission decided to make its recommendation to the council, which oversees the controls Nixon imposed last November. A commission spokesman stopped short of telling newsmen the exact recommendation, but said the commission members "feel the problem exists because of the tack of control of raw agricultural products." Raw agricultural products, which by government definition includes both live animals and vegetables, have been exempt from controls since the start of the program last Aug. 15. The administration has been reluctant to try to control such a volatile market. The spokesman listed removal of the exemption as one of the main options. He also said the commission "is not currently recommending a freeze" on food prices, another principal option. While the Cost of Living Council, headed by Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz, is not bound by the commission's thinking, the price agency's recommendation will weigh heavily on any decision. The spokesman said the commission definitely hopes for quick action by the council on its recommendation. "There was general agreement that firm and immediate action was necessary," he said of the lengthy commission session behind closed doors. The commission also discussed allowing only a limited pass-through of costs at the wholesale level, using government, persuasion to try to talk down the rise in prices, and increasing meat exports, the spokesman said. The council's staff and other government economists have been working separately on a program to try to stem the tide of rising food costs, particularly meat. Although record meat prices have been recorded at the wholesale level, they have yet to be fully reflected at the retail level. But Nixon administration economists said the public should expect retail food prices to go up soon. That the rise in food prices has not been fully reflected at the retail level was evident by the release Wednesday of the May Consumer Price Index. O'Brien Attacked For Speech DALLAS, Tex. (AP) - Presidential Communications Director Herbert Klein has accused Democratic Party Chairman Lawrence O'Brien of "McCarthyism" for his statements regarding the burglary- bugging of the Democratic National Headquarters. Klein told the Dallas Morning News that "when the full explanation is out;' 1 feel that O'Brien will owe an apology to John Mitchell." Klein made his comments after hearing that O'Brien had sued the Republican Committee for the Re-election of the President of which Mitchell, former attorney general, is chairman. O'Brien charged that a "clear line to-the White House" is developing from the arrest Saturday of five men who broke into Democratic headquarters. "I am confident that a full investigation will show there was no Republican implication," Klein stated

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