Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 30, 1974 · Page 1
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Tuesday, April 30, 1974
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INSIDE-- Kor wcnnen 3 Editorial 4 Spoils 0-7 Comies II Classified , . , . 9-11 Entertainment 12 114th YEAR-NUMBER 302 J2ortf)toegt The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspoper FAYETTEVIUE, ARKANSAS, V'JESDAY, APRIL 30, J974 LOCAL Showora with a few thundershowers and mild temperatures with locally heavy rainfall tonight, ending Wednesday. Mostly cloudy and mild Wednesday. Low last night 61- I* o w tonight In the upper Ms with highs Wednesday near 70. Son- set todiry 8:03; sunrise Wednesday 6:21 Weather map on page 11. ·£·40 PACK-TEN CINTS --AP Wircphoto CHARGED IN SLAYING . . .one of three women hides her jace after arrest Monday charged with murder, robbery and abduction Three Women Charged With Killing Hazen Policeman DeVALLS BLUFF, Ark. (AP) -- Prosecuting Attorney Sam Weems of Stuttgart said Monday night three women would be arraigned here today in connection with an armed robbery and the slaying of a Hazen policeman Monday night. Stale Police said Morris Greenwalt, 51, a Hazen city policeman, was killed Monday night while trying to apprehend three women wanted in connection with an armed robbery at Brinkley, State Police said. The three reportedly escaped from a correctional institution in Kentucky during the weekend. Weems identified t h e women in custody as Brenda Kay Spencer, 23, of Jackson, Ky., Lucille Anne Smith, 24, of Dry Ridge, Ky., and Essie Mae Willoek, 19, of Louisville, Ky. Officials in Kentucky said Miss Spencer and Miss Willoek were among four women who escaped Saturday from the K e n t u c k y Correctional I n - stitution for Women at Pewee Valley near Louisville. One of the other escapees turned herself in Monday. A fourth was identified as Lucille Shanks, 21, of Dry Ridge, Ky. Weems said Miss Smith and Miss Shanks are the same person. MURDER CHARGE Weems said each of the three would be charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery and three counts of kidnaping. The four women who escaped from the Kentucky instituion overpowered two male guards Income Rises In Arkansas Personal income in Arkansas rose 15.7 per cent during 1973, according to the Arkansas Business and Economic Review, published by the University of Arkansas college of business administration. The jump in total Arkansas personal income in 1973 can be attributed largely to a large increase in cash receipts from farm marketings, which rose 50 per cent during the year, the Review said. Another factor was an increase in total employment, which increased by about CO,000 during the year, for a growth of more than 8 per cent from the 1972 level. Also, unemployment in the state continued to remain at below the national average through the year and declined about five-tenths of one per cent. CONSTRUCTION OFF Other statistics cited by the Review include: -- Residential construction, on a seasonally adjusted basis, declined in each quarter of 1973. The value for the year was $450 million, 10 per cent less than in 1972. -- Non-residential construction noted a large increase in the third quarter hut fell again in the last quarter of the year, however, was still above the level of activity d u r i n g the first h a l f of the year. The Review said (hat, on a per capita basis, the $1 billion growth in the state's personal income amounted to a rise of about $450, from nbout $3/100 in 1972 to more t h n n 43.800 in 1973. Even allowing for inflation, the growth in personal Income "represents a h e n l l h y growlh rale in ,i year in which the national economy was not p a r t i c u l a r l y vigorous." H o w e v e r , t h e Review cautions, the nnccrtninty associated with farm prices and output in the present year mnkcs It "particularly d i f f i c u l t to reach any definite conclusion with respect to the rate of economic growth that might he anticipated In the preseni year." and a matron during the escape from the solitary confinement area. Miss Spencer was serving 18 months at a federal prison for forgery of U.S. Postal money orders: Miss Willock was serving three years for forgery (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Steel, Health Price Controls To Be Lifted WASHINGTON (AP) -- Price controls will end over steel, health and a few other industries at midnight tonight when the administration's 2 year-old wage- and price control program dies an unceremonious death. Despite high hopes when the controls program was imposed by President Nixon in August 1971, controls have been the clear loser in the battle with inflation. Prices, which increased at a 3.6 per cent annual rate then, now are rising at a 14.5 per cent, rate. Besides steel and health, controls also will end at midnight over all wages, the copper industry, construction, food processors and retail auto sales. The only exception is the petroleum industry, which will remain under a separate set of controls until March 1975. The nation may soon feel the effects of the end of controls, since there are predictions that steel prices could jump 13 per cent in the next few months and that health costs, including doctor and hospital fees, could soar even higher. Most of the nation's industry previously was exempted from controls, frequently in exchange for price-restraining commitments, although the ad ministration's Cost of Living Council will lack authority even to enforce these commitments after controls expire. WAHNINCi ISSUED Gary L. Seevcrs, a membe: of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. warned Monday that if inflation continues unchecked, controls may be back within a year. Seevers told a meeting of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce here the nation may finally have entered "a period of fairly stable food prices." He said prices of fresh foods already are f a l l i n g , and those of proc essc-cl foods w i l l not he far be hind. To House Judiciary Committee Watergate Tape Transcripts Delivered WASHINGTON (AP) -- Prescient Nixon, in sending to the House Judiciary Committee edited transcripts of many or lis Watergate-related convcrsa- .ions, said through his lawyers today that the tapes do not once make it "appeal 1 that the President of the United States was engaged in a criminal plot to obstruct justice." A 50-page submission to the panel considering possible im- raw material of these recorded confidential conversations es- lablishes that the President had Kissinger Talks With Boumedienne ALGIERS (AP) -- Secretary of State Henry Kissinger held another round of talks with President Houari Boumedienne today, then flew to Egypt trying to put together a G o l a n Heights disengagement agreement. Kissinger has received Soviet assurances of help in gelling Syria to agree to such a pact with Israel, and his stopover here presumbaly was to get whatever additional help he could from Boumedienne, who also has influence with Damascus. Kissinger talked with Boume- dienne for 3'/2 hours Monday night after his arrival -from Geneva. The American secretary in a brief statement said the Unilec Slates is making a major effort to find a basis acceptable to the Syrians and Israelis for stopping the fighting on the Golan Heights. American officials also re ported that relations between the U.S. and Algerian govern ments were improving but have not yet reached the point of formal restoration of diplomatic relations. Kissinger was flying to Alex andria this afternoon to confei with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, then on to Israel Wednesday and Damascus on Thursday. Informed sources said it was likely he also would visit Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and several other smaller Persian Gulf slates sometime in the next week. JOINT COMMUNIQUE Kissinger flew to Algiers after nine hours of talks in Geneva with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko They issued a joint commu- nique saying they had agreed to exercise their influence "towards a positive outcome and to remain in close touch with each other so as to strive to coordinate their efforts for a peaceful settlement in the area. The communique appeared to represent a gain for Kissiniger in his quest to have Moscow use its influence with Syria to achieve an agreement with Israel. But American officials said the Soviet pledge was basically one of attitude. They said the Russians' intentions would not become clear until Kissinger arrives in Damascus. Meanwhile. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said in Tel the Israeli govern- never been made Dayan indicated ment has not changed its position on withdrawing from Syrian territory. That position has public, but that there would he no significant retreal beyond the lines set by the 19G7 war. A senior U.S. official said Kissinger and Gromyko also found a "common framework' for working toward a new agreement to limit offensive nuclear weapons. He the . negotiators would concentrate on trying land and to place limits sea deployment missiles with independently tar getcd nuclear warheads. peachmenl. prepared by de- - s i . 'ense counsel James D. 3l«ir, also concluded that 'the 10 prior break-in" knowledge of at Democratic the Na- .ional Committee headquarters 'and that he had nrj knowledge of any cover-up prior to March The 1.200 p;igcs of · edited tapes were to be made public later in the day but the St. Clair document repeatedly quoted from the tape transcripts. And at points comparisons were made between the content of the transcripts and sworn testimony by ousted White House counsel John W. Dean III who has been the President's chief public accuser. The transcripts were deliv- ered earlier to an apparently skeptical House Judiciary Committee in a black station wag- un. There were stacks of pa- ers for each member. An hour before the committee's 10 a.m. deadline, White House aides had loaded 38 manila folders and four large black briefcases into the station wagon and headed for Capitol Hill. The White House submission concluded by referring directlyj to the- acquittal Sunday of for-i mer Ally. Gen. John N. Mit-j chell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans in a Watergater-related case tried in New York. It said the acquittals "demonstrate the wisdom of the President's actions in insisting that the orderly process of the judicial system he utilized to dcter- mine the guilt or innocence of ,,$? i n d i v i d u a l s charged with crimes, rather than participating in . trials in the public medift." Tht! President said Monday night, in a national radio and television address, he would deliver the transcripts, ."blemishes and all." and expected the American public to find in them proof of his innocence. Nixon, in announcing Monday t o r e e a e ,-AP Wlrsphoto TAPE TRANSCRIPTS TURNED OVER . .Nixon sent transcripts, background, to House Judiciary panel today Executive Privilege Waived Reasons For Turnabout Cited WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a turnabout from past declarations, President Nixon cited three reasons Monday night why he is setting aside the principle of executive privilege to make public numerous Iran- Trials Set On 'Pot' Charges Five persons arrested Monday in connection with confiscation of more than pounds of marijuana, pleaded innocent this morning in Washington Circuit Court to charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. C i r c u i t Judge Maupin Cummings set .$25,000 bond on each of the five, on recommendation of Prosecuting Attorney Mahlon Gibson. John R. Stone, 35, Memphis, Tcnn., was scheduled to come to t r i a l July 25. Jimmy Cooper, 24, Little Rock, was scheduled for trial J u l y 29, Sherry Hardy, 20. 235 S. College Ave, will face t r i a l July 11. Trial was scheduled for June 28 for Charles C. Harris, 2G. No. 3 Lester St. and Lonnie McGuire. 24. of 235 S. College Ave. The arrests involved a proposed sale of the 100 pounds of m a r i j u a n a to agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration of the federal Department of Justice. The stret value nf the m a r l (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) scripts of presidential conversations. "First, in the present circumstances the House of Representatives must he able to reach an informed judgment about the President's role in Watergate," he said. "Second, 1 arn making a major exception to the principle of confidentiality because I believe such action is now p.""" sary to restore the princiyje itself, by clearing the air of the central question that has brought such pressures upon it "Third, in the context of the current impeachment climate, I believe all the American people as well as their representatives in Congress are entitled to have not only the facts, hut also the evidence that demonstrates those facts. I want there to be no question remaining about the fact that the President has nothing to hide in this matter." SAID CONTRADICTION Nixon's statement Monday night on the value of the taped conversations precisely contradicted what he said last July in a letter to C h a i r m a n Sam J. Ervin Jr., D-N.C.. of the Senate Watergate committee. This tirr.c Nixon referred to the accounts of the conversations as "the evidence which will allow this matter to be brought to a prompt conclusion. 1 ' Rut in the letter to Ervin rejecting a tapes request, Nixon had said much earlier in the Wntergate a f f a i r : "If the release of the tapes would settle the central questions at issue in the Watergate i n q u i r i e s , then their disclosure might servo a substantial pub- Citizen By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS In the Oval Office of the White House. Richard M. Nixon ga/ed into the eye of the television camera and promised America that the pile of loose- leaf folders to his left would, finally, "tell it all." In Hallamlale. Fla., Hnrohl Harris gazed back at the President of the United States, "lie's lying." Harris said, puffing on a cigar. "The accused shouldn't be the one to decide what is relevant." A continent amiy. In Santa Mnnicn, C a l i f , , Sydney Albright munched H tossed salad ns he w.Uchcd Nixon on a small block and white TV. "I knew in time the other side of the story would be told. 1 hope the President's actions tomorrow will in- deed he the other side of the story." Once again, President Nixon turned to the national broadcast media to present a defense of his role in the Watergate snndnl. And once again, America listened. Seated at his desk, the c u m era panning periodically to the slacks of black notebooks containing transcripts of taped While House conversations, N i x o n placed his case in the h n n d s of the public. "In giving you these--We mishes and all--I nm placing my trust in the basic fairness of the American people," he said. " . . . I wns trying to discover what wns right and lo do whfll was right. I hope and trust that when you have seen the evidence in its entirety, you will see the truth of that state mcnt," But for Rill Sweeney, an ex ccutive with an electronics f i r m , the President's plea was not enough. "I'm so sick of nil his d i f f i cult days and all of his trusted friends scripts, and the of his Iran- 3(J-year-old father of six said in the family room of his home in Arlington Heights. 111. Nor w;is it enough for Don Peterson of Pleasant H i l l . Inwn. "He's just t r y i n g lo get more sympathy," Peterson said as he watched tho speech with a neighbor, Bill Sinnott. Nor for Waller Jusklowic/, n salesman from Cnpc Elizabeth. Maine. " I don't t h i n k he ever had it En his mind to t u r n over the tapes," Juskicivicz said. "He's trying to cun Ihe investi- g a t i o n himself." And from Bruce Pemberton of Alexander. Ark.: "Richard, you just took loo long." Nixon spoke 13 hours before the deadline set by Ihc House Judiciary Committee for delivery of White House lapos Ihe panel says it needs for its impeachment inquiry. The President said he would provide the commillre--and the public-with Iranscripls in.slead, with porlions he deemed not relevant to Watergate edited out. "1 t h i n k in the long run il will clear a lot of air." said Albright, a -12-year-old apartment manager and self-described Nixon supporter. "But in the lie interest that would have to be weighed very heavily against the negatives of disclosure. That fact is that the tapes would not finally settle the central issue." Nixon said: "Unless a president can protect the privacy of the advice he gets, he cannot get the advice that he needs." He had elaborated on that theme at length in past public appearances starting almost from the time last July when the existence of a White House tape recording system first was disclosed at the Senate Watergate hearings. * ' I 1 1 'i "i 1 11 HI NEWS BRIEFS Road Projects Bids are to be opened May 21 by the state Highway Commission on 20 road projects worth an estimated S9.6 million, including two projects for Washington County totaling $1 ,112, (JOO. The two projects arc surfacing of Hwy. 303. beginning at the junction of Hwy. 68 and extending north ($203,000) and the surfacing of 6.7 miles and construction of two bridge length culverts on Hwy. 265, beginning al Hwy. '15 east of Fayettcville and e x t e n d i n g east ($909.000). No Domogc Reported Washington County Judge Vol Lester said this morning that there are no reports of damage from the rains of Monday and Monday night. lister said the slow rain does not damage roads and fills as the driving rains do. Hits Indictment TALLAHASSEE Fla. (AP) -- Sen. Edward J. Gurney says his indictment on a charge of failing to report campaign contributions results from a "political Pearl Harbor attack" by Democrats. "I am absolutely innocent" the Florida Republican said in a Monday statement confirming reports that a Leon County grand jury had voted to indict him for allegedly violating a Florida election law. "This is deliberate political harassment of the bcisest sort." Hampered By Rain LITTLE ROCK (AP) Arkansas farmers, hampered by heavy rains April 22 and 32, did very little work in their fields last week, according to a report from the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The agency said some acreage of most crops will have to be resccdcd because of heavy rain and flooding. Promise Varied short run it's going lo create a storm brewed primarily by his detractors " Bill Sweeney remained generally silent during the speech, but when Nixon again asked that Watergate be left behind. he interjected: "Oh please, don't give me that again." Later, he took out an envelope on which be had scribbled a passage from n book one of his children was reading. It was the eulogy Nixon had delivered for the lalo President Dwight D. EiaC-iihnvver. '"His life is a reminder to us that there is a moral force in the world more powerful lhan Ihe might of armies or the wealth of nations.'" Sweeney read. Then he added: " W h y couldn't this man have shown lhal moral force he la Iked about?" Juskicwic/, a 35-year-old salesman, said Nixon should have complied fully wilh the subpoena. "I think he's trying to ix? an honest guy. but he's going about it in the wrong way." The Nixon speech did nothing to shake the opinions of Harold Harris, an 83-year-old retired diamond merchant. "You know the old saying, 'If at first you do deceive, what an awful web you weave.' "But I tell you, he's smart and clever," adiled Harris, who watched the speech In his apartment 15 miles norlh of Miami. "I'd hate to nee him Impeached. I'd rather have a smiirl crook in tha Whit* House than a dumb one," edited transcripts, said: "I am placing my trust in the basic fairness of the American people." NOT RECORDINGS He is not turning over the tape recordings the committee has subpoenaed, drawing complaints from Democrats and at least one Republican on the committee. A committee briefing session scheduled for this morning was abruptly canceled and committee aides said Chairman Peter Rodino, D-N.J.. would refuse to comment on Nixon's offer at this time. The aide said committee acceptance of the transcripts does not bind the committee to Nixon's terms of response to the subpoena. The subpoena called for delivery of the tapes at 10 a.m. Rodino was planning to convene the committee Wednesday and try to determine its response to Nixon. Rodino has been offered free television time to make his own presentation tonight and some committee members were urging him to accept it. In the 50-page submission, « Nixon-Dean conversation of March 21, 1973 was acknowledged by the White House to be "important in assessing tha conduct of the President." Nixon has repeatedly contended he knew nothing about the Watergate cover-up until Dean informed him of it at that session. However, the submission said that even at the March 21 meeting there were "significant matters which Dean did not report to the President." including a Dean order for the destruction of documents from the Whita House safe of convicted Watergate burglar, E. Howard Hunt; Dean's handling of money that went to Watergate defendants, and that "Dean had authorized promises of executive clemency" for the defendants. NOT INVOLVED One excerpt from the transcript quoted Dean as telling Nixon on that day "you are not involved in it (the cover-up) and it is something you shouldn't ..." Nixon is said to have responded, "That is true!" Dean also was quoted as telling Nixon early in the meeting: "The reason that I thought we ought to talk this morning is because in our conversations I have the impression that you don't know everything I know and it makes it very difficult for you to make judgments that only yon can make on some of these things and I thought that At another point. Dean said according to the transcripts, "I know, sir, I can just tell from our conversation that there arc things you have no knowledge of." The White House submission did not fully spell out the controversial discussion on March 21 between Nixon and Dean about the payment of hush money to Hunt. It simply said: "The President expressed the belief that the money could be raised, and. perhaps, even a way could be found to deliver it. However, he recognized and pointed out that blackmail would continue endlessly, and in the final analysis would not be unless the Watergate defendants were given executive clemency which he said adamantly, could not be done The President stated: 'No. it is wrong that's for sure . In a hid to win committee support for his compromise offer, Nixon has invited Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D- N.J., and Rep. Edward Hutchinson. R-Mieh., the senior Republican, to listen to the tapes and verify the transcripts. The President said the material he was making available should end, once and for all, speculation about his role In Watergate. Wll/t TEf,L AM, "As far as what th« President personally knew and did with regard to Watergate and cover-up j» concerned, materials--together with the these those already made available --will fell It all," Nixon sairl Watergate is only one of nix areas of presidential conduct the committee Is studying In it* Impeachment Inquiry. Nixon did not refer to any others--the activities of the special White House Investigating unit known as the plumbers, Oie ITT antitrust settlement, political contributions by dilry co-ops, While House pfuns for rlomeiitlc Intelligence gathering and th« (CONTINUED ON PAOB TWO)

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