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EditorW 4 For women ....^...f.,,...... » Sporta ?-« Comics ··...;.: * · · · · · ' Classified ....*...... : 10-1J Entertainment .............. 14 114* YEAX-NUMBER 330 J2ortl)lDcst SirUnnsas State* The Public Intel*** Is Tlw First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTW1UI, AKKANSAS, TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1974 IOCAI POtfCAST- Partly cloudy, windy a n d wanner tonight and Wednesday with chance of thundershowers tonight and Wednesday. L o w tonight 65; high Wednesday 88-9$; sunset today 8:23; sunrise Wednesday 6:02. Weather map on page J. .£14 PAGES-TEN CENTS As Primary Polls Open Moderate State Vote Forecast UTTLE ROCK (AP) -- The two candidates for the Arkansas Democratic senatorial nomination -- Sen. J. W. Fulbright and Gov. Dale Bumpers -- planned to vote today at their hometowns and then return to Little Rock to await the returns. Both men have predicted victory. Fulbright. 89, who has been a senator for 30 years, said his poll shows him with an edge of less than one per cent. Bumpers 48, serving his second two- year term as governor, said his poll shows him substantially ahead. About 500.000 Arkansans are expected to vote today between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Also on the ballot is a three- way contest, including former 3ov. Orval E. Faubus, for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The other candidates are former congressman David L. Pryor, 39. of Little Rock and Lt. Gov. Bob Riley, 49, of Arkadelphia. Faubus, 64, is known mainly for calling out the National Guard in 1957 to temporarily block the court-ordered deseg- regation of Little Rock Central High School. Four persons are vying for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat. They are Bill Clinton, 27 of Fayetteville; state Sen. W E. "Gene" Rainwater. 49. o Greenwood; David A. Stewart 32, of Danville; and M a y o r James A. Scanlon, 38, of Greenland. On Nixon's Impeachment Ford Asks Speedy Hearings WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Gerald R. Ford says he hopes t h e House Judiciary Committee won't expand its hearings on the impeachment of President Nixon, declaring, "If they drag it out, it could very well interfere with the necessary work of the Congress." Ford was asked in an interview about reports that committee members feel additional hearings are needed to clarify ambiguities in Watergate tapes and trtnscripts. "I certainly hope not," he replied. "I think they could --I · would hope they would get it, whatever they do, to the floor of the House by late June or early July." Ford was interviewed in the wake of his strong public disapproval of President Nixon's refusal to provide any additional Watergate evidence to the Judiciary Committee. However, at the vice president's request, .hat was not raised in the interview. Presidential Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler on Sunday jut down reports ot differences jetween Ford and Nixon. Meanwhile, Judiciary Comm i 11 e e Republican Reps. Charles E. Wiggins of California, David W. Dennis of Indiana and Henry P. Smith of New York all said Nixon's "hush money" conversation of March 21. 1973, is the only evidence they have heard that could tend to implicate the chief executive in the Watergate cover-up. All had insisted before listening to the tape last week that the inquiry had yet to hear any evidence implicating Nixon. However, the three said in interviews over the Memoria Day recess that the March 21 alk could be a turnaround Mint if it is clarified with f u r - ! .her investigation. And former Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox said Nixon's refusal to comply with the committee's evidence demands .s one of three possible grounds for removing him from office. P o t e n t i a l l y even more serious, said Cox, would be Nixon's disobedience of a Supreme Court order to turn over tapes and documents. Cox named as the third and broadest ground for impeachment the failure ot Nixon to restrain his White House aides and campaigners who were involved in the scandal; Ford said he has not decided whether he will take an active part if the impeachment issue goes before the House. "I certainly will reiterate, as I have in the past, to any members my feelings, and I don't foiesee that they're going to change, that the President is nnocent of any impeachab'e offense," Ford said. Ford was interviewed in his twin-engine Air Force Convair as he flew back to Washington for a brief Memorial Day respite 1 at home. He flies to Charlotte, N.C.. today to play in a pro-amateur golf tournament and said he plans to continue tho busy schedule that has carried him 80,000 miles into 30 states since last fall. Asked if he thought the impeachment situation posed special nroblems for Republicans, the vice president said "generally, r think it's a no-win vote for anybody in the Congress. "I suspect there is more of a political problem for Republicans than for Democrats," he said. The winner will oppose Rep. John Paul Hammcrschmidl. a Republican, in the November general election. Arkansas' four incumbent congressmen have no opposition in the primary. Bumpers, citing inflation, energy shortages and other national problems, has called for new leadership in the Senate. He has said seniority ought not to be the controlling factor in giving chairmanships in Congress. Fulbright. chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, tells the voters that his seniority will be a benefit to them if they return him to Washington. One issue in the Senate race was the refusal by Bumpers to engage Fulbright in three live, hour - long televised debates. Bumpers said he was talking to the people about what they believe are the issues and did not want to get into a public argue- ment with Fulbright. The sena tor said public argument is what the Senate is about. Arkansas has about 950,000 registered voters, but usually only slightly more than half ac tually participate on election day. That includes an estimated 70,000 of about 120,000 to 130,000 blacks. Fulbright has made a well-fi- *·' nanced pitch for their support, Z?? but that has brought some criti cism from blacks who characterized it as an attempt to buy black support. A black aide to Fulbright. Ben Grinage, said that was a false characterization. GOVERNOR'S RACE In the governor's race, the candidates have not differed substantially on many issues, but two have focused on the same subject with widely dif- the E. B. Meriwether, Long-Time UA Law Teacher, Dies At 75 Edward B. Meriwether, 75, at Alton, 111., the son of Edward long-time University of Arkansas law school professor, died this morning In a local hospital. Meriwether, who retired from the law school faculty 11 years ago, was born Aug. 21, 1898, Poverty Bill Action Near WASHINGTON (AP) -- An "other policy battle with President Nixon looms as the House takes up a bill this week to revise the federal anti - poverty program but keep it i Washington's control. The anti-poverty bill heads a light legislative calendar for Congress, when it returns today from a long Memorial Day weekend recess. Before the Senate is an effort to revive continued U.S. participation in making internations loans to poor countries, which t h e House rejected last January. The House Judiciary Com mittee is to complete the Wa tergate cover-up phase of it: impeachment evidence review and then meet possibly Thurs day on what to do about the President's refusal to turn over subpoenaed tapes. The House anti-poverty oil would go along with Nixon': proposal to dismantle the Offici of F-conomic Opportunity, bu would reject his plan generally to turn control of anti-poverty programs over to the states. K would transfer the heart of the present program, commu nity action services such as Op eration Head Start and socta services, over to a new Com munity Action Administration in the Department of Health Education and Welfare. Legal services for the poor also would be turned over t HEW pending the outcome of separate bill to create a Legal Services Corporation. . and Emma Clement Meri- ether. Meriwether was known to his ssociates, friends and to enerations of law students s "Judge" -- an informal tie that came into general usage iroughout Northwest Arkansas. He was brought to the Univer- ty law school in 1930 by the ate Dean Waterman and taught or 35 years before retiring in 963. Following his retirement, scholarship fund was insti- uted in his name -- the E. Meriwether Recognition "" ' MANY HONORS Meriwether received his PhB rom Shurtleff College, a LLB rom Washington University and a JD degree from the Uni- ersity of Chicago. He was also he recipient of an honorary .LD degree. He was a member, hairman of the board and hairman of the building Committee of the Acacia Fraternity t the UA. He was named to he National Juris Prudence Committee of Acacia FmaUsr- ity. Meriwether was active in Demolay and the holder of the .egion of Honor, Cross of Honor and Medal of Appreciation awards. He was the chairman of the Masonic Temple Commit- ee of Washington Lodge No. , a member of the Fort Smith Consistory and a member of Far West Chapter No. 1. He was a member of the Unitarian Church. He is survived by one sister. Mrs. Katharine N. Heagler of Springdale, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Moore's Chapel. Nixon Optimistic WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Ninon sent Congress today a special economic report predicting that the surge in inflation should subside to about seven per cent in the last quarter of this year. In the past three months the cost of living increase has been at an annual rate of 12.1 per cent, the highest level since 1951. CTIMESphoto by Ken Goodk FULBRIGHT FLIES HOME FOR THE ELECTION .arriving at Drake Field aboard a Skyways jlight, the senator and his wife were greeted by Razing The Territory AB Israeli bulldozer brings down one of the last standing snctBrts In Qnneitra, capital of Syrian Golan Heights he- lore Israeli forces poll back from the position. (AP Wire- photo) 'ir:ra^ NEWS BRIEFS State's Roads Claim Three On Memorial Day Weekend «T THE ASSOCIATED PRESS . Norene Beard, 60, of Warren who was killed in a two-car crash which injured five other persons, was one of the three persons who died in traffic accidents on Arkansas highways .during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The traffic death count began at I p.m. Friday and continued through midnight Monday. The other victims were Hen .tified as Stephen Michael Gregory, 17, of Caraway and Joe C. Sanders, Si, of Foreman. SUta Poiic* uid Gregory was killed when he tost control of his car at an intersection. The car then ran into a ditch two miles north of Caraway in Craigbead County. Sanders was killed when he lost control of his pick-up truck while rounding a curve near Winthrop in Little River coun- Bomben KHIed BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- An explosion ripped apart a parked car in Chautaqua Park, killing the vehicle's three occupants, police reporteeri. Investigators said the explosion Monday night apparently was caused by dynamite. Officers theorized the victims may have been making a bomb that detonated accidentally. The victims were not positively identified at once, but police said they believed two of them were women and that one of the two was a University ot Colorado student. A student identification card was found in a purse at the scene. Sentence Reversed LITTLE ROCK. (AP) - The manslaughter conviction of Lois Clark in the stabbing death of her husband was reversed by the Arkansas Supreme Cour today because of prejuriicia statements by the proeeutor during .the trial. Mrs. Clark was charged with ty, trooper A. Byford said. The car then bit * tree. State Ponce laid the Beard woman make a wat left attempting to turn on to Ar kansas I near Warren when her car wai (truck broadside by toother vehicle, first degree murder after he husband was stabbed in » fami ly fight, but a Crawford Count; Circuit Court jury convictei her on a charge of voluntary manslaughter and set a sentence of seven years in prison. Class Suits Killed WASHINGTON AP) -- The upreme Court ruled today that laintiffs in so-called class ac- or. suits, used increasingly in ecenl years by environmental ind consumer groups, must in- lividually notify at their own ixpense each member of the !lass on whose behalf they are iuing. The court agreed in substance with the findings of the U.S. Circuit Court in New York, which specialists in class action suits have said would put almost insurmountable obstacles In their path. Denied SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) --The chief South Vietnamese government spokesman denied today that President Nguyen Van Thieu's special assistant for political affairs has been placed under house arrest in connection with an alleged Communist espionage ring. Spokesman Bui Bao True said reports of the arrest of Nguyen Van Ngan. 40. were wrong ami groundless. True acknowledged that Ngan had been dismissed by Thieu, and his post abolished but said this was purely for budgetary Faubus record. Pryor, a lawyer who served three terms in the state House of Representatives before going to Congress, reminded voters that gambling Flourished illegally in Hot Springs during most of the Faubus tenure. Faubus has claimed t h a t his administration shut down the g a m b l i n g in 1964. Both Pryor and Faubus gave top priority to education . and Faubus talked about specific goals he would try to reach in several fields. Pryor avoided specific commitments, saying he did not want to mislead the people by promising things that might not be within reach. Riley has mainly offered himself as an a 1 r i rnHt ; "^ to Faubus and Pryor. He is the only candidate who said his list of contributors was available for inspection by anyone. Faubus and Pryor, each of whom linked the other to a so call ec "secret meeting" with wealthv (COlfnNtnOD ON PAGE TWO) Traffic Toll Down BY 101 By The Associated Press More. than 100 fewer persons died on the nation's highways during this year's 78-hour Memorial Day weekend than in 1973. Unofficial totals show 374 traffic deaths this year, compared to 486 during the 197 holiday weekend. The National Safety Counci had estimated before the three day weekend that between 45 and 550 persons would die i traffic accidents. That estimat was 100 below the 1973 estimat put out before last year's hoi Jay by the safety council. Th highest toll for a three-day Mi morial Day weekend was 597 i 1960. The council anticipated a sa fer holiday than normal th year because of the 55 m.p.! e speed limit and fears of a gas t line shortage. There were n -- reports of gasoline shortages, n The tabulation period for hoi il day accidents began at 6 p,m i- local time Friday and ended n midnight local time Monday. Middle East Tal JERUSALEM (AP) -- Henry Kissinger's month-long liddle East peace mission was t its most critical stage today s Israel's government meets or a fateful decision on a troop separation pact with Syria. Heavy Vole Seen In Area A spot check of precincts in i'ayelteville at 11:30 showed a arge turnout in today's primary election -- and consid- rab'le confusion over the new rccinct boundaries. The vote was expected to be leavy because of the interest enerated by the senatorial ace which pits 30-year incumbent J. W. Fulbright against Gov. Bale Bumpers. The guber- atorial race has also drawn much interest. The Washington County Elec- ion Commission this year s t a b l i s h e d n e w precincts joundaries for Fayetteville and Springdale. County Clerk Ruth Roberts said her office has been tept busy with calls from con- used voters and workers. Observers in rural parts of the county see a large turnout of voters. The pools close at 7:30 p.m. onight. There was evident confusion at some polling places this morning possibly because of candidate's signs slating thai the polls would open at 7:3( a.m. The polls opened at 8 a.m Acording to the Washington County judges's office, most voting machines arc working well with only the usual numbei of machines being jammed County voting machine custo dian Jim Farmer is overseeini necessary repairs. One hundred and eighteen machines have been sent ou in Washington County. Along with the senate and (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Iks Reach Critic The United States secretory of state emerged smiling early this morning from a two-hour conference with the Israeli negotiating team, where he resorted on Monday's marathon ;alks with Syrian President Ha- llllllll«llll!lllllllffllllllllllllllllltl!llll!tlllll[llllllflllllllM»llll COURT ASKS RESPONSE WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court said today it has invited President Nixon's awyer to respond to special prosecutor Tx»n Jaworski's re- [Uest for prompt review of a district court order that Nixon urrender 64 subpoenaed Watergate tapes. The court said presidential awver James D. St. Clair promised to file a response by Thursday. Jaworski asked the Supreme Court late last Friday to take urisdiction in the case after St. Clair asked the U.S. Court of Appeals here to overturn the order of U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica that Nixon surrender the tapes over to the special prosecutor. If the Supreme Court accepts the case, it will bypass the appeals court. niiiiiMiniinrnMiiiiMuiiiiinuNiiMiMiiwiiiiiiniflMii Controller Quits William D. Cooper, controller at Washington Regional Medical Center, has resigned to return to Tulsa. Cooper has been with the medical center since 1970. His resignation was announced today by Richard Williams, administrator. A successor has not been named. In other personnel changes at the Center, Jim Hammond has been named acting supervisor of the Emergency Medical scr Services. He succeeds Everett Cole, who resigned Friday. :al Stage tez Assad. It was Kissinger's V-*th trip to Damascus in this current trip. Shimon Peres, the Israeli information minister, told newsmen after the meet-ng at Premier .Golda , Meir's office thai Israel would give Kissinger its final decision today on the agreement that would separate the warring Syrian an.i Israeli armies on the Golan Heights, where fighting has raged for nearly three months. Asked what the decision involved, Peres replied: "A package deal . . . All parU of an agreement." "We had a very detailed meeting, the result of which U that the cabinet vvil! meet to make a decision," added Israel Foreign . Minister Abba Eban. Kissinger did not speak to newsmen. Reports frora sources close to the negotiations, indicated ii would be a difficult decision for he Israelis, and that Kissinger stood a strong chance of er.ding his 32-day peace marathoi without a disengagement pact. PACT READY U.S. officials saiJ drafl a g r e e m e n t s were ah eadj drawn up, -but there were blank spaces where issues remainec ,o be resolved. The major remaining prob lems reportedly were the siz« of a buffer zone between the .separated armies ana Israeli sought safeguards against Pafe stinian terrorist raids from Syr ia. Kissinger lold newsmen ear Her that the Ilth-hour snag could push back his depirtur from tho Middle East by anoth er day -- until Wednesday. Bu in no case will the secretary re turn to Damascus, aides said. Suspenst mounted as Sovic F o r e i g n Minister Andre Gromyko flew into the Syria capital for a planned two-da visit .shortly before Kissinger' departure Monday. They di not meet. Post Office Can't Find It -Anyone Seen Ot' Dycusburg? WASHINGTON (AP) There is a Dycusburg, Ky.. but how to get it and 241 other local governments to fill out a form is a problem facing the O'ficc of Revenue Sharing. The agency says these communities still have not qualified to receive their federal revenue sharing money for 1974. If they don't qualify soon, they will lose the funds. They range in size from Ar lesia, N.M.. which i due J127,- 963, and Calhoun County, Florida, 169,932. to towns like Impact and Uncertain City, both in Texas, which are due only a few hundred dollars. They are all that are left of about 3.000 local governments which were denied funds last year because they had not completed government forms specifying how they were using their revenue sharing funds. Each community has been sent at least six letters, in addition to follow-up telephone calls, a spokesman said. Dycusburg. which is due only $652. poses a special problem. All of the letters have been returned to Washington as being misaddressed. Several addresses have been tried, but still the mail is returned, "We're still trying to find some way of getting the mail to Dycusburg," a spokesman,said. A few communities among the nation's 39,000 local governments have refused to participate in the five-year revenue sharing program. Boys' Town. Neb., for one, said it didn't need them. A few others said they don't want to deal with the federal government, a spokesman said. But they are not among the communities the agency is still trying to qualify, although a spokesman acknowledged ttiat a few may not exist at all. The identifications come from Census Bureau records, and it may be that a few tiny communities have ceased to exist since the last census count, the spokesman said. Many of them do exist. "Cal- Koun County is bound to be there somewhere; we owe them to a lot of money," the spokesman said. But time is running out. and the Office of Revenue Sharing said it will soon consider th* money unclaimed and distribute it on a pro-rata basis to the governments which have qualified.

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