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msrot- for women 3 Editorial 4 Amusements -., u Comics 13 Classified 14.17 115* YEAR-NUMBER * J2ort1)tucst Th« Public Interest It The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVIUf, ARKANSAS, RIDAY, JUNE 21, 1974 tocAi Norrhwest Arkansas can expect warm temperatures a n d partly cloudy skies through Saturday. Low last night 72. Lows tonight near 70 with highs Saturday in the low 90s. Sunset today 8:37; sunrise Saturday «:00. PACfS-TEN CENTS Curse The Red Baron? Not at all, but Henry, the motorcycling beagle, causes many motorists to take a second and even third look as he rifles in front of Toon and Jay Ann Yate* with glasses tight- ly tied on Us head. The trio stopped Thursday in Olympia, Ore. enronte to Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Wire- photo) Sanders' Disappearance From Jail Explained By Cunnings The disappearance of James Marion Sanders, 45, of Ralston, Okla,, from the Washington County jafl was explained Thursday when Circuit Judge Maupin Cummings said he had ordered the man's release. Sanders, a controversial prisoner, had completed a one- year sentence for negligent homicide and was serving concurrent sentences for a second negligent homicide and for drunken driwng when he was freed. Sanders* release came to light earlier this week when jail attendants said they "didn't know" whether or not the man was still a prisoner. Sheriff Bill Long could not be reached for comment and it was not until Thursday that Sanders' release was confirmed. Both of Sanders' current sentences would have expired in September. Sanders was serving a one-year sentence, imposed in September, 1973, for the death of Mrs. Caroldean Ballenger, 22, of Gentry, in a car accident Jn September of 1972. Three persons died in the accident -- Mrs. Ballenger, her husband and their son. Sanders was originally brought to trial only in the death of James Ballenger. JAYCEES PROTEST Controversy surrounding Sanders began in August of 1973, w h i l e he was serving a one-year term for negligent homicide in the death of James Ballenger of Gentry. Sanders was released on a pass and shortly afterwards picked up in Springdale for driving while in- loxtcatetl. Jaycees in Gentry protested Sanders' release and insisted that he also stand trial for the deaths of Mrs. Ballenger a n d her son, Jimmy, Sanders pleaded -guilty in the deaths of Mrs, Ballenger, but a third chargi involving the son's death was not prosecuted because too many terms of court had pas sed. Sanders was to serve concur (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) New UA Head To Receive $45,000 Fred M. Pickens Jr. Newport, chairman of th University of Arkansas Boar of Trustees, said today that th new president-designate of the UA, Dr. Charles E. Bishop, wil receive a salary of $45,000 ( year including $35,750 fron state funds and $9,290 from th funds of the University of Ar kansas Foundation. Dr. Bishop's salary at University of Maryland -- e fective July 1 -- will be $43,800 He assumes the Arkansas pres deney at the start of the fa semester. Pickens said the board in its year-long search for a prcsiden continually had been handi capped by the low salarj ceiling under state apprc priations and that the boar therefore took the initiative c securing supplemental fund from private souces through th UA Foundation. "We would not have been able under any circumstances to obtain an educator of Dr Bishop's caliber and qualif cations without the support th the people of Arkansas through such an initiative," Pic^«~ said. Supreme Court Told President Not Subject To Any Criminal Process Largest Housing Bill In Recent History Passes WASHINGTON (AP) -- As he nation experiences its worst lousing slump in decades, the iouse has overwhelmingly ,_ssed an $11.3 billion housing ind community development bill. Thursday's 351-25 v o t e , the largest for any housing bill in recent history, showed a near- unanimous desire to funnel new m o n i e s into hard-strapped cities and to get housing programs for the poor m o v i n g again. Although the bill would leave dormant the subsidized construction programs the Nixon administration froze 18 months ago and would transfer the emphasis to leased housing for the poor, other sections in it were designed to stimulate the home Financing industry and thus help the over-all housing industry. "It's a good, modest bill," said House Speaker Carl Albert after the vote. "I think it's as good as we could get through that .would be signed. SURPRISE VOTES In a series of surprise votes on amendments offered by Republicans, the House attached two significant amendments to help the elderly and order the government to start spinning off its huge backlog of repossessed houses for "urban homesteaders" for rehabilitation. One amendment, by Rep. Robert H. Steele, R-Conn., would revive a popular direct loan program for construction of housing for the elderly. The Nixon administration stopped the program in 1969. Steele said the $1.5-billion revolving loan fund would provide for construction of 72,000 units specially designed for needs of the elderly. When previously operated, the loans were offered to builders at 3 per cent interest. The Steele amendment calls for the interest to be adjusted to whatever the actual cost of the money to the government, which is at least double that. Another amendment easily approved, offered by Rep. William M. Ketchum, R-Calif., would give the elderly a rent break by allowing them to deduct future increases in Social Security payments from the gross income. The bill had provided for a minimum rent of 10 per cent of the gross income of elderly tenants in leased housing programs. The homesteading amendment by Rep. Marjorie Holt. R- Md., was similar to one t h a t Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez. D- Tex., had tried unsuccessfully to attach on the bill in com mittee. TOKEN FEES It requires the Housing and Urban Development Department to resell repossessed homes for a token fee to urban homesteaders. In some cities with experimental liomcsteading pro grams, the surpl'js hous*. c . a r e sold for as little as £1. In others, the saie price ranges up to $30,000. The Holt amendment would require the homesteaders to occupy the single-dwelling houses for a m i n i m u m of five years and to bring them up to build ing code standards. Rep. Parren J. Mitchell, D- Md., said homesteading has brought a racial mix for the irst time to Baltimore's lighted areas. The bulk of the bill's money, about $3.3 billion, will go to big cities, urban counties and rural areas for community ' development. $5.2 Million Suit Filed In Sale Of Gun The gun used to kill two Springdale men and injure another -- and the store thai sold that gun to convicted killer Daniel Lon Graham -- are the 'ocal points of a $5.2 million lawsuit filed in Washington "ircuit Court. The defendants in the suit are Marion A. Bunyard of Rogers; iis company, Bunyard Supply Company, which does business as the Western Auto Store; an; :he national Western Auto Supply Company. The" filed a request Thursday and were granted until Aug. 30 to file an answer to the suit. The suit was filed by Jo Anne Franco, widow of Gene A Franco, and her two sons together with Eddie Hawkins and the father, mother ant sister of the late Kenneth Mclvin Ames, James T. Ames Willowdean Ames and Carol Ann Snodgrass. KILLED BY GRAHAM Gene Franco and James T Ames were killed by Daniel Lon Graham, an escapee from Cummins Prison Farm, in a robbery at the Springdale Safe way store. June 18, 1971 Hawkins was wounded, bu lived to testify against Graham before a Washington Circuit Court jury that sent the escapee back to prison with a life sentence. The suit contends that the .22 c a l i b e r pistol used in the murders was purchased from the Rogers Western Auto Store on June 17, 1971. According to the suit, the "shooting and injuries ... were proximately and directly causei by a willful and intentions violation of a federal crimina statute by agents of Bunyard Supply Company..." The statute involved is the Gun Control Act of 1968, which "provides an absolute standan of care to be observed b\ licensed dealers" of firearms according to the suit, which adds that "violation of a criminal statute is negligence per se." The suit states that Howard McDaniel, an employe of the Western Auto Store, sold ihe .22 caliber pistol to Graham on June 17 without requiring proo of the buyer's identification ai required by the law, and tha Bunyard made a false ccrtifi cation in the store's firearm transaction record. "But for Ihe willful and in tentional violation of statute: and regulations governing the sale of firearms and a m m u n i tion by Bunyard, Graham wouli not have obtained the mean: tCONTmUED ON PAGE TWO Galley Surrenders Former Lt. William G a l l e y surrendered to Arm; custody at 2 p.m. Thursday at t h e Fort Benning provost marshal's office. He is escorted to the Georgia base stockade by Maj. Gordon Willey. (Related story on page 5.) (AP Wirephoto) Colson Sentenced For Obstructing Justice W A S H I N G T O N (AP) -Charles W. Colson, once one of President Nixons highest-ranking advisers was sentenced today to serve one to three years in prison for obstructing justice U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell also imposed a $5000 fine. Maximum penalty on the charge would have been five years in prison and a $5000 fine "For 3!£ years I worked day and night. I believed I w a s making a great personal sacri- said before sentencing, "This experience has brought a complete re-examination of myself and Iwill spend the rest of my life regretting what I fice for my country," Colson myself and I will spend the rest have done," he said. After Colson's 12-minute statement to the judge, his lawyer spent a f u l l half-hour asking that Colson be placed on probation rather than be sent to T. Shapiro pi prison. Attorney David NEWS BRIEFS Hearing Begins MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal judge today considers the scope of a hearing that could lead to a new [rial f o r James Earl Ray, convicted of assassinating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. U.S. District Court Judge Robert McRae Jr. is expected to conduct a hearing later this summer on whether Ray is entitled to withdraw his guilty plea and stand trial on the original murder indictment in the 1S68 death of the civil rights leader. Today's session is a pre-hearing conference among McRae, Ray's lawyers, and stale prosecutor to consider which issues will be admisible or relevant at the hearing. I-"i i i r.* As Cooling Down Period Begins US. To Seek Broad Mideast Influence A New* Analysis BT KENNETH J. FREED WASHINGTON (AP) - The American strategy for the Middle East now calls for a lengthy cooling-down period while the United States tries to broaden its influence in the area. With the region still nearly awe-struck by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger's success in disengagement negotiations and with President Nixon's trip having cemented the U.S. position, Kissinger wants to let things quiet down. U.S. officials who traveled on both Nixon's and Kissinger's Manes in the Middle East say Qua means the Gneva pecce conference won't start until ]ate| fall. ! This timetable is emphasized by Kissinger's tentative travel plans, which now call for a possible September trip to Moscow and India and a visit to China a month later. However, such a Middle East cooling-off period does not mean Kissinger will overlook the area. He intends to try to draw Iraq and Libya, two of the most radical Arab slat*», into the web of U.S. influence. The two countries are important to Kissinger because they represent · destabilizing factor and because they are strong- bokh 4 Soviet influence. Kissinger's strategy has been to increase American influence among the Arabs by making their reliance on the Russians so frustrating and unpleasant they would have to turn to Washington. This worked with Egypt and Syria, particularly d u r i n g the October 1973 war, but Kissinger expects Iraq and Libya to be more difficult. For one thing, the Soviets are much more firmly entrenched in those two countries. They are. therefore, less able to turn away from Moscow. And at the same time this means the Russians will be much more deter- mined to hold on after the major American gains in Syria and Egypt. Kissinger is expected to begin with Iraq, if for no other reason than the erratic leadership of Libya makes it almost impossible to conduct business. A waiting period before Geneva also will allow both sides to consider the realities of the three main issues still unresolved--fate of the Palestinian Arabs, Jerusalem and Israel's borders. The United States has taken no detailed stand and won't until it appears the Arabs and Israelis bold irreconcilable positions. That appears to be Ihe case already. Not even the Arabs can agree among themselves concerning the Palestinians, other than to say something must be done. On the question of Jerusalem, Saudi Arabian King Faisal is demanding the eviction of Israel from the Holy City and is waving another oil boycott in the face of Ihe United States if he doesn't get his way. Both Egypt and S y r i a say they will accept nothing less than tola! return of Arob territory now held by Israel. Syria, particularly, is s a i d to have told Kissinger It would fight * all its territory is not returned. Pleads Innocent Mclvin J. Stark, 23, of Rogers, pleaded innocent today in Washington Circuit Court to a charge of involuntary m a n slaughter in the death of 19 year-old Paula Barker of Springdale. Trial was set for Sept. 17. Miss Barker was a passenger in Start's car which wrecked on May 20 at Old Wire Road and Hwy. 265. Stark is free on $2,500 bond. Summer Arrives Summer has o f f i c i a l l y arrived. Today is the first clay of summer and the forecast is appro prialo. The National Weather Service said there is a slight chance of thunderstorms in the northwest portion of the state tonight. The Weather Service said (here is a 29 per cent chance of precipitation throughout the state Saturday. Killed By Plane WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) -- Robert L. Gimlim. 36, of Hoxie was killed today when he fas struck by the l a n d i n g gear of a crop dusting airplane, authorities said. Gimlin w a s S h e f l a g m a n f o r pilot Nick Vaccari. who wis spraying a field west of here. Postal Funds Okayed WASHINGTON (AP) --The House Appropriations Committee has approved a S5.5 billion appropriations bill with an accompanying report sharply critical of the U.S. Postal Service. The appropriations bill would fund operations of the P o s t a l Service, White House s t a f f . Treasury Department and nine independent agencies for the fiscal year starting July 1. told Gesell that Colson shouli not be sent to prison because o "public expectations." He s a i d sending Colson tc prison "would be, in my vieu a most popular decision. 1 would also be a terribly shorl sighted one." JUDGF, INTERRUPTED The judge interrupted him saying, "You're barking up th wrong tree ... you are beating a dead horse." Gesell said public opinion would not sway him om .way or the other. As he sentenced the defenc ant, Gesell said, "The cour docs recognize that Colson' public image was somcwha distorted" but t h a t he had to send him to prison. The sentence means t h a t Col son must serve at least on year at an institution not ye designated. The judge gave him until July 8 to surrender. Colson had been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justici and obstructing justice in th Watergate cover-up case ant with conspiracy to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsbcrg'. psychiatrist in the plumber: case. Both those charges wen dismissed today. Colson pleaded guilty on June 3 to a newly drawn charge o obstructing justice. In (hat plea he admitted lha. in 1971 he concocted and car ried out a scheme to "defame and destroy the public imagi and credibility" of Daniel Ells berg, then nearing trial in the Pentagon Papers case. Prosecutor Says Theory Full Of Holes WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pres- dnnt Nixon's lawyers' told the Supreme Court today a U.S. president "is not subject to the riminal process whether that irocess is invoked directly or ndirectly." But special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski responded hat the framers of the Constitution "were very careful to provide for a presidency with defined and l i m i t e d constitutional powers and not the )rerogatives and immunities of a sovereign." The statements were in briefs iled with the court in corr nection with arguments scheduled for July 8 on the President's claim of executive privi- ege to withhold White House tapes and documents which are wanted for the Watergate cov- erup trial. CALLED ESSENTIAL In a 149-page legal brief, the IVhite House argued that the ligh court should overturn a U.S. district court ruling which would require the President to turn over tape recordings of 64 conversations, battles over access to tapes last The Watergate special prosecutor says this material is essential for the trial in the Watergate cover-up case. Oral arguments in the evidence dispute are scheduled in the Supreme Court for July 8 in a rare and historic summer session. White House Watergate lawyer James D. St. Clair said that few cases in the nation's history "have cut so close to the heart of the basic constitutional system in which our liberties are rooted ... at its core, this is a case that turn* on the separation of powers." "All other considerations are secondary, because preserving the integrity of the separation of powers is vital to the preservation of our Constitution as a living body of fundamental law," St. Clair contended. Jaworski argued that "under our Constitution the people are sovereign and the President, though chief executive and chief of stale, remains subject to the law." "Although there have been a few notorious instances in our history in which president* have refused to give appropriate force to judicial decrees, or are reported to have mad* d i s d a i n f u l statements about the d e c i s i o n s , none involved directly disobedience of a court order," Jaworski wrote. "More importantly, it is the judgment of history that those were essentially lawless departures from the constitutional norm." TO REVIEW ORDER The Supreme Court will review an order by U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica directing Nixon to turn over tapes and documents concerning 64 White House conversations to the judge for his examination. Sirica will preside over ths trial scheduled to begin Sept. 9 of six men. including former close associates of the President, who are charged with attempting to cover up White House involvement in the 1972 burglary of Democratic national headquarlers in the Water- gale building in Washington. "President Nixon cannot be a proper judge of whether (he (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Judiciary Panel Study Of Cambodian Bombings Begin WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House Judiciary Commitlce is concluding six weeks of hear ings on impeachment evidence with a sluciy of the secret bombing of Cambodia in 196970. It will still be several weeks before the committee decides whether grounds exist for impeaching President Nixon, however. Wit nesses are to be heard, Nixon's defense presented and the proposed articles of impeachment debated. Today's Cambodian bombing inquiry involves the falsifying of reports to Congress and the destruction of official records to conceal 3.630 B52 sorties into Cambodia during 14 months while the United States officially was recognizing Cambodia's neutrality in the V i e t n a m war. While it raises serious constitutional questions relating to a president's war-making powers, it is not regarded by most members as likely fo produce an article of impeachment The committee (Jelved fnta Nixon's income tax returns Thursday and learned he had been assessed a 5 per cent negligence penalty by the Internal Revenue Service besides having teen found to owe $432,787 in taxes for 1963.72. However, nearly all members questioned said they heard nothing during the day-long closed session indicating Nixon might be guilty of tax fraud. The tax inquiry centered on a $576,000 deduction claimed by Nixon for a gift of his vice presidential papers to the United States. The IRS. which had previously approved the deduction, later disallowed it. Nixon accepted the IRS rind- ing and said he would par the amount assessed. However, the committee was told he has not paid $H8,0«0 for 1969. which he is not required to pay because the statute of limitations lor that year has expired. He is believed to have pud the rett,

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