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115* YEAR-NUMBER 10 J}ort1)ti)cst Stljansnfi The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FArETTEVlUE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 1974 PAGES-25 CENTS · On Impeachment Probe Nears End WSAHINGTON (AP) -- The House Judiciary Committee is planning to limit sharply the number of witnesses called in its impeachment inquiry and the areas in which they will be questioned. Under increasing pressures to wind up the inquiry in the next three or four weeks, the committee is expected to decide that only five or six witnesses will be needed. That would include witnesses recommended by the inquiry staff, by committee members and by James St. Clair, who is in charge of President Nixon's impeachment defense. The witnesses will be examined only on specific points where gaps appear in the com- mittee's documentary evidence, or where there is conflicting evidence. Longer sworn statements from witnesses would be available to the members. Few major Watergate figures, except former White House counsel Charles W. Colson, are likely to be on the witness list. The committee has the testimony of the others from the grand jury and the Senate Watergate hearirrgs. Colson reportedly told committee attorneys that he warned Nixon in January and in February bt 1973 that former Ally. Gen. John N. Mitchell was involved in Watergate. Nixon had said he learned of high-level involvement in the break-in on March 21, 1973. In Search Of Nuclear Pact Moscow Talks Set Thursday WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Nixon-heads for the summit in Moscow Tuesday hoping to promote U.S.-Soviel detente through new nuclear and economic agreements. Officials here are careful not t o excite American expectations. But Leonid T. Brezh- nev, the Communist party leader, already has set an optimistic tone, predicting "good new agreements" that will please people in both countries. Nixon and an entourage headed by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will stop first in Brussels for the signing of a new declaration on U.S. relations with its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Kissinger plans to report to the NATO council after the summit and to swing through Paris. Munich and London for meetings with French, West Gomian and British leaders. Nixon's Soviet visit begins on Thursday and will last a week, with probable side lours to such cities as Yalta and Minsk. Coming on the heels of a five- nation trip to the Middle East, the Moscow summit serves to focus attention at home on the President's interest and accomplishments in the foreign field. Critics suggest that Nixon hopes thereby to offset his Watergate troubles and to improve his chances in Corrgress of surviving the impeachment drive. Initially, the administration looked to the summit session to p r o d u c e a comprehensive treaty limiting strategic nuclear weapons. But it lowered its sights when a Kissinger mission to the Kremlin in March did not result in the brcak- hrough heeded to expand upon the pioneering 1972 SALT pact. Now, Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and other senior U.S. officials seem confident t h a t Nixon's visit will result at least in a partial ban on underground nuclear tests and n an agreement in principle to limit the deployment of new Soviet missiles with multiple warheads. Standing in the way of a sroad, new SALT accord are internal debates within the two countries as well as differences between them on how to measure nuclear strength and on the significance of the Soviets' massive launch-power. Even as the summit ap- Russians Rounding Up Jews In Advance 01 Nixon's Visit MOSCOW (AP) - Security police were holding about 40 Jews in six Soviet cities Saturday in a drive to prevent protests during President Nixon's] visit. Jewish sources said. Three Moscow Jews termed the arrests "shameless blackmail of American public opinion." "The responsibility for such blackmail should be laid on the Soviet and American govern- m e n t s , ' ' declared Mikhail Agursky, Vitaly Rubin and Inessa Axclrod in an open appeal to the U.S. Congress. More than a dozen Jews were picked up in Moscow Thursday and Friday and the others were frome five cities with large Jewish populations: Leningrad. Odessa, Kishinev, Kiev and Vinnitsa. The sources said many more have been questioned and warned against protests. They said more arrests were possible before Nixon's arrival Thursday for a week-long visit. SOUGHT VISAS Most of the detainees have unsuccessfully sought permission to emigrate to Israel and have been active in protesting Soviet emigration practices. No new arrests were reported Saturday and one prominent activist, Alexander Voronel, was released Saturday evening. Voronel, a scientist who is organizing an unofficial seminar with Western scientists on July 1, was detained Friday and again Saturday. Other well-known activists still in custody were Alexander Lerner, David Azbel and Leonid Tsipin. Some Jewish activists h a v e claimed that Nixon's commencement speech at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he indicated that emigration was an internal Soviet affair, encouraged the current crackdown. The Jewish community here largely credits American public and congressional pressure for the thousands of emigration permits already granted. Most Jewish activists m a i n - tain that only strong pressure -- like the congressional efforts to tie trade concessions for Russia to liberalized emigration policies -- will bring about further emigration concessions. proached, fresh controversy broke out here. Paul H. Nitze, the top Pentagon represeniative on the SALT talks, resigned. Without specifically mentioning Watergate or the impeachment move, he expressed doubt that an acceptable agreement could be worked out "under the circumstances existing at the present time." Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D Wash., charged that the admin- islartton secretly negotiated startling changes in the U.S. and Soviet missile levels permitted under the 1972 pact. Knowledgeable sources said that the 950 sea-based missiles allowed the Soviet Union were raised to 1,020, while the U,S. total was lowered from 710 to 656. Nurse Freed By Guerrillas ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- A 24-year-old pregnant American missionary nurse was freed by anti-government guerrillas Saturday and said she felt fine after her four-week ordeal. Deborah Dortzbach of Free Kold, N.J., walked alone into Massawa, a Red Sea port 450 miles north of Addis Ababa and telephoned her husband, Karl, also a missionary. Hours later, the couple was reunited and went into seclusion. "I'm all right. I feel fine," Mrs. Dortzbach, now in her sixth month of pregnancy .told a pilot who flew her to Asmara, the capital of northern Eritrea province, for the reunion. She said her faith had kept her going during 27 days in the wilderness as a hostage of the Eritrea n Liberation Front. No reason was given for her release. The guerrillas are still holding three Americans and two Canadians kidnaped during an oil exploration mission in Eritrea three months ago. Mrs. Dortzbach, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. William W. Mull of Freehold, was abducted May 27 from a mission hospital at Ghinda, about 25 miles from Asmara. The guerrillas also took a Dutch nurse, Anna Stick- werda, 5-1, and shot her to death nearby. The guerrillas have been fighting for Eritrean independence for the past 10 years, Reliable sources said the guerrillas had asked for $250,000 ransom, then scaled down the demand to $25,000. The sources said the guerrillas eventually abandoned the money request and asked negotiators for medical supplies to counter cholera reported spreading in Eritrea. fF Iiv 7l Inside Sunday's TIMES Fender Sfartap T* MM Feed Prices .. ..... _3A RevtMw SMiif M*y Face fettle -------------- 5A Wiffto ONrch Sett DeSerte*. ________________ M Fer An Artist ... Of StMe CMMty -.71 _12t Editorial 4A Sports IB-SB Book Review* HA Entertamroent SB For Women 7A-8A Classified »B-11B Ready For The Race The Mariner, an aluminum 18- meter racing craft, gets a washdotn and polish at Ihe Newport. B.I., shipyard in pre- peratlon (or (he America's Cup observation trials starting next week. (AP Whlrepbolo) NEWS BRIEFS Cafe Looted SPRINGDALE -- Some 62 jacks of cigarettes, five cases of beer and a tool box were reported stolen in the break-in early Saturday morning at the Dew Drop Inn, Hwy. 72 south. Police said entry to the building was gained through an attic vent in the roof of the b u i l d i n g . After entering, burglars pried open a cigarette machine. Truck Explodes POCAHONTAS, A r k . (AP) -No one was injured Saturday when a large gasoline truck exploded while fillin gan underground storage tank at a scrv ice station four miles south ol here. State Police said. Officers said the accident occurred at a service station al the intersection of U.S. 67 and Arkansas 90 near the town of Shannon. Trooper C. J. While of the State Police said gasoline apparently overran the storage tank being filled and fumes were ignited by the tractor- trailer truck'! eniin*. N* Plckap Twister Feared Thunderstorms broke ou ahead of a cold front in north cast Arkansas Saturday, bu :hc National Weather Servic said it had received no report of injury or property damage. A tornado watch was issue for a large portion of northeas Arkansas until 9 p.m. Saturda; There was no report of a toi nado touching down. There was a report of hig winds and some hail at Os ccola. Youth Drowns CABOT, A r k . (AP) -- Mar llollis, 13, o[ Augusta drowncc lale Friday when he apnarcntl walked off a ledge in a larg water-filled pit where rocks ha been removed for crushing, spokesman for the Ixinok County sheriff's office said. Deputy Tommy Wilson sai the accident occurred about nn mile south of here on Arkansa 367. Wilson said the youth's twi brother nnd a sister were res cued from the water by Jacki Charles of the Little Rock A Force Base. Wilson »aid th names of the other childre were unavailable, Colson's attorney on Saturday onfirmed these accounts by olumnist Jack Anderson and le New York Daily News oi x)lson's testimony. The identity of the impeachment witnesses and the grounc ules for questioning them wil )e worked out next week in a cries of meetirrgs that will also ettle the questions of how St "lair presents his defense anc 'hether evidence gathered ir ne inquiry wilt be made public At a meeting Monday the ommittee is also expected to ssue another subpoena for Yhite House tapes and docu ·nents. Nixon has refused to O'mply with four previous ones eeking Watergate evidence. The new one will demand evi lence relating to the settlmen if an ITT anti-trust suit, to po itical contributions by the lairy industry, and to allega "ions the Nixon administration sed the Internal Revenue iervice for political purposes. One reason for the new sub- loena is to build up the com miltee's case for making Nix n's noncompliance with sub uoenas a possible ground for mpeachment. The committee has also noti ied Nixon it will feel free to nfer he is withholding in criminating evidence .if he fail o provide material that couli ill in some of the gaps in thi ase. GAPS ADMITTED That there are gaps is con ceded by nearly every member jome of Nixon's strongest de enders on the committee sa nothing that could involve bin n an rmpeachable offense ha been proven so far. On the oth er hand, a number of Demo :rats say the documentary 'ecord already provides sui icient grounds for recommend ng that Nixon be brought tc rial in the Senate. Some Democrats are consid ering basing one article of im peachment on constilutiona _rounds, however, in case proo if an impeachabte evidence i acking because of missing evi dence. They are guided by a brief o constitutional grounds for im peachment prepared by the in quiry staff at the start of th nvestigation. It lists three ma or presidential duties stemmini rom the oath of office: t ake care that the laws are aithfully executed, to faithfully execute the office of President and to preserve, protect anc defend the Constitution. "The 'take care' duty empha sizes the responsibility of i president for the over-all con duct of the executive branch which the Constitution vests in him alone," says the brief. Wilson Faces Party Revolt LONDON (AP) - Prirtu Minister Harold Wilson faced , ;evolt Saturday from within hi ^abor party over a news rcpor .hat Britain plans a nuclea test in the American under "round test range in Nevada. Several members of the Trib une group, a leftist wing of th Jarty, said they will challeng Defense Secretary Roy Maso to deny the report, in Satur day's Daily Express. Asked about the report, bj .he Express' military and polit cal commentator, Chapma ^incher. n Defense Ministr spokesman said it was "purel peeulalive" but added: "I ca neither confirm nor deny th story." In Washington, a spokesma for the Atomic Energy Con mission said British scientist were at work in Nevada but re [used further comment. About 70 of the 200 non-minis terial Laborites belong to tb TribuOne group. ^^^ :1 -Country Folks Come To Town An optimistic mother kllldcer, who elected to raise.her family atop the South western Bell Telephone building at East Avenue and Sprjng Street, legged bird is normally a rural takes her chick for a stroll dweller. (TIMKSpholo by Ken .behind the building. The long- Good) Cities Damaged BY Watergate, Mayors Told SAN DIEGO. Calif. (AP) -The Nixon administration will not promote vitally needed urban programs while it is embroiled in Watergate and the impeachment issue, the presi- of the U.S. Conference of needs "a domestic Kissinger" Mayors said Saturday. Democrat Roy B. Martin Jr., of Norfolk, Va., . opened the 42nd annual meeting of the conference by declaring the nation Holdup Man Driven Olf A robber armed with a cap pistol failed in an attempt to hold up the Big D Service Station at University Avenue and Center Street Saturday afternoon when Ihe manager attacked him with a broomstick. August Gerths, manager of the station, told police the man came inside and told him that he wanted all the money. The man then drew the cap pistol nd grabbed Gerths by the throat. pushing him back against a window. Gerths picked up a broom and struck [he robber in the head. At that point, police said. customer entered the station and the robber fled on foot. He was last seen near the intersection of Hill Avenue and Pulman Street. The robber is described as a black maie. 24 or 25 years old, six foot one inch tall, weighing about 180 pounds and wearing a burgundy s h i r t , striped pants and sunglasses. Minister To Visit WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israeli Defense Minister Shimon Peres is coming here Monday to work on the details of a multibillion dollar, long-term military and economic assistance program for Israel. DESHA COUNTY JAIL DAMAGED BY FIRE ARKANSAS CITY, A r k . (AP)-- Sheriff Dorothy Moore of Desha County said Saturday authorities wore investigating the cause of a fire that damaged the roof of the county jail Friday night, The fire broke out about 6:45 p.m., and the three prisoners inside ttie building were not injured, she said. Firemen from Arkansas City and McGehee fought the blazes. T h e sheriff h a d n o monetary damage estimate. Two of the prisoners were taken to the Dumas City Jail. The other was taken to the McGehee jail. Mrs. Moore would not say, For publication, whether arson was suspected. Bike Rider Hurt SPRINGDALE -- Timothy C. Fitzhugh, 18, of 2303 S. Turner Ave., was treated and released a t S p r i n g d a l c Memorial Hospital for injuries received in a car-bicycle accident at 4:5-1 a.m. Saturday morning on East Robinson Lane. Springdaje police said Fitzhugh \vas injured when he lost control of his bike and overturned inlo a ditch a f t e r a car forced him off the road. The driver of the car. who left the scene of the accident, has not been identified. who can put impetus behind such programs as housing, transportation and urban renewal. Martin told a news conference that Vice President Gerald Ford is the logical person to assume t h a t role but has not done so. The vice president traditionally has served as the administration's liason to state and local government. Ford was invited to attend the five-day session, but his office sent word that he could ol. Martin and the host mayor Republican Pete Wilson of San Diego, appealed to the Nixon administration and the Demo- era tic-cont rolled Congress to expedite the impeachment is- .uo, end their preoccupation with Watergate and break the logjam of urban legislation. "The business of governing America has fallen between the chairs of the administration, and the Congress, and t h a t situation can no longer be tolerated by the American people," Wilson said. Another Republican, Mayor Ralph Perk of Cleveland, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, told a news conference later he disagreed that there is a crisis in federal government that can only be solved by "immediate impeachment and conviction, resignation, or forget it." Perk said Nixon's resignation "would be bad for the country. It would destroy the presidential government," About 350 mayors, the majority of them Democrats, are attending the conference. LOCAL FORECAST- cloudiness and through Monday. Decreasing cooler today ,, . ...... High today near 80, with a low tonight in (he miti 50s. Monday's high should be in the low 80s. Sunset today 8:37; sunrise Monday 6:01. Weather map on page 9A. By Top Labor Mediator End To Nurses Strike Sought SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The nation's lop labor mediator called both sides together Sal- urday in a two-week strike by 4.000 registered nurses against 42 hospitals and clinics. William Ussery. director of the Federal Mediation Service, flew here from Washington on Friday after hospitals reported danger of a crisis resulting from the nurses' abandonment of emergency rooms and intensive care units. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the striking California Nurses Association warned that "the potential ii there lor a very long strife* nni«i «· get our demands. "The nurses started out strong and they're 'getting firmer every day," said F,ric Poole of the union, which called a strike June 7 against 28 hospitals and 14 clinics from San Jose to Sacramento. Bargaining talks on the strike issues -- which include wages, pensions and working conditions -- broke off at midweek after the two sides said they were m a k i n g no progress. On Wednesday, in what hospital officials claim was an u n principled escalation, nurses walked out of many emergency rooms and intensive care units which they had agreed to staff durirrg the dispute. "Doctors and licensed vocational nurses are having to work long hours to keep these special services going." said I.arry Corbett. a spokesman for Associated Hospitals, one of three private hospital groups affected by the strike. Children's Hospital in Oakland reported it had transferred 50 of its 82 patients because it was unable to provide adequate nursing care. Poole said the nurses pulled out of special services only because the hospitals were violating their agreement to cancel routine aurgery during tha dispute. The Teamsters Union gava the walkout formal sanction Thursday and halted all deliveries except those of vital itemi such as oxygen, blood, prescription drugs and food. The union is demanding a 5.3 per cent increase in nurses' salaries plus a cost-of-living escalator. The nurses also seek guaranteed alternate weekends off. better pensions, and a promise thai only properly trained nurses be assigned to work in special services units. Current monthly salaries for registered nurses range from $915 to J 1,035.

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