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Thursday, June 27, 1974
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Bradley County Tomato Crop Attracts Migrant Workers WARREN. Ark. (AP) - The ' ever-increasing crop of pink to.! matoes in Bradley Counly has led to the employment of migrant labor and this, in turn, has led to the importation of an estimated 50 to 100 illegal aliens, according to a copyrighted story in the Pine Bluff ..Commercial. - The story quoted John Colbert of Liltle Rock, a Border Palrol agent, as saying that a dozen illegal workers have been arrested in the county this year and returned to Texas for court proceedings. Colbert estimated that at least 50 illegal aliens remained in Bradley County and certain farmers estimated t h a t the figure might be 100. Colbert told the Commercial that a special detail of the Border Palrol working in Texarkana visted Warren when it be ciime known that a large number of migrant workers were harvesting tomatoes. Bradley County farmers have planted a record-breaking acreage of pink lomatoes this year ; and are currently feeling the pinch of labor problems in the .harvesting. Jim McLoud. Bradley County .agent with the Agricultural E\ /tension Service, said the acre ;age planted was 25 per cent ·more than last year and that Ithe fruit was of good quality . INCREASING NUMBERS ;·' Migrant labor has been ·Ibrought in to harvest the crop in significant numbers the pas three years and in increasing numbers every year. Foreigt nationals are an ever-increas ing part of the work force. , The migrant workers ar 1 mainly Mexican or of Mexicai 'descent, but those of American Indian descent and Chin..-s; American origin are al s present. Most of the aliens are se cured legally through employ ment firms specializing in mi grant farm workers. To gc, through this procedure, cacl worker must meet the stand , ards established by the federa ·Immigration Office. This in volves passing a physical ex · nnnation and obtaining health cards and work certificate ' t h a t inform employers how many hours the alien laborer can be worked Legal aliens must carry thes certificates of immigration anc ' health cards with them at al 1 times. The Border Palro! usuall visits Bradley County at ' t f t · end of the pink tomato market ; ing period lo check on the num her of legal aliens who shonl return lo Hie Texas area wher : they normally work. A MISDEMEANOR Colbert said illegally enlerin the United States is a mis demeanor niid that illega aliens apprehended are sent t le Port Isabel Detention Cen- :r near Brownsville. Tex., until eportatipn. He said there Is no Jw against employing illegal liens, but that it is a felony to id or harbor such persons. Colbert said there has been quite a bit" of transportation f illegal alien workers inlo Iradley County. The story said (order Patrol agents have ound that an illegal alien :s isually "sold" to a farmer for bout $150. Colbert said the armer. then recovers his money by holding tack that amount rom the wages he pays the worker. There were more than 500 iliens in the county at the start if the harvest season, but that igure has declined to a b o u t The copyrighted story said one problem reported by cer- am farmers in Bradley County was that several farms had xth legal and illegal aliens on he same payroll. The legal iliens refused to work for the ower wages paid to their illegal counterparts, the farmers reported, and they demand btt- er housing and food and shorter working hours LEAVING AREA Some legal alien workers lave been leaving the area ·ecently because of low wages, he story said. As they waited o board buses in downtown Warren, several talked of jromises they said were made 'y farmers who employed hem. "I was promised 30 cents , Basket for picking tomatoes" one -worker said. "I received an average of only $1.70 an hour but I earned much more. The farmer promised us a $150 pav day each week, but I have yet to see one. e v e n when the checks are big for tomatoes. I am not stupid; I quit and I am going north to pick apples " Another said: "I was mistreated. I have worked in the grape fields in California, dug potatoes in Idaho, but these farmers want you to work like a dog. I canr.ot do this; 1 am leaving." The farmers, in turn, have some critical comments about the workers. "Some people are just sorry -- they don't w a n t to work," one farmer said. "I ran one worker off because he w a s causing trouble with the others." Another farmer said: "The biggest thing is payday -- they don't want to do one damn thing u n t i l they arc broke. Those tomatoes won't last like colt on -- they have to be picked every clay." Mrs. Jane Dunn of Warren, Bradley County sanitarian, said she had not received any complaints about conditions in the workers' living quarlers /4 Where's The Lead Andrew and Lydla Ardoin look over a molecule model from high quality unleaded gasoline. Their father, John Ardoin, works at the Lake Charles, La., Continental Oil refinery which is now making the new no-lead fuel. Unleaded gasoline goes on sale at service stations across the nation, on July 1 due to Environmental Protection Agen- cy rules. The E.P.A. claims lead in gasoline will clog catalytic mufflers which auto makers will use in 1975 iu control exhaust emissions. (AP Wirephoto) Over $100 Million Lost Prominent Names Invested In Giant Swindle IL WOMAN'S WOED A Convenient Sewing and Shopping Guide for Today 1 ! Gal on the Go. Your hest investment is ver satile long or short vests! Easy knit and purl stitches create bold design! Use sport yarn size of synthetic yarn; No 15 needles for INSTANT KNIT long, short vests. 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Museum Quilt Book No. 2 5( cents 15 Quill! for Today No. 1 .._.5 cents Book of !« Jiffy Rugs ..50 cent NEW YORK (AP) -- Marlin Bregman, producer of the police movie "Scrpico," was explaining why he was among the widely known personalities who invested in a reported $100 -million oil drilling swindle that could be the biggest of its kind. "We believed the people, we saw the facilities a n d, when you look at Ihc list, we were in good company," he said. "The people." according to the Wall Street Journal, were Home-Stake Production Co.. a Tulsa, Okla.. lax-shelter oil- drilling firm that was declared insolvent last September by the Securities and Exchange Com mission and is under SEC in vestigation. "The facilities," according to the Journal, consisted of five oil wells drilled on a vegetable farm near Sanlu Maria. Calif., in the lale 1960s. The newspaper said one well was Icgili- male and 3,500-feet deep but at least three of the others were 500-foot dry holes. Facilities included irrigation pipes painted with the consent of the farmer to resemble oil pipelines, the Journal said Wednesday. I\ GOOD COMPANY "The list" of investors included some of the best company Ire worlds of entertainment. Sports Complex DALLAS (AP) -- Alex Cocii iiD. chairman of the Dallas Sports Arena Executive Committee, said Wednesday three sites are under consideration for a multipurpose sports com plcx. He estimated cost for at close to ",$25 or 530 million." Polcntial lenanls include Mic National Basketball Associatioi and Nalional Hockey League Cochrane would be years. said. Conslruclion completed in two Yocrrts Fore Well HAMILTON, Bermuda American yachts placed first, sixth and eighth in the 12-boat fonr-nalion Onion Patch flat to iccmne the unofficial winner? of the cherished Onion Patcl Trophy. The trophy is based on three races off Newport. R.I. and the 635-mile 3ermurla event. Newport to law, fitiance and other fields. According, to the Journal, linger Andy Williams invested S538.000. At least a dozen jrcscnl and former General lectric officials pul in $3.7 million. Fashion desrgner Oleg }assini supplied $57,000 and Sen. Jacob K. Javits, R-N.Y., Oilier investors were Jack Benny. Dialiann Carroll. Bar- Streisand. Bobbie Gentry, Mia Farrow, Jonathan Winters. Tony Curtis. Faye Dunaway, Buddy Hackctt. Bob Dylan, Alan Alda and Camlice Bergen. Other investors listed included PaulMitler, chairman of the Gannett Co. and board chairman of the Associated Press; James R. Shepley, president of Time Inc.; former Florida Gov. Claude R. Kirk; Washington awyers Earl W, Kintncr and rlenry J. Fox; Thomas S. 3alcs, fornier defense secretary and director and ex-chairman of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co.; federal judge Murray I. jurfein; Waller B. Wrislon, ward chairman of Firsl Na- Lional City B a n k ; Sen. Ernest f . Rollings, D-S.C., and Chester W. Nimilz, chairman of Perkin- Elmer Co_rp. and former Navy rear admiral. $100 MILLION GONE The Journal said of $130 mil lion invested, all but $30 million went astray. So mo alleged investors reached said they had agroer wilh business advisers tha' Home-Slake appeared lo be a legitimate lax - shelter investment. Spokesmen for firms whoso officers were allffgertlj involved said company policies were not involved in any \viiy. The Journal described Home Slake as a "Pinzi Scheme.' na-med after Chiirlcs Ponzt o Boston, who look more than $10 million from investors in 1919 20. Such a scheme usually in volvos a promise of high re t u r n s on an investment. The profits paid lo early investors a r c actually supplied f r o m funds put in by new investors. Depending upon the scheme, however, some investors ma profit. The Journal said Tiobcrt S Trippct, the lawyer who found ed Home-Slake in 1955 and rai it until last summer, has con sentc-d to a court injunctioi against securities law violations OUR NEW HOME Phone 442-2161 -- 521-7481 No waist seam! INCHES SLIMMER Slyle glides down :he body narrowing you every inch of the way. Tie soft knot to highlight neckline. Printed Pattern -1700: Misses' Sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18. 20. Si/c 12 (bust 34) takes 2',i yards 60-inch fabric. Send $1.00 for each pattern. Add 25 cents for each pattern for first-class mail and special handling. Send to Anne Adams, Northwest Arkansas TIMES. 438, Pattern Dcpt., 243 West 17th St.. Ne wYork. N. Y. 10011. Print. NAME, ADDRESE. ZIP, SIZE AND STYLE NUMBER. DOUBLE BONUS! Choose one pattern free in New SPRING- SUMMER Pattern Catalog. Get one free pattern printed inside. 104 beautiful fashions, all sizes. Send 75 cents now. New! Sew plus Knit Book -has basic tissue patlern . $1.25 Instain Sewing Book $1.00 Instant Fashion Book .. $1.00 . z. i -T. Sfrout Really Fayetteville Sales Team at Their New location -- Highway 71 South, Across from the Airport Sate* Personnel: Vernon Meyer, Polly Martin, Jewel Red dell, Ronny Morris. Seated: Dorrel Smith, Broker. STROUT REALTY ·-,-eTT-m Box 1241 - FAYETTEVILtE, ARK. - Phone 442-2161 Ihoul admitting or denyin y charges by the SEC. A SEC spokesman in Wash jton declined comment. An SEC spokesman in Was lion declined comment. The Journal said al leasl on dcrat -grand jury is due I nvene soon in Los Angeles ew York to look into the cas NorihwMt Arfcamai TIMES, Tttun., Jun* 27, 1974 AKKAMIA* Pine Bluff Construction Site Attracts Female Workers JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) he hard hat construction crew t St. Bernard's Regional Medial Center here has the usual umber of workers with long wir. · But, take a second look.- Two f the workers are females. Bill Harris, superintendent of amsons Construction Co., said his was the first time he had hired women · for consl ruction 'ork. He said work goes on as sual except that male workers aye been more conscious of icir language since the women arrived on the scene. 'I was very surprised when 5 first girl applied for the )b," Harris said. "The reasons they, give are wanting to work utside and not in an office." Harris said all employes start t I he same pay scale, but said hat the work load may differ or men and women. "There are things that wom- ;n just can't do," Harris said. Ic said, however, that none oi he men had complained about 'his" equal rights. The women have been work- ng tying steel columns together. The ifnished product is used as an inner support for concrete pillars. LIKES WORKING Tommy Tacker, one of the male workers, said he liket working with the women--Caroyn Hester and Darlene Payne. "It's not as boring as work ing wilh men all the time." he said. Miss Hester, a 1974 graduate of Arkansas State University said she wanted to work out doors at a steady and exciting job. She discounted other job for a variety of reasons--dull poor pay, too routine, etc. Miss Hester, 23, an allractive and personable blonde, was greeted with skepticism w h e n she shared her plans wit' roommates, parents and dates Afler a month on' the job, the ore more understanding. She wears old jeans and long sleeve shirt at work, bu still enjoys dressing "like lady" after the work day done. The, long sleeves protec her arms from the steel. Sh also wears gloves to protect he nails and hands. There have been some minus es--bruises and sore muscles-and some plussea--a loss' eight pounds and a beaulifu tan. Miss Hester said she hail 'ays been a little shy, but that lie can now carry on a conver- ation with more people and as developed a more rounded personality by associating with men as well as women. COWORKERS HELPFUL She said her coworkers hac seen "helpful and courteous." Mrs. Payne is the mother ol wo young girls and the wife o a vice president of a Jonesboro Dank. She worked in an office and factory before becoming a construction worker. She sak he wanted to work outside. "The job load at other posi tions varies," she said. "Some- imes you've overordered a n c it other times there is nothing o do. With this job, the work will always be pretty con ;istent." The only problem Mrs. Payne encountered was the heat. The irst day on double knit the job, she won poylester slacks These were replaced by a pair of jeans. At noon on her first day, Mrs Payne called her husband t ell him about her day. Whei ho secretary replied that h was busy and asked if sh would like to leave a message Mrs. Payne said, "Tell Bill I'm working and doing fine." The secretary asked wher she was working. With a quiver in her voice she said. "Let Bill tell you." Miller County To Lose Two Deputies TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) -Miller County Judge Rudy Bur gess has notified the count sheriff's office that revenu sharing funds for two deputie ind a secretary will be term nated. effective Sunday. A reduction of two deputie would leave Miller County -the third largest in the state ge ographically -- with five depu ties. The deputies currentl work 12 hours, six days a week Burgess told Sheriff Lesl: Greer that due to recent eveni "I must plan to the end of 197 so that our money will com out." He also said in a letter t Greer that several charrge made on additions to the Mille County Courthouse had cause an increase in building costs. Lebanon Asks Oil Cutbacks For Israeli Attacks By The Associated; Press Lebanon has decided to ask* le Arab countries to reimpose il production cutbacks if Israel ontinues to attack Palestinian ositions in Lebanon in reprisal or guerrilla raids, the right- . ying Beirut newspaper Al Jaida reported today. The paper said Lebanese Prc- lier Takieddin Solh will make tie request at the emergency meeting of the Arab League de- ense council called in Cairo VIohday to discuss the Israeli raids into Lebanon. The council is made up of de- ense and foreign ministers of he league's 21 member states. ^ government spokesman said he premier was heading the ^ebanese delegation to help im- ress on the conference " t h e urgent need for collctiv and effective Arab action to deter Israel." The spokesman declined to comment on the report that Splh would seek renewal of the oil war. Arab gunners and Israeli orces traded artillery fire across the Lebanese border on -he western slopes of ML Hermon today, the Israeli military command said. A communique said several ttortar shells were fired from Lebanese territory at the H a r ' Oov sector and fire was returned. No Israeli casualties were reported, the command said. The Lebanese territory below Har Dov is controlled by the Palestinian guerrillas. ' Three out of four Israelis believe the bombing of terrorist bases in Lebanon should continue, a public opinion poll indicated today. So far, however, there has been no air action in retaliation for the Palestinian raid Tuesday in the town of Nahariyya in which four Israelis were killed. Picket Lines HAMILTON, Ont. (AP) Hamilton Tiger - Cat veterans set up picket lines at Ivor Wynne Stadium Wednesday and prevented rookies from crossing to attend preseason training camps. The pickets were set up after Tuesday night's breakdown .;n negotiations between the Canadian Football League Players' Association and CFL owners. No incidents were reported. greatest peddlers Over the years, more and more individuals have discovered one of the greatest little peddlers of them all ... the TIMES Want Ads! You'll be amazed how these small, low-cost ads can reach out and sell most any item you may have for sale . . . and do it fast! 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