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INSIDE- For women ...,, 3 Editorial ....^.E..,........,;. 4 Sports ,....Â·/ .: 7-8 Comics ,.... t .... -.. 10 Classified ..........*.......... Jl-13 Amusements .....3...;..-- 11 Back To School 15-30 115th YEAR-NUMBER 55 Jlortfjtoest The Public Interest U The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVIU.E, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1974 IOCAI FOMCAST- Partly cloudy and warm through Friday with a.chypcr of afternoon and evening-showers and thunderstorms. -Lo* last night 60. Low tonight in the mid 60s, with highs Friday in the mid 80s. Sunset today 8:15; sunrise Friday 6:30. PAGES-TEN CENTTS _i Resignation Expected Today Ford Might Be Sworn In On Friday WASHINGTON (AP) T- Vic President Gerald R. Ford can celed a 12-day political trip to day as congressional leader said he will be sworn in Frida as the nation's 38th.President. Cancellation of the trip was announced by Ford's, press sec- Nixon Schedules 8 P.At Te/evisioa-Radio Speech. retary, Paul Milllch. The vice president met with President Nixon for 70 minutes today, apparently to learn of the President's decision to resign. Ford was to attend a Republican telethon to be broadcast in Los Angeles to West Coast states tonight. It was postponed this morning because of the "fast-changing Washington," situation in GOP National RICHARD NIXON .. .-president under /ire GERALD FORD ,. .fo be 38th president Wholesale Prices Take Giant Leap WASHINGTON. (AP) .Wholesale prices jumped per cent last month, the Labor Department reported today. This works' out to a staggering 44.4 per cent on an annual rate. r . . The monthly increase was the largest since the 6.2 per cent jump last- August and com pared with an average monthly increase of 1.4 per cent over the first six months of this year. ''Â·All figures are after taking .seasonal variations into ac count. Â· Since wholesale price creases are usually translatec into higher prices for con sumers, the report cast a pal 'over a hopes for any slackening in the nation's double-digit in flatten. The biggest wholesale jumi was, in farm prices. A 6.4 pe cent jump in July reversed fou straight months of decline. The Nixon administration ha tied falling or at least moder ating food prices to its. pre dictions for getting inflatio down to a 7 per cent annus rate of increase by year's enc Consumer prices are currentl 11 per cent above a year ago. * The wholesale increase i food prices alone was 3.6 pe cent on a seasonally adjuste basis, with meat pacing the in crease. Processed foods an sugar-also posted significant i: creases. P r i c e s for milk an fresh vegetables declined. " Foreshadowing possible fi ture trouble for meat price was an even larger rise -- 5 per cent -- for the processe foods and feeds farmers mu buy for their livestock. : "- Auto prices, usually, stable ; (his time of year, also rose. . Industrial c o m m o d i t i c moved upward, although not a steeply as farm prices. The By PAT DONAT | TIMES Staff Writer Demolition will begin soon on he buildings west of the First 'ederal Savings and L o a n i north Center Street in down- wn Fayelteville. A $3,950 c o n t r a c t was warded for the demolition to Uoy Blagg Wrecking Co. of Tula, Okla. by the Fayetteville lousing Authority meeting.this morning in special session.- The Tulsa firm was low bid- er of three bids submitted anging up to $10,920. The contractor has six days after receiving notice to pro- eed and 45 days to complete he project., The commissioners urged that the demolition begin Housing Agency lets Demolition Contract as soon as possible.. T h e commissioners also Judge Given Last Of Tapes WASHINGTON (AP) -- The last of the White House tapes ordered turned over by the Su preme Court, save for 10 tha apparently don't 'exist, are in the hands of U.S. Distric Judge John Sirica. In turning over the siibpoe naed tapes- on Wednesday White House attorney James D St. Clair said at least/ 10 of the 64 conversations covered by th subpoena from special prose cutor Leon Jaworski were nev er recorded because they too place over a telephone whic had no recording device. St. Clair appeared in cour Wednesday to account for th final 31 tapes sought by th prosecutor for use in the Wate g f iewed with favor a proposal om J.K. Gregory to restore he brick building at the south ast. corner of Meadow am 'est Streets. Gregory's proposal o f f e r s 4,000 for a marketable t i t l e the 90 by 169 foot .lot am e will restore and repair thi ujlding as nearly as possibl o:its original state and convey to the NOARK Girl. Scou ouncil for use as an office. Roy. Clinton and Bill. Under rood, commissioners asked 1 tha he area office of.housing anc Jrban Development be contacl ed immediately to get re - use ppraisals to establish a price. The century-old h o u s e ha icen removed from schedule!' demolition by the authority ii April when a Fayettevilli couple requested a d e I a y ti make a proposal to purchasi and restore the building. Commissioners indicated tna steps are underway by both th ity and the ad hoc committe .0 save the Old P o s t Offic building but no amendmen hange to the Urban Renewa ?lan has been submitted date. ate cover-up t. 9 trial schedule YEARLY SGHOO EDITION TODAY Schools will open in Fa; ettevillc on Aug. 26. The 35 annual Back to School Editio of. the TIMES appears toda on pages 15 through 30. The edition which was in tiated on Sept. 3, 1940 hi been published annually sini that date. It is designed to provide 1 formation for school patro and the material is provid by educators in Northwe Arkansas. Rescue Units Seek Plane County Sheriff's Military search -and .rescue seven 'ficials' were askfed this morn- ig to aid in the search for light plane, reported to nave rashed about five miles west f Decatur late Wednesday af- er'noon. The Benton ffice .reported several person's n the mountainous area claim- ng that a plane crashed. Benton County Chief Deuty . Claude Penn told the TIMES this morning .'that : they lave - contacted the :Â· Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) office in Fayetteville requesting assistance from military, offic- als. Penn said that an unofficial earch has been underway he are since the.first reports vere received by his office at :30 p.m. Penn said the callers elated that they had watched the area since the first reports and then hep.ii straight down. }ne said sha heard an explos- oh, but saw.no fire or smoke. Benton County deputies, city marshals and fire department lersonnel are conducting search, centered about niles west of Decatur, Spavinaw Creek. Chairman George Bush said in Los Angeles. "That was the reason for our going today and that's the reason the trip's been postponed," the Ford spokesman said. Asked what kind of opinion the - vice ; president's office might:have';on the current situation, the spokesman replied, "I hear we're going on the trip, but we're just going a little later." . Â· . Â· Before the announcement of the delay. Ford press secretary Paul Miltich said ^plans for the trip were 'unchanged. But other sources indicated at least part of . the itinerary could be scrubbed at a moment's notice. MEDAL PRESENTATION Also on Ford's schedule today was the presentation of posthumous medals to,, relatives of ' -----' -' By GAYLORD SHAW Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON CAP) -House Republican leader John Rhodes said-today that-President Nixon would resign before the day was out. Nixon, meanwhile, scheduled an 8 p.m; CDT TV-radio address to the nation a n d summoned congressional leaders to his office for a meeting this evening to inform them of his decision; Rhodes confirmed what White House aides had already dis closed: that Nixon, the ultimate casualty of Watergate, intends to step aside as 37th President of the United States in the face of certain House impeachment. At midday, Nixon met with his vice president. Gerald R Ford. One presidential aidi said it was to inform Ford tha he imminently would be the na lion's 3Bth chief executive. Rhodes said he understoot the resignation would come b late afternoon. But it was wide ly presumed Nixon would sav the official announcement fo the broadcast'address tonight. 'RELIEF, SORROW' ' "I feel relief . . . sorrow . gratitude, but also optimism, said Rhodes. The Nixon aide who con rmed that- resignation was uickly upcoming refused iden- ficalion. But he is in a posi- on near the Oval Office. His terse response -- "Yes" --to a newsman came amid ther strong indications that le Republican chief exccu ivc's 2,026 day presidency was lunging toward an end. Official White House spokesmen continued to refuse to divulge Nixon's plans. But other ources said it appeared likely Â·lixon would disclose his decision later today. One knowledgeable White H o u s e official stopped just short of saying a final presidential decision had been made 'I'm 99 and 9-10 per cent cer- .ain, but who really knows? 1 ' :his official said. Nixon and Ford, the man he picked for the vice presidency after Spiro ; T. Agnew resignec last October, met alone in the [erred In the guarded office 38 paces away. Â· Some sources said flatly Nixon had made the decision to step aside voluntarily rather than allowing the constitutional machinery to grind toward impeachment. FLAT ASSERTION But those aides closest to the President refused to make such flat assertion -- as did official spokesmen. Shortly after Ford's office announced he was postponing a scheduled 12-day political trip to the Far. West, correspondents were called into the White House briefing room by Deputy Press Secretary Gerald R. Warren. Warren then announced that Nixon had "asked' the vice president to come over for a the two private meeting." A few minutes later, meeting had begun. The Oval Office. The session began at 11:01 a.m. EDT on a grey, muggy summer day as the nation and the world awaited formal announcement of t h e embattled president's plans. Hundreds of newsmen and photographers milled in the smoke-filled White House press room while the two leaders con- Jury Returns Guilty Verdict Against Two For Sale Of Pot called to the living quarters servicemen the five near Arab Buildup Seen. By The Associated Press Israeli Premier .Yitzhak Ra- iin says that Syria, Iraq and perhaps even Jordan might surpass Egypt in an "unparalleled arms race" among the Arab nations. B'or 26 years Israel has gardefl Egypt its principal enemy, but in recent weeks Rabin and Israeli military leaders have .warned of a vast Arab military Syria. buildup, primarily Speaking to a group of Israeli paratroopers, Rabin said'Israel was witnessing "a buildup, dis- positiion and readiness for war, led this time by Syria." ocvcli l l l J l l l a L J ' . OCL.VLk-CllldL P ^ ceremonies at Blair House, across . the - street , from , the White House. Â· House .. Republican . leader John J. Rhodes, who ,was among three congressiona leaders to meet with President Nixon Wednesday. . earlier canceled plans to accompany F6r( to the telethon. Meanwhile, Ford's -press secretary denied a Chicago Sun- Times story that the vice president has instructed members of his staff to prepare an inaugural: address. 'Â·Â· "That's a (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Faced for a day and :half 'with learly 100 pounds: of grassy substance worth $10,000, 'a Washington. County jury Wednesday turned down defense arguments about the botanical na- lure of the .grass and found Lonpie McGuire, 24, and Char : le's" Harris, 26, both of Fayetteville guilty of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.. The jury recom mended a ten- year sentence -- the maximum for each man. ^Sentencing, was set for October 20,, and the two are free on the' same $25,000 niiiBJiHMiiiiH^ NEWS BRIEFS Stereo Tapes Stolen Donald M. Greene 'of 1618 E. 5th St.. told Fayetteville police that 22 stereo, eight - track tapes were stolen from his car , early this' m o r n i n g while ; the car was parked at t h e Pizza Inn on Green Acres Road. Value of the tapes were placed at $65. Debate For TV WASHINGTON (AP) -- The - House has authorized radio and j television coverage of its de- Â·- bate on President Nixon's im- d peachment despite rumors that o it will never take place. Many members predict Nixon ;- will have resigned by the time 2- the debate is scheduled to start n on Aug. 19. -s "We can't act on the basis o b rumors. We must proceed on n the basis that the debate wil take place," said Rep. : Sidnej 11 Yates, D-I1I., sponsor of the pi resolution which . passed 385 tt s . 25 Wednesday. r nraiiiiynniiiniiiiiiiramininiiuiiiniiHiii UN Bomb Found UNITED - NATIONS, N'.Y^ AP) -- A tablet in the Medita- ion Room .at the United Na- ions describes it as "a room o quiet and peace -where only thoughts should speak." But police said Wednesday hey safely dismantled a dynamite bomb with a partly burn use that would have blown out the walls and glass doors of the small .chamber if it went of dlling or maiming anyone within a 30-foot radius. The five sticks of dynamite were found under a bench i ;he darkened room, which ii frequented by diplomats anc visitors and serves as a chape Nazi Leader Dies MUNICH, Germany (AP) -Baldur von Schirach, Nazi youth leader under Adolf H ler, died toda yat his home in Kroev from a sudden circulati ry ailment, his family reportec He was 66. aiiiiiiiiMuimniiiininunnniiiiuiiiiiiiiniiniiiiniiiiiiiE Tried over from their ar- ignment. McGuire arid Harris were ar- ested April 29 in Fayeteville ong with three'other persons 'terthe attempted sale of al- lost 100 pounds of marijuana ir $10,000 to federal under- over narcotics agents. Harris' attorney indicated to respective jurors during jury election that the state, would resent a strong-casÂ£-'showing hat the two possessed--the arijuana. The attorney asked the. jurors would vote for ac- uiltal if the defense 'could how that the. substance in uestion was not a c t u a l l y marijuana. -, The defense called a botanist 'ho testified that he has found distinction between varieties f marijuana. Arkansas statutes n marijuana specifically name Cannabis satiya L." Under questioning by prose- utor Mahlon Gibson, the bdta- list admitted he had not made determination on the mari- uan,a in.queston. A chemist with the federal )rug Enforcement Administra- ion. had testified that the substance was cannabis saliva L, or marijuana. The 100 p o u n d s , mostly packaged in 39 "bricks" wrapped in paper, were laid out before the jury during the testimony of James Atkins, a federal agent who made the "buy" from Harris and McGuire on Springs Road southwest of Fayetteville early the morning of April 29. The trial continued until late Tuesday evening and continued W e d n e s d a y morniirg. T h e jury began its deliberation around noon, spending 35 minutes in the jury room before returning the guilty verdicts. Three others charged in connection with the incident are to he tried October 2 and 3. They are Sherry Hardy, 20, of Fayetteville; John S t o n e , 35, of Memphis, Tenn., and J i m m y Cooper, 24, of Little Rock. . leaders were alone in the splendid solitude of the Oval Office. Law requires that any presidential resignation be submitted to the secretary of State. And Secretary Henry .A. Kissinger was First Family's Wednesday night for a private meeting with Nixon that lasted until nearly midnight. .But officials denied speculation that the embattled Republican president had -given Kissinger a letter of resignation. Kissinger returned to the Whits House before 9 a.m. EET today, hut aides said he did not meet again with Nixon; GOP TELETHON Ford was to attend a Republican telethon scheduled for broadcast to West Coast states from Los Angeles tonight. That affair was put off because' of "the fast-changing situation in Washington" according to a party official. And the Ford ipokesman said "That was the reason for our going today and that's the reason the trip's been postponed." A White House spokesman also confirmed that Nixon met until nearly midnight Wednesday with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, the man to whom Nixon would deliver a resignation if one is forthcoming. Â· Â· . Asked about the purpose of the Kissinger meeting in the White House living quarters, Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L. Warren said, "I have no way of knowing."Kissinger returned to ths White House today but reporters were told he had not met with Nixon. And Kissinger told one newsman he had not received a letter of resignation from the President, but declined further questions. There was little change in ths mood of anticipation throughout the capital. Rumors continued unabated that Nixon already had decided to end his long political career. One official close to the Oval asked about tha presidential deci- pffice. when timing of a sion, said: NO VACATION "I wouldn't go on vacation to-' day if I were you." Other sources said Raymond K . P r i c e speechwriter, Nixon's had been top as- Barbers On Politics Oldsters Take Turmoil Calmly '- By RICK PENDERGRASS -V TIMES Staff Writer Â·' The old man puckered his lips, leaned back in his chair and nodded, considering the staccato barrage of news bulletins flying from the Washington teletypes -- news of events that are shaking the foundations of America, in.some estimations. . "Mm, yep, well, I don't think tt's so bad," he said. "I can't get too excited about it, you know.'Seen worse in my time." City The other old men in Barber Shop nodded and casually changed the topic to of sugar and pipe the. price tobacco. Why, I just don't know whal this country's coming to, what with this here tobacco going up more'n a dollar in the last month or so." ' Tn another barber shop a few blocks away "Doc" Branyon younger, wearing whit* shirt and tie, was bitter and disillusioned: GOING DOWNHILL "We're going downhill in this country when all you hear is people downgrading the presi- lent. Nobody ever talks about ,he good things he's done. I :hink the news media have led :he people way off course. I'm just sick of it all." And in still another local shop a young man listened to a radio report that a newspaper in Rhode Island quoted "reliable sources" who said President Nixon had decided to resign for the good of the country. "Hch, hch, it's about time," he said. "It's just a couple of years they loo late. I can stick don't him think bat enough." It didn't .seem this week a matter of whether one were a supporter of Richard Nixon the man, but how one viewed the presidency as an institution, To the old men who could cmember both world wars; the Jreat Depression and its subsequent socio-political effects; ^DR's New Deal; Joe McCar- .hy; Teapot Dome, and the Bay of Pigs fiasco, this was to be ust another event underlined in American history books of the uture. Â·NOBODY'S HONEST' Gains Smith, owner of City Barber Shop, said, "Oh, these fellas come in every day and talk about if, but. they don't get too excited. Us old folks nave seen a lot of things happen and I think most of us know not to be surprised about anything in Washington politics. Nobody up there's honest -never have been and I don'l think they ever will be. "It kinda peeves some of us, though, that all you hear talk about is Washington this Watergate that, and nobody ever talks about local things nymore. Used to be that half f the talk around here about weather here and and county politics and things," Smith said. In pranyon's vasn't a group was city shop, there . o f o l d m e n engaged in" animated conversation. A newspaper was lying on an empty chair, page one ace up, headlines screaming about Nixon's dwindling support n Congress. OUT OF VIETNAM "You see that headline?" Sranyon slapped the paper. 'That's all I see anymore I don't even want to see that much. I don't watch TV, I don't read the papers, and I don't listen to that garbage on the radio. "This country is decaying. WÂ« have no morals anymore. No respect for the president. Nobody ever talked about how he got us out of Vietnam. (CONTINUED ON PACK TWO) (TIMESphoto by Rick Pendcrf rau) BYRD, LEFT, AND SMITH ' ." .. .talk of politic* and pipe tobacco in Smith'* shop signed the task of drafting an 'appropriate speech." But they said they didn't tnow when or if the speech, would be delivered. On Capitol Hill, assistant Senate Republican leader Robert P. Griffin of Michigan, who has urged Nixon to resign, said he hoped there would be a decision by Friday. "I hope so and I think so," Griffin told newsmen. Sources said presidential speechwriters were instructed four days ago to prepare material for a possible resignation statement. The New York Daily News, meanwhile, said today Nixon would deliver a resignation speech over national television by Friday, barring a last minute change in plans. The paper quoted an unnamed WhitÂ« House aide and said Nixon's de- CONTINUED OK P.'tGE TWO) Officials Resign COTATI, Calif. (AP) - ThÂ« mayor and two officials of this Northern California town have resigned in the wake of what they said was a harmless scheme to beautify the city mall with confiscated marijuana plants. City. Manager Robert SwitzÂ«r said he accepted-the resignations Wednesday of Mayor Stephen Laughlin, 27; Couii- cilwoman Annette Lombard!, 27, and Planning Commissioner Eve Kitchen, 27. Police had'charged Laughlin, Miss Lombard! and Vicki Flaherty, 27, with intention to destroy evidence seized in Â» recent drug raid in this town 3 miles north of San Frandico.