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Monday, September 9, 1974
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--TIMES?ho1o by Ken Good Wh / --TiMES_ J noio I ile the crowd watches intently, the helicopter thunders into view trailing the steeple, eases its heavy burden into place and exits INSIDE- For women ... . E . 3 Editorial 4 Sports 7-9 Comics 7 _ 10 Classified 11-13 Amusements 14 115th YEAR--NUMBER 87 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVILIE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1974 LOCAL FORECAST- Considerable cloudiness and warm through Tuesday w i t li periods of drizzle and rain. Low tonight near 70. H i g h Tuesday near 80. Sunset today 7:33; sunrise Tuesday 6:55. Weather map on page 5. PAGES-TEN CENTS foiver's Hat Fits 3y Ford's Pardon Of Nixon By RICK PENDERGRASS Of the TIMES Staff With a deteaning roar amid a man-made tempest, an Army helicopter Sunday gingerly set a new steeple atop the Washington County Courthouse as thousands of spectators watched crew from the entranced. A five-man 273rd Aviation Co., Heavy Helicopter, Ft. Sill, Okla., eased the "largest helicopter in the western world" into position above the courthouse tower shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, then rocketed skyward as the mission was accomplished. ' The chopper left behind an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 applauding Fayetteville residents and a number of county officials breathing sighs of relief. "It was a tremendous relief when that helicopter took off and I saw the steeple sitting there," said County Judge Vol Lester. steeple who engineered the project. "It ended months of worrying about how we were going to get the thing up there." It was not only a relief but a first-time achievement for the chopper's crew, too. according jroduccd by the rotor wash of he massive aircraft. Lester said there were no njuries, though most of the crowd on Center Street a block vest of the courthouse and on College, a block north, were pummeled by the winds and some dirt and flying debris. Two large display windows in .he.Clark and Eoff store, across the street from the courthouse, were blown out from the force of the winds, and flying glass 'rom the shattered windows reached as far as the spectators on Center, b u t ' there were no reports of anyone being struck by the glass. Lester said the county arranged ahead of time to pay for any such damages and added that a glass .company will probably install the windows at the store this week A large sign on the front ol the store was removed the day before the event to prevent itf destruction by' the winds, which Ford said reached as much as ICO miles per hour just belov, the craft. Lester said the county took out a special $590 deductible , to M a j . Jimmie Ford, commanding officer of the unit. Ford said though the team has made several airlifts of heavy equipment to the tops of towers and buildings, this was the first time they had placed such a structure on a building in a heavily developed civilian area. TICKLISH SPOTS After the flight CWO Marvin E. Nester, the chopper's pilot, said there were "ticklish spots" during the job because the pilot and copilot couldn't see the tower because of the steeple. T h e steeple's b a s e i s t h e same size as the narrow tower and the pilot had to rely upon directions from the ground and f r o m his flight engineers to maneuver the steeple into place. Many spectators on the street noticed as the helicopter sped away that the steeple was crooked, leaning slightly to the west and' twisted on its base, but Lester explained that the guide structures erected temporarily to help slide the steeple into place had to be cut from beneath for the steeple to settle. "After the helicopter left, workmen used a winch to pull the steeple into place. It took a few minutes," Lester said. He added that there is still some finishing work to be done to the steeple, including an aluminum cap to be installed. But the steeple has been bolted down. The entire Fayctleville Police Department and Washington County sheriff's force were aided by 30 members of the National Guard in helping keep spectators a safe distance from t h e hurricane-like winds insurance policy to cover the ime the aircraft was to be over lie business sections, but he iad no totals on damage caused y the wind. To illustrate the wind's force, arge chunks of a plastic sign eft on one wall of the Clark and Eoff store-were Blown as much as 200 yards south of the site as the chopper placed the steeple on top of the tower. Lester said store managers icar the courthouse had been warned that the winds might cause some damage, but Ford, who inspected the windows of the Clark and Eoff Store two weeks ago said the east window, which already v, cracked, most likely would be blown out by the winds. The window was neither boarded or taped. Lester commended the law enforcement agencies and the National - Guard personnel in volved in crowd control and the spectators who "kept theii proper distance and preventec any injuries." LARGE CROWDS He said in addition to the crowds in the downtown area there were large crowds of per (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) ITDVfESphoto by Rick Pendorgras JUDGE VOL LESTER .. .gets into the act Sunday Watergate Revived WASHINGTON (AP) -- Present Ford's unconditional par- on of Richard M. Nixon has ushed his fledgling adminis- ation into the backwash of atergate, ruptured his rap- rt with Congress and sparked .e protest resignation of a top de. As his advisers assessed the dale ble political damage from y's surprise announce- Ford was flying to Pitts- today to keep a speaking arranged in the early, uil days of his transition, d's disclosure of "a free, md absolute pardon" for for any criminal conduct g his presidency was fol- lowed within minutes by a Nixon statement of remorse at "my mistakes over Watergate." And, in the enusing hours, there were theso major disclosures and developments: -- Many Democrats arid some Republicans in Congress voiced dismay at the pardon, contending it set a double standard of justice. But other Republicans, including Vice President- designate Nelson A. Rockefeller, hailed it as an act of coin- passion and courage. --Lawyers for former Nixon aides and associates b e g a n reshaping their strategy for the Watergate cover-up trial, and at least one . defendant, H.R. Unwarranted, Clinton Says Arkansas Leaders Hit Action By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Gov. Dale Bumpers called 'resident Ford's pardon of for- ner President Nixon Sunday ,remature and said that it 'torpedoes" the concept of qual justice under the law. Bumpers said, though, that ,e did not take issue with "the 'resident's motives or .his . de- ire to get all the irritants that eem to be bothering this coun- ry aside so that he can get this ountry down to substantive is- ues like inflation and the econ- imy...." David H. Pryor, the Demo- ratic nominee for governor, also called the action pre- mature and said he thought Ford should have waited until the final details of Nixon's alleged involvement in the Watergate cover-up were known. Pryor declined to comment further. Ken Coon, the Republican nominee for governor, said he disagreed with the pardon for two reasons. "A pardon implies guilt -and, is there any guilt'!" Coon asked. Secondly, Coon said, the American people deserve a trial to "get the facts to decide Nixon's guilt or innocence." Coon added, "If Nixon is guil- ty, the law demands that he face the penalty the same as if you or I had been found guilty of a similar charge." Bill Clinton oi Fayetteville, the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 3rd Ditrict, said he believed Ford's decision to grant full pardon was a totally unwarranted interruption of due process of aw. Clinton, a law professor, op^ poses Rep. John · Paul Hammerschmidt, R^Ark. Clinton said he still hoped that congressional action might restore the operation of due process. He said Congress possibly could approve a resolution urging Ford to reconsider hif decision. . In Clinton prepared statement said Ford's decision "may have an unforeseen dam aging impact on pending trials of Watergate defendants." He added, "It will have a devastating effect on famiies of .those who acted for Mr. Nixon and with his knowledge anc consent are now in jail or about to go to jail. It will weaken the people's faith in the fair operation of our legal system." Clinton said Nixon should have been forced to respond to any charges that might have been made against him before Ford intervened. Johnson Girl Dies In Crash Rhonda Rose, 10, daughter of Mrs. Ardith L. Hanson Rose, Johnson, was killed Sunday when a truck in which she was riding hit a guardrail and overturned on a Dallas, Tex, h'"- 'ay. The driver of the truck, Bob G. Stidham of Shady Grove Trailer Park, Spritrgdale, was arrested by Dallas police and charged with homicide with a vehicle after he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel. Stidham was a driver for the Cawood Produce Co., Spring dale. He was taking the girl to Texas to visit relatives m Houston, police said. She was asleep in the cab when the (CONTINUED ON TAGS TWO! Over Nixon Pardon Ford Press Secretary Quits WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House Press Secretary Jerald F. terHorst has resigned abruptly, saying his credibility as spokesman for President Ford was Irrevocably tarnished in the pardoning of Richard M. Nixon. "The President acted in good conscience and I also found it necessary to resign in good conscience," tgrllprst said later. Ho 'told Ford he was quitting shortly before the President announced the pardon Sunday. TerHorst will be succeeded at teast temporarily by John W. Hushen. who becomes acting' press secretary. Hushen, 38, who had been top spokesman at the Justice Department for four years, joined the White House press office three weeks ago as deputy to terHorst. Hushen, like terHorst a former Detroit News reporter, said he did not disagree w i t h Ford on the pardon. He said, "I personally think he did the right thing." TerHorst, 52, a veteran Washington newsman whose career has been intertwined with Ford's off and on s'nce 1918, was not consulted about the pardon. White House sources' said he learned of it Saturday when it came time to prepare for a public announcement of Ford's surprise decision. TerHorst said he did not use threats of his resignation in any effort to dissuade Ford. In a telephone interview from his Alexandria, Va., home, ter- Horst said his conscience told him it was u n f a i r for Nixon to he pardoned while his former subordinates continue to be prosecuted for Watergate-re latcd crimes. "Mercy, like justice, must also be even-handed," terHorst said. Some Watergate figures ar already in jail, others are un der indictment and "their repu tations and families also hav been injured," he said. "I knew my credibility woul oo difficult to sustain . . . in th absence of a like decision t grant mercy to persons of less or stations in life," terHor said. Ford issued a statement sa; ing "I appreciate the fact th; good people will differ with m on this very difficult decision. "I deeply regret Jerry te Horst's resignation," Ford sai "I understand his position," NEWS BRIEFS Garage 'Tabled' Garland Melton, Chairman of h e Fayelteville Parking uthorily, has requested that item concerning formation ' an assessment district in owntown Fayetteville for the urpose of constructing a arking garage be tabled for n indefinite period of time. The item had been scheduled o come up before the Planning ommission at Tuesday after- oon's meeting, but Melton said e was requesting that the latter be tabled pending fur- hcr meetings with residents n d businessmen in the 'roposed assessment district to ry and work out arrangements hat are "more palatable" to ill concerned. Purse Stolen Eighty-seven dollars in cash vas reported stolen from a ·nirse belonging to Bonnie Vann of Compton, Calif., late Satur day night. Miss Vann told Fayetteville police that her purse had been stolen from a car parked near .he Malco Theater at the inter section of Rolling Hills Drive ind College Avenue. The purse, with all its con ents intact except for the $8' and some papers, was found by Miss Vann a short time later in a trash bin behind the K Mart store, 3055 N. College Ave Office Looted An adding machine, $50 in cash, a digital clock and quantity of disposable syringe were reported stolen from th office of Dr. Jacob C. Agee a dentist, 800 N. College Ave, Sunday night. Fayetteville police Sgt. Bil Brooks said a window pane i a rear door was broken to gai entry to the office. Victim Improving Washington Regional Medical enter told Ihe TIMES Monday hat Glenn Rogers, 15, 548 East- rn Ave., has .not been released rom the hospital as reported ast week. The TIMES, acting upon Vashington Regional, reported ast week that Rogers had been released immediately a f t e r reatment. Rogers was listed in good :ondition this morning. He was shot in the hip Sept. with a 30-06 rifle bullet while iding in a van driven by Frank ,. Duganitz. 23, 103 S. Duncan. David Mitchell, 27, 1710 Stone St., was later arrested by Fay cttcville police on a charge o ssault with a deadly weapon. Candidate Filed John Todd, 34. filed this morning as a candidate for Po silion 2 on the Fayettevill Board of Directors. Position represents Ward 2. Todd, 2381 Winwood Drive caches business managemen n the University of Arkansa College of Business Administn tion. A certified public account ant, he is a graduate of th JA and of Harvard Gradual School of Business. Burglary Reported A stereo system, a quantit of cigarettes and a larg amount of foodstuffs wer reported stolen Sunday nigh [rom Brenda's Drive In, 645 6th St. Fayetteville police sai Sept. 17. About the rear door to the buildin was pried open. Missing is a stereo systen with two speakers, valued a $250; $30 worth of candy; ?: worlh of cigarettes; a $14.; case of weiners; $17.25 wort of shrimp; a $5 can of stra\ berry preserves and a $3 ca of chocolate syrup. llllHIIIIHMIBIlWIMIllltllllMlllHHW visor ot lhc census. Knievel Says Part Failed TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- tuntman Evel Knievel says , eakness in the metal hgldin le parachute system in plac as responsible for his rocke ide into the Snake River Can on rather than over it. "There was a metal failure, nievel told a news conferenc unday night less than fou ours after he was lifted b elicopter from rocks at th ase of the 600-foot canyon. "To lose to a beautiful rive nd canyon like this to me ot a real loss," said Knieve he cuts on his right cheek an ip standing out as red lines o (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) delay the trial now set to be- n Sept. 30. Ford aides made public an greemenl they had reached ith Nixon to preserve his lute House files for at least ree years for possible court se. But the agreement allows 10 former president to destroy ny White House tape record- igs after September 1979. Although Ford's announce- nenl caught the capital and the ountry by surprise, sources aid it had been preceded by 10 lays of legal deliberations and icgotiatipns with Nixon and pecial Watergate prosecutor. eon Jaworski. It also, represented a reversal ·! Ford's previous public state- .ents. During his vice presidential confirmation hearings, ·ci said, "I do not think the )ublic would stand for" such a lardon. And at a news conference Aug. 28 he said it would ie " u n w i s e . a n d untimely" for, ,im to commit himself until 'any legal process has been undertaken" against Nixon. While House counsel Philip Suchen said Nixon faced likely ndictment prior to the pardon.- He said :t was granted without trings attached, but acknowledged Ford knew in advance he gist of Nixon's follow-up tatement. SUMMONS PRESS Three hours after he knelt in irayer at early morning com- minion services. Ford summoned a television crew and a ew newsmen into his Oval Of- ice to announce the pardon, prohibiting any federal criminal prosecution of Nixon "for all offenses against the United States" during his 2.027 days in office. ' : "I feel that Richard Nixon and his loved ones have suf- 'ered enough," Ford said, speaking slowly . and glancing often at a 950-word statement. "My conscience tells ma jlearly and certainly t h a t , I cannot prolong the bad dreams that continue to reopen a chapter that is closed. My conscience tells me that only I, as President, have the constitutional power to firmly shut' and seal this book." He said it is "common knowledge t h a t serious allegations and accusations hang like a sword over our former president's head and threaten his health as he tries to reshapa his life. ..." Democrats led the parade of congressmen disagreeing w i t h tCONTINUED ON PAGE TWO] Special Census Scheduled This Month At Springdale SPRINGDALE -- The City of Springdale will conduct a special census later this month to determine population increase since the 1970 census was taken. An increase in population will mean an increase in the amount of state turnback funds to the community. Census takers are needed for the program, expected to begin about Sept. 20 and continue for three weeks. Persons interested in applying should stop by the city clerk's office on or after 100 applicants are needed. Prospective census tak ers will be screened by Eva Greer from the Dallas, Texas office of the Bureau' of the Cen sus. She will arrive in town Sept. 17 and remain as super Those persons qualifying ta ·ork as census takers will at- end a short training session be- ore being assigned a district, cnsus takers will be given a map of the districts and are csponsible for visiting each ·lace where people live to ob- ain and record information a- out the residents. Workers will be paid for at- ending the training session and vill receive 11 cents for each residence contacted. To qualify, census takers Tiust be U.S. citizens with a ligh school education or the equivalent and be at least 18 years old. The also must pass a written test to show they can follow instructions, do simple arithmetic and read maps.

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