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INSIDE- Editorial \ For women 6 Sports ·;....· 0-10 Amusements -i...U Comics ...·.·.·.;....a.,.. 12 Classified ;.·.....·...-.. 13-15 115th YEAR--NUMBER 94 J^orthtoest The Public Interest U The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1974 LOCAL FORECAST- Considerable cloudiness a n d mild with showers and l i g h t rain likely tonight and Tuesday. Low tonight in the m i d GOs. High Tuesday in the upper 70s. Sunset today 7123; sunrise Tuesday 7:00. Weather map on page 8. ·£16 PAGES-TEN CENTS Ford Unveils Amnesty Plan For War Evaders Tragedy Strikes Mrs. Linda Chcrwinskl ol Woonsocket, B.I., is consoled by her father as she watches firemen attempt unsuccessfully to revive her 9-month- old son, Nathan. The child was removed from the family's burning home by firemen. (AP Widephoto) Usury Amendment Opposed By Democrats, Republicans By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS form in support of complete 'The Democratic arid Republican slate conventions, which both met during the weekend, registered opposition to Amendment 57, which would lift the 10 per cent interest limit and put control of it in the hands of the state legislature. The GOP party platform supported passage of the three oth- e r p r o p o s e d constitutional amendments. The Democrats, however, supported only two of the three remaining amendments. The Democrats didn't take a stand on Amendment 54 which would remove the requirement that all state printing be done by contract. The aim of the amendment is to allow the state to do more of its own printing when it is economical. One member of the Democrat's platform committee said ' that Amendment 54 wasn't included in the platform recommendations because no one understood it except its sponsors in the state legislature. RAISES BACKED Both Democrats and Republicans supported passage of Amendment 55, which would allow raises for elected state officials, and Amendment 56 which would modernize county government. Cliff Jackson of Litle Rock chairman of the GOP Platform Committee, and Bob Scott of Little Rock, chairman of the GOP Rules Committee, r i c e unsuccessfully to recommenc the defeat of all four proposed constitutional amendments. They said the defeat of the four items could pave the' was to the wholesale reform of the 1874 state Constitution. Scot said it would "force con stitutional reform in 1975.' However, the Republican* took a different approach. They supported three of t h e con stitutional proposals, amend ments 55, 56 and 54, but kept p strong statement in the plat onstitutional reform. The Democratic Slate Con- ention, meeting at Hot prings, also endorsed another csolution approving the prin- iple of a party presidential rirnary in the state which vould be subject to a study by he 1 new Democratic State Committee. State Rep. Frank Henslee of !ne Bluff and other supporters }f a presidential primary for \rkansas in 1970 had tried to jet a clear-cut, endorsement of he proposal from the committee. But several committee ·nembers had reservations bout the plan. Rain To Last Into Tuesday By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rain is in the Arkansas weather picture through Tues day. The National Weather Service said this morning that showers and light rain had developet along a low pressure trough ex tending from northwest Arkan sas, through southeastern Okla homa and central Texas. The showers are expected le move eastward across the stat today. A high pressure system was centered this morning ii Kentucky and the circulatioi around the high is pumping moist southeasterly flow of ai into the Texas, Oklahoma an Arkansas area. The moistur added to the low pressur trough enhances the chance for rain. Rainfall reports for the 2' hour period ended at 7 a.m. in elude .31 at Fayettevlle, .2" Harrison, a trace at Jonesbor and .66 at Fort Smitih. Hijacked Jet Explodes In South Vietnam SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) -- A hijacker described as a wealthy playboy army captain blew up a South Vietnamese airliner and killed all 71 persons aboard after the pilot refused to fly to Hanoi, officials said today, It was the first hijacking to result in a large number of deaths, and the first lime a hijacked plane has been blown up in the air. The officials said the hijacker, 31-year-old Le Due Tan, bypassed security checks Sunday when he boarded the Air Vietnam Boeing 727 at Da Nang for flight to Saigon. Police in Da Nang were re- orted questioning Tan's wife, ho owns a beauty parlor icre, and an air, force security ergeant who they said helped an evade the security check. Officials said when the air- ner was about halfway from a Nang to Saigon, Tan or- ered the pilot to turn back and y to the North Vietnamese apital. Instead, the pilot pre- ared to land at Phan Rang, 60 miles northeast of Saigon, nd Tan set off two grenades e had brought aboard the lane, the officials said. Eyewitnesses said the plane lade one pass over the air- eld, circled hack and banked narply as it approached the unway. .They said there was n explosion and the plane rashed nose first not far from a. minefield. PLANE BURNS The plane hurst into flames vhen it hit the ground and the ire spread to the minefield, ettisg off a claymore anli-per- onnel mine. The eight crew members and 9 of the C3 passengers were 'iel.nam.ese, according to the lassenger list. The others were wo South Koreans, a Filipino and a Frenchman. By ni'ghtfall rescue teams earching in the rain through lie charred wreckage had re- overed 68 bodies, many of hem badly mangled, officials aid. They also recovered a pecial tape recorder aboard he plane to record conversa- ions during an emergency. It was the third attempt in wo years -- all unsuccessful -o hijack a South Vietnamese aircraft to North Vietnam. Air Vietnam reportedly has ordered ts pilots to refuse to fly to North Vietnam even under duress. Observers say the air- ine's security precautions have been lax and haphazard, but one official said security meas- Two Women Hostages Freed One of two women hostages released from the French embassy at The Hague this morning is carried to a waiting ambulance from t h e American e m b a s s y after a medical check. Japanese terrorists continued to hold.nine male -hostages Including French Ambassador Jacques Senard. (AP Wlrephoto) Two Firemen Hurt In Blaze An 13-year veteran of the Fayetteville Fire Department w a s hospitalized early this morning apparent after heart suffering an attack while fighting a barn fire on N. Garland Avenue. Capt. Earvel Schader, 46, of: 2035 Erstan Ave., was in fair condition in the coronary care unit at Washington Regional Medical Center today. Another fireman, Dennis Ledbetter, 23, of 818 Wood St., was treated and released at the hos- NEWS BRIEFS (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) NEW SECTION STARTS TODAY The TIMES begins a new section today, entitled ECO- LOGUE. The weekly special page, to be run every Monday, will explore issues involving ecology and the environment in general and other news items that may relate to the environment. Today's ECO-LOGUE, on page 5, features a listing of local environmental organizations and their goals. Youths Arrested Two Fayetteville youths were arrested early Sunday morning after police received a report of two boys on bicycles trying to break into a soft drink machine at the Houston Taylor Service Station at Ihe intersection of College Avenue and Meadow Street. Police said an unidentiified man came to police headquarters and reported that he and a friend saw the two youths beating on the machine with a claw hammer. The two, aged 15 and 17, were found a short time later walking along-College Avenue, pushing bicycles, several blocks north of the service station. Support Pledged LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Bill Clinton of Fayetteville, the Democratic congressional nominee in the 3rd District, says, is eected, he will support some form of a national health insurance bill. He also said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he die not support the proposed usury amendment to the stale Con slitulion. Instead, he indicatec that interest rates should be lowered in other states. Suspect Freed SPRINGDALE Denver iamples, 56, of Fayetteville and Jorth Little Rock, was ques- ioned and released by Pulaski bounty officials Friday afternoon in connection with the August murder of a Little Rock ?oman. The TIMES incorrectly said ,he murder involved a mentally retarded girl. Samples was arrested Thursday in Springdale at the request of Pulaski County authorises. After being questioned, he was released. The. case, on which Pulaski County officials would not comment, is still under investigation. Medical Report NEW YORK (AP) -- News week magazine quotes the per sonal physiician to resignec President Richard M. Nixon as saying Nixon's phlebitis condi lion has deteriorated until "if; going to take a miracle for him to recover..." The physician, Maj. Gen Walter Tkach, reportedly addet that Nixon's condition is so crit ical that he did not discuss the situation with Pat Nixon "fo; fear of frightening her. SWEPCO Cites Need For New Plant Southwestern Electric Power Co. President J. Lamar Stall said , in written testimony filed with the Arkansas Public Service Commission p r i o r to today's hearings that electric service to Northwest Arkansas would be severely threatened without the proposed generating plant at Little Flint in Benlon County. Hearings opened at Little Rock today before .the PSC to determine whether to grant SWEPCO and its partner in the plant project, Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Corp. (AECC). certificates of environmental compatibility and public need. SWEPCO and AECC plan to construct a coal-fired, 530 megawatt power plant on Little Flint Creek. Target date for operation is 1078. Stall *aid there is a pressing need for the plant by 1978 because of the serious natural gas shortage, the increase in the number of SWEPCO and AECC customers and Ihe increased kilowatt hour use per customer. Because these increases have been large in the past, Stall said the company docs not expect an immediate decline in the rate of increase. Adding that the need for the plant is not based entirely on fuutre growth. Stall s a i d the station is necessary lo servo recently-acquired electrical loads. He pointed out that the company has not generating facilities in Arkansas, the nearest generating stations being about 300 miles from Fayetteville. Under HID terms of a contract between SWEPCO and AECC, SWEPCO will build and operate ,he new plant while both cor lorations will jointly own it. In his tcslimony, also filed previously, R.W. Dodson, senior SWEPCO vice president, noted :he proposed plant will duplicate a unit presently under construction by SWEPCO in East Texas. "This is the largest single generating unit we have ever built." he said. Dodson said low-sulphur coal will fuel the plant. 'About 1.75 million tons of coal each year will be needed and will 'oe delivicred by train from Wyom ing. When Ihe plant begins operation, three trains will be used to maintain the coa! supply. "Each Irain," said Dodson, "will be made up of 110 cars and will take about five days to make a round trip. Thus \ve will be receiving coa! about every two days. Each coal car will carry 110 tons of coal. Initial delivery of the coal is not expected until late 1977." Dodson asserted that the decision to use low-sulphur coal in the production of electric energy was based upon mining costs, total quantity needed and environmental considerations. SWEPCO's plans for the facii ity include damming 530 acres of Little Flint hollows in order to provide cooling water for the plant. The dam as proposed is l.fiOO feet long and 100 feet high. Water depth at normal lake level will be 80 feet, Dodson said. The Little Flint plant would be t h e s e v e n t h operated b y SWEPCO. Of the six existing plants, only the one under con struction near Cason, Texas does not use natural gas as primary source of fuel. Two additional coal units ar planned for operation in eas Texas in 1981 and 1983. Eac will generate 530 megawatts o But Dodson asserted there I no second unit planned for th Little Flint site. "I expect ou growth load after 1978 to b moderate," he said. SWEPCO's vice president an superintendent of power, Job W. Turk Jr., echoed the test mony of Stall and Dodson his testimony before the PSC. "If the needs of the cust mers of SWEPCO are to be nv In 1978," he commented, "Flii Creek Plant must go into se vice on lime." tal's .emergency room afterl The boys told police that they Deadline For Acceptance Set Jan. 31 WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford proclaimed a clemency program today for thousands of Vietnam war deserters and draft resisters 'in furtherance of our national commitment to justice and mercy." A key feature of the program would require deserters and draft evaders to spend up to 24 months in low-paying jobs judged to promote the "national health, safety or interest." There would be no minimum time period for "alternate service jobs" and reductions from the 24 months service period would be dependent on military service records and "other mitigating factors." All those wanting Lo accept the amnesty opportunity would have to turn themselves in before Jan. 31. Draft evaders would report to the United States attorney where an offense was committed and deserters would report to appropriate military commanders. Ford also set up a nine-member Presidential Clemency Board to handle the cases of those already convicted of draft evasion or absence from military service. JAIL PRIORITY "The board has been instructed to give priority consideration to individuals currently confined," the White House press office said in a fact sheet. "The President also has asked ;hat their confinement be suspended as soon as possible, lending the board's review." Ford briefed Republican and lling down, .a flight of stairs the barn... Fayetteville police said the re was-accidentally started by ree small'boys, two' 11-years- d and the -other only 7. The barn,' which contained out 5,000' bales o£ hay, is vned by the University of Aransas Agricultural Experiment ation and is located on Garnd Avenue across from- Agri ark. Fire Chief Charles McWhorter aid this morning that the hay as totally.destroyed but that le - barn. which suffered oderate. damage, is salvage- ble.. . . BULLDOZERS USED McWhorter said firemen were ailed to the scene at 2:10 p.m. unday and fought the blaze ntil about 11 p.m. when bull- ozers from the U.S. Forestry ervice were used to remove le hay from the barn. Firemen eft the scene at 9 a.m. today, IcWhorter said. Schrader suffered the heart ttack at .about 1. a.m. today, /IcWhorter said, and was taken o the hospital by- ambulance, jedbelter was injured at about 0:30 p.m. Sunday, he said. Fayetteville police questioned ie three boys, who said they ,'ere on their way home from he fairgrounds and stopped to }Iay in the barn. One of the oungsters said they were ilaying with matches in the loft yhen some of the hay caught attempted to extinguish the fire, but failed. The boys said they went to "a house a short distance away and called the Fire Department. Suspects Held Two Oklahoma youths were arrested by State Police early Sunday morning after wrecking a stolen car on Hwy. 68 near Tontitown. The two, both 16 'ears old, are being held by ''ayelteville police for invest- galion of car theft. Police said Carloyn Matthews of Elkins reported her car, a 367 Opel Kadet, stolen at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday from a parking lot just off West Dickson Street. At 12:18 a.m. Sunday, Trooper Charles Miler notified police that the car lad been recovered and two persons arrested. Charges are expected to be filed in Washington Juvenile Court. Condition Critical Raymond Valleau, 50, Route I, remained in critical condition today in the intensive care unit of Washington General Hospital after he was injured Saturday in a car-truck collision. Valleau suffered head injuries when the car he was driving swerved to miss a pickup truck and ran headon into a large tank truck. Valleau's daughter, Paula, 13, also was injured slightly in the accident. White House Aides To Quit WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Ford's revamping of the White House staff is expected to pick up speed and produce series of resignations after the imminent departure of staff chief Alexander M. Haig Jr. . In an interview with the Associated Press, Haig said Ke- nplli R. Cole plans to resign as director of the domestic council, a position he took over last year from Watergate casualty John D. Ehrlichman. Another White House official said it also was likely that Ford will replace Jerry Jones as staff'secretary, a key p o s t in the White House management under resigned President Richard M. Nixon's setup. Ifaig said his own resignation will be announced shorty but he would not confirm widespread expectations that he will be named commander of American and NATO forces in Europe. Robert T. Hartmann, a close ersonal adviser to Ford, said ;he new President will change the White House staff structure in major ways but said he (lid not anticipate "a real Stalin- like purge" of Nixon administration holdovers. "At present nothing is fixed," he said in an interview with the magazine U.S. News and World Report. "My guess is that what will evolve eventually will not be a military general staff or a corporate pyramid." Democratic leaders of Congress before making details of tha clemency program public. "It is not amnesty," House R e p u b l i c a n Leader John Rhodes said after the briefing, "It sets forth a mechanism under which these young men can rehabilitate themselves ..." Senate Republican Whip Robert Griffin of Michigan said most participants in the briefing were pleased with the make-up of the clemency, board. However, both Rhodes and Griffin acknowledged that some congressional leaders at tha meeting voiced opposition to Ford's action. The President also provided tor a new type of military discharge, a clemency discharge, that would go to military personnel who satisfactorily participated in the clemency plan. NO SPECIFICS In a proclamation accompanying the executive order" establishing the program, Ford did not specify the precise kinds of alternate service that would be required. But the White House press office said there would be a ban on jobs "for which there are more numerous qualified applicants than jobs available." The press office also said pay would compare reasonably with that of men or women entering military service. Young Americans who fled to other countries to avoid military service would be granted a 15-day grace period after re-entering the country before they would have to report to appropriate authorities. All participants in the program would have to acknowledge allegiance to the United States. Those who shun the program or do not satisfactorily complete their part of the clemency offer would be subject to prosecution. Fulbright May Announce Decision On New Position WASHINGTON (AP) -- A statement may come today or Tuesday from Sen. J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., on whether he will accept nomination as U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. Fulbright said Saturday he had not had time to consider such a nomination yet, but said he probably would make a statement this week. The nomination has not been offered officially yet. Fulbright declined' to confirm it had been extended. However, it is widely reported here that Ford has asked Fulbright to consider the job. Fulbright made the remark's as he returned to Washington after leading a congressional delegation on a 12-day trip to ~;hina. In a prepared statement. Fillbright and other members of the congressional delegation said the trip had helped to strengthen ties between the United States and China. Both Fulbright and Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn., said they were unable to meet with Chinese Premier Chou En-lal because he was ill. They said they did not know how serious the illness was,

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