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Editorial ; , . . , 4 Kor women ......,. v 5 Amusements -,-,. 7 'Sports ,._.. g.ji Comics ,f......j...i.... 12 Classified ............;.,,.. tf-15 115th YEAR--NUMBER 98 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVIILE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1974 tOCAL FORECAST- Mostly cloudy and cooler tonight with occasional r a i n through Saturday- Overnight low 65. Tonight's low in t h e 50s and highs in the upper 70s. Sunset today 7:17: sunrise Saturday 7:03. Weather map on page 3. i PAGES-TEN CENTS Decision. On Plant Due In November LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- A decision from the Arkansas Public Service Commission on whether a proposed coal-fired power plant can be built near Gentry in Benton County is expected in November. A public hearing on the application from Southwestern Electric Power Co. and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Corp. ended Thursday with the testimony of W. R. Holway of Tul sa. an engineer who built his first dam 52 years ago. The proposed 530-megawalt, $100.1 million plant would be built on Little Flint Creek. Holway testified that he ex peeled "no unusual difficulties' with a SWEPCO serve its proposed coal-firec power plant. Another witness, Jarrell E Southall, chief of the Air Divi sion of the stale Department o Pollution Control and Ecology held to his earlier writlen test mony that scrubbers are no technological feasible or cosl effective. Southall recommenc ed that the PSC require a 600 foot chimney on the propose plant rather than the 241-foo stack that has been proposed. cooling lake thai wants to build li Scrubbers are mechanical evices using a chemical proc- ss to clean sulphur dioxide rom coal gas emissions. Dr. arl M. Shy, a health research xpert. testified Thursday that ie sulfate level of the air in Arkansas already exceeded a afe level. Shy, formerly with the Envi cnmental Protection Agency, aid additional, large sources of u 1 p h u r dioxide emissions vould only add to the health problem. Shy, who now is with the Institute for Environmental Slud- es at the University pi North Carolina, said sulfates pose the biggest health threat to the young, the old and the infirm. Sulfates are formed by sulphur dioxide decaying in the atmosphere. He recommended that such coal-fired plants as the proposed Flint Creek facility be required to burn only low sulphur coal until a federal standard is developed and imposed. Shy said sulfates increase asthmatic attacks and aggravate conditions o f heart and lung patients. They also can cause increased respiratory problems in the young and the elderly, Shy said. Congress Asked To Defer Or Rescind ' ' · i *20.3 Billion In U. S. Budget Authority Jaworski Urges Sirica To Check On Health 01 Nixon WASHINGTON (AP) -- Spe : ' cial Prosecutor Leon 'Javyorski today suggested to U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica that he conduct his own inquiry into whether former President Richard M. Nixon is healthy enough to testify at the Watergate cover-up trial Both Jaworski and defendant John D. Ehrlichman have subpoenaed Nixon to appear at the trial currently scheduled to begin Oct. 1. Ehrlichman also asked Sirica to postpone the trial until Nixon's health improves. In response, Jaworski said today Si. rica should call Nixon's attorney, Herbert J. Miller, and ask if Nixon will appear at the trial. "If Mr. Miller indicates tha Mr. Nixon's condition is such that he may be unable to ap pear at the trial," Jaworsk said, "the court could consider talcing the customary step o appointing a team of rriedica experts to examine Mr. Nixon and report their findings to th court," In a motion filed with Sirica Jaworski said if the judge con eludes Nixon would he able t appear, "that should end th matter." On the, other hand, Jaworsk said, if Nixon is too ill to test fy, a deposition might be take outside the courtroom. The alternative way to Iiandl the question of Nixon's healt Is wait and see if he appears i response to the subpoenas, J worski said. It is extremely rare in crim nal cases for testimony to b given in deposition form, b cause of the need for witness? to he cross-examined by pros · culion and defense lawyers front of the jury. Jaworski's subpoena was irved by FBI agents at Nix- i's San Clcmente, Calif., es- te at 8:50 p.m. EDT Thursay. Nixon, meanwhile, issued a JCONTTOITED ON P.1GE TWO) Welfare Cuts Are Opposed WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lead- rs of the nation's sick and oor have told the government icy have suffered more than heir share from, inflation and leed more federal assistance. The 180 delegates agreed at Thursday's opening sessions of a two - day, economic mini- ummit conference that they rig- dly oppose the Ford adminis- ration's attempts to cut the ederal social welfare budget. The conference is a prelude o the national summit confer ence Sept. 27-28. The Ford administration had called them here so they might point out fat in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare budget, but they urged instead that HEW spending be in- living Costs Up In August 1.3 Per Cent WASHINGTON (AP) -- Con umer prices soared 1.3 per cent in August as sharp increases in costs of meats, clothing, mortgage interest and medical services led the biggest inflationary surge of the past 12 months, the government reported today. The leap in retail prices which works out to an adjusted annual rate of 15.6 per cent, was foreshadowed by near record wholesale price increases over the past two months and virtually assures continued high inflation through 1974. President FordVs top economic advisers had said Thursday that the economy would remain sluggish at least through mid- 1975 with no foreseeable relief in inflation expected in the next six to nine months. The August increase lifted consumer prices ll.2 per cent above a year ago and further eroded the buying power of American workers. KEAL EARNINGS Real spendable earnings-that is, take-home pay after deductions for taxes and adjusted for inflation--fell nine-tenths of a per cent last month to a level 4.1 per cent below a year ago, the Labor Department said. That was the lowest level since DecenYber 1970. Detailing its price report, the Labor Department said Ameri-, cans paid more for nearly everything last month with few exceptions. Among them were lower prices for fresh vegetables, poultry, fish and some (TIMESphoto By Ken Good) POWER LINE DOWNED IN WRECK ... semi-trailer truck hits power pole after collision on Hmj. 71 between Greenland and West Fork creased. "Tight money, restrictive credit and budget cuts have produced the current recession and the high and rising rate of unemployment," said the AFL- CIO's Bert Seidman. He told one session, "If there is a need to bring f e d e r a l spending and revenue into closer balance, the answer is not to cut federal expenses, but non-food items, including gasoline which declined for the first time since last September. In a related development, Chairman Arthur Burns of the Federal Reserve Board told financial leaders attending one of President Ford's presummit meetings on the economy that there would be no further tightening of the monetary policy that has led to record high interest rates- Burns said, however, there probably would not be a major decline in interest rates--although some small decline is possible--in the immediate future. The Consumer Price Index jump signaled a half billion dollar increase in pension benefits for federal government retirees and military personnel whose retirement benefits are adjusted to account for increases in the cost of living. The 1.3 per cent rise in consumer prices last month, both Break-Ins By FBI Reported To Committee WASHINGTON (AP) -, The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a number of 'surreptitious entries" or break-ins during the Nixon, adminis tration, according to once-secret testimony before the Senate Watergate committee. The testimony, by former White House counsel J. Fred Buzhardt, disputes an assertion by former President Richard M. Nixon that such FBI activities had ceased in 1966. It raises new questions about Nixon's claim that a top-secret, intelligence-gathering plan he approved in 1970 was withdrawn hefore it was implemented. The testimony was taken in executive session last May 7 and recently released. During the questioning, Watergate committee investigator Scott Armstrong asked Buz- NEWS BRIEFS Park Planned FARMINGTON -- With the recent designation of Farmington as a Bicentennial Community, plans are going forward toward the development of a Bicentennial park, according to Mayor Bobby Carlisle.- Plans call for development of a playground, picnic area and ball diamonds provided sufficient funds are obtained f r o m local and federal sources. Members of .the Farminglon Jaycees are . assisting with the park project. Three sites · are under consideration, Carlisle said and the size of the park upon available funds. depend adjusted and unadjusted, followed an eight-tenths of a per cent increase in July and was the biggest one month hardt if "of any he was a w a r e surreptitious entry ported since retail prices rose 1.9 per cent last August follow- er b u r g l a r y performed by employes, representatives, or designces, in the U. S. government, in the Executive Office of t h e President, or of any campaign organization, other than (the Ellsberg and Watergate break-ins)?" BUZHARDT AWARE Buzhardt said he was aware of such break-ins, that'they occurred since Jan. 1, 19G9 and were performed by the FBI. Buzhardt also said the break- ins were classified and he could not discuss them. The Nixon lawyer went on to say that as far as he knew the break-ins did not involve reporters, political candidates or elected officials and were not financed with campaign funds as the F,llsbcrg and Watergate break-ins were. The Watergate committee did not pursue the matter further because there was no indication that the FBI break-ins were connected to the 1972 presidential campaign, which was the focus of the committee's probe. Accident Victims Removed Two victims of a fall Friday at the Urban Renewal clearing site on West Center Street are placed !n nn ambulance b; firemen, right, and a fellow worker, left. The FajretU- ville Ilrmsing Authority s a i d Gary Reed of Winslow and Robert Sumner of Bixhy, Okia., were releascil after treatment at Washington Re- gional Medical Center. They were injured when a heam on which they were standing fell about 12 feet. {TIMESphoto by Ken Good) A spokesman for the Special Watergate Prosecution Force said hi3 office was aware of the Buzhardt testimony. He reiterated that misuse of government agencies is one phase of the prosecutor's work but refused to say specifically whether the FBI allegations are part of that probe. Two Found Guilty William Edward Davidson of Tontitown and Jimmy David Barr of Springdale were found guilty in Wasinglon Circuit Court Thursday on charges of burglary and grand larceny. C i r c u i t Judge Maupin Cummings sentenced the men to two years suspended terms and gave each 30 days in the county jail. Court costs of $40 each were also imposed against the men. The pair was convicted in the Aug. 23 break-in of a truck at the Springdale Banana House Sharp Files Frank Sharp joined the growing list of candidates for sever positions on the city's Board o! Directors .today when he filet :or the Ward one position Twelve persons had previously filed. Wrong Way WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has told President Ford that postponing federal pay in creases is the wrong. way li fight inflation and ordered tin 5.5 per cent raises to take at feet Oct. 1 as originally sched uled. Ford's first clash with lh Democratic-controlled Congres on an issue related to the na lion's economic problems suited Thursday in a 64 to 3 setback in the Senate for th new chief executive. Koorenni's Ready BONNERS FERRY, I d a h (AP) _ Northern Idaho's 6 member Kootenai Indian trib braced] for a confrontation t day with state and local law e forcement agencies. Kootenai tribal membe planned to erect roadblocks i the region's four major roa ways in an effort to secure least part of 1.6 million acres Idaho and Montana which th lost in 1855. Stale and local authonti said they would arrest anyo manning a roadblock. Fiji Heads South GUATEMALA · (AP) -- Re ced to a-tropical storm,-Hur cane' Fifi · headed into south rn -Mexico · today leaving a ast- 60 · dead - in northern Hon- Honduran National uras;- - T'he mergency · -Committee said am radio reports that could ot be · confirmed indicated bout -201)- persons missing. killed Milk Price Boost WASHINGTON-(AP) - T h e Agriculture · -Department today roposed'a boost- of up to 13 per ent in minimum prices paid to armers for milk produced for ottlirig under federal market- orders. Officials said the Truck Crash Blacks Out Wide Area A collision between two semi- trailer trucks a mile north of West Fork on Hwy. 71 sent one driver, to the hospital early today and plunged a large area into darkness. State Trooper Tommy Williams said Carl C. Wollenberg, 64, of Springdale, complained of back injuries after he lost control of his southbound rig and it collided with another driven by Cleopus M. Hermes, 33, of Said Needed To Hold Down Inflation WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Ford, acting under a new budget and impoundment control law, asked Congress today to deter or rescind $20.3 billion federal budget authority as n essential step for reducing rending and holding down in- ation. In a message to Congress, e President said this was the rst of a series of deferrals and roposed recisions he will pro- ose. Virtually all of these initial clions were anticipated in the iscal year 1975 budget sent to Congress by President Richard A. Nixon, Ford said. Fiscal ear 1975 began July 1. The release of these funds ow, the White House said in a act sheet, would increase gov- rnment spending by about $600 million in fiscal 1975, by more ban $2 billion in fiscal 1976 and even the larger amounts in fiscal 1977 and betyond. Many of the programs involved call for continuous spending in future years beyond the 1975 budget. Some of the authorizations involved call for continuous spending in future years beyond the 1975 budget. CRUCIAL FACTOR "Budgetary restraint remains- a crucial factor in our efforts to bring inflation under control," the President said in the message. "In today's environment we cannot allow excess federal spending to stimulate demand in a way that exerts further, pressures on prices," he added. "And we cannot expect others to exercise necessary restraint as offered' as a way to help mancially' distressed dairy armers who say rising costs re threatening to drive them ut of business. A hearing'will be held Oct. 8 n Rosemont; 111., near Chicago D gather' iommeiUs from pro- ucers, milk "dealers and con- umers, the department said. Rockefeller's Holdings WASHINGTON (AP) - Nelsan A Rockefeller outs his per- onal fortune at $62.5 million, mt the head of a committee robing his vice presidential lominalion - is more concerned vith what the holdings are than Russellville. proposal Williams said .heir total. Rockefeller Wollenberg's issued a statement on Thursday listing his personal fortune and saying he ilso receives income from two trusts with assets of $120 mil- truck jackknifed across the highway in the path of Hermes northbound vehicle. Hermes swerved to avoid the other truck but his vehicle hit the rear of Wollenberg's trailer, careened off into a utility pole, hit a fence and came to rest just feet from a large b a n : on the Maurice Ray property. An area from the south city limits of. Greenland to W e s t Fork, including West Fork was without electricity from the time of the 6:10 a.m. acciden unlil power was restored three and a half hours later by South western Electric Power Co crews. Wollenberg was taken t Washington Regional Medica Center by EMS ambulance. He was released after treatment and cited by Trooper Williams for driving too fast for condi- Inmates Escape MIAMI, Fla. (AP) -- Police searched today for 10 inmates- one awaiting trial in a brutal double abduction-slaying--after a daring break from the Dade County jail. Police said an llth escapee, Joseph Reese, was captured seven blocks from the jail early this morning, four hours after he and the other 10 fled. Reese was being held on robbery charges. Five Indicted TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Aut h o r i t i e s claim drug indictments handed down here will stifle international heroin trafficking from Thailand and cut off supplies to an estimated 900 addicts a day. Five persons were charged by a statewide grand jury Thursday with conspiracy to import and deliver heroin anc unless the government itself does so." The deferrals, totaling $19.84 billion, include the following major areas: --$9 billion in grants for vaste treatment plants con- itruetion. which Ford said vould be "highly inflationary, articularly in view of the rap- 'd rise in nonfederal spending 'or pollution control." He said some of the funds now deferred be alloted on or prior to Feb: 1. 1975. --$4.4 billion in federal highway aid for fiscal 1975 and $5.4' billion for fiscal 1976. --$40 million for seven programs under the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. These funds are being deferred pending final decisions on HEW funding levels for 1975, now under consideration. Ford asked Congress to revoke the budget authority for $456 million originally provided for rural electrification and telephone loans at a 2 per cent interest rate. SAID SUPERSEDED Ford said the law providing for these loans in cases of special need has been superseded and such loans can now be financed under a pending agricultural appropriations act. Also to be revoked under Ford's proposal would be budg- authority for $40 million for instruction of the Appalachian egional Development airport. he President said airport safe- objectives contemplated (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) possession of more grams of the drug. than 10 Under Clemency Plan First Army Deserters Freed From Prisons in which -various were stolen, The first Army deserters freed from prison under President Ford's conditional clemency plan have l e f t Ft. I.ea- vcnworth in Kansas on 30-day temporary home parole In Fayetleville, N.C., 28 men were sent home on Thursday from Ft. Bragg, and four draft evaders were released from Seagoville federal prison near Dallas. At Leavcmvorlh, officials said 95 men were scheduled for processing through the clemency board after filing petitions food Items for clemency. A spokesman at Seagoville aid 30 to 40 others in the dis- ricl were eligible for clemen- y. Seventeen men remained in stockade at Ft. Brapr until it is determined whether they quali- V for the program, officials said. Pentagon officials in Washington said 364 military deserters had inquired about clemency by Thursday, and a Justice Department spokesman sale' 133 draft evaders and 59 desert ers had called for information. Federal officials said the number of men who qualify for clemency throughout the nation is not known, U.S. attorneys in most area of the country continued to re ccivc telephone calls on Thurs day about the clemency pro gram -- mostly anonymous. In New York, pollster Loui Harris said on Thursday tha here lias oeen a sharp increas in the number of persons wh favor a clemency program r quiring deserters and draft ev; dcrs to perform two years national service. He said a poll of 1,527 pe sons early this month showe 56 per cent favored a progra along the lines of the Pres dent's, and 36 per cent oppose it. Showers May End Saturday 1y THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Showers, which currently over most of Northwest Aransas, are expected to dimin- sh by Saturday. The rain should spread south- vard into Central Arkansas to- ay. It should be mostly cloudy ind a little cooler in the north onight with occasional rain ncl a few thunderstorms con- inuing over most of the state; 'he outlook for Saturday calls or partly cloudy skies with a slight chance for rain. The National Weather Service said a low pressure tough and a cool front extend from the eastern Great Lakes southwestward across Central Missouri and southern Kansas into northeastern New Mexico. The system is forecast to move slowly southeastward with widespread shower and thundershower activity along and ahead of the front. The extended weather outlook calls for mostly fair weather Sunday through Tuesday, with mild days and cool nights. Temperatures should be below normal with lows in the 50s and highs in the upper 70s to low 80s.

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