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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 1

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For The Dismal Details, See Rage 1C 115th YEAR--NUMBER 100 The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVILIE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1974 PAGES-25 CENTS As Hurricane Sweeps Honduras Toll May Hit 8 000 TEGUCIGALPA. Honduras (AP) -- Rescue workers parachuted into the ravaged town of Choloma on Saturday and reported that 2,760 bodies have been found there, bringing the confirmed death toll from Hurricane Fifi to nearly 4,000 nationwide, the government said. T h e Honduras National Emergency Committee said earlier that it believes between 7,000 and 8,000 persons died in the storm which raked the Honduran coast with 110-mile-an- hour winds on Thursday. Access to the hardest-hit areas has been difficult as most of the low-lying coastal region remains under water. As more and more bodies were being discovered, rescue teams re sorted to burning the corpses to avoid outbreaks of typhoid, a committee spokesman said. Rescuers reported that when they reached the town of Cruz Laguna, which had a population of 1,500, every house had. been washed away by floods and not a single person could be found. The emergency committee said another 1,000 bodies were found in the coastal town of Ceiba, which had been cut off for three days,. Lt. Ignacio Acosta of the committee said at least 75 per cent, of the houses and 90 per cent of the roads in the hard-hit northwest region were under flood waters. Acosla said banana plan- (TIMESpholo By Ken Good) A SCENE · THAT MAY VANISH FROM FAYETTEVILLE .. .overgrown, rubbish cluttered yard in the 200 block of North Highland Avenue must, under new law, be cleared Cleanup Plan Grows Teeth By JACK WALLACE TIMES Staff Writer If your yard is one of the few in town that resembles the one in Sanford and Son, now is the time to start your own cleanup campaign. If you don't, the city will step in, do It for you and send you the bill. In most places in town, lawns are mowed once a week and are litter free. In some" other places, however, yards and vacant lots are overgrown with weeds and littered with rubbish, Four Deserters Discharged In Slow Start For Amnesty By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The first four deserters processed under President Ford's clemency program were out of the Army and on their way to alternative service jobs Saturday, five days after Ford announced his conditional amnesty plan to restore "the essential unity of Americans." Thus far, the program has failed to produce a rush of surrenders by the more than 25,000 men who evaded the now- defunct draft or deserted the military during the Vietnam war. Some of the men said they were simply being cautious; others balked at the idea of the alternative service requirement. But the plan has prompted about two dozen reported surrenders, the temporary release from prison of 122 deserters ami 95 draft dodgers, and hundreds of inquiries to U.S. attorneys and military authorities from those still at large. The first deserters processed under the program were dis- charged about midnight Friday at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. They each signed a statement reaffirming allegiance to the country and promising to complete the alternative service assigned. Government officials refused to identify the men and said only they had previously been n the Army and received al- :ernative service sentences of 12, 20, 21 and 24 months. The iwo-year term is the maximum under the program. A spokesman at the Indiana base, which processes all clemency cases involving the Army, said five other deserters probably would be processec over the weekend. The primary military processing center will be moved to Camp Atterbury, Ind., on Monday and officials said they expected to process up to 150 men a day there. There was concern that the personal information given by deserters over the telephone -things like name, service num (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Inside Sunday's TIMES Home Economists Answer Questions 2B Jones Says He Can Beat Bumpers 7B West Fork Sets Bass Tournament 4C Gty May Deflate Lawn Sale Boom ID Crossword Puzile 20 Arab Wealth Worries Congressmen 8D reating eyesores and danger- us conditions that, in some -ases, can cause illness and ev n death for an unwary child. Iceboxes left on vacant lots r even on properly in use can rap and suffocate a child in matter of minutes. Abandoned cars can injure a. child w h o [links they might be a fun place to play. Overgrown weeds hide a mul- itude of items including animals and snakes that can cause erious injury. Residents in the city are supposed to have enough civic ride to do something about dangerous conditions before omeone is injured and not after, ine city official said. NEW ORDINANCE Under an ordinance adopted ast week by the Fayetteville Board of Directors, somethin! can now be done to force reluc- ant property owners or occupants to do something that civic ride didn't. City Manager Don Grimes said the city already had a 'cleanup" ordinance on the- tooks, but that it was hard to 'orce people to abide by it. The new ordinance simply places a ien on the property if the own er or occupants refuse to obey the law. Many city officials have searched ^for a way to solve Jie problem, caused by a smal minority of the citizens. Grimes has frequently said that Fay ilteville is one of the country's most beautiful cities and tha it is up to the individual resi dents to do their share to keep th city neat and clean. Several residents, however just won't do their part an this is where the new ordinanci steps in. Basically, the ordinance pro vides that it will be illegal foi any property owner or occupanl of residential property to allow open storage of items such a: refrigerators, stoves, abandone cars, glass, building rubbish o: similar items. (An abandoned car, by definl tion, is one that is in a stat of disrepair and incapable o Editorial 4A For Women 1B-3B Sports IC-4C mmiiinmiiuTM^ Book Reviews 2D Entertainment 4D Classified SD-7D eing moved xwer.) In addition, LOCAl FORECAST- Fair to partly cloudy and milt through Monday with highs in the upper COs and lows in thr 40s. High Saturday 70. Sunse today 7:14; sunrise Monday 7:05. Weather map on page 7D, under its own "it shall be the tations were "100 per cent destroyed" in the states of Atla- tida, Yoro, Colon "and Cortes where the U.S. companie; United Brands and Standard Fruit have major holdings. U.S. Ambassador Phillip V Sanchez flew over the stricken area for six houre Saturday anc reported all large agricultura valleys under water and "crops 90 to 100 per cent ruined." He said he s,aw bodies floating ir flood waters and survivors clinging lo trees and home? surrounded by walcr. "I don't doubt that the deal! toll estimated by Ihe govern ment --originally thought to be excessively high--wilt now go even higher than estimated,' Sanchez said. "As water recedes and res cue brigades are able to get I the most hard-hit areas, wi would not be surprised if thi figures increase," said Col Eduardo Andino, emergency committee coordinator. "This i: a greal Irgedy." Medical supplies, food am clothing were enroute from th United Stales, Panama, Nica ragua, Guatemala, Canada Venezuela and other countries. PLEA FOR AID In Miami, Anlhonio Valla dares, Honduran consul-gener al, pleaded for assistance 'anc said the death toll may even reach 10,000. "We need help so desper ately. ; Please.. .We. need every thing -- food, medical supplies everything," he said. "Ever, hour that passes they find mor people dead and more peopl reported missing . . . The de struction is terrible. It is im possible to figure how many millions and millions of dollar we have lost." If the figures are confirmed Fifi would rank as the third o fourth most' devastating hurri cane in modern history. A cy clone in 1909 killed 300,000 per sons in East Pakistan, a hurrf cane in the West Indies killei 22,000 persons in 1780 and Hur ricane Flora killed 7,800 per sons in Haiti in 1963. MASS BURIALS Andino said rescue worker pulled bodies from floodwater uty and responsibility of every ueh eep ree of overgrown weeds, trash CONTINUED ON P tGE TWO} owner or occupant" to his property clean and PLO Eases Hardline CAIRO (AP) -- The Palestin- an Liberation Organization in- icated for the first time Saturday it might opt for a political olution to the Middle East conflict. The PLO, Egypt and Syria agreed that an independent ; iia- ional authority will be set up m. "Palestinian lands freed rom Israeli occupation" either n an overall Middle East peace ;ettlement or a new war, the lemi-official Middle East News Agency reported. The PLO previously has ad- 'ocated "armed struggle until ill occupied lands are liber- tted." Moderates in the PLO long mve advocated establishing a 'national authority" in any re- ;overed Palestinian territory, lilt refrain from using the word government in order not to upset radical guerrilla groups who regard establishing a government prior to full victory as surrender to Israel. Two members of the PLO's executive committee. Farouk Kaddoumi and Mohsen Abu Maizer, reached the accord after two days of meetings with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy and Syrian Foreign Minister Andcl Halim Khaddam. ARGUMENT SOUGHT The meetngs were called to agree on a common Arab strategy when the Geneva talks resume and to discuss an expected U.N. General Assemfaly debate on Palestinian self-determination later this fall. A statement by the participants in the talks said Arab states will try to obtain passage of U.N. resolution on Palestinian rights that ensures "self-determination without foreign intervention and a return to their homeland" and the "use of all means to achieve this in accor- in Choloma and threw then into mass graves, while medic purified water and distribute medicine to try to prevent ou breaks of typhoid and other dii eases. Choloma is roughly 120 mile northest of Tegucigalpa. Andino said 10-to-12-foot tide apparently pushed floodwater back to Choloma where the weakened a dam. "When the dam burst it ca earth, water and rocks on th town," Andino said. "We thin that the people were sleepin when the town was floodc When we flew over it, we sa houses on top of other house It must have been a wall earth and water that fell upo them.' Andino estimated that 100,Oi persons were stranded b floodwaters, many without foo or water. Crash Kills Driver JOINER, Ark. (AP) -- Fre die C. Smith, 39, of Joiner w killed Saturday when he lo control of his car and it struc a bridge abutment, State Poli said. Trooper J. W. Brogdon sa Smith was thrown from his c upon impact. The accident ha pened about six miles west here on Arkansas 118. WRECKED FREIGHT CARS SHELTER FIREMEN .. .as Ihey move closer to source oj the chemical-led rail yard Maze Scores Injured In Houston Railroad Blast HOUSTON. Tex." (AP) -- An xplosion ripped Southern Pacific through the R a i l r o a d r ards Saturday, sending scores o hospitals and damaging mildings up to a mile away. Fire department officials said 8 persons were hospitalized vith injuries from laslway General the blast. Hospital alone said it treated and released 35'persons. Fire officials said the explosion was so powerful it toppled loaded railroad cars 100 spokesman feet away. Fire Department Paul Carr quoted railroad officials as saying there were cars in the area loaded with military missiles and that one of these NEWS BRIEFS Weather Outlook The National Weather Service said dry air which moved into Arkansas Saturday has taken rain out of the forecast through Wednesday. Temperatures were expected to drop, however, as the front took control of the state's weather. Morning. Iqws were predicted in the 40s for Sunday and Monday, with highs in the 70s. The high reading in Arkansas Saturday afternoon was 76 at Little Rock. Other highs included 75 ~ ' " ~ Smith Dorado, 72 at Pine Bluff, 70 at Fayetteville and 69 tt Harrison. The . low reading Saturday morning was 57 at Harrison. Other lows included 59 at Fayetteville, 61 at Jonesboro, 64 at Little Rock, 66 at Fort Smith, 67 at Pine Bluff, 69 at Firm Burglarized Two adding machines were reported stolen in a break-in at Swift Food Service Co., 212 !J. West Ave., Friday night or Saturday morning. Fayetteville police said entry ,o the building was gained by Breaking a window on the west at Jonesboro and Fort 74 at Memphis, 73 at El Texarkana rado. and 70 at El Do- Motorisr Dies TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) -Leroy Clark, 49, of Fouke was killed Saturday when his pickup truck crossed the center line of U.S. 71 and crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer truck, State Police said. The accident happened about seven miles south of here. $200 Missing The manager of the 71 Truck Stop on Hwy. 71 south of Greenland told sheriff's deputies today he is missing $200 and believes it was taken by a hitchhiker. The last the manager saw of the hitchhiker he was thumbing north along the -highway Friday. Amtrock Derails RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) -A Seatlle-fo-Los Angeles Am Irak train carrying more than 200 passengers leaped its tracks Saturday, but remained nprighl could have been involvd. However, it was not immediately known if missiles definitely did explode. Offcials had no immediate reformation on the type of missiles involved. "It must have been a tremendous explosion because we've got loaded railroad cars seven parallel rows away t h a t were blown sideways," he said. ''It had to be big to move hrough seven rows of cars." Some of the injured were inside a coin laundry near the blast scene. Another man in a nearby barber shop suffered a severed artery from flying glass, authorities said. Carr s-H the explosion was followed · a number of smaller blasts. "The fire was just walking across the railroad yard," Carr said. 'There were at least 100 cars damaged." FIRE CONTAINED Firemen contained the fira within four hours by moving, railroad cars out of the area, but officials said the blaza probably, would have to burn itself out. Carr said some of the burning cars contained buladine, a while plowing shredding ties up track an'i as it skirted ithin a few feet of an embankment. Officials said 16 aboard the Amtrak Starlight were taken to St. Elizabeth Community Hospi tal in this Northern California community after the predawr accident. All but one were treated for minor cuts and bruises and released. petrochemical, and ethyl lead, live. liquefied gas a gasoline addi- were evacuated plosion as a The explosion's force shattered windows up to a inilo away. Some nearby buildings received structural damage and at least one man was injured when a heavy steel door was blown down on him. Patients at Lockwoqd Hospital and a nearby nursing home located near the railroad yards after the ex- precautionary measure. The fire department got the first report of the explosion at J2:04 p.m. At the height of the bla/e, there were 40 trucks and 20 am'oulanccs standing by. For a time, firemen were held at bay by the vicious blaze fed by the highly-volatile railroad cargo. But as workers were able to move cars and prevent further explosions, firemen moved in and contained the fire. With An Eye To The Voters Lawmakers Abandon Junket WASHINGTON (AP) -- A planned roiind-thc-world congressional trip to Tokyo next month with Hong Kong, stops at Bangkok, Hawaii, Tehran and London has been abruptly cut to a one-week trip lo Japan. It's the trip to the Inter- parliamentary Union -- praised as akin to working with the United Nations and denounced as "the granddaddy of the junkets." At least six senators and one House member were signed up before Sen. John Sparkman, D- Ala., chairman of the U.S. delegation, dropped out Thursday iCONTlNUED ON PAGE TWOj land changed tha Itinerary. In the past it has been one of the most popular congressional trips. But Sparkman said many can't go this time because the Tokyo session Oct. 2-12 comes when Congress will be pressing to adjourn for re-election campaigning. One congressman suggested some delegates didn't want to go because stops at so many exotic-sounding places would convince voters it was a high- living junket. "Sparkman had laid out a leisurely two - and - a-half-w e e k round-Ihe-world trip," ha said, 'but that's out now." The Interparliamentary Union brings legislators from 72 nations, together twice a year to seek nonbinding agreements on world problems. Regular U.S delegate-congressmen staunchly defend trips to it. Rep. Edward J. Derwinski, R-I11., vice president of the international body, for example, said contacts among the world legislators has led to such results as Turkey's since-suspended halt of opium poppy production. Derwinski and other congressmen also say U.S. delegates must bo at sessions to akc a hand in shaping policy ·esolutions and to defend Amer- .ca's viewpoint. "If some Iraqi jumps up and denounces the U.S. role in thn Middle East, someone has lo ba ;here to answer him," Derwinski said. But the semiannual trips to host countries have been a major target of Rep. H. R. Gross, R-Iowa. "That's the granddaddy of the junkets," said Gross. "They go to Vienna, they've been all over the world wilh this thing." What about Derwinski's rationale? Gross replied wilh a short, disgusted expletive.

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