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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 1

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INSTOW- For women ' .. 5 Editorial ......'.... o Sports :,.;.......'."..'. 7 Comics -..,',.. jo Classified °i'l-l" Entertainment ,... H 115th YEAR--NUMBER 116 The Public Interest 1$ The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEV1UE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1974 lOCAt FORECAST- Partly cloudy and cool tonight. Wednesday continued partly cloudy and slightly warmer. Low tonight near 50. High Wednesday in the mid 70s. Sunset today 6:51; sunrise Wednesday 7:18. ·£·14 PAGES-TEN CENTS Jail Food Adequate, Four Inmates Say By DAVID ZODROW TIMES Staff Writer The Washington County jail, labeled Friday a "Devil's Island" of hungry juvenile prisoners by Juvenile Court Judge Robert Mayes, w a s likened Monday by an adult inmate to a "hotel for fallen angels" where nobody 'goes hungry." In a special interview with the TIMES Monday, four adult inmates disputed the statements of six juvenile prisoners in a closed hearing Friday which described the diet at the jail as inadequate and skimpy. · The four inmates, who have served one to seven months in the county jail for various elony convictions, called the luvenilcs "liars," "troublemakers" and "immature brats" who tried to "screw up the privileges of other prisoners." The six juveniles, teenagers ·ho have served from 7 to 40 days in county jail, were summoned Friday to an unannounced hearing by Deputy Prosecutor Ron McCann. The hearing resulted from a phone call McCann received Thursday night from a former jail employe. The unidentified caller urged McCann to "do something dght now" about jail conditions for the juveniles. The six juveniles told Mayes in the'bearing that their diets in t h e - j a i l - h a d consisted of a ration of · oatmeal in the morning, coffee for lunch and a plateful of beans for supper. They told Mayes that they were - - s o m e t i m e s 'given doughnuts for" lunch and that twice in the last two weeks they w e r e given- powdered milk to drink. - - - · · One boy said that the diet was meatless except for "some kind of fat" in the beans. He said t h a t ' only one serving of vegetables had" been served .in ;he past week and that no fruits or juices had been served in 40 days. All six boys testified that no eggs had ever.been served for meal during their stay at the county jail. Upon hearing the juvenile's testimony, plus a written statement from the former jail employe, Mayes ordered the immediate transfer of the juveniles from the county jail to the Fayetteville city jail. Be labeled conditions at the'county facilities as a : "little bit short of Devil's Island." The four adult inmates were interviewed Monday as part ol an investigative study by the TIMES concerning county jail conditions. The inmates were chosen 'rom a current roster of 25 county prisoners by a TIMES reporter. Each of the men were escorted by a jail deputy to the jail kitchen and interviewed separately. No law enforcement officer was present during the questioning. The men chose to remain anonymous to avoid any further public. . awareness of their presence in jail. Each man said that he did not fear any sort of reprisal for his statement. The men were apparently unaware of the nature of the interview before being escorted to the kitchen. The first inmate, convicted of aurglarly and grand larceny, las been in the county jail for seven months. lie is currently a trusty and has helped in the preparing of jail meals for the last four months. "The meals here are not gourmet. It's just the same kind of food that the people ol Arkansas eat--beans, cornbread, rice and macaroni. We have oatmeal for breakfast, and sometimes pancakes and eggs. We've had a lot more vegetables in t h e last two months, mostly frozen. "In season, we had fresh okra, corn, potatoes and bell peppers. Nutritionally, we get our protein from other .things than meat. When we do have meat, it's usually pork or chicken. A lot of powdered milk goes into what we cook and we drink a lot of coffee," the inmate said of the jail menu,. Asked if the inmates often went hungry, he said that there was often food left on the plates after a meal. In his opinion, the remaining lood was left due to the fact that many of the prisoners keep cells well stocked with snacks. He explained that families are granted tile privilege of bringing bags of snacks to relatives in the jail. A deputy said that the bags are inspected by officers and then given to the prisoners. Perishable foods are kept in refrigerators provided for inmates, the deputy said, and the food is brought to the prisoner by a jailer upon request. The inmate said that lack of food for any inmate in the jail \\as a "bunch of lies." "I have observed that there is sort of a psychological thing (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Ford Opens Month-Long Drive To Minimize Erosion Of GOP Income Tax Surcharge Keys Ford's New Economic Plan WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many Americans would face a 5 per cent increase in taxes under the new economic program President Ford is ready to unveil. He also is expected to propose tax relief for low-income families, a public service employment program and special help for areas hard-hit by initiation and high interest rates, especially the housing industry. ' Ford was scheduled to outline his new economic program in an address this afternoon to the Congress and to the nation. The speech will be nationally televised. Ford's program will be based on the results of the economic summit conference that was held here Sept. 27-28. Anticipating a possible reaction on Wall Street to the President's announcements, .White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen said details would be kept "as closely held as possible until the (stock) market closes," at 4 p.m. DETAILS tEAKED But a number of details v/ere disclosed by various adminis tralion sources. Although they lacked official confirmation they include: --A 5 per cent surtax on in come taxes paid by persons with family income of $15,00r and above. --A 5 per cent surtax on cor porate income tax payments. --Tax relief for low income groups, possibly through an in crease in the personal tax ex emption at these levels, whicl is now $750. --An increase in the in vestment tax credit from 1 I 10 per cent for most businesses and 4 to 10 per cent for utili ties. --An expanded public servic- employment program if unem ployment surpasses 6 per cent It now is 5.8 per cent of th labor force. --A housing subsidy progra of $7 billion to $8 billion to low er the cost of home raortgag interest rates for many fam' lies. · --Energy conservation meaj urcs, including lighting stand ards. :' Ruled out for the time beini however, were an increase i the gasoline tax and gasolir rationing, both of which ha been considered by the admin islrallon. . But one source in the energ field said either higher gasolin taxes or rationing could be pr posed sometime after the N vernier elections if the olhe energy conservation measure proved inadequate. A 5 per cent increase in taxes i family incomes above $15,'0 would be the most con- oversial of the administration roposals, if Ford announces it. Congress would have to ap- rove any such tax increase, nd apprehension was evident (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Safe Conduct 1$ Offered Terrorists SANTO DOMINGO, Domini an Republic (AP) -- Domini an President Joaquin Bala uer has offered safe conducl ut of the country to six terror sts holding U.S. diplomat Miss iarbara Hutchison and six oth hostages in the Venezuelan onsulate. He said that was the govern icnt's "absolutely linal posi ion." Balaguer's statement rulet ut release of any of 37 politica irisoners listed by the terror sts' leader, Radhames Mendez /argas, when the episode be ;an on Sept. 27. Balaguer made the declara ion in a speech broadcast tc his Caribbean nation Monday night. Until then, the govern ment had demanded the uncoil litional surrender of the leftis gunmen. The president said he was making the offer "in view o he fact that there are a certain lumber of women being held a lostages." THREE WOMEN Three of the seven hostages are women. They are Miss Hul chison, 47, the head of the U.S ii formation Service in Sanl Domingo, and two Dominiear secretaries who work in the Ve nezuelan consulate. In Newark, Del., Miss Hutch son's brother, James H. Hutch son Jr., said, "As long as the teep talking, we have hope, never thought it would go on s long. Other . hostages include th Venezuelan consul and vici consul, a Spanish priest and Dominican messenger, Balaguer said the goverr ment's policy from the begi ning has been to save the ho tages' lives. He said the go ernment has gone "almost ty, weeks" without taking actii "because we have been unwi ing to risk lives." D-Day For Cigarette Smokers A Sf. Paul, Minn., insurance company employe checks cigarette machine draped in black for one-day campaign against smoking. Smokers will be asked to take t h e 'pledge' against cigarettes. (AP Wirephoto) U.N. Urged To Aid Leftists Jailed By Chilean Rulers UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. AP) -- The Soviet Union, Cuba and seven delegations of the Sast European bloc have called By UA's Economic Review Slight Improvement Seen In State Economy Some indications that the Arkansas economic picture has "brightened slightly" are seen by the editor of the Arkansas Business and Economic Review, published by the University of Arkansas College of Business Administration. Dr. Phillip H. Taylor, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, said in the fall issue that second-quarter economic indicators continued "·mixed" but that there appeared to be more positive factors than negative in the performance of the state's economy. · He reported that total en ployment rose during the second quarter by 2.9 per cent, which he said was the largest quarter-to-quarter increase in the past 18 months. He also noted, though, that unemployment, on a seasonally adjusted basis, rose at the same time to 4.6 per cent. Dr. Taylor said that several indicators showed such little growth during the quarter that "if they were adjusted for inflation, real declines might'be registered." However, he added, other signs are encouraging and point to continued growth, "perhaps at a moderated rate," during the remainder of the year. The Review said that revised estimates of personal income for the first quarter of the year "changed what had been a slight decrease to a very small increase," In the second quarter, the Review said, thi: indicator advanced a'ooul 4 pe; cent. Taylor noted that this is partially a result of inflationary forces, however, he said, "i does indicate some growth in constant dollar personal in ome." Revised data also shows tha cash receipts from farn marketings were higher in th first quarter than orginallj indicated, the Review sale However, it pointed out tha seasonally - adjusted figures fo the second quarter are down almost 8 per cent from th previous three-month period. I concludes that this sector o the economy may not contribul as much to growth as it did i 1973. or the United Nations to inter- publ ene in behalf of imprisoned well eftists in Chile. They made the call during a ebate Monday at the General bound issembly in which Cuba assail- tern." d U.S. Ambassador John A. cali as "a complete liar" for enying Central Intelligence \gency involvement in the coup gainst Chilean President Salador Allende a year ago. The Russians, Cuba and all Varsaw Pact countries except tomania joined the debate in which tempers flared. Reflecting Soviet - American detente, all but Cuba limited heir fire to Chile. Several said an official request will go to ffaldheim demanding U.N. help n freeing leading Chilean left- sts such as Communist party chief Luis Corvalon. TREASON CHARGES Chilean delegate Sergio Diez replied that the world is welcome to observe developments n Chile, but he said his country rejects "the scandalous intervention by the Soviet imperialists." He said Corvalon is fac- ng treason charges and would be given a fair trial. The Chilean government admits that hundreds of -leftists are jailed. Cuba made the United Slates the main target of two fiery speeches, including the unusual personal attack on Scali by Cuban Ambassador Ricardo Alar- Vermont Visit Is Marred By Student Jeers BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) President Ford has opened a month-long drive--to. ward off erosion of Republican strength ri Congress by warning that ;wo strong parties are essential as the "twin pillars of democracy." Ford came to northern Vermont on Monday night to salute retiring Sen. George D. Aiken and to plug for the election of the state Republican slate, When'he arrived on the University o£ Vermont campus, he found the largest and noisiest crowd o£ demonstrators he has encountered in bis two months as President. Hundreds of college-age demonstrators, some shouting "Jail Nixon" and others raising placards reading "Pardon the Innocent" surged through police lines and toward the President's limousine as it arrived at the back door of the campus gymnasium. Ford quickly stepped inside, but reporters following him saw a baseball - sized object fly through the air from the crowd. It landed some distance from the President, witnesses said. The demonstrators also set off a few firecrackers as Ford left the campus, startling police and others nearby. Inside, Ford was warmly welcomed by an estimated 2,000 Vermont Republicans who turned out for the $50-a-plate GOP fund-raising tribute to Aiken, who is retiring after 31 years in the Senate. SIGNALS CONCERN Ford signaled his concern about expected Republican loss es in the elections four weeks from today, saying, "In the wake of Watergate, the national polls tend to indicate that . . the number of party voters, both Republican and Democrat is shrinking rapidly, tragically Unfortunately, we in the Re publican party are not doing as -- (AP Wircphoto) : VERMONT STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE NOISILY .. .outside gymnasium where President Ford addressed Monday jiigfif GOP /und-raising dinner our Democratic friends." Ford declared that "the sal vation of our system bound up in the two-party sys em." When that system fails, in stability and chaos result ant "whether it is a man on horse back, or a demogogue on a ped estal, tragically the resul' i too often the same," Ford said The President also gave ai indication of how he will hand! the touchy economic issue a he makes a score of politica appearances in the next month He urged citizens to enlist i a national effort to whip in Jlation, saying victory is neces (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO1 Buti To Retain Post Despite Grain Blunder WASHINGTON (AP) -- . Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz accepts part of the blame for an unexpected $500 - m i l l i o n ^rain order by the Soviet Unon, but his boss says he can keep his job. Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D- Vash;, however, wants to know more and plans to hold a hearing (oclay on the grain deal. It was aborted last weekend as the result of White liouse pressure on two large grain companies. Jackson accused Butz of 'gross mismanagement" because the While House had not NE WS BRIEFS Struck By Truck S P R I N . G D A L E --Nettie lutchenson, 75, ol 415 Price Ave., .was slightly .injured Monday morning when she was struck by a pickup truck as she attempted to cross Emma Avenue at Pursell Street. She did not receive hospital treatment. Police said a pickup driven }y Barbara Ann Burris, 27, of D-18 Landmark Trailer Park, hit Miss Hulchenson. · No citations were issued. The packing Stores Indicted NEW YORK (AP) -- Three of New York's most fashionable stores have been indicted by a Federal grand jury on charges they conspired to raise, fix and stabilize prices on women's ready : lo-wear clothing. Criminal indictments were filed Monday against Saks FiftV Avenue, Bcrgdorf Goodman Inc. and Bonwit Teller. Also named in the one-count indictment were Barrie Som merfield, vice president ant merchandise manager of Saks and Leonard Hankin, executive vice president of Bergdor Goodman. Firm Convicted NEW YORK (AP) vorld's largest beef irm has been convicted of a $1 million 'meat tjribe scheme. But tie judge declared the company a "victim of extortion" and Urged an appeal of his de- is ion. State Supreme Court Justice Burton Roberts on Monday ined Iowa Beef Processors Inc. $7,000 for conspiring to bribe union and supermarket officials .o get its boxed meat into the New York market. Currier Holman, co-chairman and co founder of the Dakota, Mob., firm, also was convicted but escaped penalty. jeen informed earlier of the sales. He asked that Butz re- "The' President does not )lame the Agriculture Depart- nent for this," While House 'ress Secretary Ron Nessen aid Monday. "On balance, he believes the department has done a good job. The President jelieves Mr. Bulz should not reign." Secretary of State Henry A. issinger said earlier Monday hat bureaucratic misunderstanding may have prompted he Russians to seek larger orders of U.S. grain than they might have otherwise. Although Blitz said he .bought the Russians and the companies acted in good faith, officials in- may have, other government dicated · Moscow moved quickly into the U.S. market in anticipation of further declines in 1974 grain crop prospects. Testimony Set LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Testimony is scheduled to begin Wednesday · before tho state Claims Commission in a $100,000 claim filed by parents of a 12-year-old boy who drowned at the Arkansas Children's Colony in Conway in 1968. The claim was filed by A. W Heahcock and his wife, Lois, in the death of their son, Alvin, in July 1D68 when the youth fel' into a pool at the colony. new harvest estimate by Agriculture Department will be issued Thursday. Also, Treasury Secretary William E. Simon is heading to Moscow for talks, including discussions on Soviet grain needs. Meantime, Butz announced a new voluntary export watchdog system that he said will help keep track of how much grain is being sold overseas. Although voluntary, Butz said that if traders do not cooperate Congress is likely to impose mandatory export controls. Windows Broken SPRINGDALE--Two I a r g » windows in a home under construction at 1311 San Miguel were broken with rocks during the weekend, police said today. The windows, belonging to the d i e t Miller Construction Company, were believed to have been broken by youngsters. At Request Of House Panel In the first Cuban salvo, Foreign Minister Raul- Roa attacked CIA spending in Chile and accused Washington of bullying oil-producing countries. Scali could have replied in the assembly but didn'l, instead issuing a news release in which he accused Roa of relying "on the tools of slander, invective and personal insult. Ford May Delay Testimony WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mem- jers of a House Judiciary subcommittee are reported agreed on postponing President Ford's historic appearance Thursday for a week if the Watergate cover-up trial jury has not been sequestered by then. Chairman William L. Hungate, D-Mo., said the subcommittee "will make a decision one way or the other (this) afternoon and announce it." He said Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski had expressed concern over pretria publicity from the Ford appear- ince. Rep. Wiley. Mayne, R-Iowa, said he was the only member .hat strongly objected to the postponement at a closed-door subcommittee meeting Monday. He said that although no vote ,vas taken to measure sentiment then, several other members argued Ford's appearance should be postponed until the following Thursday if the jury has not been picked and sequestered. In what research indicates may be a presidential first, Ford has promised to answer 14 questions before the subcommittee on his pardon for former President Richard M. Nixon. Jury selection was slow and rrospects appeared poor that it' :ould be completed and the jurors sequestered and thus shielded from newspapers and news broadcasts before the Thursday appearance. Emerging from the closed- door questioning Monday, U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica said good progress was being made in selecting a panel from which the final 12 jurors and 6 alternates will 'Je drawn. He said he hoped to seat the jury by the end of Ihe week. But the prosecution suggested an casing of requirements to speed the procedure even fur ther, indicating indirectly thai there is difficlty in finding an unbiased jury in the much-pub- izccl case. In a memorandum, the gov- :rnmcnt suggested that individuals with "lightly held" or 'casual" opinions might be acceptable. Sirica and lawyers for tha five cover-up conspiracy defendants spent two extra hours n court Monday to get through their slow-moving task. A spokesman for the judge said he had not been in touch with Hungate or House Judiciary Commiltee Chairman Peter'W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., about the Ford appearance. The search for a jury was in its sixth day today.

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