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Norlliwost Arkansas TIMES, Sun., Oct. 20, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, A R K A N S A S War Eagle Fair A Mecca For Devotees Of Arts, Crafts By HICK 1'ENUKHGItASS Or the TIMES Shift WAR EAGLE - The license plates on cars and campers in the paslure-lurned-parking lol here tclt Ihc story ot the success of the a n n u a l Ozm'k Arts and Gratis Fair. Devotees of native arts and crofts come from Uio farthest, corners ot the 'nation -- the [ircen woodlands of Oregon, tho Everglades ot Florida, tho lioc- lic southern California coast mid (lie ancient hills of New Himland. They como to browse and to Decline Of GNP Apt To Continue NEW YORK ( A P ) - Debt repayments on installment loans are taking most of the discretionary income ot some consumers. Layoffs are ' mounting. Water Shortage Aggravates African Famine ADDIS ABABA. Ethiopia (AP) -- Nearly a million ol Ethiopia's 24 million people are near starvation and % person! have died of thirst in the last the two months, according to Ethiopian News Agency. The agency said b o n e s of c a t t l e and other animals litter the the Ogadcn plateau in eastern Ethiopia's Haraghe Province, and vultures and hyenas were picking over carcasses. Haraghe Province officials said that there were critical water shortages in 12 of the 13 districts in the province and . that emergency water supplies were urgently needed. Owners of wells and water- hoes are charging the price of a goat for a barrel of water in Dcgeh Bur district bordering neighboring Somalia. A bucket of water was reportedly selling for 2'/2 cents. "Even if the rain came shortly. . .the farmers do not have seed for they have eaten it for want of othor f o o d , " Haile Â· M.W. Kidan. Hara'ghe provin- 'Â· cia administrators, said. : Kidan said the region has seen no more than a week of rainfall in any of the last four years. The ousted regime of Emper- : or Haile Sellassie had been ac- Â· cused of hiding the famine situation in the country for three L years while close to a quarter- million people died. The n e w :' military regime has been Iry- Â· ing to reverse that policy and fully publicize the disaster. Sixteen Croatian; Charged With Terrorist Acts ZADAR. Yugoslavia (AP) -Sixteen Croatians have been charged with trying to overthrow the Yugoslav government through assassinations and other terrorist acts and set up an independent Croatian state, crimes that could bring the death penalty. Fifteen members of the group, which includes professors and students, were arrested in June and the ICth is Factories are slowing the production lines. What do these characteristics suggest? Well, certainly not a recession, it you use the -standards of the administration. President Ford says there's no recession. So does his commerce secretary, Frederick Dent. Earlier in the year' Dent referred to the ccononiic decline as an "energy-crisis spasm." Last week, after the third straight quarterly decline In the Gross National Product, he explained "the spasm continues." What really is occuring, Dent explained, is "sideways waffling," a term thai w i l l 1 be variously interpreted as an effort to ride the Irulli, a lack of awareness, or a frightening altempt at euphony that recalls the reassuring statements ol the ear .y Hoover administration. Mysteriously, the definition of recession" disappeared with the onset of what once used to bo called recession. The most popular definition was two consecutive quarters ol declining Gross National Product. has more t h a n 300 exhibitors from several states, though mosl ore from the Arkunsas- Oklahoma-Missouri area. The people who come to War F.agle to buy are as varied as [he crafls and art work they are buying. They come from the cities of the industrial Great Lakes and Arkansas. the small They're towns of farmers, . businessmen, doctors, housewives, students and wage earners and they, usually leave lliem apart and seeing how they arc made. I would gel old guitars that had been damaged and when I look lliem apart I could .study . how they ,wcro put logelher. Then I would just try to do the same thing. It's very time consuming, but you really have a sense o( fulfill- incnt." Smilti is a good example of mosl of the exhibitors on tha banks of War Eagle Creek. For the most par I they come from with arms full. Charles Bentley of Chicago said he brings his family, to War Eagle in his camper each year as part of a fall tour through Middle America. "We used to try to lake vacations to places like Europe, but, a few years ago we decided to travel through the stales by car," Benlley said. "We enjoyed il. so much, now we just take a'month and travel by camper. "And this, right here, is our favorite. As many places as we have been, we don'l enjoy any of Ihem as much as Ihe War Eagle craft fair." He said much of his home is decorated with items he bought at the fair in past years and many of his friends and family now receive War Eagle crafls for Christmas each year. Many of the exhibitors come to the fair for much the same reasons as the buyers. Art Smith of Diamond City near Harrison, brings his hand made guitars and dulcimers to the fair each year more to mee and talk with new people than to make a living. "I just brought a few things the little home shops back in the hills of Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, and they como to meet people -- other craftsmen and buyers. As one exhibitor explained: "1 don't make any real money at this, because I didn't bring a trucklqad of stock. I enjoy making little things and I enjoy vcn more seeing someone inreciate Ihe work. So I sell or low prices just so 1 can ee that. I guess I make about nough to cover oming here." GUITARMAKER ART SMITH . strums a tune on one 0} his creations --Â· a classic guitar here, have because I enough to really make don' a bi To date, the GNP has fallen for three straight quarters -- 1 per cent in .the first three months of 1074, 1.6 per cent In the second three, and 2.9 cent in the third quarter. Moreover, a further decline, most likely larger than that in the third quarter, is likely to occur in the final three months of the year. And a large nurii- stock," Smith said. "But rcal|y enjoy talking to all thes people. Not a m i n u t e goes b that somebody doesn't want t know how to make guitars, o them the cost ot Trade Bill Amended To Demand Payment WASHINGTON (AP) ^ The Senate Finance Committee has iccepted' an amendment to the . rade bill which vvoud require hat Czechoslovakia pay in full claims by U.S. citizens whose )i\perty was confiscated when he Communists came to power 11 that country in 1948. The amendment, offered by Sen. Mike Gravel. D-Alaska. stales that until this is done the United States cannot' granb credits or loans to Czechoslovakia. The United States also could not be involved in the return of more th'an 18 metric tons of gold to Czechoslovakia that Kave been in U.S.. British and French custody since the end of World War II unless the full claims are paid. The allies recovered the gold. - valued at about $90 million, from the Nazi government of Germany, which had ber of responsible economists foresee a continued decline early in 1075. Contributing to the decline is a slowing of factory operations, a Federal Reserve Board report reveals that plants operated at only 79.2 per cent of ca- still at large. Public Prosecutor Zdravko Dragic said. The trial will take place next month. Dragic said they organized an illegal Croatian Liberation Army, acquired guns and ammunition, planned robberies, fires, mining of industrial and military installations, and the assassination of political leaders. "Their activities were aimed at toppling the socialist, self- management, federal system of Yugoslavia and threatening its territorial integrity, and secession of Croatia and other territories from Yugoslavia, wilh creation of an Ustasha state, the way Fascists scl up Ihe Ux- tasha puppet state in the last war--the independent state of Croatia," Dragic said. pacity in the July-September period, the lowest in two years. Lionel Edie, the economic consulting arm ot Merrill Lynch, the broker, predicts the gap between, potential GNP and actual GNP will he the widest since the 1930s by the middle of next year. At the same time, joblessness is moving sharply higher. It reached 5.8 per cent ot the labor force in September, and is almost certain to exceed C per cent in the fourth, or current, quarter. With' an economy ; acting so badly and often so surprisingly, long-distance forecasts are dangerous to make. Many responsible economists are, however, suggesting that a rate wel' above 6 per cent might prevail early in 1975. The strains of this deteriora lion are present in every middle and lower class family in America, especially since they are combined with a consumer price inflation that leaped to 11.5 per cent in the third quarter. Many families now are buried by their own mismanagement, having tÂ° their hills. income merely to pay old .Installment debt repayment in the second quarter hit 10 per cent of disposable come, highest ever. More significantly, that amounted to 45 per cent ot dis cretionary income, or that come not automatically ( raited to Ihe purchase of necessities. Feed Cattle Inventory Down 25 Per Cent WASHINGTON (AP) -- The price crunch on livestock feed continues to lake a toll on feedlot cattle inventories, new figures by the Agriculture Department show. As of Oct. 1. USDA said Friday cattle being fed for slaughter in the 23 major beef states totalled 9,149,000 head, down 24 per cent from the same date last year and 22 percent below Oct. 1. 1972. Officials said it was the smallest Oct. I fccdlot inventory of ; cattle since 1967. The decline 1 has been going on for months, however, because of high prices Â·'Â· for corn and other feed in rela- ' tion to what cattle sell for on the market. That does not mean less total beef, however. In fad, USDA says Ihe beef supply now is up substantially from last year, Wesion Suit Dismissal Sought LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Ken Coon, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, filed a motion Friday to dismiss a suit against him by Sharp Citizen editor Joseph H. Weston of Cave City. Wesion filed suit against ^oon, Gov. Dale Bumpers and .he Democratic gubernatorial nominee David Pryor. That suit alleged, among other that Bumpers exercises unconstitutional control over the lecliqn of county election commissioners and that all three defendants arc using 'aliases" and not their full names on the ballot. The case and two other suits challenging Arkansas election laws will be heard Tuesday by a three-judge panel at U.S. Dis- Iricl Courl here. and apparently conlinue for some lime as producers cut back on herds. The additional beef is coming from cows an other cattle 1 which have been fed little grain, including steers and heifers coming directly off grass pastures. The report Friday said sales of grain-fed cattle in the July- September quarter from feedlots totaled 5,522,000 head, down 7 per cent from a year earlier . find 26 per cent below the third quarter of 1972. Egg Production Is Cut Back WASHINGTON ( A P ) -- Egg producers are proceeding with an expected cutback because of high production costs, according to the Agriculture Department. Egg output last month was down 3 per cerit from September 1973. As of Oct. 1 there were 277 million laying hens on the nation's farms, a decline of 5 per cent from a year earlier, the department said Friday. Rut hens laid more eggs than they did a year ago, averaging 62.1 per 100 birds compared with 61.5 on Oct. 1 last year; officials said. buy. Something new each year, already lined two large parking items. The exhibitors here sell onlyi plenty of things they saw before lots at the site, and by midday hand-made items, art work and and want more ot. last year's attendance at almost 100,000 persons, said if the plea- have four judges to keep watch weather continues through standing room only, the crook of Wai weekend, the fair will set a small room in his home, more and each year draws another attendance record. as a hobby than anything else. 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