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   European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 6, 1972, Darmstadt, Hesse                              The Three-Day SoldiersNo marching, no uniforms-Army wines and dineswould-be GIs on love-it-or-leave it basisBy B. DRUMMOND AYRESFT. JACKSON, S.C. (NYT)— The boys in the senior classin McEachern High School inPowder Springs, Ga., were ac-customed to armed forces re-cruiters promising them theworld or at least a chance tosee it.But they became unusuallyskeptical when they were of-fered a chance to join theArmy for three days on a look-see, love-it-or-leave-it, no-ob-ligation basis.This new pitch seemed justtoo good to be true, even com-ing from a service that obvi-ously was desperately trying towoo enough young men to be-come an all-volunteer force.Still, David Blunschi andFred Granity, each 17 yearsold, signed up, wary, butcurious, not sure what to dowith their lives after gradua-tion in May.They arrived here by busMonday morning — along with96 other curious young menfrom all over Georgia andSouth Carolina — were hailedwith a warm "welcome!" by asoft-talking buck sergeant ofstrangely gentle mien, thenwere handed shiny gold nameKleindienst VoteOff IndefinitelyFrom Press DispatchesWASHINGTON — ASenate vote on Richard G.Kleindienst's nomination for at-torney general was delayedindefinitely Saturday becausea key lobbyist sought forquestioning about a Justice De-partment antitrust case wasgravely ill in a Denver hos-pital.Mrs. Dita D. Beard, 53, theWashington lobbyist for Inter-national Telephone and Tele-graph Corp. (ITT), had beensought by FBI agents as thepurported author of a memo-randum linking the govern-ment's settlement of a con-troversial ITT merger proposaland an ITT subsidiary's$400,000 offer to help financethe 1972 Republican NationalConvention. (Related story onPage 27.)In an unexplained, surprisemove, the Senate JudiciaryCommittee announced Sundaythat its inquiry into accusa-tions against Kleindienst willbe resumed Monday morning,instead of Tuesday.The committee counselJohn H. Holloman III, an-nounced the change but de-clined to say who will testifyas the panel delves further intoallegations made by columnistJack Anderson against Klein-dienst.Kleindienst's nomination tobe attorney general had beenapproved unanimously by thecommittee and reported to theSenate last week before Ander-son's claims.Kleindienst requested thehearing and in testimony lastweek denied that there wasany link between the sett-(Cont. on Page 28, Col. 5JPurported ITT Memo:*, • . under no circumstances would anyonein this office discuss with anyone ourparticipation in the (GOP) convention. . . .'WASHINGTON (UPI) — Thetext of the purported memofrom ITT lobbyist Dita D.Beard to W. R. Merriam, headof the firm's Washington of-fice, was made public by co-lumnist Jack Anderson:"I just had a long talk withEDG (E.D. Gerrity, head ofpublic relations for I.T.T.). I'mso sorry that we got that callfrom the White House. Ithought you and I had agreedvery thoroughly that under nocircumstances would anyone inthis office discuss with anyoneFire Kills 8After QuarrelNEWARK (UPI) — A manaccused of starting a tenementfire that killed eight personshad quarreled with one of thevictims two hours earlier andvowed to "get even if he hadto burn the whole block," itwas reported Sunday.Police said Leonard Wil-liams, 24, who is charged withhomicide in the fire, threa-tened vengence after an ar-gument with Martha Bradford,24, and her brother, Thomas.Mrs. Bradford died in thepredawn blaze Saturday.Gus Blatch, owner of theAlibi Inn, a tavern on theground floor of the building,said the argument began bet-ween Williams and Mrs. Brad-ford. Blatch said her brothergot into the quarrel to defendhis sister."Williams said he would get(Cont. on Page 28, Col. your participation in the con-vention, including me. Otherthan permitting John Mitchell,(Lt. Gqv.) Ed Reinecke (ofCalifornia), Bob Haldeman (ofthe' White House staff) andNixon (besides (Rep. Bob) Wil-son (of California), of course)no one has known from whomthat 400 thousand commitmenthad come. You can't imaginehow many queries I've hadfrom "friends" about thissituation and 1 have in eachand every case denied know-ledge of any kind. It would bewise for all of us here to con-tinue to do that, regardless offrom whom any questionscome, White House or who-ever. John Mitchell has certain-ly kept it on the higher levelonly. We should be able to dothe same.""I was afraid the discussionabout the three hundred-fourhundred thousand commitmentwould come up soon. If you re-member, I suggested that weall stay out of that, other thanthe fact that I told you I hadheard Hal (Harold S. Geneen,President of I.T.T.) up the origi-(Cont. on Page 28, Col. 5Jtags bearing the message ofthe week: "The Army wants tojoin you."All around were brand newbarracks, mess halls, officesand auditoriums, brick andaluminum, concrete and plateglass, clean, comfortable, per-manent."All right, gentlemen, followme, please," said the soft-talk-ing sergeant to the three-daysoldiers.The Army's first Rush Weekwas under way, a million-dol-lar experimental program thatmay some day become asmuch a part of the "new"Army as beer machines in thebarracks and curtained quar-ters.Initially, only this training(Cont. on Page 28, Col liTheAUTHORIZED UNOFFICIAL PUBLICATION FOR THE U.S. ARMED FORCESVol. 30, No. 321 10* Daily and SundayMonday, March 6, 1972 D IF 21855 AAnita Chuan, 19, a secretary, says she's applied to Sing-apore officials for a part-time job as the local executioner.The would-be Malaysian hangman — hangwoman, rather— says she knows it's unusual for a woman to apply forthe job, but adds, "Why not?" —UPI Photo  

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