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   Bakersfield Californian (Newspaper) - November 2, 1974, Bakersfield, California                                _2 Sat., Nov. 2,1974       ghp lafeprrfm (�altfpnita� Magruder says he had scapegoat role assigned WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeb Stuart Magruder has testified that even as he participated in the early stages of the Watergate cover-up, he knew that senior Nixon re-election committee officials were planning to sacrifice him to save themselves. Rabbits as food halted TULSA, Okla. (UPI) - An elderly couple will have to find a new source of meat for their dinner table. The city commission ruled Friday that Albert San-dridge, 74, and his wife, Martha, 73, can no longer raise and butcher their own rabbits. A 60-day period was allowed for the couple to raise and slaughter the 12 rabbits already in their hutch, but a change in menu will have to follow. An ordinance, passed in 1973, prohibits growing any domestic feed animals in residentially-zoned areas. At the suggestion of Finance Commissioner William Morris Jr., the health department was directed to study the possibility of am-mending the ordinance to permit the keeping of a maximum of three small animals. But in the meantime Albert and Martha will have to find another source of meat after nearly two decades of raising rabbits for their table. Magruder said that in the summer of 1972 John N. Mitchell and others were maneuvering to have him take the blame for Watergate. Magruder added that he did not discover until Friday how intent they were on setting him up. Magruder testified Friday to the complex machinations of his superiors, during his fourth day on the witness stand at the Watergate cover-up trial. Defense lawyers will resume cross-examination of the former deputy director of the Nixon reelection committee on Monday, when the trial enters its sixth week. The 39-year-old Magruder frequently acted more like a courtroom lawyer than a witness, once even drawing a warning from U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica to stop interrogating a defense attorney. Defendant Kenneth W. Parkinson's lawyer, Jacob Stein, started the spirited courtroom dialogue by questioning Magruder about allegations that Magruder could not account for large amounts of campaign funds at the committee. When Stein bored in on Magruder on the money issue, the boyish-faced Magruder said sharply: "I never took any money from the committee and you know that. That was another part of the efforts of the defendants to make me a scapegoat." Besides Mitchell and Parkinson, the other defendants in the trial are former White House aides John D. Ehrlichman and H.R. Haldeman, and former Nixon campaign official Robert C. Mardian. With the jury and Magruder out of the courtroom, Stein had said earlier that Mitchell, talking to Parkinson in July of 1972, had accused Magruder of being a liar and of having "sticky fingers" in his handling of committee funds. Stein's repeated cross-examination on the issue drew an angry lecture from Magruder who declared, "I've admitted my guilt many times." Magruder said that while he admitted knowing of the breakin in advance and then spending nine months attempting to cover it up, he never stole any campaign money. "I have made a terrible, terrible blunder, a terrible tragic mistake that I'm trying to rectify and I'm in prison for it." Magruder, currently serving a ten-month to four-year prison term, pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct justice in the cover-up. Magruder said that on July 15,1972, a month after the break-in, he remembers Parkinson, a lawyer hired to defend the committee on Watergate, questioning him about the value of his house and his financial well-being. Stein said that Parkinson thought Magruder made up the story that the Watergate breakin was financed by the re-election committee to cover up Ma-gruder's own mishandling of committee funds. Magruder testified that at the time he trusted Parkinson as a friend and neighbo whose children even attended the same schools as his own. "I knew I was being set up," Magruder said with a smile, adding: "I guess I was being set up even more than I thought I was then." Magruder said it is clear to him now, upon learning of Mitchell's accusations to Parkinson, "that I was being made a scapegoat." WASHINGTON (UPI) - Figures released Friday by one of the country's largest food retailers show that for most of 1974, the margin between what a food store pays for meat and what it charges its customers was lower than in 1973. The figures released by Donald S. Perkins, board chairman of Jewel Co. in Chicago, cover both cents per pound and per cent for average retail cuts of meat. Perkins said if the average retail prices for beef may appear low, that's because they include 180 pounds of fat and bone - sold for about 10 cents a pound -that is obtained from every 600-pound carcass. Consumer representatives said Perkins' information, released during the Ex-ITT chief residence hit by terrorists LOS ANGELES (UPI) - The bombing of the home of a former International Telephone and Telegraph president was a "warning" to all ITT personnel to see that the corporation heeds the demands of the New World Liberation Front, according to a reported message from the group which claimed responsibility for the explosion. The NWLF took responsibility for the blast in a letter sent to the Los Angeles Free Press Friday. Tom Thompson, Free Press city editor, said the communique arrived in the noon mail and contained threats and demands against ITT. Thompson also said the letter contained instructions to the Free Press, an underground paper, asking that it "not hand over original copies" to police or other members of the press. Santa Clara County sheriff's Lt. Elton Heck confirmed that a bomb exploded early Thursday on the front lawn at the Robert D. Hallock home in Los Altos. Heck said there were no injuries and the residents did not inspect the damage until later that morning. Hallock was not immediately available but his wife said the front of the home was damaged and some lights were broken. She added that her husband had resigned from ITT some time ago. In the communique, the NWLF said "all top decision-making ITT personnel" will be "held personally responsible for the failure of the corporation to make a public response to our demands. "If you refuse to consider our demands, we guarantee that you shall suffer further repercussions for your brutality against humanity. Every time you start your car, every time you open a door, we want you to stop and consider the people of Chile and our demands." The NWLF has previously taken responsibility for bombs planted at Sheraton hotels here and in San Francisco. The hotel chain is owned by ITT. The NWLF has demanded that ITT admit complicity in Chile's "murderous coups," take steps to release all political prisoners in the South American country and put an end to "all murder and torture" by the military junta there. Luna orbits moon     Suit prosecution MOWCOW (UPI) - The Soviets'auto- WASHINGTON (UPI) - Federal mated spacecraft Luna 23 went in orbit Trade Commission lawyers say their around the moon today, the official Tass prosecution of alleged antitrust violations news agency said. by the country's eight largest oil compa- The space ship was launched last Mon- nies has met so many delays it has day to explore the surface of the moon. "ground to a virtual halt." "All systems of the space station are Fifteen months ago the staff lawyers functioning normally," the dispatch said. accused the companies of adding to the country's energy problems by smothering competition in the development of gaso- 1A f 4% A A &tt      E�i Unerefine"^. Ifu PflTricr Friday the lawvers file
                            

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