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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - June 23, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondalo Murphysboro Hvrln 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 211 N Ufh Velvmt 82No 14730e a Copy 6 Sections Comics Family Weekly TV Tab Supple Did Mitchell OK Hughes deal ern Hlinoisan Fran Htrrln Dally Journal Murphysboro Independsnt SUNDAY JUNE 231974 CarbondaleHerrlnMurphysbore Panel alleges impropriety Washington AP One of two campaign contributions from billionaire Howard Hughes to a close personal friend of President Nixon was set in motion after Atty Gen John N Mitchell ap p ved Hughes million bid to buy a Vegas gambling motel the staff of the Senate reports The 47 page report to the senators calls the administra tions handling of Hughes ef forts to buy the Dunes Hotel a classic case of governmental decision making for friends As tiie evidence indicated the apparent decision by Mitchell to approve the Dune purchase is clothed with the ap pearance of impropriety the report said The facts of this case pointedly suggest im propriety to a significant degree and raise serious questions about campaign contributions and Justice Department prac tices The report which was made available to The Associated Press by a source close to the committee analyzes the rela tionship between Hughes repeated attempts to expand his Las Vegas hotel and gambling empire and the Hughes padd out to Nixons friend C G Bebe Rebozo at about the same time Committee sources say the investigation has left many questions unanswered and many leads not fully pursued The committee is scheduled to end its probe officially next Friday the day it issues its final report The approval to buy tiie Dunes a deal which later fell through for purely financial reasons came after the Justice Departments antitrust division had frustrated Hughes 1968 at tempt to buy the Stardust Hotel and then had reluctantly ap proved his purchase of the Landmark Hotel The report deals w detail with the testimony of Robert Maheu who was fired as head ol Hughes Nevada operation Maheu told the committee that after being thwarted over the Stardust Hughes decided he would never again talk with secondary Justice Department officials But instead would deal only with the boss Golson says he alerted President Washington AP Charles W Colson has told the House Judiciary Committee hat be alerted President Nixon both in January and February of 1973 to high level complicity in the Watergate affair Nixon has repeatedly insisted that his first such revelations were presented by John W Dean in their conversation of March 21 1973 Colsons warnings were ad dressed specifically to the in volvement of John N Mitchell and Jeb Stuart Magruder ac cording to virtually identical accounts of his testimony published Saturday by syn dicated columnist Jack Anderson and the New York Daily News Committee officials under heavy attack from the White House for recent leaks would Presidents fate Discussed involvement of Mitchell Magruder neither confirm nor deny the newspaper accounts of Colsons interview with toe panels counsel a week ago But Colsons attorney and former law partner David I Shapiro confirmed that Its all there in the published reports In what Anderson described as a draft of Colsons statements Shapiro I told bun that I Nixon said that in January of last year I determined it my responsibility to express to the President my belief that certain persons in the campaign organization namely Messrs Mitchell and Magruder must have been involved in the Watergate I told the President that whoever it was who had ordered the Watergate had ill served him I did not discuss any specific information about Mitchell Magruder or others because frankly I had no hard evidence but I did express anger that my friend convicted conspirator E Howard Hunt would be punished while others who must have been responsible would not be On Feb 14 I told the Presi dent of the extensive conversa tions I had been having with Mr Shapiro I told him that I thought whoever was involved at the Committee for the Reelec tion in ordering or authorizing the Watergate would eventually be exposed I told the President specifically that I thought John Mitchell had to accept the responsibility that the facts would in due course come out I recall that the President reacted angrily I can almost recall his precise words Are you suggesting that John Mitchell be held responsible or be made a scapegoat Mitchell has after all sworn he was not involved I want to get to the bottom of Watergate but I can not ask a possibly innocent bystander to be a scapegoat scapegoat Tell it to the fudge Matt Jackson 7 year old sen of Mr and Mrs Joe Jack son of Muncie issues a speed ing ticket to young Mary Klop fenstein Malis uniform is a replica of his fathers who is an officer with the Ball State in a 3 mph tone campus police Mini Cop Matt AP Wirephoto cited Mary for going 4 mph COOLER 9 Republicans may decide Tornado hits near Goreville By James M Naughton c New York Times Washington President Nixons fate in the Bouse impeachment inquiry may be decided by nine Republicans At pm Friday 733 days after the Watergate burglary the House Judiciary Committee completed six weeks of closed hearings on impeachment evidence assembled by the in quiry staff Well placed members of the House and officials of the im peachment inquiry whose views have been sought in the last few days believe that a majority of the Judiciary Committee will vote in favor of impeaching Nixon But the majority will be com posed mostly of Democrats And the outcome on the House floor where 397 other members will decide whether to accept the findings of their 38 colleagues on the committee may be determined by the extent to which the impeachment recom mendation has Republican sup port No one seems certain how much bipartisan breadth would be persuasive There are 17 Republicans on the committee One of them Rep Tom Railsback of Illinois said two or three Republican votes might be sufficient Five according to a respected Democratic official would be substantial Rep John B Anderson chairman of the House Republican Con ference estimated that more than two or three would be the deciding factor Accordingly in the view of those who have closely watched the conduct of the inquiry for clues to its likely outcome ons impeachment or exonera tion could hinge on the follow ing A series ofcrucial pro cedural decisions that the com mittee will make next week The issues over which the com mittee is split along partisan lines include the form and scope of a rebuttal presentation to be made by White House lawyers and the number and identity of witnesses who will be summoned to testify at im peachment hearings The votes on proposed articles of impeachment that will be cast by Republicans who are widely regarded more or less as uncommitted They are Robert McClory and lailsback of Illinois Henry P smith and Hamilton Fish Jr of New York Wiley Mayne of Iowa Lawrence J Hogan of Maryland M Caldwell Butler of Virginia and William S Cohen of Maine The role that John M Doar he committees special counsel on impeachment will play in the inal stages of the inquiry Whats insicfe SOUTHERN ILLINOISAN day p 19 and Saturday with Karen Russell writes songs pincb hits Page 11 for Marty Robbins See Story by Tom Agosti Page 3A SOUTHERN ILLINOIS something different Stories written by journalism students at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale investigate va rious recreational areas See Page 28 NEW OWNER of R Buck minster Fullers dome home plans to save the universe through rock and roll music See story by Kathie Pratt on Page 21 JIM DWYER onetime SIUC baseball standout who has been up and down with the Cardinals in his three years in St Louis organiza tion helps Cardinals win Fri JOHNSTON CITY youth builds sports items collection Page 12 CLINICS CAMPS hit Car bondale Page 19 Index Ann Landers Bridge Business Byline BG Classified Crossword Editorials Family Living Finance Records Sports Television 5A 5A 2425 2 4448 5A 30 2123 3134 5 Ell 12 19 20 112 A Weather details map Mostly cloudy and cooler to day with highs in the lower 70s Tonight fair and cooler with lows in the 40s Monday mostly sunny but cool with highs in the 70s Winds 8 to 15 miles per hour briefly gusty Thunderstorms will bring winds from 10 to 15 miles per hour today 4 AAenard inmates reported missing Four Menard Penitentiary in mates have escaped in the ast two days Asst Supt Mic hael Fair said Three inmates Walter Lee Spinnie Floyd Cutliff and Dan iel C Barnes were reported missing at about pm Sat urday Apparently they had walked off the honor farm sometime early Saturday evening Fair said Friday an inmate who had served BVz years of a 10to20 year sentence on a manslaugh ter conviction escaped from the prison when he walked off pri son property Fair said Kenneth R e d Davis 26 was reported miss ing about 2 pm Friday Davis a trustee at the prison was assigned to the grounds main tenance crew and apparently walked away from the prison while performing grounds crew tasks Davis appeared before the pa role board just two days ago Fair did not indicate whether or not Davis was turned down for parole Davis is described as white 5 foot 10 132 pounds with his left arm smaller than the right Spinnie 29 is described as white 5 foot 10 165 pounds light brown hair and blue eyes He is serving 3to9years on a forgery charge Cutliff 25 is described as white 5 foot 7 175 pounds brown hair and blue eyes He is serving a 2to10 year sen tence for robbery and attempted armed robbery Barnes 25 is described as white 6 foot 1 235 pounds black hair and hazel eyes He is serving 4 years and 1 day on armed robbery By Barb Leebens Of The Southern Hlinoisan A tornado struck on the west side of Goreville danced in the skies over the village and touched down again on the east side at 5 pm Saturday The tornado destroyed three i rural houses near Goreville Johnson County Sheriff Barry Eastman said There were no serious injuries The tornado destroyed a va cant farmhouse on the east side of Interstate 57 Eastman said then crossed 157 and blew the roof off of the Steve Francis house The Francises were in the basement and re ceived no injuries Eastman surmises the tor nado then went on a path that crossed over the south section of Goreville City Clerk Ralph Zeck said at 5 pm there was a lot 3 rural houses destroyed no serious injuries of wind rain and hail but he did not see any tornado Passing over Goreville the tornado touched down at the Bill Lingle farm three miles east of Goreville near Webb town Doris Lingle and her son Charles were lying on the kit chen floor when the tornado hit the house Eastman said Mrs Lingle received a cut on her leg The tornado blew the roof and the outsidewall of the bed room on the west side of the house away Eastman said Jean Phillips who lives on the Tunnel HillGoreville black top road east of Gore ville gave this report of the tornado I heard on the radio that a tornado was sighted in the Goreville area My father my husband and I sat on the porch and watched the tornado cut a path on the ground about a mile long through a woods a peach or chard and uproot trees in Webb Cemetery she said The Phillipses and Ray Webb Mrs Phillips father were up on a hill looking down on the tornado They the tor nado flung mud and debris over the side of the Webb Ce metery Church It looked like the tornado lifted off the ground at the Raymond Coonce residence Mrs Phillips said We didnt see any more of it after that The tornado just missed the Coonce residence blowing down a large oak tree in the driveway Mrs Phillips said Im still pretty shookup about this as I imagine everyone else who experienc ed this is she said On the whole I would say we were all lucky because the storm could have done a lot more damage There was a power failure in Goreville for about half an hour state police said makes appeal to Nixon Arabs fear Israeli troop movement New York Times News Service and Associated Press Four days after President Nixons triumphal peace tour Arab diplomats and officials in Cairo expressed concern Satur day that Israel might send troops intosouthern Lebanon in the wake of Israeli air strikes against Palestinian bases Friday President Anwar El Sadat appealed to Nixon in an urgent personal message to use American influence to stop the air strikes According to diplomatic sources he told Nixon that the strikes were a threat to the en tire American peace initiative Cairo papers reported Saturday morning thatNixon had replied but the nature of his response was not revealed Lebanon called Saturday for United Nations economic sanc tions to stop the Israeli air at tacks Fouad Nafaa the Lebanese foreign minister charged in the first working session of the fifth Islamic foreign ministers con ference that Israel has ignored UN Security Council resolu tions in raiding Lebanease ter ritory daily for the past five days killing 80 persons and wounding 130 Israel has acknowledged reprisal strikes on Tuesday Wednesdsay and Thursday of this week The Tel Aviv military command said the strikes were against suspected Palestinian guerrilla enclaves inside Lebanons borders Lebanese Premier Solh has said that his government had no intention of taking strong measures against the Palesti nians But Lebanese leaders as a whole find a lack of inter Arab coordination The United States also told Israel Friday night that it has no plans to sell any military arms to Egypt or Syria state department officials and diplomats said Saturday The Soviet Union Saturday accused Israel of barbaric acts in its retaliatory raids against Palestinian guerrillas in Lebanon and charged that she was holding the Israelis directly responsible for any new flare up in the Middle East Lawmakers say Walker budget too small Springfield HI AP As the Illinois legislature begins its final week of toe spring session today its clear lawmakers want to spend more next year than the governor asked them to The House Democratic Ap propriations staff says that more than billion worth of legislation has been introduced this spring In contrast Gov Daniel Walker proposed a billion state budget in March Many of the extra money bills are pet projects of legislators who introduced them primarily to look good back home in an election year Walker will veto many of these measures But he has conceded support in some areas for more appropriations than he originally requested Notable among these are pay raises for state lawmakers his top Cabinet members and judges The House has passed bills to raise lawmakers salaries by to a year and to raise the salaries of all judges with the largest pay hike 57 per cent going to downstate associate Circuit Court judges A measure to raise the pay of key Walker administration members also is pending in the House Other bills could directly af fect the prices Illinoisanspay on their utilities and mortgages Or make life easier and perhaps a little safer for the elderly and the young For instance attention will shift tothe Senate this week where House passed bills are pending to raise the interest ceiling for mortgage loans from 8 per cent to per cent This could mean some lawmakers contend that mortgage loans will be easier to get although interest payments will be more costly allow utilities like Illinois Bell to pass the cost of its club dues and charitable contribu tions on to its customers The Senate has sent such a measure to the House require bus companies to install new padding less ex plosive gas tanks and flashing lights on buses to take children to public and priv ate schools give persons over 65 a chance to get a refund on sales taxes and make it easier for senior citizens to obtain refunds under the existing property tax program One measure backed by Lt Gov Neil Hartigan would give an elderly couple making a year a tax re fund eliminate the two per cent utility tax that residential customers are forced to pay on their gas light and electric bills make more money available than Walker requested for day care centers and child abuse research and pro grams require judges to sentence drug pushers convicted a second time to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 20 years The issues of campaign disclosure and modification of the Regional Transportation Authority in metropolitan Chicago also are still alive in each chamber   

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