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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - August 8, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICE 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Herrln 212 N 16th Southern Dlinoisan Volume a Copy Two Sections 24 Pages luccwior 10 Carbonda It Fret Press Hwrlo Dullv Journil Murphysboro I THURSDAY AUGUST 8 1974 Nixon tells Ford he is resigning White House aide confirms reports President schedules TV appearance for 8 pm today to address nation President Richard M Nixon Nixon summons Congresschiefs Washington AP i The press secretary after mite House Press Secretary saying this has been a difficult Konald L Ziegler announced 1 time added today that President Nixon The President of the United Tvould meet in the afternoon I States will meet various with Democratic andmembers of the bipartisan Republican leaders of Congress j leadership of Congress here at before making a televisionradio the White House early this address to the nation at 8 pm evening CDT on his decision to Tonight the President of resign the United States will address Looking haggard and choked the people of the United States with emotion Ziegler did by radio from the gay the President was resigning i Oval Office SIUC case Court now has custody of grand jury tapes By Gaylord Shaw Associated Press Writer Washington AP Richard M Nixon his 2026 day presidency shredded by scandal told Vice President Gerald R Ford today he is resigning as President of the United States a White House aide said Nxion arranged to address the nation over TV and radio at 9 pm EDT A House Democratic leader said he was told that Nixons resignation would go to Secre tary of State Henry A Kissin ger Friday and that Ford would be sworn in at 6 pm EDT Friday as 38th President Rep John McFall DCalif the House Democratic whip said he got that information from Majority Leader Thomas P ONeill Other congressional sources said the resignation would be effective at noon Friday Nixon spent an hour and 10 minute with Ford today and a White House aide said the President told Ford then of his decision to resign The President then summon ed Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress to the White House for an early evening meeting House Republican Leader John J Rhodes confirmed in an interview that the President would resign but later said he had been misunderstood In a brief interview Rhodes was asked about reports that the President would resign and said they were correct He later issued a statement denying that he had said the President plann ed to announce his resignation tonight In that statement Rhodes said only that it was his impres sion the President would make a definitive statement that will leave no doubt in the minds of the American people as to the ultimate outcome of this tragic period which the coun try has endured The Nixon aide who confirmed Ford ready to take over Story on page 5 that resignation was upcoming quickly refused identification But he is in a position near the Oval Office His terse response Yes to a newsmans question came amid other strong indications that the Republican chief ex ecutives 2026day presidency was plunging toward an im minent end Official White House spokesmen continued to refuse to divulge Nixons plans But other sources said it appeared likely Nixon would disclose his decision later today One knowledgeable White House official stopped just short of saying a final presidential decision had been made Im 99 and 910 per cent certain but who really knows this official said Nixon and Ford the man he picked for the vice presidency after Spiro T Agnew resigned last October met alone in the Oval Office The session began at am EDT on a grey muggy summer day as the na tion and the world awaited formal announcement of the embattled presidents plans Hundreds of newsmen and photographers milled in the smokefilled White House press room while the two leaders conferred in the guarded office 35 paces away One of Fords aides said later that the vice president would have no immediate comment on the development saying any word would have to come first from the White House Some sources said flatly Nixon had made the decision to step aside voluntarily rather than allowing the constitutional machinery to grind on toward impeachment But those aides closest to the President refused to make such a flat assertion as did official spokesmen Shortly after Fords office announced he was postponing a scheduled 12day political trip to the Far West correspondents were called into the White House briefing room by Deputy Press Secretary Gerald R War ren Warren then announced that Nixon had asked the vice president to come over for a private meeting Law requires that any presidential resignation be sub mitted to the secretary of state And Secretary Henry A Kiss inger was called to the First Familys living quarters Wednesday night for a private meeting with Nixon that lasted until nearly midnight But officials denied specula tion that the embattled Republican president had given Kissinger a letter of resignation Kissinger returned to the White House before 8 am CDT today but aides said he did not meet again with Nixon A spokesman for Ford meanwhile said the Western trip was still on and that the vice presirbnt would leave late tonight or early Friday Ford was to attend a Republican telethon scheduled for broadcast to West Coast states from Los Angeles tonight That affair was put off because of the fastchanging situation in Washington according to a party official And the Ford spokesman said That was the reason for our going today and thats the reason the trips been postponed Asked about the purpose of the Kissinger meeting in the White House living quarters Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L Warren said I have no way of knowing I really have no way of knowing Vice President Gerald R Ford If he confesses guilt Brooke urging Nixon immunity Washington AP Sen Edward W Brooke R Mass today introduced a resolution expressing the sense President We all feel that whatever abuses of power were com mitted ought somehow to be laid out on the public record added Assistant Senate Democratic leader Robert C Byrd of West Fair trial impossible Watergate defendants say of Congress that should be immune from pro secution if he resigns and makes Virginia a public confession of guilt i Byrd indicated that the final Meanwhile Democratic Sen j filing of the report of the House Frank E Moss of Utah said j Judiciary Committee which has Congress should consider contij approved three articles of im SUNNY nuing impeachment proceedings peachment against Nixon might against Nixon if he resigns serve that purpose without acknowledging guilt Brookes resolution would ex Washington AP Attorneys for the six defen dants in the Watergate coverup the storm of publicity surroun ding Nixons release of three transcripts of taped conversa UCUlL3 tl HH ww i fff i i case say it will be impossible to i tions between the President and warn the FBI away from a full investigation of the breakin at Democratic National Head quarters in the Watergate Tapes of grand jury testi mony leading to indictments of two Southern Illinois Uni versity at Carbondalc officials ordered into court cus tody today in Murphysboro by Judge Peyton Kunce The tapes were identified during arguments on a motion for discovery filed by defend ants Danilo Orescanin and Thomas Lefflcr The two were named in indictments charg ing tampering with public rec ords The tapes were identified as turned over to Allan Chris tiansen of Rt 5 Carbondalc for transcription under a court order Monday Judge Kunce who took over the case today questioned the legal status of the work since testimony today indicated the transcriber is not a registered court reporter Kunce ordered the reporter to appear in the judges cham bers at 2 pm Monday with all tapes transcriptions and notes States Atty Howard Hood and defense attorney David Watt Jr were also or dered to be present Judge Kunce said the earl ier court order to allow trans cription of the tapes outside the courthouse would be modi fied to retain the secrecy of the grand jury work then White House chief of staff Haldeman also told the Presi H R Haldeman six days after dent he believed that Mitchell the Watergate breakin June 17 then head of the reelection 1 committee knew of the breakin 1972 find an impartial jury for the trial because of President Nix ons release of new transcripts and other factors As the attorneys try to assess A total of 54 tape recordings j in advance the impact of the transcripts 1 have been turned over to Sirica j Another element iritne case is and the possibility that Nixon for the trial t hat if Nixon should resign he may resign or be impeached and convicted one lawyer said that US Judge John J Sirica may release some of the defendants from prosecution We hope this results in dismissal he said At the very least one lawyer said some defendants probably will ask for a postponement of the trial now slated to start Sept 9 The prospect that lawyers would raise arguments to dismiss the charges stems from Haldeman is a defendant in is almost sure to be called as a the coverup case along with witness at the coverup trial If former Atty Gen John N the President remains in office and faces a Senate trial some of the coverup defendants may be called as witnesses There is a possibility the coverup trial would be delayed or Sirica would sequester the Mitchell former White House assistant John D Ehrlichman former White House aide Gordon Strachan former Asst Atty Gen Robert C Mardian and Kenneth W Parkinson an attorney for the committee for the Reelection of the Presi dent The latest transcripts show that Nixon ordered Haldeman on June 17 1972 to tell the CIA to if defendants in the were called to testify case in the Cloudy and warm tonight with chance of showers Lows in mid to upper 60s Friday partly sunny continued warm INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map Trudeau shifts cabinet Ottawa Ont AP Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau todav If the President resigns still protesting his innocence leaving the impression that he was forced out of office then I think that Congress should consider going forward with the full pro ceedings said Moss secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference press the sense of Congress that Nixon should be immune from federal or state prosecution if he resigns But Brooke said he would withdraw the resolution or fail to press for its passage if Nixon does not make a confession of guilt 23 4 47 21 1314 21 At the opera London student turns into an instant star Senate The criminal trial could ordered a major shakeup of his go forward after the defendants cabinet and named Privy Coun completed their before the Senate Wholesale prices leap upward testimony ci President Allan MacEachen as the countrys new foreign minister MacEachen takes over from Mitchell Sharp who was named to MacEachens old job London AP Patrick McCarthy went to a concert to listen and found himself singing the star solo role instead It happened Wednesday night at the Royal Albert Hall when baritone Thomas Allen collapsed under the heat of the television lights soon after the start of Carl Orffs Carmina Burana McCarthy a 23yearold student at the London Opera Center stepped onto the plat form and told conductor Andre Previn that he knew the role one of the most difficult in the modern repertoire Previn waved him on and MCarthy turned in a triumph The packed audience gave him a standing ovation The first Mr Previn knew was when I appeared in front of him McCarthy said Washington AP Wholesale prices jumped 37 per cent last month the Labor Department reported today This works out to a staggering 444 per cent on an annual rate The monthly increase was the largest since the 62 per cent Jump last August and compared with an average monthly in crease of 14 per cent over the first six months of this year All figures are after taking seasonal variations into ac count Since wholesale price in creases are usually translated into higher prices for con sumers the report cast a pall over hopes for any slackening in the nations doubledigit in flation The biggest wholesale jump was in volatile farm prices A 64 per cent jump in July reversed four straight months of decline The Nixon administration had tied falling or at least moderating food prices to its predictions for getting inflation down to a 7 per cent annual rate of increase by years end Consumer prices are currently 11 per cent above a year ago The wholesale increase in food prices alone was 36 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis with meat pacing the increase Processed foods and sugar also posted significant increases Prices for milk and fresh vegetables declined Foreshadowing possible future trouble for meat prices was an even larger rise 55 per cent for the processed foods and feeds farmers must buy for their livestock Auto prices usually stable at this time of year also rose Industrial commodities moved upward although not as steeply as farm prices The increase for the industrial commodities was 27 per cent compared to a 22 increase the previous m o n t h Wholesale prices have been in creasing by more than two per cent all year The increase for commodities was virtually across the board with the strongest rises in iron steel petroleum and its bypro ducts Lumber prices however declined for the third straight months First lottery numbers drawn 15 12 16 18 04 Springfield AP Gov Daniel Walker picked an orange ball from a clear plastic sphere today and 15 became the first winning num ber in the Illinois State Lot tery In ceremonies at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Walker and other dignitaries helped select numbers that will mean thousands of cash prizes in cluding perhaps one for a million dollars The winning numbers in the Weekly Lotto were 15 12 16 18 and 04 The numbers qualifying ticketholders for the Weekly Bonanza and Millionaire Game were 697192 352 State Revenue Director Rob ert Allphin announced that firstweek sales of lottery tick ets surpassed the first week sales of any other state lot tery More than seven million were sold he said A final tally will come later If three of twodigit num bers match those on a ticket the holder will receive If four of the numbered pairs match the holder wins If five of the twodigit num bers match there is a winner
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