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Anderson Herald (Newspaper) - November 25, 1977, Anderson, Indiana Black Rule Planned For Rhodesia SALISBURY, Rhodesia (AP) Prime Minister Ian Smith announced plans Thursday to steer the country to black rule through a one-man, one vote settlement with moderate African nationalists. He said he would seek guarantees for a secure future for Rhodesian white minority. He also spoke of a "safe return” policy for black nationalist guerrillas battling his regime and said he believed his plan would end the five year war with the guerrillas The 58-year-old leader of the white minority government said for the first time that he foresaw natiorial elections on the basis of universal adult suffrage. He did not announce a date for the elections. "I believe I am representing the views of the black political parties...when I say they are also of the opinion that it is time we got on in Rhodesia and came to some finalities so that we can bring to an end the kind of madness which exists today where Rhodesians are killing Rhodesians at a pretty fair pace,' Smith told newsmen alter making the announcement. Rhodesia issued a unilateral declaration of independence in 1965 after Britain refused to grant the colony independence that would exclude black majority rule. Smith also said he would seek guarantees for an impartial judiciary and special representation for minority groups. A statement released here from the prime minister’s office stated Smith had dropped all previous demands that any settlement through British American initiatives or his own internal plan fie keyed to elections on the strength of a strictly qualified franchise. The statement appears to guarantee that the envisaged internal settlement will usher in the breakaway former British colony s first black majority government The population consists of more than 6 4 million blacks and only 268,000 whites. At Camp David, Md., where President Carter is spending Thanksgiving, presidential press secretary Jody Powell said of Smith s statement: "Well be studying it with interest. He said the administration would have no other immediate reaction However, administration officials said Smith s references to universal adult suffrage and one-man one vote appear to be encouraging It was believed that the ad ministration was reluctant to react more enthusiastically because it thought Smith s statements might reflect an attempt to seek an internal solution to the Rhodesian conflict The administration was thought to be reluctant to express great optimism about success because neighboring aim uiai.K guerrilla leaaers have rejected such moves rn the past Smith, speaking to reporters in Rhodesia s second city of Bulawayo, announced he would begin talks next week with selected leaders of locally based black nationalist movements He specifically named Bishop Abel Muzorewa, the Rev Ndabaningi Sithole and Senator-Chief Jeremiah Chirau Muzorewa heads the Airman National Council, Sithole a splinter faction of the council and Chirau the Zimbabwe United Peoples Organization Between them, impartial observers believe, they draw tin support of more (Continued On Page 2) THE ANDERSON HERALD VOLUME 116, NUMBER 138 Nation Returns Thanks By MIKE SILVERMAN Associated Press Writer At Camp David, the first family sat down to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings In Plymouth, Indians who say their ancestors feasted at the first thanksgiving proclaimed a day of mourning In Philadelphia. Santa went through the root instead of the w indow And for millions of Americans across the nation, thursday was a day to spend with friends anti relatives, a day for w alt hing parades and football games and a day tor overeating Some got a taste of winter with their turkey, as freezing rain or snow tell in parts of Washington, the Great Lakes area and Maine Some experienced tragedy More than 70 persons wi re reported killed by midafternoon in traffic accidents on the nation s highw ays Jimmy and Hosalvnn Carter s menu af the presidential retreat in .Maryland s Catoctin Mountains called tor turkey cornbread Mulling, giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, waldorf salad, rolls and butter, cranberries and pumpkin pie with whipped cream Back in Washington, Vice President Waiter Mondale assigned himself kitchen duties His Naval stewards had the day oil, and Mondale said he alw a vs fixes thanksgiving dinner himself to let my wile sleep Although the White House s main tenant was away. comedian Dick Gregory and a small group ol supporters picketed outside the gates in a light rain. protesting I .s corporate involvement in .south Alma and calling tor racial justice there Gregory, his wife Lillian, and Massachusetts Sen Bill Owens later moved their protest to the South African embassy and were arrested tor demonstrating within aw feet of an embassy building I hey were offered release on personal recognizance but refused and said they would remain in jail until their arraignment today, according to a District oi t atumble police officer (Continued On Page 2) 3 Indicted In Stabbing Three inmates of the Indiana Reformatory at Pendleton were indicted Wednesday by a Madison County grand jury probing the stabbing death of a reformatory inmate on Oct St The indictment charges Kerry Walker. 25. of Brazil, with fatally stabbing 26 year old James Webster, of Indianapolis, as several inmates were being released from their cellblocks to attend breakfast Walker reportedly stabbed Webster repeatedly in the back around 5am, reformatory officials stated ALSO I Si OII TK!) were Thomas Fuller, 36, of Terre Haute, and Delbert McBaine, 21, of Missouri, on charges of assisting a criminal after they allegedly hid the knife believed to have been used in the stabbing, reports said Reports indicated Webster was rushed to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis following the stabbing, where he underwent emergency surgery to close several severe lacerations to his upper left back He was pronounced dead at 12 15 p m hospital reports indicated Webster was sentenced to a life term at the reformatory in 1971 after being convicted of inflicting physical injury during commission of a felony. He was again sentenced for a 10-year term in 1972 on a conviction of violation of the 1935 Firearms Act Inside... Police Blotter, Page 2; Obituaries, Funeral Services, New Arrivals, Page 3; Editorial comment and Opinion columns, Page 4; Accent On Living, Pages f and 7; Sports, Pages 17 through 2d; Comics, Pages 2f and 27; Classified Ads, Pages 28 through 31. In Its Second Century Of Service To The Public ANDERSON, INDIANA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1977~ PRICE 15 CENTS TODAY S W FATHI H Cool w it Chance of light rain today with tug 40s. Much colder tonight with a chance of snow flurries Jjows in Partial clearing and cold Naturda in the mid to upper 20s Thursdi (IC); low, 31 (-IC) 60 percent s in the low 20 percent with highs » s high. 33 School Attendance Lags Reaction Mixed Here By TFI) KKFITFK Herald .staff Writer The national trend in school attendance has going in the same direction as school achievement test scores over the last few years downward Although Anderson schools attendance has declined only slightly over the last lo stars, some school authorities were concerned this (all about an apparent increase in unexcused absences and attendance problems in general SC HOOL SFI I KH Y officer Robert Morris, headquartered at Madison Heights High School, said something more should be done alxiut students who blatantly leave school before the end of the day and many who come only w hen they choose Morris displayed a long list of tardy and absent students tor one dav and said he believed the schools have not assigned enough personnel to investigate all the absences Morris said Madison Heights attendance has suffered since two assistant deans were eliminated, leaving only two persons instead of four to follow up on absence reports MOR RJ.s POINTED a linger at parents, who he said may tend to take their children s school attendance too lightly He mentioned one cast in which a father dropped off his daughter at the school door each morning The girl went in and right flack out another door and back home to her mother who was aware that her daughter often skipped school he said Madison Heights dean of girls Mrs Patsy Worrell did not agree that deans are understaffed She indicated parents were usually cooperative about calling in when their children are absent Mrs Worrell agreed that the situation was not as good at the beginning of the year but said attendance is picking up now I rn not discouraged with it she stated Tiff LATES! attendance figures compiled by school attendance director Paul Hiatt show Ski percent attendance for Highland and Madison Heights schools for October That is down one to two percent from last years average Anderson High School was not included in the report Average yearly attendance for all schools is normally slightly below 94 percent Hiatt said under the state s compulsory attendance law parents can be charged with a misdemeanor tor not seeing to it that their children attend school regularly "WI HAS I N I gone that wav to-often, he said but we have in th*' past Hiatt said there is a possibility charges may have to be tiled this vear in some cases "Juvenile justice is in a transition right now he stated No one win take a tough stand Hiatt said he had been hearing about mounting attendance problems but that he had no tactual information indicating any great decline from last year HI DID IN DK VI I that th< elimination of the school attendance officer from his department this ve.ir may have a negative effect on attendance figures I he attendance officer wa' really the only school administrator whose assigned duty was to personally check out attendance students homes I batt said hi with paperwork other st hool depa Teachers contd were S|UH KCI I problem than adr VS MUHN lf computes his said tor tfa fir and senior approx in ately I )if set one! si ev en w or se St problems IS tied up a and reports i rt meats to recogrn Tiimstrators Vt III K who >wn attendance t 'tx weeks his ii vel students enflame it as a always figure' I- Cit! missed do sc bool day s all told weeks he said, weie lent' dut mg that pel i<*d missed a total of 439 school davs \ri AHN teacher said he could not speak for Overall attendance bul that the situation could of course be improved mere is one thing that makes ihe situation worse and that is that parents may •* willing to lie tor their children because they feel that it s no big thing to be absent \ lf N a s s i st ant fir ineipal Joseph Sparks said, I don t think our attendanc e has made any drastic- drop I think it s lust a trend nationally You read reports that attendance and tardiness are the tau fug problems at all high sc his is in the nation Sg.tKks .SAID lie would hesitate to sav thy I parents look the other wav t ro an indicia r ent s ■lr the \Hn has ne its attend, 'iighet than VV. wnu was loci p< rec .til. rks st lied He assistant d< am ire! has often hit ti st hod st led if nuance i . riled HAPPY THANKSGIVING — A fire-breathing dragon sends out a cloud of smoke during the Macy s Thanksgiving Day parade rn New York Thursday. Float rn fore ground is based on characters from the best selling book and movie, The Hobbit and is followed by the Underdog balloon. Chesterfield Man Dies In Fiery Auto Crash Continued Peace Effort Urged Bv DOI ii VEK.M1L1.10N Herald Staff Writer A Chesterfield man was killed early Thursday morning in a fiery one vehicle crash on a rural Madison County road and an Anderson man was listed in serious condition at St John s Hospital after an early morning crash on I 69 JAMES B. WISEHART, 25. 1U2 E Main St . Chesterfield, was killed around 3 a rn Thursday when his van struck a bridge abutment and tree, then burst into flames along County Road 375F, Madison County Police indicated In a separate crash on Interstate 69 south of Anderson, 32 year Arid Donald K Harper, 4332 53rd St, sustained multiple injuries when his car struck a guard rail and then skidded along a bridge siding, Indiana Slate Police Picture On Page 2 degree burns over 90 per cent of his body MCPD investigation into the mishap is continuing HARPER WAS injured around I a rn Thursday when his auto, which was northbound on 1-69 near the County Road 2U0N overpast, struck a guard rail and then skidded an estimated JOU feet along the bridge siding, ISP reports indicated According to investigating troopers. Harper apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his 1973 model auto, causing the crash Police said the entire left side of Harper s car was demolished in the accident Harper was reportedly taken to St John s Hospital with multiple internal wijuries and a dislocated hip, police said Early reports indicated he was (Continued On Page 2) Bv I hr \ss4H laird Prrss Ihe toited States urged Mideast protagonists thursday to maintain the momentum tor peace generated bv Anwar Sadat s journey to Jerusalem In Cairo, the Egyptian foreign minister said Egypt and Israel now held the key to a Mideast settlement "The politics of the region will never be the same as they were before Egyptian President sadat visited Israel, I S Ambassador Andrew Young told the I \ General Assembly in its Mideast debate in New York President Sadat came in peace, was welcomed in peace by Prime Minister I Men aln-rn ) Begin and the Israeli people By that simple yet dramatic act, the prospects tor a just and durable peace have been significantly advanced ii all concerned have the vision and the will to recognize and build upon the psychological transformation it has made possible My government urges ail of (he parties to maintain the momentum toward peace Ihe statement was the strongest I S endorsement of Sadat s trip since the Egyptian president returned (rom his historic three day visit to Israel on Monday. Young spoke in a debate marked in past years by a torrent of anti israeli speeches and resolutions In I airo, Egypt s acting foreign minister, Butros B (.hall, told conference that Sadat s missi displaced the I lilted States as th* to a M ideast pea* e Atter Sadat s trip to Jersualen proportion has changed Now the opponents Egypt and Israel, hoi. cards a rid I will ad ii Palestinians he said press n had th. .nth I Ult ! ti Sadat * >i t * -1 holds 9S the Mullin lit ar v am Ie I nill last weekend s trip said t fit I mild Males percent <>t the cards iii fast because of it' rn economic aid to Israel I i ha Ii s.ml the I tilted Mates a superpower and co-chairman with Soy let I mon of th. Genev a pc conference, will continue lo plav important and positive role there were reports t r Egyptian Israeli cont ai t s w , continuing with a view to reviving Geneva Middle hast peace confer! soon Egyptian officials indicated th the I n amtia" idol to ( aim, lf* mann Lilts, was continuing to act .is conduit tor messages between t ai and let Aviv But ti ha Ii denied reports that I filled .states is drafting act invitations to Geneva tor Dei 31 conference has been in recess since . brief opening session in lucern ber 1973 I have no information of Humaner, t>hall said "How many week; m Extra Parking Planned For Old PO Building are the .son the •in e peru in the lh* post OIIICI i e-,i rand soon ti depart im rd s lee th* si hoc! sy ster IHF NC HOOL .•I |His; din hue it! let Old- t hi stated Harper was listed in serious condition prior to entering surgery at St John s Hospital early Thursday MCPD reports indicate Wisehart was killed when his southbound van struck a bridge abutment on County Road 375E about two miles north of Chesterfield. Police said the van careened off the bridge and struck a utility pole, where the vehicle then burst into flames upon impact Officers reports indicate Wisehart bad run out of gas earlier and had just poured a can of gas in the tank on the van prior to the crash MADISON COUNTY deputy coroner Jed Dunnichay said Thursday night that Wisehart was killed instantly in the crash. Dunnichay said death was caused by a massive skull fracture which resulted from the victim being thrown through the windshield of the auto as it struck the utility pole The deputy coroner also said the victim suffered a fractured right forearm and two fractured legs in the mishap Reports also indicated the Wisehart man s body was burned beyond recognition, suffering third Black Emperor Plans $30 Million Coronation Ceremony For Dec. 4 step BANGUI, Central African Empire (AP) Final preparations are underway for one oi the most elaborate ceremonies in Africa since the end of the colonial era the Dec 4 coronation of sell proclaimed Emperor Bokassa I as hereditary ruler ol his underdeveloped, landlocked nation The Central African Empire s official radio station said Bokassa s coronation "will prove to the world that independent Africa has come ol age alter casting off the tetters of Colo nialism. and has returned to the authentic way of life of our forefathers ’’ According to diplomatic sources, Bokassa is spending more than $30 million for the ceremony, including diamond studded crowns for himself and his No I wife, the 28 year-old Empress Catherine, and a gold painted bronze throne designed by French artist Olivier Brice ut the shape of an eagle with outspread wings A detachment ol 30 Central African soldiers have been trained lot several months in France to ride the white horses that will draw the ornamental coronation coaches through the streets ol Bangui We want it to Ik* an occasion that will live on in the history ol At net, one official said Bokassa, 56, the son ut a minor tribal Chief, was a sergeant in the French colonial army who rose to be chiel of staff following the end of French rule in 1960 On New Y ear s Eve 1965, he seized power in a bloodless coup and later named him sell field marshal ut his 1,500 man army, president tor lite ot what was then the Central Alrican Republic, and finally, on Dec 4, 1976, emperor Many diplomats believe the flocky, bearded Bokassa assumed the imperial mantle because he wants to be regarded as a traditional African chiel rn IS N,.v t xjo pro I remod r un shoo I ! h» re ii-, on elm operation ol on (he ma postal w irk evaeuaft tfit Tht post placed an option at the southwes the i*ost * ti ut tor I hi The the the fleet the subst alion unlit ateti ave to is will eventually pi emises Oline department has purchase projierty omei of loth and tor a new substation, hut t>een started on a new Bokassa I Main street' no work ha building LEGRAND HAD stated earlier he hoped to hast the new tardily open bv the end ot this year .School administrators have not set a deadline for the remodeling oi the building, but Gallagher has said he hopes the schools can move in by the tail ot 1978. Administrators are presently negotiating w ith a private citizen for land near the building which would provide an additional 35 parking places for school personnel GAI I AGHFR SAID the proposed purchase along with the 20 spaces surrounding the building would make room tor about 50 cars
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