North Adams Transcript, September 23, 1975

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September 23, 1975

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North Adams Transcript (Newspaper) - September 23, 1975, North Adams, Massachusetts NORTH ADAMS ADAMS WILLIAMSTOWN MASSACHUSETTS i 33rd YEAR No. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1975 16 PAGES CENTS Undaunted Ford to continue campaigning WASHINGTON (AP) President that he will not cower before would-be assassins, plans to continue his campaign-style travels despite congressional fears and qgestions raised by a security breach one Republican called incredible. second encounter in 17 days with a gun-wielding woman In California, this one punctuated by the crack of a pistol shot that missed, raised one central question: How could it happen? This time, the attempt on the President's life was made by a woman who managed to get within 40 feet of Ford carrying a .38-caiibcr pislol despite the fact that the Secret Service had questioned her Sunday as a potential threat to his safety. Ford was not wearing a protective vest at the time the shot was fired. Released Sunday not only from custody but also, apparently, from any surveillance, Sara Jane Moore, 45, was waiting when Ford emerged from the St. Francis Hotel late Monday. San Francisco police, who also questioned her Sunday, had seized a pistol from her then, but she had a new one Monday, just purchased. According to the FBI, Mrs. Moore later said she was surprised that she had so much time for the attempt. Like Lynetle Alice Frommc, who had pointed a pistol at Ford from two feet away as he shook hands in Sacramento Sept. 5, Mrs. Moore was known to local authorities as a political extremist. The FBI said she had once been a paid informant for the bureau. Miss Frommc, Mrs. Moore fired. The President had spent less than two minutes all day before open, outdoor crowds. He was about to enter his bulletproof limousine to head for the airport and Washington. It became a high-speed ride, the President on the floor, shielded by his bodyguards. But that precaution, like the weapons searches at his indoor stops earlier in the day, did not come at the moment of peril. Tlie incident prompted congressional demands for an investigation and one for a shakeup of the Secret Service. It also led members of Congress and rival presidential candidates to urge that the President curtail his public appearances and his handshaking forays into the crowds he attracts, But Ford, back al the While House just before midnight, said that would be capitulating to violence, and he vowed not to do it. He said Americans have a right to sec Ihcir President and shake his hand. " circumstances will I... capitulate to those who want to undercut whal's good in Ford said. Furthermore, Ford had only commendalion for the Secret Service. "Let me say most emphatically, I thank the Secret Service for doing a super job he said, "They really were Second escape Less than three weeks after escaping an apparent assassination attempt in Sacramento, Calif., President Ford yesterday was missed by a bullet fired in a San Francisco street. At left is Sara Moore, a suspect in yesterday's incident. Ford and escorting Secret Service men react to the sound of the shot in center photo. At right, a relieved First Lady hugs the President as he met with newsmen at the White House last night. (AP Wirephotos) Shooting suspect traveled a bizarre underground road SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Sara Jane Moore, a middleaged bookkeeper, was a strange traveler in the shadowy radical underground, welcomed by some groups as a comrade but suspected by others as an informer. Her recent past suggests she was both a personality laced with bizarre contradictions. Most bizarre of all, she was a paid FBI informant who was arrested Monday for taking a shot at President Ford. "As the tangled trail of her involvements emerged, it showed that Mrs. Moore, 45, who called herself was: a onclimo suburban matron with a country club membership, the devoted mother of a nine-year-old son, a dedicated conservative and a radical "groupie" who flirted with involvements in the Symbionese Liberation Army, the United Prisoners "Union and Vietnam Veterans Against the War. "She was a strange says a man who worked with her on the Hearst Ludlow Kramer, former kidnap food giveaway, "a very strange After she blew her cover last Juno, A. sccrctirrv Orstale who woman." Mrs. Moore tried to gain acceptance in Washington slac secretary oisiaie The, FBI acknowledged that she was the radical community but was shunned admin slcrcd Inc J IN program hired as "a possible security informant" by many. She began giving interviews on Randolph Hearst from June 1974 to June 1975. She was fired hersojourn as an informant. Al least two radio stations were puzzled when "Sally" phoned to report the capture of Patty Hearst and two SLA comrades last Thursday before the FBI had announced it, for telling an underground newspaper about her clandestine job. Even before she spoke out about her informer status, Mrs. Moore was suspect in the underground. Establishment typos who worked with her on the food giveaway weren't too sure of her either; she eventually wasfired. Critics question Kleppe's background WASHINGTON (AP) Thomas Kleppe's past silence on conservation and environmental issues may prove to be the' main hurdle facing the North Dakota millionaire as he seeks confirmation as interior secretary. Those opposed to Kleppe's nomination have asked whether his experience as a wax manufacturer, a politician and as head of the Small Business Administration qualify him to take over the Interior Department. .The Senate begins confirmation hearings today on his nomination. Repre senta lives of many environmental -protection groups expressed acute disappointment when President Ford nominated the 56-year- old Kleppe to head a department with heavy impact on the environment. In a large sense, Kleppe faces the opposite problem encountered by his immediate predecessor, former Wyoming Gov. Stanley K. Hathaway. In a grueling set of hearings, Hathaway was forced to defend his extensive and controversial record on environmental and conservation issues. Hathaway quit after less than six weeks on the job, and friends blamed the strain' of the hearings for mental pressures that led to his hospifalization and resignation. Kleppe, unlike Ilalhaway, is widely regarded as having no public environmental or conservation views to defend. "We are very disappointed that the President hasn't nominated someone with a more distinguished record in the said Charles Clusen, spokesman for the Sierra Club. Then, Sunday night, San Francisco police were tipped anonymously that Mrs. Moore had a handgun. Two officers went to her house and asked if she had a gun. "She said yes and then took it out of her LI. Frank Jordan said. "The gun was confiscated, she was cited and released pending a court appearance." Those who knew her on the left and right were shocked and unable to explain her motivation. The U.S. attorney asked that she immediately undergo mental examination. "This is gasped Jack Paladino, who worked with her on the People In Need food giveaway. "She was kind of a power groupie. She kept looking for a place where the power and the action was." for said he finally fired Mrs. Moore. "She said God had sent her lo work on the he recalled. When ousted, she flew into a rage, he said. "We had to remove her and she sort of flipped out. She yelled and screamed. She was a difficult person lo work with." Her FBI period apparently followed. In interviews, Mrs. Moore gave colorful accounts of her adventures underground. She said she came from a country club past in West Virginia, was divorced and making a year as a bookkeeper when she joined PfN, met radicals and agreed to help the FBI. tremendous in Ihe things that they did that were necessary and After hours of silence, the Secret Service issued a statement confirming that its agents had, indeed, questioned Mrs. Moore on Sunday. That was first disclosed by San Francisco police, who had questioned her, too, on the basis of an anonymous tip that she had a handgun. She admitted to the police that she had a pislol and she took it out of her purse. They confiscated it, cited her for the misdemeanor of having the weapon, and released her pending a court appearance. The Secret Service said the police had brought Mrs. Moore, mother of a nine-year-old son, to the agency's attention Saturday, two days before the Ford visit. Agents questioned her Sunday. "As a result of that interview, the Secret Service assessed that she was not of sufficient protective interest to warrant surveillance during the President's the agency said. "Following the interview, a background investigation on Moore was initialed." The Secret Service would say nothing more. !t is understood that the agency sometimes has local officials keep watch on persons deemed to be threats to a .president. That apparently was not done in Ihc Moore case. According lo Ihe FBI, Mrs. Moore admitted that she fired the shot Monday, "that she had purchased the seized revolver this date, and she had observed B'ord coming out of the St. Francis Hotel, and was surprised that stic had so much time." Such disclosures arc likely to be the ingredients of a congressional investigation that appears virtually ccrlain to look into Secret Service praclice and procedures. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, DS.C., said there should be an inquiry because of what he called evidence of a security breakdown in Ihe Ffommc and Moore episodes, and because of agency failure lo follow up on tips about Lee Harvey Oswald prior to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. liep. John B. Anderson, also called for an investigation. Anderson said it was incredible (hat Ihe Secret. Service had questioned and released Mrs. Moore, only lo have her shoot at the President. In his first outing after the Fromme episode. Ford wore a protective vest during a tour of southern New Hampshire. Nessen said Ford had not been wearing a bulletproof vest in San Francisco. A major theme in Congress was the call to Ford to cut down on bis crowd appearances. "1 just think it's too Rep. Robert McClory, R-I11. Sens. Henry M. Jackson of Washington and Lloyd M. Benlsen of Texas, two of the eighl Democratic presidential candidates, also said Ihe President should cut down his crowd exposure. But Ford quickly and firmly rejected the suggestion that he should forego the kind of appearances he has been making and is scheduled to make almost every weekend for the rcstol the year. The most important thing is that I don't think any person as president or any person in any other major political office ought to cower in the face of a limited number of people who want to take the law into their own he said. Catalysts get the credit for 76 cars' economy Coastal residents flee vwnds, rain rip Florida panhandle PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) Hurricane Eldise slammed into Florida's central panhandle wilh raging surf and lashing rains loday, Ihen rushed inland, spawnin tornadoes and carrying with it the threat of flooding. With punishing winds up lo 130 miles per hour, Eloise thundered ashore bet- ween Fort Walton Beach and Panama City before sunrise, wreaking havoc in Inside 6.7 U. 15 13 10 8 3 16 15 13 5, 6 both cities and in a 40-mile stretch bet- ween. But as its vanguard crossed land, winds began to wane. "With the hurricane over land, its 'strength should weaken said Neil Frank, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. "The major threat now is tornadoes, heavy thun- derstorms and the flooding they can cause." At 10 a.m. EOT, Eloise's still-dangerous winds had dropped to 100 m.p.h. The hurricane's center was located about 45 miles southwest of Dothan, Ala., near latitude 31.0 north and longitude 86.2 wesl. Trees, power lines and billboards toppled before the onslaught, and the area was plunged inlo darkness in the gray dawn as power transformers ex- ploded in brilliant showers of blue-green sparks. Thousands of people along a 100-mile stretch of shoreline had fled in a last- minute rush lo escape the oncoming fury of the storm in the darkness of early morning. In Panama City, a truss manufac- turing plant caught fire, from what of- ficials said was either a leaking gas line or a downed electrical circuit. Firemen tried to fight the blaze in screaming winds and rain. Three tornadoes were reported in the Fort Walton area. One destroyed a house .and ripped the roofs off half a dozen others, but no injuries were reported. Surf riding the abnormally high tides crashed across the unprotected sand dunes of the summer resort area, ripping up roads and highways and undermining the foundations of homes, condominiums and motels built dangerously close to the sea. U.S. 89, running along the coast for nearly 200 miles from Apalachicola Bay to Pensacola on the far western edge of (he panhandle, was reported breaking up under the waves in many places. No storm-relalcd injuries were reported immediately, but com- munications were down In many areas and an accounting of the safety of residenls would have to wait the hurricane's passage. Given only a few brief hours of war- ning, residents of low-lying areas jam- med highways leading inland, many of them fleeing in slecpwcar covered by raincoats. DETROIT (AP) The Big Three automakers say smaller engines, in- creased use of catalysts and better engineering account for improvements in gas mileage reported by the En- vironmental Protection Agency for 1976 cars. The EPA said Monday its tests show General Motors Corp.'s new mini-car, the Chevrolet Chevctlc, gets [he best gasoline mileage of any new U.S. model. At 33 miles per gallon, the Chevette is tied with two Japanese models, the Dalsun B-210 and Ihc Subaru, for Ihe mosl efficient use of fuel. GM cars averaged 16.6 miles per gallon, up 8 per cent from 1975 models and 38 per cent from 1974. Ford Motor Co. cars averaged 17.3 miles per gallon, up 27.5 per cent from 1975 and 21.8 per cent from 1974. Chrysler Corp. averaged 16.J miles per gallon, up 5.5 per ccnl from 1975 and 19.7 per cent over 1974. American Motors was alone in showing a decline in gas mileage, averaging miles per gallon, down 3.5 per cent from 1975 but up 11.6 per cent over 1974. The new model cars foreign and domestic averaged a theoretical 17.6 miles per gallon, compared to 15.G miles to the gallon last year and 13.9 miles in J974, (he EPA announced. That means gas mileage improved 12.8 per cent from 1975 and 20.6 per cent from two years ago. Mosl of the progress resulted from installation of catalytic converters on more models to reduce exhaust pollution, according to EPA Administrator Kussell E. Train. Ford, which showed the greatest im- provcmenf in gas mileage, is installing converters on all 1976 cars, compared to having converters on only 65 per cent of The converters guarantee low emissions, permitting the companies to retune car engines for greater fuel economy. GM had catalysts on all 1975 models, while Chrysler and AMC used the deviccson some cars. A Ford spokesman said the use of catalysis improved gas mileage. Smaller engines also were factors in belter fuel mileage for Ihc Ford Maverick and Ford Granada, the company said. Refinements in engineering, new engines and introduction of smaller cars like Ihc Chcvetle accounted for GM's increase in gas mileage, a spokesman said. "Tliis is convincing evidence that (he free marketplace is working to meet both Ihe nation's goals and the public's per- sonal transportation more efficiently and more effectively than could ar- bitrary said E. M. Estes, GM president. The weather Rainy tonight, low In 50s. Chance of showers tomorrow, high near 80. Details, page 8. ;