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   News-Palladium, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Benton Harbor, Michigan                               WEATHER FORECAST Clcariig, ctld tonight; nusJly smiy SaUrdav. 1 Michigan's Biggest Buy for Reader And For Advertiser FINAL EDITION BENTON HARBOR. MICH. FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 22, 1974 PAGES iSc TEMPERATURES Readligs Ttmrs. MM Fit 11 (p.m. (p.m. 12 m. 3 a.B. a.m. i.m. 12 n. High. 47. al 2 p.m.: Law. 34, at p.m. Boyle Column Ends Today Hal Calls It Quits NEW YORK (AP) Hal Boyle, a byline byword for a generation in w and peace, closed out his regular column today for The Associated Press. Boyle, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a chronicler of the laughter tears in the family of man, announced in a column, "I have deckled to become an intermittent columnist." "Like an old he wrote, "I will lay fewer eggs and spend more time brooding." Seven paragraphs later, the "poor man's philosopher" said, "the biggest reason I decided to cut down on my regular output of columns is that I became the first guy on my block to acquire a rare and little known malady amyotrophic lateral sclerosis." He identified this rare and little known disease, for which there is no cure, as "Lou Gehrig's which felled the durable first baseman of the New York Yankees after an unprecedented string of consecutive games. Boyle wrote "JO" after an equally unique record, columns in 30 years, more bylines than any other writer in AP history. Both men are remembered, not only for their attendance, but for their home runs. Boyle, who was born 63 years ago Thursday in Kansas City, the son of a butcher, began his career with The Associated Press as a copy boy, moved on as night city editor for the AP in New York and went off to war. He won a Pulitzer in 1945 as a war correspondent. He covered two more wars after that Korea and Vietnam. In between, which was most of his time, he wrote with a gentle simplicity about himself, whom his readers embraced as everyman. Wes Gallagher, president and general manager of The As- sociated Press, said of Boyle's retirement from regular service: "Hal's last regular column today, low-keyed and self deprecat- ing, reflects far more eloquently than 1 can the inner strength and courage of one of the finest journalists of our time. His journalistic talent has spoken for itself for 35 years in bylines from every corner of the work! in war and peace. His escapades, kindness, unfailing good humor and wit in adversity are legendary not only in The Associated Press but with fellow journalists at home and abroad. "Hal's writing -30- to his career today after fighting the ravages of his disease for months leaves us and countless readers who piled his desk with letters with a deep sense of loss." Ransom Waiting In Atlanta ATLANTA (AP) Execu- tives of Atlanta Newspapers Inc. waited word today on how they should pay the ransom demanded by the abductors of editor Reg Murphy. He said in a taped message that he was be- ing held by the American Revolutionary Army. William H. Fields, executive editor of the Atlanta Constitu- tion and the Atlanta Journal, said the ransom would be paid as soon as he is "apprised of the method and time." Murphy, 40, editor of the Constitution, said in the taped message: "The American Revolu- tionary Army, as I understand it, feels that the American news media have been too leftist and too liberal. They intend to do something about that. "That's the cause for my ab- duction. They also tell me that they have representatives in the major American cities, that they are quite strong, and that they are determined to return the American government to the American people." Addressing his message to Jim Minter, managing editor of the Constitution, Murphy said, "Jim, the demand that they have is a ransom of They understand that I don't have that kind of wealth and they don't make it personally, they make it toward the cor- poration." Murphy said that someone in the Atlanta area would be called at random by the kidnapers. "They will be given the kinds of demands that we're talking about here and they will expect the person who is called to call Murphy said. He said the- kidnapers wanted the money in {10, and denominations packaged in plastic bags. "They tell me it should not be new currency and it shouldn't have any particular sequence to the serial Murphy (See back page, sec. I, col. U HAL BOYLE 'Time To Slow Down' I Says Nixon Set Bad Example WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon's tax case will cost (he U.S. government substantial revenue, perhaps SI billion, because unhappy taxpayers will claim any questionable deduction this year, a former Internal Revenue Service chief says. Johnnie M. Walters, who resigned as IRS commissioner last May to practice tax law here, said in an interview that public disclosure of Nixon's tax deductions and payments are adversely affecting the tax-collection system. INDEX To Inside Pages SECTION ONE 1 Twin Cities News.......Page 3 Woman's Section Pages 4, 5, Ann Landers............Page Obituaries.............page 12 SECTION TWO Area Highlights........Page 13 14, Farm News............Page 17 Comics, TV, 20 Markets...............Page 21 Weather Forecast......Page 21 Classified Ads Pages 22, 23. 24, 2S Rare Malady Fails To Dim Famed Wit By HAL BOYLE NKW YORK (AP) There are times when a man should go full speed and there are limes when he should slow down. .Uler writing some 7.URO columns in mure than :10 years it seems to me the time has come to slow doun. So. from now on 1 have decided to Itecome an intermittent columnist. Like an old hen, 1 will lay fewer eggs and spend more lime brooding. Several factors impelled me to this decision. First, if 1 have failed to make u better world in 30 years, perhaps I've tried to rush things unci now need to plan for a more systematic attack. Second, unlike a dairy cow, a daily philosopher is not valued directly by his output. Overproduction is undervalued. The oracle is best remembered who speaks least. If Socrates had not babbled his wisdom like a fountain at every street corner in Athens, he'd be better known today as a thinker and drinker of bourbon not hemlock. When you bore 'em, you lose 'em. Ovcrexposurc can destroy anybody. Think how popular Santa Claus is on .Idn. 1. Thirdly, my conscience began to bother me. It takes a lot of pulpwood In print nearly H.flOO columns in several hundred news- papers over three decades, and my dreams have been haunted by visions of countless denuded hills, bare and treefree. Am I the kind of man who wants to deforest his native land? No. Nor do I want America left without a tree for lovers to carve 'heir initials in. Finally, the biggest reason 1 decided to cut down on my regular output of columns is that I became the first guy on my block to acquire a rare and little known malady auiyolrophic lateral sclerosis. This is often called "Lou Gehrig's disease" because it benched a generation ago the famous "Iron Morse." the first baseman for the New York Yankees. It is a mysterious affliction of the spinal cord which cripples a body through atrophy of the voluntary muscles. The disease is progressive and terminal within two to five years after onset. Its cause is obscure and there is no treatment for it. Only two nice things can be said about it. It doesn't affect the mind and it is more fatiguing and uncomfortable than painful. The irony of it to me is that after surviving three wars without a scratch I come down with an ailment that on the average strikes only one out of every people. It is so rare you couldn't or- ganize a reunion of its sufferers. I hate to relinquish my daily column because writing it has been more than bread and butter to me. It has been a magic adventure that enabled me to meet thousands of people, 67 countries and every continent but the Antarctic. I turned 63 yesterday. I am somewhat abashed that my wordage output is four times that of William Shakespeare. But I savor the fact that it enabled me to have more bylined stories on the main wires of The Associated Press than any other writer in its 126 years. I guess this is the place to express my deeply felt thanks to all the readers who through all the years made the journey with me and shored up my spirits with kind letters of cheer, suggestion and criticisl See vou later. REVEALS RANSOM DEMAND: William H. Fields, right, executive editor of the Atlanta Constitution, wears a serious expression as he tells of a ransom demand for the newspaper's editor, Reg Murphy, left. "I have been kidnaped by the American Revolutionary Murphy said on the tape that was played for the news media Thursday night. Fields said the newspaper will pay the ransom as soon as it is "appraised of the method and time." (AP Wirephoto) Dr. A. F. Bliesmer Of St. Joseph Dies Ready To Launch Food Program Hearsts Facing New Demands Dr. August F. Bliesmer, re- tired St. Joseph physician and a member of the first Lake Michigan college board of trus- DR. A.F. BLIESMER Pkysklu, Civic Leader Williams Jewelers will close tomorrow (only) at 4 P.M. Boot Sate. Save to Tacy Saddle Shop. M-140 Wtvlt. Adv. Dining Dancing at The Derby, South Haven. Sat nitc special. BBQ Back Ribs with salad bar Adv. tees, died at 6 a.m. today at his home. Dr. Bliesmer was 70 years old and lived at 2727 Lakeshoe drive, St. Joseph. Dr. Bliesmer practiced medicine in the Twin Cities 38 years before retiring in October, 1972. He also made a mark in education, serving eight years on the St. Joseph board of education (including seven as president) and later five years on the board that started Lake Michigan college. His other past affiliations included president of the Berrien County Medical society and the St. Joseph Kiwanis club; membership on the surgical staffs of the Memorial and Mercy hospitals and chief of staff at Memorial; board member of the county chapter of American Cancer society, the YWCA and Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan. Dr. Bliesmer was born Sept. 10, 1903, at New Buffalo. He at- tended Michigan State univer- sity and was graduated from University of Michigan Medical school in 1929. He served his in- ternship and residency at University hospital. Ann Arbor, and his surgical residency at St. Luke's hospital, Chicago. He practiced in Saginaw two (See tack page, l, cd. 7) HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) The Hearst family is ready to launch an unprecedented feed- the-poor program in the face of new demands from the terrorist kidnapers of their daughter, Patricia. There was no assurance that the 82 million free food dis- tribution plan starting today would satisfy the Symbionese Liberation Army, which claims to hold the girl as its "prisoner of war." In a 20-minute tape recording received late Wednesday and released Thursday, the SLA denounced Hearst's effort as "throwing a few crumbs to the people." The group demanded that another million be pumped into the program to feed needy Californians. Only if all its complex new demands are met will the way be cleared for actual negotia- tions for Patricia Hearst's freedom, the SLA said. The SLA leader who calls himself "Cinque" set a deadline of today for Miss Hearst's father, newspaper magnate Randolph A. Hearst, to set the S6 million food program into motion. There was no immediate res- ponse from Hearst, president and editor of the San Francisco Examiner and chairman of the Hearst Corp. After pledging the initial S2 million, he said there was no more money "in the kitty." Cinque, however, accused Hearst of holding back vast sums of the family and Hearst Corp. fortune which he claimed amounted to hundreds of RANSOM FOOD PILES UP: A lift truck operator takes a load of food into the storage area of a distribution center in San Francisco Thursday, getting it ready for the mass distribution of free food to the needy. The food distribution plan was put into operation in an attempt to win the freedom of kidnaped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. Lift truck is product of Clark Equipment company, headquartered at Buchanan, Mich. (AP Wirephoto) millions of dollars. There was new militancy in the message after a more con- ciliatory communication last Saturday that raised family hopes for an early release of Miss Hearst. The pretty 20-year-old University of California coed was dragged from her Berkeley apartment Feb. 4 by two black men and a white woman who fired shots at witnesses. A 10-second long message from Miss Hearst at the end of Cinque's recording convinced the top FBI official on the case that she is alive. "I'm sure she's alive and just hope and pray that she's released safely some time." said Charles Bates, special agent in charge of the FBI in San Francisco. Bates added, "We have nothing to go on at this point." The ninth of 10 specific demands in the carefully read message from Cinque was: "That the total amount of million be allotted to your designated peoples in need or charily organizations within 24 hours of receipt of this order and thai Ihe food be available lo the people within one week of receipt of this order." Hearst remained in his man- sion 15 miles south of San Francisco for the second consecutive day Thursday without making a public ap- pearance. The llearsl-appoinled manager of the food distribution plan, speaking for himself, said he was confident the million in food, and more, would be ob- tained. Washington Secretary of State A. Ludlow Kramer added, "This is in no way implying Mr. Hearst will or will not meet the demands. The decision has been made to carry out the food bank program he authorized." Kramer said he had enough food on hand today to feed persons at four locations in the San Francisco Bay area: San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond and East Palo Allo. Three more food giveaway stations will be opened over the weekend, he said, responding to another Cinque demand. The SLA repeated its request that anyone seeking food get J70 worth of quality" groceries (See back page, sec. 1, ctl. 4) NEW RANSOM DEMANDS: Abductors of news- paper heiress Patricia Hearst, pictured here in Corfu, Greece during a trip last year, have sent a new communication to the girl's family, according to a spokesman for the family. (AP Wirephoto)   

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