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Biloxi Daily Herald (Newspaper) - September 17, 1874, Biloxi, Mississippi The Daily Herald Semng Biloxi-Gulfport and the Mississippi Coast Since 1884 Served By Associated Press Volume 90 - Number 348 Mississippi Coast, Tuesday Afternoon. September 17, 1974 3 Sections, 32 Pages Single Copy 10' Break appears likely Whdf's this white stuff? This five-month-old lion cub, Little Lion, is introduced to the snow in Villiersdorp, South Africa, and AP Wirephoto he's not quite sure if he likes it. It's a far cry from the warm bed he was used to. Nation's economy not headed for depression, President says WASHINGTON (APt — President Ford has assured Americans the nation's economy is not headed for a depression, despite steep inflation and sagging industrial production. He promised at his news conference Monday night new measures "to make sure that our economy improves in the months ahead," but he did not outline them. "Let me say very strongly that the United States is not going to have a depression," Ford asserted, The over-all economy is strong and employment remains high, he said. "We do have the problems of inflation. We do have related problems and we're going to come up with some answers that I hope will solve these problems," Ford said. "We are going to work to make sure that our economy improves in the months ahead," he added. Statistics support the view that the United States is nowhere near a depression now. Economists regard a depression as a period of low economic activity marked by mass unemployment, deflation, a decreasing use A roundup offbe President's conference is on Page 6. Ford's remarks on Chile and fhe CIA are on Page 2. of resources and a low level of investment. In 1933, the worst of the depression years, there were 14 million Americans out of work, about 25 per cent of the labor force. By contrast, there were 4.9 million Americans unable to find jobs last month, representing 5.4 per cent of the labor force. While industrial production is off Record problems, membership U.N. UNITED UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (API — The United Nations General Assembly opens its 29th annual session today with a record number of problems facing a record num- ber of member nations. The first day's agenda included the admission of three new nations: Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan; Grenada, a former British island colony in the Caribbean, and Guinea-Bissau, the first of Portugal's African colonies to get independence. Their admission brings the total membership in the world organization to 138 nations. It started with 51 in 1945. President Ford planned to appear before the assembly on Wednesday for the first major foreign policy speech of his administration. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim told a news conference Monday that' 'the fact that the President is coming here personally ... is the best proof of his positive attitude toward our session organization." Waldheim said that at his meeting with Ford in Washington last week, the President "expressed to me his desire to cooperate fully with the United Nations, to give us full support." A record 111 items are on the agenda for the three-month assembly session. Many of them are the result of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the energy crisis, the arms race, worldwide inflation and the widening gap between rich and poor nations. Waldheim said many of the problems are of unusual international complexity, demanding a global rather than a national approach. But returning to a theme he has sounded often the past month, he said that in the nearly three years he has been secretary-general, the trend has been "not toward better international cooperation but rather a trend back again to nationalism." He urged governments to show this year, it still is only 1.8 per cent below the peak output in November of last year. And the economy shows no hint of deflation, a condition of falling priccs. Nevertheless, the nation's top labor leaders warned Ford last week that the government's current an-ti-inflation policies of tight credit and restrained federal spending could plunge the country into a deep recession. But administration economic advisers have maintained these poli-cies are necessary to control inflation over the long-run, even if they produce short-term difficulties. These same advisers have acknowledged in recent days the government will be unable to meet earlier promises of a lower inflation rate by the end of the yei^r. They now hope to begin reducing the inflationary spiral in 1975. begins ''more give and take'' and willingness to "give up some of their selfish interests and be ready to cooperate on an international basis." He said that failure to do this was "the main reason we failed to achieve a breakthrough" at the U.N. conferences on the environment, the law of the sea and population problems. The 28th General Assembly, which started a year ago, adjourned late Monday after meeting for an hour of speeches praising its president, Leopoido Benites of Ecuador. The assembly had remained in session technically so that it could meet quickly if action on the 'Arab-Israeli conflict was required. Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika is to be president of the new assembly. in siege of embassy THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A break apeared imminent .today in the five-day occupation of the French Embassy by three Japanese gunmen holding nine hostages. Troops and armored cars surrounded Schiphol airport in preparation for possible departure of the terrorists. A Dutch airline pilot went inside the embassy for talks with the three Japanese Red Army members on the route they would take in their flight out of the country, a spokesman said. The three gunmen took the hostages, including the French ambassador, last Friday. They Fifi rises in strength MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Fifi has become the season's third hurricane with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said today. Conditions favor strengthening during the next 24 hours and Fifi is cxpected to become a dangerous hurricane sometime Wednesday, the Hurricane Center said. Fifi has slowed to a forward speed of 10 m.p.h. while rapidly increasing to minima! hurricane strength, forecasters said. It was earlier predicted that Fifi would remain a tropical storm until tonight. At 6 a.m. EDT, the hurricane was centered at latitude 17.0 north, longitude 79.8 west or about 275 miles east of the Swan Islands in the Caribbean. F"orecasters urged persons on Swan Island to prepare for hurricane conditions with Fifi's arrivial on the tiny island expected early Wednesday morning. The projected track of the hurricane should take it a short distance north of Swan Island, forecasters said. However they warned a slightly more southerly track could bring Fifi s eye south of the island. Gale-force winds extend 100 miles to the north of Fifi's center and 50 miles to the south, forecasters said. Most of the heavy rain was located over water, the Hurricane Center said, but warned that locally heavy showers could bring flooding to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and eastern Cuba. The tropical depression that became Fifi hit Haiti, the Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba with heavy rains and some flash flooding on Monday. The first hurricane of the season, Becky, swirled harmlessly into the open Atlantic near the end of August. Last week Hurricane Carmen smashed into the Louisiana Gulf Coast before dying over Texas. Soviets drew in chess nnatch MOSCOW (AP) — Soviet grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Ana-toly Karpov played to a draw Monday in the first game of their scries to decide who will challenge world chess champion Bobby Fischer next year. They meet for the second game on Wednesday. The man who first wins five games will be the victor in the match, which can go 24 games. Draws do not count. Korchnoi and Karpov agreed to the draw Monday after 37 moves. Korchnoi, playing the white pieces, used the English opening with which he vanquished former champion Tigran Petrosian during the semifinals. demanded $1 million, release of a colleague, Yutaka Furuya, held in France, and passage out of the Netherlands for all four of them. Furuya was flown to the Netherlands, but the French government refused the demand for $1 million. The terrorists released two young women hostages on Monday. Earlier today, a spokesman said the terrorists would be taken to the airport some time after 10 a.m. EDT. Police said later there was a hitch in the timetable but gave no details. Security men walked from the nearby U.S. Embassy and sent a basket by rope to the French Embassy top floor where the hostages were held. A Dutch security spokesman said the gunmen accepted sandwiches, soft drinks, mineral water, cigarettes and Japanese and English language newspapers. It was their first food delivery in 60 hours. Naval helicopters were standing by to transport the gunmen and a spokesman said the airport would be closed briefly when the terrorists arrived. Dutch troops were reinforced at the French Embassy where French Ambassador Jacques Sen-ard was among the hostages. Queen Juliana, opening a new session of the Dutch parliament, said that the country faced "an act of terror which threatens the lives of innocent people." She said the government's primary goal was the release of the hostages un-' harmed. Premier Joop den Uyl was directing negotiations with the terrorists from the parliament. A Boeing 707 sent from Paris to fly the gunmen out of the Netherlands was moved from a hangar to the tarmac. In Paris, special security police at Orly Airport were placed on alert and the specially trained anti-commando brigade working out of the Paris prefecture of police also was standing by. No reason was given but it was assumed that the alerts were in connection with the hostages being held at the French Embassy in the Hague. The Dutch Justice Ministry resumed negotiations by telephone with the terrorists, seeking to end the siege that began four days ago. And Premier Joop den Uyl said in a television interview Monday night: "I have a feeling that in the next 24 hours a series of very difficult decisions will have to be taken by us." The gunmen released two voung women on Monday. The World Today Kissinger proposes conference LONDON (AP) — Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has proposed a meeting of major oil consuming nations in Washington late in September to discuss the world energy crisis, British informants reported today. The conference at the level of foreign ministers would take place while diplomats from the governments concened are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. However, no decision on the conference has been taken because of clashing commitments by some key ministers around that POW to be released VIENTLANE, Laos (AP) — Emmet James Kay, the last known American POW in Indochina, will be flown to the Philippines for a medical checkup Wednesday as soon as he is released by the Communist Pathet Lao, the U.S. Embassy said. After being reunited with his wife in Vientiane, Kay will ' be flown the U.S. Air Force in Thailand and eventually fly to his home in Hawaii. Argentine toll rises BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Alejandro Bartoch, a provincial police physician presumably linked to a right-wing group, was shot to death at his home today and became the fifth person to die in Buenos Aires violence. A nationwide bus strike was also set at noon today. Foreman-Ali bout postponed NEW YORK (AP) — The George Foreman-Mu-hammed Ali heavyweight championship fight has been postponed until either Oct. 23 or Oct. 30, the fight promoters announced today. The exact date of the bout will be announced in several days by the Zaire government. Weather Thundershowers diminishing tonight and Wednesdoy. High in 80's, low in 60's. Poge 12. Index Courthouse delay could cost.........................Page 3 Ann Landers.....................................................Page 9 Classified..........................................................Poge 20 Comics, Horoscope...........................................Poge 19 Crossword, The Aces......................................Page 19 Daily Living.....................................................Page 8 Entertainment...................................................Page li Sports................................................................Page 15 lutiiimiiiiiiiiitiiiiinitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiJiiiiiiiiiiHiitiiiiiiiin n/s newsname ¡S HEW head This Newsname rejected charges made by a private study group that the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, which he heads, is dragging its feet on enforcing civil rights legislation in Northern and Western schools. He is featured in this week's quiz, appearing today on Page 11. Can you name him? The answer to this and other quiz questions are on Page 12. The quiz is published by The Daily Herald as a service to area students and our readers. Legislature to be asked for hike in 16th section la nd appropriations JIM SELLERS Herald Staff Writer The 1974 Mississippi Legislature will be asked to increase substantially its appropriations for surveying and classifying the state's 600,000 acres of 16th Section school lands, the Daily Herald learned Tuesday. To what degree and how much the legislators will be asked to cough up was not immediately apparent, but it would have to surpass? considerably the paltry $6,000 and less per annum it has given the State Land Commission in the past. Sam Alford, president of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors, told The Daily Herald that "a survey-classification proposal" is included in the association's legis lative program, scheduled to be publicly released later this week. Alford, who heads what is historically considered the state's most powerful political entity — the supervisors association said it is imperative that surveying and classification of the lands is resumed as soon as possible. The Pike County supervisor-businessman, joined State Land Commissioner Watt Carter in calling for an increase in the legislature's annual appropriation. Interest in the school land issue perked sufficiently to gain legislative action during the 1973 session following disclosures of the meager returns being generated by the ■ lands. Mississippi supervisors, who until the 1974 legislative session, held absolute control over leasing of the lands, took the brunt of criticism that was to follow these disclosures. But Alford, when named to head the 410-member association in the role of peace-maker, began immediately efforts to polish up the association's tarnished image. One of the first moves alford made was to look, statewide, into the school land issue. In that respect, Alford has been able to muster support for land reform among the political diversity of the association. Alford thinks the single most significant step lies in surveying and classifying lands in those counties which have escaped the surveyors and Mississippi Forestry Commission. The association's report, which will be released — probably Friday — will also include recommendations involving ethics and open meetings. According to Alford, and State Land Commissioner Watt Carter, surveys and classification of the lands can lead to but one conclusion—higher revenue for the state's school children. The most definitive calculations on rental receipts per acre in the stale range from nothing in some counties to as little as $25 an acre. Carter says 30 of the state's 67 countics in which 16th section lands arc located, need to some degree survey, classification or both. Sixteen of those counties, howev- (Continued on Pa^e 6)