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Biloxi Daily Herald (Newspaper) - September 27, 1874, Biloxi, Mississippi The Daily Herald Serving Biloxi-Gulfport and the Mississippi Coast Since 1884 Served By Associated Press Volume 90 - Number 358 Mississippi Coast, Friday Afternoon September 27, 1974 2 Sections, 30 Pages Single Copy 10' Ford again rules out wage, price controls WASHINGTON (AP) - President Ford convened a summit conference on inflation today by again ruling out wage and price-controls and condemning those who "seek to take some advantage" of economic uncertainty. Ford declared in his opening remarks that there is "no miracle cure""' for the nation's economic ills, then listened while congressional leaders, government officials, economists and labor leaders outlined proposed battle plans. Top congressional Democrats criticized administration economic policies as inadequate. "Credit curbs alone are not enough. Budget cuts alone are not enough," said Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield. "It is time to try something different," AFL-CIO President George Meany told Ford after saying that administration policy is plunging the nation toward a depression. Rep. Wright Patman, D-Tex., drew applause from the delegates, and a smile from Ford, when he declared it was time "to get rid of the holdovers who contributed to a Waller to speak af conference JACKSON, Miss. (AP)—Gov. «Bill Waller is in Washington, D.C., today to speak before President Ford's summit conference on the economy. Waller, who planned to present a 13-page paper on the energy crisis, was to join Govs. Dan Evans of Washington and Thomas Salmon of Vermont in addressing the conference. Waller presented the paper during a preparatory meeting Monday. In his talk, Waller reiterated his statements that a coordinated effort is needed if the nation is to sur vive the energy crisis. Waller said the President and Congress must develop and pronounce a national energy policy to assure the nation a continuing supply of energy. He said the policy must include a definition of the respective roles of government, industry, and private citizens, a plan to increase the domestic energy supply to achieve self-sufficiency, and "an environmental-energy rationale that will differentiate between harmful environmental degradation and undesirable but tolerable degradation." series of economic mistakes." When Sen. Jacob Javits, R N.Y., noted that some private advisers are urging their corporate clients to raise prices in anticipation of government controls, Ford termed such suggestions "most unfortunate." Ford said he does not have authority to impose wage and price controls "and it is not likely for such authority to be in existance ... in the foreseeable future." Ford said, "I do not intend to ask for it," does not anticipate Congress voting it. Ford criticized "those unfounded comments by some that it would be selfishly desirable to seek to take some advantage" of economic uncertainties. "Let's each and every one of us joint in this struggle," the President said. "We can get a national effort in this regard." Ford hinted at tax cuts for the poor so no group is "called upon to carry an unfair share of the load." Both Mansfield and House Speaker Carl Albert agreed on this point, but they questioned other Ford administration economic policies. "The administration in effect has spoken of the old-time religion" in coping with economic problems, Albert said, declaring Ford applauded... AP Wirephofo President Ford is applauded by Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott, of Pa., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, of Mont., right, as he arrives for the start of a two-day economic summit conference on inflation in Washington Friday. that this falls "short of what the nation needs." Mansfield said "in all candor I am not too optimistic about the result" of the summit conference, called by Ford in response to legislation sponsored by the Montana Democrat. Sitting at Ford's side, Mansfield outlined a nine-point program, that would include mandatory wage, price, rent and profit controls, a public works job program, and rationing of energy and other scarce materials. The Democrats' criticism of Republican policies brought a mild rebuke from Senate GOP leader Hugh Scott. "We are here in good faith, not to practice politics but to exhibit sensibility," said the Pennsylvania Republican. Sen. John Tower, R-Tex., said it was wrong to blame the administration for economic problems. "All of us are to blame," he said. "Congress as well as the executive, Democrats as well as Republicans, business as well as labor." After Ford and the congressional leaders spoke, the hundreds of conferees in a hotel ballroom heard reports from members from a panel on business and finance. Freed under clemency plan Coastian returns to native land BUSS BERGERON Herald Staff Writer Allen Clark doesn't want to be a hero or a criminal anymore. He just wants to be Allen Clark again. Last Friday, President Ford's amnesty program ended the Gulf-port native's three-and-a-half year ALLEN CLARK sentence for desertion from the Army. He walked out of Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas with a suit, a set of orders and authorization to fly home at military rates. "I didn't use the authorization," he said. "There were reporters all over the airport, so I stay away from the other deserters and paid the full price on the ticket. I didn't want to be interviewed; I just wanted to go home." Home for Clark was Gulfport until March 1968 when he entered the Army. He said he was trained as a Ranger and assigned to Vietnam in September 1969. "At midnight on June 4," Clark said, "I moved into Cambodia with the 101st Airborne." The five-man Ranger team he was assigned to, Clark said, was ambushed, pinned down, and he was wounded by shrapnel in the left leg. Flown to Japan, Clark said he underwent three operations before Army doctors told him they felt his leg should be amputated above the ankle. "I begged off for four months," Clark said, "I didn't want to lose my leg." Then, Clark said, the Ar- Briton to propose fund LONDON (AP) — A British leader flew to Washington today with plans for a $30 billion fund of surplus Arab oil money designed to head off a world economic slump. Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey left for the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund, bearing assurances that leading Arab producing states are interested in his proposal, a high British source said. Qualified informants said his plan for what experts call a "special petrodollar recycling facility" already has the informal backing of some major consumer nations. Healey's underlying idea is for an arrangement that would permit the major consumer nations to lock up surplus oil funds that the Arabs now have on deposit in their commercial banks but may withdraw on a virtual overnight basis. In return for putting their surplus money on medium term deposit in the fund, Healey contemplates the Arabs would be paid commercial rates of interest, which run about 12 per cent on the Eurodollar market. my told him he would be returned to the States. "When the pilot told us we were about to land in the United States, we cried," Clark said. "I felt really proud, felt I had done my part." Homecoming, Clark said, was a rude awakening. Sent to a hospital at Ft. Sam Houston, Tex., Clark said he rapidly became disillusioned. "I came home on medical leave to Gulfport in 1970 and I was sorta' treated like a hero. But in the hospitals they really didn't care about the wounded men. They just played Army," Clark said. Clark said he was twice ordered to sign the release forms necessary to allow doctors to amputate his leg, and he refused. "I was laying there in the bed, and they came in with the papers and read me my rights," Clark said. "When I refused, they busted me." A staff sergeant when he left Vietnam, Clark said he was a private first class when he left the hospital in November 1971 on unauthorized leave. "I just never went back," Clark said. "A civilian doctor worked on my leg, and he liked to had a fit BULLETIN SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Barbara Hutchison, director of the U.S. Embassy's information office, was kidnaped today, the embassy said. There were no other immediate details. The State Department lists a Barbara Hutchison in its biographic register. It says she was born in Delaware, is 47, and served in various Latin-American posts before coming to Santo Domingo. when I told him the Army wanted to cut it off." Clark said he stayed in Gulfport, married a local girl and then moved to Florida where he worked as a welder. "It was beautiful," Clark said. "We had a good life. We were happy." On Sept. 4,1973 FBI agents came to Clark's home in Florida and arrested him as an Army deserter. He was tried and convicted on Feb. 14 of this year. "My battalion commander, Army psychiatrists, the chaplain; they all testified that the best thing was for the Army to let me go home," Clark said. Instead, he said he was sentenced to serve three-and-a-half years at Ft. Leavenworth. "They told me later it was the longest sentence any deserter got during the Vietnam War," Clark said. "Most people got three to six months and a bad discharge. I got that too." "The judge told me when he gave me the sentence, 'with your record, you should have made it,"' Clark said. Part of that record, Clark said, was the Distinguished Service Cross he received for action in Vietnam. He said he also received two Bronze Star Medals for valor, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Vietnam Legion of Merit and three Air Medals. "When I came home on leave in 1970 the people in Gulfport treated me like a hero," Clark said. "It's different now, They turn their backs on me." Shortly after he began serving his sentence, Clark said, his wife wrote and said she was filing for divorce. "I'm home now, but there isn't (Continued on Page A-2) Installation of officers ordered Longshoremen's election valid RUSSELL BERGERON Herald Staff Writer An ll-month battle for control of a Gulfport longshoremen's union MICHE AL J. MCDONALD ended Thursday when U.S. District Judge Dan M. Russell declared an October 1973 union election valid. Judge Russell ordered Michael J. McDonald and seven other men elected to local offices in that balloting installed. He also dissolved a trusteeship imposed over Local 795 by the International Longshoremen's Association. The term of office for the new officials was set at two years, with "said terms to be commenced running from Oct. 6,1973," the day the men were elected. McDonald, celebrating the decision Thursday evening with his supporters, said the ruling was more than a personal victory. "It was a long, hard fight," McDonald said, "but it wasn't just for the men in Gulfport. It was a fight for justice for all longshoremen across the nation." "It shows if people follow laws it will all work out," McDonald said. Expecting to be installed early next week, McDonald said he would do his best to solve problems in the local's pension and welfare fund and establish a seniority system on the docks in Gulfport. McDonald said he also believed that people who were "run off the docks" because they supported him should be returned to their jobs. McDonald's attorney, A1 Hopkins of Gulfport, said he would respect Judge Russell's request that attorneys not comment on the ruling. Judge Russell ordered former local president Harold Oliver and ILA trustee Fred Field to "forthwith turn over all local union property in their possession to the appropriate officers whose election is herein validated." The opinion cited "abundant evidence that Oliver receive illegal . weekly remuneration from the pension, welfare and vacation funds," and said convention and automobile expenses paid Oliver by the local "may have been exorbitant." No damages were assessed, however, with Judge Russell stating there was a lack of "adequate proof of identifiable amounts." The judge's 30-page opinion of the court recounts the lengthy legal struggle which began in November 1973 when McDonald filed suit in federal district court charging Oliver, Field and the ILA had conspired to prevent his installation as president of the local despite his victory. McDonald, joined in the suit by the seven other winners in the October election, also alleged that Oliver, Field and the ILA had used coercion and intimidation in a conspiracy to perpetuate the ILA's trusteeship over Local 795. The Department of Labor filed a similar suit in March of this (Continued on Page A-14) Butz says no road show DALLAS, Tex. (af> — Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz says he will not use a road tent show proposed by one of his aides to convince the public that food prices are not unbearably high. In visits to Dallas and Houston, Butz said food prices may rise as much as four per cent the rest of the year but "the big increases are behind us." Philippines to withhold sugar MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has decided to stop sugar exports to the United States during the current crop year, financial sources reported today. There was no immediate official confirmation of the report or any explanation for the action. Miners trouble Laborites LONDON (AP) — The coal miners whose strike last winter helped defeat the Conservatives in the February election now are making trouble for the Laborites with another general election only two weeks away. Militant mineworkers stormed out of talks on Thursday on a proposal by the National Coal Board to pin a wage increase to an increase in productivity. Leaders of the mineworkers said they would seek further talks with the Coal Board before putting the offer to a vote of the 260,000 members. Calley remains in prison WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Army Lt. William L. Calley, Jr. is remaining in prison while the Army decides whether to appeal the reversal of his conviction for murder in the Mai Lai massacre. Calley's release was blocked on Thursday when a temporary stay was granted by Chief Judge John Brown of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The stay is to allow the Army time to prepare a written motion for a 15-day stay while it decides whether to appeal. Calley was ordered freed on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Robert Elliott of Columbus, Ga., who ruled that Calley's rights to a fair trial were violated during his court-martial 3% years ago. Colson asks for pardon WASHINGTON (AP) — Charles W. Colson, imprisoned one-time special counsel to former President Richard M. Nixon, has asked President Ford for a pardon, a White House spokesman said. Col-son's lawyer submitted a pardon petition to Ford within a week or two after Ford granted an unconditional pardon to Nixon on Sept. 8. Weather Cloudy, chance of showers tonight and Saturday High in 80s. Low in 70s. Details on Page B-2. Index Daily Living ..................................................Page A-12 Ann Landers .................................................Page A-13 Entertainment ..............................................Page A-14 Sports ...........................................................Page B- 4 Comics, Crossword ......................................Page B- 9 Horoscope, The Aces ...................................Page B- 9 Classified ......................................................Page B« 12 J Thanks to you, it's working 4 DAYS HARRISON COUNTY KICKOFF f DAYS AWAY 4 t