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   Biloxi Sun Herald (Newspaper) - May 5, 1974, Biloxi, Mississippi                                 Edwin Corley ieaturèq In Lively Arts. Page D-1.  Served by AP & UPI  The ÄtttlfeRAiB  Serving Biloxì-Gulfpoitjand t^^^ Coast Since 1884  Volume 90 - Number 213  Mississippi Coast, Sunday Morning, May 5, 1974  8 Sections, 120 Pages  Partly cloudy through Monday. Details on Page D-12.  áingle Copy 25'  DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) — Detectives raided an isolated house in southeast Ireland on Saturday and recovered unharmed all 19 paintings stolen in the world's biggest» art robbery, police said.  "They're safe, they're safe," a policeman sajd.  A woman discovered at the house was detained for questioning, and police credited a hunch by two policemen for the discovery of the cache.  On Friday, a ransom letter had demanded that four Irish terrorists be transferred from British to Northern Ireland jails and a cash ransom be paid for the safe return of the paintings.  A police spokesman said the paintings, worth an estimated $20.4 million, were wrapped in paper in a closet -of the rented house at Glandore. a rural area 40 miles  from the city of Cork. The paintings — including a Vermeer, a Goya a Frans Hals and three Rubens — were reported under heavy guard at a police station Saturday night.  The works were stolen nine days ago from 'he 100-room mansion of gold and diamond mining millionaire Sir Alfred Beit. A gang of thieves raided the mansion at Bles-sington hear Dublin, tied up Beit, his servants and family and started packing up the masterpieces. Some were ripped from their frames.  The robbers were led by a woman with a French accent who carefully selected the best works in Beit's collection.  Authorities credited two local policemen for cracking the case.  They said Sgt, Pat O'Leary and Constable William Creedon be  came suspicious of^the house after learning it had ji^en rented two days before the^April 26 robbery. They tipped pit the county police force and a'raid was organized.  "It was really just routine police work," one policeman said. Shortly after the paintings were discovered, police sources said squad cars chased an auto speeding through country roads after it crashed through a police check  point. The sources said there was speculation, but no confirmation, that the car was linked to the gang of robbers.  Earlier in the day, a tip said the 19 art'works were aboard a ship in the sleepy fishing port of Howth, north of Dublin, about to be smuggled out of the country. But a thorough police search of several dozen fishing trawlers failed to find any trace of the paintings.  Nixon upholds Calley sentence  Gromyko to attend Damascus meeting  MOSCOW (AP) — Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko will arrive in Damascus on Sunday at the invitation of Syrian President Hafez Assad, Moscow Radio announced.  The broadcast gave no further details of Gromyko's assignment, which apparently is connected with U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger's attempt to negotiate a âyrian-Israeli disengagement on the Golan Heights.  Gromyko's trip will be his third to the Svrian caoital in the oast six  weeks. He flew to Damascus Feb. 27 and remained there for three .days immediately after Kissinger left the city for Cairo on his first attempt to separate the sides on the Golan Heights.  At that time, the Soviet foreign minister conferred at length with Assad, then also flew to Cairo and met with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.  Gromyko then returned to Damascus March 4-7 for another ses-  cinn u/ifh AaanH  WASHINGTON (UPI) — Président Nixon has notified the Army he will not further reduce William L. Galley's 10- year sentence for the My Lai massacre and the Army promptly removed Calley from the ranks of commissioned officers, Pentagon spokesmen disclosed Saturday.  They made public the text of a one-sentence memorandum Nixon sent to Army Secretary Howard H. Callaway: "I have reviewed the record of the case of the United States versus Calley and have decided that no further action by me in this case is necessary or appropriate."  The spokesmen said the Army immediately stripped Calley of his first lieutenant's commission, a provision of his My Lai sentence that could not be executed until Nixon comoleted review of the  i • •  For 21 years of service  Superintendent honored  By JIMMIE BELL Herald Staff Writer  W. L. Rigby, superintendent of Gulfport city schools for the past •21 years, was honored Saturday night at a testimonial dinner as a school administrator "who has affected eternity—whose influence will never stop."  This assessment of the retiring superintendent was made by State Supt. of Education Garvin Johnston as the keynote of a special tribute sponsored in Rigby's honor at Broadwater Beach Hotel, Biloxi, by the Gulfport Area' Chamber of Commerce.  Rigby, who formally retires June 30 after 25 years in the Gulfport system, four of them as assistant superintendent under the late B. Frank Brown, has led the development of the city schools from an enrollment of 4,753 with 138 teachers to more than 9,000 with 356 teachers.  Johnston was unable to attend at the last minute but his speech was read before an audience of several hundred gathered in the Crown Room of the hotel. "One of the traits I have always admired most  . nhniit vnii Mr. Rip-hv ifl voiir Abili  ty to attract highly competent people to your administrative staff," Johnston declared.  "This leadership trait that you possess is one of the reasons for the successes of Gulfport's exemplary building program, innovative desegregation efforts and other accomplishments," Johnston stated.  "It has been said that an educator affects eternity. You are one who has affected eternity—whose influence will never stop. I noted during your distingfuished career you have had a positive lasting influence on many lives," Johnston added.  Rigby's role in working with the classroom teachers was emphasized by Mrs. Jeanne K. Back-strom, classroom teacher, who said that his understanding of their problems "is derived from the fact that he was a classroom teacher himself in the 1930's." Rigby taught science and coached athletics for five years at French Camp Academy and at Mendenhall.  Mrs. Backstrom said that under Supt. Rigby's guidance, the annual expense per pupil increased from $130 when he became superintend-  onf in fn C<iSli fnHnv inHinntincr  the student now receives a greater opportunity of acquiring gainful knowledge.  "Mr. Rigby has seen the budget increase from $544,848 when he assumed the reins of the administration to $4,505,960 in the current year," she said.  She praised the retiring superintendent for his hard work in helping secure an increase in teacher salaries while he was active in the Mississippi Education Association, his work for the merger of the MEA and Mississippi Teachers Association.  Rigby once told Mrs. Albena Hill, who covered Rigby's role in P-TA efforts at the testimonial dinner, that he wouldn't want to be a part of a school system which did not support an active P-TA.  Mrs. Hill, who is former state president of P-TA and now coordinator of the Southern Regional of Mississippi, described Rigby as an administrator "who always had time to help." When school people find themselves in trouble, they frequently find Mr. Rigby is the first to arrive on the scene, asking, "can I help?" she recalled.  "On a national basis, we need  /rinntiniinH nn Psi.<rA A.IA^  Salute to Rigby:.:  James 8. Eaton, left, and George Schloegel, pre* sent Gulfport School Board president, congratulate Gulfport School Supt. W. L. Rigby at Saturday nleht'sISalute To An Outstandinfir Leader nroirra.nn  in his honor at the Broadwater Beach Hotel In Biloxi. Rigby was also honored earlier in the day with A Note of Thanks program held at B; Frank  Rrnwn Mi>mnrfii.l r>vmnti.eliim lii /^tiiirnni.*  case. They said this means Calley, who has been free on bail, will wear the garb of an ordinary military prisoner when and if he returns to custody for completion of his sentence.  It is not certain when that will be, because Calley's lawyers are still trying to appeal his case through the civilian courts.  Callaway three weeks ago reduced Calley's sentence for the murder of at least 22 South Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. In announcing his decision, Callaway said, however, there was no doubt Calley committed "acts of murder and assault against unarmed civilians...so abhorrent to those who accept the fundamental legal and moral bases for this republic that they cannot be condoned or forgotten."  As a result of the sentence reduction, Calley becomes eligible for parole consideration in less than six months. Eligibility comes once one-third of a sentence has been served.  Calley, 30, was the only man charged in the My Lai case ever convicted of any crime. He was convicted in 1971 and sentenced to life imprisonment for his participation in the March 16, 1968, massacre. More than 300 civilians were believed killed. The conviction found him guilty of killing "not less than" 22 civilians. ____  Transcripts reveal 'moral blind spot'  SEATTLE (AP) — The editor of the Hearst newspapers, long an ardent Nixon supporter, said in a weekend editorial that transcripts of Presidential conversations reveal the Nixon as a man with a "moral blind spot" and make his impeachment inevitable.  "This is a very tough column for me to write," says William Randolph Hearst Jr. in his Sunday column for Hearst-owned newspapers in seven cities. Hearst has heretofore been a strong editorial backer of the Nixon presidency.  Mayor answers ITS charges  By JIMMIE BELL Herald Staff Writer  Rising costs caused the city of Gulfport to hike the price for providing water to a cattle shipping terminal at Gulfport Airport, Mayor C. L. Bullock said today.  The mayor commented after Pat Horrigan, president of International "Transport Services, Inc., charged Friday the city increased thé cost of^providlng the water service from $5,000 to $16,000.  The mayor said:  "The only item required or expected of the city of Gulfport in connectin with the proposed operations of International Transport Services Inc. is the furnishing of water and sewer facilities to the line of the property leased by ITS and it has been understood and agreed at all times that this cost would be shared by ITS and the city on a 50-50 basis.  "The original estimate of this cost was $5,000. But ITS has dragged its feet and has failed for almost two years to be in business and has failed to tender its share of such costs.'  "Now, after almost two years of waiting, on the part of the city, ITS complains because prices have gone up. This increase cost was discussed with Mr. (Pat) Horrigan, president of ITS, and other company officials on April 17,1974, and no objection was made at that time.  "In fact, Mr. Horrigan assured the city that a check from ITS for its share of such costs would be de- ^ liverod to the city the following ' day. Needless to say^ this check (Continued on Page A*14)  ■i t  AP Wireohoto  i' " /x/,'/^  Headed home alone...  Cannonade barrels toward fin> Downs Saturday. Cannonade »  ish line as jockey Angel Cor- finished the Run for the Roses  dero ducks head low in 100th in 2.04. Kentucky Derby at Churchill  James Lund, editor of the Biloxi Daily Herald, was elected: president of the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Association Saturday, succeeding Robert J. Mathes, editor of the Hammond Daily Star.  -Elected first vice president was Jim Hughes, managing editor of the Baton Rouge State-Times. Elected second vice president was Warren koon, editor and publisher of the Natchez Democrat.  The officers were chosen at the closing session of the two-state association's annual meeting.  Lund appointed the following continuing studies committee chairmen:  State wire—Cecil Williams of the Alexandria Town Talk and Charles Dunagiri of the McCornb Enterprise Journal.  Membership—Ed Price of' the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate and Jini Quinn of the Natchez Democrat.  Enterprise—Wiley Masters of the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Charles Faulk of the Vicks-burg Evening Post.  Freedom of Information— Walter Cowan of the New Orleans States-Item and Gary Holland of the Mississippi Press of Pascagou-la.  Rriiiofltinn—Trnman Stacev of  JAMES, LUND"  " . I ■  the Lake Charles American Press and Joseph White 6f the Clarksdale Press Register.  Photos—Will d'Aquin of the New Orleans States-Item and Charles Smith of the Jackson Clarion-Ledg-er.  Sports—Bill Mclntyre of the Shreveport Times and Dick Light-  sev of the Riloxi Diiilv Herald.  KIDNAP SUSPECT SHOT MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — A Lakeville eon-tractor charged in the kidnaping of a banker's wife was shot in the head Satiirday on a highway south of Minneapolig-St. Paul, authorities reported. Investigators said they knew of no suspects or motive for the shooting of James Johnson, 36, one of  three men charged in the abduction of Eunice  y  . AMOCO TO RAISE: PRICES  CHICAGO (UPI) — Amoco Oil Co.. marketing arm of Standard Oil of Indiana, Saturday said it would increase its gasoline prices by 2 cents a gallon and distillate prices by 2.5 cents a gallon, effec-  fivp Mnnrtnv  ZERRA INFORMATION CLOSED  SAN PRANCISCO (AP) — Unaer court order, police stopped giving information about their con-  tmvi>i"aiii1 ^ofirn iniroaticrfltihn ~nn Sntiirrinv'  U.S. PLANES LEAVE THAILAND  BANGKOK (UPI)— The United States is4)ulling out about onerthird of the combat planes currently stationed here out of Thailand; and drastically re-. ducing CIA operations in a major re-evaluation of U.S. involvement in this strategically located Southeast Asian country.  INSIDE  Daily Living............................Page C-3  Entertainment....... ................. Page D-7  Sports __________________________;--------- Page B-1  Classified Adv.'...................................Page D-8  \   

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