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   Hattiesburg American (Newspaper) - March 1, 1973, Hattiesburg, Mississippi                                 Local weather  Increasing cloudinesB today^ ehance of showers tonight, ending early Friday. Decoining partly cloudy Friday afternoon.  VOL. LXXVill^O. 52 HATTIESBURO, MISSISSIPPI Thuriday, Morch 1/1973 ^^ÂsÉociotéd Prfii N«Vvt V^  ) -  -  ^ I- MEET tHE RRESS-Three former POWs talk with members of the press Thursday morning at Keesler AFB prior to returning home. They are, from left: Lt. Col. Thomas J. Curtis  of Alexandria, La., Gol. George R. Hall of Hattiesburg and Maior Thomas E. Collins of Clinton and Utica. (AP Wirephoto)  C<>l, Hall wUI be home Friday  BY ELLIOTT CHAZE KEESLER AFB, Biloxi— iCol. George Robert Hall said today at a news conference that he expects to be home in Hattiesburg Friday afternoon and that he attributes at least .. a part of his mental fitness to the fact he' pretended to play  CoL Hall  18 holes of golf every day in his POW cell.  The "colonel attended the conference with two other POW returnees, Lt.-Col. Thomas J. Curtis of Alexandria, La., and Major Thomas E. Collins of Clinton.  Col. Hall explained his  Vietnamese golfing adventure this way: He measured his cell and then, using that footage, laid out his imaginary golf course. He did not simply sit and think. He had himself a stick and he paced his cell with the stick. He would meet people he knew from the past as he strolled the eolf course  he said.no, they didn't. He -described his indoor sport as the result of "self-hypnosis, I divorced myself from my surroundings."  All three of the POW returnees were Hghtly sunburned and dressed in their Air Force blues today. They looked slim but jiot skinnv.  and wouid say hello to them. -Th^r hair was neatly cut, "It was a dream world." he They'-looked sliehtlv dazzled  Welcome program is set for Monaoy  Monday, March 5, has been declared Colonel George Robert Hall Day in Hattiesburg and Forrest County, it was announced, today by Commissioners Walter Parker and Bud Gerrard and Board of Supervisors President J.A.P. Carter.  The community will officially welcome the returning prisoner of war on that day in simple., ceremonies which have been approv^ ty the colonel and his farnily.  The main event will take place at 5:30 -p.m. in the Claude Bennett Auditorium at the University ef Southern Mississippi. A brief welcoming program is planned, as well as a prayer for all other POWs and MIAs and for the families of those who did not and will not be returning.  Everyone in the Hattiesburg area is urged to be at the auditorium (opposite the Administration Building) to welcome Colonel Hall back home to Hattiesburg, the city and County officials said.  In addition, they urged everyone to fly an American flag that day and for businesses with marquees to uSe these to welcome Colonel Hall. Wekome signs already have been up for a week or so on most of the marquees in town.  More .than 10,000 Welcome Unmo PnWe' hiimnor slickers  have been received by Southern Cares POW-MIA group and these are being offered to the public. They can be secured at the county courthouse, city hall. Chamber of Commerce office, (rnniinuedon bafie 14)  said, but it worked.  Asked by n ■■reporter aboi|( his scores on the imaginary golf round, ho said he "parred every hole "  He, said Ite also kept mentally alert by posing ,, mathematical problems for himself and reviewing his knowledge of French.  He was asked if the other prisoners knew that he was olavine solf occasionallv. and  Defeiis^ rests case in Parchman iirmate trial  INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP)-The defense rested its case today in the murder trial of a state prison inmate after the young convict testified he did not fire the shots which killed a civilian guard at Parchman last September.  George "King" Scales, a black 24-year-old former half-trusty, took the stand in his own defense. He is charged with murder in the Sept. 12. 1972, shooting death of his whil(>«icanip sergeant, James Amos Meeks.  Scales toldjhe biracial jury that Moek's wife shot her 42-year-old husband and that he had been offered $10,000 to take the blame.  Much of his testimony today was similar to a statement he iiliegedly made to doctors at the state nientai hospital at Whitfield following the shooting. The statement was introduced in court Wednesday by a Whitfi^jd staff psy-ohiatrisl, Scales told the biracial iurv  that ho was in (he back yard with the Meeks' two small children at the time of the shooting. Sunflower County Sheriff .lack Sessums Wednesday had pre§ented statements allegedly made by Scales in which the inmate said he killed the guard at Meeks' wood-franre home.  The convict told the court that he had had sexual relations with the guard's 24-year-old wife on three previous occasions. He said she had offered him money to kill her husband and that the day of  Ulnntiniipd on nafff 14)  by the bright lights set up for the television camels.  The colonel sjerved as moderator for the POW -returnees and newsmen during the conference. He thanked the press for "respecting our privacy." He said that as far as news in^ terviews were concerned, he wanted to get it all said, today and then wanted to be left alone for a couple of months to be with his family and friends.  He saiid when asked how he thought his old friends would treat him when he got hon^ that he imagined they would have a lot of curiousity about him but that this would soon wear off and the relationship would soon return to normal.  "t expect them to treat me good sometimes and bad sometimes, just lijie they always did," he said.  Hall's opening comments had to do with his delight about the news that another batch of POWs soon would be released. He said that the courage and character of some of his cellmates had played a large role in his own survival-and that he, and the others would answer no  (rnntiniied on na^e 14)  BydKORGE KSPEU ARAlitiat<>d Pre«« Writer SAIGON (AP) —The United States announced tonight that the North .„, Vietnamese, had turned over a list of lOii American prisoners and two Thais to^e released over the weekend. But it said the Viet fang hini not yet turned over a list of 30 Americans to be freed from camps in South Vietnam.  Tlie U.S. delegation had initially said lOB Americans "would be freed by North Vietnam and 34 by the Viet . Cong, but it was discovered later that these figures included (he two Thais held in (he-Morth and two West (iermans and two Filipinos held in the South.  A Viet Cong spokesman said (he American prisoners scheduled for release by them included 26 servicemen and lour civilians.  The U.S. announcement said:  •"file Democratic Republic of Vietnam representative on the POW subcommission, four-party ' Joint Military Commission, presented to the U.S. representative a list contaiolpg the names of 106 U.S. pV)Ws and two Thai l'X)Ws. The United States has not been advised of the time ;md place (»f release. No new information has been received (in (he detained nersonnel held  by the Provisipiial Hevolutionary Governhient.'  This is the government ol (he Viet Cong in South Viet  nam.  The chief spokesman for ihe North Vietnamese delegation. Bui Tin. said the POWs would be freed over the weekend, Inmiediatelv after the list  Endorsing fieaee agreement  . - ' • was turned over to the American delegation. it-wiTs trani^ mitted to Washington so that relatives of the American (Continued on page 14)  I  -11  J.  1  Hy MICHAEL fiOLDSMITH AsHociated Press Writer PAKIS (AP) - Thé foreign ministers of 12 governments, including the' world's superpowers. initialed a nine-point declaration today endorsing (he Vie(nam peace agreement  and establishing a procedure for examining violations.  Secretary of State William P. Rogers and the foreign ministers of Britain. France, China and the-Soviet Union were among ■ those who initialed the document.  South Dakota senators to attempt to  Smoothing of rail crossings iiiJCfW begins  Loan reform forces pin hopes to direct lending  Gray says FBI arrest of reporter is valid  By JOHN CHADWICK AHsuclated Press Writer ' WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI's arrest of reporter Leslie . Whitten on charges of possessing stolen Bureau of Indian Affairs documents was valid even though a gp|nd jury did not return an indictment, says acting'FBI Director J. Patrick Gray HI.  Whitten and Indians Hank Adams and Anita Collins were arrested Jan. 31 .outside^ of Adams' apartment as they were loading three boxes of the stolen documehts into Whltteti'8 car. A grand jury refused to  In/llrtf »Vtom anal' thou tnatifloH  Stolen documents were to be delivered "to the columnist for a sum of money." «  He said the FBI had no information the documents were being returned to the BIA. Gray said, the arrest of Whitten, with a box of documents in his hands, was made on the authorization of an assistant U.S. attorney.  Gray also confirmed that, after Whitten's arrest, Anderson's telephone records were subpoenaed in an action initialed by the government at" (orney who was in charge of the grand-jury investigation.  He said the telephone  maict mem aiier iney icainwa rucom» wui v nui  tha( they were returning the Anderson says, io inquire into  ^Inolimnnta ntnlnn rllirlnO taot -.«I.«lot'c nniiio cniif>,na  piuivii uui iiib *aai  . fnll's Indian occupation of thé BIA, tp the agency. Whitten's boss, Jack Anderson, wrote several columns about the BIA occupation.  Gray told tha Senate Judiciary Committee Wednes-' day that the arrest was made after District of Columbia po-  11__.-IJ Tnnt_____# iU_  tllv VIJIU11 II llEli O OV/UI  but to try to locate other stolen BIA documents.  The committee is cbn-ducting hearings Into Qray's appointment to succeed the late J. Edgar Hoover as FBI director. The hearings continue today.  A memberoMhe panel, Sen.  ir<„i*llnttAHnn nnaa tdt  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -Loan reform forces pinned their hopes today on a direct lending bill and Gov. Bill Waller's special session threat after losing again on a bill to ..„ciit interest rates.  The Mississippi House gave the interest reduction measure a 66-48 vote Wednesday on its second trip to the floor, but for the second time it failed by three votes to win the required three-fifths nriajority.  The defeat, coming despite (he efforts of the governor to rally votes behind it, prompted a new press conference and a new appeal for people to contact legislators in behalf of the measure, which remains  The weather  Official weather report: '7:30 a.m. temperature 40 degrees. Highest 67 arid lowest 36 during preceding 24 hours. No rain. River Stage 6.4 ft. Sunset today 5:58. Sunrise Friday 6:28.  For-ecast:  Mississippi—Increasing ' cloudiness today with chance of showers anilN^^ few thua-derstorms mainly west this afternoon, most sections tonight and ending west tonight and cast early Friday followed by decroasing cloudiness-. Continued mild. Highs today and Friday upper 60s to mid 70s. Low tonight 4()s  ' north and 50s south.  . ........  alive on a motion to reconsider.  Waller said he would accept (he direct lending bill as an alternate although he preferred (he (wice-beaten measure. And he addéd:  "1 would-consider calling a special session if we can't give the working people some relief. I'm comrnitted to„the ■proposition that the working people elected me."  The timing of such a session, he said, would depend on a number of fac(ors.  Waller said he fèlt (he defeat of (he bill was due (o pressure from loan fims "who do yóu see in (he halls around here so thick."  As an example of pressure, he said, "a representative from Hinds County abstained from voting 'IXiesday because he owns an interest in one. He voted Wednesday."  Rq). Emmett Owqns of Jackson, the Only Hinds lawmaker with that voting record, said only "I figured he would say something." He declined further commeni.  Kep. 11. L, Merideth ^f Greenville, chairman of the Judiciary "A" Committee, said he would call up the oom-'mi((ee's direct lending bill , when lawiDHkers reached it on (ho calendar.  1( would leave the present sy.stom of securing loans through u broker tmtouched and sot up another type  1 i-ktttio i>i\  The Southern Railway beganjhis morning timbering and surfacing of the seven crossings in Hattiesburg and expects too have the job completed by thé middle of next week.  A railroad spokesman said the tentative schedule calls for completion of the Scooba St. crossing today; Six^ and Fourth Aves. on Friday; Southern and Ronie on Monday ; Main St. on Tuesday, and Market St. on Wednesday.  The schedule' is subject to change in case of train delays.  It will take from one and a half hours to three hours to complete a crossing and only one crossing will be closed at^a lime, the spokesman said.  The present operation of smoothing out the railroad crossings will complete a - project whieb-began- several weeks ago of laying new rails from Richl^urg Hill to Dragon, a distance of approximately 14 miles.  The track was laid with 1,440 foot long sections of ribbon rail. L^ing of the loog rails wes completed about two weeks ago and now virtually the entire track from New Orleans to Meridian is laid  t M A mnilfi  By JOHN IXiNDQUiSt Associated Press Writer WOUNDED KNEE. S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's two senators were flying to this tiny community today in an effort (0 endja two-day siege hy militant Indians holding 11 residents hostage.  "I have this assurance through an intermediary and I know the American Indian Aiovement — AIM — leaders, are aware of it," he said. "I'm confident we can negotiate the release of the rest once we get there." •  Their plane was expected to touch down around midmorn-  ing. ' ■  The 200 Indian^ have demanded a Senate probe of the Bureau of Indian Affairs In return for freeing the hostages. Aside from one brief meeting with an FBI agent, the Indians have kept law . enforcement officers at a distance, and . (here was an exchan|e of gunfire Wednesday mc^bing.  Contacted in Washington before his departure. Abourezk said he and fellow Democrat McGovern would be accompanied by niembers of (he s(affs of Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and J.W. Fulbright, D-Ark,  The Indians also had demanded that Kennedy and Fulbright come to the reservation to discuss their grievances, which include the government'sTiahdling of t'.S.-Indian (.reaties and the way in which the Oglala Sioux (ribe elects its leaders.  Members of the American Indian Movement who seized I'ontrol of Wounded Knee, the .scene of tragedy for red mer (luring (he wane of the great \vos(ward push of the 19th  Century, .said they had no  (I r,f hiirfina thoir  hostages, ranging in age from 12 to 82!  At least six of the captives are, over 65, the FBI spokesman said.  He said there had been "considerable gunfire" Wednesday morning.  There were no reports of Injuries.  An estimated 250 federal niatshals. FBI agents and BIA police from the Pine Ridge and other Indian reservatiofis cordoned off. the tiny yalley (own. They kept to the heights more than half a mile away, along four roads.,  Joseph Trimbach. agent-in-(Continued on^oaee 14)  together with North~and SoutL Vietnam, the Viet Cong and ' (he four members of thé ^ International Commission of Control and Supervision— . Canada, Indonesia, Poland and Hungary. '' .  The declaration, pledging (hél2govérnmentstokeep thé i : peace and to reconvene whe^ : ' any six of them lodge a complaint. is to be formally signed. at a ceremony in thè International Conference Cènter on Frldav. ■ v ■ ■ . ^^W; i- '  North Vrètnam and its Communist allies abànitonéd their previous insistence that thé . conference coiilà oïily Bë recalled by a majority of thé 12 delegations, this would have given each side.a veto.  In return, the United States . ^ and its allies agreed t^ mention the Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Governmeht as^ fuUr^fleda^ • conference participant. ,  .i'  the declaration st4t(|s^at signatories do hot necessarily rwognize each other. . ^e compromise was ap-( Continued on naee 14)  i r -,  to appM^étiift Stìigtò ernment, thè' îiiièl ar^ * '  H  man dfes.  in  One person was killed and ■'three others injtired in area traffic accidents »Wednesday afternoon and eariy today.  Highway Patrol officers said 52-year-old Gertis Stevens, of Jacks&n, died, in the wreckage of his tractor trailer truck shortly after-4 a.m.  The Stevens rig went out of control and ran off U.S. 9B near the Forrest-Perry County line. Another trailer truck driver discovered toe accidetU abou^ a.m. Rescue Seven helicopter ambulance went to the scene. One Hattiesburg fire truck also was dispatched- Firefighters used .portable saws in an attempt to remove Stevens from the crushed cab of his vehicle, but he died before they could get him out.  Officers said the truck went down a 12-foot embankment,  rrnshine intn nin/> frtvs- tha  cargo in the^irailér broke loose and crashed through thè front, ripping and crushing the tractor's cab.  . A native of Cullman, Ala.. Stevens is survived by his wife, of Jackson: three daughters, and his father, of Cullman. He was a World Warr II veteran. He was a contract hauler and owned the tractor trailer rig he was driving at the time of the accident.  Moss. Funeral Home of Cullman_ ls_in ^charge of arrangements.  Mrs. Amy Bridges, 33, of Rt. 1, Collins, was in serious condition at ForreSit General Hospital this moriiing following a one-car accident on Highway 49 abouttwo i3|iles south of Collins shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday *  Mrs. Bridges was taken to the hospital hy a Covington ('honfinuedonnase 14)  uMeaa'i.-'iyniwiii m 'imi Bsu^'ft^^wia^- •j^^'-'tì^xmmx.rmmmmmimmmmt^i^^imrm'^r^  (SfBlf, photo by Dlçh Tarbwiton), -  Pt^iicho/^ <->qK nf fpimlr in iiihi/^h lar«lfcon man HipH Aflrlv tnrljiv  - .........- -----  . ■ . f ' i'l -  ., -■■»■ ■ - . ■ "n  : _ ■■ ■g- - . i ^ f   

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