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The Paris News (Newspaper) - December 18, 1974, Paris, Texas Watergate Defendant on Stand Last Big Witness Testifies WASHINGTON AP Watergate coverup defendant Kenneth W Parkinson says he refused to believe that White House aides and Nixon reelection committee officials were involved in Watergate because a former attorney general of the United States told him it wasnt so Parkinson testified at the coverup trial Tuesday that his role was nothing more than that of a private at torney hired to represent the 1972 Nixon reelection committee Parkinson who resumes the stand today is the fifth and final coverup defendant to testify in his own defense He is also the last major witness the jury is to hear in the 12weekold trial Before Parkinsons defense began defendant Robert C Mardians lawyer called in 10 character wit nesses including Arizona Republican Sens Barry Goldwaler and Paul J Fan nin and Irv Noren a former center fielder who replaced Joe DiMaggio for the New York Yankees In about a halfhour the chief justices of the supreme courts of California and Arizona James Farmer founder and former president of the Congress of Racial Equality and a car dealer from Pasadena had testified to Mardians reputation for truth and integrity Parkinson said he never took part in a political campaign and he gave short precise answers to questions from his own lawyer Jacob Stein Parkinson 47 was hired by the Nixon reelection committee to defend against a million damage suit filed by the Democrats after their headquarters had been burglarized and wiretapped He recounted a meeting with Deputy Campaign Director Jeb Stuart Magruder on July 13 1972 almost one month after the original breakin and a few weeks after Parkinson had agreed to represent the com mittee When he told Magruder he wanted the facts of the breakin Parkinson quoted Magruder as saying Ken you are the lawyer You tell Beaumont Gives Bell Increase BEAUMONT Beaumonts city council has approved by a 31 vote a long delayed per cent rate increase sought by South western Bell Telephone Co Councilman Leroy Evans moved to approve the in crease Tuesday citing advice by consultants that the hike was justified The council delayed the decision three weeks ago to await the outcome of a lawsuit pending against Southwestern Bell which alleges irregularities in the companys Texas rate set ting policies We made a study and we have not found any reason for voting against the in crease The rate coun sultants figures showed they ASCS News By JAMES B ALLCORN Executive Director Lamar County ASCS Newly elected county committeemen who will take office on Jan 1 are Ingram Creed Roxton 3year term and Alfred C Mackin Paris oneyear term Committee alternates who will serve for one year each are Billy Parson Belk and Robert Ledbetter Direct McClure present committee chairman with fifteen years of service goes off the committee in January We have enjoyed working with him and feel that the farmers and ranch ers of Lamar County have been served well by him in his tenure in office 1975 feed soybean wheat and honeyprbgirams have been announced by USDA Government loan rates for wheat will be per per bu for corn per bu for grain sorghum per hun per bu for barley per bu for oats and for rye There will be no loan programs for soybeans dry edible beans flaxseed gum naval stores or honey beginning with the 1975 crops USDA indicated that since little use of these programs has been made in recent years due to market prices being at higher levels than the loan rates that continuation of these loan programs was not needed DISASTER program As of Nov 14 45 states reported disaster applications Payments had been processed for thousand farms totaling million As of Dec 17 this office has made payments to Lamar County farmers for ap proximately A Weakly Report Of AgriBuiinan Newt Compiled From Sources Of The Texas Department of Agriculture John C White Commissioner WHILE WE HAVE no fear of a food shortage in this nation there is a real worry about enough food for the world s population in the years ahead A recent study of the world food outlook noted that sup plies of food for the world now depend primarily on growing conditions in 1975 and 1976 If the world especially the United States has good growing weather in those two years the shortrange outlook for the worlds food production will be good But bad weather can mean millions could starve throughout the underdeveloped nations The study goes on to recommend that the best way to assure more food for the worlds hungry is to encourage more food production in the developing countries Traris ferrmg of food from this nation or other nations who might happen to have a surplus of food production is at best an impossible situation in trying to feed aff the worlds hungry that report notes Stepping up food production through increased technology in developing countries is the basic answer to producing sufficient food the report concludes So while we in this nation worry about how we can afford to buy food it really is a small item compared to those in countries where there is no food at any price Again its due to the agriculture efficiencies of our farmers that we continue to be the bestfed bestclothed nation in the world FARM PARITY as of the middle of November is down to 76 which is two points under a month ago and is 13 points under a year ago Farmers again are finding that farm prices go down even though not many of their city brethren deserved the Evans said Bell asked for the hike six months ago Mayor Ken Ritter who voted for the increase said We paid for the study by Joe Nail the consultant and it showed that they were entitled to the We know it is not a popular decision but it is one of those things the council has to Ritter said If we had gone to court we could have spent to in attorneys fees and Bell could have ended up getting a larger Carlton Baker Beaumont area division manager of Southwestern Bell said he was pleased with the councils action and added Their the councils faith in our company will not go Baker said he did not know when the increase would take place because the same request is pending before the city councils at Vidor and Nederland in the Beaumont extended calling area Baker had threatened earlier to seek an injunction against the council if it continued to delay its Cold Front Coming By The Associated Press Brisk winds warmed Texas today as a new cold front approached from the north Dry gusts from the west fanned the Panhandle while moist south breezes held promise of rain in coastal areas where small craft advisories were in effect There were wind warnings also for many Texas lakes Forecasts promised cooler weather spreading from the northwest part of the state into the north central section by tonight also holding out chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms in East Texas this evening decision He said the delay was costing Southwestern Bell weekly The rate increase will boost monthly oneparty residential service from to Councilman Calvin Williams voted against approval and Councilwoman Vi McGinnis abstained I said No no you have to tell me what the Tacts Parkinson testified Magruder responded Ken whats the scenario Parkinson said The witness continued I told him I understand you have a public relations back ground and so maybe you deal in scenarios Im a lawyer and I deal in Magruder replied ac cording to Parkinson Well we are all involved in this Whats that Parkinson said he asked Magruder Magruder said again Were all involved in this and then named former Atty Gen John N Mitchell White House counsel John W Dean and other Nixon aides Parkinson said in a state of some confusion he took Magruders story to Mitchell He Mitchell said what Magruder told me was not a true Parkinson said he believed Mitchell because Mitchell as a former attorney general was at that time at the pinnacle of the legal Two Masters Degrees Slated DONALD THRASHER masters degree JACK MORRIS education degree Two Paris area natives ore lo receive degrees in Fort Worth during winter com mencemenl exercises at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at 10 Friday Both Donald Royce Thrasher son of Mr and Mrs Roy Thrasher of Clarksville and Jack Hunter Morris son of Mr and Mrs J J Morris of Rt 1 Lake Creek will receive master of religious education degrees Seminary president Robert E Naylor will present degrees and diplomas to 195 candidates from the seminarys three schools theology religious education and church music Mil Ion U Ferguson president Midwestern Baptist Theological Semin ary Kansas City will be the commencement speaker The Fort Worth seminary is said to be the worlds evangelical seminary It is one of six seminaries owned and operated by the 12million member Southern Baptist Convention Hunter is a graduate of East Texas State University in Commerce and is currently serving us music1 director at the Alta Mere Baptist Church in Fort Worth Thrasher also is an ETSU graduate and is presently the minister of music and youth at the First Baptist Church in Princeton Robbery Nets Paris Newsservice IDABEL Okla Art armed robbery netted an unknown assailant here Tuesday The robbery occurred at at the West Side Liquor Store The two clerks were on duty at the lime fa man entered the store carrying a small caliber pistol f No suspects were in custody at midmorning Wednesday The Northern Pacific Railroad was given an estimated 58 million acres in 1872 T THERES MORE ACTION IN THE WANT ADS PHONE 7855538 Miss AdVisor Will Assist In wording Your Want Ad WANT ADS in Sears THE PARIS NEW TELEPHONE 7855538 Great Gift Values m Kenm But for the record all categories of livestock are below parity So is cotton but most grain prices are above parity In Texas hog prices averaged as of the middle of November while parity was Calves show probably the biggest difference in parity Calf prices average 10 per hundredweight while parity is this is twothirds below parity Cotton is a similar example Cotton prices averaged 32 7 cents per pound while parity is cents per pound Poultry producers too are having price problems Turkey producers averaged 34 cents per pound as of mid November while parity was 47 cents per pound EBJZS averaged cents per dozen while parity was 74 4 cents per dozen Milk wool and mohair are also below parity levels IF YOlTare still wondering what to do about Christmas presents dont forget a pratical gift this year Give meat poultry or dairy products Many stores throughout the state are cooperating in this program with farm groups and the Texas Department of Agriculture If you prefer you can give a gift certificate for meat poultry or dairy products If you want a gift certificate of your own to give check with your nearest regional office of your Texas Depart ment of Agriculture You can cut the high cost of gift giving and cut the high cost of living for your friends with a gift of dairy products poultry or meat REMEMBER if you received a questionnaire 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