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Raleigh Register (Newspaper) - January 14, 1974, Beckley, West Virginia Brief Of World Jhfee-Judge Panel Unanimous WASHINGTON (UPI) After flying back from Cali- plane, preparing fornia in an official President Nixon is for next week's return Congress and planning the next stages of his Watergate de- fense. His aides described him as "determined" in the face of calls for his impeachment, resignation and but they are telling reporters that they realize the next few weeks will be "crucial" in terms of the presidency. LONDON (UPI) Prime Minister Edward Heath and leaders of the 10 million strong Trades Union Congress (TUC) met today for what government officials said was a last ditch bid to end Britain's industrial crisis. If it failed, they said, Heath may decide this week to dissolve Parliament and appeal for a new mandate in a special parliamentary general election in February. Heath, backed by Chancellor of the Exchequer Anthony Barber and Employment Secre- tary William Whitelaw, met the TUC leaders at his No. 10 Downing St. office. Agnew's Disbarment Urged ANNAPOLIS, Md. (UPI) A charge and resigned the vice special three judge panel presidency Oct. 10. recommended unanimously today that former Vice Presi- dent Spiro T. Agnew be disbarred. "This is not a case in which a busy lawyer has carelessly or inadvertently failed to obey the the panel said. "The uncontroverted evidence is that the respondent (Agnew) deliberately failed to report on his 1967 federal income return nearly of taxable income which he knew the law required him to report and pay taxes on." Agnew pleaded no contest to a federal income tax evasion! The Maryland Bar Associa- tion said the plea was an admission of professional mis- conduct and requested that disbarment proceedings begin. Agnew, who sought a tempo- rary suspension rather than disbarment on the grounds the extreme action would destroy his livelihood, was notified of today's action by one of his attorneys. "He will not be making a comment said one of A g n e w's secretaries when reached through the White House switchboard. The special panel was ap- pointed by the Maryland State Court of Appeals, highest court in the state, which will take final action on the disbarment recommendation. Agnew served as Baltimore County executive and Maryland governor prior to being elected vice president, and his no contest plea to an income tax evasion charge related to a period when he was governor. Following a federal investiga- tion into a Maryland political kickback scheme, Agnew re- signed as vice president and pleaded "no contest" to the tax charge. Other allegations against him were dropped. At a hearing by the three- judge panel last month, Agnew asked the judges not to disbar him, but instead suspend him temporarily, pleading that dis- barment would destroy his means of livelihood. "I can resume a useful place in the practice of law after my Agnew said at that time. "The practice of law means a lot to me. I want to return at some later date and bring credit to my practice and the courts." Agnew's attorney, Leon Pier- son, said today he will file a list of exceptions to the recommen- dation within 20 days. He said he contacted Agnew and advised him of the action. Daniel Moylan, one of the attorneys who represented the bar association at Agnew disciplinary hearing last month, said considering the circum- stance, "This is what should have happened." A spokesman at the Maryland Court of Appeals gave no indication when the recommen- dation might be acted on. and his wife stated their income for that year as while actually it was Then Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson told the court the government was dropping pur- suit of further criminal charges against Agnew. U.S. Attorney George Beall had informed Agnew in August he was under investigation for possible bribe, conspiracy, extortion and fraud. But in a 40-page "exposition iof the evidence" presented at In resigning the vice presi- the time Agnew entered his dency Oct. 10, Agnew pleaded no contest to one count of income tax evasion for 1967. The court alleged that Agnew plea, the Justice Department said the former vice president collected: in engineering corn- influence him -to cash between 1966 and 1972 from Allen Green, president of Green Associates Inc., a Maryland pany, "to select the Green company for as many state road contracts as possible." least from Lester Matz, president of two Mary- land engineering companies, between 1968 and 1971. "Substdntial cash pay- ments" from seven engineering firms, presumably including the Green and Matz and one financial companies, during the time Agnew wai governor and vice president. NEW YORK (UPI) Stock prices opened broadly higher today on the New York Stock Exchange. Trading was moderate. The Dow Jones industrial average had risen 0 69 to 842.17 the opening, a three-to-one Free Space Ruling Due Court To Examine Candidate's Reply Space By CHARLOTTE MOULTON WASHINGTON (UPI) The Supreme Court agreed today to decide if a state can compel a newspaper to provide free reply space to a state political candidate who has been criti- cized by the publication. Only Florida and Mississippi have such laws but many news organizations are concerned other states might adopt the mandatory reply legislation if the Court finds them constitu- tional. The Court will make a ruling on their constitutionality in a test case involving the Miami JllblU a lUltC-LiJ-UUC------ 1 lead over declines among the Herald after oral 444 issues traded. On Friday, glamors and blue chips staged a powerful come- back from recent weakness, but unusually low volume marred the rally. The Dow climbed 18.37 to 841.48. rally followed nosedive over three sessions. The technical a 53.74-ppint previous the BURLINGAME, Calif. (UPI) Entertainer Bing Crosby was reported resting comfortably in an intensive care unit at Peninsula Hospital following surgery Sunday for the removal of a giant abscess from his left lung. v. Crosby, 69, was in satisfacto- ry condition in the intensive ward, where he will remain for two or three days as required by the "clinical course" of treatment, man said. a hospital spokes- LONDON (UPI) A judge today ordered held for another week an American girl and two men charged with conspiring to smuggle guns and ammunition into Britain. The girl, 18-year-old Allison Thompson of Calif., along Santa Barbara, with Moroccan Abdelkbir Hakkauoi, 25, and Pakistani Ather Naseem, 21, airport finding five pistols and 150 rounds of were arrested after customs men alleged ammunition Dec. 29. in her suitcase Weather Warmer AND VICINITY Cloudy BECKLEY Cloudy and warmer with chance of occasional light rain or driz- Ize this afternoon and tonight with highs this afternoon in the mid 40s. Low tonight in the upper 30s. Mostly cloudy and warmer on Tuesday with highs in the mid 50s. Probability of precipitation: afternoon, 30 50 per cent this per cent tonight and 20 per cent Tuesday. (Details on Page 9) arguments on the Florida statute later this term. a hearing to two Palm Beach, Fla., newspapers Hanks Will Open Office Saturdays By CHUCK GODDARD Register Reporter Raleigh County Circuit Clerk, C. Harold Hanks, announced today, "I will open my office on Saturday mornings for the convenience of the public until such time the legislature directs all county officials by statute the proper time to open or close the courthouse." Hanks said "State Senator Pat Hamilton of Oak Hill ad- vised me that a bill was put in the hopper Saturday (Jan. 12) in the West Virginia Legislature which would eliminate the controversy throughout our state with reference to the days per week the county courthouses will re- main open or closed." A recent Supreme Court ruling held that an amendment to the West Virginia Code which enjoined all courthouses, with the exception of Kanawha and ?abell counties, to maintain Saturday working hours was arbitrary, not reasonable and nappropriate. The court ruled after a suit was instigated by the Raleigh County Taxpayers Association asking that Hanks be forced to maintain business hours on Saturdays. Hanks had refused an August 1973 Raleigh County Court decision that he must open the Clerk's office on Saturdays. Hanks said today he would open his office this coming Saturday at a.m. and re- main open until noon. These hours will be maintained until a decision from the legislature s handed down, Hanks said. which have been ordered to pro- duce income tax returns and other financial records for pri vate inspection in a libel suit. The brief order left standing the order directed to Palm Beach Newspapers, Inc., pub- lisher of the Times and the Post, and signed by Broward County Circuit Judge Jose A. Gonzalez. Higher Florida courts had refused to interfere. In other actions, the Court: to review a lower federal court finding that the government is illegally permit- ting thousands of Mexican laborers to enter the United States for seasonal farm work. The appeals court decision did not apply to Mexican workers who enter the United States on a daily, commuter basis. to decide whether the Bureau of Indian Affairs may continue to hire teachers and other employes on the basis of its longtime Indian-preference policy. A three-judge federal court in Albuqquerque ruled in favor of a group on non-Indian employes who had challenged the policy. to disturb a lower HoUiQl) 2 Sections SINCE OLDEST INSTITUTION 16 Pages VOL. 174 BECKLEY, WEST VIRGINIA, (25801) MONDAY AFTERNOON, JANUARY 14, 1974 15 CENTS SAMUEL DASH Confident Dash Sees Renewed Hearings court decision permitting Panel Has Important Federal Power Commission (FPC) to eliminate formal hearing procedures in setting natural .rates. Five .oil companies argued that the new system allowing-only presenta- tion of position papers violated due process of law. to review specific rate increases approved by the FPC affecting more than 40 per cent of nutural gas supplies to the contiguous 48 states. The constitutional decision on :he press law case is expected before the Court ends its term in June. After the Florida Supreme (See "Free Space" Page 2) Teamsters Strike Huntington Plant HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (UPI) About 25 members of the Teamsters Union struck the C. L. Thornburg Co. today after negotiations broke down over a closed shop issue. Plant manager Webb Morri- son said he presumed the walk- out was because there had been lack of agreement over a closed shop for the union's first con- tract with the company. Em- ployes voted last June to be represented by the Teamsters Union and contract negotiations tied been under way since then. The plant is a distributor for heavy duty plumbing fixtures and supplies for water and sewage treatment plants. New Information WASHINGTON (UPI) Chief Counsel Samuel Dash said today Water- gate Committee has important, new information to provide the basis for continued hearings. Dash did not identify the areas he said he would urge the committee to explore but said he was confident the committee would go along with his recommendation for renewed hearings. As part of its inquiry, and under a special law passed by Congress, the committee subpo- enaed nearly 500 taped conver- sations and other White House materials. President Nixon said the list was so broad to impinge on presidential confidentiality to turn over the Voluni By WILLIAM E. CLAYTIN WASHINGTON (UPI) Energy Chief William E. Simon said today the government should be able to require oil companies to reveal much more information on their oil reserves and marketing. Otherwise, Simon said, the government won't be able to solve energy problems. Testifying at the first of several new congressional hearings planned this week on energy before Congress formally reconvenes after a month-long recess, Simon "All of our current sources of data are voluntary and for many of the programs we now operate this is simply not enough. We now clearly need mandatory reporting systems and mechanisms to check and enforce their proper operation." Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., chairman of the House-Senate economic subcommittee conducting today's hearing, told Simon: "I am sure my colleagues in the Congress and the public at large are as confused as I am after reading and hearing for weeks all conflicting reports of critical shortages, embargoes, broken embargoes, shortfalls, exhorbi-tant oil profits, etc." Proxmire said the shortages and reports of record-high profits by some oil firms create "great skepticism in this country." Simon said the Federal Energy Office has "already instituted a number of new systems to collect better energy data and to improve our management capabilities." He acknowledged that mosl of the information comes from Kissinger Negotiate BULLETIN By United Press International Egypt today rejected the troops disengagement plan work' ed out by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismai Fahmi said in Aswan, Egypt. He said Egypt was demanding that It be redrafted into an "Egyptian Dns His i disengagement plan worked out by Kissinger, but snags apparently were developing. The plan was reported to call for an Israeli pullback from the Suez Canal in return for unspecified American guarantees of Israel's security. The plan, described by American officials as containing "very concrete and specific nrnrwicalc" iirae Foughesf with Sadat saying, "We are thankful to Dr. Kissinger for his wonderful effort." American officials with Kissinger had told newsmen they expected to leave for Israel anc arfother round of bargaining with Israeli leaders around 4 p.m. (10 a.m. But then Kissinger and Fahmi began talks and Vest told newsmen a By United Press International U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, said today in Aswan, Egypt, that his attempt to conclude an agreement and refused materials. Dash said the committee was prepared to reach a compro- mise on the issue and suggested that if the White House showed a willingness, the committee would greatly reduce the number of documents and other materials sought. Dash said, however, that the committee would not be content separation of their forces "is the toughest negotiation I've ever been in." Kissinger made the comment in a chat with newsmen on the terrace of his hotel. It came after State Department spokes- man George Vest announced Kissinger's scheduled return to to accept five tapes as originally requested and drop the request for all the other materials. The five tapes Dash referred :o are of conversations between and his former chief counsel, John W. Dean. The White House refused to honor subpoenas for them and the (See "Panel Has" Page 2) than four hours to permit further negotiation with the Egyptians. "This is the toughest negotia- tion I've ever been in and the most Kissinger told the newsmen. "It's a very tough problem. It's tough to reconcile the two sides. But I like the people." Kissinger met today with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for nearly four hours and then began talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi at a working lunch at Kissin- ger's New Cataract Hotel overlooking the River Nile. Diplomatic sources told UPI correspondent Maurice Guindi in Aswan that Egypt had indicated satisfaction with the the Egyptians before Kissinger flew to Aswan from talks with Israeli leaders. Kissing e r's fourth day of negotiation joint American-Egyptian work- ing group would meet at p.m. a.m. After that Kissinger planned to meet started on an optimistic note (See "Kissinger's" Page 2) egister (Ring RrgisUr u> guard your to know and to be helpful to Rlnfi Rrglstrr At 253 1441 at any dav or niftht from in to 11 a.m. or The Register or know of situations that looking Into Q; Docs the Sears Roebuck and Co. have plans for a store in the near future in the shopping centers in Beckley? A: I. W. Davis, property manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co., in Greensboro, N.C, said the Beckley and Raleigh County the industry and much is not disclosed at all. Simon said he felt that "specific mandatory reporting legislation is required." Other energy developments put into effort today the first U. S. gas rationing plan with drivers allowed to buy gasoline only every other day. Venezuelan government official said that country would not go along with a freeze on oil export prices agreed to by other major producers and would "adjust our prices next month." independent truckers picketed today outside the Washington headquarters of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade organization ing major oil companies.; Truckers have been protesting big increases in prices of diesel fuel they use to run their rigs. asked Attorney General William B. Saxbe to look into the possibility of antitrust action against major oil firms. In his congressional ap- pearance, Simon said, his off ice was helping draft a bfll to force disclosure by the big companies of more than oil inventories, imports and refinery opera- tions. complex problems of reserves, and non-petroleum products will be he said. "I personally feel that the public has a right to complete and accurate information on the energy situation." He pledged to keep hands off some data related to national security or firms' competitive positions. In a letter to Saxbe, Proxmire said, "There may be ample constitute an illegal conspiracy in viola- tion of the Sherman (antitrust) act." Saxbe, although not respond- ing directly to the senator, said in a network interview, the answer to the fuel shortage retail markets have grown considerably during the past several may actually lie in easing of years and because of this growth several of the Sears execu- tives were prompted to visit the area last fall. He said at this time Sears does not have definite infor- mation "that leads us to believe a program could be placed into effect that would provide a large retail store within the next four or five years." "In view of that time element, we nave had discussions which will lead to the expansion of our catalog operation now in existence in Beckley. This expansion should occur during early 1974 and will feature self-service customer pickup. This process has received the overwhelming approval of our custo- mers in areas where it is already in operation, and we look forward to its installation at Beckley in order to provide better service for our customers in your Davis said. the antitrust laws to let the big oil companies work together. A House select committee on small business, headed by Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., will convene Wednesday. He said it will examine "the growing public skepticism about the severity of the oil shortage, and in some case whether there is a real energy crisis at all." The Senate Permanent Inves- tigations subcommittee and a (See "Voluntary" Page 2) s Donald Nixon's Tie To Mining Swindle Plot Not Clear (Editor's Note: The investigators linked F. Watergate investigating the former associates Committee i s possibility of Howard Hughes paid large sums of mo- ney to President Nixon's brother Donald for mining claim ventures. In the following dispatch, first of a five-part series on where the Watergate scandal now stands, Clay F. cial dealings in 1970. Investigators say the recluse billionaire may have been mining transactions. Donald Nixon to these mining ventures: contends spired to buy worthless'his associates. Although aithe President to win decisions mining claims in Nevada and dozen of the names on the! favorable to the Hughes empire amount was substantial." According to Hughes' as- Minutes of the committee's sociates, Donald Nixon sougnt personal financial gains by in which ignorant of the mining his associates con-! enterprises being carried on by'offering to use his kinship with i Utah cheaply, selling them to him for greatly inflated prices totaling million. involving an al- Richardson reports on what he leged attempt to pay off has uncovered about the mining Dominican Republic officials to venture in which Donald Nixon obtain mining rights in that subpoena were on the Hughes land related interests. apparently was involved. payroll, none had ever met Hughes. It was not until he became concerned he was being swindled that Hughes began to look into the affair, a Las Vegas source said. Latin American country. F. Donald Nixon's tie with both areas is reflected in the alleged scheme to swindle, subpoenas served on Nixon last Figures outside the Hughes circle, including Donald Nixon himself, tell a different story. They claim the Hughes associ- ates sought to use the Nixon name in their dealings to gain committee's interest in mining rights and other poten- executive session Nov. 29, 1973, include this comment from staff investigators: "We have been investigating the financial and business relationship of F. Donald Nixon to a number of people, including one John Meier (This) relates to possible illegal and unethical behavior, includ- ing illegal contributions to the campaign. "There's nothing we're inves- tigating that cannot be tied directly, through linkage, to the 1972 Dash said in an interview. He added that the committee's investigation of Hughes was "as important as anything we have done so far." The committee's main wit- ness is John Meier, a scientific expert who worked for Robert A. Maheu, the former head of 1972 campaign, and allegations [Hughes' Las Vegas empire, of bribery, conspiracy and i Meier now lives in Vancouver, in the subpoena is Arthur Blech, the accountant who drew up the President's controversial income tax returns. Blech also was tax accountant for Meier and F. Donald Nixon. Blech has told the committee he went to the Dominican Republic with Meier and the President's brother in 1969. Meier contends the President was aware of the trip. In addition to the mining claims, Meier testified he and By CLAY F. RICHARDS WASHINGTON (UPI) The Hughes over worthless mining Senate Watergate Committee is claims is not clear. But it is investigating the possibility, known the President's brother former associates of Howard traveled to the Dominican Hughes paid "substantial" Republic in 1969 with Hughes sums to President Nixon's mining associate John Meier, brother Donald for his help in'the key figure in both ventures, mining claims ventures in the! Committee sources said they western United States and the are convinced the White House Dominican Republic. has details of F. Donald In its probe of a Nixon's involvement. They said donation that a Hughes agent they have learned that Herbert made to Nixon's 1972 campaign, W. Kalmbach, the President's the committee's chief .personal lawyer, fund raiser counsel terms "as important as and Jong-time friend, quietly anything we have done so investigated the brother's finan- month seeking all White House documents, taoes and other matter that might link Donald Nixon with a group of 44 persons and 23 corporations. tial investments. They influencing and was indicted by a this was done to give the false jment impression the President sup- ported the operation. President Nixon, who had kept close watch on his brother's activities, stepped in A lengthy investigation byjafter the 1970 investigation he federal for income housing project in the At an executive session tax evasion in relation Dominican Republic. Blech days later, Terry F. Lenzner, i to mining claims, the chief investigator in thej Meier told the UPI of 67 persons corporations named in Hughes case, said: "We are'staff he hired Donald Nixon in investigating Mr. Meier's j 1969 as a consultant. Meier was relationship to F. Donald Nixon i fired by Maheu late in 1969, and [denied to Senate investigators committee tnat President's brother and ordered, and according toiand his (Nixon's) possibly printed reports have said he the several sources, ended Donald's subpoena shows that with the Hughes tied to the two mining associates. receiving cash, or compensa- was dismissed because the was involved at all in any Dominican deals. Blech said that before Meier and F. Donald Nixon had an argument that terminated their HOWARD HUGHES Possibility Of Swindle Sparked Own Check tion of some kind from either jPresidcnt wanted his brother to in 1971, they consid- deals. Three key figures in the Watergate committee directly." mining ventures are dead. ments, some stili secret, reveal; Chief Counsel Mr. Meier or the Hughes Tool sever the business relationship. Even after he was fired, L. Meier continued to attempt to' ered "four or five" business deals, but none was completed. Samuel knowledge Senate investigators said the a belief that Donald Nixon refused to divulge infor- buy mining claims both in thej n t ever testimony they received deve-! well paid for his services. One mation concerning the subpo- i western United States and Blech reportedly told" loped two conflicting pictures of investigator, while declining to ienaed names, but he said they jthe Dominican Republic. i Donald Nixon's role in thejgive a specific figure, told UPI jare tied to the 1972 presidential i Another key witness named) (See "Donald Nixon" Page 2) OPEN Tonight 'til 8 p.m. GRAY LUMBER CO. Magnavox Frigid Beckley, W. Va.