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Fond Du Lac Reporter (Newspaper) - August 31, 1974, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin Fond du Lac Reporter 22 Pages Fond du Lac, Wis., Saturday, Aug. 15 Cents U.S. returns American deserter to Canadians PEACE ARCH INTER- NATIONAL PARK (AP) Ronald J. Anderson is back oc his adopted Canadian soil and the American Army deserter vows never to return to the United States "until I'm sure there's amnesty." "It's a great thing to know that a nation of 20 million people is behind Ander- son said after crossing the bor- der into the land he now calls home and the arms of his wife, Marion. He was released late Friday after spending a week in the stockade at Ft. Lewis, Wash., awaiting court-martial on charges of being absent without official leave. His freedom came after a formal protest and a request for his return by the Canadian government. Anderson had been arrested last Saturday by U.S. border guards at this heavily traveled crossing in an incident Ameri- can officials later admitted oc- curred "a few yards over the Canadian border." After that admission on hursday, Canada asked for Anderson's return. On Friday, the U.S. State Department said t had granted Canada's re- uest. Anderson, 31, said he learned bout 2 p.m. he would be re- eased. Less than five hours lat- r he was free in Canada, where he has landed-immigrant tatus. He plans to apply for anadian citizenship in another month. 'I'll never go back until I enow it's Anderson said. Even though the attitude in the United States might be soft- ning, you know the military is oing to continue to enforce the aw the way it sees it." Asked if an amnesty declara- ion would bring many Ameri- an deserters or draft-evaders jack, he said, "I don't think so. think it would be used mainly or visits. I wouldn't go back to ive. Anyway, President Ford will probably declare uncon- ditional amnesty for everyone except Ronald Anderson." REPORTER subscribers wil be reading an excellent new series, "Your Child's next month with it will go a "child health kit" for more on this later visitor to editorial offices this week was D. C. Pickard, now 78, who was farm editor am courthouse reporter for this newspaper back in 1924 he recalls the late Judge Fellenz as a "very fine fellow" Piokard went on to work for United Press in New York and was owner-editor of the Savanna Times-Journal weeklj from 1926-55 his address now is Box 223, Savanna, 111 we might point out tha another nice thing about this Anderson was driven the 150 miles from Ft. Lewis to the U.S.-Canadian border by Ray Anderson, the Canadian coun- sul-general in Seattle, who said he was informed he had to pick up his man only an hour before taking custody. "The U.S. reaction was ac- tually extremely he said. C o n s u 1-General Anderson called the arrest a "in- appropriate apprehension" and a violation of Canadian sover- eignty. "What happened was that a number of people felt they had found someone and were going to apprehend the consul said. He said he was sure U.S. guards hadn't intended to vio- late Canadian territory. Anderson, a carpenter in Mis- sion, B.C., said he had learned while being held at Ft. Lewis that members of his union local had collected money to help gain his release. An Army report to the State Department said Anderson had jeen absent without leave for 10 months when he was cap- tured and court-martialed in October 1968. Anderson escaped from the Ft. Lewis stockade again that November and fled to Canada. He said he had crossed back into the United States several times- to visit his mother, Betty Peterson of Poulsbo, Wash. On Saturday, however, cus- toms officials checked his Ca- nadian license plate through the U.S. National Crime Infor- mation computer system. "I was detained at the bor- Anderson said. "They opened the trunk. They told me to come into the building. "They asked for identi- fication. I produced my B.C. drivers license. A U.S. customs officer said, 'Give me your wal- let.' I said I didn't have to give up my wallet. I told him I re tained some rights. He said, Til read you your rights.' Ford mulls amnesty WASHINGTON (AP) Sec- retary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and Atty. Gen. Wal- iam B. Saxbe proposed today that Vietnam war draft evaders and deserters spend up to 18 months in public service jobs as a condition for return to U.S. society. The two Cabinet officers also ecommended to President Ford in a nearly two-hour White House conference that ;uch deserters and draft dodg- ers make a formal "reaffir- mation of allegiance to the United States.'' They presented a six-page oint memorandum Ford, who took it under study. The memorandum was pre- sented 12 days after Ford made a surprise suggestion that draft dodgers and deserters from the Vietnam period should be allowed to earn their way back. Representatives of such men living in Canada have said they want unconditional amnesty, contending that they acted out of conscience and should not be penalized. Schlesinger and Saxbe esti- mated there are some deserters and draft dodgers po- tentially eligible, about of them living in Canada. Weather Clear to partly cloudy and unseasonably cool today, tonight and Sunday. Windy today. Highs in 60s and lower 70s. Lows to- night from upper 30s to near 50. Highs Sunday in 50s and 60s. Max. Min. Aug. 30, 1974 ..........75 52 Aug. 30, 1973 ..........65 50 4 p.m. 6 p.m. 8 p.m. 10 p.m. Midnight 2 73 ...72 70 ...60 59 56 4 a.m. 6 a.m. 8 a.m. 10 a.m. Noon ....54 ...51 55 ....57 inch rain. Sunset p.m. Sunrise a.m. Yugoslavia railway disaster Scores of passengers were killed and more than 150 others injured when this express train jumped the rail and over- turned as it approached the Zagreb station Friday night. Crews were searching the wreckage during the day to d termine whether more victims might be buried under it. (AP Wirephoto via cable from Zagreb) Toll soars in train disaster ZAGREB, Yugoslavia (AP) An express train flipped over at the entrance to the Zagreb railroad station after passing a red signal light Friday night and an estimated 150 passen- gers were killed, officials re- ported today. The his assistant and the" switchman were ar- rested on suspicion they caused the accident by neglect. An investigating commission said the train, carrying vaca- tioning Yugoslav workers, was traveling between 49.7 and 55.9 I! paper is that it doesn't eve need a new picture tube it was "Happy Birthday' Wednesday for Police Chiei Harold Rautenberg Ron Harvey's new band, now rehearsal, will be called Phase IV Hazel Jordan, Lomira recalls with fondness her lov of ice skating near her horn on the southwest side of the city as a young girl th Beacon wishes someone wouli report on those four FDL guy and a gal who have a bam in Boston. Sign on door at Horace Mann High at North Fondy: "You can't run around with the owls at night and keep up with the Orioles in the day- time." THIS COLUMN refuses hold people up to ridicule s no name will be used with this anecdote a city resident planted a 6-foot crabaipple tree 12 years ago, watched it grow to 18-foot height, picked up but never tasted the small, hard fruit until this year when lo and behold be found he had a plum tree in his yard Manfred Kruel, 916 Meadowlane, Mayville, writes to ask about a minor error in the paper but adds a compliment: "Your coverage of world, national and local trews is very complete and prompt. Keep up the good work of publishing the Reporter" Verna LeGault. Route 1, Van JDyne, who wrote a "First Person" story about a squirrel taking over a martin house, reports the mother has moved her four young ones to a new home in a dead tree then there was the master of ceremonies who told the storv about a friend visiting Eli Whifnev after he had invented the cotton
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