Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - August 1, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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House Votes to Allow
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted Friday, over President Nixon’s objections, to give him temporary standby powers to freeze prices, wages and interest rates.
Republicans, denouncing the move as political hypocrisy— especially since Nixon has said he w’ould not use such powers- -lost every effort to defeat or side track it.
UT Splits Arts, Sciences College
“You are trymg to write a little scenario for the 1970 (congressional) elections,” said Rep. John R Anderson, R 111 , chairman of the House Republican Conference. “This is the most blatant partisanship and political gamesmanship.”
But Chairman Wright Pat-man, D-Tex., of the House Banking Committee, Insisted “This is not political. We are
not attacking Mr. Nixon. It is a great compliment to the President that we vote him this power.”
Rep. William S. Moorhead, IV Pa., said that if present inflationary trends continue, the President might have to use such powers. But even if he did not, Moorhead continued, haw ing them in reserve would strengthen his hand if he should
Heads of the class
Dervin Rodgers and Gretchen Shoultz were top ranking students among a class of 49 at the Cooper High School summer school graduation Friday night. Rodgers, Miss Shoultz and Dr. EJwin L. Sidles, president of Hardin-Simmons University, addressed the graduates and audience at CHS auditorium. See story Page 3-A. (Staff Photo)
Some Castor Oil Bottles Said to Have Turpentine
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration issued an urgent, nationwide warning Friday about misbranded castor oil bottles that may contain lethal turpentine instead.
The agency warned consumers to discard any two-ounce bottles labeled Vi-Jon hospital brand castor oil unless they “can be certain it does not contain turpentine.”
At least one bottle has been found in the St. Louis area to contain turpentine rather than castor oil and the possibility exists that other mislabeled bottles could be in the hands of consumers, the FDA said.
“Turpentine, if given to a child in the place of castor oil, could be fatal,” the warning said.
The FDA said it could not determine the exact geographic distribution of the suspect lots of bottles because of a lack of coding.
The Vi-Jon castor oil product comes only in two-ounce bottles, the agency said. The company has plants in St. Louis and San Leandro, Calif.
In St. Louis, Jack Bruner, president of Vi-Jon Laboratories Inc., told a newsman, “Tell them we made a mistake. But tell them we don’t think it was too bad of a mistake.”
Bruner said the mislabeling occured in the St. Louis plant when at least one castor oil label in a stack got mixed in with a stack of turpentine labels. But he said his finn, primarily makers of men’s toiletries, had stopped making turpentine in April of 1969.
He said the labels are checked and doublechecked but that at least one was not checked well enough.
He said the firm sells 80 per cent of its castor oil in the St. Louis area and that he believes the St. Louis plant produces no castor oil for points west of Denver Cole. He said the San Lean-
dro plant handles distribution west of Denver.
Bruner said that the mistake was called to his attention a couple of months ago when a man called in and said he bought a bottle labeled castor oil, lock two tablespoons and it burned his throat. Bruner said the man said it was turpentine and that he, Bruner, believes it was in fact turpentine.
Bruner said the man, whom he did not identify, was treated
by a doctor who reported the incident to the FDA. The man is well now, Bruner said.
He said that an extensive survey of the firm’s St. Louis customers had turned up no other case of turpentine in bottles labeled castor oil.
He said the label on the castor oil bottle reads: Vi-Jon Hospital in blue lettering at the top and “Castor Oil” in red lettering underneath it. The two-ounce bottle has a white metal cap, he said.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. (AP) — Sweeping aside predictions their action might turn the University of Texas into “an educational wasteland,” UT regents Friday split the College of Arts and Sciences into three parts.
The unanimous vote of the powerful board of regents came after a day-long emotional debate. Deposed Dean John R. Sil-ber led the opposition while acting president Bryce Jordan urgzd the division.
“Getting closer to smaller groups results in better education and that is our aim,” said Jordan in proposing three colleges—humanities, social behavior sciences and natural sciences —to replace the present College of Arts and Sciences.
“What purports to he an order to divide the college is in fact an order to abolish it,” Silber said. “Irreparable harm will be done if this hastily contrived program is put into effect without time for refinement and elaboration.”
Silber was fired as dean of the college last week without explanation, but with indications the dismissal came from his opposition to Jordan’s plan. In Austin Friday, Dr. Samuel P. Ellison Jr., was named acting dean to replace Silber.
Sen. Chet Brooks asked Gov. Preston Smith Friday to appoint an investigating committee to look into UT administrative maneuvering.
“Any continuation of the kind of political pressure and hatchet work that has occurred in recent days obviously could result in serious sanctions against the university,” Brooks .said.
At the hearing in Corpus Christi, Dr. William Shive, chemistry professor, said representatives of the chemistry, economics, botany, physical education. zoology, microbiology, astronomy and the graduate school
departments favored the Jordan plan.
“This is a college destruction edict,” said State Rep. Frances Farenthold of Corpus Christi.
“If this is adopted, our university runs the risk of becoming an educational wasteland,” said Dr. Paul W. English, geography professor.
“This is like trying to save a baby’s life by butchering it into three or four bleeding fragments,” said Dr. David De-I^aura, English professor.
Jordan said the College of Arts and Sciences could expect an enrollment of 15.500 full-time students this fall with several thousand more taking some courses. “This is too large to accomplish the task that modern education requires,” he said.
Silber said a similar plan was tried three years ago by the University of Pittsburgh but they now are going back to a single college of arts and sciences.
“The University of Pittsburgh, now engaged in putting Humpty Dumpty back together, Is experiencing all of the difficulties related to that song of childhood,” Silber said.
“The University of Texas at Austin is now on the wall Why push it?”
In other action the regents: Asked for a study of student activity fees in stale colleges, particularly at UT-Arlingtnn and UT-El Paso where such fees a;« mandatory;
Approved plans for a $2.5 million initial facility at the Houston medical school that the first class could use until larger buildings are completed;
Appointed a committee to work out problems between the San Antonio medical school and the Bexar County Medical Association over a federal research giant in low-income areas of San Antonio.
call in business and labor leaders and try to talk them out of inflation-breeding increases.
The provision, incorporated in a bill to extend the Defense Production Act bv which the government controls strategic materials and facilities, now goes to the Senate, which has passed the extension without it.
The House passed bill provides the President would have discretionary authority to issue orders to stabilize prices, rents, wages, salaries and interest at levels not less than those prevailing May 25, 1970. ThK was the day when the proposal was made public.
The authority would expire Feb. 28. 1971. Republicans
charged this cutoff date simply meant the Democrats; wanter to ho in position, through the November elections, to criticize the chief executive if inflation continues and the powers are not used.
The composite bill was passed 257 to 19. However, since other matters are included in the measure, this vote did not provide a clear test of sentiment on the freeze.
The key amendment to delete It was defeated by a norurecord 78-41 vote.
A countermove to make the freeze mandatory—thus shifting the responsibility to Gaigret -lost 270 to ll.
Also defeated. 53 to 21, were proposals to establish a special congr<*ssional committee with authority to order the freeze, and also bv voice vote, one for wage-price controls only on government contracts.
The amendment to Impose the freeze by congressional authority was offered by Rep. Benja-
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Ford Denies Silber Firing Reason Grant Was Refused
AUSTIN (AP) - The Ford Foundation in New York denied Friday published reports that it withdrew a $200,000 grant to the University of Texas because Dr. John Silber was fired as dean.
“The fact is,” said the foundation, “that no grant had been made prior to his removal.” The foundation s position was explained in a statement from Vice President (Champion Ward and was read to The Associated Press over the telephone by Richard Magat, director of the office of reports for the foundation.
Ward said the foundation had
put out a written notice that the university was to get $200,000. it later sent out a correction deleting the “proposed grant” after it learned that there would he a delay in formal acceptance by the university administration “if not a substantial question” as to whether it would be accepted.
Whitman Bassow of the foundation was quoted by the school newspaper as saying the grant was contingent upon Silber remaining in charge of the College of Arts and Sciences. The proposed grant was based on sug-
AFRAID OF COALITION
Thieu Nixes Cease-Fire Rumors
SAIGON (AP) - President Nguyen Van Thieu said Friday night he will never accept a standstill cease-fire because it would leave the enemy in control of scattered areas of South Vietnam in a “leopard skin” or spotty pattern.
In a nationwide television and radio address, Thieu knocked down reports circulating in Saigon that he was about to make a new peace initiative, including a standstill cease-fire. He declared such a cease-fire w'ould lead to a coalition regime which he never would accept. A standstill cease-fire would freeze both sides in their positions.
“A leopard skin solution,” bs said, “woud mean the Communist control certain areas by themselves, including political organizations, with their own flags, their own military organization, their own government-tiny Communist nations situated in Vietnam.
“To accept a leopard skin solution for the entire war, is to go from step to step toward a coalition government, from rear to high echelons, from local areas
to the entire nation. I confirm that I will never accept it.
“To say that our side and the allies favor a standstill ceasefire is untrue.”
The president added that the enemy has violated truces or partial cease-fires in the past.
Hours before Thieu’s address, President Nixon told a Los Angeles news conference that “President Thieu’s posit urn wit h regard to negotiations is on all fours with wits.”
We have consulted with him and he with us before any negotiating positions have been presented and also you will note that Ambassador Bruce went to South Vietnam and met with President Thieu and with Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker to be sure that there was no disagreement on our negotiating positions.”
Ambassador David KE. Bruce is the new chief of the U.S. delegation to the Paris peace talks. He left Saigon Monday after a three-day visit in Vietnam.
While Thieu said recent rumors in Saigon that he would
propose a cease-fire were wrong, he added that South Vietnam would “continue to negotiate seriously” at the Paris peace talks.
“My speech today.” Thieu continued, “is not to propose any new peace initiative hut is aimed at discussing a problem that people discussed for the past few days. And in this matter, many people understand it wrongly.
“At the same time, I want to confirm that our stand for peace
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has not changed. We are ready to negotiate with the other side any matter that will help end the war soon and restore peace to this beloved country.”
Thieu referred to an address he made July ll, 1969, on “the restoration of peace,” and said his position had not changed since then.
In that address, Thieu proposed elections under international supervision with the Viet Cong taking part, and a policy of national reconciliation.
Thieu also repeated his conditions for a cease-fire which he first outlined in an address to a joint session of the National Assembly Oct. 6. 1969.
“We are ready to discuss with the other side any problem including the problem of a ceasefire, if such is their desire, and provided they have the good will to hold serious discussions,” he said then.
“In order to l»ave a cease-fire to really end the war, we must first discuss the modalities of the cease-fire, and not have an unconditional cease-fire first be
fore we discuss the modalities. By discuss, I mean serious discussions with the good will to end the war ”
Thieu said Friday night the cease-fire must lead to an e^d in thp war and not simply to allow the “opposite side to profit. by it. to restore their strength, strengthen their force, increase their means of fighting and let the war come back more and more fiercer.”
“So a cease-fire must be carried out correctly and must be respected,” the president added. “To do so. it must have efficient supervision ... there are a number of necessary conditions of any cease-fire solution. If not. any ceasefire is useless and the enemy will profit bv it as the Communists have shown many times before.”
Thriu said that if the other side is stubborn and refuses to negotiate a settlement, the war w ll end anyhow by force with South Vietnam in a strong position and the enemy weakened.
“It is juct a matter of time,” Thieu added.
gestions by Silber for use of the money, the foundation acknowledged.
But Bassow claimed Friday the Daily Texan misquoted him.
If this is true, Silber apparently misunderstood the situation, too. He wrote Chancellor-elect Charles LeMaiftre July 9 that “I had been selected to be among the first recipients of a new program of awards from the foundation to support innovative programs in American higher education.
“It is the distinctive feature of this new program that awards are made to individual administrators who have demonstrated a capacity to innovate ... It was explained that were I to have the University of Texas or cease to be in position of administrative responsibility from which to carry on innovative programs, any uncommitted portion of the award would revert to the Ford Foundation or have to be renegotiated by the University of Texas ”
LeMaistre fired Silber July 24 without any public explanation.
Ward said, “If in the future a new proposal is received we will, of course, consider it en the merits. We should add that in this case, as in others, the foundation makes it a firm policy not to interfere in local disputes in universities or rn other institutions.”
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather MJP. P9- 2-A)
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