Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2A Cedar Rapids Gazette Wed , Aug 21, 1971
Aftermath of Trial Still Plagues Gainesville Eight
LAFF - A - DAY
Guide for Investors
And for Collectors
Collectors or investors who have the desire to collect in denominations above the nickel and dime category will certainly find satisfaction in either the Unites States quarter or half-dollar series.
There are two fewer types in an accumulation of quarters than halves but their designs run essentially the same gamut except for a few of the later issues.
As fractional parts of the U S. mint unit of account, both were authorized under the act of April 2, 1792, and neither has been in serious trouble with public acceptance throughout their 176 and 178-year histories, respectively.
The collectability of the quarter and half dollar is hampered somewhat by the
by Mort Reed
ever-present high value factor in the draped-bust/small eagle design of the Type I quarter (A) and the Type II half (B).
But while it poses a cost problem for the collector, it makes an interesting longterm investment for the investor
When any required type com. by reason of its extremely low mintage, is in a rarity position, the collector should exert every effort to obtain a reasonably good specimen before attempting to complete the series.
It will serve the purpose of a filler until such time as it would be economically feasi-, hie to trade in on a more desirable piece.
The rate of development for a high-value coin in any of the lesser conditions is equal to the rate of development for the higher grade coins, which is to the collectors’ advantage when a trade is negotiated.
The theory has been advanced before, and a study of the Bed Bonk shows the idee to be practicable In 1963 for instance, the estimated value of a 1796 Type I draped-bust/small eagle quarter dollar was $900 in very good condition The same piece in the same condition in the latest Bed Book is valued at $1. 300, an increase that would certainly go a long way to ward the purchase of the same year and date in fine condition. estimated to be worth $2,100.
Upgrading a collection is one of the many advantages of dealing directly with a re sponsible coin firm They advocate it and in fact do ev ervthing possible to cooperatt with established customers
Unfortunately, such cooperation does not exist among all dealers and the collector j should determine a firm’s policy on trading before clos- j mg the original deal
A second advantage to reliable firms is the assurance that
$600-Million Trode Deficit for France
PABIS (AF*) — Prance suffered a $800-million foreign trade deficit in July, up sharply from an SHU-in111 ion deficit in June, the foreign trade ministry reported Thursday.
A spokesman explained that French oil imports were reduced during June when some refineries were closed for technical reasons. The oil imports then went up sharply in July to compensate for the reduced purchases in June
The seasonally adjusted index showed that French exports in July covered 86 4 percent of imports in July, compared to 98 percent in JOnc.
coins purchased are as represented. Caution is strongly urged against buying reconditioned or illegally processed coins that may be involved in a future trade-in.
Coins should be closely examined for applied cosmetic treatments such as whizzing or buffing with a wire brush. It is not at all unreasonable to question the veracity of any coin offered at any price not supported by a certificate of authentication.
Such suggestions may seem a bit strong to some dealers, both professional and nonprofessional, but the customer should never lose sight of the fact that not all dealers are collators, or for that matter, even numismatists. Their business is quite often, selling a specialized commodity within a rather exclusive market where the demand is almost always greater than the supply.
And more often than not. many so-called dealers know less about the condition of a coin than the customer. To them a buck is a buck and a deal is a deal with no guarantees.
He should voluntarily accompany (‘ach sale with a warranty assuring the full purchase price will be refunded if the item is found to he other than represented
By John \1ufller
GAINESVILLE, Fla (AP) -A year after they were acquitted. defendants in the Gainesville Fight conspiracy case say they’re still trying to recover from the trial’s effects.
“I still don’t trust a whole lot of people.” said Scott ( amil, a defendant whose best friend turned out during the trial to be a government informer Uamil’s feelings seem to mirror those of the other defendants.
Seven members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and a sympathizer were found innocent last Aug. 31 of plotting violence during the 1972 Republican national convention
The trial lasted nearly five weeks and the jury took less than four hours to decide their innocence.
The eight were Cantil, Stanley Michelson, Alton Foss and John Briggs, all of Gainesville; Don Perdue, of Hollywood. Fla.; Peter Mahoney of New York; Bill Patterson of Kl Paso, Texas, and John Kniffin of Austin, Texas.
In May. the eight filed a $1.2 million suit against government prosecutors charging they deprived the defendants of their constitutional rights by using paid FBI informers.
The government’s case was based primarily on informers and paid agents who infiltrated the VV AW One of the informers was Emerson Poe, a close friend of ( amil
"I keep much more to myself than I did before the trial. It s a bummer because I like people.” ( amil, 28. said
( amil left Gainesville briefly after the trial, shaved off his curly black heard and then slipped quietly hack into this North Florida university community to write a hook and help produce a movie about his experiences.
‘I'm politically the same as before,” (’amil said “Now I’m trying to write the book and get the story out "
After the trial, the defendants scattered across the country.
“We’re trying to get together
a reunion of the Gainesville Eight trial,” (’amil said
“We’re trying to get it set for the end of August in Gainesville.”
Kniffin, 32, is working as a mechanic in Brenham, Texas, and taking night lotuses at the University of Texas in Austin, working toward a degree in sociology
“The trial created financial hardships that will be hard to overcome,” Kniffin, who is married, said.
Defense attorneys donated their time, but after the trial Kniffin estimated the defendants still owed some $40,006 for transcripts, legal costs and travel expenses for themselves and witnesses.
Kniffin is still active in veterans’ affairs and participated In the veterans’ demonstration in Washington. DC., on July 4.
Briggs, 22. is working as a recording engineer in Gainesville and manages a rock bund.
“I’ve had just hard times getting things together. I feel really afraid to open up to new people who come into my life I just don’t talk much,’’ Briggs said.
Michelson. 25, is back in Gainesville after working for a while on a Puerto Rican farm and he is active in the .American Veterans Movement He was among a group that took over an elevator in the Washington Monument a couple of weeks ago
“I went to Puerto Rico so I could be Stanley. I had to be just Stanley , just myself A lot of people introduce you This is Stan Michelson He’s one of the Gainesville Eight’,” Michelson said.
Patterson, 26. who represented himself at the trial, is attending the University of Texas branch in El Paso, “trying to recover,” and trying to get his head and his finances together.
“I think I had probably the highest level of blind hostility I’ve ever had in my life.” when the trial ended. Patterson said. That hostility, aimed at police
and law enforcement agencies, caused him to be harassed hy the police and arrested.
He was taken before a judge for failure to identify himself to an officer and was arrested another time for having a weapon, which turned out to be legal, he said
Patterson said he's still suspicious of people
Foss, 27, still fail's legal trouble. He is accused of selling five pounds of marijuana to an undercover narcotics agent.
His trial was postponed in July after he was committed to a Veterans Administration hospital mental ward strapped to a stretcher after a weekend of using cocaine and barbiturates in nervous anticipation of the trial
He loft after a week and a half in the hospital, when he woke up one night to find another patient urinating on him. “There’s nobody who’s ever going to get well in that place,” he said.
Foss said he’s been apolitical since the trial, raising fend in his own garden and keeping bees.
Perdue. 25, is working as a diving instructor in Hollywood, Fla., and plans to return to school part time in the fall to finish up a degree in oceanography.
“I think a lot of people are seeing it our way now,” Perdue said, adding that people are believing the defense claims that their prosecution was tied to Watergate.
Mahoney, 26. has been attending Hunter college, working part time in an offtrack betting shop and participating in an occasional demonstration
He said that following the trial he had trouble for a long time trusting new people and was treated by a psychiatrist.
Perdue and his wife planned to spend a month this summer in Europe
“This is the trip we were supposed to take in August of 1972 We never quite got there,” he said
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Late Arrival Excuses Speed?
KORT LAUDERDALE, Fla (UPI) — Willie Black paid the $25 fine for speeding, but he thinks his wife proved that he was right all along.
Black was stopped by police two weeks ago for driving 90 miles an hour in a 55 mph zone. He told police he was rushing his wifi1, Barbara to a hospital because she was about to give birth.
But the Blacks’ infant failed to arrive, and Black did not contest the $25 fine levied by county Judge Mort Soper.
The next day Mrs. Black gave birth to a daughter.
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For Better Health
Tips to Keep the Heat
Down in Your House
By Dr S U. Andelman
A cool holist' in summer can do much to keep you healthy — allowing you lo get plenty of sleep and rest and giving you ii cool shelter in which to prepare and oat nutritious meals But with the current energy crisis, many readers wonder how they can conserve energy while still keeping their houses a reasonable temperature lf you don’t have air conditioning, there art* a number of things you can do to make your house more comfortable during the hottest summer days. If you do have air conditioning, many of these same measures can reduce the load on your air-conditioning system and thus save energy.
Reduce Heal Here art* some tips for keeping your home cool;
I — Reduce heat gain from the attic. When your roof is heated by the sun. your attic may be as much as 40 (leg. hotter than the temperature of the outside air You can reduce transfer of this heat into your living area by insulating the attic or by using an exhaust fan to greatly reduce attic temperatures — and the flow of heat into your home.
especially from direct sun. In addition to draperies, you can use awnings, overhangs or louvered sun screens to reduce solar heat gain. Be sure they’re properly designed so that you can’t trap air in the window area.
3 _ Use light-colored paints
and roofing materials. A dark colored exterior surface may get as much as HO deg. hotter than the air temperature in direct sunshine, while I ho same surface painted white would only he about 20 deg above the air temperature. It s especially good to have the roof color as light as possible
4 _ Use hoods over stoves and exhaust fans in the kitchen, bath and laundry areas.
If you don’t have air conditioning, yon can keep your house cooler by:
1 — Taking advantage of the daily temperature cycle. Open windows and draw cooler night air into the house; close up tightly during the day.
2 — Drawing in air from the coolest side of the house when ventilating. Investigate the possibility of installing a large exhaust fan in the attic to pull fresh air throughout the house
3 — Using small, quiet circulating fans to provide local air movement.
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