European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1977, Darmstadt, HessePage 6 THE STARS AND STRIPES Friday, December 9, 1977
Sign of the times
As U.S. Treasurer, Azie Taylor Mor-
ton's handwriting has appeared with
Treasury Secretary W. Michael Blu-
menthal's signature on 12 million new
bills each day since October. Morton
says, "I think we ought to look at the
role of the treasurer in government. I
think it needs to be upgraded." —AP
$30,000 worth stolen by ring
Thieves find Bibles
a lifting experience
NASHVILLE, Term. (AP) — Shocked
police in this Bible belt town said Wednes-
day they had arrested three members of a
ring that stole up to 1,200 Bibles worth an
estimated $30,000 and apparently turned
some of them over to a "connection" in theNorth.
Officers said they expected more ar-
rests and had recovered hundreds of the
Bibles stolen from the warehouse of
Thomas Nelson Publishers, which claims
to be the largest publisher of Bibles in the
"Never before to my knowledge in nine
years of police work have I heard of this
kind of thing," said police detective DavidLeaver, 30.
"I've heard of one or two Bibles being
stolen from motel rooms, but this is the
first time an organized Bible theft ring has
been uncovered that I know of," he said.
"Thou shall not steal — it's in the Bible.
They should have read the Bible. We are in
the Bible belt here and things might go
pretty rough on them," he said. "They
might get struck by lighting."
Officers arrested a Nelson employee
Monday night. On Tuesday, two more sus-
pects, one a former employee, were taken
into custody and accused of receiving and
concealing 1,200 stolen Bibles.
Leaver said authorities were "trying to
find out now what their connections were."
He said the missing Bibles had shown up in
several Northern bookstores.
"They were different colors and kinds,
with leather backs," Leaver said. "They
were pretty expensive Bibles. They'd be
retailed for $ 19.95 to $39.95. There was $30,-
000 worth. They had an inside connection
at the warehouse."
Leaver and three other officers staked
out the warehouse Tuesday night and fol-
lowed a truck from there to a service sta-
tion. Leaver told a reporter they saw the
Bibles transferred to two pickup trucks
and followed them to a trailer park. The
policemen moved in as' the Bibles were
transfered to a small storehouse.
Leaver declined to discuss further de-tails of the investigation.
FBI captures man on its 'most wanted' list
WASHINGTON (UPI) — The FBI has
captured one man on its "most wanted"
list and added the name of another.
Patrick Huston, 47, accused of a 1974
robbery of a bank in New York City, was
captured without incident in Fort Lauder-
dale, Fla., the FBI said Wednesday.
Huston and two other suspects escaped
from prison while awaiting trial. The
others were recaptured and later con-victed.
The FBI added the name of Enrique Es-
trada to the list, saying he was a drug user
and faced charges of robbing and beating
to death two elderly women in their Holly-wood, Calif, homes.
Anticipation proved too much for waiting wife
LOS ANGELES (UPI) — A Russian and
his American wife, who had not seen each
other for more than a year because he was
denied an exit visa by Soviet authorities,
were reunited at the airport Wednesday
night, after she fainted from anticipation
of his arrival.
Elaine Besedin, 24, was revived after a
few seconds in time to greet her husband,
Victor, 24, with hugs and kisses, when he
arrived a few minutes later. Surrounded
by a large group of reporters and photog-
raphers, she slumped to the floor as other
passengers on his flight began arriving inthe reception area. •
Besedin also saw his 14-monih-old child
for the first time.
Besedin originally was scheduled to
arrive last Saturday but his wife waited in
vain at the airport. The reason for the
delay was not disclosed.
They married while she was on a study
exchange program in Russia in 1976. She
returned to the U.S. in August 1976, when
her visitor's visa expired, but her husband
was denied an exit visa.
Bill to lower D.C. marijuana penalties vetoed
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mayor Walter
E. Washington vetoed a bill which would
have lowered penalties for possession of
less than one ounce of marijuana in the
District of Columbia to the same as a traf-
Under the bill, approved 7-6 last month
by the city council, adults caught with less
than an ounce of marijuana would receive
citations similar to traffic slips for the first
three offenses. A fourth offense could
carry a $1,000 fine and mean up to one year
A city spokeswoman. said the mayor
may approve a revised version of the bill if
prohibitions against trafficking in other
drugs such as heroin are strengthened.
Church officials and four of the council
members who voted against the bill had
lobbied for the veto. About 18 states al-
ready have approved legislation similar to
Posf office won't accept any bull in the mail
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (UPI) — A rampaging Brahman bull nearly stayed the
faithful postman from his appointed rounds Wednesday. At least he created havoc on aloading dock at the main post office.
The animal fled the Husband Brothers Packing Co., about five blocks away and bargedinto a fenced mail loading area.
"Some guys from the packing plant were trying to catch him, and that bull jumped
right up onto the dock," dock supervisor Joe Carrel said. "He was full grown, with thehump and all.
"I got pretty close to him, with something between me and him," Carrel said. "And he
didn't have any postage on him so I wanted somebody to come and get him and take him
back." The bull finally was shot and the carcass hauled away to a packing house.
Could Chicken Man top an operator like this?
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (UPI) — Animal
control officer Roger Speck knows how to
handle a chicken roundup.
When a truck carrying several hundred
chickens stalled in downtown Grants Pass
Wednesday, about three dozen of the fowl
slipped free and scattered under the truck
and along the sidewalk.
Speck arrived and had no trouble round-
ing up the strays — he simply sprinkledgrain under the truck.
He then put up some chicken wire and
corralled them when they rushed under toeat.
Pearl Harbor revenge attack told
HONOLULU (AP) — American war-
planes strafed four fishing boats manned
by crewmen of Japanese ancestry in Ha-
waiian waters the day after the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor, killing six civil-
ians, surviving crewmen have claimed.
Wednesday's Honolulu Star-Bulletin
said two of the survivors, Seiki Arakaki
and Sannosuke Onishi, identified the
planes that attacked them on Dec. 8, 1941
— 26 years ago Thursday — as P40s.
All four of the sampan-design fishing
boats were based at Kewalo Basin, near
downtown Honolulu, they said, and none
carried a flag. Most of the crewmen on the
boats were American citizens, the paper
Arakaki, 57, of Honolulu, said he was a
crewman aboard the sampan Kiho Maru,
which had been fishing off Oahu's leeward
coast since Dec. 4. He said the crew real-
ized "something was happening" on Dec. 7
when it saw columns of smoke coming
from Pearl Harbor that morning and saw
the island in darkness that night.
The sampan did not have a radio, Ara-
kaki said, and did not learn of the attack
until another sampan pulled alongside and
delivered the news later that night.
The Kiho Maru met three other sam-
pans the next morning and all four headed
toward Kewalo Basin.
"All of a sudden, there were.four or five
Army P40s flying over us," Arakaki said.
"Each picked out a target and attacked."
The sampans were about two miles off
Barber's Point, about 10 miles west of
Pearl Harbor, at the time of the incident,
Nine crewmen survived the mid-morn-
ing attack, but most were wounded. All but
three have since died.
After the planes attacked, a destroyer
arrived on the scene and dispatched
launches to tow the sampans, with the
dead and wounded, back to Kewalo Basin,the survivors said.
They were taken to a civilian hospital
where the wounded were kept under
"We were questioned. They asked us
'What were you doing out there, helping
Japanese submarines?'" said Arakaki.
Both Arakaki and Onishi said they were
told that U.S. authorities found "enemy
bullets" on their sampans.
"I knew otherwise, but I couldn't sayanything," Araki said.
Several of the victims' families later pe-
titioned the U.S. government for compen-
sation, the Star-Bulletin said. In 1967, 26
years after the incident, the widow of the
Kiho Maru skipper received $8,000.
Takumi received about $2,500 and pro-
ceeds from the sale of fish that was in his
boat on the day of the attack. Onishi said
he received nothing because he was an
alien and was told he had no claim.
Onishi, 78, said he bears no grudgeabout the attack.
"I look at it this way — I thank my God
that I'm still alive," he said.
Arakaki said he served in the U.S. Army
but was unable to get a job at PearlHarbor after the war.
"At that time I felt that if I had a gun Iwould have shot somebody," he said. "But
at this moment, I have no feelings."