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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 nation. "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. stateside 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- fic offense. 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 in jail. 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 the bill. 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 said. 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, he said. 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 armed guard. "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." ;