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WASHINGTON (P) - The House may be
on the verge of halting government money
for development of a supersonic trans-
port after a decade of support for the pro-
posed 1,800-mile-an-hour jetliner.
An Associated Press nose count shows
202 House members against the SST, 188
for it and 29 undecided with 14 unreached
or refusing to say where they stand.
That's too close for predictions but if
opponents can hold the 202 no votes they
need to win over only 16 of the undecideds
for a 218 vote House majority to halt fed-
eral money for the SST.
The Senate voted 52-41 last year to scrap
the program but the House held firm and
kept it alive. The new House lineup is a
sharp shift from just two years ago when
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may cut
the vote for new SST money was 126 to 64.
Congress' cutoff of federal money could
kill the program and pull America out of
the supersonic jet-age competition-but
the Nixon administration says it has alter-
native contingency financing plans for con-
sideration if Congress takes that step.
The nose count showed House opposition
to development of the 298 passenger, delta-
wing SST based mainly on grounds of air-
port noise, the environmental question,
distaste for government financing of a
private plane, and contentions that the
money should go instead to social pro-
The only thing the SST will do is get
us from Harlem to Watts in two hor .:in-
stead of five." said Rep. Robert F. Drunm

off SSTJ
(D-Mass.), the first Catholic priest to be
a voting member of the Rouse.
But several opponents and many of the
undecided congressmen say they would
vote for the plane if they had hard evi-
dence it would not be a pollution prob-
lem. A special administration study group
is expectedto try to supply such eviderce
before the vote next month.
Continued federal money for the plane
hangs on the uncommitted congressmnen
and most of those interviewed ind.cated
they could go either way.
Aides in some offices said candidly
thcugh eff the record that the members'
- tes will depend on pressures fromtheir
'he SST vote, expected by mid March
be cn whether to continue iederal

funding for the development proram the
remaining three months from April to
June 30 for fiscal 1971 at a level of $210
million a year.
Spending authority for not only the SST
but for the entire S5 billion Department
of Transportation operation was extended
to March 30 as a result of a Senate fili-
buster and House deadlock over the SST
at the end of the 91st Congress early last
Opponents have been promised a sepa-
rate vote on the SST not tied to killing
highway funds and the variety of other
transportation programs.
Its simplest form would be motions in
both the House and Senate to strike SST
funds from the transportation bill.


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Page Three

news briefs

Nixon urges debt limit
hike; price index soars

By The Associated Press


AN AMERICAN BUSINESSMAN housed PX officials and others
in luxurious Saigon villas in return for help in forging a slot ma-
chine monopoly and boosting liquor sales, a Senate investigator
testified yesterday.
With funds provided partly by Jim Beam Distillery Co. of Chicago
and Carling Brewery of Cleveland, William Crum reportedly befriended
civilians, sergeants and generals with gifts and parties, bribes and
LaVern Duffy, the investigator, was testifying before the Senate
permanent investigation subcommittee.
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE Maurice Stans said yesterday
he fully disclosed his financial holdings to the Senate before being
confirmed in January 1969.
The secretary's statement came three days after The Associated
Press reported that he held 38,000 shares worth $318,000 in Great South-
west Corp., a major Penn Central railroad subsidiary, at the time his
Commerce Department was involved in administration plans to help
save the railroad from bankruptcy.
Stans said a trust he had set up at that time had been "totally
blind" although he had received information from companies whose
securities were held in the trust.
* * *
THE ARMY'S former top enlisted man, Sgt. Maj. William
Wooldridge, and seven others were indicted by a federal grand jury
yesterday on charges of conspiring to defraud noncommissioned
officers' clubs in Vietnam between 1965 and 1969.
The indictment also named a California corporation that sold to
service clubs, Marmed, Inc., in which Wooldridge and four other de-
fendants were shareholders, Atty. Gen. John Mitchell announced.
In addition to conspiracy charges, the indictment also alleges
fraudulent claims and bribery on the part of some of the defendants.
SHERIFF LUCIUS AMERSON of Macon County, Alabama, thej
first black sheriff elected in that state since Reconstruction, was
arrested yesterday by federal authorities on charges of beating a
Indicted last Friday by a federal grand jury, Amerson was accused
under the civil rights laws of assaulting another black following a
shoot-out at the county jail in Tuskegee, near Montgomery, last Au-
Until last month, Amerson was Alabama's only black sheriff. Three
others were elected last year and took office Jan. 18.-
* * *

-Associated Press
Indicted sergeant-ma jor
Former Sergeant-Major of the Army William Wooldridge was in-
dicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for conspiring to defraud
noncommissioned officer clubs in Vietnam between 1965 and 1969.
See News Briefs.
Egypt accepts U.N.
proposals for peace

dent Nixon's chief fiscal offi-
cers urged Congress yesterday
to approve the biggest single
increase in the national debt
limit since World War I.
They asked the Democratic
dominated House Ways and Means
,Committee to approve a $40-bil-
lion jump, from -$395 billion to
$435 billion, and said another in-
crease will probably be needed be-
fore the end of 1972, so the govern-
ment can continue to borrow to-
cover deficits.
Also yesterday, the government
revised January's whopping whole-
sale price index upward slightly
to seven tenths of one per cent,
the steepest rise in a year.
The announcement by the Bur-
eau of Labor Statistics was a re-
finement of a preliminary esti.-
mate, announced earlier this
month, which had put the Jan-
uary increase at six tenths of one
per cent.
Coupled with the request for the
increased national lebt limit was
a call for repeal of the 4 per cent
limit on the interest the treasury
may pay on long term federal
The committee members used
the opportunity to attack Nixon's
economic policies, but indicated
by their questions that they are in
a mood to compromise.
New Secretary: of the Treasury
John Connally acknowledged that
predictions of a deficit of only
$1.3 billion, on which the present
debt ceiling was based "turned out
to be very wide of the mark."
He said bad estimating, the con-
tinued lag in the economy and
higher spending, disillusioned the
fiscal chiefs and the outlook now
is for an $18.6 billion deficit in
the year ending June 30 and an
$11.6-billion deficit the following
A $435-billion limit, Connally
told skeptics on the committee,
should take care of the treasury
through June 3, 1972.
Most of the total gain in the
wholesale price index was attri-
buted to higher farm prices, which
were up 1.7 per cent for t h e
But the upward revision was due
to a rise of four tenths of one
per cent, instead of the three-
tenths estimated earlier, in prices
for industrial goods.
The bureau said that when sea-
sonal factors were taken into ac-
count the wholesale price index in
January was five tenths of one
per cent.

LT. WILLIAM CALLEY, Jr.'s attorneys said yesterday that
Calley would testify later in his trial that he directed the execu-
tion of civilian captives a My Lai nearly three years ago.
However, Calley's attorneys quoted him as saying he was "hyper
or psyched up" during the alleged My Lai massacre of March 16,
Defense psychiatrists are prepared to testify that his mind benti
under combat stresses, precluding any murder with premeditation.
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By The Associated Press Israeli withdrawal from Arab ter-
The Egyptian government an- ritory in exchange for certain
nounced yesterdaygthat itaccepts guarantees and the stationing of a
all the proposals offered by U.N. U.N. peace force along Israeli-
mediator Gunnar V. Jarring in an Arab borders.
attempt to bring peace to the Mid- Israeli Foreign Minister Abba
dle East. Israel, however, stood by Eban said he saw no reason to
its demand for a peace treaty with change the position stated earlier
Egypt before withdrawing from by Premier Golda Meir that a
occupied Arab territory. peace treaty with Egypt must pre-
"Egypt accepted all that came cede any withdrawal.
in the proposals Jarring offered ! Cairo's authoritative newspaper
to us" an Egyptian government Al Ahram reported that Egypt has
spokesman said in Cairo, without also informed Jarring that it will
elaborating further. pledge compliance with the Secur-
Jarring's proposal has not been ity Council's 1967 resolution on the
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