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Summer Daily
Vol. LXXXIII, No. 13-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, May 25, 1973 Ten Cents Sixteen Pages
Gray: Nixon informed
about staff isi Oyalty
Implicated congressman kills self

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A jubilant President Nixon shows his enthusiasm at a dinner held last night at the White House for 450 former POWs and their
guests. Nixon drew cheers when he lashed out at "those who make heros of people who steal secrets and give them to news-
Pigeon droppings'P stil
Diacue 'U structures

FBI acting director L. Patrick
Gray III said yesterday that he
warned President Nixon last sum-
mer "that people on your staff
are trying to mortally wound you."
Gray made the disclosure before
a closed session of a Senate ap-
propriations subcommittee and
was quoted by the subcommittee
chairman, Sen. John McClellan,
GRAY TOLD the subcommittee, accord-
ing to McClell-n, that he spoke to Nixon
list July 6 after agreeing with Lt. Gen.
Vernon Walters, deputy CIA director, that
confusion had arisen about the investi-
gation of Mexican aspects of the Water-
gate case
Former CIA Director Richard Helms
has said that last dine 23, White House
chief of staff H. R. Haldeman instructed
Walters to tell Cray that the FBI should
quash its Mexican investigations for fear
of uncovering covert CIA operations in
Gray testified yesterday that the mes-
sage was delivered and the FBI investi-
gation was curtailed for a time, but that
he went to Clark McGregor, director of
Nixon's re-election committee, and asked
MacGregor to inform Nixon that Halde-
man's orders were causing a lot of con-
ON JULY 6, Gray said, Nixon called
him and .Gray told him, "Mr. President,
there is something I want to speak to you
about. Dick Walters and I feel that people
on your staff are trying to mortally wound
you by using the CIA and FBI and by con-
fusing the question of CIA interest in, or
not in, people the FBI wishes to interview.
McClellan said Gray reported Nixon
paused and then replied, "Pat, you just
continue to conduct your aggressive and
thorough investigation."
In another development yesterday, a
two-term congressman from Maryland's
eastern shore apparently shot himself to
death after newspaper disclosures that he
received a $25,000 contribution from sec-
ret funds of Nixon's campaign finance
committee. The contribution to Rep. Wil-
liam Mills was not reported to the Mary-
land Board of Elections, an apparent vio-
latlon of state law.
Mills, 48, a Republican from Easton,
Md., was sent to Congress in a special
1971 election.
MILLS' LAST .KNOWN public act was
a call to a Maryland radio station Wednes-
day night when he recorded a statement:
"I wish to assure everyone that I've done
nothing improper."
In Washington, U. S. Attorney Harold
Titus announced yesterday that one key
figure in the Watergate case will plead
guilty without 'immunity and testify for
the prosecution. Titus would not identify
the mystery person.
See NIXON, Page 12

The University has once again entered
into battle with its age old enemy the
The battlefield has shifted this time
from the lofty peaks of the law school to
the steps of the University Art Museum
in Alumni Memorial Hall.
Apparently area pigeons had taken a
liking to roosting on the lights above the
museum entrance. This in turn created
a hazard for all those entering the build-
ing, as the front steps were covered with
pigeon droppings.
"Our porch was a mess!" said a mu-
seum spokeswoman, Esther Allen. "We
had a tremendous time keeping that porch
clean. You can't wash that stuff off, you
have to scrub it off,"
In a dramatic change of strategy, the
University dropped the chemical war-
fare plans it had previously used against
the pigeons.

Instead the Museum had the Plant de-
partment encase the lights in a stainless
steel wire mesh. The $700 charge for the
pigeon protection also included the instal-
lation of a bed of wire prongs along all the
building's ledges, preventing the birds
from making even a brief rest stop on
their journeys across campus.
But the attempt to roust the unwanted
visitors was not completely successful.
After installing the anti-pigeon fixtures,
the plant department left its scaffolding
on the museum's steps.
The pigeons flocked from all over the
city to make their new home atop the
scaffolding. "There are dozens of them
living up there," Allen lamented. Three
weeks after the scaffolding had been
erected, "our porch is still a mess," she
The base of the steps was almost en-
tirely covered with pigeon droppings. "I

couldn't even sit down, it was so awful,"
one passerby complained.
But all was not lost. A belated -call to
the plant department by Allen remedied
the situation. According to Walter Enners
of the sheet metal division, the plant de-
partment didn't know until yesterday af-
ternoon that the scaffolding was still
Evidently while the museum was wait-
ing for the workmen to collect their equip-
ment, the crews were waiting to be re-
minded that it was still on the hall's front
door step.
"We'(the sheet metal people) didn't put
it up and won't take it down," Enners
said. "But I guess it's our responsibility
to see that it's down."
Within two hours of Allen's complaint
the scaffolding had been removed, de-
priving the pigeons of yet another home,
The birds, however, had 'flown the coop
and were unavailable for comment.

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