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THE SUjMMER MALY

Thursday, August 9, 1 97 3

Anew: oCharges
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AP Photo
Carry it on
Daniel Ellsberg, left, recently freed of charges in the Pentagon Papers case, joins members of the
United Farmworkers in singing "We Shall Overcome" on the picket lines in Fresno, Calif., yesterday.
WILL THEY STAY?
Pa toilets cause brouhaha

(Contiied from Page 1)
his close political associates in
Marvland also are involved in
the probe.
"1 am denying them outright
and I think I should be permit-
ted this departure from normal
language and labeling them,
'damned lies"' he said of the
charges.
ASKED IF he ever received
money for his personal use from
firms holding contracts with the
state or federal government, Ag-
new replied: "Absolutely not."
The Vice President said he was
not aware of the specific charges
against him. But at one point, he
referred to the rumors which he
said prompted a federal inves-
tigation of bribery, tax fraud, ex-
tortion and conspiracy allega-
tions.
The news conference signaled a
shift in tactics for Agnew who
declared in his initial statement
that he would make no further
comment until the investigation
was completed.
HUT HE CHARGED that "de-
famatory leaks to news media"
indicated to him that the tradi-
tional secrecy of such investiga-
tions is "not going to be extend-
ed to the vice president."
Because of these leaks, "I can-
not adhere to my original inten-
tion to remain silent."
Asked how he thought the in-
vestigation would affect his
presidential chances, Agnew said
such charges are always bother-
some to public figures but that
he was not thinking about them
in that frame of reference at this
time.
AGNEW SAID his income tax
returns have been prepared by a
p r o f e s s ion al accounting
firm since 1967, which he noted
was the year in which the allega-
tions involving him were said to
have first arisen.
Ie also said he doesn't know
who the contractors are whose
activities a r e under investi-

gation. But he recalled that at
one time he was offered a bribe
in Baltimore, but reported it. He
did not elaborate.
As for his reaction to the char-
ges, Agnew said, "A U. S. attor-
ney's letter is not the kind of
thing that makes you comfort-
able."
Although the Vice President
said he is confident he will not be
indicted, sources were quoted in
published reports yesterday as
saying action on a proposed in-
dictment of Agnew is expected
within weeks.
NEW YORK (UP) - irry
Gilmer was an All-America tail-
back for Alabama although he
weighed only 160 pounds.
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"PAY TOILET'S were original-
ly used only is women's bath-
rooms," r e p o r t s Madar, the
UAW's head of consumer affairs.
"It's only more recently become
an issue facing both men and
women."
In her desire to eradicate this
discrimination, Madar sent in-
formation on the toilets to a num-
ber of state legislators. McCol-
lough was the first one to take
tip the chalenge.
"I think Pat could become the
hero of tihe year for this bill,'
Madar comimosents
W H I L E Mcc'Ol.lOLGII may
indeed become a hero in some
circles not everyone is over-
joyed by the prospect of a ban on
pat toilets.
Martin Miller is one such per
son. As getieral manager of the
Nik-O-Lok company-an Indian-
apolis based firm specializing in
the production of pay toilet doors,
Miller views legislation like Mc-
Collough's as a threat to his live-
lihood.
He calls such bills "attention-
getters" but c o n c e d e s "they
cause some unrest among com-
pany executives."
IN RESPONSE to that unrest,
Miller and his fellow executives
set out in 1972 to design a coun-
ter-offensive to the anti-pay toilet
movement.
The result was a publication
called "Why Pay Toilets"-a 38-
page pamphlet of letters from
Nik-O-Lok customers explaining

why they used the company's
product.
An advertising coup to be sure
-the little blue booklet is a gen-
uine "plain folks testimonial"-
right down to the misspelled
words and bad sentence struc-
ture.
THE BULK of responses come
from bus stations, laundromats
and gas stations across the coun-
try. They praise the toilets for
keeping bathrooms cleaner' and
weeding out so-called undesir-
ables.
Some of the letters are vague
about these "undesirables" while
others are brutally explicit.
fNe response from a service
station manager in Oakland,
Calif., reads:
"I USE lock rest rooms to keep
out the drunks, prostitutes, and
homosexuals that make nit rest-
roams a mess:-
* Prostitutes; they nake a
mess cleaning themselves after
an affair.
0 Homosexuals tie up the rest-
rooms doing their thing.
* Dope hounds plug up the
toilets and set fire to them to,
heat their fixes.
* Drunks can't seem to hit
what they are aiming at, men or
women and my God what a
mess."
Nik-O-Lok executives hope the
booklet will convince hostile leg-
islators that pay toilets do in-
deed serve a useful function.
TO McCOLLOUGH, however,
the toilets are still examples of

"wrongs we have an obligation
to correct."
As he puts it, "It aught to be
clear that it is not the major bill
facing the Michigan legislature,
but it has at least as much im-
portance for the citizen as many
other pieces of legisaltion and
probably more.
"People who make their living
serving the public have an .obli-
gation to provide free restroom
facilities."
THE BATTLE - LINES, t h e n,
have been drawn with McCol-
liugh and friends on one side and
the toilet lobby on the other. Just
who will emerge victorious is at.
this point unclear, but one thing
is certain:
The debate on the bill should
be one hell of a circus.

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Prosecutor pushes
I invesigaton

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Among the matters under in-
vestigation had been whether
any witnesses at the Kleindienst
confirmation hearings had com-
mitted perjury.
Last month, at Cox's request,
U.S. District Court Judge John
Sirica signed an order creating a
special grand jutry to hear evi-
dence on Watergate matters
other than the June 17, 1972,
break-in at Democratic National
committee headquarters and the
subsequent cover-up attempt.
THE ITT SETTLEMENT al-
lowed the giant conglomerate to
acquire Hartford Fire Insurance
Co. But it was required to divest
itself of four subsidiaries.
Three.Justice Department suits
seeking to nullify tTT corporate
acquisition, including that of
Hartford Fire, were pending

against the conglomerate.
The settlement became an is-
sue at the Kleindienst hearings
after columnist Jack Anderson
published a memorandum alleg-
edly written by ITT lobbyist
Dita Beard that linked the settle-
ment to the reported $400,000
offer from ITT Sheraton.
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