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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXV, No. 55-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, August 2, 1975 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Ho ffa search continues

By the United Press International
DETROIT - Officials of the Teamsters
International union said yesterday they
feared "the worst"-death-in the disap-
pearance of James Hoffa more than 48
hours ago, but Hoffa's son said he believed
the former Teamster union boss had been
kidnaped and is alive.
Local 299, which Hoffa founded in 1930
and led for decades, offered a $25,000 re-
ward for information on the whereabouts
or fate of the fiery 62-year-old Hoffa.
HOFFA'S SON, James, told reporters at the
family home 30 miles north of Detroit he believed
Hoffa was alive and that union politics may have
led to his abduction. The huge union has been
split by a bitter feud between Hoffa and the
current Teamsters International president, Frank
But Hoffa's son said he does not think Fitzsim-
mons was behind his father's disappearance.
He also denied that he met secretly with under-
world figures-as reported earlier-in an attentlA
to solve the mystery of Hoffa's disappearance.
POLICE maintained almost total silence on
Hoffa's disappearance, but Hoffa's son said po-
lice have "some clues." He did not elaborate
except to say a search for Hoffa is concentrated
in Oakland County where Hoffa lives and where
his car was found Thursday.
Police focused much of their attention on
Hoffa's last reported engagement-a luncheon
date with reputed Mafia enforcer Anthony "Tony
Giacalone, a longtime friend.
Michigan's governor William Milliken said
state police told him that Hoffa planned to meet
Giacalone, who is currently under indictment
for income tax evasion, at a fashionable sub-
urban restaurant.
ROBERT HOLMES, an International Teamsters
vice president, issued a statement saying the
union's leaders, Fitzsimmons included, were
deeply concerned about Hoffa's fate.
"Everybody, from Frank Fitzsimmons down,
fears the worst," a high ranking union official
said. "Jimmy just wouldn't go away this long
without calling home."
State and local authorities agreed.
HOFFA VANISHED in the Detroit suburb of
Bloomfield Township after telling his family he
was going to meet "someone."
He did not say who he was going to see, but
his family said Hoffa telephoned later to say the
other person had failed to show up and that he
was coming home.

Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
THE LAST FEW WOULD-BE-ARTISTS add the finishing touches to their masterpieces at the Local Motion spon-
sored chalk-in on the Diag yesterday. Local Motion organized the project as a fund raising extravaganza. The
artists drew the Local Motion logo, and attempted a few pieces of work on their own-and if it didn't rain
last night . ..
Ford signs wor code
HELSINKI, (A) - Leaders of 35 na- more than any Soviet leader, made rights and ease the daily lives of
tions, including the United States and the conference possible through his their citizens and promote a freer
the Soviet Union, signed a contro- proclaimed policy of East-West de- flow of information between East and
versial charter yesterday aimed at tente, _ and when he signed the docu- West.
guiding their conduct in Europe and ment it climaxed a Soviet effort be- TlE DOCUMENT, filled with high-
treatment of their own citizens. gun in 1954. sounding promises but riddled with
President Ford, who signed third The nonbinding document, worked condin qaises , isdlegally
after the two nations of divided Ger- out during 30 months of negotiations unenforceablen and qualifiers, implementationlly
many, cautioned world leaders ear- in Helsinki and Geneva, accepts the deendscalsntil on
lier in the day, "We had better say postwar map of Europe--including depends almost entirely on the good
what we mean and mean what we Soviet dominance in the Eastern see- will of the participating nations.
say, or we will have the anger of for - and says national frontiers But as Ford told the statesmen
our citizens to answer." shall be "inviolable" unless changed earlier in the day, "peace is not a
SOVIET leader Leonid Brezhnev by peaceful means. piece of paper" to be locked away
appeared near tears as he chatted This was in exchange for Western- in a drawer.
animatedly with Ford after the sol- backed clauses pledging the partici- "Laudable declarations of princi-
emn signing ceremony. Brezhnev, pating nations to further the civil ples are not enough," Ford said,

World pedalers
take a rest in City

A troupe of nine bicyclists
completed another leg of their
world pedaling expedition when
they wheeled into Ann Arbor
early yesterday afternoon.
When Bob Ellis, French
teacher at Bush school in Seat-
tle Washington, told student
Helen Anderson two years ago,
about his scheme to journey
around the world on a bicycle
she "didn't really think it
would come off."
"I WANTED to go from the
very beginning" said the 17
year old Bush graduate. "It
sounded so crazy, I don't think
I knew what I was getting into,
but the more we worked on it,
the more it became a reality.'
For Helen and her fellow

pedal pushers, the trip has
more than lived up to their ex-
Since they left Seattle, June
14, they have travelled an av-
erage of 60 miles a day,
straining over mountains and
hills under intense heat or
cooling rains and through flat-
I nds of the western states.
THE two-wheeled caravan
has been greeted with hospital-,
ity throughout its expedition.
"We would ask directions
from someone and end up eat-
ing dinner with them," says
Debbi Hofer.
Their two most memorable
incidents were' the time they
dined on steaks and branded
cattle at a ranch in Montana,
See CYCLISTS, Page 9

Nader lauds
co-op system
Urging consumers to work toward greater
control over the products sold to them,
Ralph Nader last night said a growth of
co-op systems in the United States would
lead to reform in both the economic and
political arenas.
"The most just form of private property
is the property owned by the people who
use it," Nader told some 1,000 persons at
Hill Auditorium.
The consumer activist blasted the na-
tion's large corporations for being out of
touch with the people they serve, outlined
discouraging economic trends and said the
legal system shuts out millions of Ameri-
cans from obtaining justice.
See NADER, Page 5

Daily Photo by
Ralph Nader

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