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Page Four
Unfortunately for them,
the orid hasn't ended


Saturday, July 17, 1976

GRA\NNI l .\rk. ' The
world did not enI yesterday.
The m;,arshats came instead,
:armed with an evintimn order.,
ending the nearly 1-mnnth vigil
kept by 3inbe h'lievers in a
brick h (se in the ontakirts of
this hamlet.
It wis nat ap-'d 5 hippen
that way.
"They bs1d 'he1r plans in the
astimiptitn thait the ttrd woltid
come befare ire arrived," said
L.ee tlwen, thz federil imarshal
whit spervised, the eviction or-
dered he is the ,,>emvner,
ome 'f te vigil keetners, stoiiped
msakinn msirigage tiasments.
ThOse keening the vigil had
id they believed the world
witld enid before aug eviction
took s1:ce. "We can't help but
think it will be the end. We
can't believe anything else,"
ataokeswtman Elizabeth Bard
said earlier this week.
The vigil begin last Septem-
her when Viila Walker, 67, tild
her ki-filk of a message from
God. The Siotnd 'oming was
near, she said, mening the re-
turn of Gad and the end of the
And "i they gathered, 21 to
keep t 'ilong i'ait. tthers com-
ia, :i foin, till related by
bland ivr mirriage, heeding
Walker's mi sste to remain to-
nether in the hitse until the
The eat ""'sin vesterdiy when
Owen emd uwo den s'tv mvrshals
drove i'n ini acotinle of cars.
There were 30 nprsons in the
ho'se ard thev left nietly and
ouiiehlv, cawing hirdi a ripple
in this scithw"st A rkansas com-
mnv'itv, netlaition 177.
The vinil will continue, said
Mrs. Bard, bit probably only
''in imr hearts.''
She hail saul eairlier that sigil

memchers did not beliese the
marshal tild enict them.
" \ft? e r whit reve been
ttriugh, we just couldn't cut-
sider that she said.
We don't know what ire will
dii' she sad Frid' y afler the
im r1h(t s e rtd her utt, ''hat
i' fith certainly not
The igil mtemiber's till mm-tie
it three ir ftir hitmes in the
G1rinnis iret, BIrd said, but
had no reil p1ilns fur conitinUing
their watch.
When the vigil hegan last fall,
the keepers toitk their children
friom schil, quit their jobs,
stopped paying their bills and,
ftr a while, refused to tell others
what they were doing.
Then a court ordered seven of
their children removed from the
hiase. Six cars and four houses
were repossessed when vigil
members stopped paying bills.
Through it all, they kept their
watch in Gene Nance's $15,000
three-bedroom house. The gov-
ernment foreclosed on the mort-
gageheld by the federal Farm-
ers Home Administration, after
Nance stopped making payments
this spring.
A federal judge ordered the
eviction, the marshals carried
it out and the house reverted to
the Farmers Horne Administra-
tion for sale.
And when it was over, Nance
wilked from the house, escorted
bv marshals and armed with
his faith.
"The Lord," he said, "doesn't
dsert anyone."
In August of 1914 in World
War I, Allied and German pi-
lots and observers started
shooting at each other with pis-
tols and rifles with negligible

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U.S. agrees to support West
German anti-terrorism proposal

Gernan Chancellor Helmut
Schmidit said yesterday that
the United States has agreed
to support a West German pro-
posal for an international con-
vention to deter terrorist acts
involving the taking of hostages.
It also was learned that the
two countries decided not to
extend a program under which
West Germany, through pur-
chases of U.S. military equip-
irent, offsets the cost of the
United States of stationing
troops in West Germany.
SCHMIDT, who is here on a
bicentennial visit, told report-
ers of the U.S. decision to sup-

port the anti-terrorist initiative
after a two-hour meeting with
president Ford and Secretary of
State Henry Kissinger.
Kissinger said the United
States endorses the German ef-
fort to achieve an international
agreement but discussions are
still continuing on details.
Under the West German plan,
the United Nations would be
asked to ratify a convention
permitting each country either
to prosecute or extradite per-
sons who take hostages across
international boundaries for po-
litical aims.
THE BONN government is
said to hope that the recent

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hijacking of a French air his
to Ugsmda will improve the
prospects for approval of an
international convention.
West Germany is expected :o
propose it at the U.N. Genea
Assembly meeting starting in
The German governmettni-
itially hod sought a coaseni<
dealing with general ants of
terrorism but decided to fucas
on those involving hostages in
the expectation of gaining
broader international backing.
pensation for the U.S. troop
commitment in West Germany,
the Bonn government has re-
sisted U.S. efforts to negoti-
ate a new agreement to replace
an accord which expired 13
months ago.
The United States apparently
yielded to West Germany's ar-
gument that recent economic
trends, particularly the im-
provement in the U.S. balance
of payments position over the
past few years, made a new
agreement unnecessary.
Other factors included the fa-
vorable U.S. trade balance with
Germany and the fact that the
United States is receiving more
investment capital from West
Germany than it is sending.
AS PART OF the understand-
ing reached here, West Ger-
many reportedly agreed to co-
tribute $65 million for the con-
struction of facilities to sta-
tion two additional U.S. brig
ades in northern Germany.

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