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thursday, September 21, 1973
Shasteen-Exon battle rages on; Shasteen won't resign'
OMAHA (AP)-Republican Don Shasteen reneged
Wednesday on his offer to resign from the U.S. Senate
race if his allegations against Gov. J. J. Exon are not
"I am not resigning under any circumstances, "Shas
teen told the Downtown Rotary Club in response to a
question from a Rotarian.
Exbn and Shasteen appeared together for the first time
since Shasteen made his allegations nearly two weeks ago
in Columbus. The candidates answered questions, many of
which dealt with the federal government, inflation and
As he was in their last meeting, Exon was visibly
angered by Shasteen's allegations. He denied them again
and read an affidavit he swore before a notary public
saying that he had no part in his company's day-to-day
business, nor had he brought pressure on any federal em
ployees to do business with his firm.
Shasteen also backpedaled on his original allegations.
At that time he charged that a letter sent by Exon's office
equipment firm to ASCS officials soliciting business
was franked, or sent illegally in government envelopes.
He also indicated Exon's position as governor and 70
percent owner of the J. J. Exon Co. may have brought
political pressure on banks that must seek charters to
Shasteen Wednesday read the letter to Rotarians and
said directors of firms are responsible for the company's
"The governor does have that responsibility and should
know what goes on," Shasteen said. "This letter, and
sending it, and political pressure implied is improper
and shouldn't have been done."
In response to Shasteen's statement, Exon thundered:
"I did not know of the ASCS letter. I have given a
sworn affidavit to that effect. This mud-slinging
continues. Your whole thrust is mudslinging. You have
not one iota of proof."
When he first made the allegations in Columbus, Shas
teen was asked by Exon if he would withdraw from the
race if his charges are proved false.
The exchange, as recorded on tape, went like this.
Exon: "111 tell you what let's do; 111 open the books
of my company, lay it all out on the line if - you agree
that after those books are open, and your irresponsible
charges are proven false as I am sure they will, you will
agree to withdraw as the Republican candidate for the
United States Senate and your party will nominate
someone worthy of carrying the banner of that great
party. Would you agree to do that?"
Shasteen. "If you will open your books . . ."
Exon. "Be careful now."
Shasteen. "If you will open your books to a group
of these newsmen with appropriate accountants. I
will meet that challenge."
Later in the same debate, Shasteen said he had thought
it over and changed his mind, deciding it was not a good
challenge to accept.
On Wednesday, Shasteen repeated that the letter was
proof in itself that Exon's conduct was "improper and
Exon repeated his denials, pointing out that he,
employees oi ihe J J. Exon Co. and two ASCS officials
have sworn out affidavits denying improper conduct.
"He (Shasteen) has made no sworn statement," Exon
"He has brought only innuendos."
The exchange of hostilities regarding the letter aside,
Rotary program chairman Bill Ramsey, who was given
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a referee's shirt and whistle by fellow members before the
debate began, called for other questions.
Both candidates said they favor tax credits or deduc
tions for college or private secondary school tuition, with
reservations. Exon said such credits should not interfere
with the operation of public schools and Shasteen said the
credits would add to the federal deficit.
Both said they were opposed to national health
insurance, although Exon said he favored some sort of
catastrophic illness insurance.
Both opposed the Humphrey-Hawkins bill, which
would create federal jobs to lower unemployment.
Exon called it "one more grandiose spending scheme
that wouldn't accomplish its end."
Shasteen called for stimulating the private sector,
instead of increasing government's role.
The candidates also agreed to deregulating the price
of natural gas.
Exon, however, said deregulation would have to be
coupled with a mechanism to force oil and gas companies
to "plow back money to more and better discoveries."
Epidemic cholera reported
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)-The second and third
suspected cases of epidemic cholera were reported Wed
nesday in south-central Louisiana. State officials said
they were "very concerned" but did not believe there
would be a widespread outbreak of the sometimes fatal
"We're not looking for an epidemic or a major out
break" of the gastrointestinal disease, said Dr. William
Cherry, head of the Louisiana health department.
Cholera bacteria was found in the raw sewage of
Abbeville recently after officials confirmed that a
44-year-old resident of that community had epidemic
cholera. He has recovered.
Cherry said that was only the fourth case of epidemic
cholera reported in the United States since an outbreak
in 191 1. The other major strain of cholera is an isolated
disease, non-contagious and non-infectious.
The latest suspected cases are a 52-year-old Abbeville
woman and an adult male in Kaplan. The woman was
reported in serious condition Monday, but both are now
recovering. The bacteria also was found in raw sewage in
Kaplan on Tuesday.
The two small communities are about five miles
apart in Vermilion Parish, 15 miles from the Gulf of
Don Berreth of the National Center for Disease Control
in Atlanta said the cases were "unusual, but the danger in
this country is not great ."
Eight state investigators and two from the CDC were
in the area trying to isolate the bacteria.
Cherry said the drinking water was uncontaminated
in Abbeville, a city of about 1 1,000, and in Kaplan, which
has a population of 5,500. . .
However, he added that the bacteria found in the
sewage had to come from somewhere and "that's the
Cholera is a painful disease found mainly in the tropics,
where sanitation is pooT and drinking water and food
easily become contaminated.
Symptoms include severe diarrhea, vomiting, collapse
and muscle cramps. It is usually transmitted by water or
insects and seldom spread from person to person.
Berreth said with "appropriate treatment, about 99
percent" of cholera victims recover. At the turn of the
century, the mortality rate ran between 30 percent and
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St. Louis earthquake
ST. LOU lb (AP)-A small earthquake centered near St.
Louis was felt as far north as Chicago and as far south
as Louisiana, but caused only minor damage, authorities
Sean T. Morrissey, technical director of the St. Louis
University seismographic observatory, said the tremor
measured 3.1 on the open-ended Richter scale. Prelimin
ary reports from the university had estimated the quake
at 3.5, but final official figures were revised downward,
a spokesman said.
Morrissey described the tremor as a "small, shallow,
Otto W. Nuttli, professor of geophysics at St. Louis
University, said the quake appeared to be centered about
five miles southwest of the university's seismograph,
which is located on the campus.
This would place the epicenter in south St. Louis
County, he said, and would make the tremor the closest
the university seismograph has recorded since it was set
up in 1909.
Two north St. Louis County residents reported broken
windows, another said her kitchen ceiling light fixture
fell, and a water main burst in Alton, 111., after the quake
rumbled through the area at 7:24 a.m.
Both Nuttli and Morrissey said the cause of the quake
could not be determined, but Morrissey said he was
virtually certain it was not caused by movement along
the celebrated New Madrid geologic fault, which runs
through southern Missouri.
Nuttli said the disturbance may have been from either
the St. Louis or Waterloo faults, both of which are
under the metropolitan area, and have been regarded as
Deaths called mysterious
PEVELY, Mo. (AP)-Investigators searched for clues
Wednesday to the mysterious death of a woman and the
illness of her family, found semiconscious and suffering
from seizures Tuesday in their home.
The victims appeared to have been overcome by gas or
poison, authorities said, but a team of investigators
working through the night ruled out methane and other
gases commonly formed in sewer systems as causes.
Several police officers became ill after inspecting the
Boyer home Tuesday and one was temporarily
Bonnie Boyer, 36, was found dead in a basement bed
room at the home by her mother, Eva Sims, who entered
the home after telephoning all day without response.
Robert Boyer, 36, an Army recruiter, and their two
children, Tanya, 16, and Barry, 12, were hospitalized,
unable to tell authorities what made them ill.
About 40 families temporarily evacuated from the
neighborhood as a precautionary measure were allowed
to return Wednesday morning.
A team of Army epidemiologists and teams of toxolo
gists and pathologists were sent to investigate. By
Wednesday they had reported no cause for the problem.
"Right now we don't know what the hell it is,"
said the Jefferson County coroner, Dr. James C. Rehm.
"We had the place checked for any possible gas
contamination and it was clean."
A classmate of Barry Boyer's told authorities the elder
Boyer had spoken Monday of the family having a "con
tagious disease," Police Sgt. Harry White said.
The classmate and dose neighbor. Randy Huskey.
13, said Barry had not been to class since last week, and
had asked him to pick up his assignments for him.
Husky said that about 4 p.m. Monday he went to the
BoyeT home to take Randy an assignment, but the elder
Boyer came to the door and said Huskey should not come
inside because the family 1iad something contagious."
Huskey said he went to the house again about 2 30
p.m. Tuesday, and Tanya told him her father had told the
children not to see or speak to anyone.
The two Boyer children were listed in critical condi
tion Wednesday in the intensive care unit at Cardinal
Glennon Memorial Hospital in St. Louis, and Boyer
was in serious condition at another St. Louis hospital.
An autopsy conducted on Mrs. Boyer's body showed
no obvious cause of death, according to Dr. George Gant
ner Jr., St. Louis city and county medical examiner.
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