Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 10, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

January 10, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Snow lonlght, accu- mulations of (wo to lour Inches, lows zero lo 5 above. Friday tempera- lures around zero. CITY FINAL 10 CENTS VOLUME 92-NUMBER 1 CEDAK RAPIDS, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMliS Say Henry Heads Off By United Press International The Beirut newspaper Al Sharq reported Thursday from Cairo that Secretary of State Henry Kissinger advanced his planned visit to Egypt because Washington received reports of an imminent Egyptian attack on Israeli forces on the west bank of the Suez caiial. In Washington, a state depart- ment-spokesman said the de- partment was not aware of any CIA report saying that Egypt was about to launch an attack on Israel's forces west of the Suez canal. Al Sharq, which lias close con- nections with the Syrian regime, attributed'the.report to "relia- ble Arab diplomatic sources." There was no mention of the Al Sharq theory in the Cairo press, but the newspaper Al Ahram said Kissinger's visit originally was scheduled to take place in 10 days time. Speed Conclusion Kissinger was scheduled to leave Washington at midnight Thursday to meet with Egyptian President Sadat 'at the southern Egypt resort of Aswan in a move to speed conclusion of an Israeli-Egyptian agreement on troop withdrawals from the ex- plosive Suez canal front. He is expected in Aswan around p.m. Friday a.m. CDT) to meet Sadat. Kissinger confers with Sadat then flies to Jerusalem late Sat- urday for talks with Prime Min- ister Meir on a reported Israeli plan to withdraw about 20 miles from the canal in return for a thinning out of Egyptian forces on the Israeli side of the canal. He confers with Sadat once more before returning to Wash- ington. There has been an increasing- ly serious series of cease-fire violations along the Suez front involving tank and artillery fire which the U.N. said were usual- ly initiated by Egypt. Each side has warned that the war could break out again. The Cairo press accused Israel Wednesday of starting "a new phase of stal- ling and procrastination" at the Geneva talks on disengage- ment of forces along the canal. Al Sharq said U.N. Secretary General Waldheim had been in- formed 'by Washington of re- ports that an Egyptian attack was imminent. It said Waldheim summoned Ismat Abdel Maguid, Egypt's ambassador to the Uni- ted Nations, and asked him to convey to his government Wald- heim's urgent request that Egypt refrain from any hostili- ties against Israel. Message to Sadat The newspaper said Kissinger also referred to the reports in a message to Sadat. It said the message was delivered lo Egyp- tian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi by U.S. Ambassador- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 2.) FIRMS To Spot Abuses, Keep Track of Supply Willis, Last Brownsville Incident Survivor, and His Wife Wiriohoto Cedar Rapids New Sale of the Montrose hotel to Lyle Wilson, Allan ..Yarowsky and Eugene Nassif was an- nounced Thursday by Harold Becker, president of the former Montrose Hotel Corp. All three purchasers are from Cedar Rapids. Becker said the sale is on a contract basis. The sale price was not announced. Becker, Leo Smulekoff and Abbott Lipsky were present members of the Montrose The cor- poration has owned the hotel since September, 1964. Wilson has been head of an operating group that has leased the hotel for the last three years. He will continue to head the group. Wilson said the new owners have also taken over the Forum restaurant on a purchase agree- ment with Fireside, Inc. The restauranl has been operated by C. R. Schlesselman. Wilson said remodeling is under fourth way on the third and floors and that some changes are planned in the Forum on the first floor. He said all other leases now in effect in the seven-story building will continue, including that of "the YWCA which leases the entire seventh floor and the south half of the fifth floor for residential facilities for young women. The building extends from Third avenue south to Ihe alley on the Third street side and 120 feet west from the corner on the Third avenue side. The sale was effective Jan. 1. n i" f) n "IS Police rrobe Possible By Roland Krckclcr Linn District Judge William Eads has raised the possibility of appointing a special prosecu- tor lo work with the grand jury thai is charged with determin- ing whether indictments are 'warranted against any Cedar Rapids police officers. The possibility was mentioned late Wednesday afternoon after the grand jury asked to see the judge, lie was lold County At- torney William Fiiches had re- fused lo turn over a transcript of testimony lie hnd obtained in a police investigation. Judge Eads snid n henring will bo Ml to determine whether Ihe transcript should he ordered lurncd lo Ihe jury mid whether a special prosecutor should be appointed. Report Thursday However, when jurors report- ed back Thursday morning they said they were recessing until Feb. 4 and will continue Ihe investigation then. then lold reporters may not be necessary lo have a hearing on the transcript qucs- lion. A reliable source said it is believed Fnchcs may decide lo release Ihe transcript to Ihe jury. Concerning the appointment of n special prosecutor Ends said in n court session Thursday morning Hint if Fnchcs "feels Ihe need for" a special prosccu 3 5 1 WASHINGTON (AP) En- ergy chief William Simon said Thursday investigators from his Federal Energy Office and the Internal auditing Revenue Service the price, profit and MINNEAPOLIS A P Dorsie-.-.Willis' is receiving' from the federal gov- ernment, more than 67 years after he.and 166 other black soldiers were dishonorably discharged from the army. Willis, receiving the money in a ceremony Thursday, is the last survivor of the three companies of blacks who were punished for the so-called Brownsville Affray. On Aug. 13, 1906, 20 men on h o r s e b a c k rode through Brownsville, Texas, shooling into lighted windows and kill- ing one man. .Townspeople blamed a black unit stalioned at -Fort Brown, but military investigators failed to uncover the identilies of those in- volved. The unit volunteered no in- formation, and so on Nov. 25, 1906, all 1G7 blacks were dis- honorably discharged. A 1972 investigation failed to turn up any evidence that the mass punishment was jus- tified. The army changed the discharges to honorable and began a search for survivors of Ihe Ihree companies. Willis, now 87, was the only one they found. And Willis, who worked as a porter and shoeshine man for 59 years before retiring in 1972, says he's not going to waste the the govern- ment is giving him. "It's been a long time in he said Wednesday. "I wanted for each of the 66 years I wailed for it and for medical expenses I've had over the years. "But I guess this is good enough." On Feb. 87th birthday, he received his hon- orable discharge. He said his 88th birthday will be even better. "This money is a great birthday present." What will he do with his "I'm sure not going to throw it away, I'll fix up my home a little and put the rest of it in savings." His wife of 30 years, Olive, told of the word of his honor- able discharge. "I came home from work one day and he told me, 'Look at the paper, honey, and see who's in the headlines.1 Willis recalled the Browns- ville Affray. "It was a frameup straight through. They checked our rifles and they hadn't been fired. And we was infantry. We never had any horses to ride. "None of us said anything because none of us had noth- ing to say." Dollar Bread Talk Labeled "Irrational" supply records of every petrole- um refiner in the nation. A statement issued by Simon said the audit is aimed at mak- ing sure the price increases on petroleum products reflect only cost increases and not jacked-up profits. It also will help "to verify the accuracy of refiner reports on crude oil and product supplies and is a major step toward es- tablishing an independent re- porting and information system on refinery inventories at Simon said. Relied on Firms The federal government tradi- tionally has relied on informa- tion provided by the oil compa- nies, mainly through their trade organization, the American Pe- troleum Institute, or indirectly through reporting lo other organ- izations and state governments. The federal government, now deep in the direct management of the nation's supply and dis- tribution, has no complete sys- em for collecting its own en- ergy data. Simon said a joint task force from the FEO and the IRS would include some 35 agents a' first. WASHINGTON (AP) A ba- kery industry prediction thai the price of bread could soar to a loaf by spring has been dis- counted by a lop agriculture department official. Assistant Agriculture Secre1 tary Carroll Brunthaver called the prediction "an irrational statement" and said wheat would have to cost a bushel for a one-pound loaf to cost at the retail level. The bakers based their claim on a forecast that the price of wheat, now about a bushel, would rise lo primarily as a result of exports that they said would create domestic short- ages. Brunthaver said, "We very much opposed to any dis- cussions of export controls at this time." He said the average super- market price of a loaf of bread last November was 31.5 cents, of which the price of wheat represented only 4.8 cents. Concentration Camp ATHENS (AP) Anti-regime publisher Nicholas Psaroudakis has been exiled to the island concentration camp of Yiaros for one year, his family and of- fice said Thursday. Today's Index Comics Courthouse Crossword Daily Record Deaths Editorial Features Farm Financial......... Mnrion Movies Society Sports Stale............. Television ..27 3 .27 ...3 ...3 23 28 26 21 12-M 19-22 17 Want Ads 30-33 e Engineers Cripples British Rails LONDON (AP) Nearly ]ed sending home union men who disgruntled railway engi-i refused to lake out trains and necrs walked off the job early thus fhc slowdown Ihe _ union is waging in support of Thursday, cutting the flow of b b pi- commuters into London by more than 90 percent. Only 58 trains out of a sched- uled 532 arrived in the British capital, and of the corn- to muters who normally Come work only made it, ficials said. Huge traffic jams built up around the British capital as commuters took to their cars. British Rail warned those who managed lo get into the capital there was little point in trying to gel home by train Thursday night. "There simply trains said. won't be any a spokesman wage demands. The railnien have already knocked out much of the nation's commuter ser- vices by stricl adherence lo the numerous time-consuming rules many of them outmoded with which tradition has saddled of- the railroads. Met To Consider Meanwhile, leaders of the coal miners met to con- sider a government appeal for an end lo their ban on weekend and overtime work. They were expected to reject the appeal, and militants were urging thai the miners go on a three-or four-day week, which would re- duce the production of coal still more. Both the coal miners and the railmen are demanding pay creases above the anti-inflation ceilings set by Prime Minister Heath. Heath told the house of commons Wednesday that he would not breach the guidelines. The Trades Union Congress (old the government if it would give the miners what they are London. i demanding the TUC would in- "Evcrylhing is subject to that no other unions tried ccllation or said a to exceed the ceilings. Bui Healing Threat Police guarded locked stations on the Eastern Line into London from where stranded passengers threatened to beat up any railman they got their hands on. Express trains from Scotland slopped at Watford, leaving their passengers 40 miles from spokesman for British Rail. The rnilwnymen were angry because Ihe rnilwny bonrd slnrt- Chanccllor of the Exchequer Anthony Barber rejected the offer. He said the agents would be divided into teams conductin; audits in corporate offices. Four Time a Year The teams, including FEC cost analysts and IRS agent, trained in petroleum regulations and refinery accounting, visit individual firms as often as 'our times a year, he said. Simon said the program wil cover all 140 refiners in the U. with continual field reviews of major refiners who control some 90 percent of the nation's refinery capacity. Smaller refiners will be sub- ject to "desk audits in Washing- :on" which would be expanded ,nto field reviews as needed. "The program in no way re- 'lects on the refiners, but it will assure us that they understand and are abiding by FEO regula- Simon said. The FEO recently look over Detroleum price controls from :he Cost of Living Council. Regulations Its regulations allow a refiner to adjust prices once a month to reflect increased costs of crude oil or of refined products pur- chased for resale. The refiners must report cal culations to support their price increases. They are prohibite( from carrying excessive producl inventories. Simon's new auditing pro gram addresses both issues Ihe legitimacy of product price increases and the size of refin cry inventories. Small Increase In Oil. Imports Is Reported WASHINGTON lAP) Oil imports showed an upturn last week, but remained lower than a year earlier, the American Pe- troleum Institute (API) reported Wednesday. The relatively small increase alone, however, could not be taken as a significant break from the sharp downward trend in oil imporls which has con- linued since the beginning of November. Imports of crude oil for the week ending Jan. 4 were some 2.6 million barrels per day compared with 2.4 million the week earlier and 4.2 million the week ending Nov. 2. Chuckle The guy who invented Ihe boomerang is probably Ihe same one who invented Ihe credit card. -convrinhi The API weekly statistics i showed that crude oil imports' have been trending downward since early November while im- parts of refined products have remained relatively level. Statistics for any single week, however, may appear higher or lower than the general trend as varying numbers of tankers reach port. The trend shows more clearly in statistics averaged over peri- ods of four weeks. Total oil imports, both crude oil and products, averaged per day for the four weeks ending Jan. according to the latest API statistics. This was some barrels er day lower than the four ending Nov. 23, a sizable ecrease but far short of the maximum potential impact of le Arab oil cutoff, which feder- 1 experts had estimated could each as much as 3.5 million arrels per day. Oilfields Mined, Quoted KUWAIT (AP) Kuwaiti 'oreign Minister Sabah el .hmed was quoted as saying Thursday, "We'have wired our illfields with a mine belt tha vould demolish them all at a moment's notice if the U.S. at ;empts a military invasion." The threat, made in an inter Versions of Milk Price WASHINGTON (AP) The administration's statement that "traditional political consider- ations" were partially behind President Nixon's 1971 decision lo raise milk price supports ap- pears to contradict a sworn af- fidavit by former Agriculture Secretary Clifford Hardin. In that affidavit, filed last March 13, Hardin said the deci- sion was made solely for eco- nomic reasons. Hardin's af- view published by the Kuwai newspaper Al Rai Al Aam, wa an answer to .a statement b Defense Secretary Schlesinge this week. Schlesinger said the Ara states risk increased Americar jublic demand for military in 'eryention if they carry their embargo loo far, but added tha le did not believe it would come o that. "I would like to caution the U.S. -against such an irrespon- ible action, the consequences of vhich would definitely not serve he interests of its El Ahmed was quoted. "It is Kuwait's undisputed ight to defend itself by any means in its possession and cer- ainly we shall defend our "ountry against aggression. Our ilfields will all be blown up at he first sign of aggression." Tighter Oil Controls Seen WASHINGTON (AP) Ad- ministration opposition to sec- fidavil was filed in a federal courl suit accusing the adminis- Iralion of raising price supports in exchange for dairy industry contributions to the Nixon re- election campaign. Hardin, now an executive of the Ralston Purina Co. -in St. Louis, was reported to be in maha, Neb., Wednesday and ould not be reached immedi- tely. Nixon Not Mentioned But in denying the suit's alle- ;alions, Hardin's affidavit 'The decision to set the price iupport level at per hun- dredweight was based entirely on a reconsideration oE the ieconomic) evidence on the oasis of the statutory criteria." He conceded that the econ- sideration was sparked by strong sentiment "on the part of many members of congress and wide segments of the dairy in- dustry" against Hardin's refusal ions of the emergency energy )ill will cause' congress to im- Continued Page 3, Col. 8) Clerk-Bandit Fools Police MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI) Memphis policemen L. Hannah and C. J. Harrell stopped at a store Thursday and purchased a 16-cent bag of popcorn. They left without knowing they had been served by a bandit who was in the process of robbing the store when they entered. a few days before to grant an ncrease in the support level. Hardin gave no indication that he President was involved 3ven aware of his actions. "During the course of re- valuating the evidence I had iscussions and advice from members of my inelud- ng Undersecretary J. Phil ampbell and two assistant sec- etaries of agriculture. Hardin aid. President's Decision He added: "On March 25, 971, this re-evaluation of evi- ence pertinent to the dairy sit- ation culminated in an an- ouncement, issued at my direc- on, that the price support evel" would be increased from 0 percent to 85 percent of arity. The White House, in a "white iaper" on the milk fund con- roversy Tuesday, said the deci- ion was made by Nixon per- onally on March 23 and was Dased on political consider- tions. The statement said the "resident was aware of the in- uslry's pledge of million to is re-elcclion campaign but de- iied that was a factor in his lecision. 'The President himself con- luded that the final decision ame down to the fact that the ongress was going to pass the ligher support legislation, and le could nol veto it without lienating the cs- cntial part of his political con- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Nixon Cites Threat to World in Setting Talks SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) President Nixon, inviting foreign ministers of eight oil- consuming countries lo a Wash- ington conference next month, said Thursday the energy short- age "threatens to unleash politi- cal and economic forces lhal could cause severe and irrepa- rable damage lo the prosperity and stability of the world." The Western White House made public the text of separate letters sent by Nixon to govern- ments of oil-consuming coun- tries, inviting them lo the Feb. 11 Washington conference, and to major oil-producing countries to inform them of Ihe meeting. In the letter to heads of gov- ernment of six European coun- tries plus Japan and Canada, Nixon used much the stronger anguage, saying the global en- ergy situation has produced "an listoric crossroad" in which na- tions "face a fundamenlal choice (hat can profoundly af- :ccl the structure of interna- tional political and economic re- lations for the remainder of this century." "Two roads lie before the letter Raid. "We can go our own separate ways, with the pros- pect of progressive division, the erosion of vital Independence, and increasing political and eco- nomic conflict; or we can work in concert, developing enlight- ened unity and! cooperation, for tho benefit oC all mankind producer and consumer coun- tries alike." ;