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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Clearing tonight, lows IS lo n below. Sunny and cold Saturday, lilghs around zero. VOLUME 92 NUMBKK 2 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES RE-BLAST THR AVERTED By United Press International Secretary of State Kissingei flew to the Middle East Friday to try to save the faltering Israel-Egyptian troop withdraw- al negotiations. Egypt indicatet it would reject a reported Israeli withdrawal plan worked out by U.S. and Israeli leaders. New artillery and mortar duels were reported along the Suez Canal front and Israel re ported two of its soldiers killed and five wounded. Tension re- mained high, and the influential Cairo newspaper Al Gomhouria said Egypt cannot permit the current situation to continue in definitely. Syria reported that its ar tillery shelled Israeli troops try ing to improve their positions on the Golan Heights Friday am said there were artillery duels and patrol clashes. Israel de- nied a Syrian report that 10 Israeli soldiers were killed or wounded in clashes during the night. Madrid Visit Kissinger arrived in Madrk Friday for two hours of. talk; with Spanish Foreign Minister Pedro Cortina before flying on to the Egyptian resort Aswan for talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Kissinger will consult Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir in Jerusalem and may pay visits to Jordan and Saudi Arabia -Whether he would visit Syria was not known; Syria has re fused to join the Geneva peace talks. The most authoritative state ment of the Egyptian position came from Mohammed Has saneiri Heikal, editor of the se mi-official Cairo newspaper A Ahram and a confidante o! Sadat. He editorially rejectee the reported Israeli proposals Friday, indicating Sadat woulc do the same. The Israeli announced dis cussed by Kissinger and Israel Defense Minister Moshe Dayan in Washington last week. They are said to include an Israeli withdrawal 20 miles from the- canal, a thinning out of Egyptian forces on the east bank, setting up of a U. N buffer force and negotiations to reopen the canal to all shipping, including Israeli. "Break Front" These proposals Heikal said, are aimed at producing a par- tial settlement with Egypt that would "weaken Egypt's self-con- fidence, break the united Arab front, sow dissension between Egypt and the Soviet Union anr isolate Egypt." He said Egypt is "on the alert, knows its objec- tive and how to reach it." Tel Aviv dispatches indicated (he Israeli proposals were not final. Foreign Minister Abba Eban said on national television Thursday that "we shall nol formulate any programs until we have received the visiting American secretary of state." "No agreement has been asked of the U. S. for any de- tailed Eban said. "We are very far from any ability lo say that there is a concrete Isacli program that the U. S. is being asked lo achieve Egyptian agreement to. The situation is not at such an advanced state." English Storm LONDON (UPI) -Storms lashed southern England wilh strong wind and heavy rain Fri- day, uprooting trees and ripping off roofs. Chuckle You never realize how pa- llent you can he until (he fellow who is arguing with you happens lo he your boss. Middleman Is Cited on Bread Price WASHINGTON (AP) The government says rising middle- man costs, not record farm prices for wheat, have account- ed for most bread price in- creases since huge grain sales were made to the Soviet Union 18 months ago. An analysis of bread costs, compiled by agriculture de- partment economists, shows that a one-pound loaf sold in supermarkets in July, 1972, for an average of 24.5 cents. Last November the same size loaf cost 31.5 cents, the department said. The increase included a boosl of 2.7 cents in the cost of all farm ingredients used. Of that, wheat flour, the main item, ac- counted for 2.2 cents. About 4.3 Cents But other markups, includ- ing margins for flour millers and bakers, added about 4.3 cents per loaf to the retail cost during the 18-month span, ac- cording to a study by the de- partment's economic research service. The figures, however, did noi indicate what .may happen to bread prices in the next few months. Neither do they reflec sharp increases in wheat prices since November. Bakers say huge wheat ex- ports are siphoning off reserves to such an extent. that breae prices mty soar, perhaps to per 24-ounce loaf if shipments are not curbed until, the new harvest is ready. At that rate a 16-ounce loaf used by the economists as the basic indicator, would cos about 65 cents in retail stores That would be more than double the price reported for Novem- ber. Through June Department officials, who are opposed to mandatory expor control in any form, say there is enough wheat for flour through next June. They say there is no chance of bread prices going up as much as bakers say is possi- ble. The department figures show the farm value of wheat in a one-pound loaf of bread actually declined from 5.6 cents last Sep- tember, when wheat prices were at a near record, to 4.8 cents in November. Meantime, according to the statistics, the retail price rose two cents per loaf. Other farm ingredients, such as shortening and milk products added slight- ly to the rise but middleman costs accounted for only 1.9 cents, the department said. Tell Oil Import But Not Source WASHINGTON (AP) Secre- tary of Commerce Dent said Friday that the government is reporting all oil imports but is no longer saying where the oil is coming from. "This is being done in order to encourage leakage from Arab countries desiring to continue shipmenls to the U. S. and as sist them in avoiding recrimina- Dent said. He said he was denying charges that the government is nol reporting all oil imports. Die in Propane Tank Fire, Explosion WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A propane storage tank ex- iloded in the middle of a large apartment complex early Fri- day, heavily damaging two ipartment buildings. Authorities said at least four persons were tilled and nine injured. Officials said the explosion oc- curred as firemen arrived on he scene to fight a fire which .ruck loading the storage tank. Most apartment residents had icen evacuated before the ex- )losion but authorities expressed :oncern that some may have )een trapped in the building by he explosion. "Very Concerned" "We've asked everyone to check in with us because we're very concerned we'll be finding :ome bodies said Rus- sell Scheibel, director of public safety. The known dead included three firemen and a woman res- ident of one of the buildings. Of the injured, four were ad- mitted t-o hosnita's where their satis- .TRISHA MORRIS, 3, hugged her father, Thomas, 31, of Des Moines after being credited with saving him from serious injury. Pinned under an auto Thursday, he directed the tot how to free him and she did as she was told. Iowa Girl, 3, Is Credifed i f c rv a i t ith Saving Dad s Life By Gordon Hanson DES MOINES (AP) "I just thank God that Trisha was says Thomas Morris, 31, who lay pinned under the near-crushing force of his auto and turned in des- peration to his 3-year-old daughter for help. Morris was working beneath the car at his Des Moines home when a jack slipped and the auto fell, pinning him in a painful and almost helpless position. Only his left arm was free, and only Trisha was there to aid him. Mrs. Morris was at work and an older daughter was in school. "The front end of the car fell on my face and chest and my right arm was Morris said Thursday, "i knew I had to get out of there in a hurry." "Trisha was in the garage with me when it happened. The car still had its tires on, so I didn't get the full weight." Started Hollering "I started hollering. I don't know for sure if I passed out I may have but when I started shouting Trisha came to sec what was the mailer." Morris said he didn't want to frighten the child, but he needed her to realize the situ- ation was desperate and that she must respond. "I just told her 'Daddy is hurt' and I asked her to get the jack from under Ihe car and put it where I could reach it with my left Morris said. "She cried a little bit, but I calmed her down and she did what I asked her to do." He said Trisha placed the jack near his free hand, but he was unable to raise the auto without a jack handle. Got Screwdriver "I asked her to get me a screwdriver, which she did, and I used it .in the jack to raise the car off he said. If it hadn't been for Trisha, Morris said, "I'd have Iain there about two hours before my wife got home." Morris, employed by a pol- ethylene bag manufacturer in Des Moines, called police to take him lo a hospital after the accident Wednesday. He was treated for head lacera- tions and minor chest injuries. Patrolman Marion Stanford, who took Morris to the hospi- tal, said if Trisha hadn't, obeyed her father, "he'd be gone. He could not have sur- vived the weight of (lie car on his chest for long." Morris added: "I'm pretty proud of her." Say Shortage In Gas Cosf Jobs WASHINGTON The government said Friday that actual and threatened shortages of gasoline cost the nation about payroll jobs in Decem- ber. The labor department's Bu- reau of Labor Statistics said about half the decline came at the service station and car deal- er levels. Others principally affected were hotels, entertain- ment, transportation and utili- ties. The data, gathered from em- ployers, followed by one week the regular monthly employ- ment report showing unemploy- ment increased last month lo 4.9 percent from 4.7 percent in November. The payroll data is normally released at Ihe same time as the basic employment figures based on a survey of households. This lime is was de- layed because of what the BLS called collection, transportation and processing problems caused by the energy crisis and the holiday period. Officials stressed that the data was gathered during Ihe week of Dec. 9-15 and did nol reflect large numbers of layoffs announced aflcr that in the air- line and car manufacturing in duslries. lad broken out on tanker aged by the fire and perhaps as many as 50 ears destroyed. Frank Knodle of Ihe Ameri- can Red Cross said "it would be a ball park guess to say 750 families have been evacuated." Most were taken to temporary shelters set up nearby. Identified Two John Lannon, administrator of Divine Redeemer Memorial hospital, identified two of the dead firemen as Capt. John Heuer, 42, and Erling Arm- strong, 43. Heuer was the No. 2 man in the West St. Paul fire department. The hospital identified an- other of the dead as Mrs. Dobie Peterson, a resident of one of the buildings. At St. Paul Ramsey hospital, a spokesman said fireman Rich- ard Neikirk, 32, was also among the dead. Jerry Bertsch, who lived in an apartment near the explosion scene, said, "The firemen were just about to spray the fire when the tank blew up. A fire- ball went at least 150 feet into the air. It looked like an atom Fiery Gas Rig Driven Into Field Conditions ranged from factory to good bv midmo-njne. bomb. Five D'he'S were treated and "Room Lit Up" Jackie Frankfurt, who lives in I Scheibel said firemen had just arrived "and were hooking up the hoses when it just blew up." The explosion, which occurred about a.m., sent a huge fireball into the air that could be seen in downtown St. Paul, some four miles away. Scheibel said the storage tank held gallons and the tanker truck had a capacity of gallons. Shell Left With temperatures at 6 de-j grees below zero, flames swept the 66-unit Bellows Court apart- ment building and spread to the 33-unit Charlton Arms building, both three-story structures. Only a shell of the Bellows Court building was left intact, witnesses said. An estimated 750 families an apartment more than a block from the explosion, said, "I was sleeping when the explosion rocked our buildings. My whole room just lit up. It was all red. I thought a car down in the street underneath my window had exploded." Windows throughout the area By Ford Clark CORALVILLE An Ains- worth truck driver, Walter Rhodes, 37, was credited with the possible saving of'many lives following a propane gas truck explosion in Coralvillc Friday morning. According to Dick Meyers, 39, owner of the Hawk-I truck stop, "An employe of mine, Ralph 'Pete' Hunt, 31, of Iowa City, was repairing a propane truck in our shop. "Hunt told me that a plug blew on the tank and he rushed to open the doors to air out the fumes. Before he could reach the doors, the fumes were ignit- ed from the pilot light in the water heater in the shop. Shattered Windows "It caused an explosion which blew out every window in the shop (approximately 80 panes of The force of the explosion drove Hunt to his knees and singed his mustache and heard. The force of the explosion rattled dishes and glasses in the restaurant at the truck stop where about 40 people were eat- ing. Rhodes, who was eating breakfast in the restaurant, headed for the back door which were evacuated frorii 15 apart- ment buildings in a four-block area as a precautionary mea- sure. Fire Chief Don Hove reported about 6 a.m. that the fire had been brought under control and the danger of another explosion had apparently passed. A garage used by residents of the buildings was heavily dam- were shattered by the explosion. Charles Deutsch said .he and his wife, Evelyn, were awakened by the Bellows Court building j manager and his wife running up and down the hallways to sound the alarm. Deutsch said their building was already burning badly and when they reached the opposite end of the building, "it blew sky high. We ran for our car and got it and drove out of there." Deutsch said he and his wife fled in only their overcoats and pajamas. "They told us to get out, to get out in a he said. "I just grabbed our coats and left. I even forgot to bring my glasses." Press Time for Sunday Edition of Gazette Changed Cedar Rapids News- First edition press time of the Sunday Gazette has been changed from 10 p.m. to p.m. This will mean that the paper will not be available until the later hour to those readers who have long made it a habit to drop by The Gazette and pick up a first edition. The additional lime, howev- er, will give editors of the Sunday paper the opportunity to process late-breaking news and give the reader a more timely product, particularly on the sports pages. Press time for the final, city edition, will remain (he same 1 a.m. The Daylight Time Blahs Are Normal IOWA CITY If the recent switch lo Daylight Saving time makes you feel blah, just are normal. According lo University of Iowa Prof. G. Edgar Folk, each and every cell in your body has its own biological clock and selling them back an hour is nol as mechanical a process as shifting a lime- piece. The U. of I. professor of physiology and biophysics em- phasizes that people .should think in lei'ms of local time nnd body time. When Ihe nlw'in goes off lit 7 a.m. local Daylight Saving lime, il Is really (i a.m. body lime Inii Ilio cells nre nol footed. Ad- justing to such problems is a product of civilization because primitive man altered his day gradually, not instantly by an ac! of congress. Legislators may hope (o save energy hut there will he n transition cost in human ef- ficiency. Folk points out that studies h a v e Known the Inlcrnnl disruption of normal body rhylhms decreases produc- tivity nnd efficiency. Until Ihe body ndjusls to the new time frame, workers generally will accomplish less, and he more inclined lo make mistakes and have Occidents, Such costs In a ono-hour lime change arc real though not as great as Ihe disruptions experienced in jet-lag sickness or a job transfer to Ihe night shift. The effect of Daylight Sav- ing will vary with people de- pending on whether they are what Folk terms larks or owls. Larks are early energy people whose body rhythms reach their peak during Ihe morning. They, find Daylight Saving much less distressing than owls whose body cycles reach their peak nl nlghl. For owls. Daylight Saving can he a biochemical nlghl- mnrc. While Ihe Iwdy ns a whole lends lo make local lime ad- justments, the kidneys nru a conspicuous laggard, notes Ihe U. of I. scientist. These organs arc reluctant to alter the cycle of liquid discharge and chemical balance which they regulate. Persons on vacation from the night shift can attest to this by Ihe multitude of bathroom excursions they ex- perience when (hey Iry lo sleep at night. Their kidneys have been locked into a cycle of high night activity (luring work and low dny activity during sleep. II can take Hie kidneys several weeks lo change this rhythm. Folk points out Unit another major factor In Daylight Sav- ing time is Ihe current lack (if morning sunlight. Light is one of the strongest stimuli for liv- ing things. Its effect on productivity is amply demonstrated by chick- ens, which have a much higher rate of egg production in a lighted henhouse than in a dark one. Folk stales the light stimulus is so strong thai sighl is not necessary to be af- fected by il. Blind birds re- spond to sunlight almost as quickly as ones that con sec. Light affects household pels who arc unaware of the en- ergy crisis and may find their masters' recent prc-light ac- livily some new form of (Continued Page 3, Col 2) Hoping for Survival of Sexluplets TOWN, South Africa A 25-vcar-old woman CAPE (AP) gave birth lo sextuplets Friday after a full nine months of preg- nancy, and doctors gave the Ihrce boys and Ihree girls a good chance of survival. The weight of the babies born to Susan Rosenkowitz at Mow- bray maternity hospital ranged from two and one-half to four and one-half pounds. They were delivered by caesarian section. The mother was reported ii satisfactory condition. He husband, Colin, is a busi- ness man, and they have two other children, a daughter, C, and a son, 2. The mother had taken one of the hormone fertility drugs which have made births of four or more babies a frequent oc- currence in recent years. Sexluplets have been born to a number of women who have taken such drugs but the largest number known to have survived to date are five of the six born in 1973 to Edna and Gene Stanek of Denver. According lo (he Guinness Book of Records, sexluplets born to Maria Garcia in Mexico Sept. 7, 1953, "are reputedly slill living." Mrs. Roscnkowilz had been confined lo bed most of the time for the last two months and had been under close observation and care of a team of special- ists. X r a y s indicated several weeks ago lhal she could expect six babies, and a muscle-relax- ing drug called orciprinalinc, developed in South Africa, was given her to stave off premature delivery so the babies could continue to develop normally. led lo_ the shop. Truck stop employes warned Rhodes not'to enter the shop because of the danger of further explosion. But Rhodes said, "I could see that the truck was on fire and someone had to get it out of there." He said he could see there wasn't time to open the doors to the shop so, "I just drove the truck through the doors and got it as far away from the station as I could." He drove it into a field south of the truck stop. Rhodes then used a fire extin- guisher from the truck to cool down the tank. When firemen arrived at scene, they found flames had been extinguished. Chief's Praise Coralville Fire Chief Slade Russell said, "Believe me, I couldn't thank Rhodes enough. Except for his quick action, there is no telling how many people might have been killed. "At the very least we would have bad to attempt to extin- guish the blaze within the con- fines of the garage where the pilot lights from the heaters could easily have triggered another explosion." Meyers said Rhodes did "one great job. Just a while back in a similar incident, there was a second explosion and a few peo- ple were killed at St. Paul, Minn." There was no damage es- timate to the truck. However, Meyers said there was between and damage to the garage, mainly doors and win- dows. President's Son Dies BALTIMORE (AP) Rich- ard Cleveland, 76, eldest son of i'rcsident drover Cleveland, died Thursday. He retired as a senior partner of a Baltimore law firm in 1969. Today's Index Comics .....................17 Courthouse ..................3 Crossword ..................17 Daily Record.................1 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features...........I! Farm Financial ..................18 Marlon .....................18 Movies .....................10 Society Sports ...................13-15 Stale ........................5 Television ..................Ill Wnnt Ads................20-2.1   

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