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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- I'alr and wurmer Monday through Tues- day. Low tonight near 20. High Tuesday around 40. VOLUME 92-NUMBER 46 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR RAI'IUS, IOWA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON Prcsidcn Nixon's personal lawyer, He bert Kalmbach, pleaded guill Monday lo two charges of viola lion of campaign practices law growing out of the 1970 emigre, sional elections. Judge John Sirica deferre sentencing until a probatio department report is submitted. Kalmbach was charged wit soliciting million in fund for an illegally organized cam paign committee and with offe: ing a European ambassadorshi lo J. Fife Symington. Didn't Get Post On the latter charge, Kalm bach was accused of solicitin from Symington in n turn for the promise of the am bassadorship. Symington, wh was ambassador to Trinida and Tobago at the no appointed to any European post The first charge involving th illegal committee carries maximum sentence of two year in prison and a fine. Th second charge involving th promise of an ambassadorshi carries a maximum fine of on year in prison and a fine. In a letter to Kalmbach's a torney, special prosecutor Leo Jaworski said that the charge to which the 52-year-old attor ney pled "will dispose i pending or potential charge: based on matters known to this office." Kalmbach, senior partner of a prominent Los Angeles firm, stood silently in cour while the charges were read. H answered "yes" each time Siri ca asked if he agreed with tin government's allegation. Vague Tie to '72 Both charges were-related to the 1970 congressional cam paigns and not directly with thi Watergate case. Federal prose cutors saidj that thi from Symington wa, considered advance support for the 1972 presidential campaign as well. Prosecutors said that Kalm bach would be called as witness in future Watergat cases and that he might be named an unindicted co conspirator. Kalmbach is a longtime per sonal friend, fund raiser anc lawyer for the President. He handled all the legal work for the purchase of Nixon's San Clemente estate in California. During senate hearings, he (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) -K Indictments in Watergate Case Seen This Week WASHINGTON (AP) Three federal grand juries are on the verge (his week of returning long-awaited indictments in the Watergate cases, meeting a limclable mentioned previously by special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski. Already idcnlified as target: of the grand jury investigations are several former high ranking Nixon administration officials. Jaworski had said in De- cember indictments should be returned by the end of Febru ary. He has several limes since repeated that deadline. Former Ally. Gen. John Mit- chell, already on Irial in New York on charges stemming from a secret contribu- lion lo the President's re-elec- tion campaign, is believed to be a central figure in (he Water- gnle cover-up investigation. Mllchcll told the scnnle Wa- tergate committee last July that he was aware that n Nixon cam-" palgn official planned lo lie to a grand jury, John Wilson, attorney for (Continued; Col. (U Telepholo WARMER RELATIONSHIP of State Kissinger embraces Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi in Washington Sunday, the eve of Kissinger's new peace mission. The relationship be- tween the two countries has grown increasingly friendly, with Egypt giving full support to U.S. efforts 'to' secure :an imistic Kissinger .to Mid-East WASHINGTON (AP) Secre- ,ary of Slate Kissinger left for he (Middle East Monday with ligh hopes that he can bring a ist of war prisoners to Israel r'om Syria in mid-week, clear- ng the way for disengagement alks between the two October var foes. Even the "incredible Israeli cabinet not de- r a c t from Kissinger's op- imism, said a senior U.S. of- icial. The secretary has the enthusi- astic backing of Egyptian Pres- dent Anwar Sadat for Monday's fourth mission in ihe Middl East. He would not be going i he did not expect some succes: this official said. "No Concessions" But Syrian President Hafe Assad, attending Ihe Islami summit in Lahore, Pakistan was quoted as saying "Syria will never make any eonces sions" in its demand for a ful Israeli withdrawal from Golan Heights territory lost in thi war. "We will continue oui said Assad, accord ing to a Kuwaiti newspaper. in LONDON (AP) Scotland ifard is expecting a demand for ansom for one of the mosl aluable paintings in the world, an Vermeer's "Guitar which was stolen from London museum during the "We are looking for either a master thief or a aid a spokesman for the Yard. It cnuld be the work of some ne who does not know what he as done or has no idea of the alue of what he has got. But so ir we think it is a master thief 'ho has planned the operation ver a number of years.'' Ransom Demand Police officials said they ex- ecled a ransom demand. One eading London art dealer, Hugh eggall, said the picture by Hie 7lh Century Dutch master is so famous that it could not ossibly be sold." Estimates of Ihe painting's alue ran as high as mil- oil, but Lcggalt commenlcd lal it "is really priceless... of nmcn.sc international arlistic nporlnnce." Vcrmecr is eon- dercd one of Ihe greatest of ic Dutch masters, less than .10 his works arc left and none as come on the market in cars. "The Guitar Player" was ken just before midnight Snl- in a GO-secontl raid on cnwooil House, an 18lh Ccnlti- mansion In suburban 1 lamp- cad that is owned by the rualnr London Council mid intalns n valuable collection of nlntiiiRs. Tim house and the collection were given to the na- tion in 1929 by the family ol Lord Iveagh, the Guinness brewery magnate. Less Portable The police said the thief or thieves smashed through a win- dow and a shutter with a sledgehammer, seized the 18-by- 20-inch painting from its frame and escaped as the alarm sys- tem went into operation. A nighl watchman heard the crash of the window, but by the time he reached the scene, the thieves had gone, a spokesman said. The thieves also cut the tele- phone lines from the house to delay calls to the police. Apparenlly, no attempt was made to seize any other paint- ings, including one of the world's best known pictures, a self portrait of Rembrandt in tlis old age, which was hanging next to Ihe Vermecr. But the Rembrandt was much larger and less portable than its little neighbor. The Greater London Council, the city's municipal govern- ment, said the museum was equipped "with the most sophis- ticated burglar alarm system." A spokesman said officials (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Toilutfs Chuckle, There's so much air pollu- tion around lhe.sc days that people arc coughing even when they're not in church or al the movies. On the other hand, Sadat pre dieted a Kissinger success. "As happened in the disengagemen on the Egyptian front, I think can be done on the Syrian he said at the same con- ference. Main Task If .Kissinger obtains the pris- oners' list, as expected, it wouk meet the principal Israeli pre- requisite, for negotiations with Syria. He will reach Damascus on Tuesday after an overnight stop in London for talks with Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the British foreign secretary. Kissinger's main task is to bring Syria and Israel together :o negotiate a disengagement of heir armies similar to the agreement he worked out be- .ween Egypt and Israel last month. But the U.S. official, who declined to be identified, said, the secretary did not intend o repeat at least on this trip the sort of shuttle diplomacy hat carried him back and forth between Sadat and the Israeli cabinet. Along the way, he intends to confer with Sadat in Cairo about extending the life of U.N. leace-keeping force in the Sinai icninsula. The U.N. force, which serves is a buffer between (lie Egyp- ian and Israeli armies, will be April 27 unless it is voted a new lease by the Securi ty Council. Undersecretary of State Jo seph Sisco, who is accompany ing Kissinger to the Middle East, eaid the trip also wouk include a stop in Saudi Arabia He indicated the Arab oil em bargo would be discussed. "I think we have an un paralleled opportunity to make Sisco remarked on the CBS-TV "Morning News' program about upcoming Mid- dle East negotiations. "We don't go there with any proposals or plans of our he added. "We're in a very deli- cate situation here." Cabinet Delay: Premier Golda Mei'r is delay- ing confirmation of Israel's new government until after talks aegin with Kissinger, her aides said Monday. Officials said that neither the delay nor the uncertainty over he new government would en- danger the start of Kissinger's efforts. Mrs. Meir is to announce her new cabinet Wednesday, the day Kissinger is scheduled to fly rom Damascus with a Syrian Jroposal for separating enemy orces on the heights. But officials said she would lot submit the new government o a vote of confidence in parlia- ment until earlv next week.' Simon: Long Gas Lines May Spur Rationing WASHINGTON (AP) En ;rgy chief William Simon says le would have lo recommcm gasoline rationing if the visible nconvenicnce of lengthy service station lines became wide spread. But, he said on NBC's Mee :he Press Sunday, "at this time the shortages and long lines are ically concentrated in Ihe met ropolitan areas He said the extra allocations and other efforts of the Fedcra Energy Office arc aimed a "trying to reduce the suffering and hardship and inconvenience that is being caused to thi American people Hard Conversation Asked if he felt Presiden Nixon would approve a recom mendation forTationing, Simon said they "would have a long hard conversation if I made th recommendation, but I wouldn' presuppose what his decision might be." Some members of congres: are again calling for full seal gasoline rationing. "I think rationing is the only answer, because in that way you can get away from this inequitable distribution nbich has plagued the gaso- line situation over the past several Senate Ma- jority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.) told UPI in an in- terview. Mansfield said some areas o the country have more gasolini than they need while others have long lines of cars at filling stations and rationing, is needet "which would treat all people alike and give them assurano instead of chaos." Senator Clifford Case (R-N.J. said the time to start full ration ing "was two months ago in m opinion. I've been advocating strongly for the last two week or more. When you have a les than adequate supply it make no sense but to ration." Personally Opposed Simon said he is personall opposed to rationing becaus "basically, I just think i wouldn't work it would pu a great many rigidities in c very complex economy." Meanwhile the Shah of Iran said the U.S! is importing a least as much oil as it was before the beginning of Ihe Arab oil boycott. Appearing on the CBS news Presidential Conference at WASHINGTON Pres- dent Nixon will hold a news conference at CDT Monday night in the White House East Hoom, a spokesman announced Monday. Gerald Warren, deputy presi- lential press secretary, told re- lorfers that Nixon's first news inference of the first ince Oct. be avail- able for live television and radio coverage. Tip Cited in Murphy Case ATLANTA (UPI) A Miami axidcrmisl who was bilked out of in a phony fuel oil deal >rovidcd Ihe clue that idcnlified he alleged kidnapers of Atlanta Constitution editor Reg Murphy, t was disclosed Sunday. Murphy, who was released un- larmed Friday night after his ewspapcr paid ran- om, said he called W. Charles 'Buddy" Becker to Iliank him or Ihe lip lo the FBI. Ransom Recovered Five hours 'afler Murphy, 40, vas freed In a motel parking ot, FBI agcnls arrested Wil- am A. II. Williams, 33, and his vife, Belly Rulh, 28, at their lome in suburban Lilburn. The ansom money was recovered nlacl. "I'm glad lie could pinpoint lie Murphy said of: leckcr. "I think he was one of the people who led investigators to the house." Becker said he telephoned the Miami FBI when he read that Murphy was lured from his home last Wednesday night by a man who wanted the editor of Georgia's largest morning news paper to arrange for the dona- tion of gallons of fuel oil lo charily. Becker said he was ap- proached in Miami last De- cember by a man he identified as Williams, who claimed to be a general contractor wilh gallons of fuel oil to sell. Becker said ho met the man when he mounted a fish for him and agreed to buy the fuel oil "because my business depends on boals having diescl oil." Becker said the deal was for ccnls a gallon and he and a partner gave Ihe man a check for as a down payment. The taxidermist said Ihe man flew back to Atlanta and called later to say the oil soon would be on its way. Becker said that's the last he heard and he wrote the deal off as a bad busi- ness venture when U.S. and stale authorities said his only recourse was a civil suit. Last Heard The Atlanta FBI confirmed it had received a tip Friday from "a citizen in Miami" regarding Williams. Special FBI agent in charge Leo Conroy said Ihe bureau had reached "no definite conclu- sion" whether Ihe Williams' acted alone or were part of what M u r p h y s kidnapers claimed was the "American Revolutionary Army." Indica- tions were, however, thai Ihe FBI doubted the "army" exist- ed and believes the kidnaping was "strictly for money." program 60 Minutes, the shah, whose country is not involved in tfie boycott, said the U.S. is receiving as much imported oil as in the past. Asked if he feels the energy shortage may be connected t something that doesn't meet th eye, the shah said: "Well, some thing is going on for sure." And when asked who wa: being enriched by it, he re sponded: "The oil companies." Asks Investigation Following the broadcast Rep Clarence Long (D-Md.) callec for a congressional invesliga lion. "This confirms what mos Americans have been thinkin all along and comes right Irom headquarters. The statement the shah suggests fraud on th part of the oil companies an congress has to get the facts im said Long. But Simon said the govern men! "has solid and hard num- bers" on oil imports and that under its definition, the em- bargo is fully effective. "I deem the shah's charge (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) Court Takes Case on Car Repossession Th supreme." court agreed Mbhda; to.decide, the state1 banks an financial institutions to repoe sess automobiles without eithe advance notice or a hearing. The justices accepted for ora arguments and a decision ne> fall or winter a test case fror Chicago challenging an Illino repossession statute. The repossession suit was in tiated against the Mercanti National Bank of Chicago an Illinois Secretary of State M chael Hewlett. The bank was sued by Alfre do Gonzalez in a class action suit. He told a three-judge dis- trict court that the Illinois auto repossession statutes were un- constitutional because thej failed to provide him "due process of law" under the 14th Amendment. The lower court ruled that th jank repossessed the car in vio ation of the Illinois statute be cause Gonzalez was not in de- ault on his payments. But the court said Gonzalez had ni standing to challenge the law on constitutional grounds since the aw wasn't properly applied in he first place. The court also: Disbarred convicted Water- gate conspirator G. Gordon .iddy from practice before the upreme court in a routine irder. Rejected a request from v )il that Justice Douglas be re- uired to drop out of a case in- olving federal regulation ol atural gas prices because of a peech earlier this year in -hich Douglas accused the oil ompanies of creating the en- rgy crisis for their own profit. )ouglas refused to drop out of 10 case and the other justices ejected a request that Douglas o forced out of the case. Declined to hear a claim from peace group and two of its members that the FBI should be (Continued: Page's, Col. 5.) Today's Index Comics .....................15 Crossword..................15 Daily Record................3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features.......... 6 Farm ......................10 Financial ..................16 Marion .....................17 Movies .....................M Society Sports ...................11-13 State Television...................7 Wnnl Ails................18-21 istimates town 24% From 1972 By Chuck Roberts DES MOINES (AP) Iowa next month is expected to re- ceive only 76 percent of the fuel t received in March of 1972, Iowa commerce commission Maurice Van No- strand said Monday. "That's the best the oil com- >anies can he explained. le called the anticipated March cvel a "pretty tough curtail- ment." Iowa received 86 percent of February, 1972, level this month. The year 1972 is used as an average base year be- cause fuel supplies were al- ready curtailed somewhat last year. Van Nostrand, one of Gov. Robert Ray's chief energy ad- visers, said that although there is "a lot of stress" on February gasoline supplies the situation "isn't as bad as it could be." He had predicted (that Iowa would.experience serious gaso- line problems before February was over. But Van Nostrand said most service stations have stayed open, and the'snow that fell in recent days slowed.up driving, cutting down gas consumption. Each oil company is required ;o tell state officials how much gasoline ..they.- plan, to ship to :owa each' month..' The figures are due the 25th day of the preceding month. Van Nostrand said he has heard from all but two ot the major oil firms, and it was only on reports that he has received that he based his 76 percent figure. Van Nostrand does not be- lieve Iowa will have any prob- lems maintaining adequate die- sel and fuel oil through the rest of the winter. "We have got it made with the middle he said. "I can't see any problems be- fore Oct. 1." But he wonders how many more gasoline curtailments lowans :can stand before they abandon the spirit of co-opera- tion that he believes is the main reason Iowa has had no serious fuel crisis. No Word from SLA on Latest Hearst Proposal SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) The family of Patricia Hearst vailed through the weekend for ome word from the terrorist Symbionese Liberation Army tiat kidnaped the 20-year-old icircss, but heard nothing. "There's been no response. 0 indication of FBI pecial Agent Charles Bates aid late Sunday. "We are just aving to wait and find out the ext development." Miss Hearst, daughter of Ran- olph Hearst, president and edi- or of the San Francisco Ex- miner, was abducted exactly iree weeks ago. A deadline set by the SLA for response to their latest rie- nand that Hearst personally ledge an additional million 1 a million food giveaway rogram passed Saturday. Hearst said the demand made an SLA communique Thurs- ay was "far beyond my finan- al capability" but the Hearst orp., agreed to add the rc- uested amount to the "People Need" food program contin- ent on Miss Hearst's safe rc- ase. The (aped SLA message had arned that communications ould be broken off and Patty eld indefinitely as a "prisoner war" unless the demand was let within 24 hours. She would e kept as a hostage for two members detained In San ucnlin prison on murder largcs, Ihe tape received liursday said.   

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