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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 28, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Partly cloudy tonight, Friday. JUw in mid 20s. Warmer Friday. High around 50. CITY FINAL 10 CENTS S' IOWA> THUKSDAY. FEBRUARY 28, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Say Energy Bill Veto Will Hold WASHINGTON (AP) Congress appears unlikely lo override President Nixon's pro- mised veto of emergency en- ergy legislation. Nixon Thursday repealed his promise to veto the legislation which passed congress Wednes- day. Nixon said the bill with its provision for rolling back crude oil prices "will result in longer gas lines and would lead to compulsory ration. -And that we're not going to have." The administration believes that a rollback in prices would result in lower supplies of gaso- line and produce gas lines so lengthy that they would force rationing. The margin of final passage in the house was 258 to 151, short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presiden- tial veto. House Republican leaders Moves To Kill Government Pay Hike WASHINGTON (AP) A ident Nixon's three-sler p veto resolution to kill pay raises for all top federal-level officials Thursday was cleared for house action in case the senate votes to kill the raise for members of congress only. Accusing its senate counter- part of demagoguery for recom- mending veto only of the raise for congressmen, the house post office and civil service commit- tee approved a resolution to kill it for all. The committee vote was 19 to 2. "For One, For All" "What we're saying, in ef- Rep. Charles Wilson (D- Calif.) told newsmen, "is that if we are going to eliminate the raise for one, we're going to eliminate it for all." An amendment to reject Pres- predicted the would stand, expected although Jackson (D-Wash.) said he was confident the senate would vote to override. A two- thirds majority in both houses is required to overturn a presiden- tial veto. Cut Prices This would reduce the price of gasoline at the pump by up to four cents a gallon .and cut soar- ing propane prices in half, ac- cording to figures produced by the house commerce committee. But Nixon said at his Monday night press conference that the rollback would lead to addi- tional fuel shortages "which would require, without question, rationing all over the country." The bill would give Nixon tile power to order mandatory gasoline rationing a step he now says there is better than an even chance of avoiding. Wednesday's passage capped a day of parliamentary maneu- vering in which the house re- versed its rules committee and voted down a parliamentary rule that would have left the measure open to procedural challenge by any member of the house. The house Armstrong's Buys Building Next to Store Cedar Rapids News- Armstrongs, Inc., has pur- chased the Granby building at the corner of Second street and Sen. Third avenue SE from Elmer A. Higley, Inc. The structure, built around 1890, is named after the Higley a m i 1 y ancestral home in ranby, Conn. It has been man- aged by one of the owners, Chandler 0. Higley. Purchase of the 90- by 140-foot site gives Armstrong's owner- ship of the entire half-block on which the store sits between Third avenue and the alley and between Second and Third streets. Armstrong's presently oc- cupies square feet at the corner on first floor and square feet in the basement. It bad leased -this space to the year 2005. Robert C. Armstrong, chair- man of the board of Armstrong's, said the Granby Building was purchased for ex- jansion. voted instead to adopt a rule requiring roll call votes on some of the bill's more controversial provisions, in- cluding the price rollback and rationing authority. 12 Votes A motion to strike the ration- ing authority from the bill failed by only 12 votes while a similar motion against the rollback pro- vision went down 173 to'238. The rollback would fix the price of all oil produced in the U.S. at per barrel with a ceiling of per barrel beyond which the price could not rise. Roughly three quarters of domestic crude oil already sells at the level under Phase 4 price controls. The remaining one quarter has been freed from controls in an effort to stimulate pro- duction and is selling at ap- proximately per barrel. The bill also would permit temporary relaxation of clean air standards in order to allow power plants io burn coal in place of scarce slocks of low- sulfur natural gas and pclrole urn. Auto makers would be al- lowed a one, and possibly two, year delay in meeting exhaust standards. Another provision in the bill would provide an additional million in unemployment bcne- Col. Doubled Volume Allan C. Peremsky, president and general merchandise man- ager, of the store, noted, "Armstrong's has been in busi- ness 84 years and in the last seven years we've doubled our volume. Our .primary purpose for buying the property is for expansion of the departments already in existence. "At this time, no additional departments are al- though there may _be some minor relocation of existing de- >artments. Armstrong's will take posses- sion July 1, at which time all eases in the building will be erminaled except Ford Shoes vhose lease terminates in 1980. Armstrong's officials expect to have possession of the Neu- mode first floor store space in the lobby area of the Granby building in March, following ter- mination of the Neumode lease Thursday. Chuckle Science and technology have taken groat strides for- ward: Now they're only 50 years behind the comic books. Access to Basement That space will be used! by Armstrong's to gain access to the present basement space at the comer leased by Arm- strong's, which will be ex- cavated lo provide modern basement space with proper ceiling height lo match Arm- strong's downstairs sporl goods and other departments. Since the Granby building isn't constructed to carry mod- ern department store floor load- ing, the entire building will eventually be lorn down, except for the corner first floor and air door at Third avenue and Sec- ond street presently occupied by Armstrong's. Business on Ihis floor will mil ae interrupted during Jhc build- ,ng process. Aflcr Ihc Icrmination of the Ford Shoe store lease in 1980, [he north half of the Grnnby nillding will be lorn down and a new building matching the (Continued: "I'ngc 3, Col. (i.) raise for- federal officials f only one year was voted do by the committee 16 lo 5. amendment to eliminate the p raise for congressmen only 1 the first year was defeated voice votes. The veto resolution against the pay raises was voled out f stand-by house action in-a tui about by the commitlee whi> only last week blocked i amendment to save the hou from having to vote to kill an one's pay raise. Rep. H. R. Gross (R-Iow who introduced the resolution veto all the pay raises, VK joined by supporters who sa congress has no business raisin Jay amid Ihe current inflatio Demo Caucus Senate Democrats held.an conclusive party caucus lo di cuss the pay raise issue. Senator Gale McGee (D chairman of the sena post office and civil se'rvii committee, said he found i support for its proposal lh; congress members forego" a pa boost but let other top gover ment officials get one. He said he tried to sell h party colleagues on just a on 'ear 5.5 percent increase acres he board, an amount conform ng to the wage guidelines of th Cost of Living Council. McGee said he will offer h 5.5 percent pay raise proposal i the senate as" a substitute for h committee's resolution, but th chances of its acceptance looke doubtful at best. Democratic leader Mik Mansfield of Montana and hi deputy, Sen. Robert Byrd West Virginia, have both take a stand aaginst any pay rais for congress members and othe top government officials. House committee' action o: the pay raise veto resolutioi was blocked by 14 members las week whose strategy then wa to prevent a house vote on kill ing anybody's pay raise. Permitted Others But that was before the senafc post office and civil service committee put out a resolution this week to kill the raise for congressmen but permitted i for the other federal officials. "I think the (house) members would rise .up in unholy wrath the senate disapproved the raise only for congressmen, BO fha judges (and agency officials) and the house doorkeeper woulc make more than they Rep Morris Udall (D-Ariz.) ex- plained before the vote. So strategy was revised to send the veto resolution to the house floor "and have it on hand to bring the whole struc- ture Udall said. Udall, a chief legislative ar- chitect of much of the federal pay structure, was one of the 14 members who stayed away Tom the committee meeting ast week and thus prevented action on the veto resolution for lack of a quorum. The pay raises set by Pres- ident Nixon for officials of all three branches of government go into effect unless either Ihc house or senate kills all or part of Ihem by March 6. RESUMED Weary Campaigner Wlrepholo Harold Wilson, leader of Britain's Labor party, holds his final campaign news conference on the eve of Thursday's general election. Nixon Predicts GOP Sadat Suggests 'New Era' Begun CAIRO (UPI) Presidenl Anwar Sadat announced Thurs- day that the United States and Egypt have resumed full diplo malic relations. Sadat said he had extended an invitation lo President Nixon to visit Egypt. "I expect President Nixon to come, but no date has been fixed Sadat said. At the same time, he publicly praised U.S. Secretary of State Kissinger and advised Syria to work out with him a military disengagement with Israel. Egypt severed diplomatic re- lations with Washington early in the 1967 Six Day war with a charge U.S. Gth fleet aircraft had helped the Israelis destroy the Arab air forces. That charge was later retracted but relations remained broken for seven years. A joint announcement in Cairo and Washington said the two countries "express the hope that this step strengthen their countries and contribute substantially to better mutual will develop and relations between understanding tion." and coopera- WASHINGTON (UPI) Pre: dent Nixon told cheering youn Republicans Thursday that h xpected a Republican to be i le White House for eight year fter his own adminislralion ver. Nixon made the forecast t bout (iOO young Republicans a ending a leadership conference hey cheered and whistlec specially when he talked abou nding the draft and the Viel am war. "You can take pride that yoi upporled the men and policie hat put an end to the wa hich was here when we cami Nixon said. He said i as easy to support the country time of war but harder "t( ve in a time when the chal nges are the challenges o eace." New Chanl As part of an effort at rallying arty support for next fall's ngressional elections despite atergale, Nixon said a Repub- an would be in the White ouse "for the next three years d eight years after that, be- use we're going to be there a long time." The crowd started a chant of iree more years Ihree ore reminiscent of Ihe 72 Miami Beach convention ant of "four more years." Nixon responded by holding three fingers. 'he President advised the o u n g Republicans: "Never always go on and fight for c things you believe in." Watergate Allusion? I n his extemporaneous' cech, Nixon appeared to be cussing his own Watergate Mock fight.when.he gave his Heath for potential politicians." "Keep your faith, keep Britain's he told Thursday swarmed to the when "mistakes are made to choose a new govern- people in your party." in what politicians salt In other political developments; to be the country's GOP National election turnout in more George Bush said in 20 years. A .last minute lis that this would not be a poll predicted victory astrous election year for Prime Minister Heath's Con- publicans, saying congressmen "are not people who went into office on cold rainy weather coattails" and that much of the country, with are fundamentally still in some areas, polling of- Senator Lowell Weicker called the turnout "ex- Conn.) suggested that GOP heavy." They said gressional leaders and might even reach the 84 per- (Continued: Page G, Col. Page 3, Col. 6.) Selassie Grants Pay To End Military ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia rebels in Asmara, in E m p e r o r Haile Ethiopia, took three of named a new prime generals hostage and sen and granted broad military fourth one back lo Addis raises Thursday in a move with new demands. end an enlisted men's bat has swept Ethiopia. The emperor, broadcasting lo ic nation, said he asked emperor said the base )ay for privates would be raised dalkachew Makonnen lo form a month, from The new government. Makonnen is for privates would be popular figure and was to and other ranks of receive proportionate in- It appeared lhal The dissidents had military forces a base pay of a most of what they wanted lowing three days of 82-year-old emperor said rebellion against the reprisals would be taken ment of Aklilu llaptcwold the rebels, and appealed resigned Wednesday after calm. generals failed lo ncgolialc government accused So- end lo the Page 3, Col. 8.) "My Friend" Anticipating the official an- nouncement by an hour, Sadat stood beside Kissinger on the terrace of a guest house over- looking the pyramids, called him "my friend" and said that relations with the U.S. had been resumed. Sadat said there was signifi- cance in the fact that he wore a blue pinstriped civilian suit in- stead of his military uniform to receive the American secretary of state. He said it did not mean the war was over, but that "a new era" was begun and that Kis- singer was the first foreign of- ficial he had received wearing civilian clothes. Asked about the prospects for lifting the Arab oil embargo, Sadat said he understood there would be a meeting of Arab oil ministers some time in March to consider it, but he did not yet know the date. There were two other major Mid-East developments Thurs- day. The Israeli cabinet met in Jerusalem to draw up its pro- posals on disengaging Israeli and Syrian forces. Kissinger broke the Israeli-Syrian dead- lock Wednesday when he shut- tled from Damascus to Jerusa- lem with a list of Israeli war prisoners Israel's prerequi- site for beginning talks with Syria. Soviet Foreign Minister An- drei Gromyko conferred in Da- mascus with Syrian President Hafez Assad on -Middle East. problems. The Soviet Union was reported earlier to be applying pressure on Syria to begin talks with Israel and to end its boy- cott of the Geneva Middle East peace conference. Already Resumed Sadat said relations already were resumed and' that Egypt's Arab allies who broke relations with the tt S. at the samei time (Continued: Page 3, Col. en By Roland Krekeler Significant evidence has been uncovered in an out-ofotate in- vestigation of the Donald Van Steenis Linn Sheriff Walter Grant said Thursday. As reported by The Gazette Monday, investigators were sent to another, unidentified state to follow up on leads pointing to evidence in that state. Charge Hoped A preliminary report ained some significant evi- dence, the sheriff said Thurs- day, but additional evidence is expected and it all will be taken o the county attorney Friday in ropes of obtaining a charge against a suspect. Grant believes there will be ufficient evidence to present to be grand jury next week. The grand jury is scliedule( lo be in session Monday am Tuesday for normal matters before reconvening Wedncs day to continue its iiivestiga tion of police departmen operations. However, no one has bee ubpoenaed to testify before th rand jury in connection wit ie Van Steenis case. The county attorney's norm; rocedure in such matters is t lo a preliminary informalio nd .to present evidence at hearing so a judgi Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Army Undecided on Appeal of Galley Release COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) For the first time in nearly three years, Lt. William L. Calley is free to come and go as he pleases. "I fecl'I could be useful lo so- he (old U.S. District Judge J. Robert Wednesday before Elliott Elliott dorcri him freed on bond. Hut (he slight, sandy-haired iculenanl was not required to on Piclurc Pago) post bond, lie was released on his own recognizance. The nrmy ariltl it hnd whether (o order. not yet decided appeal Elliolt's In mlmilliiiR Cnllcy lo bond, Elliott said he would hear at laler dale the lieutenant's dial lenge of a court-martial verdici which found him guilly of mur- dering at least 22 civilians at My Lai in March, ISIG8, during an army sweep through Vietnamese village. Term Reduced Calley, now 30, was sentenced lo life in prison, but Ihc term was subsequently reduced lo 20 years The judge said Calley should be freed from house arrcsl at his apartment at nearby Fort Helming because he presented no danger lo himself lo soci- ety. Calley lefl immediately under milili'iry escort for Ihe aparl- ment where he has been con- fined for 35 months. A court source said he chose the military escort because he had received a threat. The source declined to elaborate. Military guards were removed from Ihe apartment shortly after Calley arrived, but mili- lary police continued to circle the block. "Literally Thousands" His red-haired girl friend, Anne Moore, met him al the apartment, where his first act of freedom was lo chase his og, Joe, in (he yard. "Cnlley lias-had literally ihou- sands of job said Capl. J. Houston Gordon, his army "Immediately I've gol to go back lo school and I'm going to Iry to be Calley told tlic court when his attornej asked him to describe his plans. Calley told Elliott that if bail was granted lie would live in the Columbus area, although Ken- neth Hanson, his local civilian attorney, said he could leave the city if he wished even though he is still a military pris- oner'pending appeal. Not Bitter Calley declined lo talk wilh newsmen after (he hearing. "I can't comment, I'm under restraining said, smiling and appearing relaxed. Miss Moore, in her laic 20s, (old Ihc conrl (hat Galley is nol hoslile or hitler despite his long confinement. Asked by newsmen if they had discussed marriage, she re- plied with ;i smile, "I'm nol going lo tell you." Miss Moore, who lias had power of attorney for Calley while lie was under house ar- rest, has visited him daily. Army Secrqlary Howard H. Callaway now has Ihe sentence .inder review, and Presidenl Mixon has said he will make a 'inal review. No Further Pay John Gausc, civilian public in- rormatlon officer al. Fort Ben- ling, said the army will no (Continued: Page G, Col. 1.) White, 30, Is Found Guilty In Bean Theft TOLEDO A Tama county district court jury of eight women and four men Wednes- day found John White, 30, of 2701 Sixteenth avenue SW, tedar Rapids, guilty of a charge of larceny. White was charged in connec- ion with the theft of at least 180 bushels of soybeans in the north )art of Tama county from the Russell M. Brandt farm, where he .had been employed as a hired hand. The beans were discovered missing last Nov. 6, just a day after White quit his job on the farm, Brandt testified. Testimony revealed that on Oct. 31, White sold 434 bushels of soybeans to the Krob elevator in Ely for The stale contended that the soybeans all came from the Brandt farm even though Brandt could be certain of only 180 missing bush- els. Brandt harvested bushels of soybeans in 1973. The jury for the case was selected Monday and the case went to the jury Tuesday after- noon. After deliberating for an hour, the jury was released and returned at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The verdict was rendered at It a.m. Wednesday. Judge John L. Hyland set April 10 as (he dale for sentenc- ng and ordered a pro-sentence nvestigation. White's bond of was or- dered increased to Un- able lo post the bond, White was aken to the .Marshall, county ail where he was being held Thursday. 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