Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 6, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

March 06, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Colder lonlglil, lows In 20s. Clearing Thurs- day, highs In VOLUME 92 -NUMBER 53 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS _CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Threat on Golan Sets JERUSALEM (AP) The quarreling leaders of Israel's Labor party agreed to form a minority cabinet Wednesday and the Israeli state radio at- tributed the reconciliation to ris- ing tension on the Syrian front Israeli newspapers published reports from abroad that the Syrians were concentrating forces along a 40-mile front on the Golan Heights and Israeli radio said intelligence informa- tion indicated Syria was plan- ning an attack to try to recap- ture the salient taken by Israeli forces in the October war. There were indications that Premier Golda Meir might be" able to form a majority gover ment. Dayan Agrees Mrs. Meir made plans :to su. mit her new minority cabinet t President Ephraim Katzir afte winning Defense Ministe Moshe Dayan's agreement I remain in the government. An the National Religious party whose decision to stay out of th cabinet prevented Mrs. Meir' putting together a majority i parliament, said it was recon sidering its position. Dayan flew to fron and conferred with field com manders. Dayan withdrew his resig- nation at a meeting of the old cabinet Tuesday night. The meeting had been called to discuss developments in either foreign affairs or national se- curity that the government cloaked in secrecy and nobody would explain. However, Transport Ministei Shimon Peres, Dayan's closes "political said there had teen a "change in the situ ation." He said the all-party na- tional unity government that he and Dayan had demanded was no longer feasible because "what has to be done has to be done quickly, and I don't think that, under the present circum- stances, a government of, na- tional unity could be formed with the necessary speed.17 "Quick Action" The Israeli national radio said Dayan decided to. join the gov- ernment because of "a rede- ployment of-Syrian troops" ne- cessitating "quick action." The Israeli newspaper Davar, quoting foreign press reports, said some elements 'in Syria's ruling Baath party (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Three-Milijon-Bushel Loss Telepholo An estimated three million bushels of grain were destroyed in this fire which gutted a Minneapolis elevator early Wednesday. During the height of the fire the west wail collapsed in a sheet of flame. By Associated Press Special congressional ele tions in Ohio and Californ amounted to a split decision :he latest test of voter sentime on Watergate and the Nixon ministration: Voters in the Cincinnati jire elected a Democratic represen ativ'e for. only the fourth tin his century, but a Californ (Photos on Picture Page) Republican scored an impre ive victory over a field even Democrats for a vacar outhern California seat.' Bo lections took place Tuesday. In two previous special ele ions this year, voters in Pen ylvania and Michigan electe Democrats to fill previous' safe" GOP.seats. Political ob ervors said the results indica d a possible trend that con] any. over into this fall's cor ressional elections. Dismisses Watergate California state. Sen. Rober agomarsino, who said. Water ate was not an issue, too: lore than 50 percent of Ih otal vote over the entire field o ;ven avoiding Ih ecessity for a runoff. His oppo ents had campaigned on Wa rgate with varying degrees o tensity. Lagomarsino, 47, will clain e seat of the late Rep. Charles eague, a Republican who hele D 'J." L A L J. oritish Debate Strike Ih Emergency Talks LONDON (AP) Leaders of I pay increases averaging more the miners union and the Na than 30 percent. lional Coal Board began urgen talks Wednesday aimed at cm ing Britain's nationwide coa strike. They were under order from Ihe new Labor govcrnmen lo "settle it quickly." Union general- secretary Lawrence Daly said before th meeting he hoped lo reach a solution by the end of Ihe day. Coal board chairman Dcrel Ezra said: "I'm very hopefu that we shall succeed, bul clon'l know whether it will be today. There arc a lot of prob lems to be discussed and set- tied." The two sides were expected to ignore n pay.board report on the relative pay of miners and workers in other Indus- tries, The union has already snitl the report docs not give sufficient k'iclp lo surface workers and clerks, The pay board, appointed by the ousted Conservative govern- ment, conceded underground miners are entitled lo special Ireiilmnnl. because of Ihe condi- tions of Ihclr work and proposed The proposal fell short of union demands and appeared doomed, to oblivion in view of the Labor government's instruc- tion that negotiators can ignore it. Prime Minister Harold Wil- son's new Labor government cleared the way for quick ac- lion by telling the miners' union and the National Coal Board they could ignore Ilic anti-inflation ceiling on pay raises imposed by Wilson's Conservative predecessor, Ed- ward Heath; Once (he miners agree to re- urn to work, Wilson is expected o end the three-day work week Icalh ordered before Christmas or much of British industry and u s i n c s s lo conserve coal- upplied eleclric power. Once Hie miners' pay claims re sctlled, It will be'Employ- ncnl Secretary Michael Fool's ask lo convince the oilier the 13th district seat years. With 468 of 480 precincts re porting, Lagomarsino had yotes'to for. all seve Democrats combined. .Democra James Loebl was running sec ond with Personal Victory Lagomarsino characterized i as a personal victory based o his :record of 13 years in th California legislature and not vote of confidence for the Nixoi administration or a referendum on Watergate. Loebl attempted to portraj Lagomarsino as a party "loyai .st" with unwavering support o the administration. "People know I am not tha vay. They trust me. They know I'm Lagomarsino said. The soft-spoken lawyer, busi ness man and rancher from )jai said he hopes to take hi: louse seat next week. He de cribed himself as "a moderate onservativc" who has an open mind 'on the question of whether Nixon should be impeached. "Nixon Must In Ohio, supporters of Demo- rat Thomas 'Luken chanted Nixon must go ".as their can idate claimed victory over Re- ublican Willis Gradison in ace for the First district seat. The final unofficial vote from II 478 precincts gave Luken votes, or 52 percent of the ital, while Gradison had oles. "The voters of the First dis- ict of Ohio have expressed icir concern about the nature this administration and oui Lukcn said in his vic- ry speech. But Gradison, while conceding at Watergate "has been one ol any factors in the ar'ned that "an election 'so ose, in my judgment, does not dicate a particularly cleat andatc." William Keating, a Rcpubli- n who created the vacancy icn he resigned to become csidcnt of Ihe Cincinnati En- quirer, received 70 percent of the vote in a 1972 election. "Repudiation" Gov. John Gilligan, the last Democrat before Luken to win the First district seat back in 1964, said Luken's victory was "a tremendous repudiation of the Nixon administration not just Watergate, but every- thing the administration has stood for." Robert Strauss, the Democrat- ic national chairman, said it showed voters were turning to the Democrats because of "Re- publican .failure to come to Keating said he Pres ident Nixon "was a factor, and a big one." He saicf Watergate also'was a factor and .the elec lion was "a signaHb'thc'Whib House." In Washington; the, Whiti House declined (hi elections. grips the many, serious iroblems confronting the ,na WASHINGTON Presi- rent Nixon" will hold a national- ly televised and broadcast news conference at evening, Iowa time, the White House an- lounced. Witness: Ehrlichman Tied to Yesco Case NEW YORK (AP) _ A gov-chatted on the phone about Offers Jury Evidence, "Interview" to House Gazelle Leased Wires WASHINGTON President Nixon informed the house judi- ciary committee Wednesday he will give it all the material he has already turned over to the Watergate grand jury "without limitation." The President' also offered to answer written questions and submit to an oral inter- view if (he committee is not satisfied with the written an- swers. Nixon's decision was an- peachment matter, Doar said is under an obligation to act ex peditiously. St. Clair's View Sirica then asked St. Clai whether he thought there wa any need for the material in th briefcases given him by th> grand jury to be turned over thi house. nounced by James St. Clair, the President's chief Watergate awyer, at a hearing called to lear .arguments on the disposi- :ion of a" sealed grand jury report. St. Clair told Judge John Siri- ca that the White House would offer no recommendation as to what the Judge should do with :he sealed report which sources have indicated contains grand ury findings oh the President's role in'Watergate. Under Oath During a recess St. Clair told reporters the President would be willing to undergo more than one interview by the judiciary committee and that there would Je nonobjection to his speaking under oath. St. Clair also s'aid, "We can probably make delivery of some documentation this afternoon." le said that included some of 19 tapes and more than 700 docu ments requested by the commit- St. Clair said that although he does not know what is in the briefcase "I don't believe there "I believe the critical materi al will be furnished forth with on order of the Presidcn tee. On whether Nixon's possible estimo'ny would be given in an ipen or closed hearing, St. Clair aid, "I haven't given consider- ation to that." Asked why the President urned down the grand jury's equest for such testimony but s willing to give it before a of the house, St. of the United he added, St. Clair disclosed that Ik sealed report is 1% to 2 pages long; that is in addition .to the briefcase containing grand jury evidence. Referring to news accounts about the sealed. report, St Clair said, "We consider there has been a serious breach o grand jury secrecy." He said also the published (Continued: Rage 3, Col. 6.) ommittee lair said: e r n m e n t witness testified Wednesday that former Atty. Gen. Mitchell told him he had Vesco, how he "considered him- self a friend of the Nixon family a friend of Edward and Don- eceived a memo from presi- anc' Mr- Mitchell said, lential aide John u to 'SEC Matters isking him to make some calls, n behalf of financier Robert 'esco. The witness, Harry L. Sears, aid that Mitchell told him he nions tlmt they should mpdcr le llicir pay demands lo keep endangering Ihe life of Vllson's minority government. Judge Tardy, Fines Self ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) A county district court judge fined himself Tuesday be- cause he was 10 minules laic for an examination hearing. Officials said Judge Ralph Koiin found himself in con- of court for being In July, 1971, Sears testified, he met with Mitchell and dis- cussed "the SEC matter in some detail. I reminded him that Bob Vesco was a very good friend of asking for help, that Vesco represented himself to be a friend of the President's fam ly, that he believed the'SE staff was out to nail him." Sears testified that Mitche this lime said "he didn't j vcsuu was a very goon in idnt know exactly what was asking forB 'anted, and asked for details. Big Contribution Sears testified at the criminal onspiracy trial of'Mitchell and ormcr Commerce Secretary Stans that at the same meeting on Jan. 12, 1972, he may have indicated to Mitchell Ihat Vesco was considering making a big contribution to President Nix- on's re-election campaign. Sears said Tuesday that he reminded Mitchell twice in 1971 that Vesco considered himself a friend of Ihe Nixon family. On March 18, 1971, the Securi- ties and Exchange Commission an investigation of Vesco whether anything could be don bul he would talk lo Bill Casey at.the first opportunity. Scars testified that Vesc asked him to come to work for; Vesco corporation as a lawye and dial "when I decided lo ge aboard" in mid-December, 1971 "he specifically asked me to di something about the SEC mat i' salary was a year. Later, apparently in 1972 began an investigation of Vesco Lalcr, apparently in 1972 ind his companies. Vesco, Scars Vcsco said the situation was said, enlislod his aid to try lo getting worse, Ihe staff was ha- jet Mitchell lo help by gelling side o: (lie affair to SEC Chairman William Casey. In wrote to Mit- chell, and in a phone talk with Mitchell in June, Sears Icslificd, "Mr. Mitchell indicated to me that at some point he'd check with Bill Casey about Vesco had complained he had not been able to gel beyond Ihe stnff level to Ihe chairman. Scars said he and Mitchell To Hun for Governor WASHINGTON (AP) -.Rep. Jerome Wukllo says he will run or the Democratic nomination or governor of California in Ihe lime 'I primary. Totluifs Chuckle She's nl Ihe age where any good. who looks back looks ConvrlDliI rassing him and he had failed in continuous tries to get to Ihe commission, Scars lestificd, and: "Mr. Vcsco said: 'I think you could do as you Iricd lo for me last year bring Ihis to the at- tention of Ihe commission. I'd like you to-do that if you could get John Mitchell lo give us some help.' "I said: 'Bob, I tried lasl year and I really don't know. If yon Jiink I can be helpful, I'm will- Inp lo Iry'." Scars is cxpccled lo leslify hat Mitchell warmed up to cf- orls on Vcsco's behalf after Ihe financier secretly contributed to President Nixon's 1072 campaign. "This is- a unique proceeding ivolving the house of repre- entatives and the President of ic United States and therefore 's deserving in my view of nique procedures." Sirica Urges Delay Sirica urged the house judici- ary committee to put off its im- peachment inquiry until after Watergate cover-up trials which will begin in September. St. Clair immediately opposed such a delay. "The President would not be i favor of delaying the im- peachment he said. Sirica raised the question of a delay when the committee's special impeachment counsel, John Doar, formally asked that the judge turn over to the house group the scaled report and other secret material given him by the Watergate grand jury Friday. Not Considered Filibuster on Pay Increase Headed Off WASHINGTON (UPI) The senate voted Wednesday :to block a potential filibuster and paved the way to kill the first pay raise for -members of con- gress since 1969. It invoked debate-limiting clo ture by a 67-31 vote one vote more than the necessary two- thirds and headed off a fili- buster threatened by Sen. Stev- ens a supporter of the raise. The senate was expected lo later Wednes- day, a resolution to deny the annual, raise for mem- bars of congress, plus other raises for high officials in the executive branch and the judi- ciary. Unless the senate or house acts before midnight Saturday, the pay increases, recommen- ded by President Nixon, would go automatically into effect. Democratic Leader Mansfield (Mont.) said the raise was "un- timely during a period of high inflation and congress should "furnish an example for the country." "My heart bleeds for the stale of Ihe U.S. Mans- field said sarcastically in reply to Stevens' remarks about low pay for federal judges. "They don't.have to keep their job if ihey don't want it. They can re- tire and there are hundreds wailing to take Iheir Nixon Hits 'Stumbling' WASHINGTON (UPI) -Pres- ident Nixon vetoed the energy emergency act Wednesday, charging that the measure would "undo the progress we have already made" and force gasoline rationing on the nation. "The amendments, counter amendmenls and parliamentary puzzles which have marked the stumbling route of this bill through the congress must make Americans wonder what lias been going on in Washing- ton while they confront "their own very real the President said. Before Approval Nixon had announced last week, even before the house gave final approval to the bill, :hat he would veto it, partly jecause of a provision calling for crude oil price rollbacks. The senate approved the com- promise measure by a margin of better than 2 to 1, and sup: aorters of the bill said they felt :hey had a chance of getting the lecessary two-thirds senate vote :o override the veto. Congres- sional observers doubted a two- tods-majority could be mus- tered in the house. Nixon senf a special message to congress explaining reasons for his veto. He raised several specific objections. Referring to the rollbacks, he said this would set domestic crude oil prices at such low evels. that production would be iiscburaged and compulsory gasoline rationing would be like- y. Rationing, which he has con- istently opposed, would cost 1.5 billion a year and a bureau- racy of people to ad- minister, Nixon said. "Unworkable" The President also contended that the legislation would es- tablish "an unworkable and in- equitable program" of unem- ployment subsistence, saddling the government with the task of determining whether the unem- ployment of each jobless worker was energy related. Nixon said there was "no ex- cuse for shoveling out the tax- payers' money" under vague and arbitrary standards. Senator Henry Jackson (D- said the veto would "outrage" the public, and the lead of a Consumer Advisory Committee to the Federal En- (Conlinued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Won't Probe Hijacking Of Hearsf Food Truck Expressing concern about de- fendants' right lo a fair (rial, Sirica asked whether (he com-, mittce had "thought about the advisability or feasibility of de- aying Ihis "mailer until after Ihis cover-up trial." Doar replied that the commit- ce had not considered any post lonement. The committee has set an April 30 target dale for naking a recommendation on mpcachment. Sirica then asked: "Don't you hink it (the committee) ought1 olhink about Doar said he could not speak or the committee on Ihat ques- 'on. "Incompleteness" Doar told the court that if the ouse is forced to make ils ccision without the grand jury latcrial "Ihe entire country 'ill experience a feeling of in- Dqar said rule of law cquires that Ihe judgment of ic house in Ihis impeachment........., llluvl! u rocccding be based on Ihe best The truck was found lalcr latcrial available." Referring lo what he called ic house's "solemn constilu- onal responsibility" in the im- Gazettc Leased Wires SAN FRANCISCO Leaders i of the food program set up to secure the release of Patricia Hearst agreed Wednesday to re- frain from asking for an inves- tigation into Ihe hijacking of a truck laden with pounds of meat, poultry and produce. Sources said Ihe coalition of activist groups named to direct Ihe "People In Need" program fell a police investigation might antagonize the Symbioncse Lib- eration Army, which kidnaped the daughter of Randolph Hearst, president and editor o: Ihe San Francisco Examiner. Lone Man A lone man loling a shotgun hijacked Ihe truck as it headed toward a distribution center in the cily's Hunter Poinl seclion Tuesday. He pointed the weapon at the driver's- head and ordered 'jltim lo drive a short distance. The driver was (hen released and the hijacker drove away. The truck was found lalcr bul wilh (lie foodstuffs missing. PIN officials said Ihe truck been loaded with enough food for as many as per- sons. The food's value was placed at between and Returned to Center When the truck was recov- ered, it was returned lo a warehouse where volunteers quickly refilled it with food and it was returned to the Hunter Point distribution center. The hijack was the only in- :idenl lo mar (he third lime food was distributed in the (Continued: Page 3, Col, 3.) Today's Index Comics gD Crossword JD Daily Record SA Deaths JA Editorial Features 8A Farm ]2C Financial jp Marlon oil Movies 70 Society lOB-lIIB Sports 1D-OD Slate 1C-3C Television Want Ads 11D-13D ;