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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                THEY THINK IT'S GREAT1 Neiv Mectiville Doctor Program (In Section B] FOUR GAZETTE FARM PAGES Iowa Agriculture Day Noted (In Section B) Section A Warmer, highs today In 30s. Becoming cloudy, chance of snow Monday. High Monday, CITY FINAL 35 CENTS VOLUME 02 NUMBER 73 CKDAH RAPIDS, IOWA, SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Snag Kissing s Face er WASHINGTON (AP) Seer tary of State Kissinger left Sa urday night for Europe to try break a deadlock on a ne nuclear weapons treaty with, tl Soviet Union and speed a.Gola Heights settlement betwee Israel and Syria. The trip'to Moscow, with a intermediate stop. Sunday i Bonn, is a necessary consi quence of the Nixon administri tion's commitment to a detem policy with the Soviet Union but also may be; essential keep relations between the tw powers from souring. "We are' going there at more difficult period than some previous Kissinge said with some understatemen Thursday at a news conference. Some of the reasons ar these: Congress appears unyieldin in its demand that the Sovie Union allow freer emigration Jews and other minorities. Ki, singer and others in the ad ministration are attempting compromise; But at the momen the odds are against the taj credits and trade benefits re quested, by President Nixon anc eagerly sought by the Russians. The second round of SALT talks in Geneva, begun in No vember 1972 to produce a .hew U.S.-Soviet often sive nuclear weapons, is at stalemate. Kissinger explains this period as the logical in- terlude between technical -dis- cussions and negotiation an ac- tual agreement. But, nevertheless, he and the Soviets must in this visit reach a "conceptual breakthrough" or probably abandon hope for meaningful treaty by the end of the year. Two East-West confer- ences are lagging: The talksJn Vienna on a mutual pullback of American and Russian troops in Europe and .those in Geneva in which the Soviets are seeking permanent recognition of their hold on East Germany, Poland, Romania, Czechoslo- vakia and Bulgaria. In the Middle East the two powers have conflicting inter- ests, although they joined forces (Continued: Page 3, Col. l.i Rapids Derailment photo by L. W. Wsi'd Six cars of a Rock Island railroad freight derailed Saturday afternoon in Cedar Rapids, but no one was injured. The derailment occurred along the Cedar river on the northeast side, about a half mile from the Edgewood road bridge. Railroad officials said about 100 feet of track was ripped up. One car (right) ended up in the river where it dumped its load of soybeans. Cause of the accident was not immediately known. lairy Co-dp Aidlo Iowa Demos Told WASHINGTON (AP) The ation's largest dairy eoopera ve spent in corporate unds on computer mailing lists 'ir campaign use by Midwes irn Democrats including Sena irs Hubert Humphrey am ames Abourezk, the Associatec ress has learned. Details of the 1971 transac ons were assembled -from ourt documents, interviews nd a report by (lie cooperative n activities of its leaders. One of the largest payments ivered most of the cost of a ailing list for the Iowa Demo- atic party. That transaction a m e after co-op officials ught' to make a donation to e unannounced presidential a m p a i g n of Sen. Harold ughes, an offer the Iowa sena- r says he declined. Oklahoma, Kansas Other payments went for lists quested for Gov. David Hall Oklahoma and Gov. Robert icking of Kansas. Those lists Israeli-Syrian Duel on Heights Kills Woman By Associated Tress Israel and Syria battled for more than six hours across the Golan Heights Saturday, and refused to evacuate the wedge Israel captured in the October war, and another to fled, the Israeli command said. The Syrians also shelled Tel Aviv said a Syrian woman was killed. Meanwhile, the state depart-i'ne Golan captured in the 1967 Israeli positions in the area of menl announced a high-ranking Syrian official will come to Washington about April 10 or II to consult Secretary o: war, the Tel commanc Slate Kissinger on Israeli-Syriai disengagement on the tense cease-fire line. And, Rear Adm. Brian Mc- Caulcy, who headed the mine clearing operations in Haiphong harbor, prepared (o meet with Cairo officials to map a similar miiltimllllon dollar U. S. effort to clean the explosive-laden Canal. Israel said the woman was killed in Ihe Innk and artillery exchanges on the Heights and that two Israeli soldiers were wounded. The woman was be- lieved to be the first civilian casualty of Ihe 12-dny war of at- Iritlon on the rocky plateau. An estimated Syrian vil- lagers mostly Druse Arabs said. Syria said it knocked out 13 Israeli artillery positions anc three tanks, and destroyed a motorized artillery battery and a heavy machine gun nest. On the Sinai front, n high ranking United Nations' of- ficer said flic Egyptians had moved some artillery pieces beyond their zone into the buffer nrcn, and he Indicated that there may have been other violations of (he disen- gagement agreement ncgotlnt- cd by Kissinger, The Swedish officer told a newsman Friday the Egyptian gun was moved 100 yards or more into the buffer lo reach a better firing xisillon on (lie side of n hill. He said the Egyptians hnd been told o move the intruding cannon by Monday. weren't "completed because th state Democratic parties didn' pay their share. The firm that received thi money and assembled' the lis has admitted falsifying cdrre spondence and invoices cover ing -the transactions. Watergate investigators are seeking to de- termine whether the payment violated federal law prohibiting donation of corporate money t( political campaigns. The story of the mailing-list subsidies is outlined in a law- yer's report, commissioned by the co-op's board of directors, on the past political and finan- cial dealings of its top of- ficials, some of whom have been ousted. Payments were made by the Texas-based .Associated Milk Producers, Inc., in six install- ments from July 16 to Dec. 29, 1971. They, went to share the cost of computerized mailing ists.that politicians or business- men use to address tailor-made letters to specific groups of peo- ple, such as Kansas Democrats over age 65 or Iowa farmers who vote. Breakdown Gerald Singer, an attorney for the Minneapolis computer-mail firm that compiled the costly lists, was interviewed by tele- phone. Singer gave the following breakdown of the cooperative's payments: AMPI paid in two in- pay their ;share, and the list wasn't completed. Hall could npt.be reached for comment. AMPI paid for a list sought by Gov. Docking but this project also was abandoned when Kansas Democrats didn't pay. Docking also was unavaila- ble for comment. AMPI paid for mailing lists used in the 1972 Florida and Maryland presidential pri- maries by Through Sen. a Humphrey, spokesman, stallments for a list of residents of rural Iowa. The slate Demo-j Humphrey disclaimed knowl- edge of the transaction and re- ferred newsmen to his former campaign manager, Min- neapolis attorney Jack Chest- nut. Chestnut said he has no irst-hand knowledge of the pay- ment, either. Political Trust Singer said the computer-mail 'irm -r- Valentine, Sherman and Associates had expected AMPI to pay its part of the bills rom its political trust, rather ban from its corporate account. Federal law prohibits corpora- ions from donating company unds to political campaigns, mt allows use of trusts for do- lations so long as the trusts are inanced through voluntary con- ributions. Although AMPI has ne of the richest political trusts in the nation, its records show it sed company funds to pay its hare of the list bills. AMPI never used the lisls, ac- ording to a report to Ihe co- p's board by Edward Wright, a former president of the .Ameri- can Bar Assn. Wright said the co-op received six reels of computer tapes.con- taining about one millipi names, less than one-fifth1 of thi total that, normally would buy. He said the co-oj never broke the seals on thi tapes. Potential Use? Original Nixon Papers Deed 'Never Existed1 By Eileen Shanahan New York Times Service WASHINGTON Congres- sional staff experts who are in- vestigating taxes have President reportedly Nixon's become convinced that the deed es- tablishing the President's right to a tax deduction never actually existed, despite the contention of his lawyers to the contrary. In addition, according to sources close to the inquiry, the congressional investigators be- lieve they have, sufficient docu- mentary evidence to refute the argument made by Nixon and his lawyers that the deduction was legal, even in the absence of the deed. That argument rests. on a claim that Nixon's pre-presiden- tial papers were delivered to the National Archives before change in disallowed the big tax laws thai deductions for gifts of personal papers by pub lie officials. "Presently Stored" A document in the hands o! the investigators shows, howev er, that more' than three months after the cut-off date, the papers were, still being described by a jey man in the transaction :he appraiser of the papers as the "property" of Nixon. .The lapers were merely "presently and also in two other investiga- tions, DeMarco has invoked the rule that conversations .between lawyer and client are privileged and that no one can compel disclosure of the contents of such conversations, unless the client gives his permission. A White House spokesman said Saturday night that two at- torneys who have advised Pres- ident Nixon on tax matters would be released from attor- ney-client privilege if they want- ed. J. Bruce Whelihan, an assis- tant to Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler, said in response to an inquiry that he did not know whether a -waiver of the privi- lege had been sought by DeMar- :p. Evidence .But Whelihan said, if the law yer sought a waiver so he .coulc testify fully, one would be grant ed without imposition of condi tions of any kind. There are a number of.item of evidence that have reported! led the joint committee staff t the conclusion that no dee Burning over the pre-presidentia papers was execluted' be fore the effective date of, the change in the law that denied at the archives, at that evidence on this issue, However, cooperative officials said that the lists had at least potential business use. Wright's report quotes the organization's former political treasurer, Bob Lilly, as saying he was told the co-op wanted names and ad- dresses of farmers "for possible use in soliciting life insurance.' Jlly said he was told this by 'ormer general manager Harolc Nelson. Co-op officials told the same thing to the Valentine, Sherman firm, according to its attorney, Singer. But the cooperative never en- tered the insurance business. Singer said the Valentine, Sherman firm originally asked the co-op for "political dollars, not corporate dollars." He said it wasn't until the last corporate check came through in July, 1971, that the firm realized things wouldn't be that way. At the time, according to the lawyer and officials of the firm, Valentine, Sherman was strapped for money and over- drawn on its bank account. stored' time. The along with the evidence that here was never any deed for the papers other than' a post- dated one, will be presented shortly by the staff of the con- gressional joint committee on Internal Revenue taxation to the members of the committee. The staff is trying to get its report written on all aspects .of Nixon's tax returns by the end of. next week, though some of the staff express doubt that this tentative deadline will be met. The staff appears likely to ab-j stain from reaching any conclu-! sions on the crucial question of; low much President Nixon him- self knew about the allegedly non-existent original deed and about the undisputed fact that .he only copy of the deed that exists now is a back-dated ver- :on. Nixon's Knowledge On the question of Nixon's knowledge may hinge the even nore. important question of vhcther the committee will liarge the President with fraud m his income taxes. Tlie chairman and vice-chair- man cf the committee, Sen. lussell Long (D-La.) and Rep. Vilbur Mills (D-Ark.) have said They firm money. acknowledged accepted the that the corporate deductions for gifts of such lapers. The cutoff date was July 25, 1969. DeMarco has testified that he had his secrelary retype the original deed, dated March 27, 1969, because the paper and the style -of the original deed were different from those of accom- panying documents. Once the hew copy of the deed was made, in April of the following year; the old one was destroyed, in conformity with his firm's prac- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 2.) n recent days that they know of 10 proof of fraud, but Long has aken pains to point out that hat is not the same as saying liat there is no evidence of raud. The staff's work on the matter s incomplete because the joint'snown A young Cedar Rapids man who was murdered two weeks ago was robbed of sources told The Gazette Saturday. The money was taken from Michael Servey, 18, who along with Maureen'Connolly, 17, was shot to death early March 10, Charged in the case are At- well Junior Conner, 29, of near Bertram, and George Junior Nowlin, 31, rural Keystone. Both are in the Linn county jail. It was also publicized Satur- day that one of the suspects in the case had taken a friend to the spot near Palisades-Kepler paid Sen. Hughes said through a spokesman that co-op officials offered to help finance the project after he turned down their offer of a donation to his campaign. He said he and Iowa party officials didn't know the co-op paid its share in corporate funds. AMPI paid for n list for Abourezk, who was running in South Dakota for his present senate post. Total cost was Abourezk said through a spokesman lie was unaware lhat AMPI's share came from its corporate account, and said he would have refused the help if lie had known corporate money wns being used. AMPI paid for n list requested by Ciov, Hall bul Oklahoma Democrats failed lo fosses Gasoline Can, Mafch info Bar; 8 Killed park southeast of Cedar Rapids where Servey's body was found. The information was not new, for newsmen earlier in the week were asked not to release it. A second friend was also the body, sources said, .Committee has been unable tolantl lne lwo wcrc amonS 'he Kind out anything about a material witnesses re- 'cial conversation between lo at tnc llmc of ar' and his tax laywer, Frank and held in protective Marco of Los Angeles. j lasl Momlav n'KW DeMarco has refused to tcs- lo anV arrcsls- Still Asks Definition Of Charges CAMP DAVID, Md. (AP) The White House indicated Sat- urday it will not consider sur- endering 42 taped conversa- ions sought for (he house 1m- leachment inquiry until judici- ary committee defines its, charges against President Nixon and specifies "what materials are wanted and why." P: r e s s Secretary .Ronald tegler issued a -formal state- ment denying a published report hat the White House would turn over, tapes of the 42 presidential conversations next week. "We.continue to feel.it is-es- sential that ,the committee .first define the charges and be spe- cific on what, materials are wanted and why." Tape Interpretation Ziegler also assailed a report in the Los Angeles: Times, at- tributed to congressional.- and other sources, that Nixon's (aped..conversation .with .former White -House counsel .John Dean clearly- showed that (he Pres- dent did not disapprove of -the ayment of hush money to Wa- ergate defendants. "When .you. hear the, the Times quoted one source as saying, "you havb a lot more respect for Dean's integrity and what: he told the senate Water- gate committee. It is that explo- sive. It is not ambiguous." The White; spokesman said "the malicious intentions of the individuals who planted this story are clear" .and the report "cannot help but'-.influ- ence the White House .attitude with respect-.to providing addi- tional materials in .the future" to the judiciary committee. A recording of the Nixon-Dean conversation was one of J9 tapes provided to the committee as well as to special prosecutor Leon Jaworski.. "Not Changed" Ziegler said no decision has been made to provide additional tapes to the committee. "The White House position has not he said. "We feel that the committee should define the scope of their inves- tigation and their charges. In short, they should be specific as to what further information they want and why. Logically, the committee can only be specific after it assesses the massive Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Today's Index ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) At least eight persons were killed Saturday when a man tossed gasoline can into a bar and ig- nited the gas with a match, fire officials said. At least 10 persons in the bar were injured, officials said, six of them critically, A policeman and a fireman suffered smoke inhalation. A man wns apprehended shortly after the blaze and was being held pending the filing of charges. His idcnlily was not released. Deputy Fire Chief Jnmcs: Thompson said there were about 20 persons in the bar when the fire broke out. "The guy took a five-gallon can of gasoline with two gallons in it, dumped some on the floor, left the can and threw a match in said Fire Chief Melvin Kcyscr. "I understand the man is now in police custody. I'd say he's around 25 years old." Kcyscr said the Caboose Bar, three-story brick building on North 6lh street, was gutted by the fire, which was brought under control in 20 minutes. Authorities declined comment on what precipitated the bomb- ing, but sources told the Allen- town Call-Chronicle it followed nn argument. tify about what he discussed with Nixon in a half-hour meet- ing in the Oval office on April 10, 1970, the day Nixon signed his 1969 tax return. That was the first return on which the deduction for the pro-presiden- tial papers was claimed. Privilege Invoked Before the joint committee Chuckle If taxes and prices continue to climb, what this country will need is a good five-cent cigarette. Initial reports had it that a young girl had found the body March 15, but out of fear, did not tell anyone else until March 17, one week ago. Late last Sun- day, authorities were led to the dead-end road where Servcy's body was located. The day before, two motor- cyclists had found Miss Connol- ly's body near the old Morley bridge southeast of Anarnosa, just off highway 151. Sources have also told The Gazette that it is believed Miss Connolly was killed first. The defendants, held under bend each, are sched- uled Jo for a prelimi- nary hearing Monday, SECTION A Laic News Deaths Editorials Rcporl Card Hall Moles Acccnl on Youlh SECTION 8 Iowa News Frank Nve'i Political Nolti Television Table ...I, in 3 10 16 17 Marlon Food Building Farm Movies Record Review JO SECTION C Social Around (he Town New Books Travel SECTION 0 Spoils Outdoor Iowa Financial Now York Slocks Want Adi Crossword................ M4 J. 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