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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Showers ending (o- ulght, laws in 40s. Fair Saturday, highs In 60s. CITY FINAL 10 CENTS VOLUME 92 NUMBER 79 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, MARCH ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES NIXON SUBPOENA Stans Trial Witness in Concession NEW YORK (AP) Govern- ment witness G. Bradford Cook conceded Friday that he agreed to redraft a key part of a fraud complaint against financier Robert Vesco before Maurice Stans asked him to. Under cross-examination at the conspiracy trial of former Commerce Secretary Stans and former Atty. Gen. John Mit- chell, Cook, who is former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, readily admitted he had lied before three grand juries con- gressional committees about the Vesco The cabinet of fleers are charged with trying to impede an of Vesco in return for Vesco's secret cash contribution to President Nixon's re-election campaign. In direct testimony, Cook had said that Stans had per- suaded bun to change a key paragraph of the SEC com- plaint against Vesco, which could have revealed Vesco's covert campaign contribution. Cook was general counsel ol the SEC at the .time. Under questioning by Stans' lawyer, Walter Bonner, Cook said that he had discussed the key paragraph with Stanley Sporkin, who was the staff man in charge of the Vesco case; He said he had agreed with Sporkin that the paragraph had to -be redrafted before he talked with Stans about it on Nov. Cook also said that in a series of conversations he had with Stans, it was always he who raised the Vesco matter and that Stans never brought it up first. Perjury Charge Bonner also questioned Cook about a conversation he said he had with Stans in the White House in May 1973. Cook said that Stans admitted at that tune to lying to the grand jury by saying he never talked about Vesco with Cook before the case against Vesco was filed. Q: Didn't Mr. Stans tell you he didn't know who the target of the grand jury was, that it might be you or John Mitchell or Bill Casey? William Casey was Cook's predecessor as head of the SEC. A: I don't recall. Q: Did you not say to him, "I have nothing io fear because I haven't helped Vesco." A: I don't recall those exact words, but I believe I might have nothing to fear because I or something like that. At another point Bonner askec Cook: "Is it not true that you told my client there had been no discussion between you and him before the complaint was "I did not say it in that form, Mr. Bonner." "Did you not say, Mr. Cook, 'Maury, we never discussed the case "I may have said Cook replied. It was to the perjury counts against Stans that the govern- ment directed its questioning of Cook Thursday. One count cites Stans' grand jury testimo- ny that he never talked with Cook about the Vesco cose be- fore Nov. 27, 1972. That was the date the SEC filed a federal court fraud complaint against Vesco. Earlier Discussions However, Cook testified ho discussed the Vesco case with (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) Today's Chuckle Politicians wouldn't be so cocky If they only realized thai today's President Is to- morrow's postage stamp, Blame Threat For Secrecy On Kidnaping HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) The disappearance of Ameri- can Vice-consul John Patterson was kept secret five days be- cause the ransom note con- tained a death threat, another American diplomat reported Thursday night. "That was the main reason we didn't want to break this, because they said if this was published they would carry out the the source said. Patterson, 31, disappearee ast Friday after he left the U.S onsulate in Hermosillo with an nidentified man for a livestock meeting. The U.S. embassy in Mexico City announced Wednes day .that he had been kidnaped and sources hi Washington re jorted a ransom note demand ng and signed by the Revolutionary Army o. Mexico had been slipped unde "be consulate door. Raising Money American officials said th US. government would no modify its policy of refusing t pay ransom for its employe: Evidence Will Go to Jaworski Alexander with His Wife and Two of His Sons in Zurich Exiled Writer, Family Reunited ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) Alexander Solzhemtsyn and his family were reunited Friday 44 days after the Nobel Prize win mng author was banished from Russia: Holding a small bouquet of red and white carnations, he warded the Swissair jet that brought his family from Mos- cow. His wife rushed into his arms, they embraced silently for 30 seconds, then he broke away and kissed his four chil- dren and mother-in-law. Solzhenitsyn, 55, refused -to speak to newsmen. But his wife, Satalya, 33, said he "is looking fine. Now all is well." Wave Frantically Before the exiled author was jermitted to board the plane, us children frantically waved brought the windows attempting :o attract his attention They succeeded only after he put on lis glasses. Carrying two sons, Ignat, 18 months, and Yermolai, 3, the bearded writer stepped down the ramp and marched pas some 200 newsmen and photo graphers to waiting limousines He hurriedly walked back to the plane to help his wife bring her luggage and other children to the cars. Solzhenitsyn appeared con- cerned about the massive load of old, suitcases in the plane hold, and as soon as his family was safely in the cars he dashed back to the plane to get two large suitcases Checks Papers Chatting with an interpreter about the remaining lug the writer put the suitcases'in the cars and flipped them open to check the books and papers jammed inside before leaving the airport for his rented home The remaining.baggage was to follow later. In all, the Solzhenitsyn lug- gage in the hold totaled 827 pounds. The happy arrival was 'in marked contrast to the family's tearful-' departure cow's Sheremetyevo airporl four hours earlier. More than 20 friends came to the airport to say goodbye included Leonid Pasternak whose father, Boris, wrote "Dr Zhivago" and won the Nobe Prize in 1958; Alexander Ginz- burg, an author sentenced to a labor camp for displeasing the regime; and mathematiciar [gpr Shafarevich, a member of jhysicist Andrei Sakharov's un )fficial human rights commit- tee; Model for Character Also present was Lev lev. He was a labor camp pris- oner with Solzhenitsyn and the novelist used him as the model 'or the character Lev Rubin in 'The First Circle" "Don't cry We will surely be said tearfully. Customs officials went through ler hand luggage and listened ,o a tape recording she had of a recent telephone conversation Anamosa, Marion Carriers Win Young Columbus Evenf Mike La Barge Cedar Rlplds Gazette newspaper carriers rom Anamosa and Marion have icen selected for a 12-day tour if Spain and Portugal. Mike LaBarge, Anamosa, and Ronald French, 195 Fifth ave- nue, Marion, were named win- ners- In the Young Columbus Tho contest Is sponsored by newspapers throughout the country, Parade magazine and Trans World airlines. Alternate winners, who will make tho trip If either of the winners Is unable to participate, are Handy Uarlels, Oelwcln, nnd George Holmes, 340 Rock' 'ord road SW, Tho winners were selected Ronald French from a field of 11 finalists by a three-judge panel. LaBarge and French will leave Cedar Rapids April 11 on the tour, which will feature visits to the Valley of the Fallen and the home of El Greco in Spain, plus a Portuguese-style bullfight, a trip to the Pcna pal- ace and a visit to a monument to Ferdinand Magellan in Por- tugal. Other finalists were Mike Ml clmllcck, 2532 Glen Elm drive NE; Kralg Pflffner, 434 Twenty second street NW; Todd Stout, 829 Twenty-first street SE; Alan Wright, Belle Plalne; Greg Von Tatenhove, Tlpton; Jeff Shcp- hard, Iowa City; Joe Romlne, Center Point. Town Hall Bonds at N, Liberty Rejected NORTH LIBERTY Voters n North Liberty Thursday de- eated a bond issue for construction of a new town hall and municipal building. The proposal was defeated by a vote of 131 to 122. It received 52 percent majority, but. _60 lercent was needed: A similar proposal failed by a slightly July. smaller margin last with her husband in Zurich Bu there were no other difficulties The family took 28 pieces o baggage with them and shippec many other boxes of belonging to Switzerland earlier The gov ernment apparently-made no al tempt to interfere with ship ment of Solzhenitsyn's. files an papers, which he said were es sential for him to continue th series of novels he is writing on World war n in Russia and the Bolshevik Revolution. Eight Indicted For Kent State WASHINGTON (AP) The justice department .announced Friday that a federal grand jury in Cleveland indicted one pres- ent and seven former Ohio EF, tional guardsmen on Charges of violating the civil rights of four Cent State university students and nine others killed or wound- ed in the 1970 campus confron- .ation. The department said all the defendants were charged with willfully assaulting and intimid- ating demonstrators on the Kent itate campus on May by iring in their direction and vio- ating their constitutional rights not to be deprived of liberty vithout due process of law. The maximum penalty upon onviction is one year imprison- ment and a fine and, vhen death results from this ac- ion any number of years in >rison up to life. WASHINGTON (AP) The fliite House announced Friday will provide special Water- ate prosecutor Leon Jaworski ith the materials he has ought by subpeona. Press Secretary Ronald Zieg- er passed this word to news- men hurriedly and without elab- ration. He did not use the word sub xiena, saying they were "re- [uestcd materials" and told ome newsmen they did not deal with the ITT anti-trust case 'or similar matters." Neither the White House nor 'aworski have said that was sought by'subpoena. There was no immediate op- lortunity to question the'White louse spokesman as to whether all of the materials covered in he Jaworski subpoena exist. Meeting Set Earlier, White House lawye James St. Clair and member of the special prosecutor's ol tice agreed to meet' this after noon as the deadline apprpache But Consul-General Elmer Em Yelton said Patterson's 28-yea old wife "has made every poss ble effort to follow instruction contained in the ransom note. "Mrs. Patterson has receive no word from her husband third he said. The Washington Star-News r ported that Patterson's farm in Philadelphia had raise demanded by the ki napers as the first part of ti ransom. The paper said the fir payment was to be made a Nogales, the border town soiil of Tucson, Ariz. Already Paid? The Hermosillo newspaper E I m p a r c i a 1 quoted "goo sources" as saying that described as "half the ran som" has, in fact, alreac been paid in Nogales. Mrs. Patterson has not bee sine Wednesday. Mexico's "Federal Securit Board similar to the FBI laid at least 50 agents were i iermosillo working on the Pa ;erson case. Meanwhile, several ar'nie men kidnaped a wealthy Mexi can landowner near Acapulco about miles down the Paci ric coast'from Hermosillo. Th 23-year-old' son of a taxi flee owner in the resort was kit naped there on March 19 and i still missing, but officials di not believe there was any con riection with the kidnaping o 'atterson. Mansfield; "Votes There" To Impeach WASHINGTON (TJPp-Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mans field said Friday that he ha been told "the votes are there' to impeach President Nixon in the house but he does not thinl there now is the necessary two- thirds majority hi the senate to convict and remove Nixon from office. on the prosecutor's 'latest de- mand for presidential files.; A spokesman for Jaworsl would not comment on the Whit House announcement other than to say that the last-minute ne gotiating session scheduled fo this afternoon had been .calle off. We will not was sought in the subpoena said a spokesma for the special prosecutor. All that is known about th subpoena that it does no ask for evidence on the Water gate break-in and cover-up White House plumber operation that resulted in th break-in at the office of Danie Isberg's psychiatrist. Indict- ents have been returned in ose two matters. It is likely the documents ought by the grand jury irough Jaworski bear on the andling of campaign funds. Five Missing On. another subject, White louse spokesman Gerald War- en said Thursday it was a mat- er of court record'that tapes o not-exist 'of conversations ought by the house judiciary ommittee which occurred after recorder ran out of tape. Warren did, not make any es- imate of how many .conversa- ions might not have been'taped as a result of'the machine run- ling out of tape, but an analysis the court documents indica- ed that perhaps five conversa- ions were not taped. Warren was referring. to a tearing last November before Fudge John Sirica on a series of apes which had been subpoe- naed by the special prosecutor's office. The White House sought to show through a number of wit- nesses that there was so much business on April 1, 1973, a a six- inch reel of tape was filled by 2 p.m. .reels normally were not changed on weekends, testimony showed. In other Watergate-related developments: House Republican Leader John Rhodes of Arizona said'he expects the White House and'the judiciaiy committee' t6 reach an agreement that will give the committee's impeachment' in- quiry the pertinent'portions of (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) New Bill Should Cut Gas Prices-Sponsors WASHINGTON (AP) Congress has begun work on an energy bill: that sponsors say should result in lower prices for gasoline. The, bill introduced :Thursday >y Sen. Jackson and Rep. Staggers re. daces the energy-emergency rieasure vetoed by Presidenl fcon March 6. Jackson's senate interior com- mittee will begin final work on t next week, bypassing the usual public.hearings. Jackson and Staggers, who leads the house commerce committee, said the new bill was offered because it was im- jossible to compromise dif- ferences with the administration over the vetoed measure. Key Element The key element in the new bill would limit the ability of the arge multinational oil compa- nies to pass on to consumers the ligher costs of imported oil. Jackson said this provision should result in sharply lower irices for crude oil, perhaps as Bond Loss Poses Renewal Puzzle IOWA CITY "Where do we go from That was the question being asked by stunned city officials Thursday night following re- jection of a million urban renewal bond issue by Iowa City voters. The million would have financed a million parking ramp and million utility improvement program as the city's share of a massive million downtown urban re- newal project, The vote was (o In favor o! the proposal, slightly more than a 53 per- cent majority, but 60 percent approval was needed to pass the bond Issue. Despite the majority favoring the project, only 'eight of 25 precincts gave the project n 60 percent approval. A breakdown of the precinct voting shows the project did well in higher income districts, but was badly hurt in low and middle-income districts. Voids Contract Thursday's vote, in effect, throws out a contract between the city council and Old Capi- tol Associates. Old Capitol had been the only firm to offer a total bid of million for 11.5 acres of prime down- town land. It now, appears the down- town urban renewal area will be sold on a piecemeal basis, n move bitterly opposed by tho majority of the council and the city staff, Old Capitol Associates, made up largely of local business and civic lenders, is not expected to propose another plan to tho city. Tho original plan called for a covered mall flanked by a major hotel and construc- tion of a large townhouse complex. Inherent hi tho Old Capi- tol plan was construction of n parking rnmp. Previously, Iowa City voters by a resounding 2 to 1 margin had defeated n gener- al obligation bond issue to build a similar parking ramp. City Councilwoman Penny Davidson termed the bond is- sue defeat "tragic. It will be several years before we even realize the extent of this trage- dy." Average Citizen Councilwoman Carol de- Pro s s e, the only council member who opposed the measure, pointed out "when you consider the bond issue only carried in tho high in- come precincts, It Is an in- dication, I think, of how the average citizen viewed this proposal." Mayor Ed Zarnecki, check- ing on the vote results by phone from DCS Moines, was obviously disappointed. "This means we will simply have to come up with a new marketing technique if we are going to sell the 11.5 acres involved. "The big defeat is in the unified-development concept that we fought so hard Zarnecki said. The Arguments Proponents of the bond issue had Insisted taxes would not be increased, but that the project would be financed in part out of Increased property valuations In the area. Opponents said other agen- cies, such as the school sys- (Continued: Pago 8, Col. 1.) much as f3 a barrel below, the current He said this should bring lower- gasoline prices. He refused to speculate whether the bill could be passed over the opposition ad- ministration and oil-state repre- sentatives who were against the original measure. Nixon's chief objection to the bill he vetoed was a provision forcing a rollback in oil prices. The new bill contains ho such provision but would require the President to maintain rigid ceil- ings on prices of oil and petrole- um products. Jobless Aid The administration also disa- greed with congressional insis- tence that special unemploy- ment compensation be provided persons who lose their cause of the energy shortage, and a provision in the original bill requiring disclosure of con- fidential oil-industry data. With the exception of the oil- price question, the new bill is essentially the same as the old, Jackson said. The new bill would allow the large companies to pass on to cpnsumers only the importcd-oil price increases resulting from iiigher taxes and royalties paid to foreign countries. But even that increase would be reduced by the gain accruing to the com- panies as a result of lower liabi- ities for U. S. taxes. Today's Index Comics.....................2-1 Crossword ...........'.'......24 Dally Record................3 Deaths......................3 Editorial Features.......... .6 Marlon ......................8 Movies Society Sporls...................17-20 Television ..................11)   

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