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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette March 29, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Showers ending tonight, lows In 40s. Fair Saturday, highs in 60s. Ult* Uvular Hail ids Cb&itHt CITY FINAL IO CENTS VOLUME 92-NUMBER 7!) CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES NIXONHONOR SUBPOENA Stans Trial Witness in Concession NEW YORK (AP) - Government 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 Mitchell, Cook, who is former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, readily admitted he had lied before three grand juries and two congressional committees about the Vesco case. The two former cabinet officers are charged with trying to impede an SEC investigation of Vesco in return for Vesco’s secret $200,000 cash contribution to President Nixon’s re-election campaign. In direct testimony, Cook had said that Stans had persuaded him to change a key paragraph of the SEC complaint against Vesco, which could have revealed Vesco’s covert campaign contribution. Cook was general counsel of 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. 15,1972. 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 time 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 |months, and Yermolai, 3, 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 notining lo 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 him,” or something like that. At another point Bonner asked Cook: ‘‘Is it not true that you told my client there had been no discussion between you and him before the complaint was filed?” ‘‘I did not say it in that form, Mr. Bonner.” “Did you not say, Mr. Cook, ‘Maury, we never discussed the case itself.’?” “I may have said it,” Cook replied. It was to the perjury counts against Stans that the government directed its questioning of Cook Thursday. One count cites Stans’ grand jury testimony that he never talked with Cook about the Vesco case before Nov. 27, 1972. That was the date the SEC filed a federal court fraud complaint against Vesco. Earlier Discussions However, Cook testified he discussed the Vesco case with Blame Threat For Secrecy On Kidnaping HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) — The disappearance of American Vice-consul John Patterson was kept secret five days because the ransom note contained 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 threat,” the source said. Patterson, 31, disappeared last Friday after he left the U.S. consulate in Hermosillo with an unidentified man for a livestock meeting. The U.S. embassy in Mexico City announced Wednes day that he had been kidnaped, and sources in Washington reported a ransom note demanding $500,000 and signed by the People’s Revolutionary Army of Mexico had been slipped under the consulate door. AP WI rephot# Alexander Solzhenitsyn with His Wife and Two of His Sons in Zurich Exiled Writer, Family Reunited ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) —^bearded writer stepped Alexander Solzhenitsyn and his'the ramp and marched past I tearful family were reunited Friday 44 days after the Nobel Prize-winning author was banished from Russia. Holding a small bouquet of red and white carnations, he boarded the Swissair jet that brought his family from Moscow. His wife rushed into his arms, they embraced silently for 30 seconds, then he broke away and kissed his four children and mother-in-law. Solzhenitsyn, 55, refused to speak to newsmen. But his wife, Natalya, 33, said he ‘‘is looking fine. Now all is well.” Wave Frantically Before the exiled author was permitted to board the plane, his children frantically waved through the windows attempting to attract his attention. They succeeded only after he put on his glasses. Carrying two sons, Ignat, 181 pounds. the j The happy down | marked contrast to the family’s departure from MOSCO w ’ s Sheremetyevo airport four hours earlier. More than 20 friends came to the airport to say goodbye. They the plane to help his wife bring ^ n c I u d e d Leonid Pasternak, some 200 newsmen and photographers to waiting limousines. He hurriedly walked back to her luggage and other children to the cars. Solzhenitsyn appeared concerned 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 luggage, whose father, Boris, wrote “Dr Zhivago” and won the Nobel Prize in 1958; Alexander Ginzburg, an author sentenced to a labor camp for displeasing the regime; and mathematician Igor Shafarevich, a member of physicist Andrei Sakharov’s unofficial human rights committee. Model for Character Also present was Lev Kope- the writer put the suitcases in lev. He was a labor camp pris- 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- oner with Solzhenitsyn and the novelist used him as the model for the character Lev Rubin in “The First Circle”. “Don’t cry. We will surely be back,” Natalya said tearfully. Customs officials went through with her husband in Zurich. But there were no other difficulties. The family took 28 pieces of baggage with them and shipped many other boxes of belongings to Switzerland earlier. The government apparently made no attempt to interfere with ship-ment of Solzhenitsyn’s files and papers, which he said were essential for him to continue the Raising Money American officials said the U.S. government would not modify its policy of refusing to pay ransom for its employes But Consul-General Elmer Em Yelton said Patterson’s 28-year old wife “has made every possii ! hie effort to follow instructions I contained in the ransom note. I “Mrs. Patterson has receiver i no word from her husband or third parties,” he said The Washington Star-News re ported that Patterson’s family in Philadelphia had raisec $250,000 demanded by the kid napers as the first part of the ransom. The paper said the first payment was to be made at Nogales, the border town south of Tucson, Ariz. Already Paid?    . The Hermosillo newspaper El I rn p a r c i a I quoted “good j Evidence Will Go to Jaworski WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House announced Friday it will provide special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski with the materials he has sought by subpeona. Press Secretary Ronald Zieg-er passed this word to newsmen hurriedly and without elaboration He did not use the word sub poena, saying they were “requested materials” and told some newsmen they did not deal with the ITT anti-trust case “or similar matters.” Neither the White House nor Jaworski have said that was sought by subpoena. There was no immediate opportunity to question the WTiite House spokesman as to whether all of the materials covered in the Jaworski subpoena exist. Meeting Set Earlier, White House lawyer James St. Clair and members of the special prosecutor’s of fice agreed to meet this afternoon as the deadline approached on the prosecutor’s latest demand for presidential files A spokesman for Jaworski would not comment on the White House announcement other than to say that the last-minute negotiating session scheduled for this afternoon had been called off. “We will not indicate what was sought in the subpoena,” said John Barker, a spokesman for the special prosecutor. All that is known about the subpoena is that it does not ask for evidence on the Watergate break-in and cover-up or the 1971 White House plumbers operation that resulted in the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist. Indictments have been returned rn those two matters. It is likely the documents sought by the grand jury through Jaworski bear on the handling of campaign funds. Five Missing On another subject, White House spokesman Gerald Warren said Thursday it was a matter of court record that tapes do not exist of conversations sought by the house judiciary committee which occurred after a recorder ran out of tape. Warren did not make any estimate of how many conversations might not have been taped as a result of the machine running out of tape, but an analysis of the court documents indicated that perhaps five conversations were not taped. Warren was referring to a hearing last November before Judge John Sirica on a series of tapes which had been subpoenaed by the special prosecutor’s office. The White House sought to show through a number of witnesses that there was so much presidential business on April I, 1973, a Sunday, that a six-inch reel of tape was filled by 2 p m. The 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 judiciary committee to reach an agreement that will give the committee’s impeachment inquiry the pertinent portions of (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) series of novels he is writing on sources” as saying that $250,000 World war II in Russia and the Bolshevik Revolution. Eight Indicted For Kent State New Bill Should Cuf Gas Prices-Sponsors gage in the hold totaled 827 her hand luggage and listened I to a tape recording she had of a in I recent telephone conversation arrival was Anamosa, Marion Carriers Win Young Columbus Event (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8A Mike LaBarge Town Hall Bonds at N. Liberty Rejected NORTH LIBERTY - Voters in North Liberty Thursday defeated a $110,000 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 a 52 percent majority, but 60 percent was needed. A similar proposal failed by a slightly smaller margin last Julv. WASHINGTON justice department announced Friday that a federal grand jury in Cleveland indicted one present and seven former Ohio nr«-tional guardsmen on charges of violating the civil rights of four Kent State university students and nine others killed or wounded in the 1970 campus confrontation. The department said all the defendants were charged with willfully assaulting and intimidating demonstrators on tile Kent State campus on May 4, 1970, by firing in their direction and vio- — described as “half the ransom” — has, in fact, already been paid in Nogales. Mrs. Patterson has not been seen in Hermosillo since Wednesday. Mexico’s Federal Security Congress    has    begun    work    on    an I    current Board — similar to the FBI — energy    bill    that    sponsors    say!    should (AP) — Tile I said at least 50 agents were in should result in lower prices for . Hermosillo working on the Pat-igasoline.    [prices. WASHINGTON (AP) [much as $3 a barrel below the $10.50. He said this bring lower gasoline terson case. Meanwhile, several armed men kidnaped a wealthy Mexican landowner near Acapulco, about 1,100 miles down the Pacific coast from Hermosillo. The 2J-year-old son of a taxi fleet owner in the resort was kidnaped there on March 19 and is still missing, but officials did not believe there was any connection with the kidnaping of Patterson. The bill introduced Thursday ^e retesed to speculate by Sen. Jackson (D-Wash.) and whether the bill could be passed Rep. Staggers (D-W. Va.) re- over the opposition of the ad-places the energy-emergency ministration and oil-state repremeasure vetoed by President I . ________ *    al    . kt. ..    .    *    J    sedatives    who    were against the Nixon March 6    original    measure. Jackson s senate interior com-1 NK,xon.s chicf objcction to tho Mansfield; “Votes There” To Impeach WASHINGTON (UPI)-Senate lating their constitutional rights I Democratic Leader Mike Mans-not to be deprived of liberty | Held said Friday that he has without due process of law. been told “tile votes are there” The maximum penalty upon to impeach President Nixon in :onviction is one year imprison- the house but he does not think mittee will begin final work on it next week, bypassing the usual public hearings. Jackson and Staggers, who heads the house committee, was offered because it was im-! possible to compromise dif-I ferences with the administration over the vetoed measure. ment and a $1,000 fine and, when death results from this action any number prison up to life. there now is the necessary two-thirds majority in the senate to of years in! convict and remove Nixon from i office. bill he vetoed was a provision forcing a    rollback in oil prices. The new    bill contains no such _    provision    but would require the c^mme[Cn President    to maintain rigid ceil- s ie new i jngS on prjces 0f 0jj an(j petroleum products. Jobless Aid Tile administration also disagreed with congressional insistence that special unemployment compensation be provided persons who lose their jobs because of the energy shortage, and a provision in the original bill requiring disclosure of confidential oil-industry data. With the exception of the oil- Bond Loss Poses Renewal Puzzle PW NBH I,nill a'* Politicians wouldn’t be so cocky if they only realized that today’s President is tomorrow's postage stamp. - CopyrlaM MMHWMHntbCMI Coelar Rapid* New*— Gazette newspaper carriers from Anamosa and Marion have been selected for a 12-day tour of Spain and Portugal. Mike LaBarge, Anamosa, and Ronald French, 195 Fifth avenue, Marion, were named winners In the Young Columbus XVIII contest. The contest is sponsored by newspapers throughout t h e country, Parade magazine and Trans World airlines. Alternate winners, win) will make the trip lf either of the winners is unable to participate, are Randy Bartels, Oelwein, and George Holmes, 340 Rockford road SW. The winners were selected Ronald from a field of ll finalists by a three-judge panel. LaBarge and French will leave Cedar Rapids April ll on the tour, which will feature visits to tin* Valley of the Fallen and the home of El Greco in Spain, plus a Portuguese-style bullfight, a trip to the Pena palace and a visit to a monument to Ferdinand Magellan in Por-j fugal. Other finalists were Mike Mi-chalicek, 2532 Glen Elm drive NE; Kraig Pfiffner, 434 Twenty-second street NW; Todd Stout, 829 Twenty-first street SE; Alan Wright, Belle Plaine; Grog Van Tatenhove, Tipton; Jeff Shephard, Iowa City; Joe Romine, Center Point. IOWA CITY - “Where do we go from here?” That was the question being asked by stunned city officials Thursday night following rejection of a $6 million urban renewal bond issue by Iowa City voters. The $6 million would have financed a $5 million parking ramp and $1 million utility improvement program as the city’s share of a massive $24 million downtown urban renewal project. The vote was 5,124 to 4,434 in favor of the proposal, slightly more than a 53 percent majority, but 60 percent approval was needed to pass the bond issue. Despite the slim majority favoring the project, only eight of 25 precincts gave the project a 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 niiddle-incomc districts. Voids Contract Thursday’s vote, in effect, throws out a contract between the city council and Old Capitol Associates. Old Capitol had been the only firm to offer a total bid of $24 million for 11.5 acres of prime downtown land, It now appears the downtown urban renewal area will be sold on a piecemeal basis, a move bitterly opposed by the majority of the council and the city staff. Old Capitol Associates, made up largely of local business and civic leaders, is not expected to propose another plan to the city. The original plan called for a covered mall flanked by a major hotel and construction of a large townhouse complex. Inherent in the Old Capitol plan was construction of a 1.200-capacity parking ramp. Previously, Iowa City voters by a resounding 2 to I margin had defeated a general obligation bond issue to build a similar parking ramp. City Councilwoman Penny Davidson termed the bond ii-sue defeat “tragic. It will be several years before we even realize the extent of this tragedy.” Average Citizen Councilwoman Carol de-P r o 8 s e , the only council member who opposed the measure, pointed out “when you consider the bond issue only carried in the high income precincts, it is an indication, I think, of how the Key Element Tile key element in the new bill would limit tho ability of the large multinational oil companies to pass on to consumers the higher costs of imported oil. Jackson said this provision should result in sharply lower prices for crude oil, perhaps as. price question. Vfie'new bill is j essentially the same as the old, Jackson said. Tile new bill would allow the [large companies to pass on to | consumers only the imported oil price increases resulting from higher taxes and royalties paid to foreign countries. But even that increase would be reduced by the gain accruing to the companies as a result of lower liabilities for U. S. taxes. average citizen viewed this proposal.” Mayor Ed Zarnecki, checking on the vote results by phone from Des Moines, was obviously disappointed. “This means we will simply have to come up with a new marketing technique if we are going to sell tile ll 5 acres involved. “The big defeat is in the unified-development concept that we fought so hard for,” 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 agencies, such as the school sys- (Continued: Page 8, Col. 1.) Todays Index Comics .......... Crossword Daily Record . . 3 Deaths Editorial Features 6 Faun 14 Financial 25 Marion 8 Movies Society 12,13 Sports ........... ..... 17-20 State ......... .......4.5 Television ...... .......... IO Want Ads ...... 27-31 ft ■*£€* - ,* y .J* ... * ;

  • Alan Wright
  • Alexander Ginzburg
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • Andrei Sakharov
  • Bill Casey
  • Ed Zarnecki
  • Elmer Em Yelton
  • G. Bradford Cook
  • George Holmes
  • Gerald Warren
  • Glen Elm
  • Grog Van Tatenhove
  • Igor Shafarevich
  • James St. Clair
  • Jeff Shephard
  • Joe Romine
  • John Barker
  • John Mitchell
  • John Patterson
  • John Rhodes
  • John Sirica
  • Kraig Pfiffner
  • Leon Jaworski
  • Leonid Pasternak
  • Maurice Stans
  • Mike Labarge
  • Randy Bartels
  • Robert Vesco
  • Ronald French
  • Stanley Sporkin
  • Todd Stout
  • Walter Bonner
  • William Casey Was Cook

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: March 29, 1974

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