Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 6, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Cloudy, chance of showers tonight, lows in 40s. Cooler Sunday, highs in 5fls. VOLUME 92 NUMBER 87 CITY FINAL 10 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON (AP) Pre ident Nixon has decided t shoulder the entire burden about in back taxes an interest despite campaigns t help him pay the bill. Press Secretary Ronal Ziegler said Friday that th President will pay the tax bi out of his own savings "and b borrowing money." Another White House spokes man said: "If anybody send money in the mail to the Whit House it is returned to them i: the form of a check, cash o whatever it is." Before the White House ai nouncement, Florida can Chairman L. E. "Tommy: Thomas said he wanted on million Floridians to mail t the White House "and let tht President know that you thin] he is one in a million." Stone Offer A group in Whitesburg, Ky. reported it has raised more than for a "People's Fund for Nixon's Taxes." And Chicago multi-millionaire W. Clement Stone, who already has contributed million to Nixon presidential campaigns said he would not hesitate tc help Nixon pay his tax debt The White House turned down the offer. The White House said it ha, received more than a dozen telephone offers to help the President. The callers were being discouraged from sending money, the spokesman-said. The Internal Revenue Service said that, in the event donations were used to help pay the debt, it isn't clear whether the money would be considered a gift or in- come. If a Gift "If the money qualified as a gift, the President would not have to pay any tax on it, IRS said. But, if it was not classified as a gift, he would have to pay in- come tax on it in future years. "We've never ruled on thi since the matter has not com up an IRS spokesm said. Vice-president Ford sai Nixon showed "good faith" i agreeing to pay." See Wrife-Off of All 1974. Income NEW YORK (AP) Pres ident Nixon may be able t write off his entire income thi year and may have no taxes t pay on April 15, 1975, says. Newsman Daniel Schorr sai. Friday night that revenue ex ports put Nixon's income fo last year at about the 1972 love from his presidentia salary and expense account plus j from miscellaneous sources. Unnamed experts Schorr quot ed said Nixon should be able to deduct half the income, for charitable contributions. Another in interest as- sesscd unpaid back taxes for three years can also be written off, the experts said. They said in interest on mortgages and other loans, as well as in property taxes, can be listed as deduc- al lions, bringing their total to Humphrey in, Testimony by Hughes Aide LOS ANGELES (AP) A fed- eral judge has ordered that a secret report of Robert Maheu's testimony to senate Watergate investigators be sealed pending clearance for its release from the full senate Watergate panel. U.S. District Judge Harry Pregerson issued the order Fri- lay after accepting the report from Morton Galane, the attor- ney representing Maheu in his ?17.5-million defamation suit igainst his fomer employer, bil- lionaire Howard Hughes. Galane also introduced a note le said was written by Hughes for Maheu while the latter head- id the billionaire's vast Nevada )usiness empire. It was undat- ed, addressed to "Bob" and signed "H." "Get Word The note read: "There is one man who can accomplish our bjeelive through Johnson and hat man is H.H.H. Why don't ve get word to him that we vill give him immediately full nlimited support for his cam- aign to enter the White House f he will just take this one for s." The note apparently referred o the late President Lyndon ohnson and Hubert H. [umphrey, the Democratic pre- idential nominee in 1968. Maheu is suing Hughes for a tatement made at a telephone ews conference by a voice dentifying itself as Hughes that tfaheu "stole me blind." Maheu, testifying Friday, said [umphrey telephoned him the ay after the 1968 election to tell im to thank Hughes "for the plus other small con- ibutions. Early Call Maheu said his then-15-year- d daughter received umphrey's early morning call, oke him and then listened on i extension phone as they Iked. Maheu has testified that he ft a bag containing ash in a limousine in which he et Humphrey at Los Angeles ternational airport after a a m p a i g n appearance by umphrey. Humphrey has de- ed personally receiving the Telephoto Dwight Chopin and His Wife After His Conviction To Continue Gazette Leased Wires WASHINGTON Former White House aide Dwight Cha- 3in, 33, convicted of lying to a federal grand jury investigating political espionage, vows "to continue to fight for my in- nocence." A federal district court jury of seven men and five women Fri- day found the former appoint- ments secretary to President Nixon guilty of two counts of perjury and innocent on a third. The maximum penalty o each of the two counts is .fiv The remaining will probably be matched by the bill Nixon will get from his tax law- yers and qualifies as a deducti- ble business expense, Schorr said. Today's ChttcMa It isn't necessary for a man to have his face lifted. If he's patient, it will grow up through his hair. -copyright in prison and a fine Besides this sum, Maheu Judge Gerhard Gest another in checks sentencing for May 15 ar committed to Humphrey Chapin to submit "E a meeting in Denver the information about yoursel vious then. He remains fre Contacted i n bond. Humphrey branded I am very disa testimony by Maheu Chapin told newsme his wife, Susan, stood by h Subpoena Judge Pregerson stayed the Way Through" April 17 subpoenas which am going to continue f lieu's attorneys proposed for my innocence. On th ssue to lop officials of the I was indicted I went out o lice department, the front lawn and said I wa Revenue Service and the I intend to fight th :ies Exchange all the way through." including special on leave from th prosecutor Leon Jaworski Air Lines job which h Attorney General when he left the Whit a little more lhan a yea The judge said he ordered showed no emotion whe lostponement to give jury announced its verdic 'or Hughes' Summa Corp. wife broke into silent sob o file written arguments he came over and kisse ing up their objections to proposed jury deliberated nearl Guardsmen on Patrol Are Fire XENIA, Ohio (AP) burns and were treated a )hio national guardsman hospital. killed and another was shot six to eigh and feared dead after fire into the air, but fire hrough a furniture store in prevented the blszt tornado-ravaged town. spreading to other build The fire was brought control within an than 30 persons were Guard spokesman Steve in Xenia and hundred: said the men apparently left homeless by a tornado refuge from freezing rain Wednesday. Damage in the lelted Ihe cily overnight Ohio town has been es went to the store, where a at million. station had been set up for 600 guardsmen have patrolling the streets o! Stone said the men may to guard against looting noticed a fire in the store, help with cleanup efforts. farther into the building to said the fire victims vestigate, and been trapped members of the 170th lac ames and fighter unit from Spring Two other guardsmen Ohio. hours Thursday and Frida before reaching its verdict o the eighth former White Hous aide convicted either by guilt plea or trial. His troubles stemmed fror his recruitment of a colleg friend, Donald Segretti, to infi Irate the ranks of Democrati presidential contenders a n create confusion and dissension. Main Witness Segretti, who admitted maK ing up phony and scurrilou press releases and campaign li erature, was the princip; witness against Chapin a wee after he himself was release after serving four and a-hal months for violating fedeK election laws. At p. m. Friday the jurj asked the judge .in a note fo "legal definition of reasonabl doubt, beyond a reasonabl doubt." Jacob Stein, Chapin's attor ney, asked the judge to instruc the jury that "the manner ir which a witness answers a ques tion is inextricably bound up in 'beyond a- reasonable doubt'.' The judge said he never gave a jury more than it asked, and he would tell it again what he told it in his instructions Thursday. "It's a doubt based on rea he said. "It does not mean any doubt whatsoever It is not a fanciful (or) whimsica doubt... It is proof to a mora certainty." 5 O'clock Check The jury went back out at i.m. Gesell said he would check 1 at 5 o'clock and see if a ver- ict had been reached on some f the indictments. "They may lave reached a conclusion on ne or two counts and be hung p, as they on a single ount." At Gesell was back in ourt and announced a verdict ad been reached. The jury foreman, Charles Vesley, 59, a retired postal ser- ice worker, stood up. There vere three counts and the judge ad to ask separately for the ecision on each, charging Cha- in with lying when he .told the Vatergate grand jury April 11, 973: That lie did not discuss dis- ribution of campaign literature vith Segretti and he did not now that Segrctli distributed ny materials. That he told after Segretti said the FBI wanted tc talk with him, .to talk to thi FBI. That he never told Segretti to concentrate his campaign o false campaign flyers and let ters, counterpickets, harassing phone calls and political spies against any particular Demo- cratic presidential candidate. The prosecution said Sen. Ed- mund Muskie had been singlec out. Wesley said Chapin was founc innocent only of lying about telling Segretti to see the FBI. The judge questioned Wesley about the two parts of counl one. Wesley first said innocenl of knowing about distribution of literature and guilty of talking about it. But the judge called lim back and Wesley reversed those findings. It made little difference guilty on part of the count was guilty of all of it. Pot Destroyed CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) Wore than marijuana ilants cultivated by anonymous armers on Kennedy Space tenter land have been de- stroyed by officials. Nixon Extends Paris Stay To See Chiefs PARIS (UPI) President Nixon Saturday extended his visit until Sunday for meetings with several European leaders, then walked down a city street mobbed by applauding Pari- sians and tourists trying to shake his hand. Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler said Nixon would meet Saturday with Italian Presidenl jiovanni Leone, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, West (Photo on Picture Page) 3 e r m an Chancellor Willy Brandt and Danish Premier 3oul Hartling and would proba- )ly see Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny Sunday. Nixon and the other leaders vere in Paris to attend a memo- mass for President Georges 3ompidou. The Japanese embassy said 3remier Kakuei Tanaka would ;ee Nixon Sunday. Strolls to Palace French gendarmes and Amer- can security police struggled to lold back onlookers as Nixon eft the U.S. embassy and trolled 200 yards'to the Elysse residential palace to see 1 r a n c e' s interim president, .lain Poher. Crowds waiting outside the mbassy applauded as Nixon, ooking tanned? appeared on the treet. having changed his gray uneral attire for a blue suit and lue polka dot tie. A French medical student, Daniel Rotenberg, wearing a apel pin of the American flag, hook his hand and said, "I'm .11 with you, Mr. President." Nixon pointed to the student's iin and said: "Look, it's the ame as mine." "Greatest Day" Rotenberg said: "This is the reatest day in my life, Mr. and Nixon replied: It's a great day for France, od bless you." L e o n o r e Suzin of Coral ables, Fla., was standing by a eather goods shop when Nixon jproached. "Window he sked. "I am glad to meet ou." Mrs. Suzin said "I'm with .m, my husband, I to him. As Nixon walked on, she ailed: "God bless you, Mr. resident." "Beautiful City" Crowds by now were surging round Nixon and a woman rabbed his hand and said "I m Italian, from Milano." Nixon smiled and said: "A lautiful old city." An elderly woman shook him the hand and said in French, lich an interpreter translated: Ve like you very much in cries of "Bravo, some of the crowd burst through the police barriers but security men did not seem too worried. Watch The President was beaming j broadly as he entered the Elysee palace. About people had watched his stroll from balco- nies and sidewalks. Nixon did not repeat his walk when he returned to the em- bassy. After Attack for First Time spending 45 minutes with Poher, he shook hands at the top of the Elysee steps, then rode back in his car to start receiving European leaders. France." Nixon said: "Thank you very much. We Americans love French people, Madame." Farther down the street, amid Freed; Says He Paid Million Bail Col lech on Insurance on Pet Fish OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) Little Fred Finn Mazanek was less than a year old when he died last week. He left an es- tate of only But then that's not bad for a guppy. His owner, Stan Mazanek, 24, a student at .the University of Arizona, filed a claim on the insurance policy he had taken out on the fish six months before. The policy, he said, was stuffed in his mail box ad- dressed to "occupant." If of- fered a deal he couldn't re- policy for that would last for six months. But, because he hadn't .planned to die in that short period, rather than fill out the form on himself he applied in the name of his No fraud was involved. When Mazanek filled out the application, he answered every question truthfully. "Age of insured: 6 months. Weight: 30 centigrams. Height: 3 centimeters." But, instead of a rejection, Globe sent back policy No. 3261057. When the guppy died and Stan filed the claim, Globe took a new interest in its client. It sent a sales repre- to Mazanek's address to see if he was the kind of a man who would take advantage of a clerical error. He was. After 'threats by the com- pany that no jury in the world would award for a dead fish, and counter threats by Mazanek that the contract was legally-entered into and legally accepted by the com- pany, they finally 'compro- mised on With the money Stan pur- chased a couple of new gup- pies and took his family out for a fish dinner. LONDON (UPI) Bernard Cornfeld, former chairman Of nveslors Overseas Services nutual fund, said Saturday that e paid bail in his- ory" million lo gain elease from Swiss imprison- ment. He lold newsmen Swiss auth- rities granted him bail after 11 nonths' investigation because nly minor charges remained jainst him. The 47-year-old New Yorker let newsmen at his three-story awnhouse less than 24 hours 'ter his release from Geneva's Antoine prison. He said Swiss authorities lave come to the conclusion lat the majority of tilings they vestigated had no basis." He aid "I wound up paying the ghost bail in history" five lillion Swiss francs illion. "I am not he added. Cornfeld, arrested in Geneva last year for investigation ol fraud and other charges, said all that remained for investiga- tion were technical charges in- cluding mismanagement of pub- lic money and irregularities in stock certificates. He said he planned to go to New York after about a week in London, adding that he faced no charges in the United States. He said all charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to activities of Robert Vesco, who took over IOS after Cornfeld was forced out of the management. Comfeld said his immediate plan was to cooperate with fi- lancial regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Canada to try to ;et back the money lost by investors. He claimed million disap- peared from IOS after he was mslccl. Pact Averts United Strike WASHINGTON (AP) Nego- tiators for United Air Lines and :he Machinists union reached tentative agreement Saturday on a new contract for mechanics and ground person- nel, less than an hour before a threatened walkout. Details of the proposed con- tract were not disclosed pend- ing a ratification vote by union members, expected within a few days, a National Mediation Ser- vice spokesman said. Agreement was reached dur- ing the second straight all-night bargaining session at the media- tion service offices and came at a.m. Major issues involved wages, fringe benefits and work rules. Cambodian Toll Heavy PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) Three government out- posts southeast of Phnom Penh were overrun in the last 24 hours and more than 400 sol- diers and civilians were killed wounded or missing, survivors said Saturday. By United Press International Israeli planes went on the at- tack Saturday for the first time since the October, 1973, war, hitting Syrian troops on the 26th consecutive day of battle on the Golan Heights front. Damascus called it an escalation of the fighting. The military command in Tel Aviv said all its planes returned safely from the strikes against infiltrating Syrian 'troops on Mt. Hermon, part of the 325-square- mile bulge captured from Syria last October. Tel Aviv said no more than 40 Syrian troops had crossed the cease-fire line in an attempt 'to capture an unspecified Israeli position on the peak when the planes went into action to repel the attack. No casualties were reported. The air strike came as ar- tillery and tank duels continued, with neilher side reporling ca- sualties of its own. Announces Raid Syria said two Israeli planes took part in' the raid. Israeli mililary sources called it an isolated incident even though the planes announced Iheir raid to the public by flying over Tel Aviv enroute back to their base. The action came hours before 'the start of Passover festivities around Israel. Israeli forces were on full alert against a surprise attack like the one which caught them off guard on the Yo'm Kippur holiday six months ago. Israeli troops were given holi- day food packages, Saturday, including unleavened bread and bottles of grape juice as a sub- stitute for the ceremonial wine gracing home-front dinner tables. Boy Killed Israel's only reported Pass- over eve casuality was a boy, 12, killed when a bomb exploded in a bus carrying holiday pas- sengers from Tel Aviv to Zikhron Yaakov. Four people were wounded. In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Golda Meir met in emergency session with her cabinet to dis- cuss the state of preparedness on 'the Golan Heights, govern- ment sources said. Both sides have moved reinforcements there in the last week. Newspapers and political sources reported a mounting cabinet crisis Friday over de- mands that Defense Minister Moshe Dayan resign. Several ministers charged him with major civilian responsibility for Israel's lack of readiness last October. On the Arab side, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and King Hussein of Jordan opened talks in the Egyptian port of. Alexandria Friday. Their dis- cussion was understood to in- clude Arab strategy for an eventual second round of the Middle East peace conference at Geneva. Soviet Anger Cairo's government-controlled newspaper Akhbar El Yom said Ihe Soviet Union is angered by She increasingly close relations between Cairo and Washington and 'the Arab decision to end the oil-embargo against the U.S. The article was the first in the Egyptian press to deal with wor- sening relations between Cairo (Continued: Page 2, Col. 8.) Today's Index Church 3 Comics 9 Crossword Daily Record 2 Deaths 2 Editorial Features 4 Financial g Marion s Movies 5 Sports 7 Television c Want Ads................10-13 ;