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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Fair tonight, lows near 40. Highs Wednes- day in upper 60s. FINAL CITY 10 CENTS VOLUME 92 NUMBER 90 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Owes More On 7 NiXOII Controversial Busing Bill Gets House Okay WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nixon, already beset by back taxes of faces an estimated income tax for 1973 of more than To avoid in- terest charges, he should pay nearly by Monday night, according to the estimate. An estimate of the President's 1973 tax return was prepared by The Associated Press in consul- tation with a professional tax adviser. It was based on re- evaluations of his past four re- turns completed last week by the Internal Revenue Service and a congressional commitlee staff, plus personal financial data previously released by Nixon. The estimate shows: Interest, Profits Income of most of il from his presidential salary and expense allowance; the rest principally from inter- est and profits on a real estate deal. Deductions of nearly half of it for interest payments and almost one-third from prop- erty taxes for his houses in Key Biscayne, Fla., and San Cle- mente, Calif. Tax due 'of The White House said in December thai is taken from his salary and expense checks each month, meaning he already has paid toward his taxes through withholding. He also left from last year's re- fund. The resultant balance due would be Nixon's Los Angeles tax pre- parer, Arthur Blech, said last weekend the President has re- quested an extension of time to file his 1973 return, normally due April 15. This is due to the complexity of last week's IRS decision, as a result of which Nixon has agreed to pay in back taxes plus inter- est. 90 Percent Even with an extension, how- ever, the taxpayer must have paid 90 percent of his eventual tax bill by April 15 if he is to avoid an interest charge. For Nixon, that would mean for- warding an additional by April 15, even without the re- turn. That payment would then mean Nixon had deposited with the government 90 percent of his estimated total tax bill of The remaining 10 per- cent would be due with the re- turn when it is filed. In some eases, principally with smaller figures, estimates based on prior returns were used in calculating the project- ed 1973 Nixon tax return. In most cases, exact or nearly exact figures were available from public records or by calcu- lation from past Nixon returns. No Comment The While House had no com- ment on the calculations Mon- day. Nor would the White House comment on whether the IRS assessed a 5 percent negligence penalty against Nixon for the back taxes he owes. The current tax bill is one more in a growing pile of bills that is cutting deeply into Nix- on's net worth. Biggest, of course, is the in back taxes and inter- est. But in July, he also is scheduled to make the final mortgage and interest payment of on his San Clemente property. The White House has said Nixon will have to borrow funds to pay off part of the back lax (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) Today's Chuckle Walking to work isn't likely lo lire you put because you get a rest every block or so explaining to some neighbor who stops lo offer you a lift that you're walking to work. -Copyrloht By Frank Nye DBS MOINES The Iowa louse Monday afternoon ap- proved a controversial mil- lion appropriation putting public schools into the business of bus- ing non-public school students in 1974-75 by a vote of 65 to 23. The house then nailed down the vote by refusing to reconsid- er it, 19 to 60, and sent the his- toric bill to the senale where a public hearing was scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday. If the senate takes the house bill (HF 1476) and it is signed by Gov. Robert Ray, who never requested it, an estimated to of Iowa's non- public school students will be el- igible for busing on public school buses starting this fall. Linn Legislators Linn county legislators voted 5 to 1 for the bill lo permit public school busing of private school students in the Iowa legis- lature Monday. Voting for the bill were Reps. 'Joan Lipsky (R- Cedar John Patchett (D-North Liber- James Jordan (D- Joe Rinas (D- Marion) and James Wells (D-Cedar Voting against the bill was Rep. Wally Horn (D-Cedar Nun May Be First Ever As Candidate Sister Genevieve Birchard may be the first Catholic nun in the history of Iowa to seek elec- tive public office. Sister Genevieve, assistant professor of business adminis- tration at Mt. Mercy college in Cedar Rapids, said Tuesday she will run for Linn county treasur- er on the Republican ticket. A check with several state of- ficials revealed no recollection Sister Genevieve that a nun had ever been a can- didate for public office before. First Time State Auditor Lloyd Smith said it was the first time to his knowledge, and he's been as- sociated with state government for 30 years. Sister Genevieve, who served as business manager at Ml. Mercy for eighl years prior to assuming her present position, :ias a B.A. degree in commerce from the University of Iowa, and a M.A. degree in economics :rom Marquette university. She :ias had additional study at the University of Omaha and Iowa Stale university. Prior lo joining Mount Mercy, she taughl commercial studies in Iowa high schools for 19 years, including five years at Immaculate Conception high school in Cedar Rapids. Background She has served as secretary of the Iowa College Business Man- agers Assn., and as a consultanl for the Iowa Stale Scholarship program. Al the University of Iowa, she was a secretary in the school of religion. "As citizens of a democracy, all of us share in the responsi- bility of making self-govern- ment Sister Genevieve said in making her announce- ment as a candidate. "I feel that my own educa- tional and employment experi- ences in accounting, invest- ments, financial and economic matters, qualify me for the of- fice of Linn county treasurer. Approximately of Iowa's public school stu- dents were eligible for busing in 1972-73, the last year for which figures were immediately avail- able. Discretionary State law mandates the bus- ing of public grade school stu- dents living two miles or more from school and of public high school students living three miles or more away. It is discretionary for school boards to bus public school stu- dents living closer lo their schools if they put up the funds locally. Before debating the bill itself, the house rejected a motion to defer action by Rep. Jean Riser (R-Davenport) until after Tues- day's public hearing, indicating the push was on to rush the bill through. Rep. Donald Avenson (D-Oel- wein) said hearings have been held "all over the state" and the time had come to vote. Actually, Tuesday's public hearing is the second on the biH The first was in Dubuque March 30. Now or Never Rep. R.C. Miller- (D-Rockwell City) backed Avenson, saying, "If you're not qualified to vote on this bill now you never will be." But Rep. Dennis Freeman (R- Storm Lake) supported Rep. Riser's motion, calling attention to a district court decision in the Silver Lake Consolidated school district vs. Parker case several years ago, ruling but public busing of non-public school students. "It is amazing that you try to ramrod things through and can't take the time to try to make a bill constilutional before passing he said. Rep. Riser's motion lost, 72 to 17, and the house launched into all the familiar church vs. state arguments on the bill itself. Cost of Education Rep. Norman Roorda (R- Monroe) drew from the bill's floor manager, Rep. Delwyn S t r o m e r that transportation costs are consid- ered a part of the cost of educa- tion. Roorda de- clared, "you will be using pub- lic funds to finance parochial schools if this bill is passed. "If parochial schools continue to ask for more and more state money and think they won't get more and more state control, they are fooling themselves." But proponents argued the bill is strictly a safety measure. Rep. Thomas Higgins (D-Daven- port) said passage of the bill would make "one salient, im- portant contribution to the safety of children." Avenson, backing the bill, ob- served "there was something about the parochial school (Sacred Heart) in my home town something mys- terious, something different, from the public school I went to. "That school isn't there any more, in a day when we need some diversity. "We need lo get away from (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) swyer for Wirenhofo Bored? Burke Doar, 10, yawns as his -father, John, right, majority counsel for the house judiciary commit- tee, talks with Albert Jenner, minority counsel, during a hearing on impeachment. DBS MOINES (AP) Gov. Robert Ray's, item veto of sec- tions of five appropriations bills was upheld Tuesday by Polk county District Judge Gibson Holliday. The item vetoes were chal- lenged last November by 26 state legislators and a former legislator who contended that Ray exceeded his constitutional power in vetoing the sections. The legislators had asked the court for an injunction to pro- hibit the state departments in- volved from violating the'provi- sions of the original bills. Dixie Tornadoes; One Dies, Two Dozen Hurt By: Associated'Press Tornadoes-have struck again at four Southern states, killing one person and injuring more than two dozen. Widespread damage was. reported. The twisters hit sections of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina Monday, less than a week after a savage outbreak of tornadoes which claimed more than 300 lives in 11 stales and Canada. Sandra Sell, 23, was killed Monday and her husband and two children were injured when a tornado smashed their mobile home at Lester, in southwest Georgia. The Alapaha, Ga., police sta- French Hit Nixon Admit S. Leadership PARIS (AP) The French press and radio reacted with anger and indignation to Pres- ident Nixon's "funeral sum- mitry" last weekend. The papers admitted, howev- er, that Nixon's meetings with foreign leaders after the memo- rial service for President Pom- pidou underlined the continuing leadership of the U. S. in West- ern Europe. The newspaper Figaro said French officials found Nixon's behavior "a display of supreme lack of tact." The conservative daily ran a cartoon showing Nixon enthroned, his feet rest- ing on a black-edged death no- tice, receiving homage from kneeling, barefoot'Europe. But Figaro added, "It is un- deniable that Nixon, with his political genius, marvelimsly succeeded in taking advan- tage of the paralysis to which the tragic, disappearance of Georges Pompidou has con- demned French diplomacy." After attending a requiem mass for the late French pres- ident, Nixon received leaders of Britain, West Germany, the So- viet Union, Japan, Denmark and Italy at the U. S. ambas- sador's residence. On several occasions he also plunged into sidewalk crowds to shake hands and trade banter. Le Monde, in a front-page edi- torial headed "The Nixon Fes- said, "Whether one is pleased or not, whether one agrees or not, the supremacy of the United States is at home ev- erywhere. tibn- was blown over and five persons were injured. Extensive damage was re- ported in Anderson county, S.C., where several mobile homes were overturned and a house was ripped from its foundation. A twister skipped through the York county, S.C., town of Fort uprooting trees, damaging a grocery and overturning two mobile homes. Police said there were no injuries, but electric power was knocked out for sev- eral hours. Eight persons were treated at hospitals and released after a tornado struck Gainesville, Ga. Several homes and businesses were damaged. A woman and two children were treated 'for injuries suf- fered when a twister wrecked their mobile home north Cumming, Ga. A tornado slashed into Athens in southeast Tennessee, dam- aging eight businesses, 15 cars, 10 homes and a school. Only minor injuries were reported. A tornado struck Tarrelton, Tenn., lifting a house off its foundation and setting it down in an adjacent field. There were no injuries. Lexington, Tennessee, was also hit. Several businesses and homes were damaged. One in- jury was reported. Three mobile homes were de- troyed in Henry county, Ala. Ulster Fire BELFAST (AP) A fire de- stroyed nine shops in the center of Armagh early Tuesday, and lolice said they believed it was started by incendiary bombs in one of the stores. in Cedar Rapids Indictmenls were returned by the Linn county grand jury Tuesday morning against two men in connection with the rob- bery and murder of Michael Servey, March 10. George Junior Nowlin, 31, rural Reystone, and Atwell Jun- ior Conner, 29, of near Bertram, were indicted separately for murder and robbery with aggra- vation. The pair several hours later were taken before Linn district Judge August Honsell, jr., anc informed of the charges against them. Continued Arraignment was continue: until April 16 at 9 a.m. because their attorneys were not present. Conners' bond remains at Nowlin, who had been held without bond on the murder charge, was ordered held under bond on that charge. Bond on the robbery charge remained for him at The bond was set at the recommendation of an assis- tant county attorney who said the state was aware that hold- ing him without bond "might be a violation of the statute." RepL'aied The Iowa constitution allows defendants to be held without bond .only in capital offense cases. Capital punishment was repealed by the general assem- bly in the 1960s. The pair was bound over to the grand jury after a prelimi- nary hearing last week. The (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) Falls Feet with Partial Chute, Lives STERLING, 111. (AP) "I was wondering, if I wake up, I know I'm alive; if I don't, I know I'm says a sky- diver who survived after his parachute failed to open fully in a jump from feet. "I still can't believe Jeff Wetzell of Rock Falls, III., said Monday. Wetzell suffered two broken ankles and a broken vertebra when he landed in a wet, newly plowed field which helped to cushion the impact. Build a Star Wetzell and two fellow members of the Rock River Valley Sky Diving Club were attempting to build a star by joining hands and free fall for 30 seconds when trou- ble intervened Sunday. "There were only two of us that got together myself and Larry the 26- year-old construction laborer said. "At feet, I looked down, saw we were off our spot, and I shook loose lo start (racking over. "At about feel, I pulled (the ripcord) and nothing came out. I wailed and slill nolhing happened." Wclzell, a veteran of more than 150 jumps, said he then tried to free his main para- chute so he could open the safety chute without entan- gling it. "There was a malfunction and I couldn't release he said. "I said, 'Good God.' I was wondering how much time do I have, what could I do? Everything was fouled up, I couldn't get loose. I just waited and prayed that some- thing would work out. "It did. I got a partial chute." About One-Third Bob Brandt, pilot of the chu- tists' plane, estimated that W e t z e 11' s parachute blos- somed about one-third at an altitude of about 400 lo 700 feet. Mike Truffer, of the U. S: Parachute Assn. in Monterey, Calif., calculated thai impacl speed under Ihose conditions would be about 45 or 50 miles per hour. Truffer said thai al thai speed "you could conceivably survive with very severe inju- ries. Getting away with a cou- ple of broken ankles and a cracked vertebra is pretty un- usual." Welzell said, "In training, they tell you to keep your feet together and roll. As I saw the ground coming up on me, that's just what I did. I don't remember much else." Two boys from a nearby farm were the first to reach Wetzell. "I looked up and couldn't believe it. I was still he recalled. Wetzell's wife, Linda, was watching the jump. "He had a dream the night before that I was she said. "When I saw he was in trou- ble, all I could think of was that stupid dream." Wetzell says he expects to be laid up from three to six months. Will he jump again? "That's in the he said. WASHINGTON (AP) The louse judiciary committee wait- ed Tuesday for a promised reply from the White House to its request for tapes of 42 presi- dential conversations. Chairman Rodino (D-N.J.) scheduled a committee meeting 'or Wednesday or Thursday to deal with the question of a sub- joena if Tuesday's reply proved unsatisfactory. In a letter released by Rodino Monday, James St. Clair, Pres- ident Nixon's chief impeach- ment lawyer, said that despite progress in recent weeks the dispute has not been resolved. "I am hopeful that continued joint efforts will result in a solu- tion of the complex and time- consuming problems inherent in this he said, indicating the White House is not prepared to surrender all 42 presidential conversations the committee wants. Hearing May 7 Meanwhile, the 21 Democrats on the committee Tuesday de- cided to begin hearing impeach- ment evidence on May 7, and to invite St. Clair to attend the closed session. "The general feeling is that we will make a presentation of summary in closed session and we expect Mr. St. Clair will be said Rep. Seiberling (D- "I don't see any neces- sity .for Mr. St. Clair to be in- volved before May 7." Asked whether any decision on subpoenaing the tapes, if they are not produced, was made at the caucus, 'Seiberling said no. Partial Compliance? The committee last week set a deadline of Tuesday for a yes or no answer from the White House as to whether it will give up the tapes, which were re- quested last Feb. 25. There is a possibility that par- tial compliance by the White House will be sufficient to head off the confrontation that would be produced by the issuance of a subpoena. Committee counsel John Doar disclosed last week that the committee is willing to accept initially only those tapes St. Clair says are. relevant to the impeachment inquiry. One of the chief objections raised by the White House has been that the committee request covers conversations having nothing to do with impeachable offenses. The committee would retain the right to demand all the tapes it originally requested, but a promise by St. Clair Tues- day to deliver some of them should ease the pressure for im- mediate issuance of a subpoena. Procedures Rodino is also being put under pressure by some Republican members to permit a vote this week of the procedures the com- mittee will follow in handling the evidence gathered by the impeachment staff. Rodino and Doar would like to teep the procedure flexible until he documentary evidence has been presented, but Republicans are demanding that the right of St. Clair to be present during the presentation be settled now. Rodino said the staff is having (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Today's Index Comics .....................18 Crossword..................18 Daily Record................3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features...........6 Farm ......................13 Financial ..................19 Marion .....................21 Movies Society Sports State Television ..................12 Want Ads................22-25   

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