Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 27, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

April 27, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Cloudy, chance of thunderstorms tonight, early Sunday. Low to- night in 60s. High Sun- day in 70s. CITY FINAL 10 CENTS VOLUME 92-NUMBER 108 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, SATURDAY, APRIL ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES THOUSANDS FL Million in Paintings Stolen BLESSINGTON, Ireland (AP) A gang of gunmen led by a young woman raided the country home of a gold mining millionaire Friday night and stole 16 art masterpieces worth an estimated million. It apparently was the world's largest robbery. The estimate was given by James White, director of Dub- lin's National Gallery, where the paintings were often on ex- hibit. Police, however, would not comment on the value of the paintings, owned by Sir Alfred Beit. Beit's wife told newsmen one of the gunmen dragged her out of the mansion in this village south of Dublin, kicked her and flung her on the stone stairs, shouting: "We'll be back for you later." French Accent Police said the young woman, speaking with a French accent, knocked at the door to Beit's ISth-Century home, and when a young servant opened the door three armed men pushed inside. Beit, 71, and his wife were lis- tening to records in the drawing room. "They rushed in s h o u t i n g 'Capitalist pigs' and told us we were walking on the working Beit said. "One of them put a revolver against my neck. I turned and he hit me." The Beits and their four ser vants were tied up while the woman, apparently very know- ledgeable about art, casually selected the best of Beit's trea- sures. She first chose the most valu- able of the stolen paintings a small Vermeer named "Woman Writing a Letter" valued at million. Also taken were works by Franz Hals, Goya, Rubens, Gainsborough, Velasquez, Guar- di, Moreelse, Ruisdael and Metsus. Seven Minutes The whole operation, police said, was over in seven minutes. Detectives theorized that the thieves were members of the outlawed Irish Republican Army and may have taken the paint- ings to use as ransom to free guerillas jailed in the Irish Re- public. The largest robbery listed in the Guinness Book of World Records was million in gold bars and bank notes stolen by American servicemen and German civilians hi June, 1945, from a mountainside cache near Einsiedel, Bavaria. The biggest previous art theft occurred Dec. 31, 1966, when eight masterpieces valued at million were taken from Lon don's Dulwich College art gal- lery. All were recovered within days. Billion a Year Another Vermeer painting "Guitar worth at least million was stolen from a London museum in February and has not been recovered. Police sources estimate the worldwide value of art stolen in the last three years at billion a year. The stolen works are difficult to sell on the legitimate market and many disappear without a trace. 25% Drop in Traffic To! I WASHINGTON the nationwide 55-mile-per-hour speed limit as a contributing factor, Energy Chief John Saw- hill said Friday that the high- way death toll dropped 25 per- cent in March compared to the same month a year ago. March marked the first month that all 50 states observed the limit. An estimated per- sons were killed, compared to for the corresponding pe- riod a year ago, according to Sawhill. He urged Americans to con- serve energy this summer by: Setting air-conditioner ther- mostats at 78 to 80 degrees. If the new settings arc an average of six degrees higher than last year, a home owner's cooling costs should drop about 15 per- cent, the Federal Energy Of- fice said. Dressing for warmer summer temperatures by wearing more sporls clothes and fewer neck- ties. Turning off as many electric lights as possible and not buying an air-conditioner at all "unless you really need it." Today's Index Church Page ................3 Crossword Daily Record................2 Deaths ......................2 Editorial Features Financial....................8 Marlon 8 Movies Sports ....................Ml Television ...................5 Want Ads Shot Because His Identity Card Stolen PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Frank Brauner, 42, lay in a hos- pital Saturday, his legs shat- tered by police bullets when he entered his own apartment two nights ago. He became the target of a manhunt Wednesday night after a man carrying his stolen iden- tification shot Patrolman Rich- ard Huggins, 31, who was inves- tigating a hit-and-run accident. While scores of police swarmed over northeast Port- land looking for the assailant, two others went to Brauner's apartment, entered and waited in the dark, officials said. Just before police arrested an- other man, Brauner returned to his apartment carrying two fro- zen TV dinners and two packs of cigarets. "Before I could switch on the light, somebody turned a flash- light in my face and hollered I didn't hear anybody say anything else and I ran toward the kitchen to get a chair. That's when I got said Brauner. "If they shouted my name or told me to halt, I didn't hear it. All I could think of was that I had interrupted a burglary and maybe the burglar had a knife." "So I ran into the living room, just off the entryway, heading for the kitchen to get a chair or something to defend Brauner said, adding that he was not aware that a third per- son, the second policeman, was in the apartment. I don't know where he was, maybe in the living said Brauner, who got as far as the (Continued: Page 2, Col. 8.) Jurors Out Third Day on Cabinet Duo NEVV YORK (AP) A jury went into its third day of deli- berations Saturday in the trial of John Mitchell snd Maurice Stalls after indicating it had shifted attention from the con- spiracy charge to perjury counts against Mitchell. The jury of nine men and three women got the case Thursday after a 10-week trial. Requests to the judge appeared to mean it was moving straight through the 15-count indictment and had got about halfway. The first requests after begin- ning deliberations were for more information about the con- spiracy charge the first count against the two former cabinet officers. Two of Six Late Friday, the jury asked Judge Lee Gagliardi to elabo- rate on two of six perjury counts against Mitchell, 60, former attorney general. Former Commerce Secretary Stans, 66, was also charged with six perjury counts, but they were at the end of the indict- ment. The conspiracy count charged Mitchell and Stans with a cor- rupt agreement to impede a securities fraud investigation of financier Robert Vesco in return for Vesco's secret cash contribution to President Nix- on's 1972 re-election campaign. They quit the cabinet to run the campaign. Obstruction Counts After the conspiracy .counl were two counts of obstruction of justice against both defend- ants. The jury so far had not asked about them. They alleged an attempt to impede the Se- curities and Exchange Commis- sion probe of Vesco and the massive civil fraud suit the SEC filed in November, 1972, against him. The jury's request on the two Mitchell perjury counts involved a charge that he lied to a grand jury when he denied seeing Nixon campaign volunteer Dan- iel Hofgren at a Washington fund-raising reception March 8, 1972, and that he lied in denying he talked to Vesco lawyer Harry Sears in September, 1972, about the SEC subpoena of Vesco. At the jury's request, Gagliar- di had parts of the testimony reread about the two incidents, as well as parts of his instruc- tions about the perjury law. Landslide Buries 80 Homes; Fear 17 Dead TOKYO (UPI) Seventeen persons were feared dead Satur- day in a landslide which buried about 80 homes on the side of a mountain honeycombed with old mine tunnels in the village of Okura 188 miles north of Tokyo. Cambodian Flareups PHNOM PENH (AP) The Cambodian command Saturday reported outbreaks of fighting north and southeast of the capi- tal. Leak at Chicago Chemical Plant Telephoto FLEE FUMES boys.use cloths to cover their faces for protec- tion from the fumes which spread over a Chicago South Side area. They are shown walking to a Chicago Tra nsit Authority bus called to evacuate residents. (More photos on picture page.) BELLEAIR BEACH, Fla.-Dr. Eddie Anderson, former Univer- sity of Iowa football coach, died bere Friday night following a long illness. He. was 73. Dr. Eddie coached at Iowa in 1939-42 and 1946-49 before re- signing in 1950. His best won- lost season with the Hawkeyes was in 1939 when the famed- "Iron Men" posted a 6-1-1 record. He coached at Loras col- lege, DePaul university and Holy Cross prior to taking the Iowa job. After leaving Iowa, Dr. Eddie returned to Holy Cross where he coached from 1950 until his retirement in 1964. In 1971, he was inducted into the college football Hall of Fame. Born in Mason City in 1900, Dr. Eddie graduated from Notre Dame in 1922 and was an end and captain of the 1921 Irish football team. He also played professionally for old Chicago Cardinals. Dr. Eddie was a graduate of V EDDIE ANDERSON Rush medical college and from 1943-45 he held the rank of major in the army medical corps. He married the former Mary Broderick in 1929. He is survived by his widow and four children, three boys and a girl. Lack of Law Could Prove Costly By Gordon Jackson DES MOINES may lose up to million in federal highway safety and road construction funds if the legislature fails to approve a mandatory motorcycle helmet law, state safety officials said Friday. Lance Faust, Iowa highway safety program director in the state office planning and programming, said the feder- al highway safety administra- tion has approved and funded Iowa's highway safety pro- gram for the 1974 fiscal year. However, Faust said for fis- cal year 1975 beginning July 1, the highway safety adminis- tration may withhold mil- lion to million earmarked for Iowa's road safety pro- grams and an additional million to million in high- way construction monies from the state. He said federal officials ear- lier warned the money may be withheld if Iowa does not enact a motorcycle helmet law. Faust said the million to million represents ten per- cent of Iowa's annual alloca- tion of federal highway con- struction funds. The state safety official said it's unlikely the legislature, which is grinding toward ex- p e c t e d adjournment next week, will give final approval to a helmet bill this session. The measure passed the senate in the 1973 session, but has stalled under heavy op- position in the house. "As far as I know, the bill's dead for this Faust said. "Some lawmakers have taken the position they are not going to be bullied by the fed- eral government into passing the bill." Rep. Ed Bittle (R-West Des a chief backer of the helmet bill, expressed only slightly more optimism than Faust that the measure will be adopted this session. Bittle agreed some lawmak- ers see "a veiled threat" by the federal government and said the legislators do not want to be "blackmailed" into, passing the measure. "The bill is presently in a sifting committee and it may not come out this Bittle said. "Even if it does come out, it may not pass the full house. The chances are no better than even." State Deputy Safety Com- missioner Robert Holetz noted Iowa is one of just four states tlie others are Nebraska, California and Mississippi which do not have mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. Blasts Kill One, Level 8 Buildings NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) A series of explosions killed one man and destroyed eight build ings early Saturday, in a down- town residential section. "As far as we can tell, there were three, possibly four, explo- said Fire Marshal Bob Williams. Other officials said the explosions appeared to have been caused by gas. It has been feared several persons were trapped in the rubble of the three-story brick buildings, three of which were empty. But by dawn officials bad accounted for all 24 resi- dents of the row houses. Police said 23 residents fled their homes after hearing the first blast, just before 2 a.m., and receiving warnings from police. The dead man was a retired shopkeeper in his 70s who lived alone. Theft by Fake Attendant SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A thief who posed as a room ser- vice attendant, shoved his way into a motel room and stole more than worth of jewels from a California oman. Police said Lela Graybar, 58, of Colton, Calif., was wearing the jewelry at the time of the robbery. The thief also stole her new car with worth of silver ingots in its trunk. The car was recovered later, minus the metal. Mrs. Graybar is owner of the International Mint Corp. of Ne- vada and Utah. She said she was to deliver the silver to a client in Salt Lake City Satur- day. She told a newsman that the stolen silver was "a drop in the bucket" since her firm "deals in millions." CHICAGO (UPI) A chemi- cal seeping from a ruptured million-gallon storage tank sent clouds of eye-stinging hydro- chloric acid over a five-mile area Friday night, forcing thousands to flee their homes on Chicago's South side. Police Commissioner James Rochford estimated per- sons were affected by the gas, which burned eyes and clogged lungs. At least went through a double nightmare of being evacuated to the Washing- ton Carver high school, nine blocks from the tank, and then being forced to move again when the wind shifted the "acid cloud." Scores were overcome or made sick and treated in make- shift first aid stations. Spokes- men at two hospitals said 10 vic- tims were admitted and at least 39 others were treated and re- leased. Those held overnight were reported'in good condition. "Sit by Radio" Police said virtually all who fled their homes had returned by early Saturday. A spokes- man said "there appears to be no immediate danger" but resi- dents were warned to "sit by the radio in case anything more develops." An official at the Bulk Termi- nals Co. chemical plant said Saturday that experts from all over the U.S. had flown to Chi- cago to stop the leak. The tank contained approximately gallons of silicon tetrachloride. "The situation is still the said" "Joseph Nedza; manager of customer services at Bulk Terminals. "People from all over the country are working on it." As experts in asbestos suits continued efforts to repair what Nedza said was a "large nozzle on the side of the tank with a split in the a white cloud of gas continued to rise. Expressway Closed Southeast winds blew the cloud toward the Calumet Ex- pressway, a major north-south artery, which was closed for several hours Friday night and early Saturday. Experts explained that silicon tetrachloride turns into hydro- chloric acid when it comes in contact with the moisture in the air. The resulting cloud pro- duced burning sensations in the throat and eyes and caused nau- sea and headaches. Toxicologist Badi Boulos of the University of Illinois medi- cal school said the fumes could be fatal to children or persons with respiratory ailments. Governor Daniel Walker flew over the affected area and then ordered mobilization of three national guard battalions to aid evacuation and prevent looting. Later Friday night he released two of the battalions but kept a military police unit activiated as a precaution. Reduce Leakage A spokesman for the Environ- mental Protection Agency said the gas leak was caused by valve malfunctions at the bot- tom of the tank. The chemical was first report- ed leaking at 100 pounds per minute, but engineers reduced the leakage about 50 percent by dropping lead balls to the bot- tom of the tank. A spokesman said Saturday that, if the bulk terminal was not able to contain the fumes with a sleeve device before the ay was over, the remaining chemical would be pumped to other tanks. "It was just said Mrs. Jesse Hudson, a resident of the Altgeld Garden housing development, where most of the residents were forced to leave. :'The stuff was real thick and you couldn't breathe .outside. You couldn't even see down the block. People were coughing, choking." "Couldn't Breathe" "When they came and told us to get out and I went outside, I thought I was going to Tesse Williams said. "I couldn't areathe and everything burned. They ought to let people know that stuff like that is around." Assistant Deputy SupL Alfred Conrad told those who decided to return home although the police could not "guarantee their, there was no need to fear the fumes would over- come them in their sleep. 'There'll be policemen he said. "There'll be auses there. Right now we have no reason to believe the fumes will return. But should the wind shift, the police, will be there to wake you up and the buses will be there to take you to safety." Reagan Sees Resignation President a Mistake By Jerry Mursener DES MOINES (UPI) Cali- fornia Gov. Ronald W. Reagan, calling on Americans to careful- ly examine the legislative track record of Democrats, said Fri- day he is concerned the real issues in the 1974 off-year elec- tions will be submerged by Wa- tergate. Reagan said he hopes voters will concentrate on the issues and demand that "every can- didate stand up and be count- ed." He said the concentration of attention on "the troubles beset- ting the President" could result in little voter concentration on major issues such as the energy crisis and economic problems. Camouflaging Issues "A lot of fellows are getting by today by camouflaging the said Reagan, who was in DCS Moines for the weekend to participate in the 50th anni- versary celebration for WHO radio and to serve as the mar- shal in the Drake Relays parade. Kcagan said Hie lime has come to "explode the fairy tale" that Democrats have been brac- ing their criticism of the Pres- ident for the past year and to also draw attention to the fail- ings of the Democratic-con- trolled congress. He said the Democrats have been "running the store and they've run it into the ground." Sports Director Reagan, who started his ca- reer in Des Moines as the first sporls director at WHO, said he believes Democrats must accept responsibility for some of the ills of the nation and called on GOP candidates to make it clear exactly how their Demo- cratic opponents have voted. However, he said a resigna- tion by President Nixon would be a mistake because it could weaken an office of the presi- dency, an office that Reagan said he might consider seeking in two years. "One of the worst things that could happen to this country (Continued: Page 2, Col. 7.) Man Is Held For Hearst Extortion Bid LOS ANGELES man was arrested Saturday after he attempted to extort for phony plans to free Patricia Hearst, the FBI said. The man, Ralph Lee Jones, 42, of suburban Van Nuys, had no connection with the kidnap- ing, although he claimed to be affiliated with the Symbionese Liberation Army, the FBI said. Agents said he claimed he knew where Miss Hearst was being beld and could provide a plan for her release. The FBI said Jones sent three letters demanding money to her father in the San Francisco su- burb of Hillsborough. "In addition, letters indicated the lives of the other Hearst children were in the FBI said. It said it closed in after a let- ter instructed that a courier bring the money in small bills to a phone booth in suburban Sherman Oaks. Jones was booked at the Glen- dale city jail for investigation of extortion. Agents said he will be arraigned Monday on a com- plaint to be filed by the FBI at San Francisco. The FBI said the complaint was being handled in San Francisco because the kid- naping took place in that area. The first letter was mailed April 10 from San Francisco and the second and third were mailed from Van Nuys, one April 14 and the next 10 days later, the FBI said. It said Jones owned and operated a small truck com- pany. He has a wife and two children. Today's Chitchlc Another measure of civiliza- tion's progress is the way the cost of relaxing keeps going UP' ;