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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Clearing to nig hi. Partly cloudy Saturday with highs in the uiid 70s. VOLUME 92 NUMfiElt 142 CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CKOAH UAI'IDS, IOWA, KUIOAY, MAY 31, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Claim Milk Fund Tied ToNi WASHINGTON (UPI) Sen- a t c Watergate investigators have concluded that Presidenl Nixon, aware milk producers had pledged million to his re- election, "ignored" the opinions of his agricultural experts anc ordered an increase in price supports for milk. The conclusion is reached in a 359-page draft report prcparec by the staff of the senate Water- gate committee and approvec by Chairman Sam Ervin (D- N.C.) following a year-long probe into whether the cam- paign pledge and the increase were linked. Connally Probe The report also said "allega- tions" that former Treasury Secretary Connally receivec from milk producers for using his influence with the Nixon administration were con- tinuing to be investigated. The staff said that despite Connally's sworn testimony to the contrary, he was deeply in- volved in the increase. Shortly before the increase, the reporl said, Connally allegedly told a milk co-op official, "It's in the bag." "When the President consid- ered the price support deci- sion, lie was deciding a mat- ter of great financial interest to one of his most important the report said. "The President knew the milk producers had pledged mil- lion to his campaign. Even by the standards of the 1972 presi- dential campaign, the amount was enormous." The report said that because the White House has withheld tapes and other documents, in- vestigators have not been able to determine if Nixon did indeed order the price supports raised in return for the campaign pledge. Considerable Evidence But the report put forth con- siderable evidence linking the contributions to the administra- tion's milk support decision. "It appears that the Pres- ident, in making his decision to increase the milk price support level ignored the opinion of every agricultural expert in his the report said. "At the very least the Pres- ident's decision was an act of political one-upmanship By increasing prices, the re- port said. Nixon "cost the gov- ernment and the consumer hundreds of millions of but the "President apparently assured himself of the 'support' of the powerful political lobby of the milk producers." The report includes a detailed rebuttal of Nixon's "white paper" defending his milk deci- sion. Nixon has claimed the Democratic controlled congress had held "a gun to the head" of the administration and was ready to pass a much higher price ceiling. The report contends there was not that much pressure on Capi- tol Hill for a higher ceiling, and that the administration's dec! sion was, in effect, much more costly than any of those pro posed in congress. Further, it noted, congress at that lime had managed to override only two of 11 Nixon vetoes. Watergate Jury Term Extended WASHINGTON (AP) The term of the federal grand jury investigating the Watergate breakin and cover-up was ex- tended six months Friday. Chuckle A little girl asked her mother If nil fairy talcs began with "Once upon n time." replied the mother, "lo- diiy most of them begin with "Ifl mil -Convrltilil Vote 37 to I To Subpoena More Tapes WASHINGTON (AP) The house judiciary committee has subpoenaed tapes of 45 more presidential conversations de- spile President Nixon's insis- tence he will turn over no more Watergate material. Along with the subpoena, ap- proved by a 37 to 1 vote Thurs- day, (he committee sent Nixon a letter saying his refusal to comply could itself provide grounds for impeachment. The only dissenting vote was cast by proxy by the absent arid ailing senior Republican, Rep. Hutchinson who consid- ers the action futile because i is unenforceable. The group rejected two at- tempts to deal more harshly with the President. A motion to seek an immediate impeach- ment vote for contempt of congress was tabled, 29-9. One to recommend citation for con- tempt but delay house action until later was also tabled, 27- 11. Stay Closed The committee rejected, 23 to 15, a move to open some of the impeachment hearings to the public next week. The vote i expected to keep the hearings closed at least two weeks longer. Issuance of the committee's fourth subpoena against Nixon with only one dissent demon- strated the bipartisan opposition to the White House strategy for fighting impeachment. ''He's said Rep. Railsback borrow- ing a term made popular by the White House transcripts. Rep. McClory noting that among the things the com- mittee is investigating are alle- gations Nixon obstructed the justice department, the senate Watergate committee and the special prosecutor in their inqui- ries, said: "His current conduct does not make it easier for this member to conclude that such allega- tions are without merit." Stern Letter Railsback and McClory were among eight Republicans who joined in directing Chairman Rodino (D-N.J.) to send the let- ter to Nixon. It warned that a continued refusal to honor com- mittee subpoenas will permit members to conclude he is with- holding damaging evidence. The sternly-worded letter, au- thorized by a 28-10 vote, also in- formed Nixon that under the Constitution he has no power to tell the committee what evi- dence he will give it. A month ago, only one Repub- lican supported sending a letter merely notifying Nixon he failed to comply with a subpoena for 42 taped conversations. He had released edited Iran-, scripts instead of tapes on that occasion. He refused to supply anything in response to two sub- poenas issued May 15 for Water- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Telepholo HENRY'S HOME Secretary of State Kissinger flashes his famous grin on arrival at Andrews air force base, Md., after his successful marathon Middle East peace mission.. Henry Returns in Triumph WASHINGTON (AP) Secre- tary of State Kissinger briefed President Nixon, and several congressional leaders Friday on the Israeli-Syrian disengagement agreement and outlined the problems that remain to be solved in the area. Senator John Tower (R-Texas) told reporters after the I'A-hour meeting with the congressional leaders that Kissinger stressed three obstacles in the way of a permanent Middle East settle- ment. "In order, they were rectifi- cation of frontiers, Palestinian refugees and the question of Tower said. Kissinger returned to Wash- ington early Friday. "Congratulations that may be one of the great things of the a beaming Kissinger was told by House Speaker Albert (D- Okla.) as the secretary opened a detailed briefing for' 22 congressional leaders. After a private breakfast with Nixon in the White House family quarters, Kissinger was escort- ed by the President to the Cabi- net room, where he received a standing ovation from Ford and the congressional leaders. Behind Kissinger's chair was a stand holding what appeared to be three large aerial photo- graphs presumably to illustrate the disengagement formula. Re- porters saw only the opening minutes of the session. Sources said Thursday that Nixon has tentatively decided to begin his Middle East trip the week beginning June 9. THey said Nixon probably would spend from seven to 10 days visiting Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, probably Jor- dan and perhaps Syria. On the way home, senior American officials said that three times during the mission Kissinger wa.s on the verge of going home, even though the Syrians and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan were convinced the Golan Heights confrontation could explode into a full-blown war. In making the disclosure, a senior Amerian official said that on those occasions Kissinger simply had run out of options; the haggling was so prolonged he could see only interminable shuttling without an agreement at the end of it and had decided to go home for three weeks and then hopefully negotiate a set- tlement. Seven Who Disappeared in 1972 Are Reported Living in Rhodesia RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Two years ago, seven Rich- mond area children vanished, along with the mother of two of them and the father of the other five. This week the children and the two adults were reported found living on a farm in Ruwa, Rhodesia. Helen and Andrew Duggan iiavc nccn cnargcci by iucn- mond authorities with kidnap- ing the children and spiriting them out of the country. Speaking from the farm Thursday in n telephone inter- view with thi! Richmond News Lender, Mrs. Duggan said they "sometimes expected thai we would be found." The problem now becomes n case of international law, complicated hccnu.sc Rhodesia mid the U. S. have no diplo- matic relations. Helen Duggan is the mother of two of the children but when she was divorced from their father, Dennis Wilburn, lie was given their custody. Andrew Duggan is the fa- ther of the other five. When he w a s divorced from their mother, now Mrs. Glenn Crone, she was granted cus- tody. Mrs. Duggan said "the chil- dren are in fine health" and atlcnd school. Asked about the flight in 1972, she "Our lawyers have advised us not to discuss Ihc matter. I don't want sound rude, but I just cannot talk about it." A.pi'lvnte detective hired by the "two parents hnving legal custody said he had traced the children mid Ilic Duggans lo Rhodesia. P. A. Isrardi said he re- ceived confirmation Tuesday from the South African police .that they have permanent res- ident status. Photographs of the children were circulated lo police agen- cies all over the globe, and apparently it was from these pictures that the South Afri- can police were able to iden- tify them, he said. Wilburn said: "We are working with the stale depart- ment people to see what we can do. For the moment I'm just happy lo know where they are." Crone, the husband of Dug- gan's former wife, said: hope it's true. 1 really do hope its true. But 1 won't believe U until we have verification from the Hhodesian authori- ties." All three crises came in Da- mascus, said the official, who asked not to be named. All were followed by breakthroughs tha led finally to the troop separa- tion accord. He outlined them this way. The first breakthrough, on May 18, produced the outline ol a disengagement line in which Israel is giving up the Syrian territory won in last October's war and six or seven villages won in the 19G7 war. The second, May 23, settled the dispute over the size of the U.N. force, which will patrol the 40-mile-long frontier separating the armies. The last, on Monday, remains shrouded in .secrecy, but from Israeli sources it is known to have focused on a compromise approach to restraining Arab terrorists after the settlemen was reached. Kissinger packed his bag: once and had departure state ments prepared twice. At the point" of one impasse, he cablcc Mrs. Meir to say he would re turn lo Jerusalem only long enough for a farewell lunch. His wife, Nancy, who had stayet behind, had his bags packet that time and had left for the airport: Nixon-Russian Talks June 27 WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nixon's Moscow talks with Soviet leaders will open June 27, the While House announced Fri- day. The date is several days later than expected an adjustment caused by Nixon's plans to tour the Middle East during mid- June. Today's Index Comics Crossword ___ Daily Record Deaths ...20 ...20 ....3 ....3 Editorial Farm ......................16 Financial ..................21 Marion ......................7 Movies Society Sports ...................17-19 Stnlc Television Want Ads ................23-Z7 Overtime Is Banned for Fire Fighters iy Mike Dcuprce Safety Commissioner James iteinbeck responded lo fire 'ighter demands for increased overtime pay Friday by order- ng elimination of all overtime. The goal will be ac- complished, lie said, by reduc- ng the active duty roster on each shift by five or six men. The reductions, recommended )y the fire department com- mand staff, will not endanger "ire protection services, the safety commissioner stressed, although it could have an effect on fire insurance rates. Steinbeck said the problem of overtime has been under consid- eration for many months. "Overspent" "We are averaging almost hours of overtime each Iwo-week pay he said. "We're 'way overspent already this year on our overtime budg- et. "As long as attention has been brought to it we don't like it, but we have to do something about it." The overtime in question is earned by men who take a 24- hour shift when the regular is on sick leave or vaca- tion. Steinbeck said the city is re- quired to pay only straight time for. the 24 hours, but pays 12 hours of straight time and 12 hours of time and one-half. In a vote this week, members of local 11, International As-sn of Fire Fighters, voted to ask for time and one-half pay for al the hours worked over the stan dard 56-hour work week. "We've been trying to get this for two or three said Lt Carroll Hayes, president of the local. "We want to give the city the best service possible, but we want to be paid for it." Informed Friday Hayes informed Chief Edse McMickle of the outcome of the vote Friday morning. A meeting was scheduled for p.m Friday, at which a formal re quest for the additional pay was to be made. Steinbeck said the decision to end overtime was made because of the additional expense. Under the- present system, private receives for the 24-hour period, a lieutenant re ceives and a captair If (ho whole 24 hours were paid at time and one-half the figures would be and "Not in Budget" Based on the average number of overtime hours each month Last-Minute Balk By Syrian Party (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) GENEVA (AP) Syria and Israel signed an historic U. S.- ncgotiatcd disengagement pact ''riday committing them to end :hc fighting on the Golan Icights and move toward last- ng peace in the Middle East.- A half hour after the signing, .he guns that boomed across the ilc'ak and barren front for the last 81 days fell silent, an Israe- li military communique said. Artillery duels thai started in he early morning continued in- termittently past the deadline and finally fizzled out al- Votes To Kick Out Utility MASSENA, N. Y. (AP) Res- idents of this northern New York town of upset over rising electric bills, have voted overwhelmingly to throw out the giant utility that has provided their power for 74 years. Voters approved a municipal takeover of the power system Thursday. Final, unofficial re- sults showed in favor and against a margin of 63 to 37 percent. Supporters of the takeover of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. facility hailed the vote as a victory for consumers in the fight against rising utility bills. "The consumer, the little guy that has to pay a power bil every month, had an opportuni ly to lower his own cost of living by said John Dumas spokesman for the town ant village boards. He estimated that the switch "will pay off in a 20 percent rate reduction a takeover." The boards now have the au- thority to condemn Niagara Mo- hawk transmission facilities anc take them over through a million bond issue. Advocates pointed to the municipal power system in Plattsburgh which they said, sells electricity at per thousand kilowatts com- pared with ?21 for Niagara Mo- hawk in Massena. Niagara Mohawk, which serves 1.3 million customers in upstate New York, argued tha the takeover's true cost woult be about million, almosl double what the town estimated. The issue of whether the town can go into the electric utility business "will have to be settlec in the Donald Nims Niagara Mohawk district man ager, said. "We feel strongly that this will prove the cost to be higher, and that Massena will face an additional referen dum to provide the additiona together, newsmen reported from the front. Syrian Delay A U. N. spokesman said all signatures were completed at a.m. CDT after a last- minute delay caused by Syria's apparent reluctance to sign the pact in the presence of ncws- icn. The snag had developed about 30 minutes earlier after Israeli had signed the disengagement agreement. The Syrians, expected to follow, sat still and made no move. At that time, Lt. Gen. Ensio iiilasvuo of Finland, command- er of the U. N. Emergency Force in the Middle East who chaired the meeting, announced a 15-minute recess. Newsmen were asked to leave the mar- ried council hall of the Palais des Nations, the Geneva U. N. leadquarters. And shortly thereafter the problem was cleared up, and the agreement negotiated by Secretary of State Kissinger in a marathon 33-day peace mis- Missing Oufdoorsman Found Dead in Deserf MEXICALI, Mexico (UPI) Fred Mundy, an expert out- doorsman wlio didn't follow the rules of desert survival, was found dead Thursday. His body was found five miles from where his motorcycle ran out of gas 13 days ago. He took a wrong turn while competing in a race in the Baja California desert, about 80 miles south of the U.S. border, and got lost, running out of gas 38 miles off the course. Relatives, Mexican cowboys on horseback, off-duty U.S. border patrol trackers, San Diego county sheriff's deputies and others searched for him for 12 days. Can't Understand His brother, Charles, one of the most active searchers, said he c6uld not understand why Fred, '17, violated some of the basic principles of survival, such as leaving his motorcycle. It was found two days after the Riverside, Calif., pharmacist set off into the desert. Mundy was in good condition, former college footbnll player, Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, and lecturer on outdoor surviv- al. Those trailing him were en- couraged to find that he wa: getting water by cutting opcr barrel cactuses. He found a cowboy shack supplied will: water and beef jerky last week then inexplicably set out into the desert again. "He knew better than to leave the motorcycle and he knew enough to stay at that shack when he found water and foot his brother said. "I sim- ply do not understand." Circular Route Mundy, obviously disoriented, wound up walking parallel to the nearest road, instead of to ward it, and on a circular route that took him through 12 miles of desert, winding up only five miles from where he abandonee the motorcycle. His footprints showed increas- ing weariness, said a border pa trol tracker, Jack Kearney. "He walked well up on the halls of his feet. He didn't step down on the Kearney said. The body was found by cow- boys. Mundy apparently died last weekend, teams was an- Jerusalem and The Syrian en- sion was signed. On Saturday, Israeli and Syrian military delegations begin five days of talks on the disengagement .timetables and on precise demarcation lines- for thinning out of forces. The troop separation agreement says all its provisions are to be imple- mented by June 25. Endorsement Israel and Syria formally en- dorsed the pact on Thursday, one day after agreement by the negotiating nounced in Washington. dorsement came at a it-hour session of President Assad's rul- ing socialist Baath party and; Israeli approval on a 76 to 36 vote in the knesset, or parlia- ment. Israeli Premier Golda Meir, 76, who supported the Egyptian and Syrian disengagements, said the Knesset debate was the last session she would attend before Premier-designate Yitz- hak Rabin takes over the Israeli government. Syria generally has been the most radical state in the quartcr-century-old Arab strug- gle against Israel. American sources feel its acceptance of disengagement may help calm Arab bitterness and open the door to a resumption this sum- mer of the Geneva peace con- ference that started and then adjourned last December. Syria refused to take part in the talks at that time. The disengagement agree- ment contains these points: A land, sea and air cease-fire that both sides will "scrupulous- ly observe." A rearrangement and separa- tion of Israeli and Syrian forces along the 40-mile front. Ameri- can officials say Israel will evacuate territory it captured in the October war, as well as the city of Quneitra and six or seven villages captured in the 1967 war. Quneitra apparently will be in a buffer zone, which would preclude the introduction of Syrian troops although the city, like the rest of the zone, will be under Syrian civilian control. New positions for thinncd-out Israeli and Syrian armies on op- posite sides of the buffer zone, which is to be policed by U. N. personnel. The zone will vary from one to four miles wide. A thinning-out of Israeli nml (Continued: Page 2, Col. 5.} Election Coverage Lust two in n scries of six stories on candidates for the Second district congressional nomination can he found todny on pages 8 and 9. They f e n t n r c Republicans Tom Ililey and Michael Fold.   

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