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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather— Chance of rain tonight. I,ow tonight near 60. Sunny Saturday, bigha in 70s. rn VOLUME 92 — NUMBER 156 CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 1974 U. S. NUCLEAR AID CITY FINAL ' 15 CENTS ASSOCIATED PREISS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES EGYPT Green Light For Trying Ehriichman WASHINGTON (AP) - U, S. District Judge Gerhard Geseli Friday ordered John Ehriichman, former White House aide, to stand trial along with other defendants in the plumbers case and set a new trial date of June 26. After nearly three weeks of struggle with the White House over the issue of executive privilege, Gesell said President Nixon has allowed sufficient access to White House files for Ehrlichman’s trial to go forward. The judge said he had wanted to make sure Ehriichman would have access to specific files left behind in the White House which might aid his case. “That has taken place,” he said. Ehriichman and three others were Originally scheduled to go on trial next Monday in connection with the 1971 breakin at the office of Dr. Lewis Fielding, a Beverly Hills, Calif., psychiatrist who treated Daniel Ells-berg, Pentagon Papers figure. But earlier this week Gesell said he would sever Ehrlichman’s case from that of the other three because of an apparent impasse over Ehrlichman’s attempt to gain access to his files. Gesell said at that time that Ehriichman would be tried later. The break in the legal logjam came Wednesday when Nixon waived executive privilege for some documents then in the judge’s hands. Until then. Nixon had been asserting ultimate authority to de-c i d e if those documents, handwritten notes of Ehriichman. could be admitted as evidence. Ehriichman and the three others are accused of conspiring in the breakin. In addition, Ehriichman is charged with one count of lying to the FBI and three counts of lying to a grand jury. Sawhill Bids for Boost in Mileage WASHINGTON (AP) - Ped-eral Energy Chief John Sawhill has launched a new campaign to conserve gasoline, starting by trying to get automakers to improve the gasoline mileage of their products. He met Thursday with Edward Cole, president of General Motors, in the first of a series of planned meetings with auto executives. Rodino: Tax Harassment Is Key Issue WASHINGTON (AP) - The house judiciary committee chairman considers charges of administration tax harassment of its political enemies a “very significant” part of the committee’s impeachment inquiry. Rep. Rodino (D-N.J.) said evidence dealing with the IRS “raises a question of whether there has been a serious abuse of power by the office of the presidency.” The charges, involving audits of selected tax returns and leaks of tax information, were originally aired in the senate Watergate hearings last year when existence of the White House enemies list became known. They also include charges of favorable tax treatment for friends of the administration. Mezvinsky Comment Rodino spoke at a news briefing Thursday after conclusion of the IRS presentation to the committee. He declined to say if any of the evidence linked President Nixon to the IRS actions. However, another member. Rep. Mezvinsky (D-Iowa), said “we wouldn’t be looking at it” if there was no indication of presidential involvement. Mezvinsky said he considered the IRS portion of the impeachment inquiry “as significant, if not more so, than the Watergate matter.” Another member, Rep. Mc-Clory (R-Ill ), said he did not detect any serious problem for the President in the IRS presentation. Key Lack The committee lacks a key bit of evidence that could bear on Nixon’s knowledge of IRS use for political purposes. It is a 17-minute segment of a White House tape that was deleted from a longer conversation by U. S. District Judge John J. Sirica. The Sept. 15, 1972, tape was one of the original nine tapes (Continued: Page 2, Col. 4.) Nixon and Sadat Seal Agreement -UPI Telecttoto HOLDS COURT OUTSIDE PLANT — A deputy sheriff at his side, Judge Hunter Stair orders arrest of pickets at a struck Dodge plant at Warren, Mich. Buzhardt Sidelined for At Least Two Months WASHINGTON (UPI) - The White House confirmed Friday that Couneel J. Fred Buzhardt had suffered a heart attack and said he would not be able to participate in President Nixon's Watergate defense for at least two months. His condition is reported as “serious but stable with no particular complications at this time.” Brezhnev Eyes Curb of Tests MOSCOW (UPI) - Leonid Brezhnev, Communist party general secretary, said Friday that the Soviet Union is ready to agree with the U. S. to restrict underground nuclear tests and in time to ban them. In a Kremlin speech, he said the improvement of U. S.-Soviet relations was “one of the most important foreign policy events in recent years.” Brezhnev called for “maximum restraint” by both countries in development of new strategic weapons. On President Nixon’s forthcoming visit, he said, “One can read in the foreign press pessimistic appraisals of the possible outcome of the meeting in Moscow. We are of a different opinion. ‘ The improvement of Soviet-U.S. relations can and must continue. Nobody of course is going to solve hastily the questions that have not matured. But time must not be marked either.” Radical Group Links Self to Blasf Shattering Gulf Oil Cor p. Offices PITTSBURGH (AP) - The radical Weather Underground has claimed responsibility for an explosion which shattered offices on the 29th floor of the Gulf Oil Corp. skyscraper headquarters. No injuries were reported but police said damage from the Thursday night blast was extensive. Assistant Police Supt. Robert Coll said the cause was apparently dynamite. The “blast tore a hole two feet in diameter in the floor, shattered windows and left a jumble of furniture and lamps in the offices of Gulf Asian Corp., a Gulf subsidiary. There was no fire. A switchboard operator at the building received a telephone vice-president for public rela-j The group, which splintered tions, said. “Foreign political j from the Students for a Demo-issues are not settled by vio-jcratic Society in the late 1960s lence against innocent people.” Gulf’s presence in Angola consists of oil exploration and pro* d u c t i o n operations, Sheldon said. It was the second time in two weeks that the Weather Underground claimed responsibility for a bombing. On May 31, a bomb the group claimed to and was originally known simply as the Weatherman, took its name from the Bob Dylan song “Subterranean Homesick Blues” — “You don’t need al weatherman to know which way' the wind blows.” After the Los Angeles bombing, FBI agents said the group have planted damaged the Cali- was * “relatively small, JO to 30 .    a.    mm*    nnnnAlAP D Tllnlf* IA    I    CP    Ko. fornia attorney general’s office in Los Angeles. That bombing was described as an expression of sympathy for the Symbionese Liberation Army. Arrow Sign In both bombings, news media members were directed to telephone booths where they found letters signed “Weather Underground” and bearing the sign of the radical group — an arrow piercing a rainbow. persons.” Their leader is believed to be Bernardine Dohrn, an FBI fugitive since 1970. New Threat The Gulf headquarters was evacuated at noon Friday following a reported new bomb threat. Police bomb and arson squads went to the scene. A search turned up nothing. A Gulf spokesman confirmed that a telephone call was placed CAIRO (AP) — President Nixon wound up his triumphal visit to Egypt Friday with an announcement that the U.S. would provide large-scaie aid to Egypt for agricultural and industrial development, including nuclear power. It was stressed that the program of nuclear aid was for peaceful purposes. He then flew off to Jidda, Saudi Arabia, the second stop on his Middle East tour. Display of Royalty In Jidda, there were none of the cheering throngs that greeted him in Egypt, only a dazzling display of Saudi royalty and a few white robed spectators who braved the searing desert sun. King Faisal does not encourage what he considers vulgar crowd scenes, and Nixon probably will see little of the city’s 500,000 inhabitants and will have to content himself with some car window views After an overnight stay in Alexandria, a visit to the Pyramids and a final conference, Nixon and President Sadat of Egypt appeared together at a ceremony in Cairo to announce a joint statement of principles. It included agree-/■v i *    .    ments worked out earlier by Urder Arrests Secretary of State Kissinger WARREN, Mich. (AP) _ and Sada( - Judge Hunter Stair made good     N ,°    K lv(,n    on    lhe . .. cost of the aid program. a threat to reconvene a mobile court Friday and personally ordered the arrest of IO demonstrators outside a Dodge truck plant, which had virtually closed by a wild cat strike since Monday. In a repeat of Thursday afternoon’s performance in which 20 demonstrators were arrested, the county circuit court judge appeared atop a Dodge flatbed truck in his judicial robes Friday and warned about two dozen sign-carrying pickets they would be arrested if they did not disperse immediately. Judge Appears Atop Truck To The joint statement said the American and Egyptian governments will negotiate an agree meat to enable Egypt to generate nuclear power by the early 1980s. “Upon conclusion of such an agreement, the United States is prepared to sell nuclear reactors and fuel to Egypt,” the statement said. Provisional Agreement While these negotiations are under way, the U.S. and Egypt will conclude “a provisional agreement for the sale of nuclear fuel to Egypt,” it added. The joint agreement did not specifically prohibit Egypt from Find No Incriminating Data About Kissinger warning from someone claiming to represent the Weather Underground about 20 minutes before the explosion. Police and firemen were beginning to search the 44-story building when the bomb went off. Seven _ of them were trapped in an ele- The Gulf letter was an eight-1 to a Gulf operator. The spokes-vator for about 40 minutes.    page pamphlet addressed main-j man said a male caller said. Blew Off Doors    Iv to Gulf “crimes” against peo- 1 “Listen carefully, you have 17 move and Stair ordered dozens • pies around the world.    I    minutes. I mean business. One of the trapped men, Fire Capt. James Flavin, later said the explosion “blew off every elevator door” on the 29th floor. | The bomb apparently was plant-|ed across the hall from the cie vator bank, authorities said. I Minutes before the explosion;     k _    ,    „    .    .    .    .    .    „    _    . I at 9:43 pm., the Associated ROME (AP) - Premier Italy has had 36 governments Press received a telephone call 1 Mariano Rumor Friday began J since the fall of Benito Musso-Iron. a woman who claimed to trying <° talk tho Socialists into «-■ -    *»    " f    «■* rejoining his Chrstian Democrats in the government and tackling Italy's fast-paced spiral of violence and inflation. The Socialist party announced it was ready to go along with Rumor’s proposed austerity The city’s two daily newspa-]package of higher taxes and a pers received calls of a similar!selective credit squeeze but only! resignation and stay on at the nature, as did WCBS-TV in New if it was accompanied by mea- head of the same cabinet, lite York, although that call came sures to prevent large-scale unwell after the explosion.    employment. There was no immediate dam-j Rumor’s previous center-left He had issued an anti-picket-j using American nuclear aid for ing order Tuesday.    weapons. But the U.S. is bound Uses Bullhorn    * Nuclear NonProlifera- tion Treaty to insure that any “If you do not leave immedi- nuclear assistance it provides ately, you will be arrested for does not end up in weapons, and contempt of court.” the judge the announcement Friday said said over a bullhorn as the the sale of nuclear material to truck carried him along the Egypt would be “under agreed Exit Rejected, Italian Premier Tries Again be a nlember of the Weather Underground. She said the group had planted a bomb in the building in retaliation for Gulf’s racial policies in Portugal’s African colony of Angola. lini in 1943, an average of one each IO months. The Rumor cabinet resigned after less than three months in office. The four bailies planned to hold separate parleys to discuss the president’s demand. Never before had a president asked a premier to withdraw his safeguards.” This American aid would enable Egypt to close some of the nuclear gap between it and Israel, which has two nuclear reactors and numerous first-rate scientists. Israel’s leaders have repeatedly said they have no intention of producing nuclear arms, but political and military ob servers in Europe and the U.S. are convinced that Israel is able to turn out such arms. When asked if the White House expected any protests when Nixon visits Israel Sunday, White House spokesman Ron Ziegler said, “None whatever.” Dayan Hope But former Israeli Defense Minster Moshe Dayan, interviewed on NBC-TV’s Today show the U.S., was asked if he trusted Egypt not to develop nuclear weapons and replied: ‘We hope we can trust the Americans.” In Tel Aviv, Information Minister Aharon Yariv said the Israeli government must closely examine the issue of U.S. nuclear aid to Egypt before issuing any official reaction. But the Israeli state radio gave the nuclear news as the first item in its bulletins, and indicated Israeli concern over the possibility of Egypt developing nuclear weapons. Nixon pledged American money, capital investment and technological aid to help with Egypt’s reconstruction, industrialization, agricultural improvement and scientific and educational advancement. The joint statement said the U.S. also “agreed to help strengthen the financial structure of Egypt” and Treasury Secretary Simon would visit Cairo in the near future to get this started. $250 Million Nixon has already asked congress for $250 million in economic aid for Egypt in the 1975 fiscal year. The statement said joint committees will be set up to work out projects and proposals, and these plans will be reviewed by a joint commission afer this year in Washington. The committee will deal specifically with reconstruction of the Suez canal, increased trade and investment, agriculture, scientific and research development with “special emphasis on the exhange of scientists,” medical cooperation and cultural exchanges. As a token of the new spirit of cooperation between the two governments, the U.S. government said it would assist in the reconstruction of the Cairo opera house, and the Egyptian government will send the collection of treasures from the tomb of King Tutankhamen to the U.S. for exhibition. Advance copies of the joint statement furnished to newsmen made no mention of the Palestinian question which Sadat told Nixon publicly on Wednesday must be resolved before there (Continued: Page 2, Col. 2.) WASHINGTON (UPI) - A majority of the U.S. senate has expressed confidence in Secretary of State Kissinger in the wiretap controversy, and prosecutors told congress they found nothing to indicate criminal conduct on his part Senator James Allen (D*Ala.) said 52 senators have signed a resolution calling Kissinger’s integrity and veracity “above reproach.” The oft ice of the special Watergate prosecutor, leon J a worski, informed the senate foreign relations commute it had found no incriminating information concerning Kissinger in the course of its Watergate investigation. It gave the assurance in response to an inquiry from the committee, a source told UPI. Kissinger has threatened to resign unless cleared of any wrongdoing in the wiretapping of 13 former aides and four newsmen during 1969-71. The foreign relations committee has agreed at his request to reo|M»n hearings on the subject. The Washington Post reported iii Friday editions that Kissinger also has asked the state department legal adviser, Carlyle Maw, to conduct his own investigation of the allegations age estimate. “Senseless Aet” “This is a senseless and vicious act.” Paul Sheldon, Gulf Today s Index Comics . ....* 22 Crossword 22 Daily Record ........I Deaths ....... ...... 3 Editorial Features .... 6 Farm .............. ... 12 Financial ... 23 Marion ............. ... ll Movies ,,,.14-15 Society . . , ...... Ii Sports . ...... ... 17-20 Slate ... 8.9 Television ......21 Want Ads ,.25-29 coalition of Christian Demo^ crats, Socialists and two smaller parties collapsed Monday after the Socialists and labor unions rejected his austerity program But, after three days of talks with political leaders of all factions, President Giovanni Leone rejected the resignation and told Rumor it was the cabinet’s duty to stay on, smooth over its differences and act quickly to cope with the grave economic situation    * “High Time" “It was high time for someone to stand up and tell the politicians we elect them to run the nation rather than wasting time and money arguing,” said a Roman barman, Gioffredo Gian-iquinti, as half a dozen customers nodded agreement. unprecedented action underscored the political and economic impasse which many fear will escalate until both industry and Italian democracy collapse. Out of Control plant gates. Several protesters refused to ove and Stair ordered dozens of police to arrest them one by one The protesters had vowed Thursday to return despite Stair’s promise to impose auto-I matic sentences should they show up again. Another 15 demonstrators voluntarily crossed the street and were not arrested Friday. The pickets were protesting what they claimed were health and safety hazards, work speedups, harassment and discrimination at the plant, which employs about 6,000 men. The protesters are members of United Auto Workers Local 140, whose officials oppose the strike, Issue    ■■■■    w.    ,    [    ,|    ,    ......    mmrwmm mm I    ..    .    .    .    .    „    .    consciousness    in    which    the Local President Arthur Bar- 0 nervous breakdown of p 0wer 0 f j 8 personally ex- vey said a new issue added to this country but enough people:perienced by the individual who the list of grievances was the* of faith exist to prevent it. chooses to involve himself posi-reported discharge of 50 pro-    jj e ncar | y    17000    dele-    lively    with    his    community    and testers by the company Thins-| galej [o ^ &m(hern BapUst | nation," he sa.d Ford: People of Faith Can Avert Breakdown DALLAS (AP) — Vice-1 depressive condition that af-president Ford said Friday that Riots too many of our people.” the faint of heart may fear ,1 a    *    envisage    a    sort    of divine* national nervous breakdown” of! He said a strike authorization Convention that this nation With no party holding a majority in parliament and a majority unable to agree on what must be done, inflation and labor unrest have got out of control, the foreign trade deficit is f, ea “ the contempt charge*.  .— a pinion dollars a    *    ..... vote would be taken next Thursday, and he predicted overwhelming support. Those arrested Friday were placed in a police van and the judge held court rn the van to running lo a month and the government’s credit is exhausted. Prices have been rising at an annual rate of 20 percent. There is an unending series of strikes, and increasing violence by ultra-rightists has raised the specter of resurgent fascism Rome newspapers reported Friday that investigating magistrates say they have found indications the Mafia is joining the neo-Fascists in a plot to throw the nation into chaos stands at a crucial moment of decision. “We can surrender to anarchy and agony. Or we can reject negative thinking and get ourselves together to move forward to a higher state of moral re “There are enough men and women of faith in the U. S. to think spiritually and to think affirmatively to prevent us from having a national nervous breakdown as the faint of heart fear.” Mid-East Efforts Ford then returned to a theme sponsibility and achievement,” he has pressed for the past few Ford said. “Healing Spirit" days — praise for President Nixon and Secretary of State Kissinger for their efforts in ar- He said he would dismiss the charges as he did against the 20 Thursday. Officials said nearly all the 3,000 day shift workers dwwed. „ The pr0 p hets of ^oom and ranging a Middle East truce. up win n < av . rn | 0 gloom have written a self-ful- Ford called Nixon’s and Kis- _ l0n was near norm   filling scenario of the decline    singer’s preent trip “a sacred and fall of the American repub-    mission to that region where the I UC.”    Son of God ottered the Sermon T fill ll ll* s I huck Ie Ford called on churchmen of on the Mount.” all religions to generate “ a healing spirit of love, cooperation and understanding that can Men aren’t perfect, but they are the only opposite sex we’ve got.    Copyright lyrate , sweep this nation out of the He described Kissinger as “a man of the faith of the Old Testament who has brought forth modern miracles.”