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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 13, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Chance ot rain to- night and Wednesday. Ixms tonight, 60 to (15. Highs Wednesday, 80 to 85. CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, NEW YORK TIMES Ford Working on Inflation Summit WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Ford is moving swiftly to plan an economic summit con- ference to battle the inflation he labeled "Domestic Enemy No. 1." And he is pressing con- gress to act within 10 days to revive the government's tools to monitor wages and prices. Congressional Democrats joined Republicans in applaud- ing the tone of Ford's president- ial keynote speech Monday night. But some said they will have to be convinced the new President can find the correct cure for the nation's soaring prices. "Revved Up" Ford spoke to a packed house chamber and millions across the country, calling on congress to join "in getting this country revved up and moving" and pledging to seek a balanced fed- eral budget in the fiscal year parting next July 1. Say Ford Cut List of V. P. Candidates WASHINGTON (UPI) Pres- ident Ford has whittled down his list of possible choices for vice-president and is expected to announce his nominee by the end the week, a White House official said Tuesday. Ford, the official said, is es- pecially looking into the (creden- tials of former New York Gov. Rockefeller, Republican Na- tional Chairman George Bush, and Sen. Baker Rockefeller and Bush have in- fluential suporters and they are on several lists submitted to Ford for consideration. Each has his special attrac- tion in terms of Ford's political needs. Rockefeller supporters believe his name would enhance the ticket if Ford runs for the presidency in 1976. Bush is popular on Capitol Hill and has a wide following among Republicans. Baker would lend Southern weight to the Republican ticket at a time when Gov. Wallace of Alabama may have his eye on the Democratic ticket. Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott said Monday that Ford is "nowhere near" a final decision. Ford was asked if he has chosen a vice-president as he emerged from his house in suburban Alexandria, Va., Tues- day morning. "No, no, one tiling at a he said with a laugh. "We were a little busy yesterday." Ford has asked congressmen and other government officials to submit the names of potential candidates by Wednesday. floor of the house an unusually large He never referred directly to the Watergate scandal that drove Richard Nixon from the presidency last week but pledged, "There will be no illeg- al tapings, eavesdropping, bug- gings or breakins by my admin' istration." And Ford mentioned his pre- decessor's name only once, de- claring he has supported anc will continue "the outstanding foreign policy of President Nixon." On the chamber, number of congressmen and senators were present to hear the 38th President outline his goals for the two-year, five- month remainder of Nixon's shattered presidency. Ford proposed little specific legislation the wage-price monitoring authority now and a health insurance measure before the end of the year. Tough Decisions And he said the "nation's voters should support the candidates who consistently vote for tough decisions to c u t the cost of government, restrain federal spending and bring in- flation under control. Waves of cheers and applause thundered across the cavernous chamber as Ford was escorted in. And members of both parties cheered when the 25-year con- gressional veteran declared his motito towards congress: "Com- munication, conciliation, com- promise and cooperation." But the applause was notice- ably louder from Ford's fellow Republicans than from the majority Democrats when the President pledged to fight for a balanced budget while maintain- ing a strong defense. "It's going to be quite a trick 10 balance the budget by fiscal 1976, and not cut the Pentagon said Sen. Hart (D- Mich.) "He said the things the coun- try wanted to hear. His big task now is to find the said Sen. Jackson "Country Needs" But Sen. Goldwater (R-Ariz.) said "it was exactly what the country needs. I agree with what le said on the economy and the defense budget." Senator Humphrey (D-Minn.) called the potential for higher "ood prices posed by crop fail- Ford did not men- hot potato right smack >ang on the President's desk." He said it demands immediate attention. I "The crop report yesterday vas an economic time bomb, relieve Humphrey said on the NBC-TV Today program. 'Crop estimates are substan- :ially down. This will have as much impact on the economy in erms of inflation as the Arab 011 embargo." In urging an economic sum- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 2.) Iowa Corn Could Dip Under Billion Bushels By AI Swegle The nation's plagued by heavy spring and drouth ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH in Ryan was de- stroyed when a tornado struck at p.m. Monday. Several per- Photo by Ouane CrocJ sons were injured, but no one was killed by the twister. The Great Plains lumber yard and about 30 homes were also destroyed. House Votes To Drop WASHINGTON (AP) The louse voted overwhelmingly Monday to make optional the seat-belt interlock system that s currently required on 'all new :ars. The system that requires rent-seat passengers to buckle :heir seat belts before the car be started would disappear, judging from congressmen who :old the house that their con- stituents are fed up with the idea. The house approved the pro- vision by a vote of 339 to 49, and then passed by voice vote a new car and school bus safety bill. corn crop, rains last this sum- mer, may dip below the 5 billion Seat belts still would be man- datory; but a dashboard light would be the only warning de- vice the government could re- quire to inform a motorist that lie belts were not fastened. No Air Bags The seat-belt amendment, jushed by Rep. Wyman (R- would also make air bags optional instead of mandatory vhen they become ready for production. Managers of the bill said the effect would be no air bags. The said Monday, as they predicted DaSs would have to be mass- Iowa will produce less than a billion bushel corn crop. The state report estimate of an 85 bushel per acre yield and bushel mark this year for the1 production of bushels first time since 1970. The prediction Monday by the agriculture department ap- parently dashes hopes by Agri- culture Secretary Earl Butz for a bumper crop to rebuild the nation's barren stockpiles. The estimate Monday jis a considerable slump from last year's 1.2 billion bushels and 108 bushel per acre yield. Federal crop officials estimat- ed that 11.7 million acres in Iowa were planted to corn for of 4.966 billion bushel corn crop is ;n one billion bushels less than grain compared with 11.15 mil- ajlion a year ago and 10.60 million! what ment earlier. i Last month the agriculture agriculture dcpar d t jb' d hj had projected a month1 y J the year's corn crop could range be- twcen 5.94 and 6.35 billion bush- 'f cls that the nation's corn slant any below what the Na- c ,d in a b t ona Corn (.rowers Assn pro- M dieted earlier (Ins month based on Aug. I conditions. The Corn1 I'wioini offlcials sharP'y cut j Growers group pegged the national cslinlatc lo this month at 5.010 billion nu.sii-i77'8 bllshels I'or acrc in their els I August report. Officials made! Iowa Yield Drop Projection of yields for Iowa; A slight increase in acreage itvin thcir Iowa will be offset by a sharp! Thc corn_ crop is decline in yield, federal officials! (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) produced to cany a realistic price tag, the managers said, otherwise they will be an un- popular option, probably cost- ing around The bill now goes lo confer- ence committee to iron out dif- ferences with a senate version which does not change present government regulatioa? dealing with air bags and interlock sys- tems. The house bill also would: Require automakers to foot cost of repairs of cars recalled for defects. It's volun- tary now. Require the department of transportation to establish safe- ly standards for school buses. Require the departmenl of transportation to put into ef- Todag's Chuvkle Sign in an automobile show window: "Let's all fight poverty together. Buy a new copvrin feet minimum safety standards for gas tanks in event of col- lision. Buzzer Junked The legislation had a seat belt provision which would have made optional the interlock sys- tem or systems which requires buckling up. The penalty would be listening to a buzzer for the entire trip. Wyman's amendment would leave the driver a choice only of the interlock at extra cost the warning light signal if belts are not buckled. Cedar Rapids News- Cindy Strickler, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Strickler, 4681 Lincoln Heights drive SE, drowned about p.m. Mon- day in the Cedar river southeast of Cedar Rapids, near where In- dian creek flows into the river. Linn deputies reported she was wading with three other girls and two boys when she stepped off a sandbar or was swept away by the current. One of tha boys reportedly had By Judy Daubenmier Cedar Rapids An million figure was approved by the Cedar Rapids Community school board Mon- day night as the new price tag for remodeling four junior high schools. The amount is about 14 per- cent higher than the million figure voters rejected in a bond referendum last spring. School officials said the jump was due to increases in the cost of equip- ment, materials and labor, which average about two per- cent each month. Approval of a figure for an- other bond issue election is nec- essary before petitions can be circulated asking the school board to call such an election. About signatures are need-j ed. "We did look carefully to see if there were any areas that could be cut without damaging the program. None could be found. I would much prefer to come back with a lower figure, or at least the same figure as last time, but that is not pos- he said; Scott Olson, candidate for a two-year vacancy on the school board, questioned the size and amount of the bond issue in light of the projected decreases in the school district's enroll- ment. Olson, an architect, suggested new buildings could be built for the same number of students at about the same cost. "Use Same Sites" Million Supt. Craig Currie expressed doubt that new structures could be constructed for the estimated per square foot which the remodeling is expected to cost. While conceding that the dis- trict's enrollment is declining, Currie said the school district would be looking at changes in its organization to better utilize the buildings. Could Expand The junior highs could be ex- panded to include sixth graders, he suggested. Remodeling of McKinley and Roosevelt has already begun, using funds from the 2.5 mill property tax levy for construc- Areas to be renovated in the four buildings include physical education and locker room areas, the auditoriums and in- structional material centers, cafeterias, small gyms, classrooms, corridors, heating plants, and the addition of car- peting, partial air-conditioning and site work. The cost is for Mc- Kinley, for Roosevelt. for Franklin, and for Wilson. four structures are 50 years old. while the school dis- close call, but was rescued when the youngsters pushed a log out to him. Thc Strickler girl reportedly was a good swimmer, but is believed to have panicked. Her body was recovered by (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) iJtrict's other two junior high 'buildings were built in 1965. Board Member Steve Sovern said the remodeling program planned for million is sub- stantially the same as was planned for the million figure. Money Stolen; Some Returned A young man snatched a Cedar Rapids woman's purse Monday evening, but no one can call him greedy. ,Iune Arlene Ross, 1529 Sev- avenue SE, told police she was walking in the 1000 block of Fourth avenue SE at about p.m. when the youth grabbed the purse and ran. It contained The purse was found later, with of the money still in it. Today's Index Comics .....................15 Crossword ..................15 Daily Record ................3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features Farm .....................10 Financial..................16 Marion ......................7 Movies .....................M Society ......................8 Sports 11-13 State ....................4 Tclcvison ....................9 Want Ads ................17-21 lion. About million worth of jbids has been let for initial remodeling. The same sites could be used, School district officials said Olson said, if the new buildings were built alongside the old ones, and the old structures were razed when the new ones opened. they had not yet computed what millage rate an million bond issue would require if voters were to give it the neces- sary 60 percent approval. Loss Set At Near Million By Mary Wallbaum RYAN At least ten Ryan residents were injured Monday when a tornado struck this Del- aware county community about p.m. Damage estimates in and around the community have un- officially been placed at about million, after the high winds and a funnel cloud demolished St. Patrick's Catholic church, the Great Plains Lumber Co.. and the West Delaware grade school. The Ryan Co-op building was also heavily damaged, with the elevator and a storage bin de- stroyed. In addition, about 32 homes were destroyed or substantially damaged, according to a survey conducted Monday night by the Grant Wood area chapter of the American Red Cross which is at the disaster scene serving food and providing clothing to those left homeless. Seven Hospitalized Seven persons remain hospi- talized in a Manchester hospital with lacerations and other inju- ries suffered when the tornado struck. The most seriously injured is believed to be Diane Riniker, 19, who was taken to University hospitals in Iowa City where she underwent extensive surgery for lacerations she received. Other members of her family, Janice, 13; Cathleen, 15; Ron- ald, age not listed, and Bernice Riniker were also injured when the funnel cloud struck their Ryan home. AH remain hospi- talized in fair condition except Ronald Riniker who was treated and released. Others Injured Others injured were Charles Saunders, 87, who suffered a wssible back injury; Fredrica Wendt, 81, with multiple abra- sions and possible concussion, amd Ivan Anderson, 27, who sustained a fractured pelvis. All were in good condition. Two or three other persons were treat- ed as out patients and released. Damage was limited to the southwest section of Ryan after residents reported a funnel cloud was seen coming from the west, cut southeast through the town and then moved south be- fore it lifted. Emergency Aid Police departments from Oel- wein, Monticello, and Man- chester, along with the Dela- ware county sheriff's depart- ment and Iowa highway patrol and various fire departments (Continued: Page3, Col. 4.) Tapes', Papers' Value Increased Nixon Still Worth Millions WASHINGTON ard Nixon is still worth mil- lions, although his financial papers don't show it. Nixon's disclosure of his net worth late last year, did not mention what is almost cer- tainly his single greatest as- set: the tapes, papers and memorabilia accumulated dur- ing his many years in public life. A professional estimate made five years ago placed the value of documents and mementos Nixon collected be- fore he became President at nearly million. The value of that collection which Nixon still owns presumably in- creased when he attained a unique place in history by be- ing the first President of the U.S. to resign. But by far the most valuable items are Nixon's presidential tapes and documents. At the moment, most of them remain in the White House, but they are considered his personal property and will be sent to him at his request, a govern- ment official said. The Nixon presidential pap- ers, while obviously of great potential value, have not yet been catalogued or appraised. A spokesman for the Gener- al Services Administration, parent of the National Ar- chives, said any papers ac- cumulated in the White House during the Nixon treaties, legislation and similar documents of state are considered the personal property of the ex-President. The spokesman said the famous White House tapes are considered to be among the papers, but no decision has been made on where the tons of documents will be sent. The Special Watergate Pro- secution Force has some ma- terials already and has re- quested others for use as evidence in various investiga- tions. But officials said those eventually will be returned lo Nixon when they are no longer needed by the courts. Ralph G. Newman, the Chi- cago appraiser hired by Nixon to evaluate vice-presidential papers given to the National Archives, estimated in 1969 that the most valuable materi- als in the Nixon collection at that lime were papers, 750 tapes and 100 films. The papers, consisting pri- marily of letters to Nixon from American and foreign dignitaries, weru removed from the correspondence file given to the government and retained for Nixon. Newman said thoy were worth each. Thc vice-presidential tapes, which have an estimated average length of 15 minutes and could contain nothing as important as thn secretly re- corded While House tapes, were appraised at each. The films were listed at each. If Newman's estimate is any indication of what some libraries and many private collectors would be willing to pay for the Nixon collection, the ox-President a potentially a very wealthy man.   

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