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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 19, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Kalr tonight with lows near 70. Partly sunny Tuesday, highs 90 to 95. VOLUME 92-NUMBER 222 cm FINAL CKDAIt RAPIDS. IOWA, MOMMY, AL'GI.'ST 19, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRKSS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES U.S. ENVOY TO CYPRUS SLAIN Sirica Denies Watergate Ford Asks k I 1 W New Look Trial Deiay At Amnesty CHICAGO (UPI) tically shifting U. S. policy, j WASHINGTON (AP) Judge 'John Sirica refused Monday to delny the Watergate cover-up trial and said "the case will be called for trial at Drama-1 Sept. 9." President Ford declared Mon- day that he was prepared to consider conditional amnesty for those American youths who refused to fight in Vietnam. He said conditional amnesty should be judged on a case-by- case basis for those young Americans willing to "work their way back" into American society. Ford's stand, announced at the 7th annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, dif- fered sharply from former Pres- ident Nixon's outright rejection of any form of amnesty for war resisters. Youths Ford said about youths had deserted or evaded draft in- than fight in duction rather Vietnam. ''These young Americans should have a second he said. "I want them to come home if they want to work their way back." Ford was greeted with pro- longed cheers when he declared that outright, unconditional am- nesty "is wrong." But the VFW audience turned stone silent when he added, "As I reject amnesty, so I reject revenge." Ford said he had asked Atty. Gen. Saxbe and Defense Secre- tary Schlesinger to report to him by Sept. 1 on the status of all those who were in trouble with the law because of their opposition to U. S. involvement in Vietnam. Unvarnished View He said the offenses of these youths could be "loosely de- scribed as desertion or draft dodging" and said Saxbe and Schlesinger would "give us an unvarnished view on the sub- ject." "I will then decide how to deal with the he Ford's remarks on amnesty came as he departed from re- marks prepared for the conven- tion. In his prepared address, he named his "personal friend and former congressional colleague" Richard Roudebush of Indiana to be the new administrator of Veterans Affairs. Ford promised to see that vet- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) The attorney for John Ehrlich- man, one of the six defendants, told the judge he would ask the U. S. court of apeals for an order to delay the trial. If that fails, he said he would go to the supreme court. Co-Conspirator Former President Nixon, who was named as an unindicted co- conspirator in the case, has been subpoenaed as a witness for Ehrlichman by the lawyer, Andrew Hall. Lawyers for five of the de- fendants had claimed that Nix- on's resignation and the house judiciary committee debates that preceded it had created publicity that would make it im- possible to get an unbiased jury in the District of Columbia. Sirica said that when he set the trial date last March 1, the day of the indictment, he had in mind that beginning the trial any later might force the locked-up jury to work during the Christmas holidays. He said Monday that to avoid that possi- bility he would, if necessary, ex- tend the court hours until 6 p.m. or later. "There is no better time to try this case than the present Sirica said at the end of a one-hour, 50-minule hearing. "The publicity already has died down. You can pick up the Washington Post and can hardly find a Watergate story." "Right Now" Sirica asked the group of de- fense lawyers whether they ex- pected him to be the judge ol when the climate would be right for a trial, and they replied yes. "I think it's right, right Sirica said. one of them asked. "You don't have any (im- peachment) debate coming up in the house, you don't have any senate trial coming Sirica said. Sirica asked the lawyers what they felt would be a reasonable period of delay and each replied "at least the first of the year." The Watergate special prose- cution force joined the requesl to postpone the trial, saying il needed time to transcribe and study the White House tapes made available for the trial through a recent supreme court j order. V-P Decision Expected Tuesday; List Cut to 6 Gazette Leased Wires CHICAGO President Ford has narrowed the field of poten- tial vice-presidential nominees to about a half dozen and prob- ably will announce his selec- tion on Tuesday, his aides said Monday: Presidential counselor Robert Hartmann told reporters aboard Ford's plane enroute to Chi- cago, "I think he's narrowed it down to maybe six." Hartmann gave no names, saying, "This is properly the President's secret until he- makes up his mind." But, he said, the nominee will be a Republican and the current possibilities are "not all in any one such as senators, congressmen or governors. Tuesday or Wednesday White House Press Secretary Jerald tcrllorst also said Ford hM not made a final decision but would "spend a lot of time" on his deliberations Monday after returning from Chicago for an address lo the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Talking with reporters aboard Ford's plane, tcrllorst first said it Is "looking more and more like It will be tomorrow (Tues- day) night .that's our work- ing plan." Dul later in the flight, he said the announcement could come as early as Tuesday after- noon, or as late as Wednesday evening. "We haven't nailed it he said. As speculation continued about Ford's choice, there were indi- cations he may select someone other than the two men most frequently mentioned as front- Rockefeller and George Bush. Rockefeller Rockefeller is the only possi- bility Ford haj publicly men- tioned. He did so in a statement Sat- urday afternoon amid a flurry of speculation surrounding what the White House said was an ef- fort by "right-wing extremists" to smear the former New York governor and destroy his chances. "President Ford has advised me that former governor Rock- efeller has been and remains under consideration for the vice-presidential Press Secretary Jerald terllorsl told reporters. Howard Hunt told tho New- York Times Sunday that, as far as he knew, the seven mysleri- ous cartons stored in his White House office after the Water- gate breakin contained hundreds of copies of a book- r f Greek Cypriots Storm Embassy Telcotioto BLAST SCENE "It resembles a wartime said Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, describ- ing the site of a huge chemical explosion that shook the city Saturday night. Five persons were injured and damage was estimated at million. 'Alphabet Bomber' Claims Blast Gazette Leased Wires LOS ANGELES- .The mys- terious bomber" who has ter- rorized this city with threats of violence has claimed responsi- bility for a weekend chemical explosion that leveled a city block in a downtown industrial section. Authorities had said earlier that the massive explosion which destroyed a warehouse and burned several buildings Saturday night was not caused by a bomb but by a chemical ignition. The search continued for the bomber. A thousand extra po- lice assigned to the Case have received more than 200 calls on the identity of Isaac Rasim, the foreign-accented man who now claimed responsibility tor plant- ing at least three bombs in the Los Angeles area, including the fatal Aug. 6 airport blast that killed three persons 'and injured 35 others. "Delinquent Leftovers" Rasim and his previously un- known group, "Aliens of Ameri- told the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in a telephone call Sunday that his group was responsible for a chemical blast Saturday in the parking lot of :he Interamerican Star Truck- ing and Warehouse Corp. The caller, identifying himself as Rasim, has frequently contacted the Herald-Examiner to make Cost Task Force Okayed by House WASHINGTON (UPI) The house Monday tentatively ap- iroved President Ford's cost of living task force. and 'inal congressional passage was expected before congress leaves or its Labor day recess late his week. The measure passed >y voice vote, but was subject :o a roll VIonday. call expected later The senate was also to begin debate late Monday. pronouncements on his siege of terror. "Our investigators (are look- ing into" Rasim's contention, said Police Cmdr. Peter Hagan. "They will confer with the Herald-Examiner people and we will have a statement as soon as we know something." The calm-speaking caller, be- lieved of Eastern Mediterranean extraction, told the newspaper: "Last night's work at 7th and Mateo is the delinquent left- overs of our activities one week ago. Our promise to keep (in- audible) clear of friends is in effect. And we want some public reaction on behalf of public representatives in order not to shorten those few days." No Explanation Rasim did not'explain in his latest communication how he could have detonated the chem- ical charge Saturday night. Three large buildings were destroyed and "windows were shattered for blocks around in the explosion which was felt 15 miles away. City fire officials estimated damage at million but one insurance investigator placed it at ?8 million. Five persons were injured. "I" for... Rasim has been nicknamed the alphabet bomber because of his claims that he set off ex- plosives connected with the let- ters of his group's name. He had indicated his next target would have some connection the third organization's name. "I" appears in Inter- american Star Trucking Co. The firm is located only blocks with the letter letter in his from the Greyhound bus depol where Friday night's bomb was planted. Police evacuated the Delta. Pacific Southwest AirJines and Hughes Air West passenger ter- minals at the Los Angeles Inter- national airport Sunday after receiving telephone calls oi planted bombs. The evacuation was a precau- tionary measure, spurred by a bomb explosion at the Pan American passenger terminal al the airport Aug. 6 that killed three persons and wounded 35 others. The Greyhound bus terminal, where a police bomb squad found a planted bomb in a locker Friday night, was also evacuated during the day after police received a call that an- By United Press International U.S. Ambassador Rodger Davies was killed Monday in a rain of submachinegun fire by gunmen who stormed the Amer- ican embassy in Cyprus under cover of a riot by 700 Greek tvpriots screaming against U.S. failure to stop the Turkish in- asion of the island. The gunmen wore the mili- tary-style uniforms favored by ioka-B, the Greek Cypriot guerilla organization that has 'ought for years to unite Cyprus .vith Greece, eyewitnesses said. Marine Guard Greek Cypriot President Glaf- cos Clerides said an unidentified U. S. marine guard also was rilled in a burst of sub- machinegun fire. Clerides rushed to the em- bassy to try to help and issued a statement deploring "this hei- nous crime." In Athens, Greek Premier Constantine Caraman- lis denounced the shooting ol Davies and said it will only adc to Greece's troubles over Cyprus. On the military front, Turkish forces with American-buil tanks slashed across the south em approaches to Nicosia in drive to cut off the landlockec capital from the sea despit U.S. criticism that the Turkisl offensive has gone too far. In Washington, Secretary o State Kissinger said Monday that he has received assurances from Premier Bulent Ecevi that Turkey is willing to nego- tiate a pullback from positions it holds on Cyprus. Kissinger said 'at a press con ference, "I have the understand ing it (the Turkish zone) coulc be reduced in size" through ne gotiations. In Athens, the commander-in chief of the Greek armed force and other top members of th army command were ouste Monday, the government an nounced. (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Democratic Reformers Walk Out Over Attempt To 'Gut' Charter KANSAS CITY (AP) Black and reform-minded p a r t y members abruptly ended the two-day conference of the Dem- o c r a t i c charter commission when they walked out over the issue of minority participation in the political process. The reform contingent and and creation of a judicial coun- cil. The dissident element vowed to return with reinforcements in December. Willie Brown, a black Califor- nia assemblyman, accused the party regulars of trying to "gut" the charter. ported by labor and led by Rep. Foley (D-Wash.) Iried to delete the section on participation in all party affairs. He argued il was improper for the national In Nicosia, UPI Corre epondent Michael Keats sai Davies was killed when a mo of 700 Greek Cypriots descende on the embassy at midday screaming "Kissinger! Kis singer! Get your Turkish friend: to help you The mob burned Secretary of State Kissinger in effigy and set fire to at least five cars in the embassy compound. The cars, blew up when flames reached their gasoline tanks, darkening the embassy area with clouds of thick black smoke. "Burn Them" The demonstrators burned the American flag, shouting, "Burn n d "NATO murderers of yprus." Gunmen sprayed the embassy ith submaehinegun fire. The loters cheered. U.S. marine guards inside the uilding fired over the heads of ie demonstrators and they roke and ran. Under the cover f the demonstrators, the gun- men stormed into the building. The embassy consul, David 'Owe, said there were about 10 mbassy officers and seven or ight local employes inside the mbassy when it was attacked. "We were with the ambas- ador in a corridor on the sec- nd floor. We were huddling lere. We were concerned about 'hether we were going to make Bowe said. Straight Down "Then a shot came straight own the corridor and killed the ambassador. "A Greek Cypriot girl also was killed and an elderly Cy- )riot man had a heart attack, le is in serious Bowe said. Clerides, who had been hold- ing a news conference when the riot started, rushed to the em- bassy. He entered the building wearing a gas mask against the tear gas. Clerides came out of the em- bassy at about the tune Davies' body was being brought out in a Landrover. Rushing to help, Clerides jumped onto the back of the vehicle as it careened out of the compound. President Ford expressed his shock at Davies' death and said the incident' emphasized the need for peace on the Mediter- ranean island. Davies, 53, a career foreign service officer, died of gunshot wounds in the chest, a state department spokesman, Paul Hare said in Washington. He said the bullets were fired from an automatic weapon. Just Arrived A native of Berkeley, Calif., and a former deputy assistant secretary of state for Middle Eastern affairs, Davies had ar- rived in Cyprus only a week (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) committee to dictate such a provision to state and Democrats. Rep. Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, a black congresswoman them down, as they burned local j Cyprus down." j Greek Cypriot policemen hurled tear gas grenades at the demonstrators in a futile effort about 50 liberals and moderates "All this is doing is projecting sympathetic to their complaints good vibes {or Republicans in walked out on Sunday after it Became evident that party "reg- from California, led reformers'to hold them back from the em- November and in 1976. We are going back to our respective communities and do whatever necessary to get delegates here in December. We went to Miami (the 1972 Democratic conven- tion) organized; we can go back in demanding inclusion of all minorities in party affairs and an affirmative action program to insure participation. bassy building. Still the mob came on, carry- ing banners reading "Mur- jderers, your mask has fallen" Rodger Davies Today's Index Comics .....................15 Crossword ..................15 Daily P.ccord ................3 Deaths ......................3 Editorial Features.......... 6 Farm .....................10 Financial ..................10 Marion ......................8 Movies ......................9 Society ......................5 Sports ...................11-13 State ........................4 Television ..................M Want Ads................17-21 ulars" would use a 30- to 40- vote advantage to forge changes in as many as four charter jrovisions that weren't expected lo be challenged. Their walkout left the session without the quorum required io and organize Brown continue business. said. Commission Chairman Terry; Sanford adjourned the meeting a few minutes later, ruling that the seven articles the commis- sion had not acted on would be Stacking Pressure j (Q sup. Sanford, a former North Caro-i port the party and who wish to lina governor, said Democratic} be known as Democrats" should be allowed to participate in "all Participation The most controversy came over an article dealing with party participation that had been drafted by a task force in C.R. Youth Falls to Death party chairman Robert Strauss was pressured by congressmen, labor leaders and some gover- nors to stack (he commission in favor of conservatives. "And I think there's any question he felt that Sanford said. Liberal elements suffered set- backs in articles they wanted concerning selection of a na- tional party chairman, the con- vening of mid-term conventions, party affairs-." The wording of the article resulted in long and involved maneuvers here. The so-called regulars, sup- Today's Chuckle Now there's a new computer that's asking for two circuit breaks a day. copyrioM Cedar Rapids John David Hunting, 19, a University of Iowa student from Cedar Rapids, was killed Sunday when he fell about 200 feet over a precipice in Gla- cier National park. The son of Mrs. Ralph D. NE, he had been working dur- ing the summer in the park. A national park service spokesman said the young Cedar Rapids man was climb- ing with three others when his hand apparently slipped on a boulder. The four were negotiating the Stoncy Indian pass in the extreme northeast area of the park, the spokes- man said. Hunting apparently slipped onto a snowficld, where he was unable to slow his fall and he then slid on over the edge of a cliff, the park ser- vice spokesman said. The body was recovered by a helicopter crew late Sunday and was taken to Browning, Mont., by the Glacier county coroner. Hunting's climbing com- panions were reported to be Bruce Harvey, Ken Fielder and Linda Linkbicner, who also were employes of Glacier Park Inc., a firm which operates lodges and other con- cessions in the park. Home addresses of the other climbers were not available. The park service spokesman said the four sot out early Sunday for some technical climbing on Mt. Cleveland, the highest point in the park. He: said the accident oc- curred about 8 a.m. at a spot a mile and a half southwest of Mt. Cleveland and seven miles south of the Canadian border. A lifelong resident of Cedar Rapids, Hunting was born July 28, 1955. He was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic church. In Washington high school he had been a member of the state championship swimming team and the National Honor society. He was an amateur photographer, and his work had been featured in several shows. Surviving in addition to his mother are four brothers, Danial B., Rochester, Minn., ami Thomas M., Lau- rence H. and Ralph llunt- all of Cedar Rapids. Services are pending lit Turner chapel east. Friends may, if they wish, make a contribution to the charity of their choice.   

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