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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- Chance of rain Mon- day night. Lows mid 50s. I'artly cloudy Tui-s- day with highs in Ihe low 80s. VOLUMK te _ CKUAK KAI'IIXS. IOWA, MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 1974 CITY FINAL 15 CENTS ASSOCIATED I'KKSS, .NEW YORK TIMES RING TIGHTENS CONVICTS Pact Signed By Guinea, Portages .ALGIERS (AP) Portugal began the liquidation of its re- bellious African empire Monday by signing a grant of independ- ence for its colony of Portugu- ese Guinea. Secret talks on the agreement began here last week. It was signed by Portuguese Foreign Minister Mario Soares and Major Pedro Fires of the rebel movement in the West African African Party for the Independence of Guinea and the Cape Verde Islands. The Portuguese news agency Ani, in a report from the colony, said the two sides agreed to declare it independent as of Sept. 12. U.N. Admission The Lisbon government told the U.N. Aug. 11 of Portugal's intention to grant the colony in- dependence and support Guin- ea's admission to the world body. The insurgent movement, which began a guerilla war for independence in 1961, plans to call the new nation the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. The nationalist leaders made a unilateral declaration of in- dependence last September and formed a provisional govern- ment headed by President Louis Cabral. Soares traveled to Algiers Thursday to iron out details of the transfer. The main stum- bling Hock bad-been the status of the Cape Verde islands. People The liberation group had in- sisted on immediate indepen- dence for the strategically-locat- ed islands off Africa's west coast. Portugal had favored de- laying independence. The Islands will not immedi- ately become part of Guinea- Bissau but Portugal pledged to hold a referendum on them. Portuguese Guinea, a triangle of land with a population of about is the poorest of Portugal's African territories. The Cape Verde Islands, in the Atlantic some 400 miles off the coast, have a population of about Portugal has promised to ne- gotiate independence for its two other African territories Mo- zambique and Angola ending more than five centuries of co- lonial rule in Africa. The Guinea talks followed last spring's military coup that ended more than four decades of right-wing dictatorship in Portugal and reversed the gov- ernment's policy of holding onto its African empire. Ford Sets Five Goals For Economic Summit WASHINGTON (APj .summit and of his i'lent I-'ord has set five goals for'plans to cut the budget. economic conference next But said the new month that he hopes will <le-jm0nitoring agency might have vclop ways to deal with influence over wages and but "I am not for the In a lengthy session Monday! jawboning that is in this agency, with his cabinet and economic} I think that sort of threat to the advisors- to lay the groundwork American economy will ad fdr thn fnrthpnminrr enmmif in crti-nn r nt urderous STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) Heavily armed state troopers itualiy anc' Texas Rangers mounted on for the forthcoming some cases increase pricesjhorseback surged into rugged I-'ird set these goals: than decreasing them." To clarify the nation's present economic condition. To identify the causes of the present inflation. To develop a consensus, if Ptioto by Duane Crock His Last Welcome for Students It was back to school Monday for students in the Cedar Rapids Community school district, and stu- dents at Madison school, 1341 Woodside drive NW, were welcomed back with this sign. Harry Clark, building engineer, is shown finishing putting the sign in place, while Principal Clarence B. Luvaas looks on. Luvaas started a custom of placing the sign when he was principal at Erskine school before being transferred to Madison last year. This was his last chance to follow the custom, since he is retiring at the end of the school year. C.R. Living Costs Rise 3% in Quarter, Jump 11.3% for Year Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids' cost of living continued to soar upward during the second quarter, increasing three percent the same as the national rate of price increases. The metropolitan Cedar Rapids consumer price index now stands at 140.4 (January, 1967, equals up 11.3 per- cent in the last year. During the same year's time, gross weekly earnings for the average Cedar Rapids factory worker rose to However, the rapid rise in prices resulted in a loss of pur- chasing power of a week compared to a year ago. Transportation From April to July, according to the report prepared by the department of labor and Iowa State university extension, average weekly earnings de- clined ?6.05 largely because of Iowa Electric Seeks Second Rate Increase in 4 Months Cedar Rapids Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. Monday filed an application for a million increase in present electric rates, the sec- ond in four months. The application was filed with the Iowa Stale commerce com- mission as an amendment to an eleclric rate application filed last April. Duane Arnold, chairman of the board and president of Iowa Electric, said the amend- ment would increase electric revenues about 9.66 percent over the rate schedules now in effect. IE customers were in- formed of the application in let- ters mailed Monday. 'Reluctant' Arnold said the company filed for Ihe rate increase very reluc- tantly, but was forced In do so by economic conditions. "This inquest was filed so thai we caii inccl Ihe continu- ing, unprecedented increases in costs of all kinds that arc plagu- ing the ulilily Arnold said. "'Hie .soaring costs include labor, materials, services, and in particular, interest. The enor- mous increase in the interest cost for borrowed money must be paid to attract investment in the company. 'Necessity' "These investments are an absolutee necessity if we are to maintain the high quality of ser- vice that our customers need and deserve. We provided that high quality service this sum- mer when the most prolonged hot spell since 1936 resulted in peak demands for electric ser- vice. Our company successfully mot those demands." Arnold said that IE has always worked to keep rates (he lowest practicable level. "We are extremely proud of our record of having reduced electric rales five times during Ihe 1960s when our cosls were he said. "The increase we seek today places our residential rales at about the same level as they were in 1954. Now, as our cosls increase, we must pass them on to he able lo continue providing (Continued: Col. fi.) fewer hours worked in July than April. Transportation costs were up 7.2 percent in the mid-April to mid-July period, and now stand 15.8 percent above a year ago. Higher prices for gas, oil and used cars account for the big increase. Food costs actually dropped 1.2 percent in the quarter, but are still 12.4 percent higher than a year ago. Sales Tax The decline was attributed to the removal of the three percent sales tax from food. Since the price survey was made in mid- July, the sales price removal was applied to the full quarter. Meat, poultry and fish prices showed a substantial decline over the past quarter and year. Fruit and vegetable prices continued their rapid price rise begun last fall, while dairy product prices dropped from April to July, but remain well above year ago levels. Housing costs in Cedar Rapids jumped 4.3 percent in the quarter, up 11.3 percent from a year ago. Home ownership costs, utilities and interest rates were major contributors to the big hike. Apparel Mixed Apparel costs showed mixed trends, with men's and boys' clothing prices up and women's and girls' down. Overall, the category was up 1.6 in the quarter, and 9.5 percent above a year ago. For the year, the costs for ap- parel, transportation and health and recreation rose faster in Cedar Rapids than the nation as a whole. Other local increases were less than the national average. Cedar Rapids Last Last Group All Items 3.0% Qtr. Year Food -1.2 Housing 4.3 Apparel Transportation Health and Rec. Group All Items Food 1.6 7.2 3.7 11.3% 12.4 11.3 9.5 15.8 8.3 U.S. Average Last Last Qtr. Year Housing........ Apparel Transportation Health and Rec. 3.0% 1.2 3.4 1.3 6.1 3.4 11.8% 13.9 12.4 7.6 14.3 8.2 Today's Chuckle In spite of jets, missiles, rockets and such, the re- search and development ex- perts have yet to invent some- thing that goes faster than a week of vacation. copyright Leaders of Factions on Cyprus Meet By United Press International Turkish and Greek Cypriol community leaders Monday met for the first time since fighting began on Cyprus six weeks ago and agreed to meet once a week to continue their dialogue, U.N. Secretary General Waldheim said. "They have agreed to meet once a week on Waldhtim told newsmen lafter a 35-minute meeting between Cyp- rus President Glafkos Clerides, leader of the Greek community, and Rauf Denktash, the nominal vice-president o f Cyprus and leader of the Turks. Waldheim emerged from the meeting in a tin-corrugated U.N. army hut with Denktash on the left and Clerides on his right. They shook hands with each other and Waldheim be- fore leaving. "We had a very fruitful meet- ing. We discussed humanitarian Waldheim told news- men. He said the talks showed the "good intentions of both leaders." "I feel this good beginning in this field will help contribute to a political solution to the Cy- prus the Austrian statesman said. Earlier Waldheim met separ- ately with Clerides and Denk- ,ash. The two leaders approach- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) I possible, on basic policies to deal with inflation. To consider new and realistic approaches to the inflation prob- .em. To define hardship areas re- quiring immediate action. Press Secretary Jerald ter- Horst said Ford plans to devote as much of his time as he can to the summit scheduled for Sept. 27 and 28. "The last thing he wants is a cosmetic treatment of this mat- terHorst said, adding that the summit will have full press and television coverage. News Conference Since inflation is a problem affecting everyone in America the President wants to involve everyone in the effort to fine solutions, terHorst said. Ford announced he will 'hole his first presidential news con- ference on Wednesday. It will be a full-scale televisec session, with questioning expect- ed to give him a chance to dis- cuss what his administration will do about the growing infla- tion. Before meeting with the cabi- net, Ford called in economic counselor Kenneth Rush and his newly-named conference execu- tive director, William Seidman an accountant and longtime Ford friend from Grand Rapids. Later Talks Aides said the President wil! have talks later in the week with academic, labor and busi- ness representatives and outside economists'on preliminary phases of the summit confer- ence. He got support for his anti- controls stand Sunday from three leading business men, bul a bit of unfavorable comment about the new Council on wage and price stability from an economist for former Presidenl Nixon. The three against re-imposi- tion of controls were Arthur Wood, board chairman anc chief executive officers ol Sears, Roebuck and Co.; 0. Pendleton Thomas, president and chief executive officer ol the B. F. Goodrich Co., anc Frank Milliken, president of Kennecott Copper Corp. Appearing on ABC's Issues and Answers, the three agreed that the country is not heading into a serious recession. "It's a Milliken said. Grayson View Wood predicted "inflation will taper off toward the end of the year." C. Jackson Grayson, who members of the press who trav- eled with him as vice-president. He heard the Rev. Patricia 'ark, 27, deacon of Immanuel :hurch-on-the-Hill i n Alex- andria, Va., preach a sermon in beaded the Federal Price Com- mission under Nixon, said he approves of Ford's calling of an ranch country Monday after 'spotting three escaped convicts wanted in a bloody three-state Taking a day off from the of- crjme ice Sunday, the President went o church played 18 holes of Tne search, being conducted and relaxed at a party with vith bloodhounds, was inten- sified after an officer using bin- iculars spotted the three walk- ng along the bank of a creek, .vhich is a tributary of the South 'ork and Bosque rivers. The convicts escaped from a Colorado penitentary and have which she expressed her anger, 'rustration and confusion over the Episcopal Church con- troversy about ordination of women as priests. Asked how he felt on the issue in his church, Ford said: "I don't think I should comment until I know more about it.' Arriving at Burning Tree golf course in Bethesda, Md., he dis- covered his clubs had been left at the White House. They were (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) ies Fear 3 Died In Hotel Fire BERKELEY SPRINGS, W. Va. (AP) Workmen searching the smoldering rubble of a down- town hotel recovered another body Monday, one of the remain- ing victims of a fire which auth- orities believe claimed 13 lives. Nine bodies were remove( from the ruins of the Washing- ton House hotel, a picturesque old brick structure which had served almost a century as a lodging place for tourists who bathed in the city's mineral springs. Assistant State Fire Mar- shall R. Randall Hall said the blaze is believed to have start- ed in the restaurant area on the first floor and then fanned out throughout the hotel. Rescue workers spent Sunday night searching for bodies in the four-story structure, believed to be about 75 years old. Damage was estimated at More than 100 firemen from West Virginia, Virginia, Mary- land and Pennsylvania fought the fire. Six firemen, one observer and two hotel guests were given emergency room treatment at Morgan county War Memorial hospital, officials said. Another firemen and six guests were ad- mitted to the hospital, but two of those were released later Sunday. J. Richard Hawvermale, a Berkeley county planner, said 23 persons were in the building at the time the fire broke out and 10 made it out safely. Kenny Butts, a Berkeley Springs volunteer fireman, was one of the first to arrive. "With- in a couple of minutes it was all he said. "We couldn't get into Ihe building." Find Widespread Monoxide Peril Levels CHICAGO (AP) Re- searchers said Monday that nearly half of all nonsmoking Americans have' dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in their blood. And for those who smoke cigarcls, the problem is even more severe, the researchers at the Medical college of Wis- consin found. The .study, contained in Monday's issue of the Journal of Ihe American Medical Assn., reports on a 30-monlh survey during of blood donors living in urban, suburban and rural areas. Automobile exhaust is a major source of environ- mental carbon monoxide. High levels of the noxious gas are especially harmful to the el- derly, infants and heart pa- tients. Federal standards set blood concentrations of 1.5 percent or more of carbon monoxide as the harmful level. The study was done by Dr. Richard Stewart and his as- sociates in the department of environmental medicine at the Milwaukee college. They found (hat 45 percent of (hose tested had concentra- tions of carbon monoxide ex- ceeding the federal standard. They also found that "tobac- co smoking was Ihe single most important factor" re- sponsible for the highest con- centrations of carbon monox- ide. Smokers had three or more times the amount in their blood as nonsmokers. High levels of the gas re- duce the amount of oxygen the blood can carry through the body. It can cause drowsiness, blurred vision and reduced mental alertness. Extremely high levels in confined places can be fatal. Geographical location, oc- cupation and meteorological conditions also were found to influence f.irbon monoxide concentrations in the blood. Three-fourths of those stud- ied in Denver, IAS Angeles and Chicago had greater than 1.5 percent concentrations. In New York and Washington, D.C., 35 percent were mea- sured at that level. The researchers found (hat city dwellers consistently had higher blood carbon monoxide concentrations than persons living in suburban and rural areas. Among occupational groups, tiixicab drivers generally had higher levels of carbon mon- oxide than others. The researchers remarked that the most relevant finding of their study was "the as- tounding observation that 45 percent of all the nonsmoking blood donors tcslod" had car- bon monoxide levels greater than 1.5 percent. They also said it was "sur- prising" to find that the smaller towns in New Hamp- shire and Vermont had atmo- spheric concentrations above permissible levels. Here are percentages of nonsmokers found lo have ele- vated levels of carbon monox- ide in their blood at other locales in the study: Anchorage, 56; 42; Honolulu, 39; Houston. 30; Miami, 33; Milwaukee, 26; New Orleans, 59; Phoenix, 2-1; St. Louis, 35; .Salt Lake City, 27; San Francisco, 61; Seattle, 55; Vermont and New Hamp- shire, IS. jeen engaging in a campaign of revenge in New Mexico and Texas against witnesses at their triab. "All we've got to do is get said Dist. Atty. Bob Glasgow. Officers guarded the north part of Stephenville the direc- tion from which the three would come if they headed for this small central Texas city. Sealed Off The convicts were Texas highway 108 leading north from Stephenville into an area which had been sealed off. The trio had also been sighed there at 2 a.m. Sunday, but eluded officers then. Pledging revenge and carry- ing a death list of those who helped send them to jail, the three Colorado convicts shot their way across north Texas, leaving behind two dead, five wounded, two kidnap and rape victims and several wrecked and abandoned cars. The three-day, 150-mile jour- ney of murder and random vio- lence was halted early Sunday 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth along a seldom traveled dirt road. Their stolen car smashed into an embankment near a farm windmill and the three escaped on foot into thick underbrush familiar to at least one of the convicts. State and local police, includ- ing a half dozen Texas rangers, jatrolled the perimeter of the ive-mile-wide thicket through- out the warm but sometimes rainy night, but there were no reported sightings of the es- caped convicts. The trio, who escaped from the Colorado State penitentiary at Canon City, Colo., Thursday, ivcre identified as Dalton Wil- liams, 29, Snyder, Texas, Jerry Ulmer, 22, Garland, Texas, and Richard Magnum, 22, Denver. Rugged Area The area where they were jelieved hiding is sparsely pop- ulated and rugged and well mown to Ulmcr. "He once lived down ;rath county Dist. Atty. Bob Glasgow said. "His brother said le had deer-hunted every inch of it." Ulmer was serving a life scn- ,ence in Colorado for murder and Williams was on an indeter- minate sentence for armed rob- bery and assault. Magnum was serving three to five years for joy riding, a form of auto theft. The three placed sluffed dum- mies in their bunks Thursday and then breached the wall. The violence began after they stole a car in Colorado and worked (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) Today's Index Comics Crossword......... Daily Record Deaths Editorial Features Farm Financial Marion Movies Society Sports Slate Television Want Ads.......... 17 17 3 G 12 18 5 10 13-16 1 II