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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- C'leur lo partly (Cloudy tonight and Friday. Lows loulgbl, 50. Highs Friday, low 70s. VOLUME 92 NUMBEllliT CITY FINAL 15 CENTS RAPIDS, IOWA, THURSDAY, AUGUST ASSOCIATED I'KESS, NEW YORK TIMES BLAST LEVELS HALF-BLOCK New Tactic Helps Curb Forest Fire HEMET, Calif. (DPI) Fire- fighters using Vietnam war technology gained the upper hand Thursday over an arson- set fire which had raced out of control through thousands of acres of brush timber and sent vacationers fleeing. For the first time in fircfight- ing annals, helicopter pilots wearing binocular-like eye- glasses that allowed them to see as well as in daylight made repeated water drops during the night. By dawn the U. S. forest ser- vice said the blaze was GO per- cent contained. No estimate was r ade for when full containment 1 as expected. County fire department and forest service helicopter pilots flew joint infrared scanning flights during the night for the first time in fire control. Use Starlight The glasses were devel oped during the Vietnam war to pick out the fire lines. They utilize the light from stars to en- able pilots to see clearly. An estimated men work ing 12-hour shifts were on the fire line Thursday. The blaze had burned through acres, much of it in steep mountain terrain, and had a pe- rimeter of 34 miles. More fhan persons were evacuated from campgrounds, resorts, a juvenile detention eamp and the mountain commu- nity of Pine Cove. Turned Back Firefighters were airlifted by helicopter over the flames anc rugged mountains to try to save the village of about 700 persons feet high on Indian moun- tain. The blaze was turned back only three miles from the town. ''The fire was definitely caused by said spokesman for the California division of forestry. "Investiga- tors found the match that began it one match on the Soboba Indian reservation." The blaze began Tuesday morning. Palm Springs, 20 miles east o the main fire area, was blanket ed in soot, smoke and a ligh dusting of ashes. "There's a gray carpet of ash on the sidewalks, and people an skimming it off their swimming said a Palm newsman. Ed Kibbey. Spring! "All Yellow" "We can't see the sun or thi Soys Ford Won't Ask Qne Tax Boost This Year WASHINGTON Pres-j When terHorst was asked it; hold.inS the I F0rd mjgnt propose a tax hike! next year, he responded that itf was "the sort of issue that as President always has before! him." "I think we'll have to wait' possibility of asking congress for an anti-inflation tax increase in 1975 but won't seek higher taxes this year, Press Secretary J. K. lerHorst said Thursday. tcrHorst announced that Ihci new Council of Wage and Price 13 Injured .lability will be headed by Pre- idential Counselor Kennel h Rush. Named lo serve under Rush m the cabinet-level panel were treasury Secretary William Simon, Agriculture Secretary 3arl Bulz, Commerce Secretary Dent, Labor Secre- .ary Peter Brcnnan, Budget Director Adviser added. Roy Ash, Consumer Virginia Knauer and 'residential Counselor Ann Armstrong. "No Plans" Asked if the President might seek a tax increase in a move to dampen inflationary pressures terHorst said, "At this time, the President has no plans for ask- ing for a tax increase." added that "it would be unrealistic" to expec congress to act on tax legisla tion in these waning weeks of its session. He very sec -what happens, CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Half a downtown block was left in flaming rubble Thursday a f t c r an explosion which claimed at least one life ripped through a ghetto area, leveling In another development relat- two nignt spots and a cnurch. n HVrH snnnnnnnrt Bill Signed :d to inflation, Ford announced ic has signed with some reluc- ance a ?4.5-billion public works appropriation for the fiscal year hat began July 1. Noting that the amount ex- ceeds the federal budget by million, he said he would ask congress to act under the new ludget reform law lo defer that amount of spending for one year. "I am strongly opposed to those he said, "be- cause they would intensify our injured. "I can confirm that they No. 1 problem In a news inflation." conference Wednesday, Ford signaled his readiness to accept congres- sional cuts in the defense budg- et while his administration seeks to prune spending by oth- er agencies in the effort to curb inflation. Charles Core and George Sigler After Their Marathon Voyage Wirepholo 53 Days at Sea sky or anything else" because! of the smoke HONOLULU (UPI) Two navy reserve pilots who wanted keep going were rescued Thursday, 120 miles short of :heir destination after spending 53 clays crossing the Pacific ocean in a rubber liferaft. George Sigler, 29, and Charles Gore, 27, both of Alameda, Calif., were picked up by a coast guard helicopter and brought to Honolulu. Despite 20 days without food and a brush with death when a storm capsized the raft off Mon- terey, Calif., both were in ex- cellent health and fully pre- pared to press on to the island of Kaui, 120 miles to the west. "We were just testing the sur- vival equipment we had de- Sigler said. "We an happy to say it was successful." 16-Foot Raft Their voyage was intended to prove that two men in a 16-foot rubber raft with simple survival gear but without food or water could not only survive but find their way across the ocean. The two reserve pilots lost 40 pounds apiece since they were towed out of the Golden Gate water made from a solar still man can challenge, and we did until the day before they were rescued, when they caught their first fish five dolphins. They lived in soaked clothing and slept and kept house in a six-by-three-foot space, always fearful that a wave would cap- size their raft again. "The sea can be a dangerous Gore mused. "But it is a capricious, danffcr. nr.e that unfurled their small sail Chuck Price of neighboring Palm Springs. "It's just all yel- low." "The smoke cover reduced the temperature by 10 degrees during the day." Kibbey said. The smoke could be seen in Bor- rcgo Springs, 50 miles south. Three firemen suffered minor injuries, including a broken ankle. The force included 12 air tankers, six helicopters, 92 pumper trucks and 26 bulldoz- ers. The highway patrol closed Ca- lifornia 243, the road from Idyll- wild to Banning, when the flames leaped the highway. An unoccupied two-story home was burned. Girl Scout Camp Eighty youths were trucked away from UicJTwin Pines (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) Today's Index and headed for Hawaii. Two days later they were nearly drowned when a giant wave capsized the raft and they spent two hours struggling to get back aboard. All their equipment and clothes were lost except a few emergency spares. Their only food energy came from three pieces of candy and one vitamin C pill a day for the first 40 days. Out of Candy Then they ran out of pills and candy and existed solely on Burger Refuses To Delay Trial For Ehrlichman WASHINGTON (AP) Chief Justice Burger has rejected a bid by former presidential aide John Ehrlichman for a delay in the start of the Watergate cover-up trial. Ehrlichman, one of six de- endants in the case, had .re- quested the trial be put off un- after Jan. 1. He argued he needed more time to prepare lis defense and that he could not get a fair trial so Soon be cause of publicity. In denying Ehrlichman's re- quest Wednesday, Burger said lis decision was "not to be tak- en as intimating any view what- ever on this issue presented by he order of the district courl or the action of the court of ap- peals." .Burger added that "Doubts about the correctness of a dis- trict court decision fixing a rial date in these circum- stances, particularly after the court of appeals 'has reviewed Comics Crossword Daily Record Deaths iftlilnrinl Features Farm Financial Marion Movies Society Spcrls Stiile............. Television Wiuit Ads ....30 ....SO .....3 8 .20 ....31 ....14 26 16-18 21-25 28 Nixon Gets Subpoenas WASHINGTON f AP) A sub- poena for Richard Nixon's testi- mony in the Watergate cover-in: trial has been delivered per- sonally to Nixon, a justice dc- p a r I m c n t spokesman said Thursday. Spokesman John Wilson said a representative of the U. S. marshal service served the sub- poena at p.m. PDT Wednesday nl San Clcmcntc. Wilson said Nixon also was served with a subpoena seeking ;i deposition in a civil sui brought by 21 persons alleging they were illegally prevcnlct froin attending a Nixon speed in Charlotte, N. C., in 1972. Wilson declined to identify the agent who served the subpoenas but said Ihey were hand delivered. :hat. AVe hope that what we did will save :the lives of future castaways." "Everything we said was re- lated to Sigler said. "Every night we dreamed about food. I always dreamed of pan- cakes covered with syrup." Wanted Landfall They navigated with a wrist- watch. they said they did not know the coast guard upon instruc- tions from the navy was look- ing for them. "As this was an official navy medical experiment" Sigler said, "we understood why they wanted us to terminate it, but we wanted to make a landfall. "It was a slight misunder- standing. We were going to go on since we had caught those fish and we felt ecstatic about that. "We understood the navy wanted to get us into the hospi- tal to complete their part of the experiment, and also we wanted to do it too as we were interest- ed in knowing what happened to our bodies on the trip." Their Thoughts After surviving the big wave, Sigler said, "in our own minds we were both thinking of ter- minating the experiment, but we didn't tell each other. "We were both thinking that, if we turned over on the second day out, what was going to hap- pen the rest of the II On Inflation, Rocky Like Picnic Skunk" Proxmire he matter are not suf- 'icient to form a basis for con- rary action by circuit justice." an individual WASHINGTON (AP) When it comes to being a potential head- of the government anti- inflation drive, Nelson Rocke- feller's shortcomings "stand out like a skunk at a family Sen. Proxmire (D-Wis.) said Thursday. President Ford made no refer- ence at his news conference Wednesday to such an assign- ment for his vice-presidential nominee, but Proxmire said there have been reports this would be the first big job given Rockefeller. The senator called the former New York governor "an ex- cellent choice" for vice- president. But he said "Rockefeller will have lo reverse his field with a vengeance" at a time "when the country needs the kind ol economic leadership that calls for restraint in public spending across the board." "As governor, Rockefeller sponsored a huge public works program largely for highways, ran up the state's public debt, exploited federal spending pro- grams and increased taxes mammoth 500 saic the senator. Proxmire, vice-chairman ol the senate-house economic com- mittee, questioned whethci Rockefeller, with his inherited wealth, his reputation as a mili- tary hawk and his associations with big business, was suited to Kidnaper Negotiation In Mexico Ruled Out GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) The government said Thursday that it "will not negoti- ate with the kidnapers of the 83- year-old father-in-law of Mex- ico's president because it "does not make deals with criminals." Officials would not comment n a report the kidnapers de- manded million and release of political change for of the People's Armed Revolu- m ex- prisoners Jose Guadalupe Ztmo Hernandez. The kidnaping on a busy street in the middle of the na- tion's second largest city was the most daring action in a long string of guerilla activities in Mexico in the last two years. It put President Luis Echever- ria in. a tough spat since he had repeatedly said the government would not negotiate with kid- have when their ransom demands were not met. Beaten To Ground The police and army set up roadblocks at major junction; and on the leading out of Guadalajara after Zuno was seized at a.m. Wednesday at one of the city's busiest inter- sections, a few blocks from the Jalisco state government head- quarters. napers. The guerillas killed several persons Witnesses armed with said foui- pistols and sub- machine guns pulled Zuno and his chauffeur from their car beat the chauffeur lo the ground, bundled Zuno into an- other car and sped away, spray ing the area with tear gas. One report said notes left h various parts of the city iden lead a fight against inflation. tified the kidnapers as members 12-Year-Old Slaying Says He "Killed the Wrong Ones" PHOENIX (UPI) Police arrested the captain of a sheriff's posse Wednesday for killing 20-year-old sweethearts in an execution-style murder that has baffled investigators for more than 12 years. The suspect's estranged wife said he told her he was as- signed by the U. S. army lo kill two people in 1902 but "got the wrong ones." William Macumbor, 39. was charged with the- killings of Joyce Slerrcnberg of Scolls- dale, and her fiance, James McKillop of Phoenix. Their bodies were found in the desert north of Scotlsdalc May 24, 19112, by children. Kadi had been shot twice in the head with a pistol. Miss Slerrcnberg had not been mo- lested, and was left on the Ixxlics. Months of investigation and an offer of a reward turned up no clues and the motive remained a mystery. Macumbcr. an employe of Honeywell, Inc., is captain of the Maricopa county sheriff's posse, a volunteer organiza- tion that aids in desert and mountain search and rescue work, lie joined it eight months ago. The members are not regular sheriff's of- ficers. Mrs. Macumbcr is n secre- tary in the sheriff's office. Phoenix Detectives Gordon Hunsakcr and Joe Ricger said she told them that, the night the couple was killed, her hus- band came home covered with blood. She said he told her he had gone hunting and stopped to help occupants of a stalled car, who beat him up. She said that four months ago he told he killed Mc- Killop and Miss Sterrcnbcrg, the detectives said. He told her that at the time of the shooting he was working for the army criminal invesliga- tion division and was assigned lo kill two persons, but killed the wrong ones. (The army (III) investigates criminal offenses and is not involved with espionage or se- cret operations, and docs not p e r o r m summary execu- tions.) Mrs. Macumbcr said that now that they are getting a divorce she for her life because of the knowledge she had, the detectives said. Sheriff Paul Blubaum said "prints found on the hood of the car at the scene of the slayings and those taken from Macumbcr matched." The parents of the dead cou- ple say a person unknown lo them has frequently left flow- ers OH the sweethearts' adjoin- ing graves. ionary Front, which .kidnaped U. S. Consul-General Terrance Leonhardy last year. The state government deniec this, but the denial was suspec state officials issued false denial of a similar repor ,vhen Leonhardy was kidnaped. Once Governor Echeveria's wife flew to Gua Guadalajara to te with her fam ,ly as soon as word of the kid naping reached Mexico City. Zuno. a veteran member ol the left wing of the party that has ruled Mexico since 1929 was once mayor of Guadalajara and was governor of Jalisco state in the mid-1920s. He is a retired army general and has leld several appointive govern- ment posts in the state. Kidnaping, robbery, killings and other crimes attributed to 'uerillas have become so fre quent in Guadalajara that police lave imposed a 1 a.m. curfew on bars, nightclubs and restau rants. Many business men an( politicians vary their routes to and from work, carry guns or have hired bodyguards. Two Groups Two guerilla groups known to be operating in Gua- dalajara, apparently indepen- dently. They arc the Revolu- tionary Front, Leonhardy found at least one .body in the said Police Sgt. Ronald Burnett. "That's all I know right now." The victim, a man, was not immediately identified. The body was discovered as workmen began searching the rubble of four buildings which were ravaged by fire following the early-morning blast. Flames or hours had kept firemen and olice from beginning a thor- ugh search for victims. None Critical None of the known injured vas hurt critically. "This is the first ;aid Mayor Robert Walker. may be others but we ust don't know yet." There were 20 customers at a nearby restaurant at the time of he blast and one customer said Tiany of them were hurt. I'm sure it was not a bomb, Dut I don't 'know just exactly what, caused Fire Chief Harry Jett said. The blast destroyed the Star- ight Lounge, the Cactus Club, which released on payment of and freeing of 30 politi- cal prisoners, and the 23rd of September Communist League. The League kidnaped a young millionaire and the honorary British consul on the same day last October, killed the million- aire and released the consul unharmed although no ransom was paid. The League, which takes its name from the date of a 1971 battle in Guadalajara between police and students, has also been active elsewhere in Mex- ico, especially in Monterrey. It is thought to have its roots in the University of Guadalajara, which Zuno founded. Ford Asking For Nixon Transition WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Ford asked congress Thursday for a supplemental appropriation of lo help finance Richard Nixon's transi- tion from Chief Executive to private citizen. Of the total, will pro- vide funds for transfer costs. The additional would pay for Nixon's annual pension of the salaries of his of- fice staff and related expenses. 3t 3am.es Baptist church and a barber shop. Patrolman Don Weller, his eyes reddened and watering from the smoke, stood in front of the burning rubble., Boy Crying His uniform was ripped, scorched and covered with dirt. A splotch of blood covered his nose. "We just started lie said. "We could hear that lit- tle boy crying." He said he found a woman and her young son pinned under debris about 30 feet back into the rubble of what had been the second-story of a building. Weller, 28, was making his rounds about a.m. when the explosion came. He and Rick Winn were the first policemen. OR the scene. "The two officers were up here almost said Police Chief Jerry Pitts. "They pulled six people out before the firemen got here." The boy and the woman "were all covered up. And it was burning on Weller said. He said he managed to re- move them and they were taken to the hospital. Cars Damaged Cars parked in the street were severely damaged by flying debris. A pile of bricks smashed a new Cadillac down to its wheel hubs. All up and down Ninth street, a main downtown artery, store windows were broken. Across the street from the blast, every window was blown from the front of a three-story apartment building frames and all. Broken bottles from several liquor stores in the area were strewn about. Police milled about to keep looters away. The blaze was confined to the main blast area. "There were three or four [people scattered in the street, 'blown out onto the street, blown out or carried said Fire Lt. Herbert Parker, one of the lirst on the scene. Ex-Commander Dies' SAN JOSE, Calif. ,iel Hepburn, 73, former na- tional commander of the Salva- tion Army, died Wednesday after a heart attack. Today's Chuckle Ono of the sad facts about vacations is that most resort spots don't feature the same gals that were in the ads. Coiivrlo'il   

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