Monday, September 9, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- I'artly cloudy tonight mid Tuesday. Lows to- night, COs. Tues- day, jnid sun.i VOLUME OZ-NUMI3EK CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CI5DAR RAPIDS, IOWA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES ANGRY Hurricane Devastates NEW ORLEANS cane Carmen has sputtered out and dispersed over Louisiana and Texas after leaving three dead and ravaging the Loui- siana sugar cane crop. But the storm did far less damage than officials had feared. Authorities said about refugees remained in. evacua- tion, centers early Monday. But thousands of others returned home as the storm disintegrated after missing the state's major population centers. Anxious Hours Carmen, packing winds gust- ing up to 180 miles per hour, had been heading straight north for New Orleans. But it stalled for five anxious hours early Sunday, then veered westward through marshland and hit La- fayette about dawn. It was downgraded to a tropical storm soon afterward. A lineman for Central Loui- siana Eleclric Co. was found on Sunday, hanging in downed power lines. An 11-year-old boy was electrocuted after the storm when he rode his bicycle over live wires. And a man died in a storm-related traffic accident. Much of the state's sugar cane crop lay in Carmen's path. Gov. Edwin Edwards, who loured the state by airplane Sunday, estimated that 75 per- cent of the crop was destroyed at, a cost of million. Gil- bert Durbin, vice-president and general manager of the Ameri- can Sugar Cane League, gave the same mii'Jwi estimate, but said it represented only 20 percent of the total crop. The disparity was not explained. Sugar Damage The governor added: "The damage to the sugar cane ap- pears to be the only significant damage resulting from the hur- ricane." Red Cross officials estimated they had housed refugees at the height of the storm early Sunday. Edwards said he would not request President Ford to de- clare the state a disaster area immediately. He said a study would be made to find the best kind of aid to ask for farmers who suffered losses. Weather Bureau forecaster Bill Crouch said that a cool, dry high pressure system moving slowly to the east was respon- sible for the change in path and (Continued: Page II, Col. 8.) Press Secretary Quits IBI Protest; Controversy Rages WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Ford's unconditional par- don of Richard Nixon has pushed his fledgling administra- tion into the backwash of Water- gate, ruptured his rapport with congress and sparked the pro- test resignation of a top aide. Ford's disclosure of "a free, full and absolute pardon" for Nixon for any criminal conduct during his presidency was fol- lowed within minutes by a Nixon statement of remorse at Vietnam Amnesty Off Indefinitely' WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford has postponed indefinitely his decision on conditional amnesty for Viet- nam-era deserters and draft resistors because Ihe wants more time to consider the complex problem, but there is no change from his previous- ly announced belief Ithat there should be case-by-case review, Deputy Press Secretary John Hushen said Monday. President Ford Signs Full Pardon for Former President Nixon Wlrephoto Evel Blames Bolts for Short Jump TWIN FALLS, Idaho Stuntman Evel Knievel says a weakness in the metal holding the parachute system in place was responsbile for his rocket ride into the Snake river canyon rather than over it. "There was a metal Knievel told a pews conference Sunday night i less than four hours after he (was lifted by helicopter from rocks at the base of the 690-foot canyon. "To lose a beautiful river and canyon like this to me is not a (Photos on Picture Page) real said Knievel, the cuts on his right cheek and lip standing out as red lines on his tan face. The chutes began deploying even as the red, white and blue Sky-Cycle cleared the launch ramp Sunday, (pulling the mis- sile back like a yank on a shirt collar. Canyon Bottom The vehicle iwas halted before it had traveled half the needed distance, and seconds later Knievel was on the canyon bot- tom, the bloodied survivor of yet another fall. Wircphnto CARMEN DAMAGE station at- tendant Tim Carter, of Franklin, La., rests his foot on gas pump that was blown over by Hurricane Carmen Sunday. The storm tore away half of his station. Despite the failure of the stunt, probably the most widely publicized in history, Knievel was assured million anc stood to earn 'much more from proceeds of a live closcd-circuil telecast and related deals. Promoters of the telecast hac been predicting the total take could reach million, but they said Sunday evening that it would be at least 24 hours before ticket sales were known. Asked if he would attempt tile stunt again, Knievel re- sponded, "I don't know what I'm going to do. I sat in it and gave it my best." "iMetal Fatigue" In a late night telephone call to television station KUTV in Salt Lake City, Knievel said that "metal fatigue" had caused bolts holding a canister con- taining the parachutes to sheer off when 'the engine fired, send- ing the chutes spilling out be- hind. The surprise call from Kni- evcl's motel room here was to a talk show, "Take hosted by John Prince with newsman Bruce Northcott, which fea- tured videotapes of the abor- tive jump. During the conversation, Kni- evel stressed that he had not nadvertently activated the parachute explana- :ion offered for the mishap. Earlier, just after his rescue, ,he dazed Knievel walked back .oward the launch ramp and said, "The machine was going sideways on me. I tried to steer it. I just don't know what :iappened." The steam-powered Sky-Cycle was to have traveled feet at 300 miles per hour, enough to carry it well beyond the op- losite canyon rim, feet away. Veered Right Eighteen seconds after launch, Knievcl was to have thrown the ever deploying the chutes to carry the missile earthward. In- Today's Index Comics.....................18 Crossword ..................18 Dally Record ................3 Deaths Editorial Features Kami Financial Marion Movies Society Sports State Television Want Ads.......... ....19 .....9 ...17 ....10 ..13-16 .11 .21-25 sieaa, me vemcie jurcnea upward for nine seconds ms custom -DUUI black cane, Knievel walked veered to the right. Then, the metal fences sur- feet in the air, it the launch area lo downward and began the hands with his assembled ing, nose-first descent "You are the living hushed the thousands of one group cried out to lookers. figure in the slars-and- Pushed by a brisk north jump suit. the cycle glanced off a his telephone call to KUTV, shelf and onto rocks about cautioned adventurous feet from the Snake river, "Maybe because I it came to rest right side this jump, young children Knievcl said that piece of realize that even (with the saved his help in the 'world, maybe Even for skeptics, is not (he thing lo do." attempt to hurtle himself of the stunt had the canyon was predicted a turn- dangerous and suspenseful. of but less than half the Mnotana born number appeared to be on stuntman carried off the Twin Falls county Sheriff with characteristically Corder estimated the at Tight Money Eased, Officials By Edwin on very short term loans New York Tlmoi one bank to another. WASHINGTON High Federal Reserve officials have the week ending July 3 this out of their way to point out, was at its peak of 13.6 per- he first time, that the Then it began to fall ir- lighly restrictive monetary and by last week it cy has already been eased to down to 11.5 percent. significant degree. They add that no "substantial" that is where we want it easing should be said a high official, These comments from that it was not a mar- authoritative Federal aberration of some kind that sources came shortly after a reduced the rate. majority of economists, conservative as well as liberal, agreed at the White House Gear mit" meeting with President Ford last Thursday that New time had come for a Hazard easing of the tight money Cedar Rapids youths "We've been ahead of an obstacle at the said a high tee of the Ellis golf course Money market afternoon, and it lave presumably sensed a sand trap, water has been happening since or rough. delicate easing process started in about mid-July. But the stole their golfing eral Reserve itself has silent until Dietzman, 15, of 441 Specifically, last week when street NW, and Randy seemingly technical change 1G, of 814 Owen made in bank reserve NW, left their golf carls ments on large certificates Ihe 13th tee while (hey put- deposit, the Federal on Ihe I2lh green. played down in its they returned, the nent any possible "easing" valued at was ects of the move. Now high icials say openly that the lost worlh of was intended to be a step including a golf ward set of left-handed clubs, The major evidence cited balls, and a spare pair of officials to show that policy shoes. eased already is the also lost of the key "federal funds" of equipment, including est rale, the only rate that carl, bag, golf balls, Federal Reserve virtually con-Imk hv its nriiftiK Thk k an extra pair of golf slhvs "my mistakes over Watergate." And, in the ensuing hours, there were these major disclo- sures and developments: Jerald terHorst, a close Ford friend and adviser, quit as White House press secretary ale Rockefeller, hailed it as an ict of compassion and courage. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield suggested Mon- ay that the special Watergate jrosecutor disregard the par- Ion. The prosecutor, Mansfield old the senate, "has an obliga- ion to take whatever action he ;ees fit in conformity with his lath of office and that should nclude any and all individuals." Ford encountered the first ma- or public protest to his admini- tration in Pittburgh crowd of several hundred rersons chanting "Justice Died, "ustice Died." Some house judiciary commil- ee members Monday to suggest- ed reopening the impeachment irocess that was halted last month when Nixon resigned rom office. Rep. Waldie (R-Calif.) said he committee's inquiry should, (Texts of President Ford's and former President Nixon's statements on page 9.) >e revived so that Nixon could be called as a witness in the nterest of "completing the rec- ord of Richard Nixon's abuse of the presidency." Ford aides made public an agreement they had reached with Nixon to' preserve his White House files for at leas three years for possible cour use. But the agreement allows saying must "mercy, like justice be even-handed" am "I couldn't in good: conscience support the President's decision even though I knew he tool that action in good conscience." Many Democrats and some Republicans in congress voice form of mnesty, <19 percent were op- posed and 10 percent had no