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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather-- Muslly sunny Sunday wllh highs' aboui lio. Lows tonight in 30s. VOLUME 92- NUMBER 25E CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, SATUHDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Trial To Wait WASHINGTON (AP) U. S. District Judge John Sirica has decided to wait for a direct ap- peal from Richard Nixon before deciding if the former President is healthy enough to testify at the Walergate cover-up trial. Although Nixon's health was cited in a defendant's request for delay of the trial which Sirica turned down Friday, the issue is expected to 'come up again before it begins Oct. 1. Sirica turned down a request for a 60-10-90-day delay from former White House aide John Ehrlichman. Before Sirica's ruling, the spe- cial Watergate prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, urged the judge to conduct his own immediate in- quiry into the former Pres- ident's health. Team of Experts Jaworski said Sirica should send a team of medical experts to examine Nixon if the lattcr's lawyer, Herbert Miller, declares him too ill to testify. The Jaworski suggestion to Sirica was temporarily voided when Sirica turned down Ehr- lichman's request for delay. But next week it 'is expected that Miller will make an effort to persuade Sirica that his client should not be required to testify. In an. unrelated civil case in California, Miller said Nixon would suffer personal hardship if required lo give a sworn de- position. The plaintiffs' attorney agreed lo a postponemenl. The U. S. court of appeals Friday turned down two cover- up defendants who had asked an indefinite postponement on grounds that the pardon granted Nixon by President Ford result- ed in climate in which an im- partial jury cannot be chosen. Slraclian Denial In a 5 to 1 decision, the court said it is up to Sirica to decide if he can find 12 jurors from among a potential pool of persons who are not biased against Ihe defendants. The appeals court also denied a request from defendant Gor- don Strachan, a former White House aide, that charges against him be dismissed. The judges said lhat, while Strachan's arguments may be legitimate, they should be con- sidered on appeal if he is con- victed and the trial, expected to take three .months, has been completed. Other defendants are former White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman, former Attorney General John Mitchell, former assistant Attorney General Rob- ert Mardian and former re-elec- tion committee lawyer Kenneth Parkinson. Opium Control Plan Approved WASHINGTON (AP) A new method of controlling cultiva- tion of the opium poppy to keep it from the heroin market has been approved in principle by Turkey, Ihe slate department says. Turkish farmers will be re- quired to cut the entire poppy plant in Ihe field, with Ibe opium gum extracted later by government agents under slricl supervision. In' past harvests, Turkish farmers have extracted the gum themselves and apparently di- verted portions of il for process- ing inlo heroin, officials said. Today's Chuckle A real friend is 'one who will continue lo Inlk In you over Ihe back fence even Ihougb he knows he's missing his favorite television program. c OAS Calls Meeting on Cuban Issue WASHINGTON (AP) An Organization of American States 'oreign ministers' meeting has been called for Nov. 8 in Quito, Equador, to determine if the u b a n embargo should be ended. The OAS permanent council voted 21 to 0 Friday night to convene the meeting. In supporting the resolution offered by Colombia, Costa Rica and Venezuela, American Am- oassador William Mailliard said United States willingness to "re- examine the matter does not imply a judgment on a sub- stance of the issue." A two-thirds Majority of the 21 nations will be required to overturn the 10-year-old OAS ban on diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba. Pledge Evidence The embargo was imposed after the OAS found1 Cuba guilty of intervention in Venezuela. The delegations of Chile, Uru- guay and Paraguay said Cuba has not abandoned its interven- tionist policies and pledged' to provide documentary evidence to back up their charge. Bolivian Delegate Jose Juan Loria said any evidence of con- tinuing intervention would be sufficient cause for his govern- ment to vote to prolong the em- bargo. But diplomats said there are about 14 or 15 countries in the anti-embargo bloc, enough to bring about a new era in Cuba's relations with its hemispheric neighbors. Seven Set Tics Growing hemispheric opposi- tion to the embargo has been reflected by the decision of seven OAS members to es- tablish lies with Cuba notwith- standing the mandatory charac- ter of the sanctions. A key point stressed by most of these delegations was that the embargo is an anomaly in an era of East-West detente. It was also denounced as having a debilitating effect on inter- American solidarity. The foreign ministers' meet- ing will not take up the question of rcadmission of Cuba to the OAS. Cuba was expelled 12 years ago and Prime Minister Castro has said he is not inter- ested in rejoining. Kay Leaves MANILA Kay, the last known American prison- er of war in Indo-China, left Clark Field air base Saturday for Honolulu, official sources re- ported. Hurricane Toll Up in Honduras Ford, Gromyko Confer Tclcpliolo President Ford meets with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko at the White House. The Chief Executive told his visitor they had "a lot to talk apparent reference, among other things, to an impending agreement on trade and emigration of Soviet Jews. Seeing Possible Spot Shortages Of Anti-Freeze NEW YORK (AP) Three major anti-freeze producers say there should be enough to meet the demand this winter, but they warn the market will be tight and some retailers are al- ready charging exorbitant prices. "We expcdt that there will be a shortage in isolated retail markets from time to said a spokesman for Union Carbide, the nation's largest producer. The company has increased the wholesale price of Prcstonc anti-freeze from a gallon last fall to to because of higher production and raw material costs. But there are reports of individual retailers charging anywhere from to a gallon. One reason for possible spot shortages is that the companies had little inventory with winter nearing and are shipping what they make directly to market. A given area could run out be- tween shipments. Nixon to Hospital in Long Beach Monday LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Richard Nixon, who reportedly said last week he didn't expect to come out alive if hospitalized, will enter a hospital here Mon- day for treatment of the phlebi- tis thai has painfully swollen his left leg. Officials at Memorial Hospital Medical Center said he would be hospitalized for at least three days. Doctors say phlebitis has created two blood clots in Nix- on's leg, cither of which could be falal if it broke free and lodged in his heart or lungs. Sixth Floor Nixon, who has remained se- cluded most of the time since leaving the presidency, could fly by helicopter from his San Cle- mcntc estate to the hospital roof and go down a stairway to a room reserved for him on the sixth floor of Ihe seven-floor building. Air Force Major Gen. William Tkach, Nixon's Whilc House doctor and now stationed in Washington, is expected lo sec him in the hospital. Dr. John cian, will issue daily medical reports. The doctors say they want to use anticoagulant drugs to dis- solve the clots. Medicalion in such treatments must first be given intravenously and later can be taken orally. Julie Arrival It was not immediately known if any family members would stay with Nixon. Daughter Julie Eisenhower arrived in San Cle- menle Thursday, and sources said she came lo persuade him lo enter a hospital. Nixon ruled out a hospital stay a week ago Friday when he was examined by Tkach. It was Tkach who quoted him as say- ing, "If I go inlo Ihe hospital, I'll never come out alive." Tkach never explained why Nixon fell thai way. Nixon has had phlebitis, an inflammation of a vein, for sev- eral months. Tkach said Ihe ex- amination last week roveali'd Ihe second clot and that his left leg was swollen and painful. He also said Nixon was suffering from "severe physical strain and physical fatigue." "It's going to be a miracle for iLungren, longtime. Nixon physi-him lo Tkach said. Suspect Arrested in icewoman s Death WASHINGTON (AP) Police have arrested the man they sus- pect of shooting a rookie police- woman to death and arc search- ing for a second man. Officer Gail Cobb, 24, was Ihe first policewoman in the nation to be killed in line of duty since the FBI began keeping such records in 1960, officials said. A man identified as James Willie Bryant, 25, of Washing- ton, was arrested on a murder charge minutes after she was shot in the heart at an un- derground parking garage Fri- day. Hundreds of office workers on their lunch hour lined sidewalks as police searched in vain for the second man. Police said Miss Cobb, a member of the police force since October, was on routine patrol when she apparently re- sponded to police radio reports that two suspicious men were fleeing from near a savings 'and loan office. Confronts Man Told by a citizen that a man with a gun had run into the garage, she followed and con- fronted him as lie emerged from a restroom. Investigators said witnesses' accounts varied, but Miss Cobb may have had the suspect place his hands against the wall while she radioed for help. She failed to draw her service revolver, however, and he pro- duced an automatic pistol and shot her once, they said. She New Press Aide: "No Misleading" WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Ford's new press secre- tary, Ron Nessen, a veteran television correspondent, took over Friday with promises to get as much news as possible from the White House lo (he American people. He promised not to knowingly mislead or lie lo the Whilc House press corps and said he sees no reason why a press sec- retary and Ihe press should be antagonists. Ncsscn, 40, who has been with NBC since 1962, stepped inlo Ihe job left vacant by Ihe resignation of Jerald ter- Horsl. died shortly after arrival it hospital. Bryant was arrested a few yards from the garage. Burger Injured In Trying Ouf Birthday Bike ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) (Chief Justice Warren Burger re- ceived hospital treatment Fri day night for minor injuries suf Officials said 'the suspects had whilc out a new been parked across the that was ;l birthday from the savings and loan from his family, and were being watched by two] police said Burger, who police sergeants who thought (57 Tuesday, apparently holdup was planned. of bicycle When the officers inlo a "curb and fell to the car, one occupant pulled a sawcd-off shotgun from beneath a towel. Both suspects fled on foot as the officers opened fire. Parents' Role Tiie office is 'throe from the garage in an area of new office buildings a half-mile from the While House. Miss Cobb's father is senior captain of guards at the District of Columbia reformatory in Lor- lon, Va., and her mother is a crossing guard. Policewomen have been as- signed to street patrol duty in Washington since 11172. Pre- viously, they had been confined to investigation of sex crimes and cases involving juveniles. Of Ihe city's police of- ficers, 266 are women. "I think we prevented a rob- bery one officer said, "and it cost us a life." the .pavement while pedaling along a heavily-traveled roat near his home in this Washing ton suburb. An aide said Burger was treated for a slight rib fracture iSf a dislocated right ring finger and a cut over his left eye tha required several stitches. He was returned to Ihe hospital Saturday for further checks. "He was riding the bike foi the first the aide said "A fast-moving car forced him over Ihe curb. He tried lo jump the curb and didn't quite make it." The spokesman said Burger thought he might have been brushed by a fender. The auto did not stop. The spokesman said Burger has ridden a bicycle most of his life, frequently having taken long jaunts. In Air Force Because Letter Took 356 Days SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Robert Chapdclainc has a sad story lo tell about how he ended up in the U.S. air force because Ihe postal service look 35G days lo deliver a leller across lown. And when it finally arrived, the letter came with two cents postage due because the rales had gone up during Ihe year Chapdcl.'line was waiting. Having failed to get the job which he believes the lost letter would have brought him, Chap- delaine signed up for a four- year hitch in the air force. Now he wanls out. Passed Test The slory began when Chap- dclainc, then 18, applied for a ?.3.75-an-hour job on Ihe service desk of the California highway palrol. His goal lo become Cooper Sworn In I la palrol officer I reached 21. when he reached Chapdclainc with posl age due, lie had long since been scrubbed from the list of appli canls. He says he joined the aii force because "I thought ii would be a good way lo gel police (raining. But I want to be a highway patrolman, a civil Happy Ending? But Chnpdclainc's sad (ale TEGUCIGALPA, Hond u r a s (AP) An estimated to Hondurans have died in floods and landslides caused by Hurricane Fifi, the n a t i o n a 1 emergency committee said Sa- turday. "Rescue brigades and radio hams confirm that in the town of Choloma alone there are be- tween a.id Col. Eduardo Andino, committee coordinator, said in a telephone interview. "During the first reconnais- sance flight we made today in air force planes, we saw hun- dreds of bodies floating on the waters. "In many places where there had been townships there is now nothing, only water." "All Covered" Andino said "destruction was rcmendous" in towns and ports in the Atlantic coast where Fifi truck Thursday with sustained vinds of HO miles per hour and ;usts to 140. In Puerto Cortes, Tela, LaCei- ba, Trujillo and Castilla only structures built on high ground escaped destruction, Andino said. "Everything else is cover- ed by water." He said air rescue missions 'rom Nicaragua and Guatemala were made impossible by bad weather, and missions by land and water were extremely dif- ficull. We are using the GO launches thai we have, but they are not Andino said. Stranded He estimated persons rere stranded, "some in nearby hills, some on the roofs of their homes and still others in trees. But there are many roofless houses, and people have been balanced on the tops of walls for three days." There were reports from San Pedro dc Sula, the second larg- est Honduran city, that authori- ties there had ordered bodies burned to prevent an epidemic. Andino said Ihe committee had put together a picture of what happened in Choloma in part from reports of authorities broadcast by amateur radio op- erators. "The waters of the rivers that run past Choloma were unable to flow into the sea due to the waves whipped up by An- dino said. "The water backed up in the form of great waves that undermined a hill close to Choloma, which served as a temporary dam. When the dam burst it cast earth, water and rocks on (he town. Sleeping at Time "We think the people were sleeping when the lown was flooded. Yesterday, when we flew over it, we saw houses on top of other houses. It must have been a wall of earth and water that fell on them. "It is impossible to calculate Ihe exact number of.lives lost, but we are convinced from the reports received and from our own inspection that the figun 'luctuate between and As waters recede and res- cue brigades are able to get to he most hard hit areas, we would not be surprised if the fig- ure increased." U. S. Ambassador Philip San- chez told NBC News he was ikeptical of the emergency committee estimates. Sanchez, without quoting any sources of his own, said the fig- ures were "way ouit of line" and he dead possibly should be counted in hundreds instead of .housands. He said there had not yet jeen an actual body count and, even though many villages had jeen flooded or destroyed, it did lot follow that their inhabitants had been killed. "Those people live with hurri- canes and know what to do about he told NBC, which contacted him by tele- phone from New York. In El Salvador, at least 30 were reported dead and many missing in Fifi's wake. There were no confirmed deaths in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Belize, but there were reports of dam- age to roads, bridges, communi- cations and electrical services. Fifi was reduced to a tropical itorm Friday. The Mexican veather bureau reported it was lacking 50 m.p.h. winds and leading toward the Mexican cast coast port of Vera Cruz. may yet have a happy ending. Since the story of his long- delayed letter appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Thursday, Chapdclaine has been reinstated on the list for oral interviews for the patrol job. He said that the judge advocate's office at the air force base near Sacra- mento where he is stationed has promised lo help him Ret dis- charged if he gels Ihe job. "I have proof that I had no in- W A S HI N G T 0 N (AP) Former Son. John Sherman Cooper was sworn in Friday as Ihe first U. S. ambassador to Kast Germany. He passed the written Icsl.llcnlion of going into the air and was mailed a notice on force if I had gotten Ihe job. I June 21, 1073. lo report for an oral examination. Hy June 12, 197-1, when Ihe notice finally didn't decide until all of the stuff with Ihe. highway patrol fell ho said. President's Son Forgets To Sign WASHINGTON (AP) Ste- ven Ford, 18, son of the Pres- ident, forgot to register with his draft board on time, a Whilc House spokesman said Satur- day. The board, while noting that it was a "technical violation" of the law, decided that it was typ- ical of many other young men who miss their deadline and thai there would be "no action taken" against the President's son, Deputy Press Secretary John llushcn added. Steven, who was graduated from high school in June, turnct 18 May 19 and should have reg istcrect wilhin ,10 days. But, according lo llushcn, he didn't realize he was required to do so until Aug. 29, when he reg istercd find wrote Ihe board letter explaining why he was lardy. Canada Ups Natural Gas Export Price OTTAWA (AP) Canada has announced a G7 percent increase in the average price of natural 'as exported to the U. S., effec- tive Jan. 1. Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald said Friday that the price paid by American utilities would rise to per cubic feet, from the present average price of 60 cents. The new price will cost them about million a year, he said. He said Ihe increase would be spread over a period to give U. importers time to adjust their supply arrangements. Last year Canada exported lust over billion cubic feet of natural gas 40 percent of ts production to the U. S., most of it going to Western and Midwestern stales. Canadian natural gas ac- counts for about 5 percent of all 'uel consumed in the U. S. About 42 million Americans use natural gas to heat their homes. Macdonald said there may be 'urther increases until the price reaches parity with competing energy sources. The Canadian Cncrgy Board has recommend- ed hikes of 20 cents per thou- sand cubic feet in each of the icxt three years. Importers would be given the choice of paying the higher >rice or continuing lo pay Ihe ircscnt price for the next two years, Macdonald said. But he ;aid if they adopted the latter course their export license vould be canceled at the end of he two years. Ducal Estate LONDON (AP) The Duke of Gloucester, uncle of Queen Elizabeth II, left an estate worth about million, it was revealed Friday. Today's Index Comics Church Crossword Daily Record Deaths Editorial features Financial Marion Movies Sports............... Television 5 2 2 II 7 n K Want Ads.................11-15   

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