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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Clearing (anight, lows upper Partly cloudy Saturday, highs in middle VOLUME 92 _ NUMBER CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CEDAK RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES By Tom Fruehling MASON CITY His allegei accomplice testified Thursda; afternoon that George Junioi Nowlin of rural Keystone atom raped and killed Maureen Con nolly of Cedar Rapids in rura Jones county. Atwell Junior Conner of rura: Bertram, who already IMS been convicted of first degree murdei for his part in the girl's death, testified he was in the back seal of an automobile near the Ok Morley bridge near Anamosi with Michael Servey when Now- lin committed the acts. Conner, who has served about one month of his life sentence in the state penitentiary at Fort Madison on the murder convic- tion, was the prosecution's final witness in this trial, moved to Cerro Gordo county on a change of venue. The stale rested its case fol- lowing his testimony. After more than an hour of conference with lawyers, Judge John Hyland at Friday morning, recessed the trial until Monday at 9 a.m. He said Ihe defense, which is scheduled to begin its case, had problems with the trans- portation of its witnesses. Slalc Rests Judge Hyland said Friday af- ternoon that the trial may be over by bul addec he could make no firm slate- ment as lo Sis length. Defense council slated that its presentation will take "one or two days." One of Nowlin's at- torneys said he planned to call about five witnesses. He would not comment on the nature of the planned defense. But in questioning of various state witnesses the defense has stressed Nowlin's mental state, particularly when he was drink- Nowlin, Steve Martin and he went to Monlicello to look at a place Nowlin and Martin planned to "break inio" Sunday night. Conner continued that later, on March 9, he and Martin went ;o his home to pick up a shotgun .hat Nowlin had asked him lo teep. They did not retrieve the irearm, he claimed, because lis "old lady didn'l think it was a good idea to take it." Nowlin positioned on the loor of (he back seat later returned with them, and the veapon was picked up, Conner said. After getting back to Cedar one of Nowlin's lawyers said j Rapids, Conner continued, the ing. Distinct Differences At Nowlin's first trial in Story county, at which he was convict- ed for the murder oi Michael Sorvey, no defense was present- ed by the man's same two attor- neys. Regarding the change in strategy for the present trial, that the jury is prejudiced b their actions. Continual Guard Security, generally, has bee relaxed at the trial, althoug Nowlin has continually bee guarded by at least one law en forcement official. He has been convicted of th murder of Michael Servey an has been at the men's reforma tory in Anamosa since March. Judy Kay Williams, a speec pathologist from St. Luke's hos pital in Cedar Rapids, sat nex to Conner as he testified an repeated his answers so th court could understand them Conner has a severe speech im pediment. Questions by Judge Judge John Hyland questions Conner at length on his under standing of his right not to tes ify against himself. The judg advised the Bertram man, wb still faces trial in Linn count; '.or Servey's death, that any tes .imony freely given may bi ater used against him. Conner's own two court-ap jointed attorneys were presen n the courtoom while he tes ified. Conner said he had beei 'drinking loo much" on Friday March 8, and stayed overnigh at the apartmcnl of Mabel Beltz in Cedar Rapids. He had spen that evening, he reported, wilh Nowlin. To Monlicello He said the next morning there are "distinct differences in the two alleged crimes and i the facts of the case. The defendant was, for th first time in this trial, visibl nervous as Conner tostifiec Cerro Gordo county sheriff deputies later said his behavio put them in a difficult positiot since they are charged wit providing security yet do no want to appear so rcstricliv meean SANTO DOMINGO (AP) Terrorists Friday kidnaped Bar bara Hutchison, director of the U. S. Information Service here A television commentator saic the kidnapers phoned him anc said they wanted million ran- som and freedom for all politi- cal prisoners in (lie Dominican Republic in exchange for her release. It was the first kidnaping ever of a female U. S. government official. Miss Hutchison, 47, was seized as she left her office, put in a car and taken to the nearby Venezuelan consulate. The gun- men then broke into the build- ing, taking her with them. Police immediately cordoned off the building, where the kid- napers were reported holding other hostages. Commentator Alberto Amcn- gual, who reported the demands of the kidnapers, remained in telephone contact with them. There are an estimated 35 politi- cal prisoners in the country. Reports conflicted as lo three men went to K mart to buy a hacksaw, and Nowlin sawed off Ihe barrel and stock of the shotgun and named tl weapon "short shorty." Kept Two Guns He said Nowlin later that da carried the gun in his belt. H also testified that Nowlin kep this shotgun and another or loaded at all times and ha them in his car. Saturday night, March 9, Coi ner said, he and Nowlin went taverns on Sixteenth avenui both together and separately. At about 11 p.m. or midnigh :ie said, Nowlin told him the A'cre going to an establishmen on highway 218 in south Ceda Rapids. Enroute, he testified, Nowli spotted Miss Connolly and Ser rey walking on the highway am made a U-turn to go back li hem. He also said Nowlin, win vas driving, told him to get ii he back seat and then threw 'short shorty" back to him. Tossed Back Conner claimed he tossed Hi' un back into the front scat aying, "I don't have no pan vilh guns." After forcing the two young eoplc into the car Miss Con- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) SUMMIT KICKOFF President Ford opens his long-heralded economic summit conference Hilton hotel in Washington. Visible in the front row are, from left, Sen. Tower Sen. Scott (R- Pa.) and Speaker Albert The others are u nidentified. Today's Index Comics .....................18 Crossword ..................18 )aily Record............... 3 )eaths.................... 3 Editorial Features...........0 Farm ......................12 Financial Marion 7 Movies................. in.ll whether there were four or five Society ......................g men involved in Hie kidnaping. Sports.......... 13-10 All were said to be armed wilh Stale submachine gui'.s. j Television ..................17 Miss Hutchison is a native of I Want Ads 21-25 ivhwaro. i Doubt Rocky Action Prior To Election WASHINGTON (AP) Th, omplexity of Nelson Rocke- eller's lax returns seems likel; delay senale action on his ice-presidenlia! nominator ntil after the November elcc ons, informed sources said riday. The sources said thai audits Rockefeller's taxes being pre- ared for the senale rules com- itlee, which ended its public earings on Thursday, won't be eady until at least the third eck in October. That was the estimate earlier the week by Chairman Ro- no whose house judi- ary committee won't even art its hearings until after the ections. However, Chairman Cannon (D-Nev.) of the senate panel had been hopeful the material being prepared by the Internal Revenue Service for the joint committee on internal revenue (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Senate Unit Drops Nixon Maid, Butler, Cuts Funds WASHINGTON (UPI) A fine their activities lo "direct senate subcommittee voted Thursday to deprive former President Nixon ol free maid and butler service and cut by more than half a requested in federal funds to nance his return to private life. The subcommittee voted unanimously to cut the request .0 a figure expected to ie approved by the full appro- priations committee next Thurs- day. Chairman Monloya (D-N.M.) of the senate appropriations subcommittee noted that Budget Director Roy Ash testified shoe hining and housework by the servants was freeing Nixon 10 ransition activities at San Cle mente, Calif. transition acts, rather than per- form chores in Ihe household.' The senale subcommilt'cc ap- proved for 11 monlhs of Nixon's pension, plus for one-shot transition expenses such as moving. A requested for a vault and guards to protect Wa- tergate tapes and papers wa: disallowed. "Mr. In Ash Can Ash said Honloya, "and we threw it in he ash can." Montoya said the subcommit ee would insist in its report to :ia full committee that all o: Nixon's federally-paid staff con- Reversal of Ban on Czech Trade Concessions Asked WASHINGTON (AP) _ The ilate department has appealed o the senate finance committee o reverse a vote barring trade concessions lo Czechoslovakia until that nation pays postwar claims of American citizens. Involved are 18.4 tons of Cze- choslovak gold stolen by the teis during World war II and 105.1 million owed U. S. citi- cns i for properly confiscated vhen the Communists seized >ower in Czechoslovakia afler lie war. Despite Ihe pleas of Secretary f Slalc Kissinger, the commit-, cc showed liltle inclinatior 'hursday to reverse its stand. It has written into a pending bill a provision barring rc- irn of the gold and granting of ivored trade status to (he zechs unlil al least the prin- ipal amount, million, of ic postwar claims is paid. Joint Conlrol The gold is controlled jointly y the U. S., Great Britain ami ranee and no action affecting can be taken without approval f all three. "They'll never got Ihe gold om now to kingdom come if s done my Son. chairman of the com- iUce, lold Deputy Secretary of ale Robert Ingcrsoll. The slate department has ini- 1 an agreement with the Czechs under which the full debl would be forgiven in exchange for payment of million over 12 years. "Very Unforlunalc" In exchange, Ihe U. S. would give (he Czechs their gold, val- ued at more than million. And, although it is not written into the agreement, it is as- sumed the U. S. would award Czechoslovakia favored trade (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Typewriters Oul The subcommittee also threw out Ihe government's plan to provide Nixon's 14-mcmbcr staff with 77 typewriters, 21 sofas, 44 desks and 186 chairs. How can 14 workers use 77 typewriters? Montoya asked. Arthur Sampson, head of the General Services Administra- tion, told Montoya's subcommit- tee he is unsure just how many typists there will be. He said the 14 regular employes may be supplemented temporarily by some on loan from other gov- ernment agencies and by volun- teers. The administration's request for already has been chopped by the house appropri- ations committee to in- cluding Hie annual pen- sion and for staff Decision on Calley Off Til Monday FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. The army's possible appeal of the reversal of William Cal- ley's My Lai massacre convic- tion will force the former lieu- tenant to wait until Monday to learn the status of his court-or- dered release. Chief Judge John Brown of Ihe U.S. Fifth circuit court of appeals in New Orleans Thurs- day granted a four-day delay in carrying out a lower federal court order that Calley be re- leased "forthwith." Brown's action came minutes after Solicitor General Robcr Bork authorized the army to seek the delay. The four-day stay is to allow WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Ford convened a summit conference on inflation Friday by again ruling out wage and price controls and condemning those who "seek to lake some advantage" of economic uncer- tainly. Ford declared in his opening remarks that there is "no mira cle cure" for the nation's eco nomic ills, then listened while congressional leaders, govern ment officials, economists anc labor leaders outlined battle plans. Top congressional Democrats criticized administration eco- nomic policies as inadequate. Controls Applauded "Credit curbs alone are not enough. Budget cuts alone are not said Senate Major- ity Leader Mike Mansfield. Sitting at Ford's side, Mans- field drew loud applause as he outlined a nine-point program, that would include mandatory wage, price, rent and profit con- trols, a public works job pro- gram, and rationing of energy and other scarce materials. The senator's (most innovative idea was for "indexing." That concept ties wage increases and tax levels lo the inflation rale so thai the real, after-lax and after-inflation income of workers remain steady no mat- ter how severe inflation be- comes. Ford hinted at lax cuts for the poor so no group is "called upon to carry an un- fair share of the load" anil both Mansfield and House Speaker Carl Albert agreed on this point. But they assailed other Ford policies. "The administration in effect has spoken of the old-time reli- gion" in coping with economic problems, Albert said, declaring that this falls "short of what the nation needs." Mansfield said "in all candor he army time to prepare a guaranteed any former Presi- dent. The sought for Nix- on's transition is in addition to he estimated annual cost of secret service protection or Ihe former President. The igure also will be raised by the estimated worth of free ffice space to be provided .'ixon and the value of federal employes on loan to work at San Jlemenlc. vritlen motion for a 15-day stay while it decides whether lo ap- peal. Calley was ordered freed on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge J. Robert Elliott of Co- lumbus, Ga., who ruled that Galley's rights to a fair trial were violated during his court- martial years ago. One of Galley's lawyers, Ken- neth Hcnson, commented that "if they haven't decided on ap- peal, they are a liltle early in applying for a stay. If Solicitor lencral Bork hasn't made thai lelermination, il is highly un- usual." Earlier Thursday, Elliott rc- ecled an army request lo slay lis own order to allow time to lecide whether his ruling would be appealed. I am not too optimistic about the result" of the summit con- ference, called by Ford in re- sponse to legislation sponsored by the Montana Democrat. "Something Different" "It is time lo try something AFL-CIO 'Presides George Meany told Ford after saying that administration poli cy is plunging the nation lowarc a depression. Rep. Patman (D-Texas) drew applause from the delegates, and a smile from Ford, when he declared it was time "-to get rid of the (Nixon) holdovers who contributed to a series of economic mistakes." When Sen. Javils (R-N.Y.) noted that some private ad- visers are urging itheir cor- porate clients to .raise prices in anticipation of government con- trols, Ford termed such sugges- tions "most unfortunate." Ford said he does not have authority to impose wage and price controls "and it is not likely for such authority to be in existence in the foreseeable future." Ford said, "I do not intend lo ask for and that he docs not anticipate congress voting it. Rebuke The Democrats' criticism of Republican policies brought a mild rebuke from Senate G.O.P. Leader Hugh Scotl. "We are here in good faith, not to practice politics but to exhibit said the Pennsyl- vania Republican. Sen. Tower (R-Texas) said it was wrong lo blame the ad- minislralion for economic prob- lems. "All of us are to he said. "Congress as well as the ixeculive, Democrats as well as Republicans, business as weJl as labor." After Ford and the congrcs- i o n a I leaders spoke, the lundreds of conferees in a hotel jallroom heard reports from members of a panel on busi- ness and finance. "Tough Process" Treasury Secretary Simon said the panel members "were all realistic about the cure. They know it's going lo be a '.ough process." Panel members indicated lil- le interest in renewed wage and price controls, but did speak of Ihe need for more jaw- )oning and stronger enforce- ment power. Harvard economist Olio Ek- stcin was blunt about the fu- ture: "The economy will suf- fer a recession, whicSi seems to be the price we have to pay lo bring inflation under con- trol." DES MOINES President Icrald Ford will pay his first visit to Iowa since assuming of- "ice lo address a Republican unchcon Ocl. 24 at Val Air ballroom here. The function will be a ilato fund-raiser, according to in announcement by Republi- can slate headquarters. Cosf in 1953 CHICAGO (AP) A painl- ing by American Expressionist Willem cleKooring that cost less than in 1953 has reportedly yielded the highest price ever paid for the work of a living artist. "Woman an oil and charcoal painting, was pur- chased this week by the Aus- tralian National Art Gallery in Canberra, Robert Gray, a Chi- cago art dealer, confirmed Thursday. The price reportedly was more than more than Ihe previous record sale. Gray, however, declined lo confirm Ihe price. lie .said thai, after seven mnnlhs of negotiations, he ar- ranged for the sale of Ihe painting which Ihe owner, Kulh Culhert Rosenberg of Chicago, bought at a New York gallery in 1953. "Friends thought they were crazy for buying Ihe painting called it junk, depraved Gray said. Inflation apparently pushed Iho price upward. The highest previous price for a dcKoon- ing was last year for "Police said Martin Ktansficlri, a spokesman for Sothcby Parkc Hernct, a New York art gallery. "Values of paintings have been affected by worldwide Gray said. "It's an important factor." DeKooning, 70, came lo the U. .S. in 1926 as an illegal stowaway from his home in Holland. He became an Amer- ican citizen 30 years later and now lives on Long Island. He helped found Ihe Eighth Street Artists club in New York, a group of abstract ex- pressionists. Much of his art concentrates on his impres- sions of women, including paintings of Marilyn Monroe and .-.-creaming girls at n Bea- tles concert. "lie never portrays Ihe beautiful side of Grav said. "Woman V" is one of a series of six paintings dcKoon- ing painted during the early 1350s. Two aro displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, while others arc in Kansas Cily and Pittsburgh galleries. The previous highest price for the work of a living artist was for Pablo Picas- so's "Mere el Enfant de Pro- The highest prices ever paid for paintings include the estimated million for Leon- ardo da Vinci's "Gincvra dc Bond" and million for Diego Velazquez' "Portrait of Jiiande Sylvia Porter, a newspaper columnist, complained that con- umers had been left oul of eco- nomic planning. She said that (such things as setting aside va- can! lots for community victory gardens to help householders cope with food prices would give Americans a1 sense of partici- pation in the fight against infla- tion. In his opening remarks, Ford noted Ihe presence of observers from other nations and promised the U. S. would consult with "friends abroad" at its moves to combat the "international threat" of inflation. "Narrowing Options" The President confirmed what many observers had expected that he made a significant start in preparing an anti-inflalion program even in advance of the summit. "We are already narrowing some of Hie options to those which would appear most effec- tive and command widest sup- he said. Ford said the summit, like a dozen preliminary conferences this month, "is wide open." He continued: "All views and opinions arc nvitcd. This administration's commitment to visible and re- sponsive government remains nlacl. T might not like every- thing I hear. But it is my sol- emn duty as President of the U.S. to give fair consideration to all views and lo carefully weigh the possible courses of action." Caution Restating a caution against expectation of "quick or easy Ford said: ''No miracle cure has emerged from Ihe prc-con- fcrcncc meetings. Inflation is a problem which we must deal (Conlimiod: Page 3, Col. fi.) Vnflinfx Chtieklv Ad in a classified column: Billfold. Would appre- ciate return of driver's license and o I h e r hard-UH'oplaco ilcms, including pictures of Washington, Lincoln, Hamil- ton and Jackson." '.WIIM   

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