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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1Q The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tucs., Ott. 8, 1974 Poetess 'Hunger T To liy Daniel Hanev DKDHAM, Mass. (AP) Aunt' Sexton, a Pulitzer winniiiK poet who will lie bur- ied Tuesday, "had a terrible hunger to die." says a close literary associate. Last Friday, Mrs. Sexton's body was found ill her ear. parked in the garage, its en- gine running. Cau.se of her death, at age 45, has nol been ruled on by a medical examin- er, but police have said it may have been suicide. Maxine Kumin, a friend and confidant since the two met in a poetry class 1R years ago, said she is convinced it was suicide. "1 knew she would die this she said. "It wasn't a fear. II was a conviction. "She was sn terrified of death that she would run nut lo meet it. She wanted to be the master of her death." Mrs. Kumin. also a poet and winner of a Pulitzer Priw lasl year, said Mrs. Sexton "was capable of jollity and fun. But she was a tremendous extre- mist emotionally. "We talked about death cimstantly. Who else would have a folder in her file marked Mrs. Kumin said that sev- eral times she talked Mrs. Sexton out of suicide. "There have been a lot of attempts. But always there has been a note or even a she said. Mrs. Sexton had lunch with Mrs. Kumin Friday before she (lied. Together, they had re- viewed a new poem by Mrs. Sexton entitled, "The Green "It's about M-s. Kumin said. "But they her poems are all about death." Mrs. Kumin said she ap- peared depressed and had had an uneasy nighl. But her outlook seemed less bleak than it often had before. Mrs. Sexton's writing, filled with allusions to death and madness, earned her a Pulit- zer in 19B7 for the bunk "Live Or Mrs. Sexton's first book. "To Bedlam and Part Way was published in 19BO. II resulted from a nervous breakdown in 1957 which led her lo begin writing as a form of therapy. Two other hooks, "The Aw- ful Rowing Toward and "45 Mercy St." are to be published within the next two years. Mrs. Sexton was recently divorced from her husband. Alfred. She left two daughters, Lynda and .Joyce. Child Abuse Gets Worse During Economic Stress Gojeltt! WlrcDhoto? By Brooke W. Krocger An Atlanta man rhythmically forced his Iwo-year-iild stepchild's head under the bathtub water and drowned him localise he was taking to toilet training loo slowly. A ra-year-old unwed San Francisco mother brought her three-year-old to a hospital with a fractured skull and conflicting stories of how it happened. In Chicago, a mother who had been arrest- ed for living in a car with her five children left her two-year-old son with neighbors she barely knew for what was supposed to be a fqw hours. The child remained at the house several days. The neighbors said she brought him over covered with scratches and burns. Child abuse is not confined to racial group, economic level or region of the country It is as common for fathers to be abusive as mothers. Women are entering fields they have never entered before. Carol Jean Bain, left, stands before the Affinity mine near Oak Hill, West Virginia, after competing her first day's work as the state's first woman coal miner. At right, Carol Sturgill, 29, of Sheboygan, Wis., helps her boss, Tim McNitt, make repairs on St. Anthony's church on Milwaukee's south side. Miss Sturgill, an apprentice steeplejack, has been on the job for two weeks. She couldn't stand being locked up in a factory and took the job; because it was a chance to work outside. Economic Situation And some authorities say the present eco- nomic situation is likely to make the problem even worse. Parents Anonymous, an Alcoholics Anony- mous-like organization for abusive parents, said some 685 cases of child abuse were re- ported nationally each day in That year's total figure was Oregon residents reported 350 cases nf child abuse in 1973, while Mississippians re- ported 91 cases, compared with 52 the year before. Birmingham. Ala. had 144 cases re- ported for the first nine months of this year and Atlanta hears of child abuse ca- ses each month Detroit police receive aboul four child abuse calls every week. In San Francisco, 125 eases of child abuse were reported last year, bid .lim Garrison, head of the San Francisco Child Abuse Council, said the number accounts for per- haps 10 percent of the actual eases. Barbara Cundiff. a supervisor for the Fulton county, (la.. Child Protective Ser vices, says the economy is taking its toll on children with abuse-prone parents. "The economic stress that our society is going through now is creating a real stress in the she said. "If you are under stress, you are more liable to strike a child or lose your cool than you would under a normal condition." Christmas Is Worse Early Van Lydegraff. head of the shel- tered care unit nf Oregon's Children's Ser- vices division, said the problems invariably get worse at Christmastime. "Tensions are aroused with Christmas coming on. Maybe Papa is unemployed. He feels inadequate because he wants to give his kids things and can't." To help gel incidents of child abuse re- ported, at least Oregon, Mississippi and Michigan have laws which require doctors, dentists, nurses, schools, social workers and others who have regular contact with children to report cases of abuse or neglect. The San Francisco Child Abuse Council has begun a "hotline" for parents who are having trouble with their children. Fashionable stores Center Offers Aid to Unborn Children NEW YORK (AP) Three of New York's most fashiona- ble stores have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they conspired to raise, fix and stabilize prices on women's ready-to-wear clo- thing. Criminal indictments were filed Monday against Saks Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Good- man, Inc.. and Bonwit Teller. Also named in the one-count indictment were Barrie Sommerfield, vice-president and merchandise manager nf Saks, and Leonard Hankin, ex- ecutive vice-president nf Bergdorf Goodman. The stores are among the largest retailers specializing in the sale of women's clu- thing in the New York metro- politan area and did about 570 million in business in 1972, the indictment says. Fixing Prices The stores were accused of fixing retail prices of women's clothes by adopting uniform markup lists, starting fn the late ISfifls and continuing to the present. The indictment charged that as a result customers nf the three stores "have been deprived of free and upon competition in the sale of women's clothing." The defendant stores also worked together to set dates for their respective clearance sales, the grand jury said. Andrew Goodman, Bergdorf Goodman's president, said the indictment has been referred lo the company's legal coun- sel. He said Hankin "has devoted his life to Bergdorf Goodman and is highly re- garded by the community, the industry, and our customers." Allan Johnson, chairman of Saks, said. "We haven't seen any papers yet. It's a com- plicated thing it involves gross margins rather than prices. We expect to stand by Mr. Sommerfield." He added that the accusa- tions involve actions taken by "a number of persons no long- er with us." Cooperated Fully Genesco. Inc., owner of Bonwit Teller and headquart- ered in Nashville. Tenn.. said that it had been aware of the federal investigation and that Bonwit executives had "coop- erated fully" with the grand jury. Arraignment is set for Oct. 23 in U. S. district court, a Justice Department spokes- man said. If convicted, the stores could face a fine and the defendant vice-presidents could receive one-year jail terms. By John CLEVELAND (UP1) A research center has launched a full-scale assault on high risk pregnancies in an effort lo pro- duce undamaged children. The Prenatal Clinical Research center at Cleveland's Metropolitan Gene hospital combines highly developed ob- stetric and pediatric skills with space age technology to deal with expectant mothers with serious problems "Rich or poor, this county hospital and this prenatal center has the finest care you can gel anywhere." said Dr. Mortimer G. Rosen, director nf the center. "We have made this unit and the entire hospital open now lo any physician who says he has a major problem. "Say he has an expectant mother with a diabetes prob- lem. And another has a patient with unusual blood clotting combined with high blood pressure. And a third had a problem patient from the inner city, which is a high risk area. We can handle them all al once." their newborn are between 30 and 411 research programs at any Riven time. The computer system, due to have all programs on line by the end of the year, is being put together by Dr. Lawrence Chik. an electrical engineer with a biomedics background. Rosen. 42. came here from the University of Rochester 14 months ago. "Pediatrics has been ahead of obstetrics for years in regionalizing delivery of improved Rosen said. "Now obstetrics is getting into the picture. "We're dedicated to learning how we can prevent dam- aged children. We want them to be perfect. As it is often said. 'It is the right nf every infant to be not only well born but born well.' MISCELLANEOUS SHOWER HONORS MISS C.IBNEY A miscellaneous bridal shower was given Saturday evening by Jan Marg. 2905 First avenue, Marion, for Miss Susan Gibney, Oct. 19 bride-elect of Ronald Church- ill. 1284 Sixth avenue, Marion. Twenty-five guests shared the courtesy. Parents nf the en- gaged couple are Mr. and Mrs. John F. Gibney, 1148 Thirteenth street, and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Churchill. 1785 Valleyview drive, all nf Mar- ion. Center Capacity The center presently can accommodate six extremely ill expectant mothers al one time prior lo labor. "And it can handle a whole floor of mothers in for tests." Rosen said. The hospital's neonatal intensive care nursery has a capacity of about 30 beds. The medical background of each prospective mother is recorded on a disc in the memory bank of the hospital's com- puter for instant retrieval. In addition, the mother-to-be's blood pressure, labeonlraction pressure and other signs are continuously monitored as are the heartbeat and brain waves. The electrolyte balance of the fetus can be obtained inter- mittently. "We monitor the baby's brain waves during labor." Rosen said. "We perfected the technique and this is probably the only place in the world this can be offered lo any woman during labor." There is also insiaiil feedback on whether drugs adminis- tered to the mother reach the fetus and whether certain stresses reach the fetus' brain. Statistical Prognosis Bridge "The system when complete will be able to give us an exact statistical prognosis for any pregnancy. It will take into account the vast range of lab tests, the patient's background and tell you the risk in that the doctor said. "In labor, we can again lake the risks and evaluate them and make a decision as to whether Ihe pregnancy should be terminated or allowed In continue nr how In treat it. Running parallel with the actual care of mothers and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands relishes a Dutch herring during a celebration over the weekend. The occasion was the 400th anniversary of the lib- eration of the city during Holland's 80-year war with Spain. WOn.l) MAKE GOOD AMBASSAKOH: jn.lK PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former President Richard M. XI.VJN would serve [lie coiinlrv well as a iminjj ambassador. daughter. Julie Eisenhower, says. "I'd him gel jmnlvcd in some "ay in helping the country as roving ambassador. Mrs. Elsenhower told television personality. Mike Douglas. "I 11 would be really a tragc- 'h if his gift for working with leaders and for coin- so well in all Ins lences in world affairs Ihn'.e weren't put In use." Tin- Shufflers Winners of the rubber game played Monday al Noelridge Park Christian church were: North-south Jo Carlson and Linda Aslilnn. first, and Pat Howard and Fran Elsea. sec- ond: east-wesl Man' Ann lioardinan and Karen Lan- genfeld. first, and Diane Mork and Phyllis Denison. second. Over-all winners were Mrs. Carlson and Mrs Ashlon. The next game will be played a! al the church. Collins Club Winners nf the Unwell movement played last week at the Collins building were Kay Bcasnn and Cliff Billinglon. first, and Wilbur and TUMI I 'ours, second. Anniversaries The Blackfords To Be Honored Mr. and Mrs. Harry Black- ford, route three, Marion, will celebrate their (illlh wedding adversary Sunday with a fam- ily dinner at the Middle America restaurant. Williams- burg. Mr. Blackfurd and Hie former Josephine Atv.aler were married (let. 14, 1914. They have three children: Pauline Gilmore of Cedar Itapids and Raymond and Gerald Blackford of Marion There are two grandchildren and Iwo great-grandclilldren Betty Ford Is Making An Excellent Recovery WASHINGTON (CPI) Betty Ford continues to make an excellent recovery from her breast surgery, according to her doctors. Dr. William Emily, chief surgeon at the National Naval Medical center in Bethesda. Md., said Monday the First Lady "is up much of Ihe lime now and moving about Ihe suite as she pleases.'.' She got a telephone call Monday nighl from her hus- band, who was aboard Air Force One flying back from a speaking trip to Burlington Va Togetherness Separate but equal jobs are not enough for Mike McCulloch, 24, and his wife of 15 months, Kathy, 21. They joined the San Diogo police depart- ment together and are police academy rookies with three months' training to go. ON THIS DATE in 1964, Hurricane Dora hit a long stretch of Florida's east coast with 125-mile winds. BLOWN-IN MINERAL WOOL INSULATION Today More Than Ever Before Good Insulation Pays for Itself Insulation Dopt. 11 01 Second Avo. S.E. 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