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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 9, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- ciauAy, c Ii ii ii e c of rain loiilglit, t- n (I i n g Sunday a f t e r n o o n, Highs today 45-50. Lows tonight 40-45. VOLUME 02 -NUMBER 304 CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CEDAR HAPIDS, IOWA, SATUKDAV, NOVEMBER 9, 1974' ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES New Corn Below 1973 By AlSwegle Prospects for the weather- plagued 1974 corn crop fell an- other two percent last month, leaving it 18 percent below last year and foreshadowing higher grocery bills for consumers, the agriculture department said Friday. The estimate closely parallel- ed a report issued only a day earlier by the National Corn Growers Assn., which pegged this year's crop at 4.65 billion bushels nationwide. The agriculture department estimated U. S. prospects at 4.62 billion bushels. Another report issued by the agriculture department Friday said retail food prices will con- tinue climbing at least in the first half of 1975, partly because of poor crop weather this year. Iowa Prospects Corn prospects in Iowa dropped one percent from a month earlier, the agriculture department said, as the yield presently is expected to be 951.8 million bushels. This figure is 21 percent less than the 1.204 billion produced last year. The average yield in Iowa is expected to be 81 bushels down one bushel from a month earlier and 27 bushels less than the 108 bushel yield last year. Iowa produced a record corn yield of 11C bushels in 1972. Soybean Forecast Soybean production in Iowa was forecast at 198 million bush- els, which is essentially the same as the agriculture depart- ment has been predicting all along. The crop will be down 26 per- cent from the record crop of last year, however. The soybean yield in Iowa will average 28 bushels G bushels less than last year's 34 bushel average and 8 bushels less than the record 1072 yield of 36 bush- els. The' killing frosl of Oel. damaged late maturing corn and soybeans resulting in re- duced .corn yield, test weight and quality of grain in Iowa, the agriculture department said. Nationwide the agriculture de- partment estimated this year's soybean harvest will be 1.244 billion bushels. The latest es- timate is down one percent from last month's predictions. Soybean yields nationwide wil average 23.7 bushels per acre, the department said. Is Elected County Judge GRANBY, Mo. (AP) He's only 19 and a college student, but Wayne Johnson has been elected an associate judge o( the county court. Youngest of six sons, he live: on a farm with his parents anc is a sophomore at Missouri Southern in Joplin, majoring in political science. A Democrat, Johnson carried every precinct in his district defeating his opponent by 553 votes. Encouraged by his parents, he won the Democratic nomination in a three-way race in August. Tclcpholo Energy Nominee Andrew Gibson Leaving the White House "Nomination in Deep Trouble" opefui of Arms Pact TORREJON, Spain (AP) Secretary of State Kissinger ex- jrcsscd confidence Saturday hat his latest diplomatic globe- rotting has opened the way for a nuclear arms limitation pact with the Kremlin and improved chances for Middle East peace. As his Boeing 707 stopped al he U.S. airbase in Torrejon for uel before setting out across he Atlantic, U.S. officials tok newsmen the first four days ol lis trip, in Moscow may have been the most pro- ductive. Chances were said to be al east 50-50 for an arms limita- ion treaty by next summer's scheduled meeting in Washing- ion between Soviet leader Leo- id Brezhnev and President Ford. Terms for Railroad Merger Could Sour It WASHINGTON (AP) f- The Interstate Commerce Commis- sion has given provisional bless- ing to a railroad merger of the fiancially healthy Union Pacif- ic and the fiscally ailing Rock Island but with conditions that could sour the whole deal. Afler 10 years of studying the two candidates for merger, the ICC Friday conditionally ap- proved a plan it said would af- fect practically every major railroad in every state west of the Mississippi. The decision is expected to have far-reaching consequences for the future makeup of the national rail sys- tem. But the ICC imposed condi- tions that are certain to delay the merger and could result in scrapping it entirely. Litigation designed to overturn some o! these restrictions is also a possi- bility. 'rom serving the Southwest where it had no connecting ser- vice. The Union Pacific current- ly operates between the West Joast and Omaha and Council Bluffs. The North Western bid was rejected by an ICC law judge but the Union Pacific proposal received more favorable atten- tion and the case went to the full commission. The commission agreed to allow the merger if the Union Pacific agreed to sell certain Rock Island properties to three other railroads. Sale to Santa Fc It said the Union Pacific must sell to the Santa Fe the Rock Island line between Amarillo Texas, and Memphis. The Rock Island line between Denver- Colorado Springs and Omahi must be sold to the Denver anc Rio Grande Western, the ICC i said. About-Face Army, Says WASHINGTON (AP) I- Pres- ident Ford's nomination of An- drew Gibson to head Hie Feder- al Energy Administration is in deep trouble on Capitol congressional sources say. They indicated Friday Sen. Jackson (D-Wash.) Hill, that had written Ford requesting the re- suite of an FBI investigation of Gibson. Jackson is chairman of the interior committee, through which the nomination must pass. Jackson was said to be taking an "extraordinary interest" in questions concerning: A subsidy to a tanker-building venture involv- ing Intcrslate Oil Transport Co., of Philadelphia, awarded by the Federal Maritime Administra- tion while Gibson was its head. Gibson's acceptance, six months later, of the job of pres- ident of Interstate. And the million guaranteed Gibson by Interstate when he left it aftei' only 14 months as president. The sources said Gibson was guaranteed by contract to re- c e i v e million, including already paid him in sal- ary and severance pay of per year for 10 years. Not with Ford Gibson himself contirmed the settlement to report- ers Friday, .as Sic left after the first of two hasty visits to the While House. He emerged saying he was still the candidate to head the FEA and expressing confidence turn charter them for 20 years he still had Ihe support of Ford. But the ;wliilc House depuly press .secretary, John Hushen, said Gibson met only wilh staff members, not wilh Ford. Hushen would not identify the members, but an informed ob- server suggested they may have been William Walker, While House personnel aide, and Phi- lip Areeda, former Harvard law professor and new assistant to White House Counsel Philip Bu- chcn. Areeda was a White House as- sistant counsel earlier, from 1956 to and was executive director of President Nixon's cabinet lask force on oil import controls which recommended in 1970 the replacement of oil im- port quotas with a tariff system. At that time, Gibson was head of the Maritime Administration, a job he began March 25, 1969. Subsidy Applications.. Beginning Jan. 11, 1972, appli- cations were filed for subsidies for oil tanker construction by First National Boston Corp. and Maritime Fruit Carriers Co., Ltd. In partnership as MFC-Boston Tankers, Inc., with First Na- tional holding .5 percent owner- ship, Ihc venture was to build three tankers at -a cost of million each. The plan .spelled out in the applications to the Maritime Administration was for MFC- Boston to charter the tankers for 20 years 'to Interstate Oil Transport Co., which would in Call Voiced for Rhodes Ouster WASHINGTON (AP) A' fledgling effort is under way to dump House Republican Leader Rhodes (Ariz.) after Tuesday's heavy G.O.P. election losses. Rep. Peyser called at a news conference for Rhodes' overthrow and the house G.O.I', conference chair- man, Rep. Anderson left open the possibility of his trying In unseal lihodes. "I'm not closing Ihc door In anything at Ihis Ander- son told newsmen. "We suffered a defeat and we should explore all possibilities." i A f LJ I GM Hazard in Car Seats for Babies DETROIT (AP) r- Mo'ors S a I u r d a y General notified owners of car scats for babies that a potential hazard exists if the scats arc used out- side the vehicles. GM said there is no danger if the scat is used properly inside. It said the problem arises if the safety bells on Ihe scats arc adjusted in such a way that Ihe infant can slip down and calch its neck in the opening. GM said Ihis happened !lo an infant a few months ago and two similar accidents were re- ported in recent .weeks. II said none of Ihe accidents was fatal. I GM notified the Consumer Product Safety Commission of Ihe problem and of its solution, a belt adjustment so the opening would be so small a child's neck could not get stuck in il. II said it told Ihe supplier firm, llamill Manufacturing Di- vision of Firestone Tire Rub- ber Co., Washington, Mich., lo halt production. A new type lube which make the neck opening smaller will be sent lo each purchaser of record, alonf! wilh instruction sheels. is picking up Ihc tab. The affcclcd seals, which sell for around were made after July 15, to General Maritime Corp., a wholly-owned i subsidiary of MFC. MFC would then be (free to sub-charter the tankers to com- mercial users worldwide. "Gibson's Successor" The plan was approved and subsidies totaling million were granted by the Maritime Administration June 30, 1972. A copy displayed by official spokesmen bore a typewritten notation that the contract was signed by Robert Blackwell, the present maritime administrator. The spokesmen have, told re- porters Ihe contract was signed by "Gibson's successor" and Gibson therefore was not in- volved. But they admitted Friday that Blackwell was at that time only the deputy to Gibson who was legally administrator unlil Aug. 1972 more than a month after the subsidy was granted. Gibson moved on to another commerce department job, ihen became president of Interstate Oil Transport in January, 1973. Another Deal While he was president, Inter- state reportedly sought lo set up another tanker-building deal and sought another federal sub- sidy from Gibson's former dcpu- The deal was reorganized in May, 1974, the same month Gib- son left Inlcrstalc. In July a venture formed by Interstate and Cities Service Oil Co. was a w a r d c d subsidies totaling f, million for construction of two tankers, listing Interstate as Ihc owner. Gibson says he has spent his lime since May attending Har- vard business school, fixing up his vacation house in the Berk- shires and just lately becoming familiar with the FEA. At Camp David CAMP DAVID, Md. (Al1) President and Mrs. Ford spending the weekend in Ihc prcsidcnlial retreat here. Today's Cfiiiclefe Once there was a movie producer who said he wanted lo make a liim thai began w i I. h an earthquake and worked up to a climax from there. CopvrioM Kissinger will report to as the Chicago, Rock Is- Sunday afternoon at Camp and Pacific Railroad Co., vid, Md. They also plan nearly miles of watch part of the in 14 stales. It has been in Philadelphia National trouble for years and league game on ICC law judge found in 1971 Far East it was near bankruptcy. Much of kiext week will in 19C4 spent planning the trip they merger was first pro- take to Japan, South Korea in 1964 one year after Vladivostock, where Ford railroad, the North meet Brezhnev Nov. asked the ICC to let it The super power leaders controlling interest in expected to settle on Rock Island. al thai meeting for for Union Pacific in Geneva to produce a to comment on whether treaty limiting will pursue the merger in launchers, warheads of Ihe ICC conditions, say- bombers. The .current they would have to see the Soviet pact expires in before commenting. In recapping Kissinger's spokesman for Ihe Union est trip, which took him on Corp., holding company eighth Middle East peace the railroad, said the com- sion in a year, U.S. order could result in stressed his achievements at that would determine final outcome. This clearly implied a lack Ingram, president and (Continued: Page 2, Col. executive of the Rock Island, said: Ship whole lenor of (he ICC's release announcing its decision is encouraging. The ICC has 29 a genuine desire to stabilize a growing deterio- in the railroad industry TOKYO (AP) A bring vitality to important tanker loaded with liquefied which have become exploded Saturday after it ided wilh a Liberian Rock Island is just as in Tokyo about consummat- Five seamen were killed a merger with the Union Pa- 29 were reported missing. as it was at the beginning Japanese maritime and will bend every effort to agency said hopes of an equitable merger." any .survivors among the ing were Proposal It identified the two vessels Union Pacific originally the Hanker Yuyo Maru No. selling off all Rock and tha freighter Pacific track south andi south- Officials said 33 pf 38 of Kansas City to the n e s e crewmen aboard Pacific while keeping anker were rescued. The Island track north oi Taiwanese and one City. Korean seamen aboard the would allow it access to cific Ares were reported trade-rich areas of Chicago St. Louis while relieving it Reinstate Texts; Confrontation CHARLESTON, W. Va. board had ordered the Education officials and stored at the height of the book opponents' appear that drew nationwide at- 'or a new confrontation in pending board action on recommendations made by a wake of a school board review committee. reinstating most of the calling for a complete troversial texts for student and shutdown of the At issue are textbooks system, beginning Tues- p r o t e R t e r s consider said the Rev. Marvin American, immoral and one of a handful of preachers who As the Kanawha county led the nine-week anti-text- of education decided Friday .movement. "The board return all but two series of bear the responsibility for controversial books to happens now." classroom, angry Own Home" leaders were urging parents close down Ihc county certainly not Alice Moore, Ihe board D r Kenneth who launched the pro- county schools superintendent, praised the board vole, "Parents may now be forced to educate (heir children it "took into consideration their own home." entire told the board fol- its decision that truancy "Small loosely enforced over the "At no time can a system two months, would be governed by the decisions of adhered to now. small segment of Ihe see how the law stands he said. retorted Mrs. All other Rock Island proper south and southwest o Cansas City must be sold to th Southern Pacific. In addition, the ICC said th ianta Fe must include the Mi: souri-Kansas-Texas Railroad i its system. Benefits for Iowa Seen DES MOINES (UPI) Sta Energy Director John Millho said Friday that merger of t Rock Island and the Union P cific could yield substantial be efils for Iowa.. Millhone said it is still i< early ilo say if merger w be carried out but added: 'If a financially-trouble railroad can be linked to on that is healthy, it would be vei good for Rock Island's custom j ers. It is very promising to hav this step completed." Millhone said Friday's 1C decision "undoubtedly will b appealed" by other railroads. Miles The Rock Island is a majo carrier and other farm products in Iowa and has miles of track within the stat Only the North Western more trackage. Millhone said the North Wes has opposed the mergi because it would give the Unii Pacific access to Chicago, tin providing strong competition. "However, I think with tl way rail business is picking u there should be enough busine for all the present carriers th cross he said. "Railroac offer an attractive means Iransporlation now with all 11 concern about energy." U.S. Choppers Aid Hondurans TEGUCIGALPA, Hondura (AP) Two U. S. air fore Helicopters dropped pounds of food and medicine t persons still trapped flooding from Hurricane Fif the government said Friday. Col. Eduardo Andino, genera director of the Honduran Erne geney Committee, said the he copters made several trips, s transporting medical brigadi to help cope with disease ai malnutrition. Honduras has no helicopters. Andino said no mass dcatl have occurred amorig the rcf gees. COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) A deral judge Saturday freed rmer Army Lt. William L. alley from military custody f signing an order releasing m on his personal recog- zance in lieu of bond.. "History repeats itself ere we are, the same cast of laracters about to do the same ning I did last said S. District Judge J. Robert lliott. Elliott freed Calley last Febru- ry on bail pending a review of s court-martial conviction of he murder of 22 Vietnamese ci- ilians. In June he [reversed liis onviction, but the army took alley into custody until his elease Friday from the U. S. rmy disciplinary barracks at 'ort Leavenworth, Kan. Army attorneys told Elliott Saturday they were not contesl- ng Galley's release on bail and said they were willing for the jarole which Army Secretary toward "Bo" Callaway said would be granted him Nov. 19 to become effective immediately. "Full Circle" "That's an interesting devel- said Elliott. "It's ex- actly contrary to the position taken by the army before We've come full circle." Afler he signed the release, there was clapping from a few spectators. Some shook Galley's Calley, dressed nattily in a plaid suit, smiled but declined So cummenl to newsmen. Callaway said he signed the parole order Oct. 30. Calley would have served one-third of lis 10-year prison sentence Nov. 19. The statemenl said Callaway nade his decision "on the basis if a thorougli review of Galley's application for parole and the recommendation of officials at he U. S. army disciplinary bar- racks and the army and air orce clemency and parole ;oard." Basis of Order Callaway's order was based on liis authority to review court- martial sentences. Callaway, reached by .tele- phone at a ski resort in Crested Butte, Colo., said he had planned to make his decision public Nov. 15 but Friday's rul- ing by (he Fifth U. S. circuit court of appeals changed his mind. "We felt it would not be ap- propriate for our lawyers and 'alley to go before the court without the full facts. We had decided to parole him and this is relevant to that -allaway said. The 10-4 court vote to permit Calley to post bond and be freed cmporarily came after 14 of the 15 judges of the court were summoned secretly for an ex- .raordinary session. The judges decided to review Elliott's reversal of the convic- ion at a hearing Feb. 17. Loot Traced to Bank in Miami CHICAGO (AP) Investiga- tors have traced of the million taken in the Oct. 20 b u r g 1 a r y of the Armored Express Co. vault in Chicago to a Miami bank, the Chicago Tri- bune reported Saturday. Under Arrest As Coup Chief LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP President Hugo Banzcr fired Housing Minister Jose 'Patino Ayoroa Saturday andi placed lim under house arrest on charges of leading an abortive coup Thursday. lioilyguaril Slain HUKNOS AIRES (UPO-l-ctt- ist guerillas ambushed police Saturday and killed a bodyguard of Argentina's assistant federal police chief. Today's Index Church Page Comics Crossword Daily Record Deaths Editorial Features Financial Marion Movies.......... Sports Television Want Ads......... .....2 .....2 .....4 ....I! .....7 .....fi .9, 10 ...7 ..11-15