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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- I'arUy cloudy tonight with lows in upper Cloudy Wednesday wllh blghs In the mid 30s. VOLUME 92 NUMBER 33! CITY FINAL IS CENTS 10, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES ROCKY APPROVED BY SENATE Report by Ehrlichman Admitted Gazette Leased Wires WASHINGTON A 1973 re- port in which John Ehrlichman made accusations against three of the men who now are his co- defendants at the Watergate cover-up trial was allowed into evidence Tuesday over the ob- jections of the co-defendants' at- torneys. But Judge John Sirica excised some paragraphs, including one in which Ehrlichman told former President Nixon that the names of former Attorney Gen- eral Mitchell, former Assistant Attorney General Robert Mar- dian and Kenneth Parkinson, a lawyer for the 1972 Nixon cam- paign committee, had been given to him among "names of participants" in the cover-up ef- fort. The three, along with former White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman, are on trial with Ehrlichman. Quit 2 Weeks Later Ehrlichman's lawyer, William Prates, tried Monday to let the jury see the report hand-written by Ehrlichman on April 13, 1973, Doubt Food Price Easing In Early 75 WASHINGTON (AP) _ Th agriculture department s a i today that retail food price could rise as fast during th first half of next year as the have risen this year. Super market prices througl June could go up at an annua rate of 15 percent, "barring sharp collapse in domestic am world Ahalt, a staff two weeks before he left the White House. When other attorneys objected on grounds the report was da- said, fn fhoi r -agaaj "l assure your ni Ehrlichman and I arc not trying to damage or hurt any other de- fendants." Sirica ordered these sentences deleted: ''Jim (meaning M a r d i a n LaRue, atlorneys O'Brien, Parkinson and Bittman have been given lo me as names of participants in his ef- fort but I cannot say whether this is factual." The additional references were to campaign aide Frederick LaRue, Paul O'Brien, attorney for E. Howard Hunt, one of Ihe original Water- gate defendants. "Dean believes the jury may now have enough facts to indict JNM and JSM, but I question said J. Dawsoi economist pre ienting the department's analy sis of the food price outlook. Ellen Zawel, president of the National Consumers Congress said in response to Ahalt's pre pared address to the depart nent's annual national agricul ural outlook conference, "Thi >rospect of another 15 to 20 per cent increase in food prices is mind-boggling." Food prices last year jumpec .4.5 percent and they have in creased about another 15 per cent so far this year. "Highly Uncertain A year ago the department predicted a 12 percent increase during 1974. However, poor har- vests reduced supply and creased prices. Ahalt said prospects are "highly uncertain" for the last half of 1575, when economists again hope for bumper U. S. grain crops. "If weather cooperates in the U. S. and around the world, and economic activity weakens "mre than expected, production increases relative to demand growth could be quite large, leading to significant slowing in price he said. "Conversely, with world grain stocks at precariously low levels, another year of growing conditions, at. a Wlrepholo SECRETARIES THREE Cabinet members listen to a discussion at the Washington seminar on energy policy. From left, Claude Brinegar, secretary of transportation; Frederick Dent, commerce, and Peter Brennan, labor. when world food needs are ex- panding, could ignite a rapid pace of food price advances throughout 1975." Hot Response Ahalt said additional creases in processing, distribul- ng and marketing costs will add to pressure on prices. But ie predicted such increases will )e more in line with over-all )rice trends than they have >een this year, when middlemen lave accounted for 84 percent of: Balloting on School Bonds -ight in C. R. Balloting in the million chool bond issue referendum as running slightly ahead o: poor alloling on a similar issue six lime onths ago, according to a check with precincts around 2 p.m. Tuesday. By 2 p.m., with 37 of 40 pre- cincts reporting to The Gazette, persons had cast ballots in the referendum on the mil- lion bond issue for junior high remodeling. Last April 30, persons had voted by 2 p.m. at 37 of 40 precincts. Some persons voted1 in that election, in which a million bond issue for junior remodeling was rejected Idea of Gasoline Tax Hike Refuses To Die WASHINGTON or Secretary Morton said Tues- day that the administration may jo along with a gasoline tax ncrease in an effort to reduce 'uel consumption. "It could be part of a pack- of energy legislation, >cing considered by the White House, he said. Interviewed on NBC's "To- day" show, Morton said the tax ncrease could be used to pump money back into the sagging economy. But one of the problems lo be lonsidered, he said, is: "How do rou get the tax money back into be economy in an equitable her whether it does." The refer- ences here were to former White House counsel John Dean Mitchell and deputy re-election director Jeb Stuart Magrudcr. "JNM (meaning Mitchell) Vesco grand jury In New Yorl and of the Klein grand jury in Washington." These were inves tigations of fugitive financier Robert Vesco and suburban de veloper Joel Kline, whose name was spelled wrong in the memo. The jury heard none ar guments Monday and Tuesday nor the judge's ruling that he would eliminate references to the guilt or innocence of anyone pure speculation and informa- tion unrelated to the case. Phony, Charade Chief prosecutor James Neal called the report phony and a charade "One co-conspirator giving a self-serving statement to another co-conspirator thai they could rely on in case things came unstuck." But he said he had no objection to its introduc- tion as evidence. Neal said Ehrlichman had tes- tified three or four times under oath that there never was such a report. Earlier in the trial, Ehrlichman said he had found the document recently at Ihe bottom of a box of his notes, still being kept in the White House. He said he drafted the memo- randum after Nixon told him tojment power" known as "Waler-j'he house and senate indicated] The court order conduct a Watergate congress has the votes to over- clearing the way broadcast mileage" standards; tax crei its for purchasers of cconomica cars or, conversely, weight an horsepower taxes: import n strictions; fuel allocations am as a last resort, gasoline ratior ing. 3uck, wi no increase in retail has increased "1 think we have to he consumers congress at the other alternatives nt blasted the department Page 3, Col. he added. response, saying, :es are merely the To Die of an iceberg whose founda-has been systematically ig-ed by myopic President Ford has condemned it to death, the no-lion of a fuel-saving gasoline tax refuses to die. ie said food inflation is ed by "the interplay of sup-and demand factor? and many of his top energy officials still talking it up, he may yet find the proposa !y structure of the domestic 1 delivery system." While farmers go broke and sumers are exhorted to their forthcoming recommendations. They suggcsl ;hat, when he sees their other proposals, he may decide the bullet, all the food industry lages to do is pass isn't so bad after all. The administration, heading she said. cabinet-level energy policy no longer tolerate, and 8 at Camp David Saturday, longer afford to pay, known to be considering such as mandatory automobile Jixon Tapes Bill to WASHINGTON (AP) house passage only indicated he will rule on the jress has passed and sent senate passage in order question of who ident Ford a bill any possible (he materials, the govern- government lo lake or Nixon. of former President. Monday means the tapes and days Ford has to act on IUVIMU11.-S e bill also orders one way or Ihe other run bill sent to Ford directs filiations for public week from Friday. General Services Adminis- ic tapes and papers congress would have lo take possession of the de the public with the lo override any and draft regulations at Ihe earliest ending its provide public as well as of the abuses of govern- Voice-vote passage by both collrl access to lion. The report noles at Ihe! Ford has given no indication start that "so much of this is Of whether he will sign or veto hearsay I cannot vouch for its ultimate truth." Ehrlichman testified later (Continued: PageS, Col. 8.) Tndntfx Chuckle We may complain about the heat in the summer, but at least we don't have to shovel it. Copvriotil the bill. The measure would nullify an agreement Ford's staff worked out with Nixon for pr c s c rv i n g Ihe lapcs and papers, although (he significance of that agreement already has been placed in doubt by a subse- quent pact between Ford and the Watergate prosecutor. Avoids I'ockct Veto Rep. John Bradcmas I house floor manager for Ihe bill, 'said IK .submitted the bill for would nullify the ride a veto. The Sept. 7 agreement between Nixon and the Ford administra- tion giving Nixon control over the tapes and records and stor- ing them near San Clementc. When Ford later agreed with Ihe special prosecutor to retain of last week] way for public the Nixon tapcf after the Watergate cover-up Irial would not be affected' by the bill. The bill's public access rcga lations would be required to be drafted in three months and would go into effect three monlhs later unless vetoed by I b c designated when congress cconvenes. The tentative date tor the new session is Jan. 14. Stunned Colleagues Mills entered the hospital last week, complaining of exhaus- tion, a few days after he stunned colleagues by appearing briefly on stage in Boston with Mrs. Annabel Batlistella, a strip- per with whom lie has been friendly. In October, Mills was involved n an incident when a speeding automobile in which he, Mrs. ?atlislella and others were rid- ng was stopped by police near he Tidal Basin and Mrs. Battis- ella plunged into the water, emerged from the au- omobile bleeding from cuts and scratches on Iiis face and of- icers reported he appeared to )e intoxicated. Mills later told his Arkansas onstituents he was cmbar- assed and humiliated by the pisode. He was re-elected to congress in November. Wide Jurisdiction Mills since 1958 has been chairman of the committee, which has i a wide jurisdiction including tax, trade, social secu- rity and welfare matters. He came to congress in 1939. For many years he enjoyed enormous prestige as congress1 leading expert on tax matters and had the reputation of run- ning the committee with a firm hand. His private life was con- New route from highway 13 looping sidcred eminently respectable, south ton to use Ihem or have aides make copies to be sent to San Clcmcnlc. and east and eventually! Rep. Al Ullman the in wilh an extension of s e c o n d ranking Democratic Collins road. [member of the committee, has Current highway commissionjbccn functioning as ils acting estimates place (he cost of the chairman. Albert said he did not get any detailed information from the Prime purpose of the road jdoclor about Mills' condition, would he to relieve present] "The medical processes have highway 151 through been Albert which has an a tying project in excess of mil- lion. consideration. But commission David Shaff of Clinton (old the ten-member delegation thai with present economic woes fac- ing the road-building group, the project is "hanging on the cliff." He said if the 42 percent infla- tion factor in construction costs docs not ease or if new funding is not generated by next the bypass prcbably will be ex- cluded from the nexl five-year ,a sufficiency rating of just i ratin? thc highway! in a low critical area. j Traffic Flow Comics Allhough strongly supporting Crossword the bypass plan, Commissioner Donald Gardner of Cedar Rapids expressed doubt traffic flow would be eased if a suit- able connection wilh First avc- Today's Index .23 Daily Itecord ................3 Deaths ................3 Editorial Features ..........6 Farm ......................15 Financial...................24 nuc in Cedar Rapids is not ac- Marlon plan. congress controlled by the op- position party and apparently little inclined lo raise taxes on a In public already burdened. year, complished. A highway commission map i Movies Society Sports tentatively has a tie-in at Thir- Alrcady Delayed liolh slrcct drivo' although the Linn county regional planning! Television Ihe plan approved last; ...__ I Want Ads right-of-way was to be1 (Continued: PaRc 3, Col. 5.) ..........It 21 ......12, 1.1 ......17-20 .....10, U 22 .......26-2J i
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