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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa THS BUSINESS OF CHRISTMAS Look at How C. Ii. Stores Doing (In Section A) Many Traditions (In Section B) Section A Weather Rain turning u> snaw. ending today High near 31. ( Undy Monday, highs 25-31. VOLUME 92 - NUMBER 340 It* Cetinr- tUtpida CnieWe CITY FINAL 35 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI. NEW YORK TIMES EUROPEANS BUYING IOWA LAND Ford, Giscard Ease Oil Stands FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique (AP) — Pressing to break a U. S.-French impasse on world energy policy, President Ford told French President Valery Giscard d’Esta-ing on Saturday night that “cooperation and solidarity among consumer nations’’ is the best way to blunt rising oil prices. Exchanging toasts at a formal dinner, the French president in turn indicated a willingness to work out a joint approach to key issues, declaring "It is ... by concert that we will arrive at a solution to the problem of rising petroleum prices.” Ford arrived on this Car-ribean island earlier Saturday for two days of talks with Giscard d’Estaing During the flight from Washington a senior adviser told newsmen the President is ready to reach a compromise with France on world energy policy Cam premise Details of an energy agreement remain to be worked out, but the senior official said the move could lead to a major international conference next summer between oil consuming and oil producing nations. The official, who declined to be named, indicated that under the proposed compromise, the U. S. would ease its pressure for France to join the U. S.-sponsored International Energy Agency, while France would soften its insistence for a quick conference between the oil consuming and oil producing nations In toasting Giscard d’Esta-ing. Ford declared: “Unilateral measures can no longer suffice in solving problems of such universal dimension" as the problem of energy and petroleum. “If we are to transcend our difficulties and successfully meet our challenges, we seek constructive dialogue, not confrontation,” Ford said. "... The U. S. is convinced that cooperation and solidarity among the consuming nations marks the surest way to reach understanding with the producer nations, which we all desire.” Preparations The U. S. has opposed a conference of petroleum users and producers — as has been urged by France — unless careful preparations are first made to insure the consuming nations will present a unified bargaining position Giscard d’Estaing in his dinner remarks signaled a readiness to go along with such preparations The purpose of “harmonizing the positions” on energy is to "prepare for the meeting at the same table and at a fixed date of countries willing to reconcile their respective points of view in the interest of world peace," he said. Earlier a U. S. official said, “We won’t go to an unprepared conference.” If consum* (Continued: Page 3, Col. 2) Coffee Countries Move to Hike Prices PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela (AP) — The five Central American countries and Pan ama agreed Saturday to hold part of their coffee crops off the world market to try to drive up prices Oil-rich Venezuela agreed to back the countries financially. The six countries exported $700 million worth of coffee in 1973 and. according to a recent statistic, between HO and 90 percent of the exports go to the U S. Each country exports an average of 150 million pounds of coffee annually A declaration signed at the Today's Index SECTION A Lot* Newt    1.1. IO D*ottt%...........     J Editor Kilt    ....... City Moll Mote*..................  »* Report Cord  ......      2? Aer en! On Voutt*    74 SECTION B lo wo New*    I    I) Front Ny* * Pclitwol Note*.    4 teievnlon Toto**     ( Food      IO Marion    IT Building    It    IT Moyie*    Ii Record Review*    IV Form    20    21 SECTION C Social... ..    *    24 Around ttte Town    2 New Book*    2 Travel .....   —    2S SECTION 0 Sport* .........     Ii Outdoor lowo   .............................. Financial..........................   OU New York SHK it    IO Wont Ad*    U    24 Cro**word...............................     Ii Porod* Mayo/me    I    14 Comic*..-.... ...............    Id end of a two-day summit meeting here called for limiting the supply of coffee to obtain “just prices.” The national leaders did not say how much would be withheld but said their finance ministers would meet in Guatemala on Tuesday to work out arrangements. Unofficial sources said Venezuela, which expects to have oil revenues this year of $10 billion, would provide about SHO million to finance the scheme In the so-called Guayana Declaration. Venezuela also agreed to finance several investment projects in Central America and the six smaller countries agreed to buy a total of 66.100 barrels of Venezuelan oil a day at current mark**t prices Under the financing mechanism for the oil-investment swap, Venezuela will set up a fund in its central bank from which the central hanks of the six countries can obtain 25 year loans to buy the oil Coffee prices have been falling on world commodity markets in recent months Though the wholesale cash price in New York was just under 70 cents a pound last week, futures contracts for delivery next spring and summer are selling for 60 cents or less The joint action is intended to halt that dec line Attending the session were the presidents of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador. Guatemala and Ven ezuela and Panamanian strongman Gen. Omar Tor-rijos. UPI Telephoto * UNPOPULAR PROTEST—Angry black citizens of Ste. Marie, Martinique, Saturday rushed a protester, who was trying to hand out leaflets protesting the talks between President Ford and French President Valery Gisgard D’Estaing. The protester, along with another man and a woman, was punched, kicked, thrown to the ground and sent fleeing down a hill where crowds awaited the French leader. Doubts Sirhan Killed RFK Grow By John Crrwdson New York Time* Service LOS ANGELES - More than six years after the assassination of Robert F Kennedy, a small group of criminologists, public officials and eye-witnesses to the shooting are questioning some of the evidence that led to the conviction of Sirhan Sirhan. a Jordanian immigrant, as the late senator’s only assailant Such doubts, founded mainly on a re-examination of the record of Sirhan’s 1969 murder trial and related documents, have begun to spread in recent months from a coterie of assassination “buffs” to political figures, investigators and journalists. None doubt Sirhan’s involvement in the attack on Kennedy; but some question whether the    bullets that he fired killed    Kennedy, and others question whether his bullets hit Kennedy at all Faros to Ballet Attention is focused on one of the bullets removed from Kennedy's body that some say does not appear to match others fired from Sirhan’s pistol, and on eyewitness testimony that places    Sirhan farther from the senator at the time of the shooting than the scientific evidence would indicate Joseph Busch, the Iris Angeles county district attorney, dismisses th** assertions as unfounded, based on a lins reading of the evidence, and says that Robert Kenm*dy’s only assailant is Sirhan. who is safely behind bars The controversy has existed since the Sirhan trial, but has intensified since last May when a bis    Angeles county supervisor, Baxter Ward. held a special hearing at which ballistics experts testified about some anomalies in the Today’s Chuckle The quickest way to become an old dog is to stop learning new tricks. Copyright bullets recovered from the bodies of Kennedy and five bystanders who were also wounded in the kitchen of the Ambassador here on the night of June 5, 1968 Extensive Aerosat Ward’s call for a renewed investigation of the ballistic and other evidence is also taken up in an article in the January issue of Harper’s magazine, which goes on sale Monday. The article, one of the first extensive accounts of the conflicting evidence and testimony surrounding Robert Kennedy’s death to appear in a national publication, is based on an investigation by two journalists, Betsy legman and Alexander Cockburn A separate inquiry is being conducted by Allard Lowen-stein, a former congressman from New York Lowenstein was expected to disclose some of his findings at a news conference in New York today, along with Paul Schrade, a political associate of Kennedy who was also wounded at the hotel on the night of the 1968 California presidential primary’ election. Although a number of divergent theories purport to resolve the various conflicts, a common thread runs through most of them — the absence of what some see as conclusive scientific proof that the bullets that struck Kennedy were fired by a single pistol. Eyewitness testimony contradicts some of the findings of De-wayne Wolfer of the Los Angelim! limed Page 3, Col 3) N.Y. Program Eliminates One Surgery Out of Four By Frances Orra New York Time* Servile NKW YORK — Mon* than one of four of the operations recommended to a group of local union members by their original physicians wen* not warranted in the view of a Stroud consulting expert brought in under a program aimed at preventing unnecessary surgery The results of the program are still considered preliminary, and have been challenged by some medical authorities But they have so impri*ssed city officials that a similar system is expected to be broadened within two months to include all of the million municipal employes and their dependents, according to Leo Gruskin, director of the city’s bureau of health insurance. The bulk of those now participating in the program an* the 110,000 members of District 37 of the American Federation of State, County arid Municipal Employes and their families $4 Millio Say lag The city has estimated, Gruskin said, that by reducing unnecessary hospitalization, $4 million can be cut from the city’s bill for medical benefits, currently $83 million a year. And an official of the Associated Hospital Service of New York says it is considering providing suc h a program for all of its subscribers. Dr Eugene McCarthy, associated clinical professor of public health at Cornell medical college, designed the presurgical screening program under which six trade unions with a combined membership of 186,000 encourage members to seek a second expert opinion following a doctor’s recommendation for surgery McCarthy cautioned against drawing a conclusion that more than one out of four of all operations being performed on the general public were not necessary, since part lei pa Hon in the program by must of the union members was voluntary and those who asked for a second opinion might have had some doubt about their need for surgery Hey* Program Vtarks One of those who sought such a consultation was Marie Claire of Forest Hills, N Y Mrs Claire is a civilian police administration aide, and her experience is illustrative of how the program works In September, 1973, a doctor at a hospital here told Mrs. Claire that she should undergo an operation to correct a deviated spctum, a crooked nasal passage. But Mrs Claire was not sure she n**eded the surgery. She had heard that through her union, District 37, sh** could get another medical opinion “The (consulting) doctor told me I didn’t n<*od the operation, that I did have a slightly deviated septum, but that I was having trou hie breathing because of a swollen membrane,” she said in a recent interview. The consultant recommended that she us** a nasal spray, and now, more than a year later. Mrs. Claire says she has no trouble breathing. Mrs. Claire is one of 1,935 persons who asked for a second opinion from February, 1972, through last Get 31. According to McCarthy, 548 of those persons, or* 28 percent, were, like Mrs Claire, told they did not need surgery Lax Laws Cloud Full Extent of Farm Sales By Al Sweglt Several Kuropean business men have purchased farmland in Eastern Iowa, and more farmland sales are expected to be disclosed soon However, Iowans probably will never know how much farmland has really been purchased by foreign investors to date, because of lax laws regarding what information must be included on property transfer documents. Individuals recording property transfers at Iowa court houses cannot be required by county recorders to list the true name or address of the owners involved Additionally, deeds do not have to be recorded with county recorders to be considered legal in Iowa Foreign land buyers in Iowa ar** taking advantage of these provisions to hide their identities. In s*ime cases in Iowa and California, foreigners are buying land under a silent partnership arrangement to keep their identity secret. Nevertheless, The Gazette has learned that at least six Italians and West Germans have been actively buying farmland in Eastern Iowa One transaction, if closed, is expected to bi* a $1 million deal The European investors have purchased farmland in Benton and Van Buren counties and deals are pending in Cedar and Fayette counties Rumors of two sales in Linn and Muscatine counties have proved to be false Unlike InLernational carper alisos foreign individuals de nnt have U register their Intent In de business in lewa. Foreign corporations doing business in Iowa must register with the secretary of state One firm that has, Furutzi, Inc., is an Italian grain export firm that plans to do $4 million worth of business in Iowa this year Another Italian firm as well as a Japanese and a Canadian firm have also registered with the secretary of state within the past two years. The Arabs have had some dealings with Eastern Iowans, but so far their interest has been in advice, not farms * The farmland deals have been difficult to confirm, as the transactions believed to involve European buyers do not have the addresses of the parties listed on the property transfer documents. Papers filed with the Van Buren county recorder’s office in Keosauqua show that a warranty deed for a 626-acre farm owned by Fred Carlton and Jeanette Ebert Carlton was transferred Dee. 20, 1973, to a party by the name of Sigrid Maria Paula Sels No address was given. The attorney listed as handling the transaction for Sels. Byron Riley, jr., of Cedar Rapids, declined to comment West German Soybean Processor Other sources say the farm has been financed, if not owned, by a West German soybean processor. Otto Sels of Neues, West Germany Sets reportedly visited the United States and hts southeastern Iowa farm last October Transfer stamps valued at $355 85 were attached to the warranty deed. The property is all located in Jackson township near the town of Milton in Van Buren county. A retired Northeast Iowa extension farm managment specialist, Leonard Bodenstciner of Decorah, said he was called in to do consultant work for Sels. who told him that he purchased the Van Buren county property Bodensteiner said Sels also told him that he owned property in Linn county managed by I .co Lala, jr of Cedar Rapids, but county and state records list LDL. Farms. Inc. as th** owner of properties managed by lala. lala laid The Gazette that he has had Hnaarial dealings vt Uh Sels, bat his family farm rorparatfoa. 1.1)1. Farms, la*-., has retained ownership af the laid Ownership records in Benton and Linn counties confirm that LDL Farms, Inc , is listed as the owner of the bulk of the properties managed by lala Annual reports filed by LDL Farm, Inc., with the secrc tary of state’s office in Des Moines do not show Sr Is as an officer or a director with IDI. Shareholders are not listed on annual report forms lala said his farm corporation has expanded its land holdings by 1,100 acres this last year He said he became acquainted with Sels in travels to Europe in connection with his business. The two men arc contemplating a grain marketing contract arrangement to sell grain directly to Sels’ soybean proeessing plant in W**st Germany, but the agreement has not been finalized yet, lala said. Sketchy Details On Benton Sale Details on another European business man believed owner of land in Benton county are sketchy Sources in Benton county believe the Italian buying 320 acres northwest of Urbana is a relative, possibly a nephew of the Ferrari automobile manufacturer An agreement was filed for record Sept 5, 1974, in th** Benton county courthouse listing Umberto Ferrari as buyer of a property owned by Gene G and la* Rue Sebcsta. The agreement itself was signed May 20, 1974 The buyer's at torney was listed as F James Bradley, 1215 Merchants Na tarnal bank Bradley acknowledged that the buyer is an Italian, but he said Fcrrarfs relationship with the automobile manufacturer by that name “never came up in a conversation The property is located in Polk township of Benton (Continued on Pug** ISA, Col I )