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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Weather- Snow iMidhiK tonight. Decreasing cloudiness, tow tonight in teens. High Sulurdiiy middle 20s. VOLUME 92 NUMBER 345 CKDAH RAPIDS, IOWA, FKIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1974 CITY FINAL 15 CENTS ASSOCIATED PRESS, DPI, NEW YORK TIMES ARREST TOLD IN C.R. DEATH Price Rise Drops Real Earnings WASHINGTON (AP) The government reported Friday that the cost of living rose an- other 0.9 percent in November, while workers' real earnings de- clined to their lowest level since 1967. The labor department said a decline of 1.8 percent in workers' real earnings during the month meant the nation's workers were earning 5.6 per- cent less than a year ago. Real spendable earnings real wages minus taxes de- clined 1.7 percent, the biggest monthly decline since the labor department began keeping such figures in 1964. Most Since 1947 The increase of 0.9 percent in consumer prices a 10.8-per- cent annual rate matched the October increase 'and pushed {h cost of living 12.1 percent higher in November than it was a year earlier. This was the biggest 12- monlh increase since a 12.6 per- cent increase in (he 12 months ending in September of 1947. For the first 11 months of 1974, the cost of living was re ported up 11.4 percent. The Con- sumer Price Index stood at 154.3 of the 1967 average of 100, meaning that it cost to buy a statistical supply of goods that sold in 1967 for Although the Ford administra- tion has 'been predicting an eas- ing of the nation's high inflation rate by spring, there was little evidence of decline in the No- vember figures on consumer prices. The labor department said prices increased during the month for a wide variety of con- sumer goods and services, in- cluding most foods, clothing, natural mortgage interest rates and even taxicab fares and parking fees. But it noted that the price of gasoline declined for the fourth consecutive month, wilh regular gasoline averaging 52.8 cents per gallon and premium gaso line averaging 5G.7 cenls in No vember. Food Up 11.9 Percent Food prices were reported up 1.4 percent during the month marking (he fourth consecutive month of rapid increase. Sharply higher prices foi sugar and sugar products were the major cause of the fooc price jump, the department said. Prices also increased foi fresh vegetables, pork anc poultry, but declined somewhat for beef, fresh fruits and eggs. The cost of food in November -UP I Tclcpholo President Ford and Nelson Rockefeller leave the White House tor the Capitol and the latter's swear- ing-in as vice-president. (More photos on picture page.) Rocky Vows To Be 'Quiet, Helpful' was listed as 11.9 percent above a year earlier. Most of the labor depart- ment's figures were adjusted for seasonal variations. On an unadjusted basis, Ihe consumer price index was up 0.8 percenl and food costs were up I per- cent. N o n f o o d commodities in- creased in over-all price by 0.8 percent on a seasonally adjust- ed basis in November. This was higher than the October in- crease of 0.6 percent, but still Ihe second smallest increase during 1974. Today's Index Comics .....................U Courthouse ........3 Crossword ..................27 Daily Record .................1 Deaths.................3 Editorial Features Farm ......................15 Financial ................25 10 Movies .........21-2.1 Society ..................12-1.1 Sports ..............17-20 Stole Television 11 Wnnt 27-31 WASHINGTON (AP) Nel- son Rockefeller began his first day as vice-president by presid- ing over the senate and then said he plans to be "as quiet and as helpful" as possible in working with President Ford. Talking lo reporters as lie left tho Capitol to return lo New York with his wife, Rockefeller was asked about suggestions he might pose a problem for Ford. "You can be assured right he said, "I'm not going to pose a problem for anybody. "I want lo be as quiel and as helpful and only do that which is appropriate and useful to the President and to the people of this he added. Meeting with Ford Although aides had said earli- er in the week Rockefeller would meet with Ford Friday to discuss his vice-presidential as- signments, they said Friday the meeting would take place Satur- day afternoon at the White House. Asked if lie thinks inflation or recession is the nation's biggest economic problem, Rockefeller said they are interrelated and added: "I'm going to find out from Ownership Probe Set By ASCS the President how I can be help- ful to him in his handling of these problems with the con- gress of Ihe U.S." Asked if he had any specific ideas for dealing with them, he replied "No." Aides said Rockefeller would return lo Washington Saturday lo meet wilh Ihe President. Praises Hearings Rockefeller, one of America's most experienced public ser- vants and wealthiest men, used his inaugural address Thursday night to praise the congressional review lhat scrutinized his ca- is confirma- By Al Swcgle Gazette Farm Editor Farm program officials in Iowa Friday initiated a probe nto the extent of foreign invest- ment in farmland in the state. The move came as a result of disclosures this week by The lazetlc that West German and Italian investors were taking advantage of lax land laws in Iowa to hide their identities. County farm program vorkers Friday received letters rom Dale Awlry, state Agricul- ural Stabilization and Conscr- Service (ASCS) director, that they look into he question of foreign own- "rship of Iowa farmland. "I am asking each of you to make some inquiry in your counties with local bankers, Re- altors and other people who may be able lo furnish informa- tion as lo whether or not there actually is !i movement under tion for four months. Just hours before being sworn in by Chief Justice Burger in a televised ceremony in the sen- ate, Rockefeller was confirmed by the house, 287-128. Iowa Republicans Wiley Mayne and William Scherle and Democrat John Culver support- ed the nomination, while Re- publican H. R. Gross and Demo- crats Neal Smith and Edward Mezvinsky opposed it. First Senate TV Ford, members of congress and Ihe cabinet, Rockefeller's family and a host 'of New York officials were on hand to wit- ness (he inaugural. Senate President Pro Tern- pore James Eastland (D-Miss.) convened the ceremonies, and a committee of senators conduct- ed first Ford, and then Rocke- feller, into the senate chamber. It was the first time television The new vice-president said, "I pledge myself to the fullest limit of my capacity to work with you, Mr. President, and the congress in the great task of building the strength of Ameri- ca lo meet Ihe grave new prob- lems which we confront as a na- tion and as people." Not Disappointed He later lold reporters that he was delighted with Ihe margin of hts approval by Ihe house rather than disappointed thai 128 members voted against his confirmation. "There are some Democrats j who find it very hard to vote for a he said, reach- ing with a smile for the glass of New York slale champagne handed him over Ihe heads of Ihe crowd by Nancy Kissinger, wife of the secretary of stale. The house vole completed the series of four separate lhat were needed lo confirm Rockefeller. The other voles were 9-0 in Ihe senate rules committee, 90-7 in (he full senate and 2C-12 in the house judiciary committee. Second in History Rockefeller's c o n f i r mation made him the second consecu- tive person lo move into Ihe na- tion's No. 2 office by appoint- ment rather than direct popular (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) Minimum 12% Raise Set for City Employes cameras were allowed in thej senate. After taking the oalh, Rocke- feller read from his own hand- written notes scrawled on a yel- low legal pad and lold the na- employe lion, "There is nothing wrong All Cedar Rapids municipal smploycs will receive at least a 12 percent pay hike after Jan. 1 f a new salary schedule pro- }oscd by the city council Friday is adopted. The schedule, complete with charts identifying each employe by name and giving his or her present and proposed new sala- was made available to de- partment heads Friday. Mayor Don Canney said he lopes any necessary adjust- ments can be made in Ihe week between Christmas and New Year's day so the schedule can be adopted as soon as possible. The basic plan accomplishes two purposes. It ensures each salary increase greater than the increase in the America that price index during the cannot right." ilast'year, and it puts all em- ployes on Ihe .same, new salary program. Comparative Study The program is one recom- mended by a Chicago consulting firm. Public Service Institute of North America, Inc., after a comparative study of 32 cities in the northern midwest of be- tween and popula- tion. There are now four pay pro- grams in use by the cily, a situ- ation that has proved cumber- some in the past. Putting all employes on one pay plan was one of Ihe coun- cil's goals in commissioning the study by the Chicago firm. Under the proposed new plan, 'ive annual "step increases" of 'ive percent each are provided. A sixth step is a merit step, for which a supervisor must rccom- (Continuui: Page 3, Col. 7.) House Okay on Trade, Adjournment Nears WASHINGTON (AP) Clear- ing the way for final adjourn- ment of the 93rd congress, the house Friday overwhelmingly approved a major international trade bill despite complaints that it will not force freer Soviet emigration. The vote was 323-36. The bill now goes to (he sen- ate, which was expected to give final approval later in the day and send the'bill to President Ford for his expected signature. Emigration Question In the house debate, Rep. Robert Bauman (R-Md.) de- nanded to know whether the Soviets and other Communist nations will get the favorable .rade treatment in the bill if as the Soviets threatened two days ago they do not permit free emigration of Jews and other citizens. Al Ullman Ihe ill's floor manager, replied jiat Ford would be authorized o give them the favorable U. S. trade treatment and credit loans so long as they are nego- tiating a satisfactory agreemenl lo meet congress' demands for free emigration for Jews and other citizens. Three other pieces of legisla- tion were on the docket for ac- tion before adjournment: The trade bill which offers Russia favored-nation trading status, conditioned on a Soviel policy permitting freer emigra- tion of Jews and other minor! ties. A minor tax hill doubling the amount taxpayers may deducl for political contributions and increasing from 6 lo 9 percent the penally on delinquent tax- payers. A measure designed to induce slates to prosecute fathers who refuse to support their children and lo deny welfare lo mothers who refuse lo help locate or identify Ihe falhers.of their chil- dren. In addition, the house has ten- lalively scheduled action on a ;eries of senate-passed bills which provide for speedier (rials in federal courts, exlend anti-poverty programs until 1977. give subsidies In ship- builders, and preserve wild and :cenic rivers. primarily of students colleges or universities." And it also exempts "voluntary youth service organizations, including dictmenl was returned because the YMCA, the YWCA, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls and Boy Scouts. Student Records Another portion of the bill Jobs Bill Funding In oilier legislalive business, congress sent to the President the session's final money bill containing billion to begin funding public service jobs and assure a full 52 weeks of unem- ployment compensation benefits Israel Calls for Egyptian Talks By United Press International Israeli Prime Minister Yitz- :iak Rabin challenged Egyptian President Amvar Sadat Friday !o meet him face to face "for the purpose of a peace." Rabin said Egypt would have .0 decide ,within a few weeks whether it sought progress to- ward a peace settlement or would return lo prior conditions 'or talks and preparation for to workers covered by this pro-i gram. This would be 13 more weeks than are now available, j Both houses also completed action on legislation that ex- empts youth service organiza- tions from new sex discrimi- nation laws and sets limits on students' rights to inspect their educational records. It provides that sex discrimi- nation laws shall not apply lo service-oriented social fraterni- .ies and sororities "consisting at Indictment By Roland Krckcler John Lee White, 30, formerly of Cedar Rapids, is the person who was indicted by the Linn grand jury Thursday on a murder charge in the February shooting death of Cedar Rapids auctioneer, Donald Van Steenis. The name was not released Thursday morning when the in- amends the Family Rights and Privacy Acl, which took effect last month, to place limitations on the right of college students lo' examine their educational files. The students would not be permitted lo inspect confidential financial data submitted by Iheir parents in applying for scholarship aid and could not inspect records placed on file before 1975. Also sent to Ford was a con- tinuing resolution making possi- ble a billion foreign aid pro- gram for Ihe current fiscal year. Another bill sent to Ihe Pres- ident would extend the Export- Import Bank but put sharp limits on the use of its funds for energy development projects in the Soviet Union. Also cleared lo Ihe Prcsidenl was a bill designed lo give con- sumers full information on war- ranties on all products costing more than The senate completed con- gressional action on two house- passed bills lo create new wil- derness preserves. of a state law that forbids of- ficials to release the names of indicted persons unless they are in custody or under bail. White has been in custody in the penitentiary at Fort Madis- on on a sentence from a larceny conviction in Tama county. However, Eugene Kopecky, county attorney-elect, refused lo release the name until White had been served an arrest war- rant on the murder charge Thursday afternoon, interpret- ing Ihe statute to refer to cus- jtody or bail in connection with the new charge. Been a Suspect While has been a suspect in the case since early in the in- vestigation of the February death of Van Steenis, but the matter was not taken lo the U.S. Steel Gives Boost Justification WASHINGTON (AP) The nation's largest steel producer, U. S. Steel Corp., submilted written documentation to the jovernment Friday as juslifica- .ion of its controversial 8 per- cent increase in prices of many steel products. President Fold had demanded Ihe explanation. A spokesman for the Council of Wage and Price Stability, which is investigating the price hikes, said the information was from U. S. Steel but declined to reveal the contents, saying that was up to the sleel company. The chairman bf U. S. Steel, 5. B. Speer, was scheduled to meet during the afternoon with council chairman Albert Rees. Specr requested the meeting with Recs to amplify on Ihe written presentation. "Additional Action" White House Press Secretary Ion Nesscn said Thursday 'there could be additional presi- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 5.) Bandits Surrender; Held 30 Hostages RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) r- iirce gunmen, whose escape rom a super market robbery vas cut short at the door by a loliccman, dashed back inside Ihe 'sloro and took about 30 per- sons hostage. The bandits sur- rendered themselves and Iheir captives Friday after a six- hour siege. Police said the final 14 hos- bgcs were freed about 6 I way for foreign invcslmcnt inja.m. when the last Iwo gunmen Iowa A w I r y s read. small children lo a woman in :undclcrmincd amount of cash, a Ihostagc had suffered a heart at- her mid-BOs, emerged shaken but unharmed. Two of Ihe gun- men suffered minor injuries, policeman in an unmarked car surprised them and a flurry of gunfire ensued. tack, the gunmen refused lo allow him lo leave. "We're getting him out of shotgun wound in the'I T'le mcn Lundquist said he told 'one of them was apprehended them. "Don't make it any worse as he tried 'to run out a back [for yourselves." shoulder and the other lacera- tions from broken glass. Ordered to Floor The gunmen were not idcn- door. Police Capt. Donald Lund- quisl and another officer en- tered the store lo negotiate. tified, although there were in- "They wanted a car and were dicalions al tons! Iwo of thornIgo'ng lo lake tho were teenagers. The sequence of events began about p.m. Thursday when isaid Lundquisl. "They also idler gave themselves up following a telephone conference wilh Gov. Awlry lold Tho Gazelle he Anderson. jfour armed, masked men en- on-again, off-again thing. Wc'clt peeled that Ihe invesligationj Another group of about 15 per-.tercd the Country Club on tlic verge and then! would be completed by Jan. 10. Jsons had been released an hoiirjmarkcl in Utis Minneapolis would happen They'd! A stretcher was rolled up to a door and Ihe man was removed (Photos on Picture Page.) without incident. Hospital spoki eiiffA :esmcn said later he had not He added that farm policy 'earlier when Ihe third giinnianjurb, makers may jncliidi regarding foreign ownership of ordered customers and wanted a helicopter." He said negotiations wore "an [suffered a heart atlack. Under Register Police hustled Ihe hostages, land in future signup fnnns qi'cslionsjsurrcndered. The fourth robbcrjemploycs to lie on the floor andjgct out of there." captured before Ihe mcnllhcn rifled cash registers and n' point n gun at us and loll us lo several of them still clutching farm program hags of groceries, lo a store grabbed their hostages. safe. The hostages, ranging (rom As they were leaving wilh an Apparent Attack Whon it appeared lhat by friends or relatives while oth- ers drove their own cars home. Pally Cummings, 18, a check- out clerk, said she was about to take an order when the gun- m e n came in and said, "Everyone on Ihe floor." She said she spent the entire six hours on Ihe floor. "I was under the register so I didn't see she said. "They said they were going to kill us by 1 o'clock if they didn't get some- thing." Lunuquist said "some prom-j isos" were made to tin? gunmen i before they surrendered but he refused to elaborate. He said they talked al leasll twice with the governor. An I aide, Thomas Kclm, said Ander- grand jury until late this year. Sheriff Walter Grant said there has been no new evidence uncovered, but that outgoing 'County Ally. William Fachcs would not present the case lo the grand jury earlier. Fachcs permitted Kopecky to take the mailer lo the grand jury after his election in No- vember, since Kopecky will be in charge of prosecuting cases beginning in January, the sher- iff said. Broken Neck Van Steenis died of a 'broken neck caused by (he impact of a .38 cal. slug striking the base of his skull. Van Sleenis reportedly was shot in the hack several Robbery is believed to be the motive for the shooting of the 32-year-old victim, since only about of the estimated he had was found. He disappeared Feb. 12, and his truck was found soon after- ward near the Cedar river east of Cedar Rapids. After a week of searching his body was found downstream from where his truck was found. Weapon (Jnrecovcrcd The murder weapon has not been recovered. Officials searched the river in the area of the disappearance without suc- ess. After the county attorney in- terviewed possible witnesses in the case under oath in April, a series of searches were made in the Cedar river at Ihe Third av- (Continued: Page 2. Col. 6.) incross Ihe slreol and discour- ,aged them from talking lo rc-'son assured them of legal assis-1 one porters. Some wore picked upilanee. John L. White Chuckle "I never had a liankcrin' to go away on mused the old-liim-i. "When f loaf, I want some work handy lo loaf from." CnnvrloM   

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