Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 24, 1974

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December 24, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather-' ''iirlly cloudy tonight with ii clmncc of snow. Mostly Christmas with lows tonight to mill highs Wednesday, 20 to 25. VOLUME IB CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CEDAR HAPIUS, IOWA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES CIA OFFICIAL QUITTING POST U.S. Steel Trims Its Price Rise PITTSBURGH (AP) U.S. Steel Corp., bowing to arm- twisting by [be administration, lias partially rolled back its price hike. Bethlehem, the No. 2 steel company, is now the ob- ject of administration pressure. The amount of U.S. Steel's cutback is subject to interpreta- tion. The nation's largest steel producer said Monday that the rollback averaged about 20 per- cent, from 4.7 to 4 percent. But mathematically that figures to 15 percent. A company spokesman ex- plained Tuesday that the 20 per- cent reduction refers to the company's current "product mixture" which includes con- sideration of the tonnage of each product line and the reduction could fluctuate de- pending on how the mixture changes. "It might go down to 16 or 17 percent or up to 26 or 27 per- he said. .Total Line U.S.. Steel said its original price increase averaged1 about 4.7 percent on its total product line. However, the increase for those products actually affected averaged 8 percent, and the rollback brings that figure to between 7 and 8 percent. Bethlehem Monday an- nounced an increase of about 2.5 percent "to bring prices in line with the competition." But U.S. Steel's rollback appeared to have caught it by surprise since it left Bethlehem's prices ahead in some product lines. Later, Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp., ninth largest in the industry, said it was hiking prices 5.5 percent on about one- sixth of its product line. Council Praised After U.S. Steel's announce- ment, Ford said in Vail, Colo., "I am. pleased with the work that was done by the Council on Wage and; Price Stability and the attitude of U.S. Steel in making this rollback." Council Director Albert Rees met Friday with U.S. Steel Chairman E. B. Speer to hear the company's explanation for the increase. Speer said the decision to Tied to Reports Of Illegal Spying WASHINGTON (AP) James Angleton, named in pub- lished reports as overseer of alleged illegal domestic spying by the CIA, Tuesday told the Associated Press he has re- signed as head of the agency's counterintelligence operations. Angleton's i resignation be- came known after President Ford ordered Secretary of State Kissinger to get a report from the CIA "within a matter of days" on the allegations of domestic spying. Three congres- sional committee chairmen also announced Monday that they would launch separate inves- tigations of the matter when congress returns next year. A state department spokes- m a n said meanwhile that former CIA Director Richard Helms has denied that the CIA engaged in domestic while he headed the modify the increase came after that meeting. The company also pledged to try to hold prices sta- ble for the next six months. "U.S. Steel is taking this ac- tion because of its sincere de- sire to aid the nation in ils fight against double-digit Speer said. Rees said: "We hope that Bethlehem Steel will reconsider the recently-announced price in- crease in the light of the U.S. Steel action." Why Smaller The council sent Bethlehem a telegram similar to one sent It's Christmas Eve It's Christmas eve throughout the Christian ,worid and Ton! Dostal, 2, is one of millions of boys and girls of all ages who are getting a bit anxious. She's pictured checking the gifts Photo by John Mclvor under the Dostal Christmas tree. Ton! is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Dostal, 645 Fortieth street ,SE. Ford Skis 'Good Run' Down Colorado Slope last week to U.S. Steel urgently requesting justification for the increase. Bethlehem said ils increase was smaller lhan U.S. Steel's "because our prices were gener- ally higher because of increases we made last September and October." The new prices mainly affect the steel used lo frame sky- Col. 6.) VAIL Colo. (AP) President Ford showed off his skiing abi- lity Tuesday, making a 15- minutc run down the two-mile- long Simba trail. The presiden- tial assessment of his perform- ance: "A good run." Skiers at this Rocky mountain resort, photographers and re- porters obtained a good view of ihe nation's first skiing Pres- ident in action. The President acknowledged he was "a little stiff this morn- ing" as he set out on the Simba trail, which has a vertical drop of feet. Ford planned three liours of skiing on his third day of year- end holiday vacation. But he said his staff coordinator, Don- ald Rumsfeld, had about four iiours of work for him later. Snow conditions on Vail mountain have been ex- cellent, with lots of fresh snow since the President and his fam- ily arrived for a Christmas-New Year's vacation. The President was red-faced land winded when he returned from Monday's outing. He ad- mitted to reporters that the 3'A hours on the slopes in 10-bclow temperature had loft him tired. And he said it was difficult to concentrate on official business Today's Index Comics........... Courthouse Crossword Daily Record Deaths F.dilorial Features Kami Financial Marion Movies Society Sporls Stale Television Wiint Ails ..17 :i ..20 3 (i ...II ..18 If, 8 1.1-15 5 .10 20-22 as he sits before a roaring fire in his rented chalet-style house with a view of the snowy slopes. Veteran skiers have won- dered how Ford could stay out on the slopes so long. The secret turned out to be a snow vehicle that provided a warm- up haven on the mountain. Ford Monday took action on 17 of some 150 bills sent to him in the final days of the 93rd congress. He signed 15 but vetoed two, bringing to 18 the total of bills he has refused lo approve since taking office less than five months ago. Among those signed was a measure to make anti-trust vio- lations under the Sherman act felonies instead of mis- demeanors and raising imum fines from lo million for corporations. The vetoes involved: A request by the Tennessee Valley Authority to defer pay- ment of a million debt to the U. S. treasury so it would in- stall pollution controls. A bill providing federal reve- nue sharing funds for health services lhat would have aided (Continued: Page 3, Col. 7.) Winter Hog Crop Seen at 40-Year Low United Press International The U. S. department of agri- culture reports that Iowa pro- ducers had- 9 percent fewer hogs on hand on Dec. 1 and plan to reduce farrowings 13 percent in the next six months.. The USDA, which announcec this winter's hog crop will proba- bly be the smallest produced bj the nation in 40 years, blamec higher feed costs, uncertain market prices and sharp cut- backs in production. Department officials said the current national crop is already the smallest in nearly 10 years And Iowa pork producers, who market about one-fourth of the nation's hogs, are a part of the national trend. The USDA reported there were 55.1 million hogs in the na- tion's farms Dec. 1. This was 1C percent less than a year ago and the smallest number since December, 1965. There were 13.4 million head of hogs on Iowa farms Dec. I, down 9 percent from a year ago. There were 7.4 million animals icing kept nationally for breed. ing purposes, 15 percent less lhan a year ago. Iowa producers 'had) 1.7 mil- ion for breeding, down 13 per- cent. Israelis Clamp Tight Security on Bethlehem This Santa Clous Is for Real COALINGA, Calif. (AP) Many children in this rural Ccnlral California area know Santa Clus is real because he has made his pre-Christmas visits with gifts and goodies for 33 years. Santa who masquerades as a rancher named Roy Loflis the rest of Ihe year starts his rounds each Christ- mas eve at 4 p.m., driving from ranch to ranch and home home. He used to keep it up until nfler daybreak Christmas, but an operation in 1972 forced him to cut hack. Now Loflis gels home between I and 3 a.m. Afler such a slinl, he spends ninsl of Ihe day sleep- ing. "In 16 years of marriage, I've never spent a Chrislmas with my Loflis says. "But she said that if I wanted lo go on playing Santa, she'd help me." Mrs. Loflis wraps prcse'nl.s and prepares fruit and candy destined for needy children, while her husband fixes toys. "For two or three days be- fore Christmas, my house is r e ally Santa's Loftis says. lie estimates he has visited almost children, and he says' some of Ihe youngsters he'll visit tonight represent the fourth general inn from the same family. Loflis says it started as a lad of 14 when a justice of the peace asked him to play Santa. He enjoyed it so much he never quit and now even gels Idlers at his ranch ad- dressed lo Sanla Clans. lie memorizes them so he will know what the writer wants. "It's embarrassing to ask a child, 'What do you want for and have him say, 'You know what I want I wrote you a leller.' Loflis said. He says he began gathering gcfodios for children after he went to the wrong house one Chrislmas and found Ihe family was "as poor as I'd ever seen. They had absolute- ly nothing for Christmas." Another rancher gathered some food, sweets and toys for Ixiflis to give the family. Now he buys or arranges for donations each year for needy youngsters. Loflis, 47. says he plans lo keep donning his Santa suit "as long as I can get around and as long as there's a kid who Iwlievcs in Chrislmas." BETHLEHEM. Occupied Jor- dan (AP) Church belle, prayers and tight security marked Christmas eve Tuesday in the birthplace of Christ as Israeli troops checked every person entering the town in an effort to prevent Arab terror- sm. The army put up roadblocks on every route into hilltop Beth- lehem and from a.m. Tues- day until 5 a.m. Chrislmas (Photo on'Picture Page.) morning was admitting only pil- grims and tourists carrying passes from the Israeli govern- ment. Manger Site Armed soldiers patrolled out- side the Church of (he Nativity, built by the Crusaders on the site which tradition says was the location of Ihe manger in which Jesus was born. A dozen bright-colored search booths, some covered with plas- l i c shower curtains, stood nearby in the garden of the Pal- ace hotel for worshipers at the annual midnight mass to be checked for guns or explosives. The Arab mayor of Bethlehem and local Arab merchants com- jlained that the security pre- cautions reduced the number of lourists and were not necessary. Security has been light every Christmas since Israel captured Arab Bethlehem from Jordan in he 1967 war. But it was inten- sified this year after a grenade attack Sunday in East Jcrusa- em wounded a girl in a party of Baptists and a warning 'rom Ihe Palestine Liberation Organization that, more tourists night be attacked. Meaningless Mayor Elias Frcji, a Jor- hostilities during the Christmai season, "the PLO and ils branches have decided to slep up their terrorist activity." The Israeli ministry o tourism predicted holiday visitors for Bethlehem, but few were in town Monday. Souvenir shops including the mayor's were doing little business. "I have 60 beds but only 15 of them are said the re- ception clerk at the Palace hotel. U.S. Blasted By Canadian OTTAWA (AP) Trade Min- ister Alistair Gillespie Tuesday accused the U.S. of "intolerable interference" in Canada's busi- ness affairs because a U.S. com- pany ordered its Canadian sub- sidiary to halt sale of worth of office furniture to Cuba. spying agency under former President Nixon. The spokesman, Robert An- derson, said Helms "ca- egorically denied" in. a mes- age to Kissinger that the Cia engaged in such activity. Meantime, a spokesman for Kissinger said Monday that the secretary "has never seen any survey of American citizens by the CIA and he doesn't know i any such survey exists." Surveillance Results But later, administration sources disclosed 'that Kissinge had seen one CIA document re ferring to activities inside the U. S. iby American citizens o organizations. They said, how ever, that it was philosophica and did not reflect the results o any surveillance. These sources said a CIA sur vey entitled "Restless Youth1 crossed Kissinger's desk at the National Security Council ir March, 1969. They described i as a general, philosophical dis cussion of the youth movemen abroad with references to the attitudes of American student and youth in the U. S. during the 1960s. Angleton, 57, and (a veteran ol 31 years in the intelligence field said he would leave the agency at the end of the month. Angle- ton said he was resigning no because he felt he was guilty ol any wrongdoing but because of what he said were the interests of the agency. The New York Times had re- jorted that he headed a dotnes- .ic spying operation during the Nixon years that kept files on American citizens and lerformed breakins and sur- veillance in the U. S. Colby Meeting A well informed source said .he resignation had been ar- not involved in any illegal activ- ties. It was understood that Angleton's public identification lad been a factor in the resig- nation. Another source, familiar with domestic counterin- .elligence operations, said that .he FBI did not know about any CIA domestic spying and lhat former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had been adamant that CIA not approach anyone at all in this country. This source said, however, that after Hoover broke off for- mal links to CIA in the late 1960s, agency officials would in- formally approach FBI coun- terintelligence officers seeking a go-ahead to contact certain foreign nationals in the U. S. These lower FBI officials rou- tinely told their CIA counter- larts to go right ahead, he said. The CIA is prohibited by law rom conducting intelligence or ounterintelligence o p e r ations vithin the U. S. That is the 'BI's responsibility. Anderson File Documents obtained by Sen. late last week in a meet- ng between Angleton and CIA Director Colby. Colby also was said to feel that Angleton was Baker (R-Tenn.) during his in- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 4.) Two Holdups Net Robbers Over Close to vias taken Monday night in two armed rob- beries reported to Cedar Rapids police. Two men, one of whom was armed with a .22 caliber pistol, took a money bag containing in checks and cash from an office of Paul Jerabek Wholesale Inc., 407 Ninth ave- nue SE. Police said the men entered an office at the firm shortly after p.m. The men or- dered two employes, Robert Shaffer, 1303 Ellis boulevard SfW, and Frank Pavck, 1024 Ninth street SE, to lie on the Pope Prepares Rite To Open Holy Year VATICAN CITY (AP) Ireland, Vietnam and (he Paul VI was to strike a silver Middle East and stressed the kmian citizen, said the guerilla hreat was meaningless "be- cause the Arabs Moslem anil Christian respect Chrislmas. to Arab in this area would ever do anything to spoil Christmas. "It is very quiet Here andj :hcre is no need for all these >recautions. I assure the people vho como to Bethlehem thai hey will be completely safe." But an aide of Premier Yilz- ink Rabin said while it was cus- :omary for the Arabs to suspend hammer on the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica shortly be- fore midnight Tuesday night to open a Holy Year dedicated to reconciliation within the Roman Datholic church and throughout .he world. The ceremony preceding the annual Christmas eve midnight Mass in the basilica will be carried by television in 45 na- KIIIS. The Holy Door, walled up for he 25 years between Holy Years, was dismantled brick by >rick last week, leaving only an outside layer for the Pope's lammer to strike throe limes. Then from inside, ropes will be .ised to pull the door clown. "Kdge of Abyss" 1 n his annual Christmas The bank bag was taken from op of Pavek's desk, police said. Took Wallet The robbers then went into mother office where they forced mother employe, Konrad dausser, 3241 Iowa avenue SE, ;o lie on the floor, before flec- ng. The men. also took Shaffer's 'allet containing while he 'as on the floor. The man armed with the gun -as described as black, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 30-ycars-old, about 150 pounds and wearing a brown cap and a brown three- quarter length army coat. Lost Hat The second robber was de- scribed as black, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, between 30 and 35 years old, 175 pounds and wear- ing a long black coat with a white knit cap. A third person stood outside the office while the robbery took place, police said. The third man lost a brown hat while run- How much we desire thatjning from the scene after the significance of the Holy Land to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Jerusalem, instead of being the object of continuing strife, may become the crossroads of a fra- ternal encounter of all those who believe in one God and the symbol of peace for the peoples of the Holy Land and all thc) peoples of the Middle the'shotguns may have involved the robbery, police reported. No de- scription of the third suspect was available. robbery Monday second address to tile College Cardi- nals Monday, Pope Paul said committed by two men armed with sawed-off double barrel pontiff said. In proclaiming the 1975 Holy Year, Pope Paul said earlier he same men, police said. The two men obtained cash and in checks at hoped it would lead 1o spiritual p.m. when they robbed the Ken- renewal in men, reconciliation Mucky Fried Chicken outlet, 1435 among them, and within his avenue church an end to dissidence and I Police said both robbers en- the challenges to dogma. Close Involvement This is Paul's second close involvement in Holy Year observances. In 1950, as the Vat- 'tern! the building from a rear jcloor and forced an employe, (Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) secretary of 'Iped prepare Pope Pius XH's mid-century Holy He filed Ihe violence in North- (Continued: Page 2. Col. 8.) the beginning of the Holy Year finds the world "floundering on the edge of the abyss." 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