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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather— Chance of rain tonight and Wednesday. Lows tonight lower 40s. Highs Wednesday 55 to RO. VOLUME 92 - NUMBER 83 HEARST War nimbi CITY FINAL IO CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. TUESDAY. APRIL 2, 1974 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES Don Nixon: Phoned by Vesco Aide NEW YORK (AP) - F. Donald Nixon told a jury Tuesday that when a lawyer for financier Robert Vesco asked him to give a message to his brother, President Nixon, he suggested the lawyer contact John Mitchell instead. “I never talked to my brother about anything. John Mitchell was the man I was told to talk to." Donald Nixon testified. The 59-year-old brother of the President appeared as a government witness at the conspiracy trial of former Atty. Gen. Mitchell and ex-Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans. They are accused of impeding a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of Vesco in return for Vesco’s secret $200,000 cash contribution to the President’s re-election campaign. Donald Nixon, now a vicepresident of Marriott Corp., a restaurant and hotel chain, said that Howard Corny, a Vesco lawyer he'd known for IO years, called on him at his hotel just prior to the 1972 election. ‘impossible” "He told me there had been a $200,000 contribution to my brother's campaign and that an SEC investigation was in progress which would very likely expose the contribution, and he wanted to get that to the President." Nixon said he told Corny that that would be impossible because his policy was never to take anything directly to his brother. "I made it very plain to Corny that I did not want to get involved in any way with anything to do with the Vesco case," Nixon said. Son s Role Nixon said he wasn't sure whether his son. Donald, jr.. 26. was still employed by Vesco now. He said that the weekend after the election he got a telephone call from his son. a Vesco aide, who put Vesco on the line. Nixon said Vesco told him he wanted to get an envelope to Mitchell at the Essex House hotel in New York City. Nixon said he offered to call the manager of the hotel. The indictment charges that Vesco attempted to submit a written memo to Donald Nixon in November 1972. "the purport and tenor of which was to threat-1 en disclosure of the secret cash contribution and other adverse; consequences unless the SEC was directed to drop all legal proceedings against Vesco." "Message to Top" Earlier testimony at the trial, was that Vesco hoped through his memo to Donald Nixon "to get a message to the top" — the President. The memo was delivered instead to Mitchell, according to prior testimony, and he turned! it over to Harry Sears, a New Jersey Republican politician who had become Vesco's $60,000 a year legal aide. It ended up on the shelf of a closet in Sears' Boonton. N. J., home. The indictment claims Mitchell thereby concealed the existence and contents of the memo from the SEC "and other law enforcement agencies which properly should have been made aware of it." This was a part of the conspiracy charge against Mitchell and Stans. Dean Appears Before Nixon’s testimony,: John Dean made a surprise re- j (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6.) House Panel Votes To End Oil Depletion WASHINGTON (AP) - The house ways and means committee, suddenly changing its mind on a key part of the energy tax reform bill, has voted to eventually abolish the controversial petroleum depletion allowance. This allowance, a chief target of tax-reform advocates, saves oilmen some $2 billion a year in federal taxes. The committee voted 18-7 Monday to drop the present 22 percent depletion allowance to 15 percent Jan. I, 1975, to 8 percent Jan. I, 1976 and finally to zero on Jan. 1,1977. Earlier Version The tax-writing committee I thus reversed itself on the issue of oil depletion, which has permitted 22 percent of gross income from oil and natural gas property to be deducted from taxable income up to a maximum of 50 percent of the taxable total. Earlier, the committee had tentatively accepted just a partial phaseout plan that would have wiped out the 50 percent ceiling, while lowering the depletion percentage rate itself as prices rose over the next few years. The new approach could produce a $l-billion government gain in revenue from the industry in its first year and a total $3 billion over a three-year span. The previous plan, if fully effective, could have raised some $2 8 billion by 1981. Possible Exemption Committee Chairman Wilbur Mills iD-Ark.) and Rep. Herman Schneebeli (R-Pa.), the panel's senior G O.P. member, joined in advocating the new concept. which is not price-dependent. Under the committee’s old proposal, the allowance could not fall under 15 percent for the first 3,000 barrels of oil daily per producer—or about 30 per- —UPI Telephoto ‘SOME APRIL FOOL JOKE," says Lou Babineau of Brainerd, Minn., as he digs out after an overnight storm that left more than eight inches of sticky snow. He had just finished cleaning the snow from his car when a snowplow buried it. Work Rolls, 3 Die, Scores Hurt as ^ Bot^H^her Storms Rip Southeast if    Bv Associated Press    ized.    Nineteen DeoDle were in- Ccdar Rapids News— Employment in Linn By Associated Press    !    ized.    Nineteen people were in county Tornadoes, high winds and sc-; )ured *n Alabama. U.S. Soldier Tells March In Bare Feet Many Wage, Price Curbs Are Junked WASHINGTON (AP) - With j less than a month to go until its control program expires, the Cost of Living Council (CLC) Monday lifted wage and price controls from about 165 industries and 6 percent of the total labor force. It was the council’s biggest single decontrol action to date, and seemed certain to result in higher prices for items ranging from wearing apparel to movie tickets to life insurance premiums. The industries decontrolled, by category, included: Manufacturing — apparel, luggage. tools, heating equipment, motor vehicles and passenger car bodies: photographic equipment, and clocks and watches. Wholesale trade — auto tires and tubes, furniture and home furnishings, — lumber and con-s t r u c t i o n materials, sports equipment, toys, apparel, paper products, beer and chemicals. Financial institutions — banking, life insurance, credit agencies, and real estate agencies. Services — hotels and rooming houses, auto repairs and g a r a ge s , motion pictures,! amusement and recreation services and educational services, except for public employes. The council also lifted wage controls for 706.000 postal workers, 537,000 railroad workers, 927.000 telephone communication workers, 732.000 auto salesmen and 698.000 gasoline service station workers. | The council maintained controls over a number of industries with big consumer impact, including food, steel, copper, auto sales, machinery, construction, health and wages of state and local government employes. Petroleum remains under separate price control authority. Lifting of the controls from the 165 industries and the big By The Associated Press An American marine and an I chunk of the labor force left 24.2 cent of U.S. crude oil output — rose during February, but so vcrc thunderstorms that ripped Anomer moDiie nom£ res1' Irishman serving as United percent of consumer prices still during the first five years of the did unemployment.    across the Southeast Monday ~^nl’ tentatively identified as Cations observer in the Golan subject to controls along with phaseout. The allowance would The Iowa Employment Securi-night and early Tuesday left    tLSHeights    said in an interview 37.4 percent of wholesale prices remain for minor producing ty Commission said metropoli- three    s    dead    sccres    in_    Campbellsburg ^ ^00 bu?L J*68** that th"y ^ ,**2 f* 26 8 PCrCem °f *** ^ wells    tan employment rose from .    .    .    .    ^mpDensDurg, ivy. inree dusi Horced to marcn barefoot for 201 force. jured and severe property dam- nesses and several homes were miles in their underwear to a! Council director John Dun-age.    j    destroyed there and 12 injuries: Syrian military outpos! The committee is expected to 72.890 in January, to 72.900 decide later whether to put But the jobless level went these small-well and 3,000-barrel from 1.700 in January to 1,800 in provisions in the new version of February — from 2.2 to 2.4 per the phaseout. Authorities in Cherryville, were sported. N.C., said Patricia Humphries, 5. was killed and IO persons Shopping Center Hit Professors' Unit cent of the work force. Year Ago    . , . iU accompanying a violent thun A year ago. Linn county S|derS(0nT1 wrecked at least 15 unemployment was 2.300, or 3.1 house trailers in two mobile percent of the work force. The home parks ju u „u 1 A total of 28 twisters swept were injured when high winds ,    .,    . . ..J „ violent thun- lhrough a wlde area including Tennessee. Ohio and Mississippi. A tornado swooped down the sprawling IOO Oaks shopping in Nashville, Tenn., The Syrians said it was all a mistake, and the two men were expected to be released soon. Speaking from his bed in an lop said the industries still under control are "those which might exhibit strong price pressures in the event of immediate exemption." *, *.    ,    .. . .    _    .But unless congress changes ItaliiU! h^pdal^ rn Damascus, :its mmd and gran(s thc ad. Iowa nation Employment reports indicate the seminary’s administration a    turndown    of    businesses    Willie    McCarey,    killed    Mon-    "It’s    a    miracle    no    one    was being placed on the    list of cen-    and industrial activity in Febru-day night when his mobile home    hurt."    said    a security guard, sured university    administra-    ary T^cre were employment I was overturned by wind north of    I “Glass    and    dirt was flying ev- tions says a spokesman for the    dcc,incs *n construction, govern- Huntsville, Ala. His wife and    erywhere." Amhran Assn of    University    mcnt’ finance, insurance and three children were hospital-    High    winds smashed into Cen tral State hospital a few miles Capt. J. J Holly, 27, of Corn ing, N.Y., said he and Capt. J. A. Mortell of Ireland had Probes Seminary ST LOUIS (AH. - An inves- cum'nt unemployment rate for A policeman said some of the center ligation of ihe firing of 43 facul- ,0*a 15 ^percent, and for the mobile homes -were flattened where, hundreds of personswere (teen sleeping'in” a uX’traiier    ''n    4"    7 ty members at Concordia Lu- nation is 5.2 percent.    like    you    would    stomp a can." shopping. Windows were blown when A,.ab so|dj . d trois w ll end on Aprd 30 when theran seminary could result in EmPlo>’mcnt reports indicate, One of the dead was identified out and debris was strewn.    authority    for    tho    nmPram    rv. ministration the authority it wants to continue some controls for selected industries, all con- [Continued: Page 3, Col. 8.) authority pires. for the program ex- American Assn. of University Professors. Dr. Michael Firelander Washington university, chairman of the association's inves- was real estate areas. of    Services    Gain Manufacturing employment steady at 25.000, and the tigating committee, said Sunday only area to show a gain was the group would investigate services. In the last year, non-whether the academic freedom manufacturing employment and tenure of the professors had rose by 1,000 House Accepts School Aid Pact been violated. Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) Fetches Gets Subpoena Power for Murder Probe east, collapsing part of one building, blowing away a guard shack and knocking out power to the 1.800-patient institution. Thc National Weather Service! DES MOINES (AP) — A con- said wind at Nashville Metropol-mostly whole- ference committee compromise itan airport reached 90 m.p.h. on a bill designed to pump    .    ..    „    , •    .    ...b ,    .,h Ar.    Cincinnati    Tornado about $20 million into the 451 Iowa school districts to provide Another tornado churned! Liner Queen Elizabeth 2 Cripoled; Plan Evacuation BULLETIN HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — The passsengers of the crippled luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2 will be evacuated Wednesday morning in a rnid-ocean transfer to a Norwegian liner, a spokesman for Cunard Lines said Tuesday. day morning to Wednesday evening. However he said during the delay that the ship was in no danger. "She's in deep water. There's no danger of drifting on to a reef, and weather conditions are good — calm seas and i cloudless blue skies,” he said. Some passengers aboard the; liner were reported uncomfortable from the rolling of the ship in heavy seas during the unscheduled stop. But most en joyed a pay boost for teachers was ac-j through Cincinnati, narrowly;    - cepted 80-1 by thc house Tues-1 missing the downtown arca. No! LONDON (AP) — The luxury day. The bill now goes to the injuries were reported but roofs!liner Queen Elizabeth 2 was re- {senate.    ; were torn from houses, trees I ported adrift Tuesday 270 miles The    house and senate had    were uprooted and cars were; southwest    of    Bermuda with By Roland Krekeler    broken neck    caused    by    one    of    parted    company on thc question    tossed about. Officials said the    more than    1.600 passengers and    themselves as    the    ship’s bands The Linn    county attorney    has    four wounds    from    .38 cal.    slugs    of how    to handle school districts    roof of one home floated 300 feet    a crew of    940    aboard. Cunard    played    and free    drinks    were subpoena    fired into his    back    with declining enrollments.    before landing on top of a tree,    officials said.    served. P    Undcr    ,he    compromise, a Several tornadoes were re- The ship, disabled since Mon- cunard said emergency Dower school district would lose state ported in Mississippi. The Boli-, day by a boiler breakdown, is in .    ,    .    condu;onjng    ijgut j f I., en  ........ ___Uttir    nix,i\ Ant one*    1 nn fl^nftpr th* Affirms said I. ” ,ne conatuomng, tent ing and food refrigeration sys- becn authorized to and question witnesses in an unspecified investigation, believed to involve the murder of Donald Van Steenis. The authorization was granted Weapon Missing No weapon has been recovered. although deputies combed the Cedar river near by District Judge James Carter where Van Steenis is believed to enrollment decrease up to late Monday afternoon after an have been shot and executed a 5 percent in the fiscal year application was made by County search    warrant on the residence    starting    July    I.    1975,    and 75    per- Atty. William Faches. The ap- of a Cedar Ra    jds man    cent    of    any‘decrease    over    5    per- plication said the nature of the _    ;    ,    , ,    cent investigation would be made Tw0    scts of    footprints    led    up evening, Cunard known orally in court because of to the river, but only one set ledicstab]jsh aPstudy committee to Ala. aid for only 50 percent of its en- var county civil defense office no danger, the officials said, rollment loss in the budget year said winds caused between The 65,000-ton ship was exbeginning next July I.    $25,000 and $150,000 damage at pected to reach thc British is- It would lose state aid for half Margold.    land of Bermuda sometime Thunderstorms rumbled dur-i Wednesday ing the night throughout the: said. Southeast. Baseball-sized hail fell at Poplar Bluff, Mo., and London, Ky., while one-inch hail would rained down near Birmingham. Free Pat, Girl Begs Kidnapers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -One of Patricia Hearses sisters appealed to the Symbionese Liberation Army Tuesday to release the kidnaped newspaper heiress, saying: "I need my sister.” Vicki Hearst, 17, wrote an open letter published in thc San Francisco Examiner. "The SLA says that they are acting in response to the needs of ‘the people’," the letter said. "Well, I'm part of the people too, and I have a very great need. I need my sister." Against Humanity She said that if the kidnapers fail to release Patricia, "they commit a crime not only against this family, but against humanity.” Meanwhile thc Hearst Corp. gave the SLA 30 days to release her if they are to collect an additional $4 million food ransom. The corporation deposited the money in escrow for continuance of the Hearst food giveaway — if Patricia is released by May 3. In a statement issued in New York, the corporation said the money has been deposited with Wells Fargo bank in San Francisco and three prominent Californians named to an escrow committee to take charge of it. Sole Judgment The committee — state Assemblyman Willie L. Browm. jr.; Vincent Hallinan, a San Francisco attorney, and Mexican-American leader and author Dr. Ernesto Galarza — will "determine. in its sole judgment, whether Patricia Hearst is released unharmed." the corporation said. Vicki was the first of two sisters to write open letters to Patricia, who was abducted Feb. 4 by thc terrorist SLA which said it was holding the girl as a "prisoner of war” because her parents were "corporate enemies of the people." Patricia’s father. Randolph A. Hearst, editor and president of the Examiner, said a letter from Patricia’s other sister, Ann Hearst, 18, would appear Wednesday. Because Hearst did not want to attract attention to his other children with television appearances. the letter writing was planned. Charges Swirl Meanwhile, charges and countercharges swirled around the just concluded $2 million food giveaway financed by Hearst to win his daughter’s release. A. Ludlow Kramer, the Washington secretary of state who headed the food program, said Monday the program was conducted in "a world of violence." The SLA-nominated coalition that oversaw it was more interested in power than in Patricia’s safe return, he said. Kramer's statement in Olympia, Wash., was prompted by the coalition's remarks in a Sunday night broadcast over a Berkeley radio station that the f- od program was uncoordinated and disorganized. Without taking issue with Kramer, Hearst late Monday publicly thanked "each ani every member of the coalition (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) The also Today's Chuckle The only reason Americans don’t own more elephants is that they have never been offered one for a dollar down and a dollar a week. _CoDvriQht the confidential nature of the away fron]the river at a quarry jnto the state school foun- east of town just upstream dati#n a|d program as „ re. matter. body gards student transportation. Strike Averted NEW YORK (AP) - A con- nver declining enrollment, population tract settlement has averted a density, and costs unique to strike by 37,000 subway and bus The ship's three boilers were allowed to cool down so the trouble could be analyzed. Early Tuesday the engines were restarted, but after half an hour's sailing at about IO knots, it was decided to recheck the functioning of the boilers. That entailed another lengthy terns working.    , However, Washington Redskins football player Ron Me-Dole, a passenger, told Washington radio station WWDC by ship-to-shore telephone that the air-conditioning had been turned off and that the heat i below decks was "stifling." McDole said few people were using the swimming pools because the ship’s pumps had stopped recirculating the water. McDole also said that the ship . J Today s Index Although the county attorney; m w^ere Van Steenis did not specify the case in the ^aj* recovered from the court record, The Gazette has "J; learned that the investigation ^nesses are to be called into    urban districts and the possibili-    workers. It threatened to para-    wait for the boilers to cool, a    was completely shut down and deals with the Van Steenis case. e couny attorney s office be- restructuring thc present    lyze New York City’s    transit    spokesman said, and put back    that passengers have been told The 32-year-old Cedar Rapids 6inmnS at 9 a.m. Thursday, ac-    SyS(em to insure quality educa-    system which carries 6.4    million    the previously estimated arrival    that ocean-going tugs were be- auctioneer died Feb. 12 of a (Continued: Page 9, Column 4)    tion for all students.    riders daily.    time in Bermuda from Wednes-    ing sent to tow the ship to land. Comics Crossword .... 20 Daily Record 3 Deaths......... 3 Editorial Features 6 Farm 12 Financial 21 Marion 21 Movies 13 Society ............ Sports 15-18 State 4,5 Television ll Want Ads.......... . 23-26 . /•. ..~ci ;