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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 16, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa iowa Drownings On Upsurge DES MOINES (UPI) - An official of tho Iowa conservation commission paid Monday records in his office indicate that drownings this year are running ahead of last year’s totals. Roy Downing, superintendent of waters for the commission, said he has not been able to complete an evaluation of the most recent drownings reported, but said the total number this year “really made an upsurge.” Commission records showed that 82 persons drowned in Iowa waters last year and between 55 and 60 have drowned so far this year. Downing said his office has processed 43 reports of drownings this year and at least a dozen others are known. Indications “The indications to us are that they are up, at least during this most recent period,” Downing said. “They are too high compared with last year.” Downing’s office did not have a month-by-month breakdown of drownings, but an assistant preparing the figures said “we may have to start one now.”' Downing said his office has not determined whether the recent rash of drownings were directly related to the hot weather of the last two weeks, but added, “the situation would seem to indicate that.” 13 Drow ned Temperatures soared into the 90s and 100s during the last weekend, when seven per sons drowned in Iowa waters and an Iowa woman drowned in the Mississippi river on the Wisconsin side. Five persons drowned in Iowa waters over the long Fourth of July weekend period. Downing said it would be hard to pinpoint the exact causes of most drownings, but said a major one would be people underestimating their swimming ability. “I used to be able to swim long distances but Sunday I went out and couldn’t do it,” he said. “I think this is true of a lot of people. Became Exhausted “Everybody goes to the water when it’s hot like this and sometimes they tend to relax and be a little foolish. People get exhausted before they are aware.” Downing noted, however, that’ a number of unusual drownings have occurred in Iowa this year, such as two cases when riders fell off horses and drowned. “I don’t know how you can warn people against something like that,” he said. “There’s nothing you can say to improve situations in those kind of drownings.” Not As Many Downing said it appears that boating accidents haven’t caused as many drownings as in the past but said there have been several cases where people have fallen out of boats. He also noted that there were a number of drownings earlier Central Facility for rn City, School Discussed IOW A CITY — A central aer-1 taxpayer if a joint facility could vice facility to be used jointly! be developed. by Iowa City and the Iowa City; School Supt. Merlin Ludwick Community school district was an(j Business Manager John Gil-! discussed by representatives oft lespie said they will relay cornific twj agencies Monday.    plete details on such recommen- City Manager Ray Wells and| elations to the school board. Mayor Ed Czamecki pointed out I Fo„owing the mccling> thc tho duplication of some facilities, [owa cj(y schno| ^ wcnt and Hie potential saving to thc ;nt0 cxecutive session to discuss dismissal of Albert Jagnow, a (stilts! COtW -    5 Struck by Car, Damages Asked IOWA CITY - Evelyn R. I.ar-kin ard her husband, William H. Larkin, Iowa City, have filed suit in Johnson county district court against Walter C. Chadwick and the Iowa City Moose lodge. The suit claims that on July 18, 1972, Mrs. Larkin was crossing the lodge’s parking lot and was struck by Chudwick’s car. According to the suit, Chud-wick backed out of a parking stall, striking Mrs. Larkin. The car then pulled forward and struck her again, according to the suit. As a result of alleged permanent injuries, Mrs. Larkin asks a total of $150,000 in damages. Larkin also is suing for $20,000. Southeast junior high school teacher. Another such session was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. The matter also is on the agenda for the regular board meeting Tuesday evening. Tavern Owner Assessed $2,000 IOWA CITY - Irene Robert-son, owner of Irene’s tavern, Iowa City, has been Ordered to pay damages totaling $L,000 because she allowed the singing of four songs in the tavern. Judge WF. Stuart of the southern district of Iowa federal court in Davenport awarded the damages on grounds the songs were sung without permission of the owners of the copyrights. The ruling was filed on behalf of BOUR ME Co. in the year when the weather was cooler and the accidents weren’t expected. “If I had to .suggest something today to help prevent drownings it would be to remind parents to do a better job of watching kids on thc beach,’’ Downing said. “They’re full of vim and vigor and many of them need to be watched closely.” The conservation official said his office will evaluate the reports of the most recent drownings and then sometime in the near future issue recommendations on avoiding water accidents. Legislative Subcommittee Probes Taxes! DES MOINES (IDPA) - Are Iowa’s individual income tax rates equitable? That’s one of the questions thc legislative subcommittee on taxation will tackle between now and the start of the 1975 general assembly. At its organizational meeting last week. Rep. Sonja Egenesj (R-Story City) suggested the committee examine the present income tax rate structure. Mrs. Egenes has long contend ed the rates are “not progressive enough.” At the present time, the rate; is seven percent on all taxable income over $9,000. Rep. Egenes suggested adding several new brackets, perhaps increments of $15,000 with the break-off at $15,000, $30,000, $45,000 and $60,000. There are several ways to add brackets,1 she said. Mrs. Egenes conceded more! progressive rates might not raise much revenue, but she said the average taxpayer would feel a lot better knowing the person with the higher income was paying more in state income tax. Hit on Head By Baseball, Man Is Dead By Gordon Hanson LEHIGH (AP) — An autopsy has been ordered into the death of a Lehigh man who was killed by a baseball while wailing to watch his 17-year-old son play in a game at Lehigh. Dick M .Johnson. 43, was dead on arrival at a Fort Dodge hospital where he was rushed after the incident Munday afternoon. The game was to be between Dayton and Iiehigh, a central Iowa town of 750 persons. “They were just starting to warm up,” for the summer program baseball game, said Iy’hjgh Police Chief Don Eflick. “Mr. Johnson’s son, Dennis, was playing in it.” Johnson was seated in a chair near the sideline while two Dayton players were throwing a baseball nearby. The ball glanced off the glove of one of the youths and struck Johnson on the temple. “Johnson’s brother-in-law, Joe Kiscb, is chief of the I/'high fire department and lives across the street from the ball park,” Eflick added. “Mrs. Kisch was at the game. She ran and got her husband. When I got there, Joe was giving him mouth to mouth resuscitation and heart massage. It didn't do any good.” Webster County Deputy Sheriff Gerald Thoma said Johnson worked on the cutting floor at a meat plant in Fort Dodge. '(the (fftlttr i\npi(U (flnjcHe Eitoblnhed FnTOM bv The Gazette Co ana published daily and Sunday at SOO Third ave SE, Cedar Roplds, Iowa 52406 Second class postage paid at Cedar Roplds, Iowa. Subscription rates by carrier VS cents a week. By moll: Night Edition and Sundoy 6 Issues S3.75 a month, J39.00 a year: Afternoon Editions and Sunday J issues *3 15 o month. 540 OO o year. Other states and U.S. territories 560 OO o yeor No Mail Subscriptions accepted In areas hoving Gazette carrier service. The Associated Press Is entitled exclusively to the use for republication of oil the locol news printed in this news paper as well as all AP news dispatches. Th** Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues.. July 16, 1974 Clark Calls for Trade Ref or mi Agriculture Can Gain $8 Billion By Dorothy Williams WASHINGTON - Sen. Dick Clark Tuesday joined the parade of senators calling for passage of “a sound, responsive trade reform act.” The Iowa Democrat estimated trade liberalization can bring a net gain of $8 billion annually to American agriculture. “A properly designed and implemented trade reform bill can help turn the economy around, and benefit all Americans in the process,” he said in remarks prepared for delivery on the senate floor. Increase Output “Expanded trade permits each country to increase its out- j put of goods it produces most efficiently.” America has developed the world’s “most progressive and technologically-advanced agriculture. “In fiscal year 1974, because of fantastic farm productivity, this country had an agricultural balance of trade surplus of $11.5 billion. “This not only provided additional income to the three million individuals directly employed in farming, but to the millions more employed to provide manufactured goods and services to farmers and to mar ket agricutural products here and abroad. Raise Demand “Additionally, this income raised the demand for the products of the other American industries, thereby raising their employment and income,’’ Clark said. The Iowan said trade reform will make it possible to step up our agricultural trade surplus even more. “It’s been estimated that trade liberalization can result in I go/ CT) TP clit 3 nCt ^am °f ^ kiUi°n annually DES MOINES (AP) - An ,m_ C,ark said- Aidens Asks njunction on American agriculture,” nois mail order firm is seeking an injunction to prevent Iowa Insure Low Costs In addition to the already Atty. Gen. Richard Turner from mf nlloncd benefits, this also enforcing the state’s 18 percent vv’^ *nsure Mat farm prointerest limit on revolving *;os*s yemain low.” charge accounts. Iowa City Boy Shot in Leg IOWA CITY - Kevin Grimm, 5. son of the Donald FL Grimms, Iowa City, was in satisfactory condition at Mercy hospital here Tuesday following a gun ac-J cident. The boy evidently found the family’s .357 magnum revolver in its hiding place at the Grimm residence Monday afternoon.: authorities said He was playing with it. authorities said, evidently believing it to be a toy gun, when it1 discharged. The bullet struck his lower left leg. Hospital spokesmen said the; wound was not serious and the child was expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday. In a suit filed in U. S. district court, Aidens, Inc., Chicago, asked that it be allowed to continue charging 21 percent annual interest on charge account mail order purchases by Iowans. Turner said the suit is thc first such challenge of the new Clark said estimates place the annual cost of trade barriers at $10 billion — a cost which is borne by 95 percent of the American people. “The five percent who do benefit from these barriers received only a small fraction of the $10 billion cost,” Clark said. Lost Income “The remainder is simply lost Iowa consumer credit code income. Certainly, a program of which went into effect July I. adjustment assistance can be He said the suit was filed last devised to ensure that this five week, but he was served with percent do not suffer from innotice of the suit only Monday, creased trade.” The new Iowa law sets an in- Clark warned that delay may terest ceiling of 18 percent a    brinS on a Made war. year, or 1.5 percent a month, on    "Pressures for curbs    on    mter- “open end” charge accounts. national trade are mounting In its lawsuit, Aidens contends daily.’ its business is conducted solely    Inflation under Illinois law, which per-    Inflation, balance of    payment midi a 21 percent annual inter- deficits and other economic percent est rate. Aidens said it has no stores in Iowa, all transactions occur outside of Iowa, and Turner’s stand constitutes an undue burden on interstate commerce. problems are causing many nations to attempt to protect themselves with actions which may well lead to a trade struggle, he added. As the international economic situation becomes more uncer- Now is the time to advertise farm equipment in the want ad columns. Dial 398-8234. Turner said he is going to lain, these pressures will inten-fight the suit. “We contend that. sify, he predicted, and called if any part of the transaction for immediate action to reverse occurs in Iowa, they are bound this trend through enactment of 1 by Iowa law,” he said.    trade reform legislation.SUPER SUMMER CLEARANCEWednesday 9 to 9 JCPemey Over 125! Girls’ Clogs Orig. 3.88 to 6.99 NOW 88 Just 80! Girls’ Shoes Orig. 4.99 to 7.99 NOW 144 wmtS rn* V I / * pc rn '»* ■ - rr »■ 1 Just IOO! Women sDr6SS SflQBS Orig. 12.99 to 14.99    /1M NOW    ■ Over 500! 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