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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather— Chance of rain tonight. Lows in tho (ids. Partly dandy Wednesday with highs iii the 70s. VOLUME 02 NPM MHK 132 LO CITY FINAL IO CENTS CKI JAH RAPIDS, IOWA. TI KSDAY, MAY 21, 1074 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NKW YORK TIMES PRISON Food Drop Cuts Price Rise in Half WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest drop in retail food prices in seven years helped slow the nation’s inflationary increase in April to about half the level in each of the previous three months, the government said Tuesday. The labor department said the Consumer Price Index in April rose .(I percent on both an unadjusted and seasonably adjusted basis. The increase was the smallest since last September and compared with increases of l l percent in March, 1.2 percent in February and l l percent in January. Despite the sharp drop in food prices, rapid price hikes on most non-food commodities continued to spread across the economy in April. Wage Erosion A separate report showed that wages of American workers are falling further behind the inflation rate. Real spendable earnings of the average blue collar worker dropped .8 percent in April to a level 5.6 percent below a year ago. Real earnings equals take home pay minus deductions for social security and federal income taxes. A decline in working hours plus rising (consumer prices contributed to the erosion of workers’ wages in April, the seventh straight monthly decline. Food Drop The food price index dropped an adjusted .4 percent in April, the first decline since September and the biggest drop since it also fell .4 percent in April 1067. Grocery prices alone fell an adjusted .7 percent, the most in any month since a drop of .9 percent last September. However, while food prices declined, non-food commodities jumped an adjusted 1.1 percent and an unadjusted 1.3 percent in April while services increased an unadjusted 6 percent, the government said. In a separate report, the labor department said gasoline prices rose 1.7 percent from March to April with the average price for regular grade at 33 7 cents per gallon in April and the average for premium at 57.3 cents per gallon. Nixon administration officials have said food prices increases apparently have run their course this year but have forecast continued sharp increases for most other items in the absence of price controls which expired April 30. Consumer prices In A p r i I were 10 2 percent higher than a year ago with the index up to 144 0. This means that it cost $141 to purchase a variety of consumer goods and services which cost $10O in the 1967 base period Civilian Regime In Thailand Quits BANGKOK (AIM Premier Sanya Thammasak and his eight-month-old civilian government resigned Tuesday, and a military alert was declared throughout the nation Gen Kris Srivara, the com mander-in-chief of the army and national security director, said the alert was a precautionary measure taken to insure the security of the country. “The alert is not a preparation for a coup,” the general said, adding that he did not expect any trouble “Every Thai respects the king 'Hie king is in command of the nation ” loffui/.v Cli uric Ii* Advice to college students Be kind to your parents. After they get through paying to send you, vou’re all they’ll have c<h»voum Parents of SLA Trio Beg Them To Give LOS ANGELES (AP) - As lawmen continued their search for Patricia Hearst and William and Emily Harris, the distraught parents of the suspected Symbionese Liberation Army members pled with their children to surrender rather than face possible violent death. With the memory of last Friday's flaming deaths of six SLA members vivid in her mind, Mrs. Betty Bunnell, Harris’ mother, said: “All of us just can’t bear the thought of seeing anything on film like we saw this past weekend, and to think that it might happen to my son is almost unbearable and I do wish he would give himself up.” “Come Home” Mrs. Harris’ father, Frederic Schwartz, flew to Los Angeles from Chicago Monday night to plead with his daughter to surrender to him. In a statement aimed at Emily. 27, Schwartz said, “You have only two choices open now: You may elect to die an equally horrible and totally useless death . . . Your other choice is to come forth and live.” He offered to More To Be Eligible for Tax Credit lf you're buying -a house on I contract, a law passed by the j state legislature this year could | save you more than $60. The law regards homestead credit. It makes a contract pur-I chaser eligible for the credit as long is the purchaser lives in the house and has the contract recorded, no matter how little equity he or she has in the proper- |ty- Prior to this year, a contract purchaser required ten percent equity before becoming eligible for the homestead credit. Who Are ITiey? ‘ This now allows anyone who is buying on contract to qualify the same as a deed-holder, so long as the contract is recorded,” explained City Assessor Dale Piersall. “There are quite a few of these, and we don’t know who they are.” Homestead credit is 25 mills on the first $2,500 assessed valuation, to a maximum of $62.50. A claim must be filed in Pier-sall’s office on the fifth floor of city hall before July I to obtain the credit. 8,000 Unsigned About 8.(MW) eligible persons have still not filed, he said, and only 29 working days remain before the deadline. “We’re getting down to the deadline and it's really going to .snowball on us.” Piersall said while urging eligible persons to file their claims as soon as possible. He said the same warning applies to persons eligible for veterans’ exemptions About 3.(KH) of them are still not filed Questions about the credits can be telephoned to the assessor's office, 398-5031. meet her and take* her to law officers. And in Hillsborough, Calif., Catherine Hearst, mother of the 20-year-old coed whose kidnaping on Feb. 4 set off this case, said, “I hope she will give herself up and come home.” But there was no sign that Miss Hearst or the Harris’, a white couple, were about to voluntarily give up. And more than KH) local, state and federal law officers remained on full-time duty in search of the three, who are described as “armed and extremely dangerous” and possibly the last remnants of the small band of terrorists. Law officers said their search for Miss Hearst and the Harris’ was still centered in Southern California, although Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Pete Hagan declared, “If they’ve got any sense, they’d have left. Things are getting hot here.” FBI Complaints The three are wanted on FBI complaints, filed Monday, for investigation of illegal use and possession of automatic weapons. The FBI decision to classify Miss Hearst as an SLA participant capped a wild weekend in which six members of the SLA, including its top leader, Cinque, died after an hour-long gunbat-tle with 500 police at a south 1/is Angeles hideout. The FBI said it concluded that Miss Hearst had joined the revolutionary clique which violently kidnaped her 3*2 months ago after an 18-year-old youth identified her and the Harris’ as the persons who kidnaped him for 12 hours and stole his truck in a getaway from a .sporting I goods store last Thursday. The FBI said it believed it was Miss Hearst who fired 30 rounds of automatic rifle slugs , into the store after Harris allegedly bungled an attempt to I shoplift a 49-cent pair of socks. Bank Robbery U. S. Attorney James Browning said Monday it is “entirely possible” that Miss Hearst now will be indicted for her part in a San Francisco bank robbery last month. Currently, she is sought only as a material witness in the holdup. The four persons originally charged with the bank robbery were among the six who died in the Los Angeles shootout Friday when their hideout house burned. Browning said a grand jury will listen to new testimony from the 18-year-old Los Angeles youth, Thomas Matthews. w ho claims ‘a woman he identified as Miss Hearst told him she willingly took part in the robbery. In a tape recording in April, Miss Hearst said she had taken part in the robbery of her own free will Other Charges Police in suburban Lynwood said they would bring charges against Miss Hearst and the Harris’ Tuesday of kidnaping! and robbery, for the 12-hour ab duction of Matthews and theft of I his van. The Los Angeles county dis- (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3 ) j Prosecutor: Sentence: Have Right To Sue Nixon UPI Telephot: PLEADS FOR SURRENDER — Fred Schwartz, father of an SLA member, Fmily Harris, bites his lip to hold back tears as he pleads for his daughter, her husband and Patricia Hearst to surrender in his custody to escape "a horrible and totally useless death." Ho voiced his appeal at a press conference shortly after arriving in Los Angeles from Chicago. Bank Burglary Spree ‘Like TV Drama' Initial government witnesses testified Tuesday in Cedar Rapids federal court in connection with a bank burglary case that an assistant U.S. attorney likened to a “television drama." The trial involves three men accused of planning and participating in a rash of burglaries in central Iowa in 1969 and 1970 Former FBI agent Edwin Flint of Clear Lake and Hamilton county Sheriff Kenneth Farnham testified in connection with an October, 1970, burglary of the Randall State bank, in which the defendants were allegedly engaged. On trial arc Jack Raymond Scott and Dwight Morgan Bachman. both of Des Moines, and Robert Weeks of Louisiana. Five Banks The trio, with others, is charged with conspiring to commit. and committing, robbery of five banks at Ionia, Breda. Irwin Swaledale and Randall. The two indictments against the men claim that the burglaries netted close to $50,000, in- (Continued Page 3, Col. 8 ) Supervisors Ponder Joint Law Facilities By Roland Krekeler A joint city-county law enforcement building is being considered by Linn supervisors as they contemplate expenditure of federal general revenue sharing funds'. Uses of revenue sharing money will be discussed at an open meeting at 6:45 p m tonight at the courthouse. The rn e e ting specifically deals with the $1,212,929 which the county expects to receive for the year beginning July I, but the supervisors are thinking further into the future. In an interview with The Gazette, Supervisor William Martin said the board is of the opinion, subject to public rec; ommendations, that the estimated $12 million for the next three years should bi1 spent mainly for capital improvements. Initial Funding The $2.2 million received during the first two years of the program was allocated, in part, to such things as salon supplements and health center programs in addition to capital improvements. Martin said the board feels non-capital expenditures should be limited rn the last three years of the program, so programs do not become accustomed to receiving funds that will not be available when property tax is sole tax source of funds. Concerning use of the immediately forthcoming funds Martin said an estimated $400,000 is ex-pected to be allocated for county roads in light of tho damage caused by the recent flooding. Set Aside $400,000 About $400,000 is to be set as.de for furnishing the new county care facility which is under construction as a replacement for the county home. That leaves about $400,(HK) for the law enforcement building which i^ under consideration Perhaps more than that can be set aside for the project from each of the next two years’ revenue sharing, for a total of $15 million or more a* the county's share, if the public approves, Martin sa d He said the possibility of a joint law enforcement building has been discussed informally (C ntinued Page 3, Col. 8 i WASHINGTON (AP) - Special prosecutor l>eon Jaworski says President Nixon is trying to “make a farce” of the charter guaranteeing the prosecutor s independence and his : right to subpoena Watergate 'evidence from White House files. Jaworski’s challenge to the President’s willingness to accept the prosecutor’s indepen-j donee was disclosed Monday shortly after Judge John J. Sirica ordered Nixon to obey a subpoena from the special prosecutor’s office demanding tapes of 64 conversations sought as evidence in the Watergate cover-up trial. Would Appeal After the order, Vicepresident Ford said the White House should turn over any tapes “relevant to a criminal I proceeding,” but Nixon counsel! .James St. Clair said the White House would appeal Sirica’s de-I cision. Jaworski disclosed details of, his latest clash with the White House in a strongly worded let-1 ter to Sen. Eastland (D-Miss.).j chairman of the senate judiciary committee. At the request of Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass.), a judiciary committee member. Eastland scheduled an executive session of the panel and asked St. Clair and Jaworski to stand by if 1 called to testify. Jaworski told Eastland that in opposing the cover-up trial subpoena, St. Clair had said “it is the President's contention that he has ultimate authority to determine when to prosecute, whom to prosecute, and with what evidence to prosecute.” “The crucial point is that the President, through his counsel, is challenging my right to bring an action against him to obtain evidence, or differently stated, he contends that I cannot take the President to court,” the prosecutor said. “A Farce” That position, said Jaworski, would make “a farce” of his charter and would render its guarantee of the right to take the President to court “an idle and empty one.” But Tuesday St. Clair disputed Jaworski's charge. “Mr. Jaworski and I have a difference of opinion,” St Clair told reporters as he arrived at the Rayburn house office building to attend Tuesday’s closed hearing on Nixon’s possible impeachment. St Clair said, “There was no agreement with anyone that I can't present any argument pertinent to the issue.” The White House said Tuesday that President Nixon is not! considering tiring Jaworski. Jaworski’s predecessor, Archibald Cox, was fired on Nix ! ens orders last October after! Nixon raised similar arguments during court hearings on j (Continued: Page 3, Col. 6 I 10 Months To 4 Years WASHINGTON (AP. - Job Stuart Magruder, the No 2 man in President Nixon’s re election campaign, was sentenced Tuesday to serve at least IO months in prison for helping plan the Watergate breakin, bugging and cover-up. Judge John Sirica ordered Magruder to serve a 10-month to four-year term in a minimum security institution and gave him until June 4 to surrender himself. “Moral Precepts” “My ambition obscured my judgment,” Magruder told Sirica in a brief statement. He said he still doesn't know how he surrendered “my moral precepts.” “I know what I have done,” he said. “I’m confident the country will survive its Watergates and its Jeb Magruders.” Magruder’s lawyer, James Sharp, told the judge that Magruder has already been punished in the 13 months since he first told of his role in Watergate to federal prosecutors. Magruder was the sixth former White House aide to be sentenced to prison. He pled guilty Aug. 16 to a single count of conspiracy to unlawfully inter-;cept communications. to obstruct justice and to defraud I the United States of America. i Sirica could have sentenced Magruder to a maximum five (years in prison and fined him $10,000 Dressed in a gray pinstriped suit and a striped shirt, Ma-| gruder told of seeing “the confusion in the eyes of my children, the heartbreak in the eyes of my wife, the contempt in the eyes of others.’’ Asst. Special Prosecutor Jill Volner told Sirica that agree- Most Agree Iowa Soil Erosion Is Worst in 25 Years By Al Swegle Gaietle Farm Editor Soil work e r s Tuesday weren't quibbling too much with reports that the state suffered its worst soil loss in 25 years the p;*,t two weeks. Most Eastern Iowa conservationists pinpointed the area along interstate Hi) as the hard est hit by erosion, w bile much cropland along rivers and streams in southeastern Iowa has been damaged by flood One extension director in east central Iowa, Dale Shires of Iowa City, estimated that one fourth of the corn land would need to be replanted due to erosion and Hood damage Donald Borts of Sigourney, Keokuk county conservation Lst. termed (Hie rain that hit the northern half of the county a “l(H)-year frequency storm.” A soil erosion structure built during the 1930s on the Willis Lillie farm near Marion was damaged during the past two rainy weeks, and B e ii t o ti county soil officials reported tires lie mg swept on cropland south of Newhall by an overflowing creek The officials ti id not know where the tires, complete with rims, came from, hut speculated they may have been piled near the creek bank tar tiler upstream. Flooding caused damage over a half mile area along a IO mile portion of the Sugar, Hock and Yankee Run creeks iii Cedar county, while 40,000 aerets was estimated to In lander water at times in Johnson county. Cedar county soil officials estimated that 5 percent of the flooded areas would need to be replanted Statewide I 35 million acres of Iowa cropland sustained “severe soil erosion” while an estimated 565,000 acres were considered flooded The state figures were compiled by Wilson I Moon of Des Moines, state conservationist, and few Tuesday were disagreeing with the .severity of his report Moon termed the storm erosion damage the worst since 1951 “It's hard to imagine condi tions that would allow more erosion, Shires said. We have more conservation practices th.rn we had 25 years ago, hut we have a record amount of land in row crops this year ” “The conditions were ripe for it," William Greiner of Des Moines, directer of the Iowa department of soil eon servation, told The Gazette. Greiner pointed out that the federal government, encouraging all-out food production this year, is not sponsoring a cropland retirement program as iii the past. “I predicted that we would have a lot of soil loss this year because of this, but not this much,” Greiner said. "Land has come out of the acreage reserve that should have had some form of conservation practices applied A few Eastern Iowa rouser vationists recalled localized situations where worse erosion has occurred. Clarence Beyer of Tipton, Cedar county soil conservation technician, recalled the West Liberty area suffered worse erosion loss iii 1967 when a 15 to 18 inch rain hit the area Seed corn dealers are beginning to receive requests for more seed as farmers consider replanting some of their acreage “I know of one family who's ordered enough seed to replant 150 acres,” Greiner said A seed corn salesman. Harold MolKentliin of Delta, said he had sold seed to some farmers to replant two weeks ago Xii Iowa State umversitv ex t e ii s I o ii crops specialist, Frank Schaller of Ames, recommended that farmers take a wait-and-see attitude toward replanting, however. “Yellowness in corn is not unusual,” Schaller said, “and most of the corn will come out of it with a little sunshine. ‘‘Corn germinates more slowly in cool and wet weather. Soil temperatures don’t have to be too w a r rn before the top two inches of the seed hod is warmed by the sun, however.” Schaller said modern seed corn can stay dormant in the ground for three weeks and (still germinate “Farmers .should consider replanting it the seedbed has been washed out or silted over,” Schaller said “The yellow corn should snap out of it ” t, Job Stuart Magruder ments for Magruder to plead guilty to a single count in return for his testimony against others were contained in three [letters filed with the court. She said the letters “set forth the nature cf his actions and the extent of his cooperation.” Special Assistant Sharp told Silica that Magruder s concealment of the truth ended when hi- obtained a lawyer in April 1973, and since then he has answered fully and truthfully questions put to him by the grand jui v. senate and house investigators, the special prosecutor arid the FBI Magruder, 39, was a special (Continued Pace I. Col. 2 ) Today s Index Comics 20 Crossword 20 Daily Record 3 Deaths *1 a Editorial Features ti Farm 12 Financial 21 Marion ■>2 Movies IK Society 10,11 Sports 15-17 State 4.5 Television 19 Want Ads 23-27 ;

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