Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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VOLUME 92 NUMBER 142
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Claim Milk Fund Tied To Nixon
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Sen-a t e Watergate investigators have concluded that President Nixon, aware milk producers had pledged $2 million to his reelection, “ignored'’ the opinions of his agricultural experts and ordered an increase in price supports for milk.
The conclusion is reached in a 359-page draft report prepared by the staff of the senate Watergate committee and approved
by Chairman Sam Ervin (D-: NC.) following a year-long
probe into whether the campaign pledge and the increase were linked.
The report also said “allegations” that former Treasury;
Secretary Connally received
$15,000 from milk producers for1 using his influence with the Nixon administration were continuing to be investigated.
The staff said that despite Connally’s sworn testimony to the contrary, he was deeply involved in the increase. Shortly before the increase, the report said, Connally allegedly told a milk co-op official, “It’s in the bag.”
“When the President considered the price support decision, he was deciding a matter of great financial interest to one of his most important contributors,” the report said. “The President knew the milk producers had pledged $2 million to his campaign. Even by the standards of the 1972 presidential campaign, the amount was enormous.”
The report said that because the White House has withheld tapes and other documents, investigators have not been able to determine if Nixon did indeed order the price supports raised: in return for the campaign pledge.
Considerable Evidence But the report put forth considerable evidence linking the contributions to the administration’s milk support decision.
“It appears that the President, in making his decision to increase the milk price support level ignored the opinion of every agricultural expert in his' administration.” t h e report said.
“At the very least the President’s decision was an act of political one-upmanship . . .’’
By increasing prices, the re port said, Nixon “cost the government and the consumer hundreds of millions of dollars,” but the “President apparently assured himself of the ‘support’i of the powerful political lobby of the milk producers.”
The report includes a detailed rebuttal of Nixon’s “whites
paper” defending his milk deer sion. Nixon has claimed the Democratic controlled congress; had held “a gun to the head” of the administration and was: ready to pass a much higher price ceiling The report contends there was not that much pressure on Capi tot Hill for a higher ceiling, and that the administration's deer sion was, in effect, much more costly than any of those pro posed in congress. Further, it noted, congress at that time had managed to override only two of ll Nixon vetoes.
Watergate Jury Term Extended
WASHINGTON (AP) Tho term of the federal grand jury investigating the Watergate breakin amt cover up was ex tended six months Friday.
Vote 37 to I To Subpoena More Tapes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The house judiciary committee has subpoenaed tapes of 45 more presidential conversations despite President Nixon's insistence he will turn over no more Watergate material.
Along with the subpoena, approved by a 37 to I vote Thursday, the committee sent Nixon a letter saying his refusal to comply could itself provide grounds for impeachment.
The only dissenting vote was cast by proxy by the absent and ailing senior Republican. Rep. Hutchinson (Mich ), who considers the action futile because it is unenforceable.
The group rejected two attempts to deal more harshly with the President. A motion to seek an immediate impeachment vote for contempt of congress was tabled, 29-9. One to recommend citation for contempt but dday house action until later was also tabled. 27-' ll.
The committee rejected, 23 to 15, a move to open some of the impeachment bearings to the public next week. The vote is expected to keep the hearings! closed at least two weeks longer.
Issuance of the committee's fourth subpoena against Nixon with only one dissent demonstrated the bipartisan opposition to the White I louse strategy for fighting impeachment.
‘‘He’s stonewalling,” said Rep. Railsback (IMH.), borrowing a term made popular by the White House transcripts.
Rep. McClorv (R-Ill.), noting that among the things the committee is investigating are allegations Nixon obstructed the justice department, the senate Watergate committee and the special prosecutor in their inquiries, said:
“His current conduct does not make it easier for this member to conclude that such allegations are without merit.”
Railsback and McClorv were among eight. Republicans who joined in directing Chairman Rodino (D-N.J.) to send the letter to Nixon. It warned that a continued refusal to honor committee subpoenas will permit members to conclude he is withholding damaging evidence.
The sternly-worded letter, authorized bv a 28-10 vote, also informed Nixon that under the Constitution he has no power to tell the committee what evidence he will give it.
A month ago, only one Republican supported sending a letter merely notifying Nixon he failed to comply with a subpoena for 42 taped conversations.
He had released edited transcripts instead of tapes on that occasion. He refused to supply anything in response to two subpoenas issued May 15 for Water-
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HENRY'S HOME — Secretary of State Kissinger flashes his famous grin on arrival at Andrews air force base, Md., after his successful marathon Middle East peace mission.
Henry Returns in Triumph
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Kissinger briefed President Nixon and several congressional leaders Friday on the Israeli-Syrian disengagement agreement and outlined the problems that remain to be solved in the area.
Senator John Tower (R-Texas) told reporters atter the l^-hour meeting with the congressional leaders that Kissinger stressed three obstacles in the way of a permanent Middle East settlement.
“In order, they were rectification of frontiers, Palestinian iefugees and the question of Jerusalem.” Tower said.
Kissinger returned to Washington early Friday.
“Congratulations — that may be one of the great things of the century,” a beaming Kissinger was told by House Speaker Albert (D-Okla.) as the secretary opened a detailed briefing for 22 congressional leaders.
After a private breakfast with Nixon in the White House family quarters. Kissinger was escorted by the President to the Cabinet room, where he received a standing ovation from Ford and the congressional leaders.
Behind Kissinger’s chair was a stand holding what appeared to be three large aerial photo-! graphs presumably to illustrate the disengagement formula. Reporters saw only the opening: minutes of the session.
Sources said Thursday that I Nixon has tentatively decided to begin his Middle East trip the week beginning June 9. They said Nixon probably would spend from seven to IO days visiting Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, probably Jordan and perhaps Syria.
On the way home, senior, I American officials said that three times during the mission Kissinger was on the verge of going home, even though the Syrians and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan were |convinced the Golan Heights! confrontation could explode into la full-blown war.
In making the disclosure, a senior Amerian official said that on those occasions Kissinger simply had run out of options;! the haggling was so prolonged he could see only interminable 'shuttling without an agreement at the end of it and had decided to go home for three weeks and then hopefully negotiate a set-i Bement.
Seven Who Disappeared in 1972
Are Reported Living in Rhodesia
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mother if all fairy tales began with "Once upon a lime ” “No.” replied the mother, “today most of them begin with
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -Two years ago, seven Richmond area children vanished, along with the mother of two of them and the father of the other five This week the children and the two adults were reported found living on a farm in Ruwa, Rhodesia.
Helen and Andrew Duggan nave neon enargea ny tucn-mond authorities with kidnaping the children and spiriting them out of the country Speaking from the farm Thursday in a telephone interview with the Richmond News Leader, Mrs. Duggan said they “sometimes expected that we would be found ”
The problem now becomes a case of international law, complicated because* Rhodesia and the U. S. have no diplomatic relations.
Helen Duggan is the mother of two of the children hut when she was divorced from their father. Dennis Wilburn, he was given their custody.
Andrew Duggan is the father of the other five. When he w a s divorced from their mother, now Mrs Glenn Crone, she was granted cus tony.
Mrs. Duggan said ‘‘the children arc in fine health” and attend school Asked about tin* flight in 1972, she said,. “Our lawyers have advised us not to discuss the matter I don’t want to sound rude, hut I just cannot talk about it.”
Xjnivate detective hired by the two parents having legal custody said lie had traced the children and the Duggans to Rhodesia.
P. A Isrardi said he received confirmation Tuesday from the South African police that they have permanent resident status.
Photographs of the children were circulated to indict* agen cics all over the gloln*, and apparently it was from these pictures that the South Atli can police were able to iden tifv them, he said.
Wilburn said: "We are
working with the state depart merit people to set* what we can do. For the moment I’m just happy to know where they are.”
Crone, the husband of Duggan’s former wife, said: “I hope it s true. I really do hope its true But I won’t believe It until we have verification from the Rhodesian authorities.”
All three crises came in Damascus, said the official, who asked not to be named. All were followed by breakthroughs that led finally to the troop separation accord He outlined them this way.
The first breakthrough, on May 18, produced the outline of a disengagement line in which Israel is giving up the Syrian territory won in last October’s war and six or seven villages won in the 1967 war.
The second. May 23, settled the dispute over the size of the U.N. force, which will patrol the 40-mile-long frontier separating the armies.
The last, on Monday, remains shrouded in secrecy, but from Israeli sources it is known to have focused on a compromise approach to restraining Arab terrorists after the settlement was reached.
Kissinger packed his bags once and had departure statements prepared twice. At the point of one impasse, he cabled Mrs. Meir to say he would return to Jerusalem only long enough for a farewell lunch. His wife, Nancy, who had stayed behind, had his bags packed that time and had left for the airport
Nixon-Russian Talks June 27
WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon’s Moscow talks with Soviet leaders will open June 27. the White House announced Friday.
The date is several days later than expected — an adjustment cauked by Nixon’s plans to tour the Middle East during mid-June
Today s Index
By Mike* Dcupree
Safety Commissioner James Steinbeck responded to fire fighter demands for increased overtime pay Friday by ordering elimination of all overtime.
The goal will he accomplished, he said, by reducing the active duty roe,ter on each shift by five or six men.
The reductions, recommended by the fire department command staff, will not endanger fire protection services, the safety commissioner stressed, although it could have an effect on fire insurance rates.
Steinbeck said the problem of overtime has been under consideration for many months.
"We are averaging almost UKK) hours of overtime each two-week pay period,” he said. “We’re ’way overspent already thus year on our overtime budget.
“As long as attention has been brought to it . . . we don’t like it. but we have to do something about it.”
The overtime in question is learned by men who take a 24-hour shift when the regular worker is on sick leave or vacation.
Steinbeck said the city is re quired to pay only straight time! 'for the 24 hours, but pays 12 I hours of straight time and 12 hours of time and one-half.
In a vote this week, members I of local ll, International Assn. of Fire Fighters, voted to ask for time and one-half pay for all the hours worked over the standard 56-hour work week
"We’ve been trying to get this for two or three years.” said Lt. Carroll Hayes, president of the local.
“We want to give the city the best service possible, but we w’ant to be paid for it.”
Haves informed Chief Edsel McMickle of the outcome of the vote Friday morning. A meeting wras scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, at which a formal request for the additional pay was to be made.
Steinbeck said the decision to end overtime was made because of the additional expense.
Under the present system, a private receives $99 60 for the 24-hour period, a lieutenant receives $107.70 and a captain $11130. If the whole 24 hours were paid at time and one-half, the figures would be $119.52, $129 24 and $133 56.
“Not in Budget”
Based on the average number of overtime hours each month.
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N.Y. Town Votes To Kick Out Utility
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M KXI CAU, Mexico (UPI) -Fred Mundy, an expert out-doorsman who didn’t follow the rules of desert survival, was found dead Thursday
His body was found five miles from where his motorcycle ran out of gas 13 days ago. He took a wrong turn while competing in a race in tile Baja California desert, about 80 miles south of the US. border, and got lost, running out of gas 38 miles off the course.
Relatives. Mexican cowboys on horseback, off-duty U.S. border patrol trackers, San Diego county sheriff’s deputies land others searched for him for 12 days.
His brother, Charles, one of ; the most active .searchers, said I he could not understand why Fred. 47, violated some of the basic principles of survival, such as leaving hi? motorcycle. It was found two days after the Riverside, Calif., pharmacist set off into the desert.
Mundy was in good condition, a former college football player, Facie Scout and Scoutmaster,
GENEVA (AP) — Syria and together, newsmen reported Israel signed an historic U. S.- from the front negotiated disengagement pact .
Friday committing them to end Syrian Delay
the fighting on the Golan A U. N. spokesman said all Heights and move toward last- signatures were completed at ing peace in the Middle East. 5.45 a m C[)T a[(er a |as(.
A half hour after the signing, minu,e dc| b „ j
the guns that boomed across the , . ,
bleak and barren front for the aPPare.fH reluctance to sign the
past 81 days fell silent, an Israe- Pact in the presence of news-
li military communique said. men
Artillery duels that .started in The snag had developed about the early morning continued in- 30 minutes earlier after Israeli termittently past the deadline'representatives had signed the
anti finally fizzled nut a I-i
disengagement agreement. The Syrians, expected to follow, sat still and made no move.
At that time, Lf. Gen. Ensio Siilasvuo of Finland, commander of the U. N. Emergency Force in the Middle East who I MASSENA, N. Y. (AP) — Res- chaired the meeting, announced idents of this northern New a is-minute recess. Newsmen York town of 16,000, upset over were asJced to ]eave the mar-rising electric bills, have voted hjecj council hall of the Palais overwhelmingly to throw out the des Nations, the Geneva U. N. giant utility that has provided headquarters their power for 74 years. And shortjy thcrcafter lho
Voters approved a municipal, prob|em was cleared up, and takeover of the power system agreement negotiated bv
, Thursday. Final, unofficial re- Secretary of State Kissinger in suits showed 3,636 in favor and a marathon 33-day peace mis-; 2,178 against a margin of 63 to was signed.
137 percent. Qn Saturday, Israeli and
Supporters of the takeover of Syrian military delegations
(the Niagara Mohawk P°wcr begin five days of talks on the
Corp. facility hailed the vote as disengagement timetables and
a victory for consumers in the on precise demarcation lines for
fight against rising utility bills, thinning out of forces. The troop
“The consumer, the little guy;separation agreement says all
that has to pay a power bill its provisions are to be imple-
every month, had an opportune mented by June 25.
tv to lower his own cost of living , .
J *■ .. ., IL r\ „ Endorsement
by voting, said John Dumas.;
spokesman for the town and Israel and Syria formally en-village boards. He estimated dorsed the pact on Thursday, that the switch “will pay off in one day after agreement by the a 20 percent rate reduction at negotiating teams was an-takeover.” nounced in Jerusalem and
The boards now have the au- Washington. The Syrian cn-thority to condemn Niagara Mo- dorsement came at a lt)-hour hawk transmission facilities and session of President Assad’s retake them over through a $4.5- mg socialist Baath party and million bond issue. Advocates i Israeli approval on a 76 to 36 pointed to the municipal power vote in the knesset, or parlia-system in Plattsburgh which, ment.
they said, sells electricity at $9 Israeli Premier Golda Meir,
per thousand kilowatts com- 76, who supported the Egyptian
pared with $21 for Niagara Mo- and Syrian disengagements, hawk in Massena said the Knesset debate was the
Niagara Mohawk, which last session she would attend serves 1.3 million customers in before Premier-designate Yitz-upstate New York, argued that hak Rabin takes over the Israeli the takeover’s true cost would government. be about $8.3 million, almost Syria generally has been the
double what the town estimated, i most radical state in the
The issue of whether the town quarter-century-old Arab strug-can go into the electric utility gle against Israel. American business “will have to be settled sources feel its acceptance of in the courts,” Donald Nims, disengagement may help calm Niagara Mohawk district man- Arab bitterness and open the ager, said. “We feel strongly door to a resumption this suni-that this will prove the cost to mer of the Geneva peace ambe higher, and that Massena ference that started and then w ill face an additional referent adjourned last December. Syria durn to provide the additional .refused to take part in the talks monies.” at that time.
The disengagement agreement contains these points:
A land, sea and air cease-fire that both sides will “scrupulously observe.”
A rearrangement and separation of Israeli and Syrian forces along the 40-mile front. American officials say Israel will evacuate territory it captured in the October war, as well as the city of Quneitra and six or seven villages captured in the 1967 war. Quneitra apparently will be in a buffer zone, which would preclude the introduction of Syrian troops although the city, like the rest of the zone, will bt* under Syrian civilian control.
New positions lor thinned-out
Israeli and Syrian armies on opposite sides of the buffer zone, which is to be policed by U. N. personnel. 'Hie zone will vary from one to four miles wide.
A thinning-out of Israeli and
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Missing Outdoorsman Found Dead in Desert
and lecturer on outdoor survival.
Those trailing him were encouraged to find that he was getting water by cutting open barrel cactuses. He found a cowboy shack supplied with water and beef jerky last week, then inexplicably set out into the desert again “He knew better than to leave the motorcycle and he knew enough to stay at that shack when he found water and food there,” his brother said. “I simply do not understand.”
Circular Route Mundy, obviously disoriented, wound up walking parallel to the nearest road, instead of toward it. and on a circular route that took him through 12 miles of desert, winding up only five miles from where he abandoned the motorcycle.
His footprints showed increasing weariness, said a border patrol tracker. Jack Kearney. “He walked well up on the balls of his feet He didn’t step down on tilt* heels,” Kearney said Tilt* hotly was found by cowboys. Mundy apparently died last weekend.
Last twit iii a series of six stories on candidates for the Second district congressional nomination can he found today on pages 8 and 9. They feature Republicans Tom Riley and Michael Feld.