Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 16, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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VOLUME 92 NUMMER 3l|
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1974
Coal Talk Delay, Dye To Slaying
WASHINGTON (AP) >— United Mine Workers leaders, stunned by the murder of a bargaining council member in a hotel robbery, Saturday put off until next' week further consideration of a proposed new coal contract. The delay will extend the nationwide strike into a third week and force additional layoffs.
The union’s bargaining council held a memorial service Saturday at UMW headquarters and then adjourned until after the funeral Tuesday of Sam Littlefield, 54, o Bessemer, Ala.
A spokes!.”’^ said the council will meet Wednesday to decide whether to endorse the tentative agreement with the mine owners or recommend that union officers return to the bargaining table.
The agreement, c o n c I u ded after two and one-half months of negotiations, had raised hopes of ending the strike after two weeks.
The council recessed for the night Friday without endorsing the pact and was to return Saturday. But the slaying changed all that.
Senator Allen (D-Ala.) who knew Littlefield, said Washington “nu*! be made safe for people who visit here.”
Chased by Gunman
Littlefield, UMW district president for Alabama, was shot after walking into a hotel room as two Utah union leaders were being held up.
Police said Littlefield saw what was happening, ran from the room and was chased by the gunman, who shot him in the back of the head. The assailant fled.
The shooting occurred minutes after the union officials returned to their hotel from the council meeting four blocks away.
The council must approve the tentative con; rad before it can be submitted to the union membership for ratification.
“I think w'e’re in for a three-week strike now,” said UMW Vice president Mike Trbovich.
He acknowledged that there was serious disagreement over a number of the 31 articles in the proposed contract, which would provide the 120.000 strikers with the biggest settlement in their union s 84-year history.
Under the tentative agreement, the miners would receive wage increases of 9 percent the first year and 3 percent each of the next two years, plus cost-of-living raises and a hefty package of fringe benefits. Miners now make between $42 and $50 a day.
Union sources said the council would probably recommend that the negotiating team go back to the bargaining table to seek a redistribution of benefits, as opposed to any attempt to fatten the settlement.
Guy Farmer, chief industry | negotiator, saki, however, that the coal companies “are not open to renegotiate the agreement.” He said the proposed contract represents the in-dustrv’s “final offer.’’
Report US.-Soviet Talks on Mid-East
United Press International
Russia and the U.S. have opened urgent consultation on the explosive Middle East situation, diplomatic sources in london said Saturday.
They said the consultations were being held at the highest level, with both super powers anxious to avert a new war and its “most serious consequences.”
There have been widespread press reports of a mobilization of one-third of Israel’s reserves, but Israeli officials have not commented on them. The Israeli national radio warned Saturday, however, that tensions in the
The fact Russian arms have been shipped at this crucial stage were said to have set off fears that Syria may not renew the agreement on the continuing presence of U.N. forces.
“Not by Surprise”
Diplomats said both super powers are worried that war might be unleased by miscalculation, with Israel jittery and determined not to be taken by suprise again, as was the case in the October war of last year.
The Israeli radio said Israeli troops shelled Arab guerilla targets in South Lebanon Friday night.
It said the Israeli ambassador
K?naE™LWere nC“ring thC 10 Washington. Smtha ‘ binits, breaking point. |took excCptlon of
State Kissinger’s statement that war in the Middle East is not likely.
“His observation was a preliminary observation, and we would like to share it,” Dinitz was quoted.
U. S. Comment
Diplomats in London said the U.S. and the Soviet Union have reportedly held hot-line contacts and ordered envoys to urge restraint in key Middle East capitals.
In Washington a White House spokesman denied the hot line had been activated but refused
“But we can’t take chances | because for us it would not be to comment on the reported a mistake in a press conference.
Russian-U. S. consultations.
Russian supplies of a large variety of new weapons to Syria apparently have played an important though not exclusive
For us it could be a matter of life and death.”
The national radio did not give details of the bombardment of Lebanon, but Lebanese officials
part in putting Israel on an'said they turned back Israeli alert, the diplomats said. • troops attempting to cross the
The Beirut newspaper Al Safir said France has warned Syria against an Israeli attack along the Golan Heights “which could take place during the next 24 hours.”
The pro-Palestinian guerilla
Auto Strikes Train, C. R. Woman Dies
ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES
To Funnel Aid To Needy Lands
ROME (AP) — The World!lions that might lead to starva-Food Conference agreed Satur- tion.
day to set up an umbrella body' ,*b<‘ Pr0P°sals were adopted , , . f . . . almost unanimously. China and
to funnel food and money to,An,.-.nia were the only countries
needy nations, U. S. sources expressing reservations, claim-said. It was considered tile ma-ling the proposed system might jor breakthrough of the confer- violate the principle of national once, and came on its final day. sovereignty.
“We have an agreement,” ani Further meetings of interest-informant said, emerging from C(t parties will be necessary if the caucus where the accord jthe resolutions are to be imple-was hammered out in negotia-l rented, tions with representatives from A U. S. delegate reiterated an blocs. “There was a lot of Kissinger’s suggestion that rcp-compromise but at the end this resentatives of donor and donee can be a very effective opera. nations meet to follow up any tion.” I resolutions passed at the confer-
Informants said the body will ence* be called the World Food Coon- Bangladesh Aid
cit, will be set up by the U. N. _
General Assembly, and will re- ; announced Friday it
port to it through tho U. N. Keo- dad ?'5"''d a" a«r,vnK‘,d nomic and Social Council. angladesh a s s u r I n g 250 OOO
They said the Food Council "T of ^am ,hr0"Kh rM“x‘ dline will probably consist of about 25;under a easy-ewdK pro-
members, have its 'eadquartcrs dr.am,'„ ., ....
in Home, and work alongside '" Washington, Kissinger said the U. N. Food and Agriculture before the year 's over ho Organization. .expects the U. S. will not only
increase the dollar amount but Development Fund the quantity of food aid it will
The sources said it will pro- provide the hungry nations, gram policy on world food The U. S. position had been availability, emergency food aid I that the conference had been and investments for developing called primarily to devise long-agriculture in poor nations, and range means to eliminate will include an agricultural de- hunger. Some delegates disa-velopment fund, proposed by the freed.
oil-producing countries, as a “Yes, we are here to talk
Secretary of State Kissinger Discusses Middle East
Crd«r Rapid! Newt -
Roberta J. Wisdom, 38, of 424 NW, was killed
Kissinger Thinks War In Mid-Easi Unlikely
Resolutions passed Friday night also offered some bop*
about future food policies,” said Edmondo Flores of Mexico, chairman of a group represent-
5 Officials Arrested in Book Dispute
that future food shortages may *n£ IM developing nations. “But be avoided for the world’s half- we can’t just ignore those dying 1 billion hungry people. of hunger now.”
The 123 nations at the U. N.-j —
sponsored conference approved /n •
a measure — strongly supported commercia
I by the U. S. — calling on
earlv Saturday when the car in ***! *aunch new at- day “J do not think war is like- nev> Kissinger, will give
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winch she was riding struck ail « i A ly in the Middle East,
freight train d ularly on Palestinian concento 1 1
Mrs. Wisdom suffered mas- t*ons sive injuries at I a m. Saturday
wealthy countries to supply IO j Q U j r B lr*
CHARLESTON, W. Va. (UPI)! million tons of grain a year to ^ r
newspaper Al Moharrer reported in Beirut that “responsibleI WASHINGTON (AP) — Secre-j Ford’s meeting in Siberia with official sources expect Israel tary of State Kissinger said Fri- Soviet party chief Leonid Brezh-
momentum to the commitmentj- K^whacounty school for financial awjs.
Ka tau a. hmm a-.. of detente” between the U. Socials named rn criminal war- (jn^ ^ foo„ M ,__
He told a news conference and Russla rants for amoving "anti-th(. conference imnlieitlv an-’ PWT SAID, Egypt (AP) —
that report! of military buildups Kissinger will split off from American” and •‘antichristian” pealed to oil-producing nations Four empty Egyptian passenger
. *i j . . j ®® rcpon were exaggerated Ford after the Russian meeting J f„-twAftiftt c.,*,,-!,,,, to contribute cart of their new-I^P8 entered the Suez Canal
at a railroad crossing in the 3700 a1 Moharrer quoted “Arab and “there is no evidence that;for a three-day visit to mainland * ‘ 1 found wealth to the protect Saturday on the first trip by
block nit J street SW. She was diplomatic circles” as reporting the Soviet Union is encouraging china. The secretary said his ^ forward to settling their commercial vessels since It was
deadon arrival at Mercy hospi- israeli troop movements and war.” trip is a normal part of the cases in court Grain Reserves closed in Ute 1967 Middle East
a • t u buildups on the Golan Heights. “I cannot believe, ’ he said. progressing relationship be- “I look forward to the legal The conference also approved war.
t p n?Ve!i<i r I° l “These circles said they do that any of the parties in the tween the U. S. and Peking. process. The dispute shouldn’t a proposal for building grain The ships, which can carry up
cr ii Fifth ave- not rule out a wide-scale Israeli Middle East would resort to war rvntinuinn Prongs* ^ settled under threats of reserves as a buffer against nat-jto 1,500 passengers each, were
nu? SE, was in serious condition att3ck on Syria coupled with an in these circumstances.’’ | BK shooting and dynamiting of ural disaster. The plan called on their way to Suez at the
at Mercy hospital with frac- attack on Lebanon,” it said. j He was referring to recurring “I do not expect any dramatic schools,” said Harry Staasbury, for establishing a system of na- southern end of the 103-mile-
tured ribs and a .scalp lacera- israeli Premier Yitztak Rabin speculation that Israel and Arab announcements” while in Pek- a school board member. “My tionally-held but internationally- long canal to take Egyptian
!,”n said 20 Soviet ships were un- nations are preparing for a new ing, Kissinger said, adding that conscience is clear.” coordinated grain banks. The Moslems on a pilgrimage to
Police said Franks was north-: loading weapons in the Syrian Middle East conflict by no later he does feel there will be con- Starusbury LS one ()f five ^ amount of grain to be stored I Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
bound <m J street when his car port of Latakia. He accused than spring. tinuing progress toward im- fidals chai:fied with contributing was not specified. The measure The northern part of the canal
hit the third car of a westbound Moscow of encouraging Syrian “There is a tendency to over- proved relations with the Com- f() the de|1^K.LKvn(.y of children was proposed by Secretary of to Ismailia, a distance of 42
freight train The impact forced aggression by providing Damas- react ... but in my judgment, munist giant. . adoring the controversial State Kissinger in an opening- miles, was believed relatively
the car sideways across the Cus with massive arms supplies, we are not in a situation of im- Most of the news conference Ux( H ’ day address free of mines, ordnance and
road and into a ditch. Both oc- minent conflict,” he said. dealt with the Middle East and T. w„w freed on ^ \ third measure adopted Fri- other debris although the ships
Ford Trip reflected the reports of an im- _____ day called for a system to pro- have to maneuver around oik
cupants were thrown from the
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vehicle. T uqosldvia Nits 77. V pending new war between Israel
aboard the . . 9 Kissinger held the news con-1and its Arab ne
North Western train were un- Navy Maneuvers Terence to brief reporters on the __
aware of the accident and con- trip he and President Ford will ■■ ■ iii ■ ■ * i D J - .—,4 ! ^ ii . v
tmued on to a nearby freight BELGRADE (AP) - Yugoxla- begin Sund .y in the Far East IpOrt! With CITaWS *7007 /Of) * JG6
yard. via said Saturday it views cur-1 TTie secretary said the presi- m
The accident was discovered rent naval maneuvers by the tential stop in Japan was decid- [Union NAIflP f* D I ~
after the train cleared the cross-: y s ,ta, Brjtain and ^ od on to symbolize the impor- * l«IIIg«H « ndlliC f I Cl HT "I Cl IHICI
*u~ * a car that!. _______. ..... lance the Ford administration I ....----------— _ I / mf
had stopped on the opposite side in the nort^ern Adriatic sea as a ahout relations with the . ^-^fHNGTON (AI ) of the tracks. “direct attack” on its security. Tokyo government *^nt Ford Saturday wi
vide an early warning of condi- sunken wreck.
■ -j A four-nation effort to clear the canal that began after last January’s Israeli-Egypt!an troop separation agreement was ex-pected to lie completed next rmmth
The navi**s of the U. S., Britain, France and Egypt took ]cause of production cutbacks a1- part. British units have already
sons died in traffic accidents in excitement and worry
Cedar Rapids. goslavia. It said protests were out undermining the U. S. com- toM Ford in a
The accident remains under lodged with diplomatic repro- mitment to the security of South . b c . . ‘
investigation. 1 sentatives of the four countries Korea. letter dated Saturday tha a ary.
Would Drop Crime Tag for Pot
long delay in his confirmation (
"would not be in the best inter- whj|e sajd chrysler will close
Reports Nixon Is "Very Weak"
SAN CLEMENTE. Calif. (AP) — Richard Nixon is “just very weak,” said an aide Friday, a day after the former President returned home from the hospital-
“It tires him even to talk after awhile. He gets winded very easily.”
ing by the driver « w.»v in nnrthgkrn kAri*ti„ -------—T"! washtngty^v /API — pre,
itM Ai»so< iat«*d Press Writer
. I, ^ Thi» Federal Reserve Board rpady anrwunc«l bY ^ m-1 returned home
The death of Mrs. Wisdom The official news agency Tan- A second stop in South Korea the controversial nomination of *rc . ' . . * 1 . industriai dustry A British minesweeper, pick-
the 19th this year in jug said the maneuvers, which is necessary, Kissinger said, be- peter Flanigan to be ambas- y i ,|F r la st month lt 11016(1 ,hat the 0ctob^r jng its way around wrecks be-
Cedar Rapids. Last year ll per-: began Nov. 9, provoked “great cause “we could not be in that sador t0 Spam P|()0 J “an ® ^ \ duction figures would have been came the first ship to sail the
and worry” in Yu-area” and not visit Seoul with-, ^ ^ ^ requesl 0f months The drop of 0 6 percent even worse‘ w,thout »'• Percent! length of the waterway in July.
the sharpest since Febru- JumP ,n auto a'sSeTnblies and a 6 The canal authority hopes to
|percent spurt in iron and steel t0 shipping in the first
» , . 1C. production in arrticipation of the half of next vear, but officials
Auto industry sources mean- i. . ax . . ^
, ‘ „ ... coa» stnnc. i have ropeatedly made clear
congress nor the country s rela- niunta for the month of lie- ,l . .
pianis tor me mwiui w we year ago. the most severe slump1 __
.tions with Spain. cember. idling almost 30,000 as- and
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mari- may close the doors of a jail U. S. Attorney Earl Silberthas Ford, in a “Dear Pete’’ letter, semblers. These shutdowns j<^(J juana users should not be treat-'cell.M j told the Washington, D. C., po- told Flanigan; could force layoffs throughout! other economic devekxmvents
,i as cnminaU, a top White1 lle «"•'"> ^ lice department hi, office would ,h"A'i,TSh 1 ,u">- 22^ ('hrysl,'r sySUm' thr,T‘n« Saving "wr iwe la a serious
... . , . arrested for marijuana offenses '7 _ « ---------------*-— J R
Ihxise official has declared, say- ygar third higher than not e 6011 ing “criminal penalties have jn 1972 an(j more than double I persons arro^
clearly failed to prevent wide the figure cif four years ago. fewer marijuana
spread use of marijuana ” Moat of those arrested are be- lo a gram of the dnig in any
tween 18 and 25. Tile majority other form The Washington
are not convicted, he said
This One Is
ALBANY, Ore. IAP)
>reau use 01 marijuana 1 «
tx iv atween 18 and 25 Tile majority other form ».«- rn D J
Dr Rttwrt lulon., Ii.ti Post said wt ll-placed sources re CV6I rGTOn Body
DuPont observed that enforce merit of the laws is selective
the White House special action office for drug abuse prevention, said persons arrested on marijuana charges have “suffered the trauma of arrest . . . and,often unwillingly will carry around that criminal an unequal hand ” record ”
vealed that the policy shift was y p n 1 cleared with the justice depart-! IO DG KGtUmGCi
and “society’s most potent legal merit and top local police of-sa net ion Is applied sporadically, facials
ports, but and price control1 an industry insider said it or-J The Federal Power Commis-dered no parts from suppliers sjon rc*fK;rted that tight supplies for next week 'Hiat would in- of natural gas mean users face dieate many component plant a 107 pereent greater deficiency workers likely will be laid off this winter than previously an-The body of along with assemblers, the ticipated.
readable; “How To Keep Your
Won’t File Charges
and with DuPont said the legal prohi-|Eva Peron, f«r>' inspiration to purees said. Two of the country’s largest
bition against marijuana posses- Argentina’s “shirtless” workers A Chrysler spokesman said sugar refiners, Amstar Corp 1 sion should not be dropped “but1 a am will ho flown mounting inventories of unsold and Surest Corp , announced
the key question
e dropped -but a gyration ago. will be flown mounting invenlories of unsold and I
is whether the . D » r f new cars had reached a “cri price
KU, ! u,t to Buenos Aires from Spain
increases of about five
erage h*ius**holder’s is that he is in the acoine, upper-outgo
420, HO Last \ ear jje sa^ manv legislatures benefits of deterrence arc avail- '! ti k i',,» tic a1 level but no decision had cents per pound
Addressing the National Or- have acted at least once to re- able at a lower social cost than snort,y’ Spanish and Argentine made on a December shut-j Government sources said the
animation for Reform of Man- duce penalties for marijuana the current criminal sanction I sarees said Saturday. down. UL S will impose tough quotas
juana Laws, he said, “For those use from a felony to a misde hink they are ” Argentine leftist guerillas Another Decline ,>n 101 ^ana<^ian
convicted, the stigma of crim- meanor but a “misdemeanor is He also said recent studies have often demanded the return and livestock in a move de
mality may close some doors of still a criminal offense. And the* “seem to indicate that there of the body of the late Juan The Federal Reserve Board signed to get removal of Canadi
economic opportunity . . . and'criminal label does not com- may be serious risk to man- Peron's wife, terming her the forecast another decline in in- an quotas on imports of U. S
(or some of them these laws fortably apply.” (juana users.” J “true revolutionary’.” dustrial output in November be- beef
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