•'» 1 Vvj j ~ i" ' r *1 "•"Wi ', f -r- Sled Dog Racing Natives Capture 1st State Title By CHUCK OSTHEIMER Daily News Sports Quite appropriately it was Iowans who captured the first All- Iowa Dog Sled Championship Races Saturday at Estherville, mainly the Hilpipre's of Cedar Falls and the Aliens of Swisher. And the fans flocked to the excitement in balmy weather with temperatures reaching the 30s both days. It proved a little too warm for top running conditions for the dogs, but the excitement was as high as the temperature. The show went on with John Cooper; president of the North Star Sled Dog Association, stating, "This Is one of the best courses we have run on this year and are definitely looking Coming Down the Home Stretch Origene Defour, Quebec, headed his 15-dog team back toward the finish line after moving out nine miles and was pictured as he approached the Tom and Jerry bridge north of Estherville. Defour finished third in the open class in this race. (Daily News photo by Chuck Ostheimer) Tet Holiday Halts Big Air Campaign The Forecast AILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 93 Estherville, Iowa, 51334, Monday, February 14, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Duped Time Irving 4 NEW YORK (AP) - Time magazine, calling author Clifford Irving "Con Man of the Year," says much of his "autobiography" of Howard Hughes was pirated and that Irving ad-, mitted the hoax in an effort to spare his wife from jail. Publishing side-by-side excerpts from Irving's book and an earlier unpublished manuscript by writer James Phelan, Time concluded Sunday that "the instances of duplicated material are numerous. In some cases the books are virtually identical in detail." No one, however, yet claimed to know how Irving gained access to the manuscript which Phelan wrote for ' former Hughes' aide Noah Dietrich. Irving's attorney called the Time article "a gloating, prancing, distorting piece that is irresponsible in the extreme." Time said Irving told federal investigators that he was willing to accept a prison term for fraud and perjury in exchange for leniency by Swiss authorities on forgery and bank fraud charges against his wife, Edith. The New York Daily News said today it had learned that U.S. and Swiss authorities had agreed secretly to drop charges against Mrs. Irving if her husband cooperates with the investigation and "someone goes to jail." U.S. Atty. Whitney North Seymour Jr. declined comment on the report. In Switzerland today, officials dismissed the Daily News report as "nonsense." They said a diplomatic courier was on the way to the United States with a demand for the extradition of Mrs. Irving on suspicion of fraud and forgery. Time suggested that Irving might be acting "to ease Edith's legal burdens before she broke down and told her own side of the story, partly in anger over her husband's now famous affair with Danish singer Nina van Pallandt." The magazine also said that when Irving was confronted with the new evidence of. manuscript similarities he commented: "It's more complex than you ever think. You haven't seen the bottom line yet. There is going to be some big news breaking. So be careful." Time's parent firm, Time, Inc., owns Life magazine, which had purchased the syndication rights to the book from McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. for $250,000. Last week Life canceled the contract after deciding the book was a hoax. In its story Sunday, Time magazine said that Irving admitted through his lawyer in the U.S. attorney's office last week that "his baroquely detailed scenario was a fraud." Time said the admission came after Irving's researcher, Richard Suskind, told authorities that contrary to his earlier affidavit he had never seen Howard Hughes. Time said "Irving's hoax worked because the base on which he built was largely genuine." It noted that the Irving work and the Dietrich memoirs, which were ghost written by Phelan, were identical in subject matter at many points. "Irving could have come into possession of the Phelan ver sion, along with 150 pages of the transcript of tape-recorded interviews with Dietrich, some time in the last year. Then with the help of a researcher, his own imagination, and informa-- tion supplied by current or former Hughes associates, Irving concocted 'The Autobiography of Howard Hughes,'" Time said. Time said eventually Dietrich became dissatisfied with Phelan's work and settled with him for $40,000. He then hired Associated Press writer Bob Thomas, who also does free-lance writing, (Please turn to Page 5) SAIGON (AP) - A 24-hour allied cease-fire for the Tet holiday halted one of the biggest U.S. air campaigns of the war in South Vietnam today after more than 800 strikes in six days. Scores of U.S. bombers were diverted to Laos to attack North Vietnamese supply lines there. The U.S. Command reported that Navy and Air Force fighter-bombers flew 176 strikes in South Vietnam during the 24 hours before dawn today, and B52 heavy bombers added another 27 missions, the most flown since June 1968. This brought the total since Wednesday to 766 strikes, and informants said more raids between dawn and dusk today pushed the total past 800. The heavy air offensive was ordered in an attempt to ward off a big enemy offensive which U.S. officials predict this month, either during the Tet festival of the lunar new year or during President Nixon's visit to China. The allied truce went into effect at 6 p.m. Saigon time, or 5 ' a.m. EST, 17' hours after a four-day Viet Cong cease-fire began. The South Vietnamese command reported four enemy attacks during the Viet Cong cease-fire, including the assassination of a hamlet chief and a soldier in the northern provinces and a ground attack in coastal Binh Dinh Province that killed five government militiamen and wounded two. U.S. air and ground patrols clashed twice with enemy troops Monday. One man in a ground patrol was wounded six miles northwest of Cam Ranh Bay, and spokesmen said it was not clear who fired first. In the Mekong Delta, helicopter gunships attacked a squad of enemy troops and killed seven of them, the command said. But a spate of scattered actions was reported Sunday, and a U.S. fighter-bomber made the 38th strike inside North Vietnam this year, attacking an antiaircraft artillery radar site 50 miles above the demilitarized zone. Results were not known. American bombers and rocket-firing helicopter gunships killed 52 enemy troops in South Vietnam's central highlands, the U.S. Command said. U.S. troops helping patrol the eastern flanks of Saigon, clashed twice with enemy forces about 20 miles east of the capital. A light observation helicopter supporting them was shot down, killing one American crewman and wounding another. One man was wounded in the ground fighting and six of the enemy were reported killed. The 133,000 U.S. troops still in Vietnam were put on a heightened alert for the Tet period and ordered to stay out of cities and towns except on essential official business. -Bed, China's official Peking People's Daily condemned the stepup in the U.S. air war and said, "The recent war blackmail and aggressive acts of U.S. imperialism have completely exposed its lies about peace." Bombs Explode BELFAST (AP) - Four bombs exploded in the Belfast area today as the Irish Republican Army pressed on with its battle to end Northern Ireland's links with Britain. No one was reported injured in the blasts. The bombs wrecked a bank, an office building and a furniture store and extensively damaged • a paint store. Ray Will Seek Third Iowa Term DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gov. Robert Ray announced Monday he will seek a third term as Iowa's chief executive. The announcement, expected for more than a year, was made at Ray's regular morning news conference. Although Ray declined for months to announce he would seek another term, Des Moines businessman Thomas Stoner had begun organizing Ray's campaign for the Republican nomination. The governor, who was first elected.in 1968 by a 96,000 vote margin, huddled with several Republican campaign officials at the Governor's Mansion Sunday on the eve of his announcement. Another Republican, Lt. Gov. Roger Jepsen already has announced he Intends to challenge Ray for the job. Several Democrats also have announced their intentions to run. Ray promised "a very vigorous and positive campaign" for re-election, but said it will not begin in earnest until after the current legislative session ends. Even then, he said, "I will continue to have the responsi bility of the duties of governor and will not ignore that priority." Ray said the state is in the middle of a "an especially important" legislative session which will affect "the shape and direction and tone of the gubernatorial campaign which is ahead of us." "The general assembly has been acting favorably on a number of important legislative proposals that I submitted last month. I shall continue to do what I can to assist the legislature in seeing that this program of work is accomplished." Ray said he has been encouraged by the efforts of many people.who have been working toward his candidacy for reelection and said he wanted to thank them for their loyalty and support. "The satisfaction of accomplishment in the office I now hold," Ray said, "has far outweighed the rigours during the three years I have been Iowa's governor." "Perhaps most satisfying has (Please turn to Page 5) Start of a Victory Merv Hilpipre heads his ten dog team past rows of spectators Sunday in heading for the Open class championship at the first All-Iowa Sled Dog Championships in Estherville over the weekend. Hilpipre, whose dogs ran strongest in the final two miles Sunday to vocal praise, turned in an elapsed time for the two-day event of 125 minutes and 43 seconds edged out his nearest rival by just over four minutes. (Dally News Photo by Chuck Ostheimer) forward to returning again next season." COOPER went on to explain that seldom does a community have a natural trail on which to run races, especially In the 18- mllc lengths as the open class at Estherville and drivers have problems keeping dogs from traveling cross country. But the times should warrant Cooper's statements as Merv Hilpiper, using a 13-dog team, covered the 18 miles in 63:06 minutes on Saturday, then came back with the same dogs Sunday to run the course in 62:37 for a total elasped time of two minutes, five and forty-three hun- dreths seconds to capture first place. Art Allen, part of the famous Iowa racing team from Swisher, rolled up second place with a 63:59 clocking on Saturday and back with a 65:44.5 clocking on Sunday despite having trouble leaving the starting gate, for a 129:43.5 minutes for the two days and a second place. ALSO high In the competition and less than a minute out of second following Saturday's racing was Quebec's Origeno Defour whose 15 team hitch finished third in the open class, putlng together a combined time of 131:46 minutes. Professions of the three top drivers in the open class identify Hilpiper as an industrial engineer in Cedar Falls; Allen a gas station operator in Cedar Rapids and Dufour professionally races dogs and other stock. Rounding out the leaders in the open class were Steve Holt of Lindstrom, Minn., in fourth place and Oz Bayers of Anoka, Minn., finishing fifth. HIGHLIGHTING the open class competition, however, was a short race between Dr. Hiram Leonard and Bob Hammond of Estherville. While the larger teams were on the trail, the three-dog team of Hammond nipped at the tails of Leonard's team for a mile- round trip as the two organizers of sled dog racing in Estherville got a personal taste of the competition. Both are rapidly turning enthusiasts and eyeing the possible purchase of their own dogs. THE MUTT races drew a host of spectators with the winners coming from St. Paul, although Mark Anderson of Estherville gained a second in the 8-10 year class. Winner in the competition was Michael Pette for 8-10 year olds, David French of Minnesota won the 11-14 class and Petto captured the sweepstakes. Back to the big dog teams, famed Judy Allen, top woman driver in Iowa and among the leaders nationally, copped first place with a time of 81:49 in the 10-mile B competition, running the course in 40:26.5 Saturday and 41:22.5 on Sunday. Lois Vennewitz of Marine on St. Croix gained second place with a clocking of 87:29.5 and Sandy O'Reilly of Anoka wound up third to make it a sweep for the womon drivers. The Hilpipre family returned to the winner's circle in the C and novice competition, Craig Hilpipre winning the C event in a time of 23:55 for five miles and Jill Hilpipre in the novice class with a time of 15:17 for the 1.5 mile course. THE REAL HIGHLIGHT of the races had to be the congenial attitude of the drivers in talking with spectators, most of whom were seeing their first sled dog competition; and their praise for the manner in which the races were run despite minor problems which arose for the first time such an event was held in Estherville. Oz Bayers, American Can em ploye from Anoka, stated "For the first time such an event was held in Estherville we would like to note our appreciation for the behavior of the spectators during the event, which were better than several places where the races have been held for a number of years." Origene Dufour, Canada's only driver present for the competition, displayed amazement at the good running conditions available In Iowa for the races and, in broken English and strong French-Canadian, assured more of the drivers from his area would be present for another year.
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