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Weather Outlook Hot; Rain Likely (Details on page 8) JOURNAL-STANDARD 128th Year, 16 pages 11 Killed In Train Derailment RIO DE JANEIRO (DPI) - At least 11 persons were killed Thursday night when a six-car commuter train jammed with 1,000 travelers was derailed as it roared into a suburban railway station at 60 miles an hour, city officials reported today. Another 340 persons were injured. Authorities at the two hospitals that attended the victims said they treated 340 injured persons and that 40 persons were still hospitalized. The city fire department said it was still searching for more victims, and one of its spokesmen said "we will most likely find more bodies underneath the wreckage." The official number" of casualties an- ' nounced today was in sharp contrast to an earlier estimate given'by a spokesman of the fire department who said, "I can tell you that more'than 100 persons died and at least 300 were injured." ' An elderly woman who suffered only slight injuries, said "•! saw the man sitting next to me lose both his legs and no one found the pieces." "It was a horrible scene." said an eyewitness. "I saw a woman die in the arms of the fireman who managed to get her out of the train while she was still alive. I also saw rescue workers carrying away the body of a woman who. had been cut in half." , The cars jumped off the track as the train approached the Magno railway station at Madureira, a poor working class suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Most of the passengers were returning home from jobs in downtown Rio. Officials said the cause of the crash was unknown. Authorities said two of the cars overturned and smashed into the trackside building of a samba school, which trains dance groups for Rio's annual carnival celebrations. The school was reported empty at the time. . Freeport, Illinois, Friday, July 18, 1975 15 Cents Egypt Will Get New Peace Ideas THOUSANDS OF DEMONSTRATORS rally in support of the Popular Democratic party today in Porto, Portugal, after the party withdrew from the coalition government, following the example of the Socialists last week. The withdrawal of the two moderate parties has thrown Portugal into a state of division and anxiety and forced the military rulers to a decision to form a new cabinet.- UPI Photo. WASHINGTON (UPI) - New Israeli proposals for an interim Mideast peace agreement soon will be delivered to Egypt, Israeli Ambassador Simcha Dinitz predicted today. "I feel progress has been made," Dinitz told reporters as he emerged .from a breakfast meeting with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. The State' Department said Thursday Israel had put forward "new ideas" on the stalemate. But Dinitz declined today to go into details .and cautioned against "premature" talk of an agreement in the war of nerves of Israeli-occupied lands in the arid Sinai Desert. "The next step, I presume, will be that Israel's ideas will be given to the Egyptians," said Dinitz, who also held talks with Kissinger Thursday. The Israeli official said he did not know when the new ideas would be presented to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, but it was understood they •might be relayed there by U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Hermann Eilts, who is. currently in Washington for briefings. Eilts was expected to return to Egypt this weekend. The talks here have been held under some mounting pressure because of Egypt's threat to end rights for a U.N. peacekeeping force in-the Sinai next week. Dinitz said.that he did not expect to have further meetings with Kissinger until the secretary of state gets "some soundings and some reaction from Egypt." Although he declined to indicate whether the new proposals were for further withdrawals of Israeli troops in the desert, Dinitz said "we feel that cv-, erything we have presented is constructive and conducive to progress." But he cautioned that it was possible at this stage to talk in terms.of "an agreement in principle on things of this nature." "I think that is premature," he said. "Nothing will be solved unti\ everything is solved, 80 as long as there are a few elements which arc not solved, the whole'thing is not concluded." . Dinitz denied Egyptian charges that Israel has been stalling on the peace is-, sue. '"My answer to that is 'look at my calendar,'" he said. "In the past 14 days, I have had five meetings with the secretary of state, meetings between my Prime Minister Yithzak Rabin and the secretary of state, two trips across the Atlantic and numerous telephone calls and meetings with other State De- Grain Deal Won't Affect Prices/ Says Butz WASHINGTON (UPI) - The Soviet Union apparently is going to import more grain than expected, but Europe, Japan and China are likely to import less, according to U.S. officials. They say those trends should about cancel each other out and the United States - with record grain crops - should not have to strain its economy to supply its share of world demand. The assessment was contained Thursday in a new Agriculture Department review of the world grain outlook, which estimated global production this year at '983.9 million metric tons - down 13.2 million tons from, an April forecast, but still the biggest in history. The report said this would exceed probable world needs and allow global grain stocks to increase nearly 12 million tons by mid-1976. The study was made public following Some Midwest Corn Baking In Hot Sun By United Press International The Midwest corn crop baked in the blistering sun today. Without substan-. tial rain soon, experts warned,.the projected bumper crop could be_wiped out by drought .for the second year in a row. "We are in a critical stage now because the corn crop, which has been considered in excellent shape up until one week ago, desperately needs rain," Iowa Agriculture Secretary Robert H. Lounsberry said Thursday. "If we don't get it during the silking ' stage, irreparable damage to the kernels could occur." Iowa had anticipated a possible record corn crop, but Lounsberry said hot dry w,eather could wipe out those hopes and reduce the yield by 30 to 40 bushels per acre, raising grain and consumer prices. The long spell of dry, hot weather bolstered fears of a "drought cycle:""'"" "People were saying during our severe drought last year that we could be in for two or three bad years in a row," said Jim Kaplan of the National Weather Service's Des Moines, Iowa, office. "In the 1930s, we had three bad years in a row and a similar occur- 1 rence took place in the 1950s. Maybe we are in the midst of a 20-year cycle like they say." The hot, dry weather persisted through much of the nation's fertile corn belt. Lounsberry said he visied South Dakota this week "and thay have had little rain combined with near 100-degree readings, so they may be worse off than us." " : • Light rains were predicted for the weekend for Iowa and surrounding corn belt states but were not expected to provide the amount of rain experts say is needed to start crops flourishing and prevent another year of drought- ravaged crops. , "Things have dried up in a hurry again this year and unless we get the rains, we could be talking about the same thing all over again this year," Lounsberry warned. v Moisture Adequate In Area Counties Although rain is needed in other parts of the country, the moisture in Northwestern Illinois at the present time is adequate for corn growing, according to Robert Lahne, Stephenson County Extension adviser. Lahne said the area would probably need a rain within the next week, but at present the moisture content of the ground is adequate as the result of earlier rains. Rain was reported in Carroll County overnight. There was also rain in Kankakee and the Chicago area. Soviet Space Activity On Rise By BARRY JAMES United Press International The Soviet Union is increasing its manned space missions at a time of sharp cutbacks in the United States, but the Kremlin efforts are still overshadowed by American achievements. The Soviet Union, which stopped sending men into space for more than two years after a series of'set- backs, has resumed regular manned orbital missions at a stepped-up pace. , ' ' " The increased Soviet activity contrasts with U.S. plans to ground its astronauts until the start of America's first space shuttle flights a half-dozen years from now. The Soviet Union has built up a corps of about 80 cosmonauts to take part in the new missions. But the United States has cut back its team to little more than 30 astronauts. Brig. Gen. Thomas Staffard, commander of the (A News Analysis) U.S. ship in the current'Soyuz-Apollo mission, says "the Soviets have a vigorous, ongoing manned space effort planned for the next five or six years." Some Western space experts say the Soviet Union has spent almost twice the $25 billion paid out by the United States for manned space missions. But the Kremlin is still a distant second at sending men into space. The United States has put men on the moon while the Soviets have yet to get a cosmonaut out of earth orbit. ' The Soviet manned space program is still tied to the same ancient Soyuz rocket that put Yuri Gagarin into orbit 14 years ago. , Western experts say the capsule - a small sphere with only enough fuel for a few days flight - can't reach the moon. And Stafford says he doubts the So^ viets have any new craft under development. The Salyut space station, restricted because of the small payload of the Soyuz rocket, is only one-fifth the size of America's orbiting Skylab capsule. Two cosmonauts now aboard Salyut 4 have set a Soviet space endurance record, but they're still far short of America's overall record. Soviet scientists speak theoretically about manned flights to Mars, a base on the moon and a,giant space station able to carry crews of up to 100 persons. But it's only talk. The sole Soviet spaceship-in use can only give two cramped men a brief whirl around the earth. It's not surprising the. Kremlin strongly supports the Soyuz-Apollo flight - a mission that makes the Soviets and Americans look like space equals. announcement of Soviet purchases of 3.2 million metric tons of wheat from two U.S..firms and another 2 rm'llion purchased by Russia from Canada. There were reports more such sales were in the works. Officials expect the Russians to buy 5 to 10 million tons of American wheat this year. The sales sparked congressional concern over whether they would have effects on the American economy similar to a 19 million ton sale to Russia in 1972 which sharply raised American 'food prices. Agriculture Secretary E^arl Butz says that won't happen this time, partly because of bumper U.S. crops. Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield said Thursday the sales should be watched with a "sharp eye" to prevent a repetition of 1972 conditions. Thirty- three members of Congress have written Butz urging a halt of the sales until the best terms are reached. In Memphis, E.W. Cook, board chairman of .Cook Industries, Inc., •which is selling 2 million tons of wheat to Russia, told a news conference such sales will help American farmers and will not have any large effect on U.S. food prices. Cargill, Inc., of Minneapolis announced a 1.2 million-ton sale. „ ' ' The Agriculture Department had estimated earlier that Russia's grain im-. ports from the rest of the world would be 7 million tons this year. Since then, . it said, dry weather has reduced Russia's own crop, and the estimate has been revised to 15 million tons of Soviet imports. partment officials. "I would hardly call that stalling." "Progress continues to be made," said department spokesman Robert Anderson following Thursday's meeting. But he would not elaborate except to indicate it involved possible further Israeli withdrawal! from lands taken in the 1967 war. Dinitz and Kissinger met under increasing pressure over the troubled Mideast because of Egypt's declaration that it will not agree to a renewal of-the mandate for the United Nations peace keeping force in the Sinai. But Egypt's public declarations fell short of calling for removal of the U N force. Argentine Crisis Deepens BUENOS AIRES (UPI) - Argentina's national crisis deepened today. The economy minister resigned and there were reports President Maria Estela -(Isabel) Pcron would ask for a fill-day leave of absence from office because of "illness." The resignation of Economy Minister Celestino Rodrigo resulted from mounting pressure from labor leaders. He had been in office since Juno 2 and was the third economy minister since the Peronists returned to power in May, 1973. Less than 48 hours into office he announced a drastic economic 'austerity plan that slashed the value of the peso and sent prices soaring with an inflation rate of 110 per cent a year. He tried to keep a lid on labor demands for increased wages to meet the inflation but his plan to hold all salary hikes to a minimum brought a major confrontation with labor. : The powerful-2,5 million member General Confederation of Labor staged a nationwide strike that virtually shut down the country for two days last week and led to a decision to rescind the price freeze. Mrs. Peron's doctors issued a state' mcnt Thursday saying the president needed "continued rest" to recover from influenza. Banner headlines in the morning independent newspapers La Opinion and Clarin said the president would leave office. The Argentine news service Noticias Argentinas quoted congressional sources as saying Mrs. Pcron, 44, will request "an indefinite leave of absence" from the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, Mrs. Peron's "illness has prevented her from dealing with d host of economic and political problems besetting the country. Space Diplomats Trade Places; Beam TV Shows Back To Earth HOUSTON (UP!) - Russian and American space diplomats traded places aboard their linked spaceships today and gave the world 140 miles below televised tours of their craft and their homelands. The three Americans and two Russians moved between the Apollo and Soyuz for a series of ceremonies, experiments and public relations sightseeing tours in'the name of detente and scientific cooperation. They also shared meals put Soyuz commander Alexei Leonov said, in English, "the best part of a good lunch is not what you eat but with whom you eat."; He had steak and potato soup with Thomas Stafford and Donald "Deke" Slayton in the Apollo and said, "now I eat my space food with my very good, very nice friends, Tom and Deke." Vance Brand, the third Apollo crewman, ate a lunch of shchi, a soup usually made with sour cabbage, along with chicken, plums, strawberries and juices in the^ Soyuz cabin with Valeri Kubasov. ' , ' When Leonov moved into the Apollo for the first time, he happily greeted Slayton in English: "Howdy partner, my old friend." , . Brand.' Leonov and television view- ers on Earth were given tours of the Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts and iater the spacemen pointed a camera out the window as the ships swept at 17,376 miles an hour over the vast-expanse of the Soviet Union. "We are going to land here after the end of the mission," Kubasov said as they passed over the cloud-dotted Siberian plain at Karaganda. "It looks like today is a very beautiful day over the Soviet Union," Leonov interjected in Russian. "There is a lot of sunshine ... green fields." As they approached the Volga River, Kubasov said they were over Vol- gagrad City. He explained it was once called Stalingrad and was the spot "where in 1942-1943, German fascist troops were defeated by the Soviet army." . The space pilots, also, presumably joined red and blue halves, carried up in each spacecraft, of two commemorative plaques. The ceremony was on the flight plan and Stafford said everything was done according to schedule although he did not specifically discuss the plaques. Kubasov opened the televised spacecraft tours by holding -up a picture of his wife, Lyudmila, and their two chil- Space Craft May Be Visible Here Tonight The So,yuz-Apollo craft may be seen with the naked eye tonight about 9:23 traveling from the northwest to the east at an elevation probably about 40 degrees or higher. A Freeport man said he saw the craft clearly Thursday night travejing swiftly from the northwest and "so bright you didn't need binoculars." He said it passed almost directly overhead. Sightings around Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday night put the craft at just below the North Star, a bit later and somewhat higher in the sky than NASA predii'iions for the area. It was almost as bright as Venus, also seen in the night sky, and was visible for about 1 1/2 minutes. Apollo-Soy u'z will make its closest sweep to the earth tonight, coming within about 210 miles. dren, Katya, 8, and Dima, 3. "Hello American people," Kubasov said in- English while Brand watched. "I am going to tell you about the Soyuz spacecraft. The Soyuz spacecraft consists of several compartments, the orbital module, the descent vehicle, the instrument assembly and the propulsion system." In the Apollo, Stafford gave Leonov and the Soviet people a look at the American systems, saying in Russian, "the Apollo is the spacecraft aboard which the astronauts have flown to the moon and also to our Skylab!" When Stafford and Leonov-first met in the docking module today, the Soyuz commander gave his American colleague a portrait of Stafford! Leonov is an amateur artist who is preparing .a collection of sketches on the joint project. Locked together by a jointly designed docking apparatus, the spaceships Apollo and Soyuz represented what Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev called "a prototype of future international orbital stations." After awakening from sound but abbreviated sleeps, the five crewmen were informed by their control centers in Houston and Moscow that what appeared Thursday night to be a slight air leak into a tunnel linking the Soyuz with the docking module was not a problem. THREE AMERICANS and two Russians met in space Thursday in the first international space venture. The American astronauts In the top picture are, from left, Thomas Stafford, commander; Vance Brand, command module pilot; and Donald "Deke" Slayton, docking module pilot. Valeri Kubasov, left in lower photo, and Alexei Leonov, commander, are (lying in the Russian Soyuz crait.-UPI Photo.

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