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el)c DCS llloin cs ftecji stcr THE NEWSPAPER IOWA DEPENDS UPON^ Des Moine* Iowa, Friday Morning, Aug. 29,1975 Two sections, price 20 cents v THE WEATHER - Partly sunny today, high in upper 80s. Chance of showers Saturday. Sunrise 6:37; sunset 7:53. Details: 6-S. CwyrltM, Itn OH M«HM* ftMitfir §nd TrlMim e«m»tnv ***** EXPECT IOWA NfflllMl MS DRW Of 51 Governors told of winter supplies By GEORGE ANTHAN Of Tht Rtflftf«r'< W«iMn«fon lurti* WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gov ernors from 17 states, including Iowa, were told by Presiden Ford and by Federal Energy Administrator Frank Zari Thursday that most of the na tion will have only about 85 per cent of the natural gas needed to meet industry and residentia requirements during the com ing winter. The federal officials said nat ural gas supplies will be ade quate to meet demand only in the few producing states. • Most of the governors attend ing the meeting were from states which are expected to be hit by the fuel deficiency, but the shortage will be especially acute in the mid-Atlantic states as well as in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Less to Iowa The Federal Energy Administration (FEA) said pipelines serving Iowa are expected to deliver about 5 per cent less natural gas during the 1975-76 heating season than during the same period last year. Iowa deliveries last year were estimated by FEA to have been 22.5 billion cubic feet below total natural gas require ments in the state. The FEA stated in a preliminary report on natural gas shortages that Iowa industries and utilities can expect to bear the brunt of the fuel "shortfall." ; Priorities Set FEA officials emphasized that under curtailment priorities established by the Federal Power Commission (FPC), the impact of natural gas shortages must be borne first by'industri- al users and by electric utilities which can switch to alternate fuels. The highest priority users of natural gas —-those who would be the last to suffer service cutbacks — are residential and small commercial users. The FEA saW it is expected Iowa's gas shortfall will be absorbed largely by utility generating plants which can switch to coal to fire their boilers, and that even industrial fuel interruptions are expected to be minimal. Officials said the situation could change for the worse if there is prolonged adverse weather. Iowa Gov. Robert Ray, who attended the Thursday meeting with the President and top federal energy officials, said many Iowa industries and commercial firms have made provision for alternate fuels, mainly oil, in the event they are cut off from natural gas supplies. Use in Iowa Iowa used a total of 341 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 1974, with 42 per cent being consumed by industrial plants and for agricultural uses, and 17 per cent by electric utilities. Residential consumption in the state totaled 26 per cent, and commercial customers ac- ENERGY Please turn to Page Nine Ray asks Ford hot to consider him for cabinet By GEORGE ANTHAN Of Th« Rtf liter'* WMhlntfen •urim WASHINGTON, D.C. - Iowa Gov. Robert Ray said he told President Ford during a lengthy private meeting at the White House Thursday that "I would prefer he not consider me" for a cabinet post. It is believed Ray was the leading candidate for nomina- ation by the President to the now-vacant position of secretary of the Interior. The Iowa governor, a Republican, would not say flatly if Mr. Ford actually asked him to accept the post. Ray, who also is chairman of the National Governors Conference, said he told the President that "I feel I have a contract with the people of Iowa, that I've been elected recently to a four-year term, and that I feel there is important work in _ _ Iowa and that I continue to do Robert Ray that." "It's a Fow-year Term" R ay said Mr. Ford "seemed to understand." . The post of secretary of the Interior, considered one of the most important cabinet positions, with wide responsibilities in the area of energy and natural resources policy, has been vacant since the resignation recently of Stanley Hathaway, a former Wyoming governor. White House officials have indicated that Ray was a top choice for the post because of his leadership among the nation's governors and because his state administration took early steps to deal with oil and natural gas shortages. Ray said that his action at the White House Thursday definitely rules out a high federal post for the lowan, at least until after the 1976 election. There has been some speculation here among political observers and some Republican moderates in Congress that Ray would be a valuable running mate for Mr. Ford in next year's presidential campaign. Ray contended publicly that he seeks no federal posts, but his aides have noted that a personal request by the President "would be difficult to turn down." Mr. Ford told a group of about 90 news executives in Minneapolis, Minn., last week tout Ray was being considered for the Interior Department job, and the President spoke highly of the Ipwan's performance as governor. Ray was in Washington with 16 other state governors to discuss the possibility there will,be serious shortages of natural gas this winter. The governors and some aides met with Mr. Ford and top administration "energy officials for about two hours in the cabinet room at the White House. When the meeting ended, Ray lingered and went into a private meeting with Mr. Ford. "When I ran for re-election," he said later, "I asked the people of Iowa to vote for me. It's the beginning of this term, and it's a four-year term." .1'^ U KEY SENATORS 'COOL TO USE OF U.S. PERSONNEL IN MIDEAST [owan wins $10,000 for white marigold By FRANK HEICK Knlf hi NtwiPiptri PHILADELPHIA, PA. - For David Burpee, 82, patriarch of ne of the oldest and largest eed firms in America, Thursay marked the end of 55 years f searching. For Mrs. Alice Vonk, a 67- ear-old widow from Sully, la-, hursday marked the end of 21 ears of working in her back- ard garden to help in that earch. Thursday, Burpee paid Mrs. onk $10,000 for her white marigold. nd to Search The payment brought to an nd the W. Atlee Burpee Co.'s tanding offer of $10,000 for eed yielding a white marigold \'z inches across — an offer Alice Vonk mt his appeared in its cata- Iowa Winner igues every year since 1954. »__«__ Burpee, whose father started ie seed firm in 1876, presented he check to Mrs. Vonk during eremonies at his home, Ford- OPEN WAY FOR 3CBOOSTM LETTER RATE Could be in effect before Christmas WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The Postal Rate Commission, overruling the recommendation of its administrative law judge, opened the way Thursday for an increase in the cost of mailing a letter from 10 cents to 13 cents. The Postal Service's board of governors will meet next Thursday to consider ratifying the commission's decision to make the now-temporary 10-cent rate permanent, one official said. Assuming the governors ratify the rate that day, the Postal Service then could put a new rate increase into effect on a temporary basis as early as Dec. 7, the official said. However, it will not necessarily set a new temporary rate at that time, the official said. Before Christmas? "It is a questioTilhat^mainl to be answered whether we would want to put a rate in crease in right before Christmas," the official, who declined to be named, said. "We woulc have to consider how the public would react to that." Previously, Postmaster General Benjamin F. Bailar said the Postal Service would raise the rate on a temporary basis to 13 cents as soon as permanent rates are established. Bailar said June 11 in a New York speech that "as soon as they (permanent rates) are es- Deregulate sale of some natural gas WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The Federal Power Commission (FPC) Thursday issued a ruling that allows high-priority industries to purchase natural gas directly from producers at unregulated prices. Commissioner William Springer dissented from the decision, calling it an attempt to deregulate the price of natural gas at the production level without authorization from Congress. Transportation Costs The FPC, under legislation interpreted by the Supreme Court, must regulate interstate sales of natural established ceiling gas and prices has for sales by producers to interstate pipelines. Under the new policy, some industries will be allowed to contract gas purchases directly from the producer without FPC regulation. The industries would contract for t'ansportation of the gas Farm near Doylestown, hook Pa. "My knees are shaking but it probably doesn't show," said Mrs. Vonk at the ceremony. "I'll probably fall apart tomorrow." As for Ihc money, Mrs. Vonk said she planned to take some of it and "spend it foolishly." "Oh, I don't mean blow it all, MARIGOLDS Please turn to Page Seven tablished, we will file a new case. Ninety days after filing, we will implement new tempo- THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE f LETMESHOVYOV W£ BXOQKLWBRIDGE? Financial help ahead for New Ydrk City. rary rates." The Postal Service official INSIDE THE REGISTER separately, and only-transportation charges would be subject to regulation, the commission said. The Ford administration has been pressing Congress to end FPC regulation of prices for newly developed natural gas supplies but to maintain price regulation on older supplies. FPC chairman John Nassikas also has favored removing authority to regulate new gas prices. Change in Mandate Only Congress, however, can make that change in the mandate of the FPC. an independ- j Government scientists say it's cnt regulatory agency not sub-!p OSS jblc that a woman taking Mayor Bradley's ire Los Angeles Democratic Mayor Tom Bradley faulted California's governor Edmund Brown, jr. for allowing New York City to be chosen by as convention Page 6 Democrats site Birth defects ject to presidential control. Other economy-related news Thursday: • Stock prices on Wall Street registered the strong- ECONOMY I"" 6 !* 6 jComics ... Pleaac turn to Page .Vine 1 Editorial-, . IValium in her first months of pregnancy may increase her chance of giving birth to a baby with cleft lip Page 14 6-S . 4 Markets .... TV schedules .5-5 ..15 said Thursday night' that if the 10-cent rate is ratified Sept. 4, a filing of a new case could come as soon as Sept. 8. Ninety days later would be Dec. 7. Already Printing The Postal Service already is printing Christmas stamps and for the first time they have no denomination. The stamps will be valid for the first-class postage rate in effect when they are issued. Postmaster General Benjamin F. Bailar, in a statement, declined comment on the commission's action. But he said he.was "pleased that the process of this rate case is finally over after nearly two years of discussion and deliberation." The commission approved a permanent rate schedule similar to the temporary one in effect since March, 1974. It rejected the recommendations of its administrative law judge, Seymour Wenner, who said last May, "the Postal Service has become a tax-collecting agency, collecting money from first-class mailers to distribute to other favored classes of mail." His Proposal Wenner proposed lowering first-class rates to 8.5 cents and increasing sharply the rates for parcels,- magazines, newspapers and book-club and record-club mailings. The commission voted to reduce the first-class letter rate after the first ounce from 10 cents to 9 cents. It also would reduce the postcard rate from 8 to 7 cents. The commission rate schedule also would: • Leave unchanged the air mail rate of 13 cents an ounce for letters and 11 cents for cards. • Raise rates for newspapers and magazines (second class) 3 per cent. • Leave bulk mail (third class) rates unchanged. • Raise parcel (fourth class) rates by 10 per cent. MORE RAIN SOAKS D,M,; POWER LOST More rain drenched waterlogged Des Moines Thursday night and early today while another thunderstorm knocked out power to numerous Iowa Power and Light Co. customers in. the city. The lightning wasn't as spectacular nor the thunder as deafening as a storm that hit Wednesday, but more than 1,000 customers were believed to be without power from the one that started about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The storm system also caused the Service to National Weather warn of possible flash flooding as heavy rains lashed western 'and central Iowa. Feeder Lines Out Guy Patten of Iowa Power and Light said initial reports indicated that three feeder lines had been knocked out by lightning hitting transformers in Des Moines. Areas affected include E. Fifty-second Street to E. Sixty-second, the vicinity of Fortieth Street toward Grand Avenue, and Eleventh Street in West Des Moines, Patten said. As of 1 a.m. today, DCS Moines had received half an inch of rain. More was expected as the storms to the west moved toward the city. 5 Inches Reported A spokesman for "Sky Warn," a Cass County civil defense program, said that it had unconfirmed reports of 5 inches of rain falling west of Atlantic in a 90-minute period. He said 1.6 inches had fallen in the City of Atlantic. Counties included in the flash flood watch included Polk, War- He likes engines over fishing By ALAN KOONSE Rtaiiltr vtll Writer MOUNT PLEASANT, IA. Max Hammond, 47, of Ottumwa says his employers should know by now that he will be "fishin* the spring and with the engines in the fall." Hammond, a truck driver, ays he enjoys fishing, but his main hobby is fixing up old, ingle-cylinder gasoline engines , nd showing them at the Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion at Mount Pleasant. He is one of hundreds of \ y 11 i DES MOINES J in HH.PIuiuU) anc *',-• ^-^ eni 0 Mil,, 200 f,,|i MAX HAMMOND ren, Dallas, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Shelby, Cass, Auclu- bon, Guthric, Adair and Madi- ixhibitors at the twenty-sixth nnual reunion, which began Thursday and ends Monday. Amid all the monstrous, moking steam engines at the estival are Hammond's treasures: His gasoline engines. One of his finely tuned, work- ng creations is an International 'amous two-horsepower gas en :ine built in 1905. This engine nd three others are on display at the festival. 2 Engines Hammond has a total of 22 igines he has acquired over he years. "My garage and hop are full," he lamented. Yet the smaller gas engines on't give onlookers the goose- umps like the big steam en- ines do. An unexpected blast r steam from one of the engines, accompanied by a powerful .shrill whistle can startle even veteran threshers. Cal Beaver, 66, of Lincoln, 111., like many others attending the r e u n i o n, grew up with threshing machines. A semi-retired machinist and blacksmith, Beaver journeys to Mount Pleasant each year to help Neal McClure of Colchester, 111., run the five steam engines McClure is exhibiting. "I first ran a threshing machine when I was 12 years old. son. forecast showers weekend, 1 got used to them after awhile and then I got tired of them. But now I like 'em again." Pat Dennis, 77, of 1341 Her|old Ave., in£)es Moines, was on ca "s hand to help Bud Wagner of engine in Iowa and Dennis was employed at the old Wood Brothers foundry in Des Moines. He says he may have been working there when Bud Wagner's steam engine was built. Dennis said he began attending the Old Settlers and Threshers Reunion about 10 years ago. "Now I make a little vacation out of it," he said. More than 200,000 persons arc expected to attend the five-day event. Visitors Thursday came from almost every state in the nation, and from Germany and Switzerland. Starting off the Grand Olc Opry shows tonight at the Mount Pleasant festival will be THRESHER Please turn to Page Six OA ROLE DEPENDS ON CONGRESS'OK Egypt, Israel seen near agreement WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) Key members of Congress are expressing reservations about the Ford administration proposal to station U.S. technicians in the Sinai desert as part of a Mideast peace agreement. Congressional reluctance to approve the use of U.S. personnel in the Mideast is of deep concern to U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Talks Going Well Although the Mideast talks themselves are going well, with many signs of imminent agreement between Egypt and Israel, Congress must approve any U.S. role in the settlement and there is reportedly no fall- >ack plan if the uso of U.S. echnicians is not allowed. Although several members ntervicwed offered conditional support for the plan, Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mans- ield (Dem., Mont.) and Senator Henry Jackson (Dem., Wash.) oppose it outright. "I don't want to see any more first steps taken that could lead to more active participation in any part of the world unless it is tied only to our national security," Mans- fteld said recently. No More Vietnam; "As far as I'm concerned, one Vietnam is one Vietnam too many," the Montana Democrat dded. "I personally favor it, but I annot speak for the Foreign Delations Committee," said enator John Sparkman (Dem., la.) who heads that panel. "At this point the United ales seems to be the only ountry that has the technicians lat can operate this very complex equipment," added Sparkman, referring to instruments designed to warn of troop movements and other military activity in the Sinai area. As part of the price ,for ob- t a i n i n g an Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement, the Ford administration proposes stationing American civilians at key listening posts in the desert. Only Civilians In endorsing the plan, Sparkman emphasized that only American civilians — not military personnel — would be involved. Senator John Stennis, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, offered his tentative support with the same understanding that only volunteer civilains would be involved. Through an aide, Senator Dick Clark (Dem., la.) of the foreign relations committee, expressed reservations about MIDEAST Please turn to Page Twelve lowan charged in injury to tree By LUCIA HERNDON A Tama man has been over Lockridge, with Wood Brothers steam engine. The extended for occasional the Labor Day highs in the 80s. The mercury climbed to 77 in' Des Moines Thursday with state \ Onlv steam highs ranging from 76 at La- Wood Brothers was moni to 84 at Davenport. firm to manufacture \ Wagner's 1917 22-horsepower the charged with injury to a tree after he allegedly stripped two branches young tree in front Mama Bear's Den, a tavern n Belle Plaine's main street. Authorities identified the man as Steven Eugene Miller of Tama. He is scheduled to app e a r in magistrate's court Wednesday on the charge. The tree, a Columner Maple, was one of 18 trees planted this spring by the city's beautification committee at a cost only of about $3,000. The money a steam i came from donations and the trees were planted along the city's main street. "We've been expecting some vandalism to be done to the trees," said Mrs. Dorothy Leonard, chairman of the beautification committee. "Some of the trees were planted in front of some taverns and branches are missing. The branches usually wind up gone on Friday and Saturday nights." Miller was arrested last Saturday night in front of Marna Bear's Den by an off-duty Iowa Hifthway Patrol trooper. Leonard said she lieve the 6-foot-tall didn't be- tree had been permanently damaged. "It might look a little funny for awhile, but it should make it through the winter." .

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