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* DCS Bloincs tfcaistcr -. . — . . ..._.. . . . . . __ ....... . . ^^^pv\ , THE WEATHtHl — cloudy to dear thrmigh Sunday, slight cham* of thunderstorm this afternoon. High in 90s. San- rise 6:38; sunset 7:51. Detallf: 4-S. THE NEWSPAPER IOtyA DEPENDS UPON* DesMoines, Iowa, Saturday, Morning, Au|, 30, 1975 Two sections, price 20 cents DM MeiMt Utttrttr tn« rmmw VASCO OONCALVIS GONCALVES IS OUSTED H PORTUGAL But he may be more powerful By MIGUEL ACOCA LISBON, PORTUGAL - For tugal's Pro-Communist prime minister, Vasco Goncalves, was replaced Friday by another leftist, but Goncalves may I have come out \ more powerful than ever. Gen. Gon calves was named chief of staff of the armed forces, a post retained •ihtil now by the moderate pres ident, Gen. Francisco da Costa Domes, who served as a count erweight to the leftists at the top of the military hierarchy. Peolacement Picked Named to replace Goncalves as prime minister was Vice-Admiral Jose Pinheiro de Aze- •'edo, 58, jwho had been vice^resident and navy chief of staff. The dissident officers who threatened to stage a coup un 'ess Goncalves was dropped re jected the appointments of Aze vedo as prime minister and Goncalves as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. Although there were reports that they were maintaining that position, they did not issue any immediate announcement. Although the immediate reaction of the Socialist Party, which has led the fight to depose Goncalves for the past six weeks, was not known, sources said they would accept Azevedo and would probably Join his government. Political Outlook Sources said that Gomes has told the Socialists they can have three Cabinet posts. The Socialists have opposed Goncalves on the ground that he did not recognize last April's assembly election, in which they won 38 per cent of the vote. Goncalves has favored the Communists, who won only 12.5 per cent. Gomes also informed the Popular Democratic Party, which won 28 per cent of the vote in April that it would get two ministries in the new government. The Communist Party <"4s offeredftne Cabinet post. It was expected that the Cen'•"• Social Democrats, a center •?Tiy excluded from the gov- "••"ment because many of its "'embers were associated with 'be r i g h t-wing dictatorship ousted by the military 16 ^onths ago, would be asked to join the new government. It had been known for two days that Goncalves was prepared to resign the premiership, but he insisted on the chairmanship of the joint chiefs of staff in exchange. Aides to Gomes and Goncalves said that moving Azevedo to the premiership and Goncalves to leadership of the armed forces would end the political and military crisis that has threatened to erupt into civil war. The solution, appeared however, to have many pitfalls, and to complicate the muddled Portuguese political scene because Goncalves, in effect, emerges more powerful than ever. Not only does he take command of the armed forces, but sources say that he will also keep his position in the ruling directorate, which will be ex_____ PORTUGAL Please turn to~pdgeTwo REGISTER PHOTO '' : '.'''• •••• -• • -• • ••••••"-. - • . Workmen remove slate tile from the roof of St. Ambrose Cathedral at 607 High Street Friday. A new roof will be pot on at a cost of $159,000. The tile on the roof at present is said to be 85 years old and has been leaking. DES MOINES NEARS RECORD FOR RAINFALL Thundershowers developed in southwestern and central Iowa for the third straight night Friday as Des Moines neared its wettest August on record. Friday's showers developed in the late afternoon while an earlier system moved eastward out of the state. *» Funnel Clouds Funnel clouds were spotted north of Audubon and south of Atlantic about 6 p.m., but none apparently touched down. As of 7 p.m. Friday, Deg Moines had received 9.73 inches of rain during August. More than 6 inches fell Wednesday morning. If Des Moines should receive hree-quarters of an inch of rain today or Sunday, it would make il the wettest August since records were started in 1877. The record is 10.47 inches set in 1954. Third Highest The third highest rainfall now stands at 8.40 inches, set in 1932. This month's rainfalls fol- Snethen convicted; mothers embrace Rainfall Amounts U.S. releases Soviet trawler NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP> The U.S. government Friday agreed to release a Soviet fishing trawler and its captain, who is charged with poaching on the continental shelf, after a Soviet Embassy official paid $100,000 as settlement. The trawler Zaraysk was) seized Aug. 17 by Coast Guard personnel who boarded the vessel 84 miles east of Cape May, N.J., and found a quantity ofj lobster and crab. Inspection by! the Coast Guard is permissable under a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Fishing by foreign vessels in! the continental shelf fisheries may be up 20 resources is unlawful. this summer. By GENE RAFFENSPERGER Two weeping mothers embraced in a Polk County Courthouse corridor here Friday after the son of one was found guilty of murdering the son of the other. The meeting took place minutes after a Polk County District Court jury found Daniel Snethen. 25, of Des Moines, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Timothy Hawbaker, 18, of Adel. Tells of Embrace Darlene Foster, mother of Snethen, said of her meeting with Mrs. Donald Hawbaker: "She threw her arms around me and said she was sorry for my son, and I said I was sorry about her son. It made me feel very good to be able to talk to her." The jury of eight men and Four women deliberated about X) minutes Friday morning before returning the guilty verdict. Earlier, Judge James P. Denato had given the jury a choice of five verdicts — guilty of murder in the first degree, guilty of murder in the second jegree, guilty of manslaughter, lowed the driest July on record mocent by reason of insanity, when Des Moines received only ™* innocent. 04 of an inch Judge D* 5 " 310 set sentencing ' The city may miss a new wet (to Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. Sne- mark, however, with only scat- i then faces a mandatory life: ered showers predicted for) sentence. >arly today and a slight chance| Snethen was charged with of a thunderstorm for this slaying Hawbaker, whose body afternoon - I was found '" a cornfield J ust Partly cloudy lo clear skies! south of Des_Moines on Sept. 2, are forecast for Sunday. i l91 *- . I Testimony at the trial showed: then knew the quality and nature of what he was doing and if he knew right from wrong, he was legally sane. Mike Wilson, Snethen's attorney, argued that Snethen was insane at the time he was charged with murdering Hawbaker. "You watched the defendant here in the courtroom," said Wilson. "Did his actions appear to you to be those of a normal sane individual? "Frankly, I think Dan Snethen is insane, and I think he is a very dangerous individual." The jury received the case at 10 a.m. and announced at 11:30 a.m. they had reached a verdict. The small courtroom (there are seats for only about 15 spectators) quickly filled with relatives of both Hawbaker and Snethen and a few others. Clemens Appears Sheriff Dick Clemens also appeared in the courtroom along with five deputies, and three more deputies stood in the hallway outside. When Judge Denato read the jury's verdict, the only reaction came from Hawbaker's sister, Sandra Caffrey of Adel, who SNETHEN AGREEMENT IS REACHED ON OIL PRICE CONTROLS $992 MILLION Farm prices hold U.S. AG DNIT steady for month 'ERRORS'TOLD Loss to taxpayers called avoidable WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) Early-season errors by Department of Agriculture forecasters cost taxpayers about $992.3 million in one year alone that could have been avoided, congressional auditors say. ,The payments to wheat and corn growers came during the hectic 1973-74 marketing seasons and, by law, cannot be recovered, the General Accounting Office (GAO) said in a report to Congress Thursday. The programs under which they were made have not been active since. The 57-page study by the watchdog agency covered only the forecasts for the marketing years from 1971 through 1975 but concluded that the department routinely was substantially off the mark in estimating wheat and corn supplies, demands and prices. Reason for Payments The payments that the GAO termed avoidable were made cither because land was set aside under subsidy when it should have been planted or because advance price-support payments were made when the season prices would average substantially above the trigger point for those payments. Those unnecessary payments were considered among the unsound program decisions" resulting from erroneous forecasting: Replying for the department, economist Don Paarlberg agreed that the forecasts were associated with the decisions but stressed the "extreme uncertainties" in such work and n the agricultural economy during the years studied. "Economic intelligence is only one of many factors that are involved in the complex de- c i s i o n-making process," he said. "Moreover, it can be mis- eading to compare the actual results of a decision with that which could have occurred with perfect hindsight." Should Be Improved" Paarlberg agreed that the Further retail food price easing seen WASHINGIQJUUCL-XAEI. The prices farmers receive for their raw food and fiber products did not change from mid- July to mid-August, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The department's Crop Reporting Board said the prices were one per cent above those on Aug. 15, 1974, but substantially below the record peak two years ago. Expenses Up Also While department economists have been reporting an improved profit picture this summer for cattle, hog and other livestock producers, the board's summary_iQr_ J Aug^l5_showed over-all farm expenses up 0.5 ler cent above mid-July and 8 per cent higher than a year be- tore. The board said higher prices for wheat, milk, hogs, corn, soybeans, upland cotton and eggs were offset by lower Jrices for beef cattle, potatoes and tomatoes that were largely responsible in June and July for higher farm and retail prices. "This is what we were expecting, ' said department economist J. Dawson Ahalt. Unchanged price levels in August were one of the assumptions that went into the department's estimates on retail food price increases this year, he said, adding that further easing at the farm level is expected. Record crops of major grains suffered drought damage in ECQNOMY Please turn to Page Eight Ford asks cut in federal raises WASHINGTON, DC. (AP) FORD OKAYS COMPROMISE EXTENSION President Ford told Congress ~*riday he wants to pare down i proposed pay increase for e d e r a 1 workers, including members of Congress and judges, to * per cent instead of a proposed 8.66 per cent. Mr. Ford urged Congress to accept his recommendation, laying that, "the size of the proposed pay raise must be emporarily restrained for the economic well-being of the na:ion as a whole." Annual Adjustments Under provisions of the Federal Pay Comparability Act, he President annually adjusts the salary rates of federal em- >loyes, effective Oct. 1, so that .hey will be comparable with jay scales in the private sec,or. The director of the Office of Management and Budget and the chairman of the Civil Serv- ce Commission had advised Mr. Ford that an 8.66-per-cent ncrease would be needed this year to achieve comparable Jay. The law gives the President authority to propose an alternate pay scale if he deems il necessary because of nationa emergency or economic condi tions affecting the general wel fare. Majority Vote The law also allows either th House or Senate to reject thi President's recommendations by a simple majority vote, al PAY Please turn to Page Eight Threats to Mil Ford, Rockefeller probed forecasts' accuracy "can and should be improved." But he said the wide use of he forecasts, bringinfi reac- ions from producers and others n the food system, changes the r^nds and assumptions on which they are based, thereby affecting the accuracy. The forecasting of domestic demand for livestock feed was found by the GAO to be under- or over-estimated the most. While the auditors noted that the department has taken several major steps to reduce forecasting errors, the amount of feeding remains a source of considerable private dis- Please turn to Page Three ! agreement among the members of the agency committees who i compile the estimates. DALLAS, TEX. (AP) - The Secret Service said Friday it is nvestigating threats in Dallas and New York City to kill President Ford and Vice-President Nelson A. Rockefeller. "We have spoken so far to one man" about the investigation, said J. Walter Coughlin, agent in charge of the Dallas Secret Service field office. He identified the man only as one known to local law enforcement and investigative agencies. An anonymous telephone caller told the Associated Press earlier in the day that Secret Service agents were questioning as many as 20 to 25 persons involved in a threat on Mr. Ford and Rockefeller, both of whom are scheduled to speak here Sept. 12-13 at the National Republican Women's convention. | "We Have To" Coughlin said the man ques-i Honed identified himself later j as the man who called the AP. i Asked if ^he alleged threats against Mr. Ford and Rockefel- BALTIMORE, MD. (AP) —Mrs. Timothy Michael Frye rian college student. The sUi dent, Emmanual Olajidie Ola- tunju, was shot in the head by a policeman investigating a robbery. Police Chief Donald Byrd later called the killing "regret table." Police said Olatunju was pointed out by witnesses to the robbery. Police hailed the student but. said he fled while making a gesture they interpreted as being a move to draw a gun. Police said he disobeyed an order to stop and he was shot. On the basis of the New York phone threats, the F'ederal Protective Service instructed security agents lo increase security around all federal buildings and installations. III return for gradual decontrol ' WASHINGTON, p.C. (AP) tentative agreement to restore oil price controls, which are scheduled to expire Monday, was worked out Friday by "'resident Ford and congres- ional leaders. Congress twice has refused to pass plans for gradual removal of oil controls over periods of 0 or 39 months and instead passed a six-month extension of present controls. Mr. Ford has ledged to veto the extension. A veto would end the controls abruptly, threatening rapid increases in the prices of petroleum products and ending federal uel allocation authority, which may be needed to alleviate natural gas shortages predicted for his winter. Veto Threat Stands Mr. Ford met for an hour i'riday with Senate Majority Deader Mike Mansfield (Dem., Mont.) and House Speaker Carl Albert (Dem., Okla.)." Following the meeting, Press Secretary Ron Nessen said Mr. Ford still plans to veto the extension — perhaps one of 30 to 60 days — provided he is assured that Congress will adopt a gradual decontrol plan within a few weeks. Mansfield said he told Mr. Ford that Congress could pass a gradual decontrol measure and related legislation within 30 days, and he said he will call a meeting of congressional Democrats next Wednesday or Thursday to present a new decontrol proposal. Will Report Back Mansfield said he will report he outcome of that meeting to Mr. Ford, and Nessen said the President agreed to delay his veto of the six-month extension until after Mansfield sounds out lis colleagues. ; Oil price controls and federal il allocation authority-thus_will___ egally expire Monday, barring he unlikely chance of a surprise reversal by Mr. Ford or >assage of a shorter extension ver the Labor Day weekend. Federal Energy Adminis- rator Frank Zarb said Friday ight that any extension signed y Mr. Ford would be applied etroactively to Aug. 31, so ef- ectively there would be no pe- in which prices were de- ontrolled. Mr. Ford's energy officials ave estimated that even a sud- en, permanent removal of ENERGY Please turn to Page Eight Agnew son convicted in peeping incident Labor Day gas costly, easy to get INSIDE THE REGISTER that Hawbaker died of blows to Some rainfall amounts — as(t ne nea o! and that his body had of 7 p.m. — included 2.80 inches in j ne s tab Wounds in the chest at Ottumwa, 2.21 at Burlington; ; area and several burn-puncture 1.24 at Dubuque, .97 at Spen- j WOU nds in the back, cer; .78 at Audubon, and .68 at; County Atty. Ray Fenton told Des Moines. : the jury Friday in his final ar- High temperatures ranged i guments that Snethen had met' from 73 degrees at Decorah tolHawhaker the night of Aug. 31,' 86 at Council Bluffs. Des 1974, an d that an argument between the two led to a fight and to Hawbaker's death. ', Fenton pointed out that Snethen's half-brother. Glen Foster, testified that Snethen told Foster that night, "I think 1 I Moines' high was 80. Travel increase LINCOLN, NEB. (AP) Bruce Christenson, field director of the Travel and Tourism Division of the state Depart- m e n t of Economic Development, says" travel in Nebraska to 30 per cent killed the kid." Legally Sane Fenton also pointed out. that a psychiatrist who testified for the prosecution said that If Sne- WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -| Labor Day weekend travelers will have little trouble finding 1 enough gasoline but they'll have to pay more than BO cents on the average for regular, the: American Automobile Associ- 1 ation said Friday. AAA said a spot check of 18 states in all regions of the! country showed that 92 per cent : of the service stations contacted said they would be open today and 85 per cent said they would be open Sunday and Monday. The motorists' organization, said its spot check showed the! average price of regular gaso-j linp lo be fil.l cents per gallon. • Unleaded sold for an average of 63 cents per gallon and pre- j mium sold for an average 65' cents per gallon. ler were considered serious, James Rand Agnew, the only Coughlin said, "We are in-,son of the former vice-presi- i vestigating. We have to do that, dent, was con- i That's all I can tell you." An- victed Friday' ! other source close In thp prnho of a trespass : I said there are serious questions charge arising : as to whether any such threats f ror n an alleged ever were made. early morning In Washington, an FBI-p e e p ing-Tom complained that a man had been peering into their bedroom window at 2:30 a.m. on July 7. Agnew testified that he had been drinking heavily since about 4 p.m. the day before and had been driving near the Frye he JAM « AGN6W ^ , » ii. j ' rhede f ndan ' he se ?°. n , d of ^ * 1°°* cM *™' that he became dizzy. had the dry neaves and leaned a S ainst tne building for Coal Strike Hundreds of railroad workers spokesman said threats to kill, incident. are laid off and coke production i Mr. Ford and Rockefeller wore' After findj is cut back as a result of the made earlier in the week m the 28-year-old wildcat coal strike ...... Page 5 telephone calls to the New York defendant Daily News and ABC News. gu ji ty District tfAH* trial Tne caller also threatened to court Judge Sol Miff Trial kiu FBI Director clarnnce Kel- Frjedman ordere(1 the yerdld support. Juror says an amateur movie ley and Atty. Gen. Edward H.. stricken and granted Agnew After an hour-long hearing, showing students charging Levi, the FBI spokesman said probation before judgment Ag- Friedman said he could not ac- guardsmen helped him make up "The guy said he was with new accepted the ruling waiv . C ept Agnew's version of the inn's mind ................. Page 8 the Weather Underground." the mg hjs right to appeal ' cide nt But he said Agnew's ex' spokesman said. Under the 1975 revision of the P'anation that he gave police a Niagara tragedy However. FBI sou™ said law there js no record of con _ {alse name to save his father Three persons are killed as a | he y sei '' oljsl y do " bteri lnat thr viction when probation before embarassment was under- tourist raft on a test run fljpg' two cases were related. judgment is granted - pro- standable downstream from famed Ni- Student's Death vided that terms of the proba- The judge questioned whether agara Falls ............ Page 5 The man who telephoned the tion are not violated. Terms of Agnew would have walked two Where to find it: were not re- Comics .6-5 ...4 AP said threats had been made the. probation against Mr. Ford and Rockefel- vealed. ler because of the shooting Agnew was charged with the mo.lRCI.5 ..... J-J T .... i ,, », , TV icheduiu ...5 death Monday here of a Nige- misdemeanor after Mr. and Markets blocks — frorn where Frye testified he later found his car — to the apartment to relieve himself.

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