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THE NEWSPAPER IOWA DEPENDS UPON • De, Moines, Iowa, • Aug. 31,1975 50 cent, in cffltt and fawn. 60 cents by motor delivery SECTION A WEATHER THE WEATHER - Partly cloudy to sunny today and Monday, highs in 801, lows ill to* 60s. Sunrise, 6:39; sunset, 7:80; Details: Page 13. ******** Oij Mppit Ktffiftr cwripBtiy < MUTILATED CATTLE MYSTERY GROWS i Baffled lawmen rule out predators as Colorado incidents soar past 100 By JOHN HYDE R*f litf r Stiff Writer DENVER, COLO. - The bizarre mutilation of cattle on Colorado grazing land continued unabated last week, and state officials redoubled efforts to solve the mystery, which has baffled lawmen in 10 states, including Iowa. Colo.-Gov. Dick Lamm, meeting with the board of the Colo- rado Cattlemen's Association in Pueblo, called the mutilations "one of the greatest outrages in the history of the western cattle industry'." The mutilations follow a pattern: The sex organs, anus, and lips are sliced away. Frequently the udder and tongue are removed. In some instances the heart has been cut out. The por- Astrology today: Gpod-by Babylon, hejlo 'Dear Ann' By ROBERT HULUHAN Alas, Babylon, the magic is gone from thy astrology. The Iowa Federation of Astrologers seeks only "common sense" communion with the stars^ _^ Once the priest-astrologers THE EDGE OF THE CROWD of Babylon marched in at the Ishtar Gate with omens from the stars to the kings. The empire swayed in its course and torchflight flickered over . the golden image of Marduk, the god, But "There isn't much of that Mesopotamian nonsense left." Thus spake Joyce Price, an up-to-date astrologer from Kansas City, dismissing with scorn the ancient beginnings of starry lore when she lectured the Iowa group. These days, the stars iiave become much more sensible and democratic. They are perfectly willing to send daily, helpful messages to anyone who can read a horoscope. There is, a chatty kind of "Dear Ann" dialogue going on the solar system. For example: "How many of you have Venus square?" Joyce demanded. A few of the 20 women attending the two-day meeting raised their hands. Two young men in the group glanced about uneasily. "Ha," said Joyce, to the hand raisers, "welcome to the club. You're all frigid!" See how things have moved ahead? Would the stars have thought to send such a practical announcement to Babylon back in the dark days of nonsense? The women who sat listening to Joyce interpret their birth charts were, if not frigid, at least chilled. Conditioned air blew into the meeting room at Travelxxige West here like drafts from Saturn. But the iowa astrologers sat fascinated through hours of workshops as they sought to sharpen their understanding of the messages flowing in from the stars. "I'm curious about my own Saturn," one woman ventured. "Are you afraid of nudity?" Joyce shot back. The astrologers were concerned about the passage of the planets through the 12 houses of their birth signs — Aries the Ram to Pisces the Fish. An unfriendly planet in a house is about as welcome as cockroaches. But, according to the new astrology, almost any planet can beturned into a pussycat if the host will simply adopt a positive attitude. "Use your planets creatively!" Joyce urged. "I got divorced on astrology and the judge said it was such a great divorce that he thanked me." "Say, that's a big, fat Jupiter in your chart there," Joyce said to one woman. "Don't waste it. Do your dream. "Incidentally, you can also have a terrible tendency to gain weight." That's the way it is with the stars these days, neighborly STARS Please turn to Page Eleven Reveal Oswald note threatening FBI man WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The FBI disclosed Saturday night that Lee Harvey Oswald delivered a note threatening one of its agents in Dallas, Tex., days before the assassination of President Kennedy, and that the visit was never pre-j viously reported and the note! was destroyed. "FBI inquiries to date estab-i lish that the note contained no] reference to President Kennedy or in any way would have forewarned of the subsequent assassination," FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley said in a statement. But he said the FBI is investigating to learn more about the incident. The FBI said it learned of the Oswald visit as a ft result of information provided by the Dallas Times Herald. Kelley said the note delivered to the FBI office in Dallas by Oswald was a warning to an agent who had visited Oswald's wife, Marina, as part of an investigation. Oswald has been identified in the Warren Commission report as the sole assassin of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. The Times Herald said Oswald was not placed under surveillance after his visit to the FBI office. The FBI visit to the Oswald home was described in the Warren Commission report as a routine check of persons who lived in the Communist bloc. The Oswalds lived in the Soviet Union in the early 1960s. ' tions of the animal that have been cut away have never been discovered. Governor's Pledge Lamm pledged the state's full resources to stop the mutilations, which now number more than 100 in Colorado. He ordered the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to intensify its efforts, and toward the end of last week, CBI officials met with about 60 lawmen from Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska to standardize the reporting formal and co-ordinate their search. Despite the intensive effort, however, there remains no explanation for the mutilations, and no clue to the identity o the perpetrators. "We acknowledge the mutilation theory," said CBI agent Carl Whiteside, who is in charge of the investigation. "We just don't know who is doing it or why the animals are being killed." Not Predators Tests performed by the CBI forensic laboratory and by scientists at Colorado State University in Fort Collins have determined that the incidents are "definitely mutilations" and not the result of predators or scavengers, Whiteside said. "The problem is that both things, have taken place," said Whiteside. "Obviously dead cattle may also be attacked by predators, after the mutilations have taken place." Microscopic examination of the wounds, he added, has established that they are the result of sharp cutting instruments, and not the biting or tearing action of a predator. ''Human Predators" Whiteside's view was voiced publicly last week by Lamm to the Cattlemen's Association: "It is no longer possible to blame predators for the mutilations. It is clear from the evidence that only human predators can be responsible for these terrible offenses. "It is important that we solve this mystery as soon as possible. The cattle industry is already hard hit from the economic point of view. From a humane point of view we cannot allow these mutilations to continue." There are never tracks or blood near the carcasses, leading to speculation that the animals are killed, mutilated and then transported to another location, possibly by helicopter. 132 Cases A Denver Post reporter, Bill Myers, said there had been 132 instances of animal mutilation in 19 Colorado counties by the end of last week. CBI agent Whiteside said his agency has been able to "document" about 110 of these as the work of mutilators, Most of the animals have been cattle, although a few horses have also been attacked. The helicopter theory has been fueled by widespread sightings of such craft in northeastern Colorado in recent weeks. Logan County Sheriff H. L. Graves said he has received "numerous" reports of helicopters in the area, although he said no member of his staff has seen anything. Sterling (Colo.) Journal-Advocate reporter Bill Jackson reported his paper had been told about multi-craft and daylight sightings of olive drab, unmarked helicopters near Atwood and Crook, Colo. Hilly Country And, Sheriff George . Yarnell of Elbert County — where 54 cattle and one horse have been found mutilated — said about 85 per cent of the animal carcasses have been discovered in hilly portions of his county. "If helicopters are being used, this type of area would cut down on the lighting and CATTLE MORE mm SPEED, GET AW AY WITH IT Troopers complain: Not much we can do By DAN FILLER More and more lowans are ignoring the 55-mile-an-hour speed limit, and state troopers admit there isn't much they can do about it. "Frankly, I'm bitterly disappointed that the public has not complied better with the speed limit," said Charles Larson, Iowa Public Safety Com missioner, whose department includes the Highway Patrol. Early Compliance Larson continued: "For a time in early 1974, the public was obeying the lower speed limit because they were conscious of the energy crisis. "But lately, the public appears to be confused about how real the crisis is, and about the fact that Congress has done nothing about the fuel shortage except to force people to drive slower." Larson is in a good position to observe the speeding on Interstate Highway 80, since he commutes each day in a car pool from his home in Newton, 35 miles east of Des Moines, tc his office in the state capitol complex. "What is really disturbing is that often a man in his car is using a Citizens' Band radio to break the speed limit, and he's doing it right in front of his wife and children," Larson said. 10 Troopers Available Col. Ed Dickinson, chief ol the Highway Patrol, said thai on an average day, about 10 of the 70 Highway Patrol troopers available on a single shift are used on the 300 miles of I-flC between Davenport and Council Bluffs. "But with the summer traffic we get (more than 20,000 vehicles a day on some stretches of 1-80), our ability to patrol and enforce the law is almost pathetic," Dickinson said. The Patrol has six airplanes equipped with radar to check speeders from the air and they are used regularly, Dickinson said. On those occasions, troopers standing on the road wave offending cars onto the shoulder of the highway. But that creates a safety problem because the plane is so good at spotting speeders that soon the patrolmen on the ground have a long line of cars sitting on the highway waiting o be ticketed, thus creating a lazard for passing motorists," the chief explained. Run in Packs Another problem is that because of the uninterrupted nature of an interstate highway, speeders can tend to run in >acks. A single car or truck :an lead a group of many vehicles behind it to higher peeds because those following assume that not everyone will be caught. "The best a trooper can do is catch the lead vehicle, but generally the rest get away because there is no way the rooper can stop everybody," Dickinson said. Larson and Dickinson said he patrol has concentrated its enforcement on 1-80 because the superhighway carries the heaviest traffic loads, particularly during the summer tourist sea- on when 1-80 is the main east- 'Grand champion 4~H steer-wonby a girl! Grand champion 4-H hog -won by a girl! Fiddling champion - a girl! Hog calling champion -- a girl!' REBELLOW BY WPfflTUCAl west route for cross-country motorists. "For that reason, I hope that SPEED LISBON, PORTUGAL (AP) — Anti-Communist military commanders refused obedience Saturday to Gen. Vasco Goncalves as Portugal's new military chief and warned: "Either he goes or we go." Portuguese army units were put on alert amid reports that soldiers all over the country were choosing sides and the jalance was tipping against Goncalves, considered a Communist Party tool by his opponents. Stunned, Angry President Francisco da Costa Gomes' decision Friday to ap- ) o i n t Goncalves as armed forces chief of staff worried western diplomats, stunned ci- •ilian politicians and prompted quick anger and disobedience among moderate officers who lad pushed for Goncalves' ouster as premier, a post he held until Friday. Claiming to express the wishes of 80 per cent of the armed orces and the overwhelming majority of the people, nine senior officers, forming the pearhead of the anti-Goncalves orces announced they rejected the president's decision. "Without Bloodshed " Officials of non-Communist political parties who speak for four-fifths of the voters said privately the president's decision had brought the nation closer to the threshold of civil Gold seized in on hotel 'casino Please turn to Page Ten war. A member of the dissident officers' group told the Associated Press, however, "We believe the crisis can be settled without bloodshed." By ALAN KOONSE and JOHN PIAZZA State agents and local officers raided an allegedly illega gambling operation at a Sioux City hotel Friday night, seizing blackjack and craps tables and "thousands of dollars" in gold and currency, authorities said. Roger Stephens, director of vice enforcement for the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said eight persons were arrested in the raid at the Aven ino Motor Inn. All eight are employed there, he said. "Las Vegas-Type" Stephens called the gambling operation "a Las Vegas-type casino" in which a house bank was used and patrons were paid off in gold. Operators of the casino allegedly paid off bets with weighed quantities of gold dust — in amounts of $1, $5 and on up — contained in clear gelatin capsules, he said. Stephens said the casino was on the mezzanine level of the hotel, which is owned by the Golden Nugget Club, Inc., Stephens said. The Golden Nugget Club also holds the state gambling license and hotel liquor permit, he said. Junkets Offered During the agents' in- Iowa Poll finds that 60 per cent of lowans see no serious gambling problem in Iowa, while 24 per cent do. A full report on Page 9.. cover state agents and Sioux City police. Besides seizing the tables and gold, authorities also seized dice and other gambling paraphernalia. "They were conducting, in my opinion, the very type of (gambling) activity that the State Legislature hoped to avoid," Stephens said. The raid was the first under Iowa's new gambling law, which took effect Aug. 15, said Stephens, who has pledged vigorous enforcement of^ the new statute. A total of 61 charges were filed against the eight persons arrested in the raid, including charges of keeping a gambling house, possession of illegal gambling devices and unlawful ambling. Those Arrested Those arrested were identi- vestigation, information also was supplied to officers that the casino advertised in out-of- state newspapers/offering special gambling junkets to Si«|ix City, Stephens said. , Stephens also said that some of the blackjack dealers working in the casino had recently been "imported from Las Vegas, Nev." About 25 officers, including state vice agents, Iowa Highway Patrol troopers and Sioux City police, conducted the raid about 11 p.m. Friday, culminating an investigation by under- ied by authorities as Allan J. Larson, 35, charged with 18 counts; ,Jack, L. Pierson, 34, charged with 19 counts; Jack Marksberry, 51, four counts; Wayne D. Buth, 23, two counts; Randy L. Kure, 24, two counts; Lawrence, A. Kure, 46, two counts;'James R. Mullins, 44, six counts; and Mildred C. Wright son, no age given, eight counts. All live in Sioux City, officials said. HUMUS' FOR ENERGY COOS I Fuel, power use resume sharp climb By ARNOLD CARSON lowans have lost much of their zeal to conserve energy. "It's the old habits, the patterns of living that people developed over generations, that are coming back again," said Maurice Van Nostrand, chairman of the Iowa Energy Policy Council. Van Nostrand not only thinks that's true. He knows it's true. So do many others in energy and energy-related businesses. They have these facts at their fingertips: • Consumption of gasoline in Iowa is increasing again this year — after declining by 11 per cent in 1974. • Use of electricity is expected to grow statewide by an .all-time record of 9 per cent this year — after being held to a modern-times low of 2 to 3 per cent in 1974. • Public transit companies are struggling to hold onto the riders they've got — after enjoying their first increase in years in 1974. • Computer car pool operations are dying — after attracting thousands of persons in late 1973 and through much of 1974. • Some home insulation contractors say business has slipped this year — after flourishing to such an extent that extra rigs were brought in and waiting lists were established in 1974. "The people are demonstrating that there's something about this energy shortage business that they don't like," said Van Nostrand. What is that "something?" Some say the mammoth profits earned by major oil companies in 1974 convinced many that the shortage was contrived. Some say it was the price increases on the very products-said-to-be-in short supply — a fact that meant increased costs even for those who did try to conserve. Some )lame the federal government for failing, thus far, to come up with a co-ordinated program of aws and policy to deal with energy problems. Sharp Turnaround Whatever it was, it has produced such a sharp turnaround n use of fuels this year that here now is some doubt that he spirit of voluntary energy onservation ever can be recaptured on a widespread basis. That is not to say that no one at all cares about saving energy right now. Van Nostrand said he's still trying. And, he said, businessmen will "never forget the lessons they've learned about saving fuel and saving money." Co-operation Needed But conserving energy requires widespread co-operation by private citizens, as well, he said, adding that many businessmen who are energy-conscious while on the job make no such efforts in their private lives. "They drive their Cadillacs to work instead of taking the bus, for example. The only people who ride the bus are the poor, the lame and nuts like me," Van Nostrand said. ''Real Shortage" As for the possibility of recapturing the spirit of energy conservation on a widespread All will be arraigned in Sioux| basis ' Van Nostrand said: "I'm City Tuesday, police said. » ot sure ll can •* d ° n * "— . »• . .„! j-lr.0 ll\f*t*f\ (I* n MAO I dll Stephens said Allan J. Larson is president of the Golden Nugget Club, Inc., which recently purchased the Aventino Motor Inn. INDEX Please turn to Page Ten Ruffles and flourishes It's a long way from the back of a Muscatine department store to Susan Ford's bedroom at the White House, but an Iowa brass bed has made the trek. How the century-old bed made it to Washington is a story of coincidences you'll enjoy reading in this week's Picture magazine. The corn connection » Everyone knows some funny things have been happening to Iowa grain on the way overseas, but few of us know what is supposed to happen. In a photo essay on Page One of this week's Iowa Farming Section, reporter James Kisser and photographer Thomas DeFeo show what's involved in readying grain for export. Even city folks won't want to miss this. The sportin' life How do those girls' basketball players become such dynamos? One way to greatness is to attend a summer clinic. We take you inside one such operation, the Camp of Champs in Macomb, 111., on Page One of the Iowa Living section. And speaking of sports, it's football time in the Big Peach. You'll find special reports on the season for small Iowa schools as well a:; coverage of thi. Big Ten and Big Eight. Business & Industry Section C Classified Ads Section F Consumer Corner Section C Crossword Puttie 11TV Editorials ;'Section B Gardens Section B Poll _. 9A Mjfket News Section C Open Forum, Books Section B Radio Schedules 11TV Stamps, Theaters Section B Travel, Resorts Section B Visual Arts, Music Section B Weather, Day s Record .13A unless there is a real shortage that everyone can see. "You can tell people about foreign policy and dollar outflow, but all they know is that they can still buy 26 brands of gasoline in this town, although the price may be somewhat higher than they'd like." One of those 26 brands is Pester Derby. Selling More Jack Pester, chairman of the board of that company, which operates 88 service stations in Iowa, said he's selling about 15 per cent more gasoline this year than he did in 1974. "There's really no shortage of our product and there's a general apathy toward conserving gasoline," Pester said. The situation is in sharp con- ENERGY Please turn to Page Six

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