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Mere <p Finrf It : Comics fi-S TV, Radio Editorials 6 Weather Markets l-S Women 7 11 9 THE WEATHER-Mostly sunny and a little warmer today. High 85. Generally fair and warmer tonight. Low 65. Sunrise 6:06; sunset 8:36. The Newspaper Iowa Depends Upon Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday Morning, July 29, 1969-—22 Pages—Two Sections Price 10 Cents BILLION BUDGET SURPLUS 3COUNCIIMEX MCK2MENT PMKMGFEE Two Absent: Vote Is Indecisive By Robert Krotz A proposal to double or quadruple the hourly cost of downtown curbside parking won the approval of three city councilmen Monday night. But because two other councilmen voted against the proposal, and two more were absent, the vote was indecisive. The measure fell one vote short of receiving the council's preliminary approval and will be brought up again at a later council meeting. Voting for the parking meter fee increase were Councilmen Jens Grothe and Jack Woods and Mayor Thomas Urban. Councilmen Robert Scott and Charles VanderLinden opposed it. Councilmen Richard Olson and Leo Gross were absent. Neither was available for comment after the meeting. "Meter Hogs" The parking rate increase, of great interest to downtown merchants and the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, has been proposed as a solution to downtown parking congestion and "meter hogging" by parkers who stay in one spot all day. Under the new fee plan, also supported by the Traffic Safety Committee (a group which advises the council on parking matters), the 5-cent hourly rate for two-hour * meters would jump to 20 cents an hour. One-bour meters, now carrying a 10-cent hourly rate, also would be increased to 20 cents an hour. These short-term meters make up the majority of the city's 3,000-odd meters. In addition to increasing the one-and two-hour meter rates to 20 cents an hour, the proposal would eliminate all one-cent rates. Drop Pennies Currently, motorists can get 12 minutes of parking time for a penny at some short-term meters. Rates at these meters would be increased to 5 cents PARKING Please turn to Page Seven WILLIAM BARKER TWO IOWANS DIE IN VIET Two lowans, including a Des Moines man, Monday were reported killed in action in Vietnam. Army Spec. 4 William G a y- land Barker, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. D a r r e 11 Barker of 3310 Cornell st., was killed in combat Sunday, his parents were told by the Defense Department. Specialist Barker had been in the Army 11 months and in Vietnam four months. He was a 1966 graduate of North High School and had been employed at Meredith Publishing Co. about two years. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are two brothers, Garth, at borne, and Army Pvt. David Barker, stationed at Fort Polk, La.; a sister, Gloria Kay, at borne, and bis maternal grandmother, Mrs. Pora May ol Princeton, Mo. Army Lt. Ronald L. Buchanan of Sioux City was confirmed dead Monday, the Defense Department said. He had earlier been listed as missing in action. Lieutenant Buchanan was the husband of Mary A. Buchanan of Sioux City. No details of his death were immediately available. 'Police Beat Me,'Mother Tells Council By Jerry Szumski A Negro mother told the Des Moines City Council Monday night she was beaten by police officers when she went to assist her son who, she said, also was "beaten by Des Moines police." "They grabbed me by my throat, put my arms behind me and beat me with a stick," said Mrs. E. Hobart DePatten, 1170 Eleventh St., She later sal* tluMncident involved auxiliary police and not regular officers. Mrs. DePatten spoke in connection with a petition filed by her husband complaining that too many police are assigned to University avenue between Tenth and Thirteenth streets and to Forest avenue between Thirteenth and Fifteenth. Asks for Evidence She gave the account after Mayor Thomas Urban asked DePatten for "evidence, particularly of sadistic behavior," reflecting on police conduct with black residents of the Model City neighborhoods. DePatten, expanding on the contention that the area is overpoliced, had asserted: 'Bellicose and sadistic behavior of some police officers is evident." Proof of this should be submitted to police officials and the council. Urban said. Councilman Jack Woods demanded substantiation of a charge in the petition, signed by about 200 persons, that "many of the police rtabrt to gutter expressions and derogatory remarks." DePatten offered to provide "test- timony." Woods cited figures on apparent incidence of crimes among blacks. DePatten replied the statistics are ."meaningless." "The biggest percentage of these people that are breaking the laws come from that area, so naturally there is a concen- POLICE Please turn to Page Three He Spoke Too Soon PHILADELPHIA, PA. (AP) — Nine visiting Italian mayors reported that their hotel rooms were robbed Monday, only hours after one of them had publicly praised American police for being more serious about law enforcement, and better equipped than Italian police. WE'LL STAND BY THAILAND, NIXON VOWS Denies His Policies Are Inconsistent By Richard Wilson (Th« Register's Washington Correspondent) BANGKOK, THAILAND President Nixon assured the uneasy Thai government Monday that the United States "will stand proudly with Thailand against those who might threaten it from abroad or from within." Nixon aides insisted his backing of a government threatened by Peking-supported insur- PICTURE: Page 5 rection was wholly consistent with his previous strictures against "creeping involvement" which would lead to another Vietnam. "Asia for Asians" Mr. Nixon said in a separate statement that the U.S. determination to honor its treaty commitments is also consistent with his convictions that the nations of Asia can and must increasingly shoulder the responsibility for achieving peace and progress. The President flew here from Indonesia on his Asia tour to ex plore the outlines of a new policy of "Asia for Asians." A monsoon downpour drenched Mr. Nixon and his official host, King Bhumibol, at Bangkok's airport during welcoming ceremonies, while Mrs. Nixon and Queen Sirikit took shelter in a pavilion. Crowds of Thais greeting the President were slimmer— perhaps because of the rain—than those who turned out for President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, but over-all the welcome was cordial and full of royal pomp. Nixon's motorcade route was lined with school children waving flags. There was a momentary se- NKON Please turn to Page Five Ttcfe Is Reported Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a disease transmitted by ticks, is on the increase in Iowa this summer. Dr. James F. Spcers, state health commissioner, said four cases recently reported have raised the state's total so far this year to six. Only two cases were reported in the state last year. Two of the four recent cases occurred in Clinton, Dr. Speers said. One other occurred in Pella and one in Burlington. The disease was diagnosed by the State Hygienic Laboratory in Iowa City. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is not usually fatal and general! ly responds well to treatment if caught early enough after its onset. Symptoms include a rash, headache and fever, which can rise to 105 degrees. The disease gets its name because it was once found only in the Rocky Mountains. In recent years, however, it has spread Cumulus Clouds Dot Iowa Skies Fajr-weather cumulus clouds dotted blue skies over Iowa Monday. Temperatures were pleasantly cool for late July and humidity readings were quite low. High temperatures ranged Prom the upper 70s to lower 80s. Des Moines' high was 81. Fair skies and warmer temperatures day. are forecast for to- Those Dangerous Hollywood Curves © The Los Angeles Times HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. — There are. dangerous curves in Hollywood other- than those of actress Raquel Welch, as Thomas Shiflett, 35, the driver of a New York sightseeing bus discovered. Shiflett \ps taking hi^ 34 passengers on a tour of the. Hollywood hills to see the' homes of film stars. As the bus tried to negotiate the tortuous twists of the narrow lanes, it got stuck on a hairpin bend on Tower Hill ave., opposite Miss Welch's home. Shiflett telephoned for help from the home of composer Maurice Jarre, winner of two academy awards for the film scores of "Dr. Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia." Two tow trucks tried to pull th'e bus free but succeeded only in breaking the oil pan and rupturing the fuel line. Fuel and oil poured down the steep slopes. Next dramatic scene: A city fire truck with siren wailing and red light flashing arrived and the location was declared a fire hazard. But true to traditional Hollywood happy endings, the danger was overcome and no one was hurt. Residents of surrounding mansions, including Mary Pickford and Fred Astaire, turned out their Rolls Royces, Bentleys and Cadillacs to drive the stranded passengers to their hotel, while a fire department truck freed the bus. "V Raquel Welch BALK AT BUYING 39 C-5 A PLANES WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The Air Force called Monday' for a major revision of the multi-billion-dollar C-5A aircraft contract and held out the possibility it might not buy the remaining 39 planes of a proposed 120-pIane purchase unless the changes are made. After a two-month study of the eight-year history of planning for the jumbo C-5A plagued by cost overruns, the Air Force reported it must eliminate "ambiguities and deficiencies" in the contract before further purchases are made. The contract is with the Lockheed-Georgia Corp. Air Force Secretary Robert C. Seamans, jr., told reporters be is satisfied with the plane's, performance but not the contract covering a program which has risen over-all from an original cost of $3.3 billion to $5.1 billion. The U.S. government has committed itself to buy 81 models of the world's largest aircraft transport but Seamans said he will await outcome of negotiations with Lockheed, the producer, before deciding whether to approve purchase of the additional 39. Asked whether this didn't constitute a negotiating weapon, Seamans tainly is." replied: "It cer- Tired Prostitutes Need Some Pep LONDON, ENGLAND (AP) A Polish-born doctor admitted Monday that he prescribed huge quantities of pep pills to prostitutes because "they were so tired." The British General Medical Council found Dr. Karol Zawisza, 64, guilty of prescribing addictive drugs "otherwise than for the purpose of bona fide treatment." The amount of drugs involved was described to the council's disciplinary committee as "mammoth." /^ Baby Firm's Own Scientist Disputes the Use oi MSG By Nick Kotz (Of The Register's Washington Bureau) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation's two leading manufacturers of baby foods contended Monday that there are no potentially harmful additives in their products, but their testimony was disputed by a scientist from one of the firms. Officials of both the Gerber Products Co. and H. J. Heinz Co. appeared before the Senate select committee on nutrition to rebut earlier testimony calling for the removal of salt and monosodium glutimate (MSG) from baby foods. Several scientists and consumer advocate Ralph Nader had testified that MSG and excessive salt were potentially harmful to infants and there was no reason to take such risks. The salt and MSG were added to appeal to the mother's taste rather than to the infant's, they said. Top executives of Heinz and Gerber acknowledged under questioning that salt and MSG were added to baby food mainly to appeal to mother's palate but defended this motivation on grounds that mothers screen the food eaten by their infants. Dispute Scientists Dan Gerber, chairman of the board of Gerber Products, and R. Burt Gookin, president of Heinz, both said no tests have shown harmful effects-from the amounts of salt and MSG in baby food. They disputed the findings of the scientists, but FOOD- Please turn to Page Two ASK LICENSING FOR HANDGUNS WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The handgun, chief tool of crime, should be legislated out of mass circulation through a rigid federal- state licensing system based on proven need for protection; the President's violence commission said Monday. The commission urged President Nixon to press Congress to pass federal standards for such a system, to be regulated mainly by the states. The proposal calls for the confiscation of all unlicensed, and therefore illegal, handguns after the passage of the law and the payment by the federal government of up to $500 million to compensate owners of A^Tick eastward over the , United States. Maryland has had an outbreak this year, with 25 cases reported so far. In Iowa, the main transmitter of the disease is the wood tick; elsewhere it has also been spread by dog ticks. Hu- .mans generally pick them up from foliage during a walk in the country. If not detected, they may remain on their host for a day or more until they have sucked their fill of blood and drop off. It is while they are sucking blood that they transmit the spotted fever virus. The virus cannot be transmitted from man to man. MILTON EISENHOWER confiscated guns. Dr. Milton chairman of S. the Eisenhower, commission, urged the speedy development GUNS —. Please turn to Page Five Potomac Fever Rams Postpone Tama Pow Wow (The Register's Iowa News Service) TAMA, 1A. — The annual Mesquakie Indian Pow Wow, the biggest event of the year on the Sac and Fox settlement here, has been postponed to the end of August because of flooding along the Iowa River, itj was announced Monday. j Curtis Youngbear, Pow Wow chairman, said recent rains and high water on the river will make it too difficult to get the Pow Wow grounds in shape for the scheduled opening the weekend of Aug. 9-10. The Pow Wow grounds are adjacent to. the river next to old Highway 30 where it runs through the Indian settlement. Youngbear said the new dates for the four-day Pow Wow are Aug. 29, 30 and 31 and Sept. 1. BY SURPRISE Excess Is the Most Since 1957 New Trust rat ions for White House in hid to extend surtax: I'A(JK 7. By Hobart Rowen <T, Tht Washington Post WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government reported Monday that it had wound up the fiscal year that ended-June 30 with the surprisingly sizable surplus of 93,074,000,000, largest since 1957. There was an embarrassing side to this otherwise wcl- c o m e development: As recently as May 20 before the House Ways and Means Committee, Budget Bureau and Treasury officials had placed the estimate at only $900 million. Having thus .missed the surplus by more than $2 billion, the government's estimates for next year — on which the need for the controversial surtax are based — probably will be brought into question. "It's not only embarrassing," a high Nixon administration official told the Washington Post, "but I find it disconcerting to find, that these estimates can be off $2 .billion in the space of a month. It certainly interferes with our ability to 'fine-tune' the economy." First Score Assuming passage of the surtax, the Nixon administration's latest estimate of the 1970 surplus is $6.3 billion. The surtax- measure itself would account for slightly more than $9 billion in revenue: The announced surplus for fiscal 1969 was the first black- ink score for the federal government since a narrow $240 million surplus in fiscal 1960. The 1957 surplus was $3.2 billion. The final result is another illustration of the hazards of budget forecasts: When first announced by former President Lyndon Johnson in January, 1968; a budget deficit of $8 billion was said to be in store. Before leaving office in January, President Johnson's revision changed the estimate to a surplus of $2.4 billion. President Nixon's first review dropped the surplus to $1.2 billion then to $900 million in May — and now to $3.1 billion. Part of the bulge, in a sense, is a product of inflation, since a portion of higher-than-anticipated individual taxes reflected Apr. IS payments on anticipated 1969 BUDGET Please turn to Page Four NEW '69 LOW FOR MARKET 8-Ship Soviet Fleet Sails Toward U.S. WASHINGTON, D.C. (REUTERS) — An eight-ship Soviet fleet which visited Cuba for a week is about 75 miles west- northwest of Havana and heading west into the Gulf of Mexico,, the Pentagon reported Monday. A Pentagon spokesman noted the Soviet ships were heading towards the U.S. gulf coast but expressed no special concern. RM. u. t. p»t. ow. WASHINGTON, D.C.-There's nothing really wrong with Ted Kennedy as a senator. except that he has this terrible trouble making up his mind. Massachusetts voters probably better urge Kennedy to stay —it's hard to find a good, steady, rich senator who doesn't hesitate when he says Chappaquiddick. It's just one of the bad breaks of politics that Nixon happened to be half way around the world right at the time Teddy needs advice. The astronauts wives could have told the scientists about the moon rocks—it's just like a man: He takes a nice trip and brings home nothing but a lot of dust catchers. i And any jather can almost hear the moon men trying to explain to their kids: "Honest, I tried—but it was Sunday night and all the stores were closed ..." Scientists are pretty sure there's no life on the moon, but they'd feel better if they could figure out that rock that says "Souvenir of Chicago World's Fair." —Jack Wilson NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) The stock market fell to another 1969 low Monday in a broad retreat. Trading was active. The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials slumped 11.83 points to 806.23, its lowest closing level since Jan. 5, 1967. This average has lost 162.62 points since reaching its 1969 high of 968.85 on May 14. Brokers said the market, continued to be depressed by investors' apprehension about tax legislation and the declining growth rate of corporate profits. Of 1,576 issues traded on the New York Stock Exchange, 1,269 declined and 134 ad- SMOTHERS BROTHERS will re- vanced Tnere were 732 turn to TV after deal with ilows for the year and no syndicate Page 7 nigns „ ^ , ' Volume expanded to 11.8 mil- WASHINGTON sources say Ed-., ion shares Ffrom 9 . 81 ward Kennedy has virtually p r j c j a y ruled out 1972 bid for the presidency Page 71 Details on Market Page INSIDE THE REGISTER 'Glass' in Moon Dust DROPLETS of lustrous, glasslike substance are found in black lunar dust Page 7 PENTAGON is assailed by House unit for the way it plans and handles spy operations .. Page 5 new new i t

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