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Page 6-Thursday, November 16, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Only coins survive in
century-old time capsule

Civil Service cites
overpaid employees

LANSING (UPI), - In a solemn
Masonic ceremony that duplicated cen-
tury-old events, the 105-year-old cor-
nerstone of the state Capitol was pried
open yesterday to reveal a valuable
cache of 1873 gold coins.
Solemnity, however, did not prevail
at the ceremonial opening of the. cor-
nerstone that was laid Oct. 2, 1873.
"I DON'T EXPECT to be around 100
years from now when the cornerstone is
opened again,"- House Speaker Bobby
Crim (D-Davison), told a throng of of-
ficials and spectators gathered to wat-
.ch the ceremony.
"However, it appears Bill Milliken
will still be governor then.".
Gov. William Milliken responded in
kind when he took his turn at the
"KNOWING 'THE speaker's
durability, he just may be around 100
years from now," the governor said.
The cornerstone in reality was

broken last week and a glass-lined cop-
per box containing circa-1873 artifacts
was removed.
To the dismay of state historical of-
ficials and archeologists, moisture had
seeped into the box, destroying most of
its contents. Among the items that had
disintegrated were the first penny post-
card issued in' the U.S., a parchment
copy of the Declaration of Independen-
ce, government documents and
publications and copies of all daily
newspapers published in Michigan on
Sept. 27, 1873.
HOWEVER, A complete series of
1873 U.S. gold coins survived -
described as the only collection of its
kind outside the Smithsonian Institute
at the nation's capital..
Yesterday marked the formal, public
opening ceremony - and provoked a
stampede of spectators to catch a glim-
pse of the coins while spectators
shouted: "Down in front.'

administration official estimate tax-
payers are being billed an extra $436
million a year because 11.5 per cent of
the government's white colar workers
enjoy rank and salaries too high for
their duties.
Nearly half the overgrading- is
blamed on "managemtn con-
siderations" such as deliberate
pressure on job graders by bosses.
:.THERE IS NO quick cure in sight.
{ s Alan Campbell, chairman of the Civil
Service Commission, sent federal
department chiefs a bulletin Nov. 8
Y. 'telling them to pay greater attention to
job rankings.
Saying misgrading of government
employees is "wasteful and inef-
ficient," he suggested that bosses tran-
sfer overgraded and overpaid workers
u to more responsible jobs, or add duties
to the jobs they now perform. He said
downgrading should be used "generally
as a last resort."
EVEN IF ALL the estimated 155,000
overgraded bureaucrats were demoted
immediately, there would be no savings
\ 'to taxpayers for two years because
Congress has granted 24 months of pay
protection to federal workers who are
reduced in grade through no personal
Past spot checks have indicated that
overgrading is extensive but it was not
until this month that the commission
AP Photo- completed its first attempt at a com-
prehensive, statistically reliable sur-
UNIVERSITY CONSERVATOR Jim Craven examines what used to be govern- vey of the problem.
ment documents. The mushy material was found in a time capsule which was The commission's personnel
buried under the state Capitol Building in Lansing 100 years ago.

specialists spent 21 months examining
the duties performed by a randomly
selected sample of 853 white collar
federal employees. These represent 1
per cent of the employees at 152 in-
stallations in 21 agencies.
and their bosses and reviewing
documents associated with the jobs, the
report's authors concluded that 98 of
the positions were overgraded under
standard commisksion rules governing
job classifications.
Based on their sample and using
standard statistical methods, the
authors said they are convinced tliat
11.5 per cent of the government's white
collar workers are overgraded, give or
take 3 percentage points either way.
They also found that 3.3 per cent-of
employees were undergraded and
therefore underpaid.
SUBTRACTING THE the estimated
underpayments from the qverpaymen-
ts' the authors said: "We estimate that
it costs taxpayers about $335.5 million
in direct salaries and another $100.6
million in benefits costs."
The report was denounced by Ken-
neth Blaylock, president of the AFL-
CIO's American Federation of Gover-
nment Employees. He said what he
characterized as the error rate in
classifications twas within normal
"We suspect that the only reason the
commission has brought these distor-
tions before the public is to create the
impression that the American taxpayer
is being ripped off," he said.

The Ann Arbor film Coo e presents at Aud. A
(Roger Vadim, 1968) 7 & 10:20-AUD. A
In this intelligent, underrated spoof of the 60's stereotypes, JANE FONDA
plays a kind of sexual Alice-in-Wonderland in the year 40.000 assinned to
locate a missing scientist. Along the way, she meets the usual sci-fi types,
plus an inept revolutionary and a handsome spaceman who makes love "the
oid way." A woman takes on technology and wins? Only in a Jane Fondla film,
and one that deserves to be seen more often. With MILO O'SHEA, DAVID
(Carel Wilde, 1970) 8:40 only-AUD. A
This science fiction cult film is potent stuff. Ecological disaster and famine in
the future bring on street riots,;gang rapes, and mass evacuation from cities.
Depicted in chillingly plausible fashion, with the tagline, "This film could be

Uganda claims pullout
despite Tanzanian denial

Search continues in Joplin;
1 saved; 2 more missing

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)-A Ugandan
official said yesterday his country's in-
vading forces have withdrawn com-
pletely from northwestern Tanzania.
Diplomatic sources here said about 100
Tanzanian soliders have established a
position in the previously occupied
In Dar Es Salaam, the Tanzanian
government said Uganda had not with-
drawn and fighting was continuing: It
expressed fears for 10,000 persons
unaccounted for in the battle area.
A HIGH-RANKING Ugandan gover-
nment official, who asked not to be
identified, told the Associated Press
by telephone that all Ugandan troops,
estimated at 2,000-3,000, had pulled
back and were inside Uganda's inter-
nationally recognized border.
He said the Ugandan government
was waiting for military observers
from the Organization of African Unity
to travel to East Africa to verify the
Ugandan claim.
"It (the withdrawal) is finished," the
official said. "It was ended a long time
ago. There are absolutely no Ugandan
soldiers inside Tanzania and now all we
waunt is observers to see the whole
thing. We have done what we were
asked. What more can anyone want?"
weeks ago and annexed 710 square
miles of territory north of the Kagera
River, claiming the attack was in
retaliation for an invasion of Uganda by
Tanzania about a week earlier.
President Idi Amin declared the river
the new boundary between the two
states and said all land north of it was to
be incorporated into the Ugandan state.
The diplomatic sources in Nairobi
said Tanzanian soldiers have
established a bridgehead on the river's
northern banks. There was no indepen-
dent confirmation that if Ugandan
troops had been withdrawn.
A GOVERNMENT statement in Dar

Es Salaam said that since Uganda
crossed into Tanzania 15 days ago,
40,000 persons have fled to the south
side of the Kagera "to escape from the
murder and carnage that Idi Amin's
troops have been committing right and
left from the moment they entered Tan-
"Without exception, all the peasants
who crossed to safety told horror
stories of murder, rape, arson, sadistic
brutalities and wanton torture. The fate
of the remaining 10,000 who failed to
cross to the south is still under in-
vestigation, but it is feared that a num-
ber of them may be dead or too
critically wounded to move."
The statement quoted a priest as
saying Ugandan troops entered his
church and sprayed his praying
congregation with gunfire before set-
ting the building ablaze.
In a radio broadcast yesterday, Ed-
win Mtei, Tanzanian minister for finan-
ce and planning announced new taxes
on beer, liquor, textiles and soft drinks
to help pay for Tanzania's war effort.
Amin said Tuesday in a telegram-to
the United Nations, the OAU and the
Arab League that he ordered the
pullback after diplomatic efforts by
African leaders to end the crisis. He
called on Tanzania to curb activities
against his ruile by Tanzanian based
Ugandan exiles and said any Tanzanian
attempt to pursue his troops into Ugan-
da would lead to renewed bloodshed.
Uganda and Tanzania have had
frosty relations since Amin toppled the
government of Milton Obote in 1971.
The two countries nearly went to war in
1972 when Tanzania-based Ugandan
exiles mounted an abortive invasion of
Uganda with the tacit backing of the
Tanzanian government.
Obote, who was out of the country at
the time of his overthrow, lives in the
Tanzanian capital of Dar Es Salaam.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A worker rescued
after being trapped for 31/2 days under
the rubble of a nine-story hotel, yester-
day said he "knew somehow somebody
would find me" and concentrated on
"just staying alive."
Alfred "Butch" Summers also told
reporters that he still had hopes that
two other missing workers would be
found alive in the ruins.
"IF THEYhad the air supply that I had
and they didn't give up hope or nothing,
they might still be alive," Summers
said from the hospital bed where he is
recuperating from a broken pelvis and
three broken ribs. "I'm holding hopes
and praying they can make it like I
In a cool drizzle yesterday about a
dozen workers pried through heavy
chunks of concrete and steel beams,
looking for the missing men. A hardhat,
torch and pack of cigarettes were,
unearthed, but Police Chief Larry Ten-
nis said they belonged to Summers.
Tennis estimated that workers had
removed all but the first two floors of
the building by yesterday afternoon,
and had not spotted signs of life in the
ONE OF THE missing workers,
Frederick Coe, 29, of Topeka, Kan., had
been cutting steel beams near Sum-
mers in the basement at the time of the
accident. Another man, Thomas Oakes,
45, of Jenks, Okla., was believed on the
ground floor when the structure collap-

Summers said that after the building
fell, he heard no sounds from other
areas of the wreckage.
"I thought, this is it ... I am gon ,"
Summers said, but he added that she
never gave up hope and frequently
hollered for help.
"I'M NOT A religious man, actually.
But I figured if anyone could get me out
alive, it had to be Jesus," he said.
On Tuesday afternoon, more thane 82
hours after the 70-year-old hotel had
fallen on him, Summers said he heard
the rumble of voices. He took a pipe in
his hand and started pounding.
"Get me the hell out of here!" Sum-
mers cried out when rescuers broke
through to the dry cavity two feet high
and 30 feet in diameter where Summers
had been trapped.
SUMMERS' WIFE, Patricia, bowed
her head and cried softly as leer
husband described the ordeal.
"The good Lord was with me," Sum-
mers said. "That's all that needs tobe
Officials said that two falling steel
beams crossed, holding up a slab; of
concrete to form the pocket which
saved Summers' life. Summers said he
crawled around in the darkness and
slept occasionally.
A German shepherd dog pointed but
the spot and workers dug for five hours
Tuesday before pulling Summers out
arms first through an 18-inch hole.

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Funeral services for Fredrick
Davids, 64, director of safety at the
University and former director of the
Michigan State Police, will be held
today in Plymouth and Saturday in
Col. Davids died early Tuesday af-
A memorial funeral service will be
held at 2 p.m. today at Schraders
Funeral Home, 280 South Main St.,
Plymouth. A funeral service also will
be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ware-

Smith Funeral Home, 5100 Eastman
Road, Midland. Both services wilibe
state police funerals.
Davids became the University's first
director of safety in October 1970. He
had just retired with the rank of colopel
after serving 33 years with the state
At the University, he coordinated
existing safety and security programs
and served as liaison with local, state,
and national law enforcement agencies.

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