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Costly blaze
Firemen battle flames on the sixth floor of the Military Record Center near St. Louis yesterday.
Thousands of records relating to such matters as nensions and medical disabilities were destroyed.

Friday, July 13, 1973
Grandmother battles
lion to save grandson
RAPID CITY, S.D. (A - "He was just riping the baby apart," says
a grandmother who killed a mountain lion with a butcher knife as it
mauled her infant grandson.
"I did what I had to do, that's all. I think anyone, with God's
help, could have done the same thing," said Ms. Peter Underdahl of
Anoka, Minn.
The boy, 18-month-old Jason Cowden, was listed in serious condi-
tion yesterday in the intensive care unit of a Rapid City hospital.
He is the son of Mr. and Ms. James Cowden of Anoka.
The 120-pound lion leaped through a partially opened window
of. a motor home Tuesday and
began mauling the child in a
tourist attraction called "Bear
Country". The boy was in the
motor home with his mother and
her parents. The vehicle h a d
stopped momentarily.n i
"Bear Country" is a fenced park
containing bears, buffaloes, wol-
ves and mountain lions. The ani-
maIs roam freely within the fenc-
ed area, and tourists drive their
own vehicles through the park
eight miles south of Rapid City.
Underdahl, 53, fought back raNEW YDRK (l - Re aert-
tears as she described her or- rain Pod e ralfD ndwc -
deal in an interview at the bos- cised in a federal indictment
pital. yesterday of receiving $41,350 in
"All I kept saying was, 'Bring bribes to use his influence with
me a knife! Bring me a knife!' federal agencies for a Florida
m an eB, my husband handed me air taxi firm seeking approval of
Fallyer kmyf hand handemmed a regular Florida-Bahamas route.
a butcher knife and I jammed Podell was accused to solicit-
it in and twisted it and the lion ing more than $57,000 and act-
went slack, and I knew I had ually getting $41,350 in bribe
pierced the heart, the slender, legal fees from airline officials
5-fotiwoanaid.thatt payments that were concealed as
"I sold a prayer that the Good to the law firm, Podell and Po-
Lord would give me the strength to the Citizens Committee for the
and the right spot, and He did." dell, and in the form of a check
Underdahl said the lion was Re-election of Bertram Podel.
about 10 feet away when Cow- In return for the alleged bribes,
den stopped the motor home and Podell "pressured and attempt-
opened a side window to take a ed to influence officials" of the
"It was just lying down and
calm as could be," she said.
She said the lion sprang when
the baby came toward the win-
"I think it was the quick mo-
tion and the baby's small size,
the prey thing. You know, those
animals attack anything smaller
and weaker than they are," she
Underdahl said the lion leap-
ed through the window, forcing it
wider, and jumped over the lap
of the mother, in the driver's
seat. Underdahl was sitting ons i h
the passenger side of the front
seat. Her husband was toward
the rear of the vehicle.
"It got the baby down between Re p Bertram Podell
the seats. He was face down and
the lion was right on top of him, Civil Aeronautics Board, Federal
biting his head and shoulder. Aviatiop Administration and De-
We could hardly see Jason," Un- partment of State, and traveled
derdahl said. to the Bahams in December 1968,
She said Cowden put her arm to try to influence Bahamian of-
into the lion's mouth to keep it ficials, according to U. S. at-
from biting the baby and to try torney Paul Curran.
to force it away. But'she said the In Washington Podell said, "I
lion was too strong. consider it a badge of honor
"She still has tooth marks on to be public enemy No. 1 of
her arm," said Underdahl. the most corrupt administration
"I was raised on a farm and in the 200-year history of this
I know something about killing nation." He added:
animals. I knew the vital spot '"I have the honor of being the
was right under the shoulder," first political assassination on
Underdahl said of the first thrust the White House list. My ,indict-
of the knife. ment and political-death is meant
She said that even though she to atone for the cesspool of crime
felt the lion go limp, she stabbed and corruption uncovered in the
the animal again and again. Watergate hearings.
Ark weekend preview
The Boys of the Lough and Martin Carthy, fresh frcm last week's

Mariposa Folk Festival in Toronto, will perform traditional British
and Irish music at the Ark coffeehouse this weekend.
Carthy, formerly active with such groups as the popular Steeleye
Span, hails, from Great Britain. Well known on the British folk scene,
Carthy has earned a reputation as a talented accompanist during
the last seven years.
With a stage presence that can only be described as "charming,"
Carthy accompanies himself on guitar but often sings a capella.
His material includes a wide range of comical and tragic love songs
and ballads, with a bit of bawdiness thrown in for- good measure.
The Boys of the Lough offer a repertoire of Irish, English, and
Scottish music reflecting the band's diverse backgrounds. Among
its members are Aly Bain, a fine fiddler, and Cathal McConnell, who
won the 1963 all-Ireland championship on pennywhistle and flute. The
group also uses banjo, mandolin, bodhran, and conc rtina.
Carthy will perform alone. tonight but will join the Boys of the
Lough at the Ark tomorrow night and Sunday. Doors open at 8:30
each night.

double feature
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Charlie Chaplin
Laurel and Hardy
Pearl White
Fattie Arbucklea
Ben Turpin
' - .Snub Pollard
The Senett<
- Bathing Beauties .
Harry Langdon
Charlie Chase
Boris Karlofft
Cameo The Wonder Do
and The Keystone Cops -
IN " "
"Days of Thrills & Laughter"
10 P.M. SEE IT! $1.25
directed by ELIA KAZAN
(Academy Award nomination, Best Director)
based on novel by JOHN STEINBECKw
(Academy Award nomination, Best Actor) RAYMON D MASSEY
8 P.M. - (Academy Award nomination, Best Actress)
Natural Science Auditorium-Central U of M Campus $1.25

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