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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                010175 ur PUBLICATION OFFICE 710 N Illtneli Murphysboro 1113 Walnut Herrin 212 N 16th Volume a Copy Southern lUinoisan I LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 IU 62525 2 16 PagH luccMiortoeirbondiH FM Herrin Bally Journil Murphyofor Indpndwl TUESDAY JANUARY 8 1974 73 wholesale price rise worst in quarter century HoVnf distillate fuels mostly ar Washington AP Surging food and fuel costs drove wholesale prices sharply upward in December closing the year with the worst overall yearly rise in a quarter century the government said today The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the December seasonally adjusted increase of 22 per cent pushed wholesale prices in 1973 to a level 182 per cent higher than a year ago the biggest one year increase since the 317 per Cent in 1946 Polkymaking group Wholesale price increases usually are reflected quickly at the retail level but not necessarily all of them Con sumer prices have been rising at an annual rate of more than eight per cent The years overall increase meant it costs to buy the same amount of wholesale goods that purchased seven years ago the base year for record keeping on prices The 22 per cent seasonally adjusted increase and the 25 per cent rise on ar unadjusted basis in December were not close to record increases recorded in August but were still high by histrrical stan dards A 22 per cent monthly rise if continued for 12 months is an annual rate of 264per cent Whole prices rose 62 per cent seasonally adjusted and 58 unadjusted in August Wholesale prices which fell in September and October began climbing in November as the inflationary effects of the fuel shortage and the Arab oil cut off began to show their impact on the economy Prices of farm products pro cessed foods and feed reversed a three months decline and rose sharply in December by 14 per cent the report said Consumer foods those bought by suppliers ready for the supermarket rose fivetenths of one per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis and showed a 13 per cent rise before seasonal pricing patterns were taken into account The explosive increase in energy prices that began in November continued last month but at a more moderate level Wholesale prices of fuels ana other energy products jumped 123 per cent following Novembers record increase of 193 per cent Leading the big rise in energy prices were costs of middle distillate fuels mostly home heating oil up 27 per cent and light distillate fuels mostly kerosene which rose 29 per cent Wholesale gasoline prices jumped another 17 per cent in December following a record of 347 per cent increase the previous month Crude oil prices were up 5 per cent electric power 18 per cent and coal seven tenths of one per cent The leap in energy prices pushed up prices for industrial commodities by 26 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis an amount exceeded last year only by the 32 per cent jump recorded in November Wholesale prices of consumer finished goods rose three per cent with increases in the prices of heating oil and gasoline responsible for most of the sharp jump Wholesale price increases usually are quickly transmitted into sharply higher prices at retail and will be reflected in the coming weeks at outlets across the country Nixon plans new shakeup of staff San Clemente AP President Nixon is planning another postWatergate reorganization of his domestic policymaking apparatus ad ministration sources say The revamping was prompted by the installation of Vice President Gerald R Ford who has been promised a major role in domestic affairs and the im minent resignation of presiden tial aide Melvin R Laird A major aim of the new Nixon staff plan is to sort out and define the responsibilities of Ford director Roy Ash of the Office of Management and Budget and Kenneth Cole ex ecutive director of the Domestic Council Laird was recruited by Nixon last June to serve a shortterm appointment as chief domestic policy adviser following the Watergaterelated resignation April 30 of John D Erirlichman Sources said Ash discussed the new setup with White House chief of staff Alexander M Haig Jr during a Saturday meeting here Ash returned to Washington Sunday night without seeing Nixon Nixon had been expected to discuss with Ash lastminute decisions on the anticipated budget for fiscal year 1975 which begins July I No decision has been an nounced on that budget which apparently is not completely wrapped up One official said there was no significance in the fact that Ash and the President did not meet He added that from a public relations standpoint it probably would have been better had Nixon taken the time to see the budget chief There have been recurrent rumors thatRonald L Ziegler might relinquish his title as press secretary and concentrate on other responsibilities Ziegler Haig and Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger are acknowledged to have the readiest access to the President In fact Nixon has spent little time with any other aides or of ficials since flying here Dec 26 Nothing changed on Nixon reiusal c Washington StarNews Washington A White House spokesman has snatched back the olive branch which Vice President Gerald R Fird held out to the Senate Watergate committee insisting nothing has changed Presi dent Nixons determination to resist the committees demands for his tapes and documents Ford in a television interview Sunday suggested that if the committee refined and reduced its list of more than 500 tapes and papers sought in subpoenas issued last month then I think there may be and I underline may be some area of com promise Chairman Sam J Ervin Jr DNC promptly said he would welcome a compromise solution and at least one committee staff aide called the White House for more information But Deputy White House Press Secretary Gerald L Warren said in San Clemente Calif where Nixon is working on his State of the Union and budget messages to Congress that The Vice President has every right to speak up and give his opinion but the facts of the situation are that nothing has changed since the Presidents letter Minority counsel adds GOP view Washington AP Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee say the appointment of a prominent Jawyer of their choice as chief minority counsel will mean a professional nonpartisan imj peachment investigation Albert E Jenner 66 a Chicago trial lawyer was added Monday to the growing staff that is gathering material to help the Judiciary Committee decide President Nixon should be impeached John Doar a former Justice Department official who describes himself as a longtime now registered as an Independent heads the staff that now numbers 42 and mayi reach SO Rep Peter W Rodino DNJ chairman of the Judiciary Committee praised Jenner as a highly respected member of the bar and said he was among those Rodino considered for the chief counsels position Rep Edward Hutchinson Rj IMich the senior committee Republican who selected Jenner said he and other lawyers ed by the Republicans would work together with the rest of the staff Jenner was a member of the presidential commission that studied the causes of violence in 1968 and served as senior counsel to the commission that investigated the assassination of is John F Kennedy He Is chairman of an advisory com mittee to the Supreme Court on Federal rules of evidence and serves on numerous American Bar Association committees Jenners appointment and a briefing by Doar on the status of the investigation stilled criticism by Republicans that the impeachment proceedings were being handled in a partisan manner I dont think the cards are going to be stacked one way or the other said Rep Robert McClory RI11 I think the committee is going to act ob jectively Rep Thomas E Railsback R 111 said that the addition of Jenner to the staff means we are going to have a very pro fessional investigation and that will be good for the committee and good for the country Railsback also said however that Republicans will insist on sharing with Rodino any power to issue subpoenas for witnesses or documents In his briefing Doar said he has had two meetings with special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski to discuss whether any of the material gathered by Jaworskis staff can be made available to the Judiciary Committee He said no agreement has been reach ed Rain or sleet No one could quite figure out whether it was rain sleet or snow but these Southern Illinois University at Carbon dale students could agree on one thing as they made their way back to dormitories over Hie sheltered foot overpass over Illinois 51 after early cjasses It was cold and It was wet Photo by Tom Porter Storms pound California Los Angeles AP Stormy weather continued to pound away at Southern California today snarling traf fic downing power lines and isolating entire communities in the snowbound San Bernardino Mountains Occasional snow likely to night with lows around 30 Wednesday cloudy with chance of rain or snow Highs in the mid 30s Partly cloudy Thursday through Saturday INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family Living Records Sporti details map Youth 1113 15 4 47 1314 910 14 6 But a brief respite from the fve days of storms was predicted for midweek The National Weather Service said there will be a decrease in rain and snowthrough Friday but by then another storm system could move into the area The region which normally has a mild winter climate has been buf feted by storms since Fri day Officials have declared snow bound sections of the San Bernardino Mountains a disaster area and kept a roundtheclock watch on the situation in Los Angeles County which was put under a limited emergen cy Scores of residents of slide threatened areas in Riverside San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties were evacuated to Red Cross and other emergency centers The storm which has flumped more than seven inches of rain so far in the Los Angeles area raised fears of heavy flooding and more rock and mud slides The rainfall is almost twice the seasonal norm Mine arbitration may be required Washington AP i Workers who strike over safety conditions in mines may 36 required to submit their grievances to arbitration the Supreme Court ruled 81 to day The court with Justice William 0 Douglas dissenting overturned a decision of the US I Circuit Court in Philadelphia in I a case involving the Gateway j Coal Co of Pennsylvania The circuit court reversing a ruling by US District Court Judge Darren P McCune held that matters of life and death should not be subject to arbitration The case springs from an April 1971 incident at the com anys mine in Greene County a Three assistant foremen were accused of failing to note a reduction in air circulation The mine is classified as especially hazardous by of Mines Justice Lewis F Powell Jr speaking for the court majority said mine safety matters are covered by the National Bituminous Coal Wage Agree ment of 1968 which provides for arbitration of any local trouble of any kind arising at the mine I Exclusionary eased Washington AP The Supreme Court today narrowed the scope of a judicial device that allows suspects in criminal cases to suppress evidence that police have gathered illegally By a 63 vote the court trim med the controversial ex clusionary rule a major source of complaints that criminals go free on technicalities Th court held that pro secutors may summon witnesses before grand juries and demand that they answer questions bas ed on evidence police have Tankers crash explode Los Angeles AP Four gasoline tankers were involved in a chain reaction crash early today triggering an explosion and spilling thousands of gallons of gasoline on the Golden State Freeway The driver of one of the tankers was killed and at least one other person was injured state police said At least eight other vehicles were involved in the am accident that officials said began when a semitrailer car rying glass bottles veered out of control on wet pavement and slammed into a center divider on its side The other vehicles crashed as they attempted to avoid the wreckage police said They said the resulting explosions destroyed three of the Witnesses said flames shot up to 300 feet into the air and that drainage ditch lids were blown from the ground A highway patrol dispatcher said flames were visible up to five miles away About 100 city firemen were called to fight the firi gathered in unlawful searches or seizures The decision dealt only with the grand jury question leaving intact the present effect of the rule when defendants reach trial The rule forbids use of evidence orfruits of evidence that have been gathered in violation of the Fourth Amend ment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures The rule was established by judicial decision to prevent unlawful police conduct by de nying law enforcement machinery the results of that conduct The majority in an opinion written by Justice Lewis F Powell Jr maintained that the rule would have no beneficial deterrent effect in grand jury proceedings Todays decision follows one last month involving the ex clusionary rule In that case by the same 63 vote the court held that any evidence turned up by police when they make a search incident to a lawful arrest is usable in court When a prisoner about to betaken into custody is searched the exclusionary rule does not apply to what is found the court held in the earlier case Joining Powell in the majority were Chief Justice Warren E Burger and Justices Potter Stewart Byron R White Harry A Blackmun and William H Rehnquist In dissent were Justices William J Brennan Jr William 0 Douglas and Thurgood Marshall Mail Fraud Law Blunted Washington AP A 54 majority of the Supreme Court today blunted the governments use of federal mail fraud law to prosecute il legal use of credit cards The government had com plained earlier that such a decision would sharply limit the reach of federal law in pro secuting fraud in the credit card industry The government presented the court with what it called a classic case of credit card fraud The court majority held that use of the mail was simply not suf ficiently related to the criminal conduct involved to bring the statute into play Writing for the majority Justice William H Rehnquist said Congress could have drafted the mail fraud statute so as to require only that the mails be in fact used as a result of the fraudulent scheme but it did not do this insteadit required that the use of the mails be for the purpose of executing such a scheme or artifice Since the mailings involving billings to the credit card com pany were not for that purpose the law does not apply Seed and secretary Jean VieceliJehnstm City in new Sll Herrin chamber protests Sll moves to Marion Southern Illinois Inc re gional development organiza tion has moved to offices at 215 W Main St Marion The SII offices were former ly at 300 East Illinois Ave Oarterville James Seed SII executive director said the primary rea son for the change was be cause he reside in Marion and it will save the organiza tion 8000 to 9000 miles in travel expenses each year He also said there was a need to upgrade the facili ties The new offices take up three rooms and are about the same size as the Carter vilie offices he said The Marion office space is rented from the Bank of Egypt which is located next to the new office Seed said He said the building in Car terville which formerly housed the Sn offices is ownedby the Carterville LionClub The Herrin Chamber of Commerce executive commit tee has sent a letter to Seed protesting the move It was strongly felt that the original members share holders of Southern Illinois Inc who have been long time supporters of your organiza tion should have been consult ed concerning this so import ant issue the letter from of Commerce man ager Thomas E Dinnis said The chamber fee1 the neu trality of the location in oth er than a major area town is more important than the gas savings or inadequacy of the facilities We desire strongly to reg ister our displeasure of what we feel is an imprudent and irresponsible action the let ter said   

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