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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - January 21, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION 16th frn Hrrln Dilly Journil MONDAY JANUARY 211974 010175 LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPSRS tOX BECATUB BflM me S2No 1710e a Copy 2 Stetlontf It Beef prices rising again variety of reasons offered pai5p M Drices I am paying at leasts As far as I know there remain until the weath If the countrys current spate of shortages makes you nostalgic for the olddays you may be in for a real return to the past when you do your meat shopping But it wont be a very wel come trip backward Beef prices at least temporarily are on their way up again In many Southern Illinois stores retail beef prices in creased more than 10 cents per pound last week Thie reasons offered by area butchers and food store own ers ranged from a recent wave of bad weather to last springs meat boycott Some predicted beef prices soon return to lower December levels but others said they probably would re main the same One area food store owner Edgar Bierman of Biermans Meat Market in Percy said the wholesale beef price he pays went up 14 cents in little more than a week He added he is having difficulty secur ing beef We have toorder about a week in advance whereas a year ago I could call and get any kind of cut in less than 24 hours he said Charles McCann of Mur physboros McCanns Market said prices for ground beef beef roast and round steak rose 5 to 10 per cent this month He blamed bad wea ther for the increase and said he expects prices to fall back to their December level Trucks couldnt get through in the icy weather and the demand for some cuts drove prices up he said Ted Perry of Ted and Genes Thriftway in Murphys boro agreed thai prices jump ed probably because of the bad weather But though he predicted prices would drop he said he does not expect them to return to their De cember level Perrys prices also rose 5 to 10 per cent He now sells ground beef for 95 cents a pound and ground chuck for At Greens IGA Foodlmer East in Murphysboro a man ager said the wholesale price of beef has risen about 10 cents a pound but retail price of ground beef is being held at a pound In Carbondale a spokesman for the Kroger Store in the Murdale Shopping Center would not provide specific fi gures on wholesale price in creases but said they may be a little bit on the incline Steve Reynolds owner of Reynolds Supermarket in Car terville said he has been pay ing slightly more for meat in the past few weeks An independent grocer Rey nolds said that if his whole sale costs do not decline he will have to raise retail prices The retail counter price of beef increased about cents a pound at the beginning of last week a spokesman at the A P Super Market in Herrin said He indirectly attributed the price rise to last springs meat boycott The increased price he said is probably due to beef raisers exhausting their stock of heavy beef that was held off the market during the boy cott As cattlemen exhaust the supplies beef prices will tend to rise and then level off he explained Chuck roast was selling at a pound and arm roast was selling at a pound at the A P Friday he said A Christopher butcher Pe ter Sainegi of the Sanitary Market also thinks higher pri ces resulted from the boy cott I am paying at least 8 cents a pound pier side of beef more this week than I did last week he said For the most part I think the meat availability is being de termined by tlte meat packer rather than the farmers I think the packers are trying to put all their eggs in one basket and cash in In West Frankfort Glenn Wilson is trying to hold retail prices down The head butcher at Bolaps Food Parkhe said the retail price of beef has gone up 10 cents I should raise my price to 15 cents to break Wilson said but we are not trying to Kill off all of our customers They understand the dime raise but probably would gripe if we raised it too much above what it costs us He said he has no problem getting meat As far as I know there is no meat shortage Wilson said we do not get hit as hard as say the big city because a lot of the people in Southern Illinois raise their own beef Two meat store managers in Marion said there was an increase in wholesale beef prices last week of more than a dime a pound Everett Maddox owner of Busy Bee said prices rose 13 cents in about a week Hfe blamed Winter weather which he thinks hindered the flow of cattle to the market The meat manager of the IGA store Bob Roth said wholesale beef prices increas ed moro than 10 cents per pound Suppliers in a letter to the store blamed the energy cri sis and bad weather for the higher prices Roth said The letter also said stores could expect the higher prices to N h Washington API Herbert L Porter a former official of President Nixons re election committee today was charged by the special Watergate prosecutor with lying to the FBI about the Watergate breakin Porters attorney Charles B Murray said his client intends to plead guilty Porter former director for the committee Watergate scheduling reelection told the Senate Committee last summer that he hadlied to the FBI the federal grand jury and at the original Watergate trial The charge carries a max imum penalty of five yers in prison and a fine Porter testified at the Watergate trial that of the money given to G Gordon Liddy was for hiring 10 college students in 10 cities for cam paign work He had told the same story to the grand jury and the FBI but admitted at the Senate Watergate hearing that the story was false By pleading guilty he would avoid separate charges jf mak ing false sworn statements to various investigative bodies Meanwhile it also vas learn ed that the prosecutors office has begun submitting informa tion about the Watergate tapes to the federal grand jury em paneled last Jan 7 On Friday after weeks of hearing testimony in open court US District Judge John J Sirica recommended that the prosecutor submit the case to the grand jury Sirica specifically recom mended that the grand jury probe whether any illegal acts were involved in the case of two subpoenaed conversations the White House said were never recorded and a third which contained an 185 minute erasure The Watergate committee is expected to decide this week whether to hold further public hearings Chairman Sam J Ervin Jr i Development DNC has said the hearings would resume Jan 29 but the majority of the seven member committee reportedly is un decided whether to continue Chief counsel Samuel Dash has insisted that significant new information his staff has un covered on campaign contribu tions justifies a a new round of hearings Privately however srrne of the senators have said they will have to be convinced at a Wednesday meeting of the need for the panel to recon Calling tor a quick decision on the impeachment question were Sens Jacob Javits RNY and George McGovern DSD and Gov Ronald Reagan of California Each commented on a different Sunday television interview program Nixon was called on to reveal details of his 1972 campaign and to commit himself to more open government by the program committee of the business oriented Committee of Economic The panel released a report entitled Restoring Confidence in the Political Process in which Nixon was urged to take the twin actions In another development financial difficulties were reported plaguing members of federal grand juries in vestigating Watergate and related matters Julian G Murphy the foreman of one of the juries has resigned after pleading financial hardship The foreman of the original grand jury that was impaneled 19 months ago said two members have lost their jobs and others had financial dif ficulties The grand jurors are paid at the rate of a day and 10 cents a mile to and from their homes Government employes continue to draw their regular salary and employes of some private companies receive the difference between their regular pay and the jury stipend But transcripts never released Tapes refute Dean source says Washington AP Detailed White House transcripts refuting charges by John W Dean III that President Nixon knew of the Watergate coverup were prepared but never released an informed source has disclosed The source who said he has read the transcript based on pecret presidential tapes said the White House had planned to release them as part of Operation Candor but later decided against making them public The source added however that the transcripts cover material available to the Watergate grand juries and could form the basis for perjury charges against Dean the former White House counsel cuser place on the latter date Oti i i r When Dean pleaded guilty last I source explained October to a single conspiracy The source said the former White House counsel apparently was tripped up by the fact that unknown to him when they oc curred or when he testified the conversations were being taped by the secref presidential recording system A primary reason for deciding against release of the transcripts was that fear that such action could trigger demands for further disclosures the source said He said these demands would jeopardize the confidentiality that Nixon and his top aides have insisted should be maintained He also said that another reason was fear that publication of the transcripts and charge in return for information about the Watergate coverup the special prosecutors office left open the possibility of future prosecution for perjury The White House has declined comment on the matter Neither Dean nor his lawyers were available for comment Specifically the source said the transcripts he read repute Deans claim that his conversa tions with Nixon show the President was aware of the Watergate coverup before the March 21 1973 date on which Nixon says he learned of it They show that conversations Dean said took place on dif ferent dates between Sept 15 President Nixon House speaker Carl Albert at WhiteHouse meetingwith congressional leaders AP Wirephoto Oil officials accused of cheating public1 Washington AP Oil company executives today were accused of cheating the peared before probing the severity of the energy crisis The charges were made in an opening statement by Sen jeopardize prosecution of some price of foreign oil to push up the price of domestic oil Ribicoff called for a price freeze on petroleum products until the severity of the shortage can be determined Ribicoff also said it was time to cut off tax breaks which he said the oil companies were using to deprive the American treasury of the t06 Senate permanent vestigations subcommittee expected to be brought shortly by special prosecutor Leon Jaworski The source disclosed existence of the transcripts after Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott said on nationwide television he j A statement submitted under oath by Roy A Baze senior vice wffliam E president for Exxon the counj it f fvc nil firm flatlv re1 sevemv OI I of approximately billion jyear Ribicoff said the oil firms had misled federal energy chief trys largest oil firm flatly IB jected the charges Exxon has not fabricated or contrived to bring about the Simon as to shortages the Subcommittee Chairman Henry M Jackson DMich said that some of the informa had information that could clear j current tight energy Baze said companies he said had accused the Nixon of Watergate wrongdoing but that the White House was unwilling to make it public Appearing on the CBS radio television program Face the Nation the Pennsylvania Republican said he has been companies of using the fright unable to break through the shell of advisers surrounding Nixon who have urged the President to halt Watergate disclosures tion the companies had submit ted to his staff was evasive have Simon was scheduled to ap situation pstroteum v i made major efforts to prevent j pear before the panel today but have first priority when Congress returned But Jackson now sSys that doubts about the severity of fuel shortages raise questions as to the need for legislation granting g o v ernment unprecedented broad authority to allocate and ration fuels and to mandate energy conservation measures1 Passage of the bill in the days before Christmas was blocked by a filibuster conducted by Republicans and senators from oilproducing states whoob jected to among other things provision designed to preven the petroleum industry from earning windfall profits as a result of fuel shortages Senate Minority leader Hugh remain until the weather im proves and farmers increase delivery of cattle to markets Sig Decker meat manager at Gann Bender AG Super Market in Pinckneyville said beef prices are increasing But then he added beef prices seem to be changing all the time Hopefully the present rise is just a temporary factor caused by the kind of weather condition weve had across the country he said A spokesman for K r a u s Meat Food Service Steele ville said the store has not raised retail beef prices in at least a month but may be forced to do so soon A meat packer in Benton who asked not to be identified said I dont know what its beef prices going to do and I dont really want to talk about it either Its an crazy anyway Truck protest stalls c Washington StarNews And Associated Press Washington A massive protest by in dependent truckers planning to drive their rigs down Pennsylvania Avenue fell flat todaywhen only five trucks showed up When the caravan left Oklahoma on Friday spokesmen said 300 trucks were involved They predicted a total of 500 by the time the sevenhour protest began The demonstration was plan ned to protest high fuel prices which they claim will put them out of business Dollar and gold climb franc drops Paris AP The dollar and gold bounded sharply upward today and the French franc dropped around 5 per cent in value as bankers traded cautiously in erratic markets following the decision to let the franc float to find its own value The morning fixing in London set the price of gold at an ounce an alltime high The fixing price is used as a reliable indicator to traders who are then free to make deals at their own prices The dollar improved against all currencies in London as the pound dipped to down from Friday The French franc was quoted at 525 to the dollar in London a devaluation of 5 per cent eors o preven from subcommittee staff members Scott who met said he was out of town and would be called to testify at a o a later date and panic triggered by reports At the same time a joint of severe fuel shortages to j economic subcommittee con squeeze out the small in dependent dealers and of us ing the sharp increases in the President Nixon Friday in dicated that the Administration wants to pass a barebones energy bill free of such con troversial issues as excess Viet aid request denied Map locates disputed islands Saigon AP South Vietnam twice asked the United States 7th Fleet to in tervene in the battle with the Chinese for the Paracel Islands but were turned down official sources in Saigon said to day But the informants said that US planes flew reconnaissance missions over the islands today at the request of the South Viet namese government The sources said an American civilian was missing on one of the islands which were overrun by Chinese forces Sunday He was not immediately identified but the informants said he was a former US Marine officer The South Vietnamese government has conceded military victory to China in their US 7th Fleet refused to intervene in battle Vietnamese soldiers and sailors are missing The Paracels are about 250 miles east of the Vietnamese coast and 175 miles south of the Chinese island of Hainan The islands are not known to have any permanent inhabitants and dispute over the Paracels and called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations to plead its Security Council case Pekings Foreign Ministry in a statement said due punishment had been meted out to Vietnamese forces sent to invade the Paracels which of the disputed coral islands in were long thought to be of r Avilit oe a fir r the South China Sea Sunday overrunning 150 South Viet namese troops after a twoday air sea and ground battle It seems the battle is finish ed For the time being we are no longer taking any action to defend the islands Saigons chief military spokesman Lt uivauc uiv rdjaieio TVHIWI miei nmucuy uu the statement said ha veal ways jCol Le Trung Hien said Hien been Chinas territory The Saigon military command said a Chinese amphibious force of about 500 men seized the last claimed that eight Chinese and South Vietnamese navy ships were sunk or damaged in the battle and more than 225 South crabs bird eggs guano and fish But now the possibility of offshore oil deposits has given them new value The Vietnamese claim to the islands goes back to the An namite empire while China says Chinese fishermen established her title in the 15th centiry The Japanese occupied the islands from 1939 to 1945 and the 1951 San Francisco peace treaty economic suDcommuiee tinuesits probe of the accuracy fits A similar Administration and reliability of the energy bid for a version data furnished government of the defeated by fte agencies by the oil com panies The Senate leadership has said that the emergency energy bill that Congress failed to pass in the final days before the monthlong winter recess would tion House just before Congress ad journed Dec 22 Nixon is to meet later this week with Senate and House leaders to press for passage of the emergency energy legisla Tonight increasing cloudi ness and a little colder Lows in the 30s Tuesday cloudy with occasional rain likely Highs in the 40s Partly cloudy Wednesday through Friday with chance of rain Thursday INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Farm Records Sports Weather details map 1113 15 4 i 5 14 910 14 Will oil embargo end Washington AP Senate Republican leader Hugh Scott came from a White House briefing by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger today and said the strongest blockade to an agreement on lifting of the oil embargo by the Arabs was removed by the signing of the IsraeliEgyptian agreement Kissinger and President Nixon were applauded at the bipartisan congressional leadership meeting in the Cabinet room to hear a report by Kissinger just returned from Odll J1 HIIUIOUU recognized them as Chinese 111 days of diplomatic negotia territory tions no that Scott said there were secret guarantees and none were mentioned and I dont believe any existed He said various assurances were given to both parties as the negotiation sessions went on which he said led both parties to feel that security was better assured Scott declined to give any predictions on when the oil em bargo to the United States might be lifted He said he hopes pro gress will continue and said the strongest blockade to an agreement on oil was removed by the signing of the agreement between Israel and Egypt Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield ofMontana declined to discuss the briefing with reporters as he left the White House Kissinger returned before dawn today from the journey that produced a disengagement agreement between Israel and Egypt and what Kissinger said was real progress toward a similar pact between Israel and Syria Those attending the briefing included members of the Senate Foreign Relations and Houss Foreign Affairs Committeesv1   

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