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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - February 3, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OPPICI Carbondale Murphysboro Herrln 710 N Illinois 111 Walnut 211 N loth Volume 82No a Copy 5 Sections Com lei Family Weekly TablojMmges fnt frut Htrrln Jourriil Murphynboro Indipindwtt SUNDAY FEBRUARY JW4 CarbondaleHerrinMurpnyjbore Big jump in bottled gas price causes real hardship enA AMj4 olas OA caifl fhAro was rhflrift By Joanne Wood Of The Southern lUinoisan I The Prokaski family of Car bbndale may not go hungry the next few cold months but they are going to be living on the edge of a financial crisis because of higher heat ing costs Bill Prokaski a fouryear Army veteran who is a stu dent at Southern Illinois Uni versity at Carbondale gets a month from GI Bill Benefits while in school He his wife Linda and threeyearold son Jeff bud get their money carefully and looking forward to Bills grad uation this spring They oc cupy a unit in the Carbon dale Mobile Homes Park on north US 51 Like other low and fixed income students at SIUC they sustained a profound shakeup recently when their recent heating bills arrived larger than the one before Our gas bill was be tween Oct 20 and Nov 20 Linda said The next billing period cost and the most recent bill was for Last year we used 149 gal lons of propane gas for cook ing and heating from Dec 20 through Jan 20 at cost of she said This year during the same time we visited pur parents homes over Christmas vacation until we came back to Carbondale on Jan 2 The bill was for only 130 gallons of gas used We have turned the ther mostat back to do our part in saving energy during this crisis our trailer has double insulationstorm doors and windows and it is carpeted in every room except the din ing area and one small bed room Mrs Prokaeki said Prokaski using a hand computer figuredthat the cost of their propane gas has risen from 24 cents a in August to 33 dentson H January bill Like the Prokaskis students are upset angry ahd some are without heating Sup pliers have begun to turn val ves off as unpaid bills pileup BillBaton of the Southern GasCo in Carbondale sent a note to all his propane gas customers explaining the higher costs and suggesting that they send their Cora plaints not to him but to legislators Eaton who buys from a wholesalerjust as ottoer com panies do said in his note The cost of propane gas in creased again today Jan 10 by another six cents per gal long This is a total of 174 cents per gallon increase this Easton said And our sales volume is down by 15 per cent v On top of his greater costs and expenses Eaton has been notified by the Internal Revenue Service in Spring field that he had charged his customers onehalf cent per gallon too much We used the wrong base date in computing our ceDing price Eatonsaid We made a mistake in our price and will give alllofiqurcustomers credit for purchased year Our cost increase is 203 pei1 cent Your cost increase for heating is 92 per cent We feel this is completely out of reason and can not be justified even though ap proved fay the US Cost of Living Council We suggest that you and every member of your family write in protest to your Con gressman and Eaton said that his supplier Phillips Oil Co had increasse wholesale charges to him by 184 cents per gallon since September This winter oar operating expenses beginirig Sept 1 are up 135 per cent over the same date last year Admittedly embarrased Ea ton i said heis hot ashamed of making an honest mistake But the inequities are as founding Last summer oil companies raised their prices onehalf Cent April 30 arid then 2 cents per gallon again on June 2 mey had to lower their prices cents on Aug 20 Eaton said there was no effort made by the govern ment to make those compan ies refund the overcharges they had made to any of their dealers Southern Gas Co will re fund on November De cember to Jan 23 bills Gale Williams TanTarA Mobile Home Court coowner said that many of his New Era road trailer residents signed a petition late last week protesting the tremen dous increase in the cost of propane gas to heat their homes Petrolane Gas Service in Carterville he said serves tfie court They claim their costs have gone up 77 per cent but increased charges to students ona limited bud get is hard on The manager of the com pany was not available for comment on the students charges Southern Gas Co gallon of propane even with the onehalf cent cutback are now 358 cents Some other gas companies prices are now in the 40 centper gallon price range At ftp present averagere tail price of between 36 and 38 cents per gallon of pro pane gas Eaton says the com petititve market is going to end If the price my customer have to pay reaches 44 cents per gallon of propane Eaton says I can no longer compete with the electric heating rate Weve always based our rates competitively and the law of supply and demand has worked Im not sure whether we can stay in bu siness if there is not some adjustment made to lower prices More truck stops close Some violence occurs By the Associated Press Reports of temporary layoffs Increased Saturday night as a shutdown by independent truckers spread over more than 20 states prompting federal of ficials to ask the nations 50 governors to restore peace and commerce to the highways Reports of scattered violence Increased Saturday night and scores of truck stops reportedly closed in the shutdown that will have idled more tiban 10000 workers by Monday Food became a major worry as shippers of produce reported sharp drops in truck movements and at least a dozen meatpacking plants and slaughterhouses reported they had closed or curtailed opera tions Against that background federal energy chief William E Simon and three Cabinet members Commerce Secretary Federick B Dent Labor Secretary Peter J Bren Trucks block Marion plaza Related story photo pagt 3 nan and Transportation Secretary Claude J Brinegar emerged from a meeting Satur day night in Washington anc sent their appeals to the nations governors for help The four men signed telegrams that deplored the continuing violence associated with the shutdown and said they were preparing actions to alleviate trucker grievances They promised to encourage truck stops to sell diesel fuel on Sundays to set up a tollfree hot line to deal with price gouging and fuel supply pro blems and to permit purchase of at least half a tank of diesel at Illinois driver hurt and By the Associated Press LindsaySchaub Service News Police were seeking two men Saturday night in connection with the beating of a truck driver southwest of Chicago Friday night The incident was one of few violent acts reported in Illinois related to the growing strike oJ independent truck drivers in many states Dale Pierce 26 of Plainfield 111 told authorities that a man 30 to 40 years old jumped on the left running board of his tractor trailer as he stopped a railroad crossing in unincorporated Orland Township pointed a 38 caliber revolver at him and ordered him off the road Pierce said another man climbed on the other running board opened the cab door1 and beat him with a tire iron on his head said back and ribs police The trucker was able to drive some 15 milesto a hospital in Joliet where he was treated and released Diesel oil pumps across th state were closed or by striking truckers protestin high fuel prices Police sa many truck stop operators shu down fuel pumps tr avoid troi ble withthe strikers A truckers windshield wa broken by three men wh jumped from a station wago Friday and hurled bricks an bottles at the parked rig on Interstate 80 near Sheffield In the same area Frida three shots were fired from car pulled alongside a rig drive by Ron Jaclobsen of Hartford S D Jacobsen was unhurt Guy Applebee Jr 33 of Marseille was charged with reckless con duct in connection with the in cideat and five passengers in its car were questioned New cartoonist Beginning on todays editor ial page The Southern Illinois an will offer its readers the satire of cartoonist Pat Oliph ant Moving to the United States from Australia in 1964 Oliph ant rapidly became the ac claimed and controversial American humorist he is to day Based at the Denver Post CJiphant has won a Pulitzer Prize and the Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial car tooning The basis of my cartoon is humor there is no better vehicle for satirical thought Oliphant says In those in stances where a particularly grim subject might indicate a straight approach the con trast that humor affords Pat Oliphant thrusts the message home with fresh impact every stop as February gasoline allotments become available But the federal officials did not make any promises to lower the skyrockets prices of diesel fuel and that is the main grievance cited by spokesmen for the striking in dependents In Los Angeles an official of Overdrive Magazine one of the leaders in the moveto have a truckers shutdown said a cent survey showed the price of diesel fuel averaging 47 cents a gallon across the country Trucker spokesmen said they want diesel fuel prices rolled back to about 33 cents a gallon the price they said existed last May And they said they would seek to have the shutdown continue until they get a pledge the diesel fuel prices will be rolled back and kept at lower levels Meanwhile Pennsylvania Gov Milton Shapp said he would Meet today in Washington with Simon presidential assistant W J Usery and governors of eight other states to discuss ways to deal with the shutdown by the independent drivers The telegram sent by Simon and the three Cabinet members did make promises of attempts o guarantee diesel fuel supplies or drivers and that too has been a complaint o truckers And it also pointed out that was just Friday that th Interstate Commerce Com mission authorized an im mediate four per cent increas in freight rates for Eastern an Midwestern steel and iro haulers The violence that has ac cpmpanied the shutdown con Saturday Truckers at tempting to keep their rig moving reported being shot at in Virginia Missouri Iowa Ten Texas and Ohio A wonran trucker in Ohio said sb was hauled from her vehicle anc Illinois fuel prices distribution studied Washington AP Federal and state officlas will begin a special investigation of the fuel situation in Illinois on Tuesday Sen Charles Percy R 111 announced Saturday The senator said the goal of the investigation will be to pre vent future near panic buying situations like those which he said struck parts of Illinois dur ing the past week The investigators will attempt to determine whether fuel is being distributed equitably within the state whether piice gouging exists and whether some dealers are holding back their gasoline supplies in the hope of getting higher prices later in the month Percy said The investigators will be drawn from the Chicago regional office of the Federal Energy Office the Illinois energy office in SpringfiekTand Percys Chicago office the senator said V Percysaid continuing reports of widespread gas station clos ings and shortages of fuel for school buses prompted him to meetlate Friday with John Weber assistant administrator Percy said Weber told him officials do not have suf ficient figures yet to determine whether Illinois is getting its fair share of fuel nor whether the allocation system would be morking well enough this month to prevent another serious round of station closings Weber could not be reached for comment Percy and Weber contacted Illinois state officials by telephone to coordinate the and begin field work Tuesday Percy is providing federal of ficials with a list of individual complaints from Illinois about shortages and unfair allocations or prices Oil exported Washington AP While thedimensions of the 7 energy1 crisis grew in 1973 so did US oil exports according to a preliminary study by the General Accounting Office US oil companies exported 1061000 barrels of gasoline and other motor fuels in 1973 com pared with 492000 in 1972 Motor fuel production dropped from in charge of fuel allocations in 2319950000 barrels in 1972 to the Federal Energy Office 2018214000 in 1973 Nixon oil action hit Washington AP Sen Henry M Jackson ques tioned on Saturday the legality of the Nixon administrations refusal to place a ceiling on soaring domestic oil prices Fannin of Arizona the ranking Republican on the Interior Committee Fannin said the US consumer may be hurt not only at the filling station and in his pocket beaten until two nonstriking drivers arrived armed with shotgun In Pennsylvania some 200 armed National Guardsmen stood watch over highway iverpasses and Guard helicopters were put into service jatrolling highways in an effort o prevent trucks fromattack One driver was killed in that tate Thursday Terrorists seize Karachi Pakistan AP Three Palestinian gunmen eized hostages aboard a Greek redghter Saturday and hreatened to blow up the ship and kill their captives National Guard member on duty at Allentown Pa hlgnway AP wirephoto In White House Times re spying By Semour M Hersh c New York Times Washington Militaryspying inside the White House began in the fall of 1970 a few months after mil fates to H direction of Rear Adm Rem brandt C Robinson Robinson who was replaced in March of 1971 by Rear Adm Robert 0 Welander in the military liason position 70 Chiefs Moorer is a statutory member of the National Security Council The documents and materials in question however were explicitly denied to his office and to high officials in the They demanded reek government that free the tWQ alestinian terrorists sentenced death The Pakistan government said ie masked commandos storm d aboard the freighter M V ori atdusk I chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and more than a year earlier than has been previously reported closely involved sources said The spying involved as many as five highranking officers who regularly received and deliverer over the next 15 months classified documents pilfered by i Navy yeoman these source aid A New York Times investiga ion shows that the spying began within weeks after Yeoman 1st 31 Charles E Radford was ssigned in September 1970 to the military liaison unit set up y the Defense Department in ide the National Security ouncil The sourcessaid Radford onfessed to pentagon in vestigators in December 1971 shortly atfer he was suspected of leaking White House documents on the IndiaPakistan war to Jack Anderson thecol umnist that he had begun pilfering documents more than a year earlier at the express I I killed in a helicopter crash in Southeast Asia in 1972 Radford has repeatedly denied leaking any material to Anderson Hooversspokesman Navy Capt J CMackercher issued the following statement today after beinginformed of the Timess account The chairmans office has no com ment on these charges any more than it has had on the in numerable other charges that havebeeri made by unidentified As chairman of the Joint State Department on the orders of Kissinger andPresident Nix on During the period of Radfords activities the White House ws involved in intensely secrei negotiations with China the Soviet Union and North Viet nam Former White House aides have acknowledged that details of thosetalks were restricted to a very few officials in theWhite Today mostly cloudy with the upper To night partly cloudy and cold with the low in the teens to the upper 20s Monday partly 5unnywithhigh4round40 i House Since the allegations of military spying first became Public more than two weeks ago highrankingofficers have White House and Pentagon have refered to it as the work of two overzealous men a reference to Welandr and ladford who were taking documents in an effort to please their superior Moorer Moorer after first denying any knowledge of the military spying conceded on Jan 18 that had received a file of unauthorized material that publicly depicted as just a col lection of you know roughs and carbon copies and things of thatkind ministrations price ceiling ex emption on socalled new oil produced since 1972 and not regulated by price controls may well be unlawful anc asked for a full report from energy chief William E Simon Jackson said two laws give the administration authority to roll prices back and to establish reasonable price ceilings What is apparently lacking is the will to impose some order and common sense on an economy that is approaching chaos he added Jackson plans to push next week for con gressional action on a price rollback requirement by putting it into theembattled Emergency Energy Bill in place of the con troversial windfall profits limit That plan came under fire again Saturday from Sen Paul s realworld effect would be SenateHouse conferees are due to consider the bill again Monday Fannins opposition to i rollback provision was sup ported by some economists who told the Interior panel it would slow efforts to find alternative domestic fuel sources and prepetuate US reliance on foreign oil Thomas Stauffer of Harvard Universitys Center for Middle Eastern Studies said a rollback could be good politics but it would be very b economics Stauffer said a rollback would in effect perpetuate our reliance on foreign sources arid would jeopardize future supplies for possible shortterm gainsin the form of temporarily lower prices Insidetoday JOHN LANNIN the late Carbondale property owner amassed a fortune before his death Byline BG discusses the puzzle of what happened to it Page 2 BLIND BIRD WATCHERS are learning to become nature interpreters Photos by Jack Griggs story by Kathie pratt Page 13 BUNCOMBE a town with a historically interesting name has new hope Our Towns story by Wanda Barras and photos by Ed Greer explore the town Page 20 SALUKIS blow out Illinois State 8739 with big second half Page 7 MURPHYSBORO VIRTUALL WRAPS up SouthwestEgyptia Conference prep basketball crown with big wins Saturday and Friday nights and9 GRADE SCHOOL regional basketball tournaments Begin Monday page 9 IDEX Ann Landers 4A Bridge 7A Business 2930 Byline BG 2 Classified 2124 Crossword Editorials Family Living 1315 Finance 3134 Rscordi 5 Sports Television 1A12A Weather details map
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