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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - February 7, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondale 710 N Illinois Murphysboro 1119 Walnut Htrrln 212 N 14th Volumt 82No 3210e Copy Southern Mnoisan 010175 IN LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 IM 62525 IwCMMTlf Hirrln Oilly Jwrnil Murphinmrt THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7 1974 Truckers pie fuel higher rates Mike Pollock of Carbondal foreground sleeps while awaiting as signment at National They grumblebut By Bonita Troutt Of The Southern Illinoisan About 100 men from various points in Southern Illinois threw a few things in a bag left the comfort of their homes and dutifully reported to the National Guard Armory in Carbondale about midnight Wednesday The men were called up after Gov Dan Walker asked for troops to help curtail vio lence during the strike of in dependent truck drivers The 1244th Transportation Company based in Carbondale was one of 11 units activated Seventyfour men from the 1244th unit reported to the ar mory in Carbondale Also bas ed at Carbondale are 20 men from the 1144th Transporta tion Company based in Spring field Some of the men were dis patched toDa Quoin Wednes Area strikers welcome unit Story on poge 3 day night and others were waiting at the armory today for orders James Vineyard admin istrative assistant at the Car bondale Armory said the men will supplement the state po lice force in patroling over passes and intersections The men will not serve as escorts for trucks he said Most of the trouble seems to have been at overpasses and intersections and we hope that the show of force will divert any trouble he said The men who reported to the Carbondale Armory range in age from 19 to 35 They will be paid a day while on duty Most of the men who are not selfemployed will receive supplemental pay from their regular employer Michael Vansaghi Murphys boro a special services co ordinator for General T e 1 e phone Co Vansaghi said Ge neral Telephone will give him the difference between his pay and what he gets from the National Guard duty The men said they would rather be at home and on their regular jobs but they were in a good mood as they drank coffee and waited at the armory this morning Don Williams manager of the SavMart Store east of Oarbondale saidtoeTias been expecting the call I think its the guard callup a good idea I can sympathize with the truck dri vers Williams said Michael Turley of Vienna said he is not too happy about being called out I was getting initiated into the Elks Club last right Wednesday and Thursday are my days off I think I deserve two more days when I get back said ayoung man who works at theVienna Correctional Center Terry Coolfey of Anna a commercial painter said Id probably be painting for Ma yor Dennis Day today if I Gary Brown of Carbondale said he would rather be at his job selling insurance for the Bruce Walters Insurance Ernest iSager whoi hasNa towing servicein Springfield just said dont like it but its my duty Senate takes up energy bill again Washington AP The Senate once again is takj Ing up the muchdebated emergency energy bill with this version containing an oil price rollback opposed by the ad ministration Prospects for quick action when the legislation comes toj the Senate floor today appear slim The floor manager for thej bill Sen Henry M Jackson D Wash said Im anticipating trouble In a speech to the Machinists Nonpartisan Political League Jackson predicted today the bill would pass including a reduc tion in oil prices Jackson also predicted that if soaring petroleum prices pass on through the rest of the economy they would drive people out of employment and well have the damnedest kind of inflation this country has ever witnessed The bill approved Wednesday by a SenateHouse conference committee also would give President Nixon authority to order gasoline rationing and other mandatory fuelsaving measures Republicans and White House lobbyists stopped short of predicting a filibuster but Fuel allocation plan means less for some Washington AP The federal fuel allocation program intended to spread shortages evenly may instead give some states far less gasoline than others in February the Federal Energy Office says A spokesman said the February allotments released by FED on Wednesday may be revised because the estimates of six oil companies were not in cluded and he said the state allotments should tend to equalize in March as the pro gram takes hold Meanwhile the state of Maine is scheduled to get only 77 per cent as much gasoline in February as it had two years ago after setting aside 3 per cent for hardship cases that leaves only 74 per cent of the 1972 levels for priority users and the public Minnesota on the other hand gets a little more than it had in February 1972 and its 3 per cent set aside for hardships still leaves 974 per cent of the 1972 supply As it now stands the FEO listing expects gasoline supplies on a national basis to fall about 137 per cent below the levels of February 1972 the rollbackwould pump price of gasoline by four cents a gallon but federal energy chief William E Simon has called it unworkable Washington became the fifth state to turn to gasoline ration ing The plan will follow the odd even license plate rationing system already in effect in Oregon and Hawaii and adopted by Massachusetts and Maryland Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger said continuation of the Arab embargo would be inappropriate in view clearly indicated they would move to prevent final action before Congress begins the Lin coln Day recess on Friday On the House side the Rules I Committee refused to grant the of the Mideast ceasefire agree bill a procedural waiver forcing ment worked out by the United the measure to gain twothirds By Robert A Dobkin AP Labor Writer Washington AP Negotiators reached tentative agreement early today to end the eightday strike of in dependent truck drivers Truckers were promised all the fuel they need and higher freight rates Federal Energy chief William E Simon announced that the nations overthe Saturation patrols set up in area National Guard units from Springfield and Carbondale join ed State Police District 13 at Du Quoin today in saturation patrols of major truck routes in SouthernIllinois State police said a new policy was issued f r om Springfield headquarters to be effective at 9 amtoday The policy calls for a state policecar to be stationed in a visible location near each major truck stop throughout the state Any complaints from truck drivers blocked at any stop will be processed through regular court channels with the state police acting only when request Officersat the Du Quoin head quarters are working normal shifts with no daysoff allowed during the period of the inde pendent trucker demonstration 100 National Guards men went on dutyWednesday night to augment state police patrols Capt Frank Thompson of Springfield said units have been placed oh roving patrols and field posts primarily to assist He said units involved are the 1144 Transportation Btn from Springfield and the 1244 Transportation Co from Car bondale The men willbe billeted and fed at the National Guard Ar mory in Carbondale State police said patrol unite of both police and guardsmen will concentrate on the major truck routes primarily Inter state 57 and the hew section of Interstate 24 and such routes as Illinois 13 from Southern Illi nois into St Louis highway truckers will be allocated 100 per cent of their current fuel needs Simonsaidthe change will make an additional 76000 bar relsof diesel fuelavailable each day at truck stops throughout the country He said truckers using gasoline would receive similar treatment There was no guarantee the Striking drivers would accept the pact but their negotiators said they would urge ac ceptance They said it may take at least 48 hours or possibly longer for drivers to act on the agreement The negotiators would be no formal ratification vote but that they would go out in the field to explain the agreement and urge that truckers signify their ac majority in order to pass before the recess Opposition to the bill centers around the proposed oil price rollback Jackson has estimated diplomacy States If the Arab producers persist he said it cannot but affect the attitude with which we would have to pursue our Oil imports gas stocks increase Washington AP Petroleum imports and gasoline stocks two key in dicators of the nations energy crisis showed a little improve ment last week the American Petroleum Institute reports Stocks of distillate fuel oils including home heating oil and diesel fuel also looked good continuing to run well ahead of their usul seasonal level But stocks of residua fuel oil used in power plants ships and some buildingheating con tinued to decrease Sources in the Federal Energy Office said some distillate oil may have to be used for blen ding to stretch the worsening supplies of residual oil That plus a period of cold weather could easily wipe out the margin of safety that distillate oil now j seems to hold These sources also warned that jet fuel stocks also in seemingly good shape may be hit by heavy reductions as soon as the Defense Department begins replenishing its own jet fuel supplies One hopeful sign was an in crease in total petroleum im ports for the third straight week House unit prepares to go after evidence Washington AP The House Judiciary Com mittee with a solid mandate from the House is preparing to go after any evidence it needs for its investigation of possible grounds for impeaching Presi dent Nixon The major targets of the committee as it picks up the Tonight fair and colder with lows 12 to 18 Friday partly sunny and cold with highs around 30 Partlycloudy and warmer Saturday through Monday INDEX Classified 1720 Comics TV Bridge Crowword 23 4 Family Living 47 Records 2021 Sports 1315 Weather detailsmap 20 pace of the inquiry are the files of the White House and Special Watergate Prosecutor Leon Jawqrski Chairman Peter W Rodino D NJ planned to confertoday with John M Doaf and Albert Jenner the two top lawyers on the committees impeachment staff and decide how to get what they want from the files The House on Wednesday granted the committee broad subpoena powers Although in Rodinos view the 4104 vote gives the committee1 authority to subpoena Nixon he told the House he would not do so unless it proved absolutely necessary Nixon has promised to cooperate with the com mittee within limits Rodhio said he seek voluntary compliance with the committees requests before turning to the subpoena power The resolution approved by the House also give the com mittee authority to compel answers to written questions it submits and to take deposi pregnanf private Springfield AP guess they dont consider it a delicate condition any more says 21yearold Jean Grider the only one of 1200 Illinois National Guardsmen activated Wednesday who is pregnant I am required to be on call until my condition inter feres with the performance of my duties said Mrs Gri der who is a private in the 1144th Transportation Battal lion and six months preg nant Both Mrs Grider and her husband Edward were among the guardsman activat ed by Gov Daniel Walker to cope with the strike by inde pendent truck drivers Sincejthen she has been an swering telephones and typing reports at the Battallions Springfield command post Her husband has been assign ed to duty in the Carbondale area Mrs Grider said she and her husband joined the guard together last September couplehas a 3yearold daugh ter the only family member not included in the National Guardcallup One other couple Don and Joyce Lowe also were acti vated together National Guard officials said they have been assured Mrs Lowe is not pregnant By the Associated Press Some truck drivers began moving on Illinois roads today after news came of apotential break in the nationwide in dependent truckers strike But others said they would stay put until they got more relief and still others said they werent quite sure what to do Trucks rolled out of Streator this morning breaking a five day blockade hours after a tentative settlement was an nounced in Washington between government and truck industry negotiators But in Marion independent truckers kept the cork in a big truck stop where about 80trucks have been bottled in A spokesman for the blockaders at the Marion Truck Plaza said wheiTthe fuel conies down to it was in May then were going to truck but not until then The spokesman Art Young of Chesterton Ind said until he receives word from his strike leader Were shutdown Were on strike Hlinoisis one of eight states which have called out National Guardsmen to help insure the peaceful flow of truck traf On the other hand the man ager of the Midwest Truckers Association with about 20000 independent truckers said that while he has not seen the com plete text of the proposal it sounds likeit might be reasonable but not entirely to his liking The manager Robert Jasmon said provisions of the agreement hes aware of only keeps our heads above water Some truckers will not ac cept it he predicted A coordinator for in dependents in the Quad Cities area Lonnie Cozad of Alexis declined to say what he thinks of the proposal but urged striking drivers to stay off the roads un til a ratification vote is taken The governors office said the 1200 Guardsmen would stay on duty despite the tentative agreement We have to assume that the strike is still on until there is other evidence presented to us a spokesman for Gov Daniel said Alluding to the ratification vote The governor said the guardsmen would patrol highways and 78 trucks tops that remained open in the state us ing cars and helicopters He said the troops would not be arm ed ceptance by starting up their rigs again In the meantime they asked the drivers to stay home and refrain from violence Details were not immediately spelled out but government of ficials said the Interstate Com merceCommission would an nounce later today approval for a temporary surcharge that would allow the truckers to raise menrates The amount of the added fee was not disclosed The government also gave fun assurance that truck stops would be supplied with all their fuelneeds In addition the freeze on diesel fuel prices ordered by President Nixon Tuesday would remain iaeffect until Congress acted on legisla tion enabling the truckers to pass on the increase in fuel costs since last May The Department of Transpor tation and the Federal Energy Office were to today additional measures that thenegotiators said were in tended to let the trucks roll the negotiators said The agreement was announc ed shortly after 4 am CDT following a sixhour bargaining session among the truckers six man negotiating committee Pennsylvania Gov Milton J Shapp and three administration officials headed by special presidential assistant W J UseryJr The shutdown has left at least 100000 persons out of work and some regions dangerously short of critical supplies The automobile and coal mining industries began to feel the pinch andgasoline supplies iir some areas depleted Meat was being flown to some areas in the Northeast and an incease in radl traffic byj food shippers was reported Dozens of fistfights were re ported between nonstriking Teamsters and independents in Pennsylvania Police said a trucker was shot in the leg Wednesday night in Texas So meone attempted to dynamite a bridge on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Lowe and Jean work en maps in Camp Lincoln Springfield APWirepbeh i   

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