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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - February 11, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                I PUBLICATION OMICI CarbomUle 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut Herrln 212 N Uth Volumi MNo 3S10e a Copy oisan PO BOX 789 DECATUS ILL 62625 IccCMurtoeirbonMli Prw Praii Htrrln Dilly Jotirnil Murphysboro MONDAY FEBRUARY 111974 Cookies crackers blanket the rail roads right of way after derailment Area truckers organize Independent truckers in Sou thern Illinois today are form ing an association to resume the strike they started 11 days ago in the area Ray Coffey an independent trucker said drivers were meeting in Anna and strike plans will be announced this afternoon Coffey said the association does not plan to blockade the Marion Truck Plaza again but the owners have agreed to shut off the diesel fuel pumps when asked Arnie Lober one of the truck stop owners said he has no knowledge of the new effort and he has not agreed to a shutdown Pat Lober his wife said she agreed to shut down the pumps if truck stops were shut down north and south of Marion Coffey said the truckers will be striking for a fuel price rollback and wont accept the Meet in Anna to discuss resumption of strike concessions offered by the fed eral government on rate struc tures and passing increased fuel costs on to the consumer He said a representative of area truckers went to the Al ton area over the weekend to vote on the government offer He said those attending were 100 per cent opposed to the offer Coffey said there was a full house when asked how many truckers attended He said area truckers are out today collecting scrap me tal and soda bottles to sell to junkyards to raise funds to help support the strikers efforts Coffey said The only way we can financethis is through donations We have to take it to the people He said the strike is for the benefit of the people as well as the truckers He said the truckers do not want to pass increased costs along to the consumer Coffey said the independent truckers Friday voted to end the blockade at the Marion Plaza but not to end their strike efforts He said drivers ended the blockade because we didnt want anything torn up on the truck stop property We pro mised Mrs Lober we would move out before we allowed anything to be torn up Coffey said the Lobers had no liability insurance for the trucks and cargos stopped at the plaza He said the National Guard came to the truck stop with tank retrievers large wreck ers and if they had moved in they would have torn the tracks up Pat would have been liable Coffey said National Guard members ofyoungsters are in the move ment of trucks He said officials of the Mid west Truckers Association are speaking through their hats when they say truckers favor the federal settlement Coffey said half the truck ers in Southern Illlinois did not getachance to vote on the government proposal When that happened Coffey said the area truckers decid ed to form their own associa tion Illinois truck traffic picks up By the Associated Press Truck traffic on Illinois highways began to pick up today and produce livestock and manufacturing materials that had been delayed by the strike were moving again State Police in Chicago area districts reported that truck traffic was picking up during the morning State Police in Rock Island Peoria Macomb and Pontiac also reported traffic returning to normal The trucks are really roll Ing said one trooper in the Peoria district Its way up it seems to be heavier than usual Large numbers of trucks re portedly were unloading produce at the South Water Street Market in Chicago today We are quite busy down here and at least 18 trucks are presently unloading said one produce merchant Today is very different from last Monday when only four trucks were unloading Pockets of strikers however remained Leaders of the Inde pendent Truckers Coalition based in South Roxana an nounced Sunday night a vote to continue striking declaring the latest government settlement proposal unacceptable The Coalition which claims Truck strike Some holdouts but worst may be over By the Associated Press The oftenviolent shutdown by groups of disorganized in dependent truckers appeared all but over today There was only scattered violence during the night and increased truck traffic was reported in a number of areas There were holdouts among the truckers however with some vowing to continue the shutdown until diesel fuel prices are lowered The Ohio Council of Inde pendent Truckers became em broiled in an internal dispute with Chairman Lester Salsgiver claiming George Rynn had been ousted as president and J Leonard Fleet as legal counsel Rynn wants the truckers to continue the shutdown Key federal officials said it looked to them like the strike was over Violence during the night subsided but one driver was shot in the arm while driving on the San Bernardino Freeway in Southern California A driver in Beaumont Tex was showered with glass early today when a bullet slammed through the window of his mov ing truck Police in Kentucky said four truckers were hit by bullets Earlier in the strike violence took the lives of two drivers and several were injured At least 15000 of the 100000 persons laid off at the height of the 11day shutdown were due backon the job today as many big rigs headed for markets loaded with meat produce and industrial parts more thaa 3000 members said the vote came at a meeting in Alton Even if the latest government offer is put in writing the leaders said proposals are not acceptable because they do not include a rollback of diesel fuel prices to the levels of May Among the first to accept the proposal and begin rolling again was the Midwest Truckers Association which claims to represent 2000 independent drivers in Illinois Meanwhile Gov Daniel Walker said he probably would survey the returntoroad situa tion today before deactivating the 1200 National Guardsmen called out to assist state police in patroling highways and truck stops Gasoline increase authorized Washington AP Federal energy chief William E Simon has asked refiners with adequate distillate and resdual fuel supplies to increase their gasoline production to alleviate some of the shortages Simon in a statement Sunday said some refiners already have shifted to more gasoline pro duction Warm weather plus energy conservation practices by the public have been the main reasons for the buildup in distillate stocks said Simon Distillates include home heat ing oil and diesel fuel Residual fuel oil is used in power plants ships and some building heating State police said there was no violence Sunday but truck traf fic waslight as it usually is on the weekend The Illinois Chamber of Com merce estimated 30000 workers were idled by the truckers strike in Illinois and that it would take about two weeks to get the states economy into full gear Funds freed for Peoria med school Springfield AP Gov Daniel Walker announc ed today the release of in state funds to buy theland for a medical school in Peoria The land to be purchased is a 25acre parcel in the downtown area The funds are part of a million appropriation to build the campus Photo by Jack Griggs Derailment blocks ICG main lines By Joe Arimond Of The Southern Illinoisan A southbound Illinois Central Gulf freight train pulling 32 cars derailed about am today about two and one half miles south of Makanda Eighteen cars lefttherails There were no injuries Jerry Ensinger 26 of topher head brakeman riding in the engine said he had just checked the cars prior to the derailment Three of the cars carrying General Motors cars and trucks remained on the tracks and were not damaged Besides Ensinger there were three other men on the train none of whom reported injuries Work crews arrived about pm today to begin clear ing of thewreckage Both north and southbound travel has been halted Clyde Webb an ICG inspector said that heavy cranes would not arrive at the scene until late today Cause of the wreck is still undetermined Robert W OBrien manager of public relations for ICG in Chicago said no hazardous com modities were involved in the derailment The railroad is detouring some freight trains today over another ICG line through Mur physboro OBrien said a de cision will be made later today about what routes will be used by the Amtrak Panama Limited train leaving Carbondale south bound tonight Plea opens energy talks Washington AP Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger opened a 13nation energy conference today with a plea for positive and produc tive dialogue between oil pro ducing and oil consuming na tions Addressing more than 100 delegates from 13 countries which consume 85 per cent of the worlds petroleum Kissinger outlined a seven point program for meeting the current energy crisis Kissinger called on the coun tries represented at the con ference to join the United States in conserving fuel to reduce pressures on world supply He also suggested that efforts be made to develop alternate sources of energy and called for emergency energy sharing by the oil consuming nations Kissingers sevenpoint pro gram also included proposals for international financial coopera tion increased research and development on energy matters and immediate consultation and collaboration with the develop ing nations whose needs he said are particularly urgent However Kissinger said the ultimate goal must be to create a cooperative framework in which oil producers and oil con sumers will accommodate their differences and reconcile their needs and aspirations The producing nations must be given a secure stake in an ex panding world economy and the consuming nations a secure source of supply Kissinger said More than 100 delegates from countries which consume 85 per cent of the worlds petroleum were on hand when Kissinger formally gaveled the twoday Foreign Minister Walter Scheel in a television Representatives of 73 nations In Washington broadcast before the opening said the conference will be the first step of a worldwide discussion on how to overcome the difficulties resulting frdin the energy crisis We will not be able to make any concrete decisions but we will certainly have to think about the fields and the scope in which cooperation is possible Scheel said Scheel president of the Euro pean Economic Community is serving at the conference as the spokesman for the nine Common Market countries France Germany Britain Ireland the Netherlands Italy Denmark Luxembourg and Belgium The conference is being at tended by foreign ministers finance chiefs and energy ex perts from the Common Market countries Norway Canada and Japan Developing countries Oil price complaints taken to UN session United Nations AP Oilproducing countries are hearing complaints at the United Nations that their oil prices are hurting other developing countries Participants in a recent private meeting of the 72nati m nonaligned group on raw materials said two speakers described the burdensome effect of the price hikes One asked why the oilrich Arabs forgot about Asia when they committed for development aid to Africa Records on the UN Develop ment show that with few exceptions the program is spending moremoney on aid to European markets Price of gold soars to an ounce London AP countries including France Gold soared to record levels Italy and perhaps West on European markets today Germany might begin buying at Dealers blamed fears for the a price related to the free values of paper money amid market price mounting indications that cen tral banks may soon increase the official price of gold Gold traded at an ounce in London and an ounce in Zurich The price at Fridays close in London was Opening prices on the Zurich bullion market the worlds big gest were bid and of fered up from Fri day The previous record price in Zurich was on Jan 25 The bullish weekend trend was reports from the mining center for the Wests gold that a consortium of West European touched off by Johannesburg The trend picked up because of an interview published today in which French Finance Minister Valery Giscard dEs taing said he expected an in crease in the official price of gold this year The dual price system for gold with an official price set by government central banks and a free market price for trading by private persons and firms was terminated last November This left governments free to sell gold atany price it would bring in the market But the Western governments continued tobuy at the official price at that time an ounce the oil states than it is getting from them in contributions The biggest exporters of crude oil are Saudi Arabia Iran Venezuela Kuwait Libya Nigeria Canada Iraq Indonesia and Algeria The program has earmrked million for aid to Saudi Arabia in the five years 197276 Saudi Arabia gave UNDP a year in 1972 and 1973 and pledged for 1974 The agency has earmarked for aid to Iran in the same five years Iran has given UNDP milliona year for 1972 74 in Hearst kidnaping Berkeley Calif AP The FBI says it now seeks seven persons in the kidnaping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst and is running out any number of leads outside the State But the weekend passed without further word from the Symbionese Liberation Army which said in a letter Thursday it was holding 19yearold Miss Hearst At the Hearst mansion in Hillsborough a family spokesman said Sunday was a day of nothingness for the vic tims distraught parents Mr and Mrs Randolph A Hearst The father is president and editor of the San Francisco Ex aminer Lifting controls called gamble Tonight fair with little tem perature change Lows in the upper 20s or lower 30s Tues partly sunny and mild with highs 50 to 55 Mostly cloudy Wednesday through Friday with chance of rain INDEX Classified 1114 TV Bridge Crossword 7 Editorials 4 Family Living Farm 5 Recordi 1415 Sports 910 Weather details map 15 Washington AP In announcing an end to most wageprice controls by May i President Nixon is gambling that the price explosion ripping through the US economy will subside by midyear The evidence is not altogether clear that the longawaited relief is at hand even if the economy slows to nearrecession levels as expected Some economists already are comparing Nixons decision to drop mandatory controls in all but the oil and health industries by May 1 with his illfated move to Phase 3 controls a year ago That switch from mandatory to largely voluntary restraints on wages and prices brought on such a wave of price increases that the dollar was devalued and the stock market shaken Eventually Nixonwent back to mandatory controls freezing prices for 60 days The second freeze however did not meet the same success of the first one in 1971 There were widespread shortages of beef and pork and prices of other meat went up sharply I News J I analysis I Nixon followed the freeze with a tough wageprice system that j squeezed the profits businesses yet failed to check j the surge of prices The Presidents economic ad visers declared wageprice con trols counterproductive and all but useless in their annual economic report to Congress a week ago They said Nixon would continue to decontrol the economy and eventually move to a free market The White House strategy is clear It believes the worst of the price increases are occurr ing now largely because the Cost of Living Council is removing controls gradually industry by industry The council believes that this strategy will stretch out the price increases And if their timing is right the explosion mainly in food and fuel should have run its course by mid year The administration plans to keep the Cost of Living Council as a watchdog over prices and wages But outside of oil and health services it would have little power Many officials believe however that a number of companies that have had their profit margins squeezed by Nixons controls will now try to make up for lost time by raising prices Although the Cost of Living Council is trying to extract pro mises from industries that they will not raise prices significantly this year those pledges could go down the drain if the economy changes drastically The administrations position is that no standby power to control wages and prices is necessary and is in fact an in1 flationary force in itself Ifj businesses know that govern ment has power to control then prices they will be tempted to raise them as much as they can before the government acts Nixons economic advisers said The administrations projec tion of a midyear tapering of price increases is not shared widely in Congress and among economists Many believe that the short ages not just in oil and food but in basic raw materials will continue to plague the economy and contribute significantly to inflation this year and beyond They also point to the failure of Nixons economic advisers to make good on many of their predictions of the past Yet the administration is willing to take its lumps on the price front for several more months at least The President who in isfrl said his administration would break the back of inflation told Congress only a week ago that it takes time to do that job The controls have been helpful tem porarily but in the long run the free market is the best way to deal with inflation Nixon said   

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