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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                010175 IN LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 DECATUR ILL 62525 PUBLICATION Off Herrln 710 N Illlnoli 111 Wilnul 211 N Itth 4Slfle Copy Janua Hwrtn Billy Jrarnil Murptiyrtoro inlMiiMM FRIDAY FiBRUARY 22 1974 spiral upward Washington AP With soaring food and fuel costs leading the way consumer prices rose by one per cent in January cutting heavily into the purchasing power of workers the government said today If continued for all of 1974 the one per cent seasonally adjusted Increase would translate into a 12 per cent inflation rate The Labor Department said the one per cent jump pushed consumer prices 94 per cent higher than a year ago This wasthe highest 12month Increase in the cost of living since consumer prices rose by a similar 94 per cent in the 12 months ending May 1951 The report showed that infla tionary pressures were strong across the economy Food price rose16 per cent nonfood com modities 13 per cent and services 7 per cent The Labor Departments report continuing a series of adverse price news for con sumers was accompanied by reports showing that real spen dable earnings of workers dropped two per cent in Highest 12monthrise in cosf of living since year ending May 795 January primarily because of the big jump in consumer prices and a decline in average weekly hours The real spendable earnings category applies to salaried married workers with three dependents The report on real earnings in effect earnings with the ef fects of inflation subtracted showed that over the past 12 months real spendable earnings were down four per cent the largest percentage decline over 12 months since the government began keeping that statistic in 1964 Before adjustment for price increases and seasonal changes average weekly earnings were in January compared with a month earlier the report said Gross average hourly earn ings however increased from per hour in December to in January with the drop in average weekly earnings ac counted for mainly by the decline in hours worked The rise in nonfood com modities was the highest since the department began keeping seasonally adjusted records for these goods in February 1956 Todays consumerprice report comes on the heels of a sharp advance in wholesale prices in January presaging even higher consumer prices in the weeks and months ahead and posing little relief for consumers The report showed that the Consumer Price Index climbed to 1397 of its 1967 average meaning that it cost consumers to buy the same amount of retail goods and services that bought in 1967 Soaring gasoline prices played a large part in the advance Average prices of both premium and regular gasoline rose 62 per cent The average price for regular jumped to 465 cents per gallon and for premium 501 cents per gallon Retail prices for food bought in grocery stores a category which usually doesnt rise in January soared by 18 per cent double the increases in November and December The Nixon administration says that it believes consumer prices will calm down after food and fuel price increases work their way through the economy at about midyear Rightwing group says presstoo lib Murphy abductors make contact The Atlanta Ga AP abductors of Atlanta Constitution editor Reg Murphy have contacted an intermediary and have said Murphy will be released tonight if all goes well the FBI said Earlier hundreds of telephone calls purporting to convey a ransom message to free ab ducted editor Reg Murphy poured into the Atlanta Con stitution over night but they all were fake the newspaper today Then William H Fields ex ecutive editor of the Constitution and the Atlanta Journal had said that when the real call comes there will not be any delay in meeting the been too leftist and too liberal ransom demand made by abThey intend to do something ductors whom Murphy identified j about that in a taped message as the American Revolutionary Army Fields said the last 30 seconds of the tape received Thursday Thats the cause for my ab duction They also tell me that they have representatives in the major American cities that they are quite strong and that they they make it toward the cor poration Murphy said that someone in the Atlanta area would be called at random by the kidnapers In a voice that sounded tired but calm Murphy said his kid napers told him they intend to engage in guerrilla warfare by Constitution Managing Editor are determined to return the throughout the country in the Jim Mdnter contained governmentto the future word that would identify the real American people call It didnt show up in any of Addressing his message to the fake calls Murphy 40 editor of the Con stitution said in the taped message The American Revolutionary Army as I understand it feels that the American news media have Jim Minter managing editor of the Constitution Murphy said Jim the demand that they have is a ransom of They understand that I dont have that kind of wealth and they dont make it personally But Murphy said that for now they mainly want all elected federal officials to resign and free elections to be held The FBI was investigating Murphys disappearance but remained noncommittal FBI agents combed Murphys office Thursday seeking leads Free food program begins today Hearst silent on new demands Hillsborough Calif AP The deadline for Randolph A Hearst to pump another million into his free food pro gram passed today without any public response by the father of kidnaped Patricia Hearst But a million food distribu tion plan already established by the newspaper executive was underway Tons of food were being trucked from warehouses to four distribution points in the San Francisco Bay area this morn ing The massive handout was to Agent baffled Another million in food impossible Seattle AP A tight food market and transportation problems may make it impossible to scrape up mother million worth of food for the Hearst giveaway food plan the purchasing agent of the program says There just isnt million worth of food available in the country Kenneth Baxter said Thursday Baxter is purchasing agent for Seattles Neighborsin Need food program Baxter said his group was chosen to buy food for the Hearst program in California because of the fantastic prices weve gotten here in the past and the food distribution network weve built He said he has been able to get or worth of food for every dollar of the million Hearst has offered to spend to meet the demands called Symbionese of the so Lib eration Army kidnapers of Hearsts 20 beginatnoonPDT The so called Symbionese Liberation Army which claims to hold Miss Hearst as a prisoner of war said it would break off communication if its tough new demands were not met There have been four was no more money in the Cinque Hearst of however accused holding back vast sums of the family and Hearst Corp fortune which he claimed amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars Hearst Corp After pledging the yearold daughter Patricia initial million he said there messages from the SLA since There was no new militancy in Miss Hearst was abducted 18 the message after a more con days ago ciliatory communication last In a 20minute tape recording Saturday received late Wednesday and released Thursday SLA leader Cinque denounced Hearsts million feedthepoor program as throwing a few crumbs to the people The total million must be allotted within 24 hours of the receipt of this order and that the food be available to the people within one week Cinque said Only if a 10point set of new demands is met will the way be cleared for actual negotiations for the girls freedom the message said There was no immediate response from Hearst president and editor ofthe San Francisco Examiner and chairman of the Fair and colder tonight with lows in the 20s Saturday mostly sunny Highs in the upper 306 or lower 40s INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family Living Records Religion Sports Weather details map 1517 19 4 6 18 7 1112 Bank President Robert G Cruse talks with authorities in front of the opened safe Robbers hold hostages By Wanda Barras Of The Southern Illinoisan Five men armed with shot guns and pistols held the exe cutive vicepresident of the Goreviile State Bank and his family hostage overnight be fore robbing the bank vault of about this morning and fleeing by car Police said the robbers en tered the home of Robert G Cruse about pm Thurs day Cruse his wife Mary Lee and sons Greg 18 and David 13 were tied and gagged and spent the night lying on the floor Cruse was blindfolded anoV taken to the bank about 7 am today when a timelock on the vault was to open His wife and children were left bound and gagged and covered with newspapers Cruse was locked in the vault and was fnund bv bank employes who arrived later State Trooper E E Wat son said the men were armed with sawedoff shotguns and foreignmade pistols Police said one of the five robbers may be a woman They are thought to have used two cars The robbers left the bank about police said The cash taken from the vault included in and bills Cruse could not describe the car in which he was taken to the bank except to say it was an older model with dark paint Police said one of the rob heirs was about 6 feet 1 inch possibly wearing a blue uni form with a visored cap with a state of Illinoisemblem on it Karen Armstrong operator of abeauty shop next door to the bank said she saw two cars drive onto the park ing lot behind the bank this morningbut thought nothing of itShe said when she let taken from Goreville bank vault her dog outside later the dog had a fit and kept running back and forth to the banks back door She said she saw one car leave and then a short time JaterJhe second car left Police said roadblocks were set up area Goreville is in Johnson County about 14 miles south of Marion The robbers used tape to bind the legs and arms and cover the mouths and eyes of the Cruse family A state trooper said the robbers told the family they would not be harmed if they cooperated No one was injured The Cruse family had been to a chili supper at the Gore ville school Cruse was in the basement A son answered the doorand the men forced their way into the house The men cut the telephone lines at the house They ate from the Cruse refrigerator during the night Bank employe Bernadine Whitehead arrived at the bank about 8 am She heard muffl ed noises as Cruse pounded on the vault door Mrs White head opened the vault called authorities and waited at the bank while Cruse went back to his house where he found the family still tied up on the floor He released them and returned to the bank The robbersransacked the house and may have taken some jewelry police said They took some of the elder sons clothing Johnston County Sheriff Barry Eastman with Karen Armstrong by Ed Craw 7 heard the f hen a long silence Illinois 127 Highway gets dip1 An underground sink attribut ed to old mining operations added a rollercoaster ride to IB Illinois 127 just south of Old AEC boosts highsulfur coal project Springfield AP An Atomic Energy Commis sion spokesman says the AEC to recommending that the fed eral government support a pro ject to demonstrate the use of highsulfur coal while main taining high air quality stan dards The highsulfur coal project was one of eight recommenda tions sent by the AEC to the Federal Energy Office for con sideration the AEC spokesman in Washington said in a telephone interview Illinois with vast reserves of highsulfur coal would be among the logical locations for such a project the spokesman But he emphasized that the FEO not the AEC will determine the site or sites for any project it decides to sup port The AEC also recommended federal support for projects designed to convert coal into synthetic fuels i n c 1 u d i n g methanol for the automotive market The recommendations were the product of a threemonth task force investigation The fivemember task force was formed in response to a request by President Nixon for recom mendations from the AEC on steps the nation could take to become selfsufficient in energy by 1980 The task force considered but rejected the idea of building a billion Coal Resource Center to demonstrate at a single site how coal could be mined and used in various ways for energy That idea originated by one of 16 panelsj that advised the AEC on an earlier energy report was strongly endorsed by Gov Daniel Walker who described it in January as a definite project the state should seek with all the resources at our command The AEC recommendations also included federal support for An oil shale demonstration program Construction of a nuclear power center A solar energy plan for beating and cooling buildings Rapid deep drilling methods Advanced reclamation methods for western coal ex traction The final recommendation concerning strip mining was withheld temporarily for minor revisions the AEC spokesman said Our recommendations arent complete The FEO will take them from here and round them out Theyre just quick studies we did for their consideration more ideas than actual pro jects he said The AEC suggested no specific amount of federal support in its recommendations the spokesman added Illinois 13 Thursday night State Dept of Transporta tion officials at the Carbondale District 9 office said the black top pavement and shoulders dropped about two and a half feet The road surface was not da maged The dip has been marked with signs and will have lighted war ning signs for night traffic pen ding repairs The Carbondale office said repair work will be scheduled next week including a buildup ofj the area back to normal grade and blacktop resurfacing The office said repair work will include boring tests to de terminethe exact cause of the sink Highway officials said the dip is not dangerous to normal traf fic but could be a hazard to high speed traffic The dip listed at almost 100 feet long is about one fourth mile south of the New Hill jun ction of Illinois 127 and Old Illinois 13 just southeast of Mur physboro Robert Cruse who was lock ed in a vault in the Gorevffle State Bank this morning said the robbers arrived at his home pm Thurs dayand kept his family tied all night and took him blind folded early today to the bank Cruse said he his wife and two sons were tiedand were made to lie on the floor cov ered with newspapers all night i I waswatching television downstairs and my family were upstairs on the first floor Cruse said I heard the doorbelland then a long silence I assumed thfe visitor was a friend of Gregs my son Cruse said then he saw a man wearing blue pants com ing down the basement stairs I glanced up still assum ing that it was a friend of Gregs Then I saw that the man had a gun The robber pointed the gun and said Upstairs Cruse said When Cruse got upstairs he saw his wife and two sons lying face down on the living room floor The men carried me two boys to a bedroom and then ordered Cruse and his wife into the room The eyes and mouths of all four were taped Cruse their hands and legs were tied and they were made to be on the floor Cruse said the menthen covered all of them wMi newspapers Cruse still had tape marks around his eyes this morning Early today the men took Cruse blindfolded to the bank and ordered him to open the safe The robbers took thfe money from the safe and locked Cruse inside Cruse said a bank employe came to work about 8 am and heard him in the vault I went outside and there was my car with the keys in it I dont knowhow the car got there I went home and untied my wife and sons Cruse said My wife said it was real quiet around the house after we left for the bank but the men hadtold us that one of them would stay at the house My wife was afraid to move even though she couldnt hear anyone 3 killed at airport Baltimore Md AP Three persons were killed to day during an apparent hijack ing attempt at Baltimore Washington International Airport the Federal Aviation Administration said A gunman andan airport security guard were shot and killed at the scene The copilot of the Delta DC9 that was the target of the hijacker died about three hours later at a Baltimore hospital the hospital said The planes pilot was seriously wounded in the shooting ac cording to Anne Arundel County police and was undergoing surgery   

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