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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - February 24, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFIC1 Carbondalo Murphyiboro Harrln 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N 14th Volume MNo 463De a Copy i Stctioiw Comics Family Waekly Tabloid Southern Hlin in fcceiiertoCirlxiMile Herrli Olly Indepdeal amiv Tboid SUNDAY FEBRUARY 974 itkit Wear lightshoes tomorrow or ease upon the gas r y would wesent not too much Well keep up with it what By Henry de Fiebre Of Hie Southern IBinoisan Joann Marks a secertary at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale has driven to work from her West Frankfort home for the past seven years Monday morning her sche dule will undergo a slight al teration Im going to have to leave home a little earlier Miss Marks said She will have to change her routine because at am Monday Dlinois1 maximum speed limit becomes 55 miles per hour The 30mile drive to Carbon dale each day now takes Miss Marks about 45 minutes she said Monday morning she said she will allow herself an extra 15 minutes Miss Marks said she drove home from work one day re cently at 55 mph and found the journey took her about an hour Ilinois like other states is lowering its speed limit to 55 mph in an effort to con serve gasoline Gov Daniel Walker as expected signed the legislation last week to reduce the speed limit The state stood to losefed eral highway construction funds had it not taken the action Driving at 55 more relaxing Byline BG Pg 2 Although the new law drops Illinois maximum speed as much as 15 mph in some cases Southern Illinois offi cials are not predicting any difficulty in enforcement The speed limit reduction will not affect operations at Illinois State Police District 13 headquarters in Du Quoin according to Sgt DW Sim mons We dont andicipate having any enforcement dHves he said the law will be enforced No extra patrols will be as signed to the areasmajor highways he said Simmons said he expects pretty good compliance with the new speed limit He said usually about 10 per cent of drivers exceed the speed limit and that percentage would probably not change un der the new limit He said he has noticed that many motorists already havt reduced their speed volun tarily Circuit clerks in area coun ties who handle the more than 90 per cent of speeding tickets that do not go to trial said they expect no major problems with the new law although there may be an ini tial increase in the number of speeding tickets they han dle Charles Mclntosh Union County circuit clerk said It seems like people are already conscious of the reduced speed limit and abiding by it He predicted the new law would present not too much of a hardship and there would be not too many extra tickets Robert Phipps Perry Coun ty circuit clerk said he does not expect much of an in crease in the number of speed ing tickets He said he has noticed many motorists al ready slowing down Williamson Countys chief deputy clerk Allen Cobb said he has no way of knowing how the reduced speed limit would affect his office be cause I dont know how strict they police are going to be onit Well keep up with it what ever it is he said No doubt there will be some extra for awhile Eddie Griffin Franklin County circuit clerk said It stands to reason its going to be hard for the majority of people to observe Motorists who now exceed the speed limit he added are going to be doing the same thing Franklin County Traffic Court Judge Charles Quindry predicted For awhile we may see a few more tickets but no great increase Most people are basically law abiding and willing to do what is in the best interest of the total society he said The reduced speed limit is evidently a necessity and people will accept it Quiru dry said He said he would not change his approach to speeders un der the new law We take an oath to follow the law he said We cant change the law on our own whim If a person violates the law its our duty to carry out our job Its not the func tion of a trial Judge to change the law if he doesnt like it I Reg Thats the man Atlanta Ga AP Atlanta Constitution Editor Beg Murphy positively identified his abductor Saturday as the husband of a couple arrested in the kidnaping William August Halm Williams 33 and his 26yearold wife Betty were being held in the custody of federal authorities in lieu of million bond after being charged in the kidnaping Murphy 40 was kidnaped by persons claiming to represent the previously unheardof A m er i c a n Revolutionary Army He was lured from his home Wednesday night and released unharmed Friday night after a ransom was paid by his newspaper Three suitcases bulging with money were recovered but the FBI said it had not yet determined whether they con tained the entire Murphy was later shown photos and heard tapes of Williams voice Theres no question about that Murphy said The ivoice is the same and the phto are the same He was There is no doubt Wilhams is the man I left home with Murphy told reporters Sick Man Murphy characterized Williams as a sick man who US Latins announce Kidnaped newsman Murphy says man in custody was the one he left home with didnt really understand the political ideas he spoke of He is not the sharpest of men but he is very canny in some ways Murphy added The couple was arrested Saturday morning without resistence at their home in Lilburn about 24 miles northeast of Atlanta The arrest came just I hours after Murphy was freed J As they entered the federal courthouse for an arraignment on Saturday Williams said to reporters My wife is innocent The army has been defeated Its dead Williams was charged with violating the federal Hobbs Act which forbids extorting money from a company engaged in in terstate US Magistrate J Roger Thompson set bond at million Mrs Williams was charged with knowing about the alleged crime and not reporting it She was held oh bond The FBI initially released a statement saying the couple had been charged with kidnaping but they explained later that no federal kidnaping charges had been filed because there was no proof Murphy had been transported across state lines Thompson set a preliminary hearing in the case for March 4 Officials would not say how many persons were still being sought only that Williams allegedly was aided and abet ted by others unknown After his release Murphy said he was led to believe he was abducted by four men and a woman However he said he was blindfolded during most of the 49hour ordeal and could identify only two distinct voices those of Williams and a woman The newspaper editor said he was convinced Williams who Betty Ruth called himself colonel tried to make him think there were more persons present at various times He said Williams told him the rightwing organization had six colonels and 223 mem bers Williams husky and darkhaired and his petite wife were handcuffed when brought iritif courtroom Mrs Williams had been crying Under questioning Williams a selfemployed contractor said he had served 18 months in jail for a 1965 conviction of in William A H terstate transportation of stolen motor vehicles and had been placed on probation for one year in 1961 for forging a government check The couple who have young children have lived in Atlanta area since 1969 Williams said He added that he was a Navy veteran who received a medical discharge after three years service Williams appeared nervous during the arraignment glanc ing occasionally at reporters and smiling weakly Kidnap motives unclear to freed Atlanta editor Atlanta Constitution editor Reg Murphy Saturday characterized his alleged ab ductor as a sick man who didnt really understand the political ideas he tossed around Im mystified as towhether the motive was political or Murphy said in a news conference barely 3 hours after his release His newspaper paid a ransom for his freedom But if this is a political movement my feeling is that it is the most doomed political movement in history It has noj real strength or thought or in telligence behind it Murphy said of his abductor The colonel as he called himself told a lot of madeup stories many of them wildly contradictory In a taped message sent dur ing his capture Murphy said thfe American Revolutionary Army claimed to be a politically con servative movement com mitteed to fighting liberal tendencies in the American press and governmental system He asked the colonel to ex plain his philosophy but the ex planation was totally disoriented Murphy said He said he believtd in Jef fersonian democracy I tried to engage him in a debate on the subjectbut he clearly didnt know very much about it Cloudy with snow probably mixed with rainlikely and a high in the upper 30s or lower 40s Tonight and Mon day cloudy and not much change in temperatures Chance of precipitation is 80 per cent c New York Times Mexico City The United States and 24 LatinAmerican countries charted a new relationship Saturday to be anchored in con tinuing discussions of practical issues between the rich north and the poor south of the hemisphere This intention was documented in a joint declara tion issued by the Mexico City conference of hemisphere foreign ministers after three days of informal discussions and nearly 24 hours of continuous drafting of the conference com munique While the Latin Americans rejected SW of State Henry A Kissingers appeal for the crea tion of V new western hemisphere community they embraced his offer of continuing informal consultations in a hemisphere framework At a news conference in the Mexican foreign ministry the site of the meeting Kissinger declared What is growing out of this conference is better com prehension of the problems and challenges facing this hemisphere and second the determination to dteal with these problems cooperatively and in the spirit of solidarity Hearst waits for word on Patricia New York Times San Francisco Randolph A Hearst waited Saturday for a response from the kidnappers of his 20yearold daughter to a counterproposal he made Friday The radical underground lef tist group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army abducted PatriciaHearst three weeks ago and has demanded j that her father establish a million free food program for the poor I Kalmbach may plead The program has already been set up by the newspaper ex ecutive with a million con tributionby him Hearst had called that a good will gesture to the group However in a message delivered late Wednesday the kidnappers said they had determined that Hearst could afford a larger contribution and demanded that he put up million more In a meeting with reporters outside his Hillsborough home yesterday Hearst said he could not meet the new demand The size of the latest demand of the SLA is far beyond my financial capability he said Therefore the matter is now out of my hands However the additional million demanded by the group was offered by the Hearst cor poration But Charles Gould a spokesman for the corporation said the funds would be available only if Hearsts Inside today guilty c Washington StarNews Washington President Nixons personal attorney Herbert W Kalmbaeh is slated to enter a guilty plea Monday in the Watergate case it has been learned Kalmbach is the last major figure in the investigation to reach a compromise agreement on a onecount plea before sweeping indictments in the Watergate coverup are an nounced The Newport Beach Calif lawyer testified in Senate hear ings that he helped funnel in secret payments to the original Watergate defen dants after their arrest in June 1972 MURPHYSBORO LAND MARK clock has defied time and the elements See Page 24 for an article by Murphys boiro City Editor Tony Ste vens EARS will be a new sex symbol a haridresser predicts in an article about spring hair styles by Kathie Pratt See Page 17 DIFFERING reviews on Jessica Mitfords new book See Page 2A SALUKI basketballteam wins at Samford 6763 Page 99 BENTON WINS South Seven title Page 9 NO 1 ELDORADO cagers finish unbeaten Page 9 JERRY ERICKSON of SIUC runs fastest indoor quartermile of season Page 9 INDEX Ann Landers 5A Bridga Business S334 Byline BG 2 Classified 2527 Crossword 5A Editorials 32 Family Living 1719 Finance 3538 Records 5 Sports U Television 112A Wtamer details map 5 daughter was released im mediately In the meantime the food program was suspended Satur day after distribution efforts resulted in confusion violenct and arrests The violence in East Oakland where more than 5000 people sought free food Fights broke out some windows were smashed and at least 16 persons were injured Gasoline prices may go up again Federal energy chief William E Simon announced Saturday that 90 per cent of the nation1 gasoline stations may raise prices an extra two cents per gallon March 1 The decision was generally approved by representatives of various gasoline dealers associations some of which had threatened a nationwide gas station shutdown for Mon day Federal energy officials had met all day with the dealer representatives before an nouncing the decision which federal officials said was designed to compensate the dealers for loss of volume and increased costs Ford will head personal privacy dead Former US Senator Wil liam F Knowland was found of a gunshot wound at his summer home Guer nevllle Calif Saturday Tha Sonoma County ShwiHs offiet said the wound was selfIn flicted Knowland editor and publisher of the Oakland Tri bune was 65 AP Wlrephoto c New York Times Washington President Nixon announced Saturday that he was establishing a top priority com mittee headed by Vice President Ford to forge a personal shield for every American against invasionsof privacy from any source including the federal government He said that he was directing the committee to begin devising within four months a series of direct enforceable that could be put into effect im mediately They would include regulations executive action legislation and voluntary restraints Many things are necessary to lead a full freelife the Presi dent said such as good health and a fair break in the marketplace But none of these is more important than the most basic of all individual rights the right to privacy he said A system that fails to respect itt citizens right to privacy fails to respect the citizens themselves The President whose ad s ministration has been criticized for violating privacy rights through its use of wiretapping and electronic surveillance an nounced his initiative in a 14 minute radio address In it he concentrated on the threats to privacy posed by modern technology The new committee which Nixon variously described as no ordinary group blue rib bon panel and a top priority domestic council committee will be made up solely of ad ministration officials In addi tion to the Vice President the members are to include the At torney General five other cabinet members and four other high officials According to Nixion it will concentrate on three key the collection the storage and the use of personal data He said that it will ex amine four Issues in particular drive the federal govern ment collects information 6ri people and how that information is used which would permit citizens to inspect andV correct information held by public or private organiza tions of the use and dissemination of mailing lists that we can safeguard personal information against improper alteration or disclosure   

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