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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - March 7, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                010175 PUBLICATION OMICI Murphysboro Hirrln 710 N Illinois 1113 Walnut 212 N Utfi Volumt 12Ne St10e Copy Inflation Washington StarNews And Associated Press Washington Inflation at the wholesale level slowed from a gallop to a fast trot last month the Labor Department reported today The department said whole sale prices adjusted to discount seasonal influences rose 12 per cent in February following a 31 per cent surge in January which was the secondbiggest increase on record Although the February price rise was the smallest since a decline in October it still work ed out to rapid annual rate of 144 per cent Big factors in last months in crease included fuel food and metals The index for fuels and other forms of power rose 33 per cent not seasonally ad justed to a level 76 per cent above February 1973 There is no way to judge whether the slowdown in wholesale price increases represents the start of a trend or Is only a temporary respite Tn any case recent rapid increase Succnior to CirbondtH FrM Praii Htrrln Duly Journil Mvrphyiboro Indiptndtnt i THURSDAY Wholesale prices rise 12 percent assure a fast rate of inflation at the retail level for at least the next several months The increase pushed wholesale prices 203 per cent higherthan a year earlier an extra ordinarily sharp rise for any 12 month period but still below record levels The February increase lifted the wholesale Price Index to 1527 of the 1967 average meaning that it cost to buy the same volume of wholesale goods that purchased in 1967 The increase means that cnsumers will be seeing many of the rises at the retail level in the weeks ahead About 70 per cent of the abit February increase was traced to price increases for fuel primarily gasoline and residual fuels metals farm products and processed foods and feeds The bureau said mat price in creases of industrial com modities regarded as one of the most sensitive gauges of infla tion in the economy rose by a seasonally adjusted per cent with prices of metals and fuel leading the way Wholesaleprices of farm pro ducts processed foods and feeds rose seventhtenths of one per cent compared with a steep 5 1 per cent in January Actually the bureau said that farm pro ducts alone showed a small decline on a seasonally adjusted basis as prices of livestock and plant and animal fibers fell The report said consumer finished goods advanced by 12 per cent withhigher prices for fresh vegetables processed poultry sugar cerealand bread responsible for most of the rise President sworn Washington AP i President Nixon has offered to give sworn testimony in writing or in a White House interview to speed the House impeach ment inquiry But somecon gressional Republicans ques tioned whether he would be open enough Nixon told a televisionradio news conference Wednesday night he will surrender to the House Judiciary Committee all tapes and documents made available earlier to Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski besides making himself available for ques tions Although Nixon labeled his offer as very forthcoming he hedged at promising to provide other evidence the panel might seek And he said it would be improper for him to submit to crossexamination Rep John Rhodes of Arizona the House Republican leader said it appears Nixon has opted for disclosure and cooperation But he said every relevant fact and piece of evidence simply must be furnished to Judiciary Committee if we are to have any hope of resolving this matter Chairman Peter Rodino D NJ wouldnt comment But Rep Robert McClory RH1 said of a formal letter from Nixon laywer James D St Clair responding shortly before the news conference to a com mittee request for data But says it would be improper Jo submit to crossexamination I dont think its satisfactory It doesnt appear to be responsive outlined at the news conference his offer of at least limited cooperation he declared I believe that that will serve the purpose He ex pressed strong opposition to let ting the committee go to the White House and paw through it on a fishing expedition Continuing Watergate in quiries dominated the 39minute session with newsmen Nixons second in nine days But the seemingly relaxed President dealt with these other major topics It would not serve a useful purpose at this time to discuss prospects for a lifting of the Arab oil embargo In upholding his veto of emergency energy legislation Wednesday the Senate vetoed longer gas lines and vetoed na tionwide rationing Speaking perhaps a bit less positively than in the recent past he said The best advice I can get is that there will not be a recession in 1974 Nixon opposes public financingof federal election campaigns an idea with strong congressidnal support because he regards individual giving as a healthy thing and because use of tax dollars to finance one of the other would mean taxation without representa tion for citizens of opposing views The President appeared to break some new ground in discussing his taped March 21 1972 meeting with ousted counsel John W Dean III and former staff chief H R Haldeman Dean has testified that Nixon was informed then that it might take million to ensure silence by those originally convicted of participation in the Watergate breakin and that Nixon said raising the money would be no problem In subsequent testimony for which he last week was indicted on a perjury charge Haldeman reported that Nixon said the money could be raised but that it would be wrong At an August news conference Nixon sup ported Haldemans recollec tion Asked to explain Haldemans perjury indictment in light of the taped record available to the grand jury Nixon said he told Dean payment of hush1 money would have to be linked to a grant of executive clemency and that extending clemency would be wrong I meant that the whole transaction was wrong Nixon said acknowledging that others hearing the tape may reach differentinterpretations He added know what I meant and I know also what I did Denying he ever authorized clemency or payment of hush moneyNixon said that as soon as Dean told him that day of the Watergate coverup the policy wasone of full disclosure Saying he wants the im peachment inquiry concluded as rapidly as possible he declared I have said there can be no cloud over the White House I want that cloud removed Reminded that Atty Gen William B Saxbe has suggested that Nixon at some point might have to hire his own lawyers rather than be served by at torneys paid by the government Nixon said he is not a defendant and wouldnt become one unless a Senate impeachment trial was scheduled Should Saxbe rule he should pay his own lawyers m thatevent Nixon joked I will find somebody to loan me the money Testimony relating Nixon to Watergate House panel asks Sirica for data Early bloomer dont tat Hie daisies the daffodils Rachel Att mort daughter of Anne and David Attmore 2004 Sunset Drive Carbondale like she might be con templating a big of the daffodil she found while play Ing this morning daffodil Washington AP i The House Judiciary Com mittee voted unanimously today to ask Judge John J Sirica to give it the secret grand jury testimony he is holding that is believed to relate to President Nixon and the Watergate coverup The vote authorizing chairman Peter W Rodino DNJ to make a formal request to the TIS District judge followed a statement by committee Counsel John Doar that it would be unthinkable for the informa tion to be withheld from the committees impeachment in quiry Doar who informed Sirica Wednesday the committee wants the material asked for the committee vote to emphasize the importance of the re quest He said the grand jury in turning the sealed evidence over to Sirica indicated it wanted the material relayed to the com mittee Rep Robert McClory RI11 endorsing Dears view said I consider the judges position no more than that of a conduit between the grand jury and the committee Doar acknowledged that a legal problem would exist if the secret evidence were made public by the committee in the course of its proceedings and it affected the trial of any of the seven former White House and presidential reelection com mittee aides indicted by the grand jury But there really is no com parison Doar said The judge has to accept that this body in following its constitutional responsibilities may have to make some of the information public The national interest in doing so far outweighs the in terest of any particular pro secution Only Nixons special counsel James St Clair has been shown a brief memorandum apparently describing the evidence which was also given to Sirica Rep Jerome R rWaldieD that Nixon isriota defendant or a party to the grand jury proceeding and why St Glair was permittedto see the informa tion The President is being treated uniquely arid extra ordinarily by the Waldie said Ihope this committee will not treat the President ac The committee was also scheduled totake offer to give it all the evidence and information he has already turned over to thaWatergate grand jury sea to end by weekend V Watergate conspirators also charged in Ellsberg breakin Ehriichman and Colson indicted Is spring really here Of course not Sprln g doestftstart until March a spokesman for the National Servicein St Louis said today Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures of the past week a return to colder weather is expected for the weekend He said Saturdays forecast calls for rain andhightemper atures in the raid 50s The low will be in the uppper 30s Washington AP A federal grand jury today indicted former White House aides John D Ehriichman and Charles W Colson on a charge of violating the civil rights of Daniel Ellsbergs psychiatrist Also indicted on the same charge were Watergate con spirators G Gordon Liddy Eiernard L Barker Eugenio Martinez and Felipe De Diego The indictment charged that the defendants engineered the breakin at the Beverly Hills of fice of Dr Lewis J Fielding with intent to search for con fidential information concerning Daniel Ellsberg The burglary took place on Sept 31971 when Ellsberg was under indictment in connection with the leak of the Pentagon Papers The grand jury also indicted Liddy on two counts of refusing to testify before a House com mittee Liddy already is serving a Sentence for contempt of court for his refusal to testify before a grand jury Liddy was sentenced to serve a maximum of 20 years for his role in the June breakIn i Fieldings office at Democratic National Com mittee Headquarters Ehriichman alsowas charged with one count of lying to FBI agents and three countsof lying to a grand jury about the ac tivities of the White House special investigative unit known as the plumbers Baker De Diego and Martinez allegedly entered and searched Index Tonight fair warm with lows in the1 upper50s orlower 60s sunny and quite warm with chance of showers and thunderstorms Highs in the lower 80s Classified Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living Records Sports Weather details map 912 31 4 7 1213 1718 13 Vesco Nixon gift Sears says talks after donation New York CAP A government witness testified today that former Atty Gen John Mitchell arranged a meeting between the head of the Securities and Exchange Com mission and a lawyer for finan cier Robert Vesco within hours after Vesco made a cash contribution to President Nixons reelection cam paign Harry L Sears the witness testified at the conspiracy trial of Mitchell and former Com merce Secretary Maurice Stans that the meeting with then SEC chief William Casey was very productive Mitchell and Stans were ac cused of trying to abort1 an SEC fraud probe of Vescos multi billion dollar financial empire in return for the contribu tion They were charged with conspiracy perjury and obstruction1 of justice Sears said he and Laurence Eichardson a business associate of Vesco delivered the cash in a briefcase to Stans who was President Nixons reelection finance chairman at Stans campaign office in Washington He said the money was delivered on April 101972 three days after a new law requiring reporting of such contributions went into effect Sears said Richardson told Stans Mr Vesco wants me to deliver you a message Hed like to get some help He said Stans responded Tellhim thats not mydepart ment or bailiwick Thats John Mitchells department Sears said he met alone later that day with Mitchell in his of fice after a prearranged ap pointment He said he told him that the money had beett delivered to Stans and Vesco was going to give a total of raised from foreign sources with only on record Sears said he told Mitchell he was anxious to see Casey and that Mitchell picked up the phone and had his secretary make an appointment for Sears with Casey at 4 pm At the meeting with Casey tt SEC headquarters Sears said Bradford Cook general counsel to the SEC was present Sean said he told Casey that Vesco had complained that the SEC staff was harrassing him and that he feared that the staff would seek an injunction against him without consulting the commission itself Sears said Casey told him Mr Sears I can assure you el one thing We dont rubber stamp staff around here Demo governors charge harassment Washington AP Some Democratic governors contended today there is a con centrated effort by various federal agencies to investigate and harass them They agreed to compile a complete list of the federal pro bes which they said often take place with little advance warn ing Gov Wendell Ford of Ken tuckychairman of the Democratic governors told reporters the investigations in volve such executive branch agencies as the Justice Depart ment and the Internal Revenue Service as weU as the Genecal Accounting Office an arm of thft Democraticcont rolled Congress Asked if he thought the In vestigations are designed to ex pose wrongdoing in Democratic controlled states to take the heat off theRepublicatt administra tion in Washington Ford said that is the assumption Britain discards 3day work week London AP Britains new Labor govern ment scrapped the threeday work week today following the settlement of a minerss strike that cut off coal supplies Energy Secretary Eric Varley said factories would return to fulltime working from midnight Friday But he appealed to Britons to continue to save electricity in their homes until full coal pro duction was resumed and power supplies were back to normal Coal fuels 70 per cent of Bri tains power stations The countrys 280000 miners got ready to go back to work with an average wage increase of 22 per cent with the lowest category of basic pay increasing from to a week and the highest from to Bonuses for shift work and other benefits will mean aa additional for most of the underground force a member of narcissus family is of the flowers to bloom each spring in Southern Illinois Unusual ly warm temperatures caused the flowers to pop out of the ground earlier than us ual Photo by Jack Griggs Jailed Symbionese ask tor TV air time Hillsborough Calif AP Two jailed members of the so called Symbionese Liberation Army say they have ideas to gain release of newspaper heiressPatty Hearst and they want to present them on na tional television Joseph Remiro 27 and Russell Little Wednes day they have a list of sugges tions to help win the release of Miss Hearst a University of California coed who was kid naped Feb 4 from her Berkeley apartment by the Army Authorities had no immediate response to the suggestion of a public presentation by the two men who are in San Quentin Prison awaiting trial in the Nov 6 murder of Oakland School Supt Marcus Foster It will be colder Sundayiand Monday with highs expected ih the mid 40s and low in the 30s the said After yesterdays highof 74 a return to normal tempera tures for this time of year may feel like1 a return to Jan uary Temperatures for this month are averaging almost 10 degrees above the mean for March A 30day weather outlook was not available National WeaUier Service Report on Ellsberg case Nixon overrules Pentagon on trial c New York Times Washington President Nixon authorized the prosecution of Daniel Ellsberg after publication of the Pentagon Papers in June 1971 even though the Defense Department objected to the court case on national security grounds wellplaced sources say The sources publicly disclos ing for the first time the Pen tagons objections to the Ellsberg trial Wednesday noted that the military for similar national security reasons of ficially objected to the pending prosecution six months later of two Navy men accused of fun neling unauthorized documents from the White House to Pentagon In that case however Nixon reversed his position and barred the prosecutions for whatwere called national security reasons Nixons differing approaches to the two cases is known to have raised at least in the minds of officials in Watergate special prosecutor office the question of whether he was acting bom times In fair and impartial manner whether he was invoking tht national security argument for political purposes   

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