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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - March 21, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Carbondalt 710 N Illinois Murphyiboro 1113 Walnut Htrrln 212 N 16Hi 010175 61lOe Copy TwoSMtiaittAltPagM J liKCHttr to CirbondiH frm Hwrln Billy Journil Morpliyibow litfipmdMl THURSDAY MARCH 214974 quickens It costs to buy what bought In 1967 Washington AP The pace of inflation quicken ed in February with food and fuel prices pushing the cost of living up 13 per cent the second biggest monthly jump since 1951 the government said to day liie Labor Department said last months rise sent consumer prices 10 per cent higher than a year ago and marked the first time since 1948 that the United States experienced double figure inflation It was the highest 12month increase in the cost of living since consumer prices rose by 102 per cent in the 12 months ending January 1948 Nearlyhalf the February in crease was attributed to higher foodprices with the price of beef raising 75 per cent the sharpest jump since a 96 per cent in crease in June 1947 Gasoline and other energy items were responsible for about a fifth of last months increase in prices The Consumer Price Index climbed last month to 1415 of its 1967 average meaning that it cost consumers to buy the same amount of retail goods and services that bought in 1967 While Consumer prices con tinued their sharp rise real spendable earnings of workers dropped another sixtenths of one per cent in February and wererdown 45 per cent from a year ago This was the largest declineover a year since the Prosecutor subpoenas additional document Washington AP The special Watergate pro gecutors office has subpoenaed additional documents from the White House A spokesman for special pro Leon Jaworski said the subpoena directed to President Nixon was served on the White House last Friday Deadline for compliance is Monday The spokesman declined to say what the subpoena demanded Earlier James D St Clair President Nixons chief Watergate lawyer acknowledg ed in a television interview that a subpoena had beenreceived from the special prosecutor Jaworski disclosed on Feb 14 in a letter to Sen James 0 Eastland DMiss chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that President Nixon had refus ed to give him material he con sidered vital to his investiga tion Jawworski told Eastland that the material Nixon had refused to supply included 27 tapes sought for the investigatipn of tire Watergate coverrUD asvwell as in vestigations of contributions from the dairy industry and the activities of the socalledWhite House plumbers1unit ThePresident has contended in recentpublicYap pearanees that hehas given Jaworski all the material he completehis In vestigation poor so far Rebozo faces questions Washington StarNews And Associated Press Washington Presidential confidante Charles G Rebozo returned to Capitol Hill today for renewed questioning by the Senate Watergate committee after displaying some memory pro blems in his initial ap pearance Committee members and staff aides spent six hours inter rogating Rebozo Wednesday a contribution from billionaire Howard R Hughes which Rebozo claims to have kept in a safe deposit box for three years before returning it last June He suffers from a very vague recollection said one source who attended the closeddoor session Like for instance he cant remember what year cer tain things happened One of Rebozos memory pro blems sources said involved the dates when he received two separate cash deliveries from Richard G Banner a former FBI agent and Hughes aide who first introduced Rebozo to Nixon more than two decades ago The Senate committee ispro bing the possibility that the contribution may have coincided with efforts by the Hughes organization to obtain Justice Department clearance for ac quisition of the Dune Hotel in LasiVegas Talking to newsmenafter Wednesdays grilling Rebozo said the more pressure put on President1 Nixon to resign the iharderhewillresist Justices hear pleas not to release report Washington StarNews V And Associated Press Washington US Court of Appeals justices heard arguments why the House Judiciary Committee should not get the Watergate grand jury report on the possible involve ment of President Nixon in Watergate activity But three of the justices disqualified themselves as the session open ed The three Roger Robb and Malcolm R Wilkey both ap pointees of President Nixon and Edward A Tamm gave no reason for disqualifying themselves Tamm and Robb also dis qualified themselves last fall from the case involving the grand jury subpoena for White House tapes and documents Robb noted at the time that he had practiced law with Kenneth W Parkinson who is one of seven men indicted in the Watergate coverup and that inay hive been his reason for disqualifying himself again to day Attorneys for former White House aides H R Haldeman and Gordon C Strachan have asked the appellate court to prevent US District Judge John J Sirica from carrying out his ruling of Monday and sending the presentment to the House Judiciary Committee As they did in papers filed Wednesday attorneys John J Wilson and John M Bray argued today that giving the presentmentto the committee would raise the risk that the material would be made public and in turn endanger their clients rights to a fair trial Special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski opposed the re quest Sirica refused Wednesday to delay sending the report to the House until the appeals court had ruled He did postpone ac tion until 4pm today to give the defendants a chance to ap peal r tie grand jury gave the seal ed report and a satchel filled with evidence to Sirica March 1 the same day it indicted Haldeman Strachan and five other former administration or campaign officialsin the Watergate coverup In his petition to the appeals court Strachan said that if the report is sent to the House Judiciary Committee and made public intentionally or inad vertently he runs the distinct risk of being put on trial by the legislative branch of our government and of being pre judged by the general public Haldemanused a nearly iden tical argument saying that Jf the report is leaked the defendants will stand convicted before their stories are told Meanwhile a study delivered to the Senate Watergate com mittee Wednesday called on Congress to make it clear to the publlcthat any president can be Impeached without first being beheaded indicted or Wen indictable The 169page study prepared by the National Academy of Public Administration also recommended that the attorney general be barred from giving presidentspolitical or personal advice Watergate has demonstrated that the partisan climate which has intensified within the Department of Justice over the past quarter century has no place in such an agency the study said Food and fuel prices push costs up government began keeping that statistic in1964 The February price report showed inflation holding a firm grip across the economy Food prices rose 25 per cent nonfood commodities 1 per cent and services sevententhsof 1 per cent The Nixon administration has said it expects inflation to con tinue its sharp pace throughout the first half of the year before beginning to ease during the final six months Director John T Dunlop of the Living Council said Wednesday that Februarys surge in food prices would be followed by more moderate in creases in March April and May Our own estimate is that It will be the last month with a really poor record Dunlop said Soaring gasoline and motor ofl prices played a large part in the overall increase in consumer prices last month rising 53 per cent to a level 309 per cent aboye last February Fuel ofl and coal jumped 3 8 per cent the smallest Increase in five months to a level 58 8 per cent higher than a year ago Average prices for gasoline alone increased 55 per cent The average price vfor regular jumped 491 cents per gallon and for premium 527 cents per gallon Prices of regular gasoline have now risen 22 per cent and premium gasoline 19 8 per cent since the Labor Department began publishing average prices four monthsago after the start of the Arab oil embargo In its report on workers earn ings the Labor Department said the average weekly earnings of a married worker with three dependents was in February compared with a year earlier But because of the effects of infla tion and a decrease in average weekly hours real average weekly earnings over the year were down 39 per cent tha report said Discourage purchases Simon Prices mayration1 gas Washington AP Federal energy chief William E Simon says further gasoline price increases may help discourage purchases enough to reduce gasoline shortages across the nation to as little as 15 per States with estimated gasoline shortages of 5 to 8 pep cent dur ing tine rest of this year Presi dent Nixon said at alnews con ference iTuesday Nixon ended the voluntary ban on Sunday gasoline sales but said the energy squeeze would still have to be offset by con servation measures such as carpools and lowered speed limits Simon told a House Ap propriations subcommittee Wednesday that drawing down on gasoline inventories could reduce the shortages to about 4 to 7 per cent He added that gasoline prices possibly rising as high as 70 cents a gallon could help discourage consumption and thus shrink the shortages to the range of 15 to 3 per cent Last week the averageVprice for regular gasoline was about 53 cents a gallon up from an average of 39 cents in 1973 Caroline shortages in February and March have been figured at about 17 per cent resulting in long lines at service j stations in many areas emergency allocations late last month by the Federal Energy Office The FEO on Wednesday revised its March allocations giving nine states additional All other1state allocations remained unchang The increasestotaling some 12 million barrels are to be drawn from oil coinpany in ventories of more than 200 millionbarrels Percentage increases for the nine states are Alabama 1 per cent Arizona 144 per cent California 12 per cent Idaho 05 per cent Kentucky 26 per cent Nebraska 27 per cent Pennsylvania 31 per cent South Carolina 59 per cent Vermont 168 percent Posses House on fo Nixon Minimum Wage over another hurdle Washington AP The House has passed legislation raising the minimum wage from an hour to this year for most workers covered and to for all by 1978 J The bill approved Wednesday 375 to 37 also would increase by 7 million tb 565 million the number of workers covered by he minimum wage laws The bill isa modified version of one President Nixon vetoed last year However he is ex pected to sign this one if it is finally approved after adjust ment with a similar Senate passed measure although it does not meet all of his earlier objections For most workers covered by the minimum wage the minimum would increase to this year and then in two steps to in 1976 Other nonagricultural workers brought under coverage in re cent years would have a minimum this year reaching in 1977 wmle covered agricultural workers would have a minimum in 1974 and reach in 1978 The bill does not contain a across the board lower minimum wagefor young persons one of the provisions sought by the administration However it does permit full time students to be employed parttime not more than 20 hours a week at an hour subject to regulations intended to assure thatthey do not displace adult workers Motors shutdown canceled Detroit AP General Motors has canceled plans for oneweek shutdowns at seven plants citing a brightening sales L outlook following its second worst sales period of the year GM Chairman Richard C Gerstenberg announcing the change in plans Wednesday af firmed the auto giants op timism thatcar sales would pick 1 up now that the Arab oil em bargo has ended The action will keep 27000 workers on thejob Some had Been scheduled Jor oneweek furloughs Monday others for oneweek layoffs starting April 1 Thousands of other GM workers are on indefinite layoff and thousands still face tem porary layoffs in the next few weeks the company said ft Spring has sprung Spring rolled into Southern Illinois on a magic carpet of snow Wednesday night as this picture taken of a snowcov ered lane at Devils Kitchen Lake shows Another picture on page 3 PhetofcyEdGrwr is Spring Spring arrived at pm andwas followed quickly by air old friend winter At Carbondale the Southern Illinois Airport measured two inches of snow on the ground Precipitation for the first day of spring amounted to onehalf inch The high temperature a year ago was 6 degrees The 9 am high today was 31 There is a for tonight with the low in the mid or upper 20s Friday the forecast is for partly clou cold with the High in the upper 30s sunsangle for the first time this year is directed to ward the North Temperate Zone in which Southern Dlinois is located The crossing of the equator from the South Temperate Zone to the north each spring is called the Ver nal Equinox one of two times annually that the days and nights are the most equal The next equinox Sept 23 1974 will produce a reverse solar phenomenon The tem perature however probably will be in the high 90s as the fall season arrives About an inch and a half of snow fell in the Marion area The high temperature Wednesday was 52 and the overnight low at the William Spririg arrives at snow not far behind son County Airport was 34 The Illinois1 Fruit Growers Exchange at Cobden said there were no reports today of any damage to orchards A low of 29 degrees was recorded by the exchange but officials said fruit trees are not damaged unless tempera tures drop into the low 20s and then they must be in full bloom Onlyafew peach trees are now in full bloom Betty Croslind a West Frankfort peach grower said her orchard apparently was not damaged by the snowfall Wednesday I really dont think the snow did any harm to the peaches Mrs Croslind said Whatmy husband and I are with is if the tem perature drops below 20 de grees like the weathermen are predicting If that happens then we might lose the crop and suffera big loss Executivesecretaryof the Franklin County FarmBu reau Joe there was no permanent damage done to crops Right now with all of the farmers and orchard owners I have talked to this there was little or no damage done Brockett said How evereveryone is worried about the temperature drop Greg Newbold retail store manager of Hillside Nursery Energy said the snow cover probably served as an insula tor and protected the plants and garden seedlings f ro m freezing The snow cover would only have weighted down the gar den plants and in some in stances offered protection from the freezing temperatures Newbold said The only plants that may have been damag ed are the ones in the crook stage The crook stage is when the seed has just broken ground Tie plant is crooked and unstable and a freeze would definitelyhurt it Newbold said It really is a little too ear ly to have started a gardeit so most of the gardeners not even started to plant Newbold said Freeze warning tonight Fair and much colder with lows in the 20s Friday partly cloudy andl continued cold Highsin the 80s Partly cloudy Saturday and unseasonable cold Fair Sunday and warm er Monday cloudy with chance of rain INDEX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword 27 Editorials 4 Family living 7 Rteordi Sports 1517 Wtathw map 25 Son daughter held Body left in chair for 3month period Cincinnati AP A man and his sister are bang beld in a state mental hospital after authorities discovered they left the body oftheir aged mother sitting in a rocking chair for three months after she died The Hamilton County Cor oners office was trying to determine the cause of death of Mrs Frannie Sway 86 in her Bond Hill section apartment Police said they believe she died of natural causes The body was discovered by a nephew Tuesday night He call ed police Mrs Sways son Meyer 54 and daughter Rose Si who lived in the apartment wert admitted to Longview State Hospital had previous mental treatment police said The nephew said he was told by the daughter that her mother had a relapse in December and was still sick police said i They said Mrs Sway dead after her landlord telephoned him and complained that Mrs Sway had not paid her rent ior several months   

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